With the storage capability for Android devices rising every year, and the amount of information and data that we have on our phone and tablets already, it can get overwhelming once you start looking for things in particular. Apps do a pretty good job at finding their own things, but it all starts to fall apart once you’re looking for a particular file that you don’t remember where it went – did you download it, was it from an app, did someone send it over email? Luckily, today we’ll show you a simple and easy way to search for your files in Android!
In order to accomplish today’s lesson, we’ll be using an app called “Everything”. Android, unlike some other mobile OS’s like iOS, actually supports file managers – so really, any regular file browser that allows you to navigate through the files on your device should be able to find what you’re looking for… eventually. The issue is that sometimes you just really have no clue what the file is called, and no real info to start with. So, instead of using a regular file browser, we’ll be using Everything, which was made to solve this problem in particular.
Start by downloading the app, for free, by following this Play Store link. Once the app is installed, you will see this screen, while the app sets itself up:
The process could take a while, especially if the storage on your device isn’t particularly fast or if you have a lot of data, so give it some time to work itself out. Once it’s done, it will show you the main search screen:
As you can see, the interface is pretty simple – there’s a search bar, some results at the bottom, and that’s about it. So, if you know what the file you’re looking for is called, you can start searching right away by typing the name on the search bar, and the results should appear in the list below instantly:
And to open your file, just click the result you want on the list, and the app will open it for you:
But, what if you don’t know the name of the file you’re looking for? Well, that’s where the app steps up to help you: as long as you know what kind of file it is, that is, whether it is a sound file, a video file or an image, the app will find it and let you pick it from a list. For example, let’s say that you’re looking for a specific audio recording, but you don’t know what it’s called. No problem! Just tap the menu icon at the top left to open this submenu:
And from there, pick the kind of file you’re trying to find. In our case, it’s audio, so let’s go with “Music”:
As you can see, the app gathers all of the sound files and displays them on a list for you. That way, you have a shorter list to search though, and can refine your search. Then, to find the right file, just look at the length, the file format, and the name, and eventually you’ll find the right result:
Of course, this will also work for pictures or video, and it’s pretty much the same method, except that you can find your file by looking at a preview of the image files on your phone:
Overall, this is a great app that will allow you to find what you’re looking for with ease, as long as you have some idea of what the name is, and will also lend you a hand if you have no clue about what it’s called. Either way, it beats a regular file explorer app and it’s another one of those handy tools to keep around your phone in case it’s ever necessary. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!