How to Access Android Internal Storage with Ease

If you have your files stored on the internal memory of your device, the following guide should teach you how you can access the internal storage on your Android device. It teaches multiple methods of doing the task so read on to learn all the available methods.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Apr. 17, 2019, Last Updated: Apr. 17, 2019

Every Android device that you buy has an internal memory on it called internal storage. This memory space is used to store the essential files of your device such as the camera folders, application data, and so on. If you have not added an SD card to your device, you have already been using the internal storage of your device all this time whether you knew it or you did not.

Access Android internal storage

Access Android internal storage

There are also some methods available to let you access the internal storage of your Android device as if you were viewing something in a file manager. Your internal storage can be mounted as a drive on your computer and then you can access its data as though you were accessing any local folder on your machine.

The following guide covers two of the best ways to access the files stored on your internal memory space. Let’s check them out.

2 Methods to Access Android Internal Storage

As mentioned above, this section is going to walk you through two methods that will help you view the files saved on your phone’s internal storage. Both the methods should help you reach the same set of files on your device.

Method 1. Access Android Internal Storage via USB Cable

If you would like to use the traditional USB method of transferring files, you can use a USB cable with your Android device to access your internal storage. You are going to connect your device to your computer with a USB cable to then be able to view your files.

The following are the exact steps on how you can do the task on your computer:

Step 1: If you use a Mac computer, you will have to install and use the Android File Transfer app to access the internal storage of your device on your Mac. Windows users do not need to do this step.

Step 2: Connect your Android device to your computer using a compatible USB cable. Tap on the notification that appears on your device and choose File transfer.

Step 3: Open This PC (Windows) or the Android File Transfer app (Mac) and you should be able to access the internal files of your device. You can then move around your files however you want.

Access internal storage files on a computer

Access internal storage files on a computer

As you can see, it is pretty easy to mount your Android device as a drive on your computer and access its files. Keep in mind, though, that not all the devices can be mounted that way as sometimes you will run into issues like your computer lacking the required drivers to recognize your device.

If you would like to eliminate all those issues that may possibly occur, you can use an app to view your internal storage as described in the following section.

Method 2. Access Android Internal Storage via AnyTrans for Android

If you do not wish to get into the hassle of finding and installing the required drivers for your device on your computer, you can use a third-party app to view your internal memory files without installing anything but the app.

Enter AnyTrans for Android, the application that allows you to access your internal storage on your Android device with minimum hassle. All you need to do is to connect your device to computer and the app will take care of the rest for you. It automatically recognizes your device and lets you perform a number of tasks on it.

Here are some of the useful features the app offers to its users:

AnyTrans for Android has everything you would ever need to manage all kind of files on your Android device’s internal storage. The following is how you use the app to access your internal storage.

Step 1: Go download and install the app on your computer. Launch the app and plug-in your Android device to your computer using a cable.

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Plug-in Android device to a computer

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Step 2: The main screen of the app will appear. Find and click on the option that says Files and it will let you access the files saved on your internal storage.

Access the Files option to view files on Android internal storage

Access the Files option to view files on Android internal storage

Step 3: Once you have clicked the files option, the app will display all the files and folders you have got on your device. These are all the files and folders available on your device’s internal storage.

View files and folders on internal storage

View files and folders on internal storage

Step 4: If you want to move a file or a folder to your computer, select the file or the folder and click on the Send to PC button at the top to transfer your content to computer.

Transfer files from internal storage to computer

Transfer files from internal storage to computer

Step 5: Wait while the app transfers your content. When it is done, you will see the following message on your screen.

Files successfully transferred from internal storage to computer

Files successfully transferred from internal storage to computer

Using AnyTrans for Android to access the files on internal storage of an Android device is extremely easy and it allows file transfer tasks as well should you want to do that.

The Bottom Line

If you have never accessed the internal storage files on your Android device, the above guide should help you do that so you can see what you have got on your internal memory space. We hope the guide helps access the file you really wanted to view on your device.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.