How to access hidden file manager in Android Marshmallow [Guide]

Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow last year and it’s currently running on more than 13% of overall Android devices. There’s no doubt that Android Marshmallow is Google’s best Android release till now. Google introduced features likes Doze Mode, Google Now On Tap, App Permissions and more with this release of Android.


If you are having a device which is running on stock version of Android Marshmallow, you must have noticed that there’s no dedicated file manager app. But, before you open the Play Store and start downloading a file manager app, let us tell you that there’s a hidden file manager tucked inside the settings of the Android Marshmallow OS. If you can’t find it, we show you how to access hidden file manager in Android Marshmallow. Read on.

How to access hidden file manager in Android Marshmallow

Step 1: Open ‘Settings‘ menu.


Step 2: Now tap on ‘Storage & USB‘ option. Doing so will show you the used storage of your device. Now scroll down till the end, you will find an option named ‘Explore‘, tap on it to access hidden file manager in Android Marshmallow.

Hidden File Manager in Android Marshmallow

That’s it, you now have access to hidden file manager of Android Marshmallow. You can see all the files and folders you would by using a file manager app downloaded from Google’s Play Store.


The default view of the file manager will be ‘List View’. You can change it by tapping on the ‘three dot menu’ button located at the top-right of the screen and then tapping on ‘Grid View‘. This will change the view of the hidden file manager from ‘List View’ to ‘Grid View’.

Now that you can access hidden file manager in Android Marshmallow, you don’t need to download any other file managers from Play Store, unless you wan’t some fancy features. Check out our ‘How-To Guides‘ section for more such tricks.