How to use Google Chrome as a file explorer on Android

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When using Google Chrome as a file explorer on Android, it will allow us to find folders by browsing everything in a similar way to accessing the “File Manager”, but more instantaneously.

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How to use Google Chrome from file explorer

In order to activate this function, we will not even have to use the «flags» function, which is usually a frequent resource in this type of functions. It is only necessary to enter the command that we are now going to detail. You must open Chrome and in the address bar write File: /// sdcard /. The browser will ask you for some permissions that you can accept by clicking on “Allow” and it would be ready.

With that order we will make Chrome work as a file explorer. We will see how a warning appears on the screen to grant Chrome permission to access the system files and in this way see what is the content of the internal memory of our smartphone.

google chrome file explorer

With this system we can view all kinds of files, including multimedia content in the form of videos, images or playing sounds, and all without leaving Chrome and with a very PC-like static. It is true that the design is not the most innovative and is somewhat outdated, but it is also very functional and is useful for viewing folders in situ. However, and in case you have not paid much attention, we can only view content or play, we cannot copy anything to ensure that any file is not damaged.

Use the browser as a notepad

At times, we have felt the need to download applications to jot down short notes as a reminder or simply because we need to jot something down quickly. We even have Google Keep pre-installed for that feature, but what if we told you that you can write notes from the browser? Google Chrome helps us with this with a simple address on the taskbar.

google chrome create notes

We just have to open the browser and write in the search bar: data: text / html,, a blank screen will be opened directly where we can start writing. Obviously it is not the most comfortable thing in the world, since we must be careful not to close the tab. Otherwise, our note will disappear.