I have a samsung galaxy 8, new to android from iphone 7. Since this system is new to me I wanted to get a rundown on the internal/sd storage files, where system files are stored, how to find apps and where they are stored. Basically I want to manage some files but I don't know the structure on the android system. Example: I want to store some lesser used icon packs to the external storage to free up some space. I don't know where to move them to, and what rules there may be for this. I also have alot of photo files which I want to store and use from the sd card. If someone can please direct me to an article that would be really helpful.


You can download Es File Explorer App, click here to download it from Google Play Store. It makes easy to manage your files in Internal/External Storage, using this you can easily move your photos from Internal to External storage.

I hope this will help you.

  • ES once was a good one, now it comes with too much adware attached. For replacements, there's my app listing of file managers; depending on your background, good candidates include Total Commander / Ghost Commander / Astro or Amaze – and I'd currently rather go for the latter: it's open source, and includes an app manager.
    – Izzy
    Nov 22 '17 at 7:50
  • @Izzy I am using it for years and I have not faced any issue with it yet, but I will look the suggestions you mentioned. Nov 22 '17 at 8:14
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    Well, ES added at least AdMob and MoPub, then Appsflyer, Avocarrot and Taboola – all for ads. Additionally, the app is linked to Firebase (probably for analytics). Doesn't feel good privacy-wise. Amaze has none of that (umm, exact for Firebase if you install it from Playstore – luckily it's also available at F-Droid) while covering almost everything ES does.
    – Izzy
    Nov 22 '17 at 10:01
  • @Izzy Thanks for improving my knowledge, this was really helpful. Nov 22 '17 at 10:08
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    I fail to see how the answer addresses a good part of the question; namely, where are [apps] stored, where system files are stored, what rules there may be [for moving files]. Sorry, but -1.
    – Grimoire
    Nov 22 '17 at 16:03

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