It’s possible to browse local files on your android device using a browser app. This is a nice little trick that can come in handy whenever you need to peek at any of those important files that you’ve stored in your micro SD storage or phone’s internal memory. Of course, you can accomplish the same using any of the many file browser apps available free at the Play Store. But using your phone’s browser app to view local files is a much quicker and simpler way of going about it. Since you already have a web browser app installed on your android gadget, you really don’t need to install anything new.
It’s important to keep in mind that while you’re at it, you will not be able to performance other file-related tasks such as move or rename files. Your browser doesn’t double up as a file management application. It only works as a sneaky tool to view and open your files. Conveniently, you’ll be able to open multiple file formats this way, including pictures (jpg, png, gif, and more), .html files, etc.
Open local files using Chrome
Chrome is one of the most popular android browser apps. Thus, we’re giving preference.
- Simply launch the Chrome browser app on your phone or tablet.
- On the address bar, type file:///sdcard/
- This opens all the contents of your SD storage on the Chrome browser app.
- Simply tap on any folder in order to navigate to its content.
- Once you identify the file that you want to open, tap on it to launch. The directory and file structure is displayed clearly so it’s easy to get lost while looking for a specific file.
Open local files via other browser apps
In addition to Chrome, you’ll also be able to view your local files using any other browser app, including Firefox.
- Launch the specific browser app that you want to use to browse through your files.
- Type http:/// on the address bar.
- The entire directory tree for all files stored on your device will be displayed. Tap on any directory to open its inner contents.
- Tap on a specific file to open it via the browser app.
It’s possible to open the contents of all or a specific storage medium. For instance, type file:///storage/ to view all your storage mediums. To directly open the contents of the SD card, type file:///sdcard/ .
How the file and directly structure shows largely depends on the specific handset that you’re using. But if you just key in file:/// in your address bar, you’ll be able to see the entire structure and navigate accordingly! It should be a fun and a somewhat technical (albeit simple) way to browse local contents.