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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.
Find the file manager app
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 some cases, you might need to install a file manager to help you keep those downloaded files under control. You should now see the file you recently downloaded with date and time. For example, you can clear your download history, edit, share, and sort by. Whatever works best for you. An app that will help you find not just your downloads but any file for that matter is ES File Explorer. Tap on it and either scroll until you find the Downloads folder or search for it with the search bar. Click on the one that allows you to see the contents of your Android device.