Subscriber Account active since. With all of the amazing features available on Android , like a high definition camera, apps for everything, lighting fast processing power, and so on, there is one thing that can be less than convenient: the difficulty of finding downloaded files. It's almost as if your smartphone's downloads disappear just as soon as the transfer of data has been completed. In fact, unless you know where to look, on some phones that's effectively what happens. So let's tell you where to look for downloads on your Android phone. It's a little place called the app drawer. Open the Android app drawer by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Look for the My Files or File Manager icon and tap it. If you don't see it, instead tap the Samsung icon with many smaller icons inside it — My Files will be among them.
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After a while, smartphones can become handheld electronic briefcases. Not only do they have the tools we need, but stacks of photos, files, videos, and other media crammed into it each day. While media secretly downloads onto our mobile devices, however, a conscious effort is needed to actually find where downloads reside on our phones. This guide explains exactly how to find downloaded files on iPhones and Android phones, including Samsung and Google Pixel mobiles. It details just where to look and what to do in order to access your downloaded media. If you own an iPhone , go to the Files app to find your downloads. Files can be used to store everything from photos to saved GarageBand songs. For Samsung smartphones , much the same principle applies, but with slightly different names. Step 1: Open the app drawer and either tap the My Files icon or open the Samsung folder and access it from there depends on the phone.
It can be incredibly convenient to use Android to download files and forgo a computer for things like editing a document for work, adding to a presentation for class or downloading a photo that you want to use as a wallpaper. The problem is, it's not always clear where the file you just downloaded was saved on your phone or tablet. When Android first launched, finding files was especially cumbersome due to the fact that not every Android device came with a file manager app. A lot has changed since then. Most Android devices now come with some sort of file manager preinstalled, and for those that don't, there's a better alternative anyway. By far the easiest way to find downloaded files on Android is to look in your app drawer for an app called Files or My Files. Regardless of which device, once you find and open the file manager, use it to look for the Downloads folder and open it. There you will find your downloaded files in chronological order newest to oldest, in most cases. You can, however, change how the files are sorted. In Samsung's My Files app, tap on the three-dot menu icon and then select "Sort by.