Moto E is simple to use. But there is one missed app in Moto E: a native file manager. This happens to Moto G and Moto X as well.
So, you have two ways to manage files on Moto E:
- Connecting your Moto E to a PC with a USB cable so that you can manage files on Moto E from your PC
- Using a third-party file manager app to manage files on Moto E.
This guide will show you how to use one of the best free file manager app, ES File Explorer File Manager, to manage files on Moto E.
Why ES File Explorer File Manager?
ES File Explorer File Manager is probably the best (arguable) third-party file manager for Android. It is a full featured file explorer and manager. Actually, the app has so many features and functions that very few users use all features.
Not just managing files on Moto E, ES File Explorer File Manager can also work as cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, Ubuntu One and more), a FTP client, and a LAN Samba client.
Although packed with so many features, the app is very simple to use for new users.
Equally important, there are no ads for this free app.
How to install ES File Explorer File Manager on Moto E?
You ca get ES File Explorer File Manager for free from Play store.
In your Moto E home screen, tap Play Store icon. In Play Store app, tap the search icon to search for ES File Explorer, as shown below. Then tap the ES File Explorer File Manager.
Now you are in the detailed info page for the app. Tap “Install” to install this app.
Of course, before this app (ES File Explorer File Manager) is installed in your Moto E, you are alerted for the permissions this app requests.
You can review the permission for this app. If you feel uncomfortable with the permissions, you can choose not to install it. For apps with good reputation, like, ES File Explorer, you don’r worry about the permissions. But for some unknown apps, or apps with poor rating, you’d be careful.
Anyway, you need tap “accept” to proceed to the installation.
Once the installation is finished, you can find out the options in the app detailed info page is “Open” or “Uninstall” .
By default, once you install a new app in Moto E from the Play Store, the app (actually a shortcut) will be added to Moto E home screen. Of course, you can turn off this feature in Play store settings.
You can quickly launch the app from home screen without checking the app drawer.
How to configure ES File Explorer File Manager on Moto E?
If you open ES File Explorer File Manager the first time, after showing some tutorials, the app will start with your internal storage as the home directory.
Also, there are default bluetooth share path, and default download directory in ES File Explorer File Manager.
You can customize all these default directories.
How to configure home directory on Moto E?
Normally, after you insert a SD card to your Moto E, you want to manage files in both internal storage and the SD card.
Although it is possible to manually navigate around the Moto E file system, a good default home directory can make file managing faster.
Step 1: Start the ES File Explorer File Manager by tapping the icon in home screen.
Step 2: Tap the fast access button as shown below. Then tap the settings button.
Step 3. Tap Directory settings, then tap Home directory as shown below.
Step 4: tap the “^” button , then navigate to /Storage folder as shown below.
Tap OK to set current folder as the default home directory.
Next time , when you start ES File Explorer File Manager, it will start with /Storage folder so that you can quickly access both internal storage and external SD card.
Please note, in Moto E, the sdcard or sdcard0 means the internal storage. Your external microSD card is always named as sdcard1.
How to manage files on Moto E with ES File Explorer File Manager?
It is very simple and intuitive to manage file on Moto E with ES File Explorer File Manager.
To copy/move/delete a file, tap and hold the file. The file will be selected and the app enters into selection mode. You can tap any other files to make the selection.
Once you select all files, you can use the traditional copy, cut, delete, and rename buttons in the bottom.
Alternatively, you can tap the more button to get more functions, including sharing, sending, compressing…. This usually works faster. For example, you can choose Copy to then select the folders. This is faster than tapping copy button, then navigating to the destination folder.
Do you have any questions on managing files on Moto E?
Please leave a comment if you have problems or questions on how to manage files on Moto E with ES File Explorer File Manager.
More how-to guides , tips and tricks for using Moto E are available at Moto E how-to guides page.