The file: /// sdcard / address is a command that can be used in the Google Chrome browser for the Android operating system, as well as in other browsers . By entering this path in the browser you will access a file viewer , integrated with the browser and without the need to download additional file management programs.

The  file: /// sdcard / function does not go further than the file management applications downloaded from the Play Store can go , which are generally more complete. However, sometimes you may need to do a basic query for the main folders of the device. Next we will detail everything about this utility, so that you understand why it may be better (in specific cases) to use file sdcard than to install a file explorer.

Steps to use file: /// sdcard

This function is available on any Android device (and computer) that has a browser, it can be Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Samsung Internet, Chrome, among others.

  1. Go to the applications menu and open the Google Chrome browser or any other browser you have installed. If you don’t have it installed yet, install it from the Google Play Store.
  2. Then, go to the search or address bar and enter the address file: /// sdcard / . Note that you must use a colon followed by three slashes (///) , otherwise the command will not work. Do not add www. To it, as it is not a normal URL; don’t add anything to the end either.
  3. Press ” Go ” on the screen keyboard and a directory will appear with all the files in the internal memory.

The formats that can be viewed in this tool are quite a few, among them are obviously the most common: PDF, JPG, PNG, MP4, etc.

In the same way, some of the data that this utility can give you are: the size, the name and the date of the last modification of all the files that are in your storage memory.

The file function can also be used on computers

The instructions that we have detailed previously, are used to use this function in the Android Google Chrome browser, and as explained, it can be used in any other browser that works on that mobile operating system.

However, it can also be used on computers to view files on hard drives . The direction is similar, it just undergoes a slight variation.

  1. You must open the browser, it can be Opera, Mozilla, Chrome, anyone.
  2. In the search bar of your browser, put the address file: /// C: /// (the C can be replaced by the letter of the hard drive you want to check).
  3. Once you hit enter , a menu will appear with the respective folders and files on the unit.

In this way, you have an alternative for when a failure occurs with your operating system’s explorer.

Limitations of file: /// sdcard /

Older devices (low-end) are those that, due to space reasons, usually do not have a pre-installed file manager; Similarly, you can choose to download one from the Play Store or use this special URL if you already have the Google Chrome browser installed.

As we mentioned, this utility does not have a very extensive capacity, that is why it is usually used, instead of the most complete applications, on specific occasions.

It should be noted mainly that this address only allows you to view the files in the internal storage memory , but not with the files in the external memory (SD) or the root files, ironic as it may seem. In addition, it is not possible to delete or in any way manage the files listed in it, since special permissions are required to do so.

In the event that what you want is to manage the files stored in your memory, you must download a file manager, which will allow you to delete, move, copy them and more.

When you want to interact with the internal memory of your Android device, you will have a tool available that will allow you to view, delete, cut, copy … any file that is in it. Unfortunately, you may not have an application to help you interact with the content stored in your storage memory.