1. robertson_tanya's Avatar
    How do I delete PDF downloads on my nexus 7. Touched PDF by mistake a few times on Google searches and ended up with downloaded content I didn't want. Want to avoid clutter.
    05-31-2013 09:16 AM
  2. gnr_2's Avatar
    How do I delete PDF downloads on my nexus 7. Touched PDF by mistake a few times on Google searches and ended up with downloaded content I didn't want. Want to avoid clutter.
    Do you have the stock Download Manager? Go there and delete whatever you don't want. Or you can install a file manager app like ES File Manager and use that. Works like if you were on a computer. Third option is to hook your tablet to your computer and delete them that way.



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    05-31-2013 09:24 AM
  3. robertson_tanya's Avatar
    Where is the download manager?
    05-31-2013 11:49 AM
  4. mr_nobody's Avatar
    App called "Downloads".
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    05-31-2013 12:28 PM
  5. gnr_2's Avatar
    App called "Downloads".
    Yep. Should be a blue arrow pointed downwards, if you have your app names turned off.


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    05-31-2013 12:48 PM
  6. robertson_tanya's Avatar
    I looked at play store the download managers are for downloading content, I want to delete PDF files, I'm not trying to download anything
    05-31-2013 01:11 PM
  7. gnr_2's Avatar
    I looked at play store the download managers are for downloading content, I want to delete PDF files, I'm not trying to download anything
    Look in your app drawer.

    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
    05-31-2013 01:12 PM
  8. robertson_tanya's Avatar
    I have an app downloads but it seems to be a document viewer, doesn't seem to let me manage anythimg
    05-31-2013 01:13 PM
  9. anon(847090)'s Avatar
    I have an app downloads but it seems to be a document viewer, doesn't seem to let me manage anythimg
    go to app drawer (6 dots on the home screen-middle)-->open downloads app.

    there will be a check box on each file to the left. check it and a delete option(trash can icon) will appear on the top right-->delete
    05-31-2013 01:46 PM
  10. gnr_2's Avatar
    go to app drawer (6 dots on the home screen-middle)-->open downloads app.

    there will be a check box on each file to the left. check it and a delete option(trash can icon) will appear on the top right-->delete
    Better yet, go to your Google Now and type downloads in the search box and the app should show up (finally a practical use for this feature) or say google, then open downloads" for the voice search.

    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
    05-31-2013 01:54 PM
  11. MJKearney's Avatar
    You have a few options. Let me expand a bit on what some others have suggested, and perhaps chime in with other ideas.

    Use a File Manager App
    I most highly recommended using a file manager app (not a download manager app) to locate the files. Not only will it help you in this instance, it will continue to help you manage your device in the future. One of the best and most popular is ES File Explorer. It's free! Another excellent one is Solid Explorer, which is available as a free trial to test out.

    When you open the file manager app, it will default to the sdcard or Internal Memory folder view (each app has their own naming scheme).
    1. Scroll down to the Download folder and tap on it to reveal the list of files inside.
    2. Long press on the file you wish to remove, after which the Delete option will appear.
    3. Tap on Delete to permanently remove the file.

    If you don't know the folder location of the file you're looking for, simply use the search function within the file manager app.
    1. Tap the Search button. (In ES File Explorer it's located at the bottom; in Solid Explorer, tap the Menu button to reveal the search button.)
    2. Type in the name of the file. As you're typing, search results will appear, so you don't have to know the entire file name.
    3. Once found, delete the file as described above.

    ES File Explorer: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=0Y3jj5di
    Solid Explorer: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=UgUG9uuV

    Use an Office or Document Editor App
    Another option is to use the built-in file explorer function of many office and document editing apps. I won't go into details about how this is done, since each app has their own method, some easier than others. Plus, a dedicated file manager is by far the most efficient way to deal with, uh, file management (who would've guessed?). But if you already have an office productivity app, open it up to explore your options. If you don't have such an app, I'd recommend the free and quite effective Kingsoft Office to start with. A good, paid alternative is OfficeSuite Pro, but there are many other similar, well regarded paid apps available, plus free versions that are for document reading only. I'm not sure if the free, read-only versions have full file management capabilities.
    Kingsoft Office: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=dDn30vKL
    OfficeSuite Pro: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=L51wJ6Bl

    Use the Built-in Downloads App
    Of course, as primarily mentioned in this thread, you don't necessarily need a 3rd party app to find and delete a downloaded file. Simply go to the All Apps drawer (tap the circle icon with six dots in it, located at the bottom of the screen), then find and tap the app called Downloads. This will open a window that shows files located in the downloads folder. It's not very obvious, but you might need to scroll the list that pops up in order to see the file you want. Then follow the directions given previously by still1.

    However, my experience with this method is that not all files are listed there. I'm not sure why this is, but I've downloaded pdf files to the Download folder, and some don't show up in the list of the Downloads app. They are there, though, as they appear when browsing with a proper file manager. Additionally, the list will show files that are no longer on your device, that were deleted or moved by some other method. When you tap on such file names, a message pops up indicating the file can't be found, and giving an option to delete it from the list, which you should do to avoid future confusion. So, as you can see, using the Downloads app is not the most efficient, foolproof method. Instead, use a file manager app!

    Connect to a Computer
    Lastly, you can connect your N7 to a computer with a USB cable, then use the computer's file manager (Windows Explorer on a PC) to tidy up your files. After connecting, navigate to the Nexus 7 drive within the computer's file manager, then to the appropriate folder to find and delete the files you no longer want (just as you would do for files on your computer). This is also the most common method for transferring files between your computer and mobile devices.

    You can also use the free AirDroid app to manipulate files wirelessly, so you don't have to physically connect it to a computer. You'll use your internet browser on your computer as the interface to interact with your Nexus 7. You don't even have to have your N7 with you after the initial setup. The interface is very intuitive, making transfers and other file management tasks simple. Plus, it offers many other utilities, such as locating and locking your lost N7.
    AirDroid: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=luh6Gs2V

    Good luck!
    06-01-2013 12:08 AM
  12. DiPietroD's Avatar
    I had the same problem of not being able to delete from the download app but figured it out. You need to touch and HOLD the file you want to delete until the trash can shows up in the upper right. Then you can select others by just touching. When you got what you want to delete, touch the trash can.
    12-13-2014 12:40 PM
  13. tizzies mom's Avatar
    Do not know a lot about tablets. Down loaded several apps, want them gone
    04-25-2015 06:29 PM
  14. drew_t's Avatar
    You can uninstall an app from within its listing in the Play Store, or you can just go into the list of your installed apps, press and hold the icon of the one you want to get rid of, then drag it to the "uninstall" garbage can icon that pops up.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    04-25-2015 10:06 PM

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