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    How do I use the File app?

    I see it in my list of apps.

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    But I don't have an icon for it or any way to access it. I would like to use some type of file manager on my phone and I have read that the third-party file manager apps are unreliable. This one is apparently part of Android, but am I able to use it? What am I missing here?
    My smartphone is a lot smarter than I am.

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    My suggestion install Ghost Commander File Manager & just be done with it.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ander&hl=en_US
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    I see it in my list of apps.

    But I don't have an icon for it or any way to access it. I would like to use some type of file manager on my phone and I have read that the third-party file manager apps are unreliable. This one is apparently part of Android, but am I able to use it? What am I missing here?
    The apps on your home screens are not all of the apps your phone has. Your phone has an apps "drawer". On many Android phones you open the apps "drawer" by touching the icon at the bottom of the screen that looks like rows of dots. You can also long press on a blank spot on a home screen.

    From there, find the app you want, touch and hold the app icon and drag it to a blank spot on a home screen.

    https://www.dummies.com/consumer-ele...e-home-screen/

    You could also just use the Play Store to install the Files by Google app.

    Along the same lines, you don't have to keep apps you don't want on your home screens. Touch, hold and drag the app icon to the top of the screen where it says Remove. This does not delete the app from the phone. It just removes it from the home screen.

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    Some apps don't have icons because they are not run as a stand alone app.

    That is the file manager that comes on stock Android but it does not have an icon because you don't run it by itself. To use it go to settings->storage and click on internal or external sd card and the file manager will run.

    Why Google does not add a file manager app that you can run from an icon i don't know but that might be the case on a newer Android OS version.

    This built in file manager does work good. In some cases another file manager would not delete a file but this one worked, not sure why the other did not.

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    Thanks for the explanation. Files by Google works. Really what I want to do is delete podcasts after I've listened to them. Some I save on internal storage and others to an SD card to listen to on a different phone in my car.

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