Where Is The File Manager On Google Pixel And How to Add Its Shortcut To The Home Screen

Google Pixel has a built-in File Manager app (however it is hidden a bit). You can explore all files and folders and even perform all basic operations with them. In this article read about:

  • how to find a File Manager on Google Pixel and Pixel XL under Android Nougat 7;
  • how to perform basic operations with files and folders in the built-in explorer app;
  • how to add a shortcut to File Manager to the home screen of Google Pixel.

Where is a file manager on Google Pixel?

  1. Open “Settings”: settings android nougat
  2. Scroll down to the “Device” section.
  3. Tap on “Storage”: storage android nougat
  4. Select “Explore” at the bottom: Explore storage Google Pixel
File Manager on Google Pixel


Here is how the File Explorer of Google Pixel looks like: 

How to use the File Manager on Google Pixel

select files in File Manager of Google Pixel

The built-in File Manager has a user-friendly interface well-known for most Android users. To open the file or folder just tap on them. In such a way you can play music, explore a folder, etc. To mark an item tap on its thumbnail

After you marked some items you can delete, copy or move them to another location. Tap on the icon to delete:

delete items in file manager
basic operations file manager google pixel

For the last two operations just tap on three dots in the upper right corner and select the proper action: 

How to add a shortcut to File Manager (File Explorer) to the home screen of Google Pixel

Unfortunately you cannot create an icon of File Manager on Google Pixel by default. But you can add one using a nice small third-party app written by Andrzej Nosek.

  1. Install Shortcut maker for DocumentsUI from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.konos.createshortcut install shortcut maker app
  2. Launch “Storage Shortcut”: storage shortcut
  3. Now pick a name, select a desired icon color and finally tap “CREATE SHORTCUT” to add a shortcut of File Manager to the home screen of your Google Pixel:
how to create a shortcut to FIle Manager on Google Pixel
Create an icon of the FIle Manager on Google Pixel

You are done in a second:

file explorer (file manager) on Google Pixel
File manager (explorer) icon on Google Pixel
  • Now you can uninstall the Shortcut Maker app because you don’t need the app anymore. The icon of the File Manager will stay on your home screen.
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    1. Thanks for this. I was looking for a way to make a shortcut for native file explorer. This is great!

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