Article ID : SX674502 / Last Modified : 01/27/2021

How do I browse files on an Xperia device?

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    Valid for

    • Android 11
    • Android 10™
    • Android 9 (Pie)

    Browse files directly on your phone

    • You can browse photos, videos or audio tracks on your Xperia® device using the pre-installed Album, Music and Video apps.
    • You can also use a file manager app for viewing, searching, renaming and organizing your files and folders. File manager apps are available for download from the Google Play™ store. Follow the steps below to browse using the Files app:
      1. Find and tap the Files app.
        • On some devices, it's in the Other folder of the Applications screen.
      2. If the device has an SD card, tap MenuShow internal storage. If not, go to the next step.
      3. Tap the options icon.
      4. Tap the Internal memory icon to browse the internal storage, → SD Card (if available) to browse a memory card or Drive (if available) to access files on your Google Drive.
        • Tap and hold a file to highlight it. You can tap the share icon to share the file, or tap Menu to move or copy the file to another location.

    Browse files using a computer

    1. Connect your Xperia device to a Windows® computer using a USB cable.
    2. On your Xperia device: If the Allow access? message pops up, tap ALLOW.
    3. On your Computer: Open Windows Explorer.
      • Your Xperia device appears under Computer.

        Xperia device in Windows Explorer

    4. Use Windows Explorer to drag and drop files between your computer and your phone, or between your phone's internal storage and memory card.