Access Android System Files

Android System Files

If you want to access the Android system files, connect your Android smartphone to your computer using USB cable. By accessing it, you can view all of your pictures, music, videos, applications, documents, and any other data stored on your SD card in your Android phone. This feature is easier to clean up or delete and add the files and media and your phone. Follow the simple steps below

  • Plug your Android smart phone into your computer with the USB cable. If this is your first time plugging in to your computer, wait until your computer and Android phone sync. Once it is properly installed, you should receive confirmation.
  • Close the “Auto-Play” window. A window will pop-up on your computer screen called “Auto-Play.” Close this box since you cannot access your system files from this screen.
  • Open your notifications, and select the “USB Connected” option. On your Android smart phone you will see that you have a notification with the USB cable symbol. Swipe down on this, and your notifications will open. Select the “USB Connected” option.
  • Select the Android logo and an option to “Turn on USB storage.” You will see this pop-up on your Android phone once the USB cable is plugged in. Wait for your computer to pop-up another “Auto Play” screen.
  • Select the option labelled “open folder to view files” on your computer. This will open a new screen that will give you access to all of your Android system files. Here you can rearrange, delete, and add numerous items into the corresponding folders. These items include media, applications, photos, videos, and pictures. You can also delete or add documents and downloads.


  • You will not have access to your SD card on your Android phone while you’re connected via USB on your computer. This means you cannot use your camera, applications, gallery, or your phone’s Internet or data connection. You will need to dismount your phone to access these features.
  • Once you are finished accessing your Android system files, make sure that you dismount your Android phone correctly. Select the option to “Turn off USB storage” on your Android phone, and wait until it says that you can securely remove the device.
  • When you delete files and applications, make sure that you don’t delete anything that you aren’t 100% sure is safe to delete. You can permanently damage your Android phone if you delete any system files that are necessary to operate the phone.

Amarnath Natarajan

I am a freelance programmer and tech enthusiast. In my spare time I contribute to this website.

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