Android 4.4.4 Files Question

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Android 4.4.4 Files Question

I have broken down and bought my first smartphone. A Motorla Droid Turbo running Android 4.4.4. How do you access the files on the phone? When I plug it into a computer I can see folders for ringtones and alert sounds and can add files without trouble but I cannot access the folders from the phone itself. Is there an app I need or is it buried somewhere in setup or elsewhere that I'm not finding?
 
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Old 11-03-14, 09:41 AM
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You've gone to the dark side PD!

I'll ask my step-son to answer you when he wakes up if you don't get an answer beforehand. He's a smartphone guru.
 
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Old 11-03-14, 10:05 AM
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I'm pretty sure the only way to access them is thru a computer. Can't find any other way.
 
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Is the phone mounted to the computer as a drive?
 
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Old 11-03-14, 04:43 PM
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Even if you access your ringtones, Motorola has it built in that newer phones will use a different sub file than the older counterpart, making you buy new ringtones. Android operates using applications rather than embedded files like your PC.
 
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I can throw ringtones and message tones on without issue. I just use a computer and put the MP3 files in the appropriate folders on the phone. Much simpler and easier than I expected. I just find it odd that there is nothing resident in the phone to let you manage files and folders. Everything else about the phone says wiz-bang pocket computer Star-Trek communicator so I expect some computer like file handling stuff.
 
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On the phone itself there should be a built-in app called File Manager. It may be buried in the Apps section. You can run it from there or move it to the home screen.
 
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Old 11-04-14, 02:23 PM
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Rick, I don't see any Android Application named or associated with File Manager. Does it have a different name?
 
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just download one from the google store. I use ES File Explorer but here is an article that reviews a few of them.

The best file managers for Android | Android Central

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Thank you for the input about file management apps. I'm researching them now. I've already accumulated three folders of pictures that are driving me crazy. I need to do some organizing.

Oh, and this smart phone stuff is really cool! The texting still has me baffled why it's so popular. Unless you're in a meeting and can't talk I think an old fashioned phone call is more efficient and conveys more meaning.
 
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You are so old school PD. In a corporate world, you will often see people using their phones during meetings. Of course they are "checking email" and other business related activities. Reality is that they are often bored or tuned out and are using the messaging or chat to talk about dinner plans, carpool, outfits or even just chatting with the guy across the table without making a sound. it can really corrupt you.

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File Manager apparently was part of an earlier Android version. Sorry. "My Files" is on my 4.4.2 phone. Don't know if it's a Samsung thing or part of Android, but as pjaffe said, there are a number of them out there. ES is a good one. I use it on my now-ancient Asus tablet. (It's nearly four years old.)

BTW, I finally found an app that lets me use my smart phone as a telephone!
 
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I've loaded ES but I need to work with it some more as I have not found how to change picture folder names. ES allows me to change individual photo names, delete and move files but not re-name the folders.
 
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you can always do it the old fashioned way and create a new directory, move the files and then delete the old directory.

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