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I recommend Solid Explorer, it has nice material design, plenty of cool features, and is a single payment (after a 30 day trial). It's what I switched to after ES.
Powerful file, cloud and root explorer with Material Design.
Solid Explorer is my favorite. I ditched ES as soon as the first version of Solid Explorer came out. It is beautiful functional and customizable. It supports extensions, so there are some extensions that add FTP support and other cloud service integrations. It has the option of a dual-pane explorer interface as well.
Yep. Time to switch to solid explorer file manager. I noticed the clean master crap in the front page of the app and immediately uninstalled the app
Link to solid if you want it [link]
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After the latest update, Solid Explorer File Manager is just too good not to mention.
Does everything ES can do (that I've seen so far), and is absolutely beautiful. Animations everywhere, customizable themes, and just a joy to use.
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Powerful file, cloud and root explorer with Material Design. It's a nice alternative to ES File Explorer.
Don't use ES File Explorer.
Use Solid Explorer instead.
Accessing battery information on Android is quite easy. All you need is a file explorer like Solid Explorer to navigate to the corresponding data which is exposed in the Android file system.
The paths are different for each model but the data can usually be found in a directory called /sys/class/power_supply/battery (or similar) in the root partition (you may need root on some devices to access the files).
On my S7 it looks like this and I can access more than 100 files with various battery related statistics.
Edit: actually you may need root on some devices to access this data.
Go solid explorer brothers. it's flawless and you probably have an extra $50 in play credit, so don't whine about paying for a great app.
2 week free trail solid explorer
DLNA, cloud, chromecast, FTP server, root browsing, material, usb otg (paid plugin),all with themes including an amoled black.
I use Solid Explorer, it filled the void ES left after it went to shit. I don't know if it's missing any features, it does everything I need it to do.
Solid Explorer is pretty good, can handle a lot of compressions and even has root explorer. I was in the same boat as you using ES and then getting raped by bloat.
Now you can get the full version for half the price only for limited time!
ES is another sketchy one IMO. ES creates a hidden log in a baidu folder that is sent to a chinese server without your permission.
i've been using solid explorer for years, and it only gotten better over time. The recent build is a perfect material UX IMO. lot's of great plug ins for chromecast, cloud management, etc... handles network storage and USB drives, really polished package.
I've backed up a few apps using Solid Explorer recently:
I've just run the backup program, copied the files from the Android/Data and/or Android/OBB folders along with APK and moved them to another device.
Isn't that process much easier and straightforward or does it not work all the time?
I'm not rooted by the way.
Try Solid Explorer. It's a great file manager, often regarded as one of the best.
> Solid Explorer can create encrypted Zip and 7Zip archives and extract encrypted Zip, 7Zip, RAR, TAR.GZ and TAR.BZ2 archives. Splitted archives are also supported
Do not use ES File Explorer. It went to complete shit in late 2015, like when Cheetah Mobile bought QuickPic.
Use Solid Explorer or FX File Explorer instead, or possibly other options recommended by XDA members like Root Browser. I switched to Solid Explorer when it first happened, gladly paid for pro after the trial, and never looked back.
I highly recommend Solid Explorer. It's a really clean looking file explorer app that is super easy to use. Super helpful even if you aren't usually that savvy with files and stuff.
I'm using Talon but its not quite what I'm looking for. I'd use Echofon like I did on iOS but they only keep updating the unpaid version and I don't want to deal with ads.
Also, I'd just like to recommend Solid Explorer for everyone. There are so many times when I can't find a file or I need to rename a file or I need to change the file extension and this app helps with that. I can also view both my phone's internal memory and the SD card's contents within the same app so that's awesome. I can't recommend this app enough, I'm so glad this sub introduced me to it.
On an Android, yes. Just get a file manager app. I recommend Solid Explorer. If you download a zip/rar file, you will be able to use this app to extract it to a folder within your Download directory.
If it is an iPhone, you won't be able to extract the zip/rar.
Edit: this iPhone app might work
I using it for a year now, and it's great. You should check out Solid Explorer (trial & paid) and Amaze (FOSS) too.
Don't have that app and also has very expensive IAP.
Says allot about the app that it requires start at boot in the first place.
Solid Explorer is currently on sale €0.99 as an IAP, and does not even look to start at boot.
Solid Explorer. Turning the phone to landscape mode with both current and target directories in view with the ability to drag and drop is my most used feature. <- That was a really long sentence.
I had the same struggle with contacts with my aunt coming from her Galaxy S3 on Sprint to the 6P. This is what I finally worked, though there may be something easier.
On the Samsung phone install Solid Explorer [link]
On Samsung phone open the Contacts app
Verify the missing contacts are here or we are barking up the wrong tree
In the contacts app press the menu button
Click Import/Export contacts
Click Export to device storage
Open Solid Explorer
Scroll down and find the Contacts.vcf file
Long click it to select it
Click the menu button
Click the Share button
Click Drive (This is Google Drive)
On the new phone open the Contacts app
Click Import from .vcf file
Select your Google account
Select My Drive
If you can't find the file click sort button and sort by date
Click the contacts file
It will import
I use [link] to access my windows shares. As long as you have decent wifi you can stream your personal "media" with it and MX player.
The problem people have with ES is that it's owned by Cheetah Mobile, which is infamous for a number of reasons that I mentioned above. You can look it up yourself if you'd like to know more specifics. Paying for a product from a bad company doesn't make the company not bad, and it also doesn't remove the risk that the product is bad too.
I've quit using a couple apps that got bought out by Cheetah (QuickPic used to my favorite gallery app before they got their hands on it). I figure that there are so many good cheap or free alternatives that I might as well not bother with a company that might be shady.
My current file manager is Solid Explorer. I paid for the pro version and I really like it. If you're looking for something free, I use other apps by the dev of Simple File Manager and they're all great. I've also used Cabinet, but I can't seem to find that on the Play Store anymore.
MTP, the standard used to copy files over USB to a computer on Android, is just kind of terrible. Personally I use Solid Explorer to copy files over my local network, it's faster and much more reliable.
ES File Explorer should never be used. My personal recommendation is Solid Explorer.
Tagging /u/Throwawayjpegnil so they can see this as well.
Solid Explorer can do that for both videos and gifs. Although it's not a gallery app but more of a general purpose file manager, it should do the trick if what you're after is a way that manage videos/gifs you downloaded or received.
> is there a way to wirelessly transfer my android data to a headless linux box
Solid Explorer - you can mount / map various types of LAN / remote resources and just copy files using two panels interface. Not free, but worth every penny.
SyncMe Wireless - scheduled or manual one or two way syncing. Featuring wake on lan, schedule active when connected to specific WiFi and a bunch of other handy features.
First thing first: stop using ES File Explorer and switch to an alternative such as Solid Explorer. ES was bought out a while back and has evidence of sending your data to servers in China.
If you do uninstall ES, then this won't be an issue because the system will ask you next time you want to browse your local tones since ES isn't there anymore, but in case you run into some issues down the road with app defaults here's how you can fix it:
Settings -> Apps -> Find and click on the app that has a default set up that you would like to remove.
From there, there should be an option to Clear Defaults or Open by default, from which you can clear the defaults for that app. This will make the system ask which app you want to use to handle that action/intent with.
I would use Solid Explorer personally but I already own it. Has a Chromecast extension. If don't have USB-OTG cable need one of those too.
You'd honestly be better off uninstalling the app and getting an older verion, it'll have less features but none of the bloat that comes with the new updates. Or you could use Solid Explorer.
By "Android OS", I'm going to assume you had a Galaxy phone, which does have a My Files app for accessing the file system (FYI, Pixel is also Android). I'd recommend Solid Explorer: [link]
As /u/catwall has already said, Solid Explorer is a great choice. It's a very clean interface, navigation feels natural (a lot like ES File Explorer back before it was shit). Overall recommended, just know that after the initial trial period it costs about $2. After that, it's yours forever.
You're better off with Solid Explorer instead now.
ES File Explorer was the king until recently when they added all the bloatware to the free version then after all the backlash about it added a Paid/Pro version. While it still works and is great (Pro), there's no reason not to try out Solid Explorer instead.
That's what the majority of other users have switched to now while reading through comments on XDA and other various Android sites.
If you're rooted: Android mounts them under /mnt, but I don't think that FX Explorer will follow the symlink so that you can view/manage files on the flashdrive.
You can use Marshmallow's built-in file explorer by going to Android's Settings > Storage & USB > [portable storage - your flashdrive's volume label will be listed]. You can use it to do some basic share/copy/delete operations.
For rooted users: Like /u/ajass, I use stickmount. It'll mount the flashdrive under /storage/emulated/0/usbStorage (i.e. the "usbStorage" folder will appear under "Internal Memory", which means that all your apps can seamlessly access the files on the flashdrive)
For unrooted users (and rooted users who just need to move files around): Like /u/danisnowman said, Solid Explorer has a USB Plugin that's pretty awesome. Actually, Solid Explorer in general is awesome, period - root or unroot.
Personally i'm using Solid Explorer, and you can stream any content with it from any cloud service, with VLC or Kodi.
Also this is how i sideload apps on my tv.
This is the answer I came to post! VLC + Screen casting is awesome and works very well if you wanna just put something on and set your phone down. Unfortunately as /u/mjselvig mentioned, you lose the functionality of your phone/device for other uses. Alternatively, you should check out SE Cast as part of the Solid Explorer app - it lets you cast videos to your TV/chromecast and not lose the functionality of your phone/device for other use.
Solid explorer 2 file manager.
One of the best out there, both in terms of design and performance.
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I give it the edge over the equally amazing and freeFX file explorer , but only because FX is not yet fully optimized for Android 6.0 (at least on my LG G4)
Why don't you try Solid Explorer or MiXplorer. I personally prefer MiXplorer. Its miles ahead than other competitors.
/u/throwmeaway8228, I second Solid Explorer. This is the best file explorer on the Play Store.
As far as the "you are not connected to a secure network" message - this simply means you're connected a Wi-Fi network that doesn't require a password. This, of course, makes the network less secure, hence the reason for the alert. It's really not important, you can ignore it, since you know you need to connect.
I use Solid Explorer. It's got a very nice clean material design interface and a lot of customization. It's a 14 day trial before you have to pay (or use an IAP cracker).
Also LPT if you have root, you can use Adaway to block ads in all apps.
You can use this app to move files into an encrypted folder that requires a password to unlock.
For me all the other methods are work arounds. This hides the shit and makes sure it stays hidden
AFAIK, you can use something like Solid Explorer to export all of your .APK app files and Import them into your new phone running LineageOS etc..
Go to Solid Explorer > User Apps > Select All > Copy > Paste to SD Card > Move to New Phone > Done.
Allegedly, it works with all apps, including paid apps.
Haven't personally tested it.
Heard about it from someone else on the interwebs.
Put it to /Alarms folder on your phone/internal memory. Either via just USB and computer or now that you said you already moved it to your phone, use a file manager. Then the alarm clock app should find it automagically.
Actual call ringtones go to /Ringtones and sms etc. notifications to /Notifications.
At least .mp3, .m4a and .ogg are supported and at least on my nearly stock Lollipop .flac is too.
Solid Explorer: file manager
Tapet: material-like wallpaper generator
You'll likely need a file explorer app if you don't have one already, such as Solid Explorer.
Using the app, navigate to the SD card to find the file(s) you want to move. Select the files (either via checkbox or long tap, depending on the app you're using) and an option to Move or Cut should appear. Once you selected the option, navigate to the folder in your internal memory where you want the file(s) and Paste them there (once again, how you do this depends on the app itself; it could be another long tap in the folder or a multitude of options).
Give Solid Explorer a go. That's what I've switched to instead of Root Explorer and ES.
Cabinet is also good, but it is still in beta and hasn't been updated in 5 months.
I prefer Solid Explorer. It's a file manager with material design. Simply cut and paste the files/folders from your internal storage to the SD card. You can also do it via a computer; plug the phone in and use the file manager on your computer to move the files over.
Only advice I can give is to uninstall both apps and use Solid Explorer or similar file manager with cloud support. That way you can access all your files as well.
I started using Solid Explorer File Manager since Es File Explorer started with the weird stuff like the lock screen. Still lacks some features which where really useful. LAN file transfer for example but visually is a lot better. And that's all I use really. Solid + Root tho.
Solid Explorer: File Manager
Tapet: Procedural wallpaper generator
I use Solid Explorer with the FTP server plugin to manage files on my phone from my computer.
Or just use a sane file manager [link]
Along with its FTP plugin [link]
EDIT: Ahh I just noticed that's from Asus. Not as bad as I thought on first glance :D
Can confirm. Solid Explorer by NeatBytes is the most user friendly and reliable File Manager I've used, both on rooted and unrooted phones. Now if only Google would undo their broken SD card permissions that Android 4.4 introduced...
Fucken' Solid File Explorer. The absolute best file manager I've ever used on any platform. The UI is beautiful. Super intuitive, everything works just how you expect it to, the animations are super pretty, it gives you speed graphs as well as breaks down your files and gives you pie charts so you can see what is taking up space in any particular folder. Also integrates smoothly with Drive, Dropbox, etc. and you can add SMB shares so that getting stuff from your home network is a piece of cake. Has a built-in text editor if you like doing nerdy stuff with your system files, has a package viewer, can handle any compressed archive on planet earth, etc.
I would highly recommend using Solid Explorer. This app can open virtually anything, and if it can't, it will open Google Play Store to determine the best app to do it.
Use a file explorer to copy and paste your notification sounds into the Notifications folder in your internal memory. Likewise for ringtones, in the Ringtones folder of your internal memory.
This should let you pick those via the default sound picker. :)
Edit: I recommend Solid Explorer.
Try this: Download Solid Explorer, open the folder, sort the pictures to your liking via the three dot menu in the top right, open the first picture with "SE Image Viewer", swipe through your comic. Let me know if it works. If it does, SE is gonna cost a one-time payment after 14 days or so, but it's currently the best file manager out there, so an absolutely recommendable purchase.
AFAIK, the .nomedia file hides the contents of the directory to some, but not all apps, like thumbnails from the gallery app and audio tracks from the music player. You can still access these folders and its contents with most of the file explorers. You may want to give Solid Explorer a try. It's a paid app, but has a 7-day free trial period, which I think is enough to try and do what you want.
Here I found a .nomedia file in my Whatsapp Audios folder after toggling the "view hidden files" option. I can delete, move, rename and edit it and also access all the files in the folder.
Mixplorer is really impressive
I personally prefer Solid Explorer which is a paid play store app. But Mixplorer is definitely worth a look at first.
Edit: sold explorer link
Android itself doesn't have a task manager, so it's very likely your file explorer has one included. Idk which one you use, but I'd recommend using Solid Explorer. I've tried many over the years, but this one's the best designed and most lightweight without including extraneous features like a task manager.
(Side note: In case you didn't already know, Android will dynamically decide which processes to kill off based on free RAM. Whether it's totally effective or not is a different story though.)
Just use a decent file explorer app like Solid Explorer. When you click on the file, you'll get a list of applications to open with.
Also, WinRAR is not a text editor, it's a file compression/decompression app.
Absolutely! First thing is you'll need Solid Explorer or another type of file manager that has SMB capabilities. This one is just my personal favorite and it's worth every penny after the trial period ($1.99, I think).
I'll type out the basic instructions (Windows) here:
After you've finished those steps, you should have enabled a connection between your phone and computer.
Once you return to the home screen, navigate to the folder you want to copy the contents from. Then, reopen the slide out menu and select your computer. From there, you can navigate to any folder on your computer (I like to use my desktop) and copy!
Hope this works for you. This is exactly how I transfer files from my computer to my phone and vice-versa all the time.
Good luck, let me know if it works for you!
Mache es eigentlich genauso. Benutze dazu aber Solid Explorer. Den kann man 2 Wochen lang kostenlos testen. Vielleicht funktioniert es ja damit bei dir. Kann auch FTP/SFTP, falls das eine Option für dich ist.
MTP sucks for large files. Download solid explorer and install ftp server from the same dev. Make sure both your phone and your computer are connected to the same network for faster connection and start the ftp server which can be access from the hamburger bar on the bottom left. Just open your windows explorer on your pc and key in the address shown on your phone at the top of the adress bar. Much faster and transferring large files wont fail.
Since the PC is running Windows you can just share your various media folders using SMB. If you just want to access the filesystem I recommend Solid Explorer. If you want something library based, I suggest Kodi.
Solid Explorer File Manager
FX File Explorer
Most the time I use Solid but there are features in FX I still use.
You still have all the apps on your phone.
For example, to reinstall the HTC messaging app, just go to root/system/priv-app/message/message.apk
In the same way you can reinstall the other HTC apps.
I used Solid Explorer to see the root folder (you don't need root access) - [link]
The see root folders enable the following setting in Solid Explorer:
1) swipe in from the left side of the app screen
2) tap on the settings cog
3) scroll down to other -> show root storage and make sure it is enabled
4) go back the the main app menu and swipe in from the left again, now tap on Storages -> Root -> system -> priv-app and then find which one you want to install. You can check if the app is already installed by opening the APK inside each folder and seeing if it asks you to install it (app is not installed) or whether it asks to update and existing application (app is already installed).
5) btw you need to open the apks using the package installer to install them, and you need the Install from Unknown Sources permission enabled for Solid Explorer to install apks from the root folder.
If you tell me which HTC app you want to install I can tell you which folder it's in, so you won't have to look for it (if the folder's name isn't obvious).
Yup. Straight from the Play Store. If it doesn't appear there then use this link on a PC and select your TV as the target device: [link]
ES File Explorer is no longer an app to be recommended due to it becoming a bloated mess. A popular recommendation now is Solid Explorer File Manager.
You could put them on Google Drive and then just mass copy them to your phone using a file explorer (like Solid Explorer).
Flawless android file manager. supports network storage, seamless cloud storage integration (use this in place of separate cloud apps like drive, dropbox, onedrive, etc...) chromecast, USB OTB (plug in external storage) dual window mode for easy drag and drop, local file search, detailed file properties, chromecast support, media browsing support, all with a clean material UI with themes available in many color combos.
automatically turns the screen on/off when you put the phone down on a table, in your pocket, etc...
titanium backup - creates full app+data backups of apps. great for people who like to root and flash custom roms. restore all your apps with all your settings and data.
Greenify - forces apps to behave, kills off unwanted background procesees, and on the new android 6.0 can force the low power mode Doze immediately where stock android it has to sit unused for a long period before doze kicks in.
Unicon - change app icons system wide. most icons only apply to the home screen, unicon changes them in settings, recents, toast messages, etc...
Smart Network - Create network radio rules. i have mine set to turn off data and use 2G (call/sms text only) when the screen is off or connected to Wifi, but LTE when no wifi and screen is on. really helps out idle standby.
Gonemad Music player - Amazing UI, great dev support with constant updates and you can just ask him questions on /r/gonemadmusicplayer he built his own custom audio engine because the one built into android that 99.9% music apps use is kinda shitty. GMMP is the only music player i found that didn't have noise, poweramp would give me occasional robot fart sounds that ruined the listening experience. this persisted across multiple devices.
You can use a file manager like Solid Explorer - [link]
to manipulate and copy files or folders any way you want, including over your network from a PC.
i use Solid Explorer with the FTP Server Extension, then just browse to it like any network drive
Solid Explorer - [link]
Solid Explorer FTP Server - [link]
The only apps that I can guarantee to do that are Solid Explorer (paid file Explorer) & QuickPick (free gallery app)
In the article-
Also, this one isn't mentioned in the article, but deserves a mention-
More explorers that r/Android recommends-
Edit: Added link for MiXplorer
Edit 2: Added more explorers that our community likes. I'll keep updating the list as you suggest more.
If you're looking for a better alternative, check out Solid File Explorer, or MiXplorer
== UPDATE ==
Here are some others that lots of people have mentioned:
Asus File Manager: Free (contains ads), 4.6 rating (697,351 total)
Total Commander: Free (contains ads), 4.5 rating (174,293 total)
Astro File Manager: Free (contains ads), 4.3 rating (593,984 total)
FX File Explorer: Free (offers IAP), 4.4 rating (58,140 total)
MK Explorer: Free (offers IAP), 4.6 rating (19,355 total)
Solid File Explorer or MiXplorer
Solid Explorer - Hands-down best file explorer on Android. Here are the key summary points from the Play Store:
Adding to that, is has a lot of small touches and features that really add to the app's functionality, great material design implementation, and great dev support.
Kustom Live Wallpaper - After getting fed up with limitations of launcher customizability, Kustom Live Wallpaper came to save the day. It has grown into a mature app since its release and the things that you can do with it are limitless. It has a pretty steep learning curve, but it acts similarly to Photoshop or other productive tools that utilize layers. Shapes, bitmaps, fx, masks, animations, formulas, globals, and more are fairly easy to set up.
If you want a cool launcher theme but don't want to spend time tweaking every detail, you can find themes on the Play Store or in the KLWP community and import one. The dev is great, and new features are added constantly.
It looks pretty solid.
I left it in my wishlist but I went with FX myself.
Not into games anymore but here are some apps I've bought that I find useful.
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Linkme: Solid Explorer
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hands down Solid Explorer
File explorer: Solid Explorer or MiXplorer
QuickPic replacement: an older, neutered version before the CM acquisition,it won't even show up on the My Apps section in Google Play, so you don't have to worry about auto-updates: [link]
I stopped using ES because I'm paranoid. I paid for the Solid Explorer and I love it.
I think /u/maartenwut meant Solid Explorer. It can access root.
"Mexus" was a typo when I originally saved the KLWP file....so I just went with it.
everything is either KLWP or KWGT
I am having issues with the month image Komponent for September for some reason, so you'll have to either live with November's image, or grab the one from the link below and manually set it for this month...it SHOULD start working again in October.
here is the template file to show off the screenshots...though I added more screens for the heck of it.
here are the rest of the files
other apps shown off:
agenda page and music page are part of the KLWP file.
No, Cabinet is Cabinet and Solid is Solid. That said, Cabinet is pretty good.
I don't know about optimised for Android O, but try Solid Explorer. Material design and lots of features.
File manager: Solid File Explorer, I've been using it ever since the dev introduced it here, definitely worth a try.
Reddit browser: I've been using redditisfun, especially for landscape viewing. It's straight to the point with its content.
Comfortable eyes: You can try CF.lumen, it has a rootless capability too but the root mode is where it shines.
I would personally recommend Solid Explorer however. But for 10p this is worth a try.
Solid Explorer is kickass. Try and see.
BlackPlayer EX is the absolute king of audio on Android.
Listen Audiobook - indispensable for long drives
SimpleRockets - if it's to your tastes it can provide many happy hours.
Nova Launcher - should be stock imho.
Solid Explorer File Manager
It's a 14 day trial app, with the option to purchase the full version in-app.
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I switched to Solid Explorer after the whole ES File Explorer take over by Cheetah Mobile.
Solid Explorer has all the same features and plugins as ES File Explorer had, and it's not bloated down with ads, useless scans, memory booster, and battery saving junk.
Yes it costs money (after 14 day trial is over), but this is a better option than how much of the community relies on free file managers to stay free for years until either the dev quits or is bought out.
Alternatives: LocalCast, AllCast, VideoStream, and BubbleUPnP
Solid Explorer is all you'll ever need.
Install this and never look back.
What makes it better than Solid Explorer, which is arguably the best file manager for Android?
Maybe it's just me, but Astro File Manager looks really dated compared to Solid Explorer, File Explorer and Cabinet.
I'm using Solid Explorer currently. It looks and works great.
I lost all faith in the app after it became littered with ads. I prefer solid explorer now.
Have you tried Solid Explorer? It works on both sides for me and has a nice ui.
They haven't. I would recommend solid explorer instead
Solid Explorer - It has all features from your list. (Not sure about smb anonymous log in)
FX file explorer
I like Solid Explorer
My vote's for Solid Explorer. Lots of features, clean UI, and does pretty much everything I need it for, and more.
I second Solid Explorer.
> Solid explorer
Links for the lazy: base app and unlocker
Questions for the OP: What does this have over ES which is free?
Edit: Never mind. /u/Hoogyme details it just below. See [link]
will this work? /r/Android/comments/3oxmzb/what_apps_do_you_not_regret_paying_for/cw1j2ct
Solid Explorer File Manager [link]
Unlock your bootloader
Turn on Camera2Api for your device by either:
a) Flashing camera2api addon (Link is in russian, you have to register there to download attached file)
b) Rooting your device by flashing Magisk or SuperSU, installing file explorer with root access like Solid Explorer or MiXplorer and then editing your root folder > system > build.prop file by adding these lines:
Proceed to this GCam mods mirror and play with different versions. Don't forget to turn on permissions after installing it or it won't load.
I loved Cabinet, but it died. Now I use Solid Explorer. They finally added material design and it works great. - [link]
Do it, you won't regret it
The notifications and added cleaner crap makes ES horrible. Solid Explorer is much better.
Solid Explorer is the new go-to.
Please don't recommend ES anymore.
See this: [link]
For alternatives, I personally use Solid Explorer Although it's free for two weeks then you have to pay for the app but IMO it's well worth the money.
But if you're not into paid apps, check out Amaze, It's free, and open-source.
solid explorer has been flawless for me.
Solid Explorer is a lot better btw. ES File Manager used to be good but it's been passed by Solid for some time now.
Use a file manager that can create shortcuts to files.
e.g. Solid Explorer
You can do that with Solid Explorer.
My personal favorite atm is MGC_5.1.018.177470874.41362666__A7.0-8.1_MI5S_v2b_SG7Exy_v4.apk (yes, it works fine on snapdragon as well) because of new "slowshutter" setting.
or just a good file explorer like Solid Explorer
I would recommended Solid Explorer.
You shouldn't use ES File Explorer... it has malware.
A much better alternative: Solid Explorer [link]
I ditched ES when it started the bullshit and switched to Solid Explorer. Never looked back.
Agreed. It has a Chromecast plugin, an FTP server plugin, an OTG plugin and more. [link]
Solid Explorer. Made the switch 3 weeks ago. To my surprise, its an even better app than when ES was in its prime.
I use Solid Explorer!.
It's $2, I think (I don't remember), but there's a trial so you can use it to extract the archive.
Solid File Explorer Manager
Solid explorer file manager
It doesn't look suspicious. But, their reputation is not good. So, stay away from it. It also has ads. There are better alternatives. Also stay away from ES file eplorer ( DU app studio bought it, and made it one of the worst app)
Solid Explorer - 14 day trial
Asus File Manager - Free , It says ads, but I didn't find any banner ads. (It's probably because they includes name of their other apps in setting menu & play store consider it as ads)
Best free option
Edit : Found a new app. It also looks good. Doesn't have ads. Does not look suspicious. GM File manager
These are some of the apps I use-
1)Solid explorer - Pretty good file explorer
2) Brave browser - General web surfing, it's like chrome on steroids.
3) Firefox - General media consumption on the web and casual browsing.
4) MS office lense- used for scanning documents, can capture from any angle and straight it up for you. I find it better than cam scanner
5) Google keep - Suits my note taking needs, though their widget is ugly
6) Inbox - A better client for Gmail made by Google
7) Dropbox - apart from it's general function as a cloud storage app, it also acts as a pdf reader
8) Night Screen - System wide screen deeming and blue light filter
9) VLC media player -My go to media player app on both desktop and Android.
As for gaming, I don't play much in Android but there are two timewasters I open sometimes which are-
1) Alto's Adventure
2) Bouncy hoops
Give this one a try. [link]
Delete the .nomedia file in the first folder, using a file browser app like Solid Explorer.
Solid Explorer, Amaze, MiXplorer. These are file managers that I have tried and can easily recommend all three of them. Solid Explorer is probably the most suitable one for your needs.
As for gallery app, Focus, Piktures, and LeafPic if you don't mind this app never making it out of beta. I find Focus to be the best one out of these three due to its simplicity and great UI.
You can buy solid explorer, swipe for Facebook pro, Titanium Backup PRO (it is not in sale but is worth buying it)
For games you can buy machinarium, or another game in sale. Check app-sales.Net
Solid Explorer is bloody amazing, don't know why people still use ES when Solid Explorer is there.
Solid Explorer is a pretty great alternative
No, when you're on the stock ROM, nothing out there is better than the stock camera. This is true for most Android devices.
I'd also add that ES File Explorer is no longer considered to be the "best" file manager. I would suggest trying Solid Explorer instead.
One app I've found very useful in managing my phone's storage is DiskUsage. It's a very powerful tool that will give you a visual representation of what is stored and how much space it's taking up.
Another app I love is Google Keep. It's a cloud based notes app, and you can share notes between two or more accounts. My wife and I have a shared list note for our shopping list, so any time either of us thinks of something we need, we add it to the list and it gets synced to both of our phones.
Also, LocalCast is great for casting video to a Chromecast or smart TV.
My phone would feel incomplete without these.
What /u/LitheBeep said is probably true, but solid explorer is close enough and I find it to be an amazing app
ES file explorer has malware, use Solid Explorer instead.
ES used to have adware on your homescrean too
> A good friend gave me a Samsung Galaxy S4 to use for a month to see how I like it. I'm planning to root the phone and install vanilla Android, I really want the naked true Android experience.
Depending on what model it is, it may not be possible to flash a custom recovery to the device to install a custom ROM. XDA Forums is a really useful place. You may be able to flash CyanogenMod 13 (the best, imo), but I don't think there will be any AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROMs for that model.
> I use OneDrive for cloud storage, Office for word processing, Windows computers, and so on. Will this hinder my experience with Android?
Not at all. You can get all of those apps on an Android. 3rd party apps make the Android universe.
> What things should I do? What things should I try? What apps are amazing or just vital to the Android experience?
Use a file manager (I prefer Solid Explorer, but there are plenty of others that may better suite your needs).
Look into using the xposed framework.
Get an adblocker (AdAway is the best).
Check out Greenify and BootManager to manage when your apps run.
There's plenty of other stuff for you to test out and see what you like. It's all about preference with Android, so I think you'll really enjoy it since you want to customize.
Solid Explorer 2 with the FTP Server plugin.
You can use the built-in file manager, or download one off of the Play Store. I use Solid Explorer.
I don't think it is possible to connect directly to the Hard Drive, but you could go through the network...
I recommend the SFTP protocol, which allows you to access the storage space of any device which has it enabled.
You have to set up an SFTP server, which is a different procedure for Windows/Linux/Mac, but for the other side, you have to have an SFTP client, which can connect to the server and give you access to the host device's (the computer you have the SFPT server running on) storage.
I recommend the (file manager) app MIXplorer which is not avilable through the playstore.
Another alternative is Solid explorer
Which also allows you to add a new storage device, where you enter the SFTP servers Address on the local network (which is your host computers address, e.g.:192.168.0.12 | you have to find this address in the network settings somewhere) and the password and username of the server (usually you give this password or it is the password of the user account on the computer which is running the server)
If you are successful, you will see the directories on you r host computer displayed on your client, which you can interact with, and transfer files back and forth.
(I use this on a daily basis)
Another tip: you can stream video files from your host computer to your phone and play them without havind to transfer them first with the VLC media player
I use Solid Explorer on my phone and on my PixelBook to access windows fileshares. It can remember your password.
Use file manager like Solid file explorer or amaze file manager. Open it and search ".vcf". It will show all available .vcf files. Now copy them to your computer. (For safety make one more copy of all these vcf files and save it to secure folder for extra backup.)
Use this guide to merge vcf files into single large vcf file.
Now even if you have any duplicate numbers, you can use apps like Contact optomizer to remove duplicates. If you use google contacts then it's easy and convenient. You can import that large vcf files to your google account by going to [link] (access it from computer so that you can easily manage/delete duplicates.)
Tip: If you are already syncing your contacts to google account and you are 100% sure that you have all contacts backed up in Google contacts. Then just simply export vcf file using [link] website. No need to spend time for combining vcf files. But If you are not sire then follow first method.
Solid Explorer easier file management/copying, allows external connections and more
Aside from the usual cross-platform apps, here are some generally useful ones:
I use Solid Explorer
Solid Explorer (BEST FILE MANAGER, not free) [link]
MiXplorer (F-Droid or XDA, free)
Ok. You have it solved.
FYI for the future I use Solid Explorer and change file extensions all the time.
No, just a file viewer that allows you to traverse that path. I use Solid Explorer 2.
Link for the lazy: [link]
Install this app and see if you could find the images you looking for. This is a paid app but has a free trial for 14 days.
FX File Explorer
Amaze File Manager
To expand on DerangedGinger's comment on file system formats. Natively, the Pixel support FAT. However, MiXplorer or Solid Explorer with the OTG plugin will allow you to read/write exFAT(I have tested with both) and read NTFS(I have not tested).
I use this one.
Solid Explorer, I can't see myself using another file manager.
Try Solid Explorer or MiXplorer?
yeah, I use Solid Explorer which lets you set up your phone as an FTP server with 1 click, at which point you can move files between the PC and phone like a regular file explorer.
link for the lazy
i honestly don't know if there's a free edition or not, but it's worth the money.
really? I love it
edit: I am using the beta
My list of indispensable android apps:
[link] Solid Explorer, great file manager, can stream media from sambda/windows servers
[link] MX Player great touch based media player. A little annoying lately that you have to install codecs manually.... if you have a chromebook without touchscreen, maybe go with [link] vlc instead
[link] Write Japanese, niche, but if you happen to be learning Japanese a great program. Only program I've seen to actually make you draw the characters instead of just looking at flashcard. Probably best with a touchscreen.
[link] Rayman Jungle Run, as a console gamer, I was honestly impressed with how good the gameplay is.
[link] ScummVM, perfect for playing all kinds of old adventure games. Should be perfect for chromebooks!
I'm glad that seemed to do the trick!
However, I would strongly recommend uninstalling ES File Explorer immediately:
(Solid Explorer appears to be a popular alternative to ES File Explorer.)
Solid Explorer combines your cloud services quite well.
Solid Explorer or Amaze Explorer.
I use Solid Explorer to navigate my server using SFTP.
Give Solid Explorer a try. I switched to that from Root Explorer a few months ago and I like it a lot more.
Edit: Bad link
It should play fine from where the files are at now. If you want to move them, you need to use a file manager/explorer app. I use Solid Explorer, but there are a ton on the Play Store (honorable mentions are ES File Explorer, File Explorer and Explorer).
Best explorer for me is solid explorer, used it for years :D
really a cool tool with lots of nice features :)
Okay. So it stored your backup in /data/media. So you need to navigate to /data/media using a root file manager. There are tons on the Play Store. Here's a short list of ones I've used.
Once you've navigated to /data/media, you'll see a folder titled clockworkmod. Delete it.
Now, before you go flashing Xposed, you need a proper recovery to do a backup with. Use TWRP Manager to install TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). Install the recovery, this will replace your stock recovery with TWRP, allowing you to have a way to backup/restore your OS if things get fucked.
Before you go any further, go into Settings -> About Phone and tap Build Number 8 times until it tells you you've enabled developer mode. Go back to Settings, there should be a Developer Options above About Phone. Go into it, Turn Advanced Reboot on. Now reboot the phone, selecting recovery in the advanced reboot menu, and perform your backup there.
The recovery is also where you'll install the Xposed zip.
I like Solid Explorer for my file management, but cabinet looks promising.
Solid Explorer is really awesome and (after recent update) beautiful.
Solid Explorer (with cast plugin) LocalCast are both able to cast videos.
Solid Explorer Link
Solid Explorer Cast Plugin Link
I used [link]&
There's no add to home screen option. When I long press on a subfolder in internal storage, I get nothing. What you are demonstrating and what I actually get are two different things.
This is correct. Start with the most recent app you installed if you're not sure...or post a screenshot of your list of apps here if you have no idea where to start.
Some apps, for whatever reason, run these ads in hopes people won't know how to remove them, and the company gets ad money when you accidentally click on any of them.
If you want to post which app you had to remove, we can make note and also suggest a better alternative.
As mentioned above, ES File Explorer is an example of an app that gives these ads. That's a very common one. If that's the case I'd suggest Solid Explorer as a simple replacement. ES was really good in it's day, then was sold to a company who has since made a mess of it.
Yes. You can transfer files wirelessly to your PC. But do it as soon as possible before your battery dies.(unless you have wireless charging!)
> Is there an app that can backup my phones on board memory onto an inserted SD card?
You can use file manager apps like solid file explorer or Amaze file manager. Copy your important folders to your SD card. (For example photos, videos, songs etc.). There is no one click app for it. You have to manually do it.
I don't know about Samsung's solution for wirelessly data transfer. If it doesn't work you can try wireless file transfer apps.
For contacts, sync it to your google account. You can go to contacts.google.com to check your contacts or backup from it.
For call/message history - SMS Backup restore - upload it to google drive. Or you can use super backup app.
For transferring media files -
EasyJoin - Download it on your PC/mac from easyjoin.net. More info at XDA post. Doesn't have ads and you can share folder one by one to your PC. You can transfer files over wifi or hotspot. Your devices should be connected on same network.
airdroid - Transfer files using hotspot/ over same wifi network. It zips the files if you download multiple files. So you have to unzip after file transfer is done.
Easyjoin has native windows/mac os app. So It doesn't zip files. Other options are dukto and feem v4.
Download a file manager, such as Solid Explorer, then go to the directory and delete the file.
Solid Explorer is better than most for that sort of thing.
I'm using Solid Explorer File Manager.
It's pretty solid.
Solid Explorer (Paid), MiXplorer (Free)
The easiest option I can think of is manually deleting the music from your Pixel by using a file explorer app and finding the music folder.
Another thing you could try is uninstall and download the latest version of Android Transfer on your mac to make sure its the latest version (it could be that the version you have installed doesn't support the Pixel for whatever reason).
Edit: also try plugging in your phone into different USB ports on your mac, this has worked for me in the past.
This is also very handy for general file management...
Sure thing, there are three file managers I can recommend.
Solid Explorer, comes with two week free trial, after that you're gonna need to pay via in-app purchase or uninstall and forget. Has a great design and tons of functionality like adding cloud storage to act as one of 'folders'. That means you can browse through your Google Drive, Dropbox, etc, directly from Solid Explorer. That's the app that I always use.
MK Explorer, ad-free, no in-app purchases. Good alternative, but lacks some features, plus its UI feels a bit less intuitive for me personally.
MiXplorer, also completely free. This one is not released on the Play Store but that should not discourage you in any way. Download link is in the second post in the liked thread. It has most, if not all of the features that Solid Explorer has. Why am I not using this one? Small UI differences made me switch to Solid, even though MiXplorer is very capable while being free.
Grab Solid Explorer 2 here: [link] (It's a 14-day trial, more than enough to move stuff off it).
Grab the corresponding FTP Plugin here: [link]
On your computer, grab the FileZilla client here: [link] . You don't need the "Pro" version, and say "No Thanks" to any junk in the installer.
Make sure your phone is on the same Wifi network as your computer.
Open up Solid Explorer, open up the Hamburger menu, and at the bottom, find "FTP Server". Start it.
Go to FileZilla, and fill in the address under "host" that you see on your phone (minus the "ftp://" part, and minus the :9999 or whatever port).
Then, under the "Port" section, fill in the 4 digits that follow the colon in the "server address". Leave the username and password blank, and then click "Quick Connect".
You should see the contents of your SD card. From there, drag and drop what you see in the right pane onto your desktop on the left pane. This is slower than USB but will work. You should probably leave your phone on the charger while you do this.
Best of luck.
That's my only file manager on any android device.
You can get SAMBA file by using an Android Filemanager App with samba support or by Chrome APP 'Network File Share for Chrome OS'
I am using Solid Explorer because the Chrome App is not stable enough.
MX Player can recognize subtitle files with the same filename as the video file in the same folder. Otherwise, you can save the subtitle file to your local storage and select manually in the playing interface.
Just a necessity because stock file explorer sucks. Very clean design and not shady.
I used a file manager called Solid Explorer though any file manager should be OK.
OK here is your step by step guide
Download this file explorer
Go to settings and click on this to show root folder
Then go by my instructions on original comment.
Have you tried Solid File Explorer?
Swipe from left edge to right ➡ Applications ➡ User Apps
Then Tap 3 dots in top right ➡ View Options ➡ Sort by Date
Find the app ➡ press App's icon ➡ press Trashcan icon ➡ Yes
If it isn't there either it means it's either a system app or cache… or something
Solid Explorer, an Android File Manager.
It almost supports everything I need it to do, including connecting network/cloud drives. It even allows other apps to use it to stream a file to another app that doesn't normally include network capabilities (ie: Windows shares, etc)
> the turbos usb thing is fucked
I'm guessing you are no longer able to plug the USB cable into your phone and computer?
Is it not recognizing the connection? If so, there's a notification that might pop up saying, "USB Connection" (or something like that). From there, you can select, "MTP". That should do the trick.
> I was just trying to transfer everything over
If it's pictures, videos, or any other file on your internal storage, there's another way to copy those files over. Just open the Google Drive app, and upload. Then, download them onto your Note 4. You can do this with Dropbox or any other cloud storage service you might have (e.g., Box, Mega).
I've never used a Turbo before, but if it has a micro SD card slot, you can transfer from your internal storage to the SD card. I would recommend using a file explorer like this one. Think of it like Windows Explorer or Finder on Mac, where you'd copy to a flash drive.
It's at version 2.2.8. Last updated June 17, 2017 as of today. The Play store link uses the term "solidexplorer2". See below.
I love solidexplorer.
Solid File Manager. It's the best file manager I've found for Android so far.
Textpand Pro. It allows you to create macros based off of keyboard inputs. It's pretty handy at times.
Tasker. Pretty much lets you automate the shit out of your phone. Want to have your WiFi enabled at a certain time? Set it. Want your alarm to turn up before you go to bed to make sure it goes off? Done. You can get into some seriously advanced stuff too - want Waze to open up at the end of your shift with a route to your home? You bet!
Hmm, I thought it was Solid Explorer for Android before I check this comment.
try using Solid Explorer and look around your folders to see if you can find it. If you can, press the information button to get the photo's path.
Use any file explorer with root and go to /system/app or /system/priv-app and delete the app's folder you wanna uninstall. I personally recommend Solid Explorer.
That's it. You might need the paid version for samba, I'm not sure. I bought the paid version awhile ago because it's a very good app and I like to support good devs. It has its own built in image viewer, video player, etc. so I suppose that's part of the reason it works with shares so fine. But really you just need an app that browses the shares itself. I also use Kodi for media on my server and it has no problem handling media via smb.
Windows shares are smb by default. That's just MS's thing.
Solid Explorer, Amaze, FX File Explorer
Fair enough. I honestly have not used a bona fide camera in about 5 years, and the ones we do We have downloaded the photos to our share drive on our home network before using WD My Cloud to then download them to our separate devices.
A workaround for this issue is using an app plugin to facilitate OTG access to drives employing exFAT, NTFS, etc. Most ones I've seen right off the bat cost a bit more than I would be willing to pay for, but I did find one pair of apps that may work. I believe overall it would cost about $1.98 - $2.99 total:
Solid Explorer File Manager - $0.99 - $1.99, (can't remember)
Solid Explorer USB OTG plugin $0.99
Keep in mind this is an imperfect solution, and may or may not work. I already have the file manager installed; I'll try the OTG plugin and let you know if it works.
Edit: I tried the plugin along with the file explorer app, and it allowed me to access a NTFS formatted USB flash drive's contents without issue.
I didn't reformat it, its as-is out of the box. MSDOS partition table + FAT32.
Just for kicks, I tried my USB A to C dongle (its a cheap one I picked up off of eBay) and a 64GB flash drive - no issues at all.
But... I'm using Solid Explorer with the USB Plugin. I know its accessing the mountpoint, but it may have filesystem support built in as well.
Sur le play store, il y a Solid explorer. C'est ce qui se fait de mieux en ce moment sur le play.
J'utilise Mixplorer disponible sur XDA et apkmirror. C'est super complet.
I just use the built-in image viewer in Solid Explorer on my Android tablet.
Try using solid explorer to move photos/music from (internal memory) to (sdcard). You are saying this does not work?
If what you are talking about is having app data (like your saved logins and cache and stuff) be moved to SD card, there are apps that support that other than Google apps, but generally not (without root) because ejecting the sdcard would destroy the app and nobody wants that.
On a touchscreen device like a phone or tablet you can't go wrong with Solid Explorer IMO but they've not yet released a leanback version (supposed to be coming though I think I read somewhere)
No file manager I've ever tried has been great with a remote but there's such a little amount of things to do I just put up with the inconvenience. If I have to do anything 'complicated' I tend to use adb connect, adb shell on my laptop and do it from the commandline but that does deman a (little) linuxy knowledge.
adb connect, adb shell
Using a file manager like Solid Explorer will allow you to pick custom default ringtones as well.
Solid Explorer can do that. [link]
Having never tried ES Explorer, I don't know about better, but you might want to look at these:
Cabinet is my personal favourite, but it seems to have vanished off the face of the earth, so no auto-updates.
Edit: apparently it's here, but it's "unmaintained" and the dev has gone on to working on Amaze; so go with that.
For file transfers you can use MiXplorer or Solid Explorer (with FTP server plugin) to set up an FTP server on your phone that you turn on when you want to send stuff to your phone. It's super simple: set it up, turn it on then go to [link] address that it tells you to and drag files there to have them sent to your phone.
Here's a link to the Play Store
This one [link]
Whoa. Don't pack up and leave yet. People haven't mentioned the 2 best options
What features do you need? MiXplorer and Solid Explorer (with this plugin) both can create an FTP server which you can open in Windows file explorer to transfer files over wifi. It's very simple to use.
are we looking at the same thing? [link]
Are you accessing them on your phone using a file manager? If so, Solid Explorer has a casting feature that you should be able to use. It isn't perfect and for some weird reason it doesn't always work so another option can be Localcast.
Oh wait... I am confused. Didn't know a Classic app existed, I have this app why are there two apps? And I purchased the license on the one I linked, am I missing some features?
Do you have a file explorer app installed, such as solid explorer?
OK.. the path is in your screenshot.
FYI - You shouldn't use ES File Explorer... it has malware.
A much better alternative: Solid Explorer
There's a really good file manager plus the SMB, FTP, GDrive, Dropbox and more.
The app is called Solid Explorer and I really recommend it. I've made you a tutorial if that would help :)
Solid explorer can access your pc when on the same network.
I had problems doing that with my windows 10 PC so i got the free FTP server plugin which after you turn on you can just enter the ip that is present in the app and put it in your windows 10 file explorer, really easy to move files and does that pretty fast.
A good example of custom themes/colors done right is Solid Explorer. [link]
I am planning on adding a similar feature to one of my apps just because of how much I like it in Solid Explorer.
Try Solid Explorer, it's paid but is so worth it and is half price at the moment.
A file browser, Solid explorer let me do it.
The plugin has a bug that affects Google Play Store layout:
a large white space to be created.
Regarding file managers, Solid Explorer has the new external storage API implemented.
Well, that OTG drive has both a USB-A and a USB-C connector. So, I just unplug it from my phone and then plug the flashdrive into my computer and copy files onto it from there.
But, accessing shared drives from the 6P over wifi works as well. I use Solid Explorer. The app lets you connect to a shared drive on your home network and copy files to the phone.
I use Solid Explorer's Applications option and just copy all the APKs to a folder which I can then move to my computer or directly to the new phone.
I won't bother with MTP. I've tried it with a bunch of phones with a bunch of implementations and I think the best way to describe it is... "uneven".
Since you are using Amarok, I assume you have / can get music metadata saved directly to the files. After that, use Wifi to either transfer, or sync. A lot of Android file explorers include an inbuilt FTP server these days. Just connect to it using nemo/dolphin/whatever and you're good to go. OR you can use samba.
Have a look at:
ES file explorer
OR if you don't feel like configuring anything, Airdroid
If you are into using everything google, you can use Google Play Music, there is also a built in player in your phone. There are tons of options in the playstore but the Google music player works fine for what I need to do.
As far as unzipping files, just about every file explorer in android has archive functions built into so take your pick. I like solid explorer myself.
Link me: Solid Explorer File Manager.
I highly recommend Solid Explorer
I haven't tried it, but the description says this:
>This is the old version of Solid Explorer. For better user experience and bigger set of features, head to the new version page: [link]
DO NOT MESS WITH YOUR FILESYSTEM PERMISSIONS!!!!
Sorry for the caps, but it's NOT a good idea to change the filesystem permissions in that way - on ANY operating system! That will not only seriously undermine the underlying security restrictions, it'll also break your system and prevent certain apps from working.
Regardless, it'll not work for your purpose. OneDrive or any other drive, is misleading because it's not really a drive - at least, not on Android. What you're looking for is an ability to mount OneDrive / GDrive etc as a FUSE filesystem. Unfortunately, I haven't come across any such apps yet for Android.
Regardless, if you've got network access when you're on the go, you can simply use any competent file manager like Solid Explorer to connect to your cloud storage accounts, and access it like a filesystem - you should be able to open, edit and save your files.
if you have an android phone then use any decent file manager which supports zip files. for example - this app :
PS: it has 14 days trial. for other free alternatives visit /r/AndroidQuestions and search.
Your Galaxy S5 should already have a file manager installed, should be My Files, you should not have a problem moving everything you want from the Internet Storage to the SD Card with this app.
However there are other (and better) file manager apps to use such as Solid Explorer and File Explorer by NextApp (Play Store links provided). In the past, ES File Explorer was great however as of the last month+ it is now considered bloatware so I don't recommend installing it and anyone else who has it, uninstall it.
Doing this over your phone will be much faster than connecting this to your computer and transferring them that way from the different methods available. So I recommend avoiding those.
>I don't need to go through the process of launching a specific file management app in order to uncover the file system, navigate (slowly) to the file, use its contextual options to copy it, navigate again (slowly) to the new destination, and then find the place to paste. The process just isn't smooth.
Didn't you just describe Explorer and Finder (or whatever they call it on OSX)?
For anyone who has an Android phone, give a Solid Explorer a try.
>* Two independent panels serving as file browsers
* Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes
* Drag and Drop inside and between panels
* FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients
* Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted
* Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives
* Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex
* Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer
* Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play
* Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds
* Detailed file information with storage usage statistics
* Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables
- Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser
I couldn't live without Solid Explorer file manager
There's free alternatives but it's so worth it.
And Pocket Casts.
Solid Explorer by NeatBytes. This is the new version, this is the old version, still being updated though. Unlocker for old version works for the new one, not sure about other way around.
Linkme: Solid Explorer File Manager.
Two great file manager apps.
if a tree falls in the woods right?
Here, try this one. it's free for 2 weeks and then it forces you to pay for it or it force closes the app.
or use the one i linked to earlier below. i use it. no complaints.
If you read the words "Solid Explorer" and couldn't say "that's something I have on my device", download this: [link]
Things I wish I knew