How to access file directory?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bfrmbama, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. bfrmbama

    bfrmbama Member
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    I downloaded a PDF file to my Droid. I can see that it is in the "Downloads" folder when I mount the Droid to my laptop via the USB.

    My question is, how do I access this file from the phone? I can't get to the directory to try to open it.

    I can access the PDF through my Gmail account using the Preview option. However, I wanted to save the file to the SD card. So, I searched this and another forum on how to do that and the only way I could find was to access my gmail account through the browser and download. I did this and the file was put in the Downloads folder on the SD.

    How do you access the Downloads directory and for that matter, any directory that you may want to create on the SD?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Droid_Junky

    Droid_Junky Well-Known Member
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    You need to have an app like Astro File Manager installed. Then you should have some sort of PDF viewer app installed. I don't remember if one came with the phone. Documents to Go is the best all-around document viewer but there are a few free ones out there for just PDF.
     
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  3. Barbara

    Barbara Well-Known Member
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    There is a program in the market called ASTRO File Manager (free). It will allow you to access all the files on your SD card.
     
  4. bfrmbama

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    Thanks to both of you for the replies. I'm going to give Astro File Manager a try!
     
  5. bfrmbama

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    Astro File Manager was the ticket. Apparently, QuickOffice comes with the phone, so I had no problem opening the PDF.

    Thanks again!
     
  6. secretsquirrel

    secretsquirrel Well-Known Member
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    I'm having similar problems and download Astro as we speak...

    What the heck is it with this Android thing that you need to download something in order to see/find the files on your phone? It's bizarre. Windows mobile was a bit like that, which is one of the reasons I changed. Android seems worse, as what it shows when connected to my PC just isn't visible, anywhere, on the phone.

    According to my PC there is a 'My Documents' folder on the phone. Cool. So I placed a PDF on there.

    Great. But how do I get to My Documents, via Android?

    Do I really have to download some else's software, just to access my own documents folder?

    Why?

    WTF?


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