Your Android device, like any smartphone or tablet, has its own internal storage. It’s what an Android needs to launch an app successfully or save a great picture for posting. At any rate, sometimes you need access to your internet storage on your Android device. You can find out how below.

Accessing Internal Storage with File Manager

1. Locate and launch the File Manager app. Its icon is a folder with a single document peeking out, or several. Its typical location tends to be in the App Drawer, however, you may find it on one of your Home screens as well, where all currently installed apps find refuge.

Inside the File Manager app, the app splits your storage into two categories: ‘Category’ and ‘Local.’ Those two categories are then broken down into subcategories. Under ‘Category,’ you’ll find all your files in predetermined subcategories, like Images and Videos, which have their own folders. Under ‘Local,’ you’ll find your internal storage as well as any external storage connected.

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2. Select the Local tab. In ‘Local,’ choose the storage labeled ‘Phone.’

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3. You are now free to explore the files of your internal storage. You have several tools at your disposal.

  • Delete: Throws out any files you’ve selected. Its icon is a trash can.
  • Search File: Search for a file by name. Tap the magnifying glass at the top.
  • Share: Gives you the opportunity to upload files to a specific location. Its icon is three dots connected by a line.
  • Copy: Make a duplicate of the file. Its icon is one square overlapping another.
  • Move: Take a file and move it to a new location. Its icon is four arrows.
  • Compress: Reduce the file size, usually, for transporting to other locations. Tap the three vertical dots to find it.
  • Rename: Give the file a new name.
  • Add to Favorites: Moves any file to the favorites subcategory, located in ‘Category,’ in the File Manager app. Tap the three vertical dots to find it.
  • Details: Gives additional information on the selected file, like its path and file size. Tap the three vertical dots to find it.
  • Create shortcut: Sends a shortcut to the specific file to your Home screen. Tap the three vertical dots to find it.

Accessing Internal Storage with a Computer

When you explored your Android device’s storage, you might have noticed that you only had one storage drive when, in fact, you had two: an internal hard drive and an SD card. But why didn’t it appear on the list? In some cases, your device gels together both your internal hard drive and your SD card and represents it as a single drive.

If you’d like to explore your SD card and your internal storage much faster, then perhaps exploring both with a computer will prove more useful. And, as a bonus, a computer will actually separate your SD card and your internal storage into two separate drives.

1. Plug your USB cable into the computer and the other end into your Android’s USB port.

Media device (MTP)

2. When prompted by ‘Connect to PC,’ choose Media device (MTP). This will establish a connection between your Android device and the computer and allow for files to be transferred and explored.

Sometimes ‘Connect to PC’ doesn’t appear. Tap your taskbar at the top, where your clock it, to expand your Quick Settings Menu. You’ll see a notification labeled USB for file transfer or Transferring media files via USB. Select either one that pertains to you.

3. Open Windows Startup.

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4. Type anywhere in the menu ‘This PC’ and launch the app that appears.

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5. Under ‘Devices and drives,’ if your Android device was connected properly, double-click your device.

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6. From here, you should see your internal storage. You can double-click it to explore its contents. However, you should also see an SD card, if you had one installed.