AndroXplorer User Guide

Concept

About AndroXplorer

There are two versions of AndroXplorer: AndroXplorer and AndroXplorer Pro. Both versions are designed for Tablet and Smartphone. AndroXplorer Pro is the state-of-the-art, comprehensive and feature-rich file manager, root explorer and file archiver for Android devices. AndroXplorer is the lite version of AndroXplorer Pro without root explorer, archiving or password manager. AndroXplorer is a free software without Ads, AndroXplorer Pro is a paid software.

AndroXplorer's built-in functions perform a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to, the following: copy, cut, paste and rename operations on your Android device and on SMB servers; a manager for the applications that you have installed; convenient shortcuts creation from file folders; directory cache service to manage folder size; thumbnail cache to manage thumbnails; progress manager to manage multiple tasks running at the same time; an instant result for searching files and folders within your SD Card; backup and restore shortcuts and servers info; simple text editor. AndroXplorer Pro adds supports for root explorer, password manager using the Password Database; creating password entries using built-in random password generator for optimal protection of your sensitive data, conveniently and securely using the entries created within the dialogs of AndroXplorer Pro that require password input; extensive archive formats for archive extraction or compression, including advanced 7z encrypted archives.

AndroXplorer seeks to provide the best experience for Android mobile users who need to manage their data.

Understanding Android File System

For most Android devices, users will have read-only access to the system files and have full access to any mounted storage card. If you rooted your device then you will have super user access to the system files. AndroXplorer Pro provides standard file access to storage card and limited root access to your device's system file. Some Android devices support two storage cards: usually a built-in storage card and an optional user-installable storage card. As far as Android operating system's concerns, the optional storage card is a non-standard, external mount storage. Different Android device manufacturers provide different mount paths for this optional storage card, there is no standard path that two manufactures seem to agree on. To address this issue, AndroXplorer maintains a shortlist of the most widely found paths and hardcoded into the application. In case that the correct optional external path is not properly located, you can find it in the system, usually within /mnt folder, and set this path accordingly in the application settings.

AndroXplorer Basics

AndroXplorer supports three fully independent views to facilitate file browsing and flow of files during copying, moving, or deleting. When in the view, you will observe a toolbar on top of the screen. Pressing on the top-left area of this toolbar will display parent folders of the folder that you are viewing and the list of other special folders such as network, shortcuts etc. On the right it displays sorting option, you can press on it to display available sorting options. For Smartphone, in the middle of this toolbar, you will see two or one buttons. If you are performing a file operation, then the Progress button will be displayed to the left of the

AndroXplorer supports multiple tasks using Progress Manager. Progress Manager lists all the item in progress, you can then click on a certain item in progress to view the statistics or to cancel it.

Dashboard buttons: If you have rooted your device, My Device will provide you with super user access to your system files.

SD Card provides file browsing and a wide variety of file operations such as archiving, password management etc.

My Programs will show you the list of applications that you have installed. If the application allows you to create backup then you can copy the application from this folder and then paste to another file folder to create a backup of the application.

Servers folder enables you to manage your Windows shares (SMB Servers). In this folder, you can press on the search button to search for Windows share (SMB Servers).

Shortcuts displays all the shortcuts you added using shortcut button provided in the file folder.

System provides system memory and other system information.

AndroXplorer implements dynamic menu to reflect change in selection or when users switch views.

Quick Reference

Long press on an item to enable the multiple-selection mode. Multiple-selection toolbar will show up at the bottom of the screen. You can then press on Copy, Cut or any other selection-related buttons. To cancel selection, press on the Cancel button at the left most of the toolbar. In smartphone, if you have selected copy or cut, the Paste button will still be displayed after you press on the Cancel button once, if you want to cancel paste operation, press the same Cancel button again.

For the phone, at the bottom right of the selection toolbar, you will also see the items selected, if you tap on this area, you will be able to use additional selection-related menu such as select all, deselect-all etc. Use Menu to access New, Help or Settings for the application.

In servers folder, press on refresh button to search for WiFi Network. To cancel, press progress button to show Progress Manager, tap the item entitled with "Looking for server ", tap cancel.
Tap once on Sort options to sort the selected option in the ascending or descending order and tap the same option again to sort the display items in the opposite order.
For AndroXplorer Pro, to extract files or folders from an archive file, you can either select the archive file in a folder and press on the Extract button, or you can open the archive file (tap on it) and then within the Archive folder, select the items you want to extract, press copy, swipe to the next screen, browse to the file folder that you want to put the selected archive items, press the Paste button. The selected items will be extracted into the destination folder.

Archive extraction and compression are supported only in the SD Card.

Caution on using Root for AndroXplorer Pro

Rooting an Android device is a risk that most people do not want to take. Before you use any root functions, please make sure you backup your data.

As rooted device is a non-standard device, it can vary significantly in the way it handles su shell commands. AndroXplorer Pro makes use of BusyBox to support Mount, CHMOD, copy, move and delete files.

If you do not need root functions, you can simply deactivate it in the settings page.

Definitions

What is an Archive File?

This feature is available only in AndroXplorer PRO.

Archive file is a file that contains one or more files along with an additional metadata header that can include information of the files and folders it contains. It may be encrypted in part or as a whole. It can also be compressed using some form of lossless compression. Multiple files and folders can be packed inside a single archive for easier and secure portability or storage. It also serves the purpose of reducing the storage space.

AndroXplorer Pro supports a wide variety of archive formats.

For compression and extraction, AndroXplorer Pro supports Zip, 7Z, GZIP, TAR, BZIP2, XZ, WIM.

For extraction only, AndroXplorer Pro supports LZH*, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, Z.

Options available for Zip encoding are Deflate, Deflate64, LZMA, PPMd and BZip2, while the variety of encoding choices for 7z are LZMA, LZMA2, PPMd and BZip2. AES256 encryption is supported for Zip and 7z.

AndroXplorer Pro also supports Unicode in Zip archive.

Note:
* LZH support is limited to ANSI names only, Japanese names are not supported.

What is a Password Database?

This feature is available only in AndroXplorer PRO.

Password Database is a special form of Archive file. It is an extremely secure database created specifically to contain passwords stored in hierarchical structure. AndroXplorer Pro supports creating, editing, importing and exporting of password database file.

AndroXplorer Pro's database file (AXPW) is encrypted with 256 bits Advanced Encryption Standard (AES256) using a master password along with or without a Password Key File (AXKF). Once opened, AndroXplorer Pro will treat the password database as a folder, with password entries as items within the folder, and password groups as subfolders. The difference with file folder is that, in this folder, when you tap on a password entry item, instead of the item being executed, it will be selected and make itself available in password input dialog during archiving operations. The selection will expire according to the retaining period set in the application settings.

You can modify, delete or create new entries within the password database.
To create a new password database you can use the New command in the main menu and then select Password Database. A dialog will pop up to input the file name and master password, if you have selected some Password Key Files before starting the process, you will see the list of Password Key Files below the master password input field for you to select.

AndroXplorer Pro supports the importing and exporting of passwords from and to other third party password manager. At the moment, KeePass v.2 is the only password manager supported.

What is a Password Key File?

Password Key File is a digital password saved as a file used similarly to the real world key. It contains randomly generated bytes that can be used by itself or coupled with master password to protect your Password Database.

This feature is available only in AndroXplorer PRO.

What is a Recycle?

Recycle folder is the place to find deleted items. The deleted items will stay there until the space is needed, the files will then be deleted automatically, of course, you can delete them imediately if you choose too. By default, AndroXplorer is set to put deleted files of SD Card into the recycle folder, you can disable this in the settings.

Only file and folders in SD Card, when deleted, will be put into the recycle folder.

Procedures

How to navigate?

To navigate from view to view, simply drag or swipe the screen from one side to another side. You will then see the current view scroll to the next view.
To move from folder to folder you can simply tap on a folder to go to subfolder or press the hardware back button to go to the parent folder, or select a destination from folder-navigation drop-down list located at the top-left area of the top menu toolbar.

You use the Dashboard home screen to jump to the special folders.

Shortcuts provides quick access to folders or files within your SD Card or SMB Servers.

Search folder serves as temporary Shortcuts folder, it enables you to open files or folders fast.

How to sort displayed items in the folder view?

In the folder view, press on the top-right area of the toolbar, the list of options will show up. Tap once on an option to sort in ascending or descending order and tap again to sort in the opposite order. The folder groups will flip side when you change order.

How to create an archive file?

This feature is available only in AndroXplorer PRO.

AndroXplorer Pro supports a wide variety of archive formats, before creating your archive file make sure you have set and selected the desired archive format, the compression level and the encoding method. All these settings can be done in the settings screen accessible from the main menu.

If you have password entries from your Password Database that you would like to use in the encryption of your archive file, you might want to open the Password Database first and select the entries so that you can use them when you are prompted to input password.
Having done your preparation, you can start creating your archive file. First, select the items you want to put into your archive file, then use the New command from the main menu to display [create new item] dialog. In the dialog, when asked for Select type of new item to create, select Archive. A new archive file dialog will display with one or two input fields. One for the File Name and another one for the Password if encryption was checked in the settings.

How to use Launch by default?

AndroXplorer Pro supports Launch by default internally for certain MIME types. By selecting Launch by default internally, AndroXplorer Pro allows you to bypass system wide Launch by default associated with the MIME type of the selected file. To enable this feature, long press on the file with the extension that you would like to launch an application by default. Press the Properties button when multiple-selection toolbar shows up at the bottom of the screen (or at the top for Tablet users). In the File Properties dialog, if the default applications for the type of file you have selected are available, you will notice the Launch by default button appears at the top right corner of the screen for smartphone (or at the bottom for Tablet). Press on the Launch by default button will bring you to the screen that enables you to select the application to open the file you have selected.

How to cancel ongoing operation?

Tap on the progress item that you would like to cancel in Progress Manager. A progress dialog of the ongoing operation will show up, press [Cancel] button to stop it.

How to backup and restore items of Shortcuts and Servers ?

AndroXplorer can backup and restore shortcuts and servers data, to do that, in the System folder, use Backup or Restore button. To delete backup files, simply go to the the backup (you can set this folder in the settings) and delete the files as usual.

How to add Shortcuts?

Select the items you would like to add to the shortcut folder, you can then tap on the [add shortcut] command in the additional menu that can be revealed by pressing the bottom right of the screen.