Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Accessing Internal Memory and the External Memory (SD Card) in WiFi File Explorer

Back in the good ol’ days, Android devices used to have just one area of memory for storing files, typically an SD card (known as external memory).  The sun was shining, children were laughing and we all just got along fine and dandy.  Then device manufacturers started adding internal flash memory as well as the SD card and made things slightly more complicated with regards to accessing the area of memory you want to manage.

By default, WiFi File Explorer starts you off by pointing to the area of memory that the device thinks is its main area of storage.  Most of the time, you’ll find this is correct for you and you continue to use the application as expected.  However, sometimes it may point you towards the external memory (SD card), when actually you want to manage the internal memory, or vice versa.  So what do you do?  Well, go to Settings within the application and you’ll see a setting named ‘Home Directory’.  You can either:
  1. Clear the setting and leave it blank, which allows you to browse the entire device starting from the root memory location of the device;
  2. Or, change the setting to point to the directory that represents the memory location you want to start in.
As stated earlier, by default, the Home Directory points to the area of memory that the device thinks is its main area of storage.  You may know the path for the other area of memory already, but if you don’t, try using Google to find it out (it can be different for each device).

If you do have both internal and external memory locations, I would recommend just leaving the Home Directory setting blank as that way you always start at the root memory location and can easily manage both internal and external memory locations without having to constantly change it.  For everyone else, just leave it as it is, unless you need access to everything on your device for whatever reason.


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  2. Make sure you wait until the ZIP file has finished being created before you download hit, i.e. don't hit refresh after clicking 'Zip', wait until it refreshes itself (that means it has finished).

  3. I expected end of loading of page naturally. Created a screenshot (220kb), pushed to compress, expected to steam of minutes after page loading has been completed, after that downloaded archive, but the problem hasn't dared.
    The archiver informs that the compression method isn't supported.

  4. Problem in other... Compressed with the help 'root explorer' as a result result same

  5. Why not try unzipping with another program?

  6. I'm trying to download files from my Samsung Galaxy S2 into my Galaxy Tab 10.1.
    I was able to download 1 file at the time but if I try to download a directory I get a message in the Tab saying download unsuccessful file size could not be determined.
    Do you have any idea on how to solve this?

  7. My issue is I tend to keep my storage at or near capacity with my media, so it doesn't help that wifi explorer is only reporting internal storage statistics when it tells me "Available/Total Space". Are additional fields for this planned for future versions?

  8. I have a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. When I try to Upload a file to the external SD Card, I get an error. The download works fine.

    The pass to my directory is:

    How to solve this?

  9. "go to Settings within the application"
    How do i go to settings..I dont see any way of going to the application setting..Please help me out..thnxx

    1. Depending on what kind of Android device you have, either press the Menu button and select Settings, or just press the Settings action in the Action Bar at the top if you are running Android 3.0 or above.

    2. I have a samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (P3100).It has Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).Plz tell me how to do it.

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