A download manager can be very useful on a mobile device. You may not realize how many files you are actually downloading. The download manager organizes and sorts every file that you download, which makes things easier to find. It deals with more than just downloads.

The videos that you take, the items in your Google Drive, and even the items on an SD card can all be browsed here. While there are a variety of apps that can serve as a Download Manager, it is not necessary to download one since your Android device has one on it that is more than capable of meeting your needs. Below, you can find how to use the download manager on your Android device.

Launch Download manager

  1. Launch the download manager. The icon is usually a small, yellow folder with the word “Files” underneath. You can swipe up on your screen and use the search bar at the top of the screen to search the word “Files” and you should be able to launch it by clicking on the icon that appears.

recent downloads

2. You will see your recent downloads at the top of the screen. You can open one of them by tapping one.

3. Beneath the recent downloads, you will see a section titled, “Categories.” This section is very useful if you are search for a specific download or wanting to delete a file but are unsure of the name. You can see downloads, images, documents, and your videos here. Tap the icon above the name of each category to see the files in that category.

Look for specific file

4. After tapping on one of the categories, you can search for a specific file using the magnifying glass on the right side of the screen above all of the files. You can also edit, share, sort, or change the settings of your files by pressing the three vertical dots to the right of the magnifying glass.

press and hold file

5. If you press and hold on a file, you can delete it, share it, copy it, or see its details.

6. Press and hold on one file and once you see a checkmark appear next to it, press other files in order to mass delete files in that folder.

7. You can move a file by pressing and holding on it. Then, tap “move” which will appear in the bottom left of the screen. Once you press “Move” you can press the back button and choose a category to move it to. Tap that category and press “Move here” which will be at the bottom right of the screen.

link cloud services

8. You can link your Google Drive, OneDrive, and your device’s Cloud Drive here. You can also view the contents of your SD card if you have one.

Storage Analysis

9. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of your Files home screen, you can press the “Storage Analysis” option to see what is taking up the most space on your phone. You can also see your duplicate files, your large files, and your unused files.

If you tap the section name, you will open all the files in that section. Press and hold a file and then press delete in the right bottom corner of the screen if you’d like to get rid of one.

That’s the basics of using your File Manager that is already on your device.