Files by Google Stories June 28

How to clear some space and empty trash on your Google Pixel

While modern-day smartphones are fantastic for keeping large files in the cloud, you will inevitably find yourself downloading at least some locally onto your device. Over time, that download folder can get larger and larger until your Android device almost can’t take anymore. This guide will take you through the “Files” app and help you empty some of that trash on your Pixel.

Files by Google Stories April 18

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Google started rolling out Nearby Share in August of 2020 to Android devices as part of Play services. The native OS integration somewhat eclipsed a key aspect of the Files by Google, but Share is now prominently being highlighted again on Pixel devices.

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Files by Google Stories February 18

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A recent update to the Files by Google app has added some handy chip search filters to help you find and delete unwanted or unused apps and games on your Android device.

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Files by Google Stories September 10, 2021

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Google Photos may cost more now, but it still remains one of the best backup services out there for clearing storage on your phone and backing up your photos and videos to the cloud. Now, the Google Files app can automatically delete media from Pixel smartphones that has already been backed up with a feature called “Smart Storage.”

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Files by Google Stories August 9, 2021

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Google is launching its “Material You” design language later this year, but ahead of that, the Files by Google app has gotten a noticeable redesign with Material You elements.

Update: Files by Google now also respects Android 12’s Material You dynamic colors.

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Files by Google Stories March 30, 2021

Files by Google skyrockets to 1 billion Play Store downloads

Files by Google has reached a fairly major milestone having just surpassed 1 billion downloads from the Google Play Store — and in super quick fashion we should add.

Files by Google Stories December 15, 2020

[Update: Double-tap seeking] Files by Google adds neat media player volume and brightness gesture controls

Files by Google is one of the most stripped-back file managers for Android, but it has a simple, easy-to-understand design and layout. If you didn’t already know, the media player within Files by Google now includes some neat volume and brightness control gestures.

Files by Google Stories August 4, 2020

Files by Google officially starts rolling out PIN-encrypted ‘Safe Folder’

Back in June, we spotted Google’s Files app working on a password-protected “Safe Folder.” This feature is now rolling out in beta, while the company reports 150 million monthly users.

Files by Google Stories June 12, 2020

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In recent years, we’ve all wisely become more privacy-conscious, with more folks learning of and caring more about features like end-to-end encryption in messaging, but what about the sensitive files we keep on our phones? The Files by Google app is preparing the ability to create a pin-protected “Safe folder” on your phone.

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Files by Google Stories November 15, 2019

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In the age of streaming services and cloud backups, it’s not all that often we have to play local files off of a device. However, Google is making that a lot easier with the latest update to its file manager app. Files by Google can now play your locally stored media on a Chromecast display.

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Files by Google Stories September 18, 2019

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Last month, our APK Insight team uncovered that Files by Google would soon be picking up the ability to use Chromecast to display your files on a television. As of this week’s beta update, Files by Google is rolling out Chromecast support for some people.

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Files by Google Stories August 16, 2019

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The latest beta of Files by Google, version 1.0.2635, rolled out last night, and it shows work toward sharing photos and videos from your phone to Chromecast devices.

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Files by Google Stories August 1, 2019

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Originally designed for Android Go, Files by Google has quickly become a favorite for a lot of Android users. Today, Google has announced that Files has over 100 million monthly users, and it’s getting an official dark mode and improved media features to celebrate.

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Files by Google Stories December 7, 2018

Files by Google adds support for USB OTG storage, full folder structures with latest update

Roughly a month after it picked up its new branding, Files by Google has gotten an update with some much-appreciated features added. In its latest version, Files by Google has added USB OTG support, as well as better folder support

Files by Google Stories November 8, 2018

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With Android Go, Google launched optimized ‘Go’ variants for Assistant, Maps, YouTube, and more. One of the more popular applications in the line is Files Go, with Google today dropping that moniker as part a Material Theme redesign.

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Files by Google Stories October 16, 2018

Google Play Protect now scans all apps shared with Files Go

Google takes security on Android pretty seriously, and Google Play Protect is one of the most effective tools the company has to do that with. Now, Files Go is adding Play Protect enhancements for all apps shared through the handy file explorer.

Files by Google Stories June 21, 2018

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Following a launch last month in China via local app stores, the latest update to Files Go brings a number of notable new features. Google’s smart storage manager is better at emphasizing its P2P transfer features, while also adding the ability to extract ZIPs and clean up video files.

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Files by Google Stories May 30, 2018

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Earlier this week, Google officially launched its mobile augmented reality platform in China via a partnership with Xiaomi. Today, the company is continuing this return to the populous market by releasing Files Go via four local app stores.

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Files by Google Stories March 22, 2018

Files Go updated with on-device search, smarter notifications, Google Photos integration

Originally intended for Android Go and developing markets, Files Go became a small hit app for Google. The smart file manager with peer-to-peer file transfer capabilities is now adding on-device search, Google Photos integration, and more.

Files by Google Stories January 25, 2018

Files Go 1.1 adds SD card and tablet support, customization for opening file types

Last month, Google launched Files Go — alongside Android Go — with features like smart deletion and wireless file transfer. Hitting version 1.1, the storage manager is improving its support for SD cards, while now working on tablets.

Files by Google Stories December 4, 2017

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For the past month, Google has been testing a smart storage manager with features like delete recommendations and wireless file transfer. Today, Files Go is out of beta with a tweaked design and global availability.

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Files by Google Stories November 9, 2017

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On Monday, Google was revealed to be developing a storage manager with smart features like delete suggestions and wireless file transfer. Given the popularity of this neat app, Google has expanded the availability of the beta on the Play Store.

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Files by Google Stories November 6, 2017

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To target the next billion users, Google frequently makes apps that are optimized for developing markets around the world. Recent examples include its Tez payment service and a lite version of Google Search. The latest appears to be a “smart storage manger.”

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