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You can finally use Files Go to search for that SpongeBob meme you downloaded

The update makes Files Go feel like the file management app it should have been from the beginning.

Published onMarch 24, 2018

  • Files Go now lets you search for files, show where duplicate files are, and integrate with Google Photos.
  • The update is rolling out now and keeps the app at around 7MB in size.
  • Files Go is part of Google’s slimmed-down Android Go. 

Google updated its Files Go app not only with new search functionality, but with added functionality to make removing your files a bit easier.

When you open the Files tab, you can now tap the search icon to find any file on your phone. In addition to instant results, the search feature can also auto-complete your searches and presents a search history.

If you find typing to be too much of a chore, you can set up filters to help you find your files with fewer taps. As a nice bonus, filters and search do not require an Internet connection to work.

However you decide to search for files, you can now use the function to locate duplicate files. Files Go will still suggest duplicate files for removal, but you can now long-press a thumbnail and press the “i” icon to see where the files are located.

Lastly, Files Go now features Google Photos integration. Once you back up your photos and videos in Google Photos, Files Go will prompt you to delete those files to free up space.

It is no coincidence that all of the new features have something to do with freeing up as much space on your phone as possible. Files Go is part of Google’s Android Go, a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones.

Android Go: What is it and which phones run it?

Currently, the operating system is based on Android Oreo and features Go-ified versions of Google Assistant, YouTube, Gmail, Gboard, and more. All the Go apps weigh less than 15MB, with Files Go coming in at 7MB.

You can download Files Go at the link below.

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