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How To Access Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s Hidden File Manager

Android includes full access to a file system, complete with support for removable SD cards. But Android itself has never come with a built-in file manager, forcing manufacturers to create their own file manager apps and users to install third-party ones. With Android 6.0, Android now contains a hidden file manager.

How to access Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s hidden file manager

1. Open the Settings application and go to the Storage & USB settings2. Tap the Explore option which can be found under the internal storage items3. And boom, you have now access to the Android default file manager

Note that this default file manager on Android Marshmallow doesn't offer so much compared to the popular file managers available in the Play Store, but it really is a great new feature on the Android 6.

Android OS has imprinted its name since its early days. But it was disinclined to launch Android with a built-in file manager. You might have observed that Google does not ship Android with a built-in File Manager application to copy or move your files.Users were only have to depend on third party file explorer applications to get a file manager running on Android phone.

However, now Google has introduced Android 6.0 Marshmallow with built-in file manager, but it is said that it might be evident. The interesting fact is that the built-in file manager in Android 6.0 Marshmallow is hidden and not directly available to the user.

That is because among many changes that Google has done to the Marshmallow firmware, one is hiding the built-in file manager. Marshmallow comes with enhanced performance, Project Doze and native support for fingerprint scanners. But if you have just updated to the latest version, you are probably confused as to why there is no file manager available.

After all, the spirit of Android is the fact that it is open source and you have the freedom to directly access all files on the system. Do not panic. The file manager is still on Marshmallow, but now it is slightly hidden and not in the form of an app in the app drawer.

Now you can access the files of your phone. You can use the file explorer to check the Download folder, Android, DCIM, Music and more. Alternatively, you can use a third-party file explorer from the Play Store such as ES File Explorer if you want an app-based explorer.

The manager supports many popular cloud storages (like Google Drive) for sharing and syncing purposes. And you can easily compress your files into the ZIP format. Furthermore, backing up your files using Astro is simple should you ever reset your device. The best part? Astro has no ads, and it is free to purchase. Thus, the pros and cons of Astro are:

Since it is hidden by default, you will need root or a computer to enable multi window on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow running device. The easiest way is through root, because all you need is a root file explorer to add an extra line to a system file on the phone.

Xiaomi revoked the ability to clear cache in MIUI 12 from storage settings, However, the settings can still be accessed by using the Activity Launcher app on the Google Play Store. Download and install Activity Launcher, and search for Storage > Settings > Storage, now tap on Cached Data and clear it. This way, you will be able to clear the cache in MIUI 12 using hidden settings.

Xiaomi has hidden the MIUI optimization toggle in Android Developer Options with recent updates. You can still access MIUI optimization setting by going to Developer Options > scroll down to the bottom > and rapidly keep tapping on Reset to default values. This will make the MIUI optimization toggle visible again.

You can hide apps in MIUI on Xiaomi phones by going to Settings > Apps > App Lock > Hidden Apps. Select the app you wish to hide, and enable the toggle beside it. This will hide that app from your device. To access hidden apps, on your home screen, use the pinch out or zoom out gesture using two fingers, and enter your privacy password or unlock using your fingerprint.

The USB configuration of Android 6.0 marshmallow is slightly different than other versions which will confuse you if you are not familiar with. Here we will see how to setup your Android 6.0 device USB configuration to access files in Windows.

If there is a programmer of marshmallow reading this comment, tell my why did you give up the easy access thrue UMS to Android phones?This was absolutly awsom on Android! Simple to use no access problems!

The Application Drawer has got a new UI when compared to older one. The horizontal pages of app drawer is replaced with one huge vertical page in android M. The applications are still listed alphabetically but there is a dedicated row on top for recently launched apps, which can give easy access to recently used apps.

What is USB debugging? It is a platform through which Android devices transfer information between the device and Android Software Development Kit over a USB connection. Through it, the PC can access essential information such as log files while the device concurrently receives files and commands from the PC. All of which is made possible over the USB connection. Developers use it mostly for testing new apps. It also allows you access to hidden features such as GPU rendering. This article details how to enable Developer options and USB debugging in Android 6.0/6.0.1.

To provide file the privacy and security, user cannot directly read/access files stored in Hidden Cabinet of their mobile device from a PC when connected your phone with File Manager /Wireless File Transfer function as all files are stored in encr...


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