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  1. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    I have a file that only appears in the download directory when posting to a forum or such. Its in the top download selection menu. I have used search programs like sd maid and it cant find the file. It must be in the emulated directory but not accessible. Dont really want to root the phone. Is there a way or program to access the file.
    07-10-2020 06:21 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! "/storage/emulated/0" is another name for your main internal storage -- it's not different. What's the file in question? Can you show a screenshot? http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...d-central.html
    07-10-2020 09:13 PM
  3. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    Its a pdf I downloaded a while back. I can only see it when I am uploading or attaching something and then I select "download" from the top of the screen. I cant see it normally in the download directory.
    07-11-2020 04:33 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Do you remember which app you used to download that PDF in the first place?
    07-11-2020 06:07 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Its a pdf I downloaded a while back. I can only see it when I am uploading or attaching something and then I select "download" from the top of the screen. I cant see it normally in the download directory.
    You enable hidden files ?
    07-11-2020 09:49 PM
  6. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    Here is the area the the file is located. Can only see it up an upload for posting, cant see it a directory search or file manager. I think sd maid can see hidden files. How do I enable hidden files?
    07-12-2020 01:38 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Did you try to post a screenshot? I can't see anything ...
    07-12-2020 01:49 PM
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    07-13-2020 07:01 PM
  9. mustang7757's Avatar
    This from Samsung my files? Which andriod version is it on?
    07-13-2020 09:13 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Here is the area the the file is located. Can only see it up an upload for posting, cant see it a directory search or file manager. I think sd maid can see hidden files. How do I enable hidden files?
    That isn't necessarily the directory called /Download. Some file manager apps will group multiple directories together into a category, so it's possible that Downloads option you're selecting is actually showing all files downloaded from any app (and some apps will download files to their own specific directory).

    Have you already tried searching for that file using a file explorer?
    07-13-2020 09:16 PM
  11. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    Using Android 10. I have used all types of file managers, cant locate the pdf file. Its not an app, its a pdf I downloaded 2 years ago.
    07-16-2020 06:16 PM
  12. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I realize it's a PDF file -- what I'm saying is that if you used some other app to download that PDF file (besides Chrome), the actual download directory it's in might not be the standard /Download directory.

    Are you actually still able to share that PDF file when you see it show up? If you get an error, then the file probably is no longer saved anywhere on the phone, and this might be some glitchy remnant data that never got cleared out.
    07-16-2020 06:19 PM
  13. mustang7757's Avatar
    Using Android 10. I have used all types of file managers, cant locate the pdf file. Its not an app, its a pdf I downloaded 2 years ago.
    If you cant locate it must have been deleted, 2 years ago long time , some files manager keep for 6 months before deleting.
    07-16-2020 08:39 PM
  14. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    I can still attach the file and send it in an email. If I get to the question to attach, I get the menu on the left and I can see the file. If I use myfiles or a program I get the menu on the right and I cant see the file. Where is this darn file?File removal question.-menu.jpg
    07-17-2020 07:45 PM
  15. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Don't select "Downloads." Instead, tap Internal Storage, and see if that allows you to explore the actual directories in the phone. First look in the /Download directory. If the file isn't there, then start looking in other directories or subdirectories (refer to my previous post for my explanation).

    You still haven't mentioned which app you used to download this file in the first place -- do you remember?
    07-17-2020 10:24 PM
  16. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    I used chrome browser to download the pdf file. I looked in the downloads in chrome and cant find it either. I use ES and SD main pro and searched all directories, nothing.
    07-18-2020 07:52 PM
  17. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    p.s. when I attach it, its a valid file and I can view it.
    07-18-2020 07:54 PM
  18. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    ps ps Internal storage is all I have. SD maid looks at storage/emulated/0
    07-18-2020 08:07 PM
  19. B. Diddy's Avatar
    /storage/emulated/0 is just another name for the main internal storage. So if you tap Internal Storage, it doesn't let you explore all of the user-accessible directories? The problem with so many stock file manager apps is that they tend to bury this basic function. Try installing Files by Google or Total Commander and use that to explore the internal storage directories. You can also use those apps to search for the file.
    07-18-2020 10:31 PM
  20. mustang7757's Avatar
    I can still attach the file and send it in an email. If I get to the question to attach, I get the menu on the left and I can see the file. If I use myfiles or a program I get the menu on the right and I cant see the file. Where is this darn file?Click image for larger version. 

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    You check your google drive ?
    07-18-2020 10:33 PM
  21. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    Ok guys, I am getting closer. I used total commander, great program. I cant search from the main menu because my phone is not rooted but I used USER directory and it let me select "files" and I could see the file but........I can to anything with the files in the download directory. At the bottom is says let total commander take control of files and I said ok but it popped back to the directory menu. I am so close.
    07-19-2020 06:29 PM
  22. mustang7757's Avatar
    Ok guys, I am getting closer. I used total commander, great program. I cant search from the main menu because my phone is not rooted but I used USER directory and it let me select "files" and I could see the file but........I can to anything with the files in the download directory. At the bottom is says let total commander take control of files and I said ok but it popped back to the directory menu. I am so close.
    You checked maybe its in Google drive?
    07-19-2020 06:31 PM
  23. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Ok, sounds promising! Is the file in the actual directory called /storage/emulated/0/Download? Show us a screenshot of the file information reported by Total Commander.
    07-19-2020 06:31 PM
  24. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    I found it in ///_downloads. Cant move, rename or delete it. Google files is too basic.
    07-19-2020 07:02 PM
  25. ennisdavis23's Avatar
    I am thinking the phone must be rooted to actually delete or move the file.
    07-19-2020 08:16 PM
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