Article ID : SX674502 / Last Modified : 12/13/2022Print

How do I browse files on an Xperia device? (Android 8, Android 9, Android 10 or Android 11)

    IMPORTANT: This article applies only to specific products and/or operating systems. Check Applicable Products and Categories for details.

    Valid for

    • Android 11
    • Android 10™
    • Android 9 (Pie)
    • Android 8

    Browse your files:

    • Directly on the device
    • By connecting the device via a USB cable to a computer
    • For Android 12, For more information, Check out here

    Browse files directly on your phone

    • Using the pre-installed Album, Music, and Video apps, you can browse photos, videos, or audio tracks on your Xperia® device.
    • 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. [Android 8] Xperia device: If prompted, in the Use USB to dialog, tap Transfer files (MTP).
      [Android 9, 10, 11] Xperia device: If prompted, in the Allow access? dialog, 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.