Google sometimes makes weird design decisions. In Marshmallow, one of those design decisions involves hiding the OS’s native file manager app deep within your device. Today, we’re showing you how to access this hidden file manager without downloading additional apps for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

What Is It?

Android Marshmallow comes with a hidden file manager built-in. That file manager is switched off by default, which is why most of you will never use it.

Why would Google switch this off by default? I really have no idea. Even Android users with basic needs have had to use a file manager at some point.

Sure, you could download your own third party file manager apps from the Google Play Store. There are plenty of them out there available for free. But why bother when Android, for the first time, has shipped with its own file manager app?

Anyways, follow the instructions below to do it yourself.

How to Do It

Step 1) Go to Settings

Step 2) Tap Storage & USB (found under the Device subheading)

Step 3) Scroll to the bottom of the resulting screen and tap Explore

That’s…it. You’re in the file manager immediately. The file manager feels like a cleaner, more Marshmallow-y version of every file manager app on the Google Play Store.

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What to Do in the File Manager App

Some of the things you can do within this app include the same things you would expect to do in any file manager app:

-Tap a folder to view its contents

-Tap a file to view it

-Press and hold a file to get additional options, including delete, share, copy, etc.)

-Search through files

-Change the sort order for files (tap the three horizontal lines in the top right corner of the screen to switch between Grid and List views, just like your Gallery app)

This is a great file manager that doesn’t appear to have any shortcomings.

Apparently, Google just doesn’t want its users messing with the inner workings of their phone – which isn’t exactly a secret based on their attitude towards rooted users.

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