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How to access all your cloud accounts from one location on Android

Tired of navigating between various cloud apps on your Android device? If so, Jack Wallen shows how to centralize all your cloud accounts with the help of ES File Explorer.

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Image: Jack Wallen

If you're a heavy cloud user (and who isn't these days?), you probably get tired of bouncing back and forth between Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and any other cloud account you might have. This can become a black hole of time, especially when you have numerous cloud accounts in sync on a single device.

Fortunately, there's a much more efficient means of navigating those accounts. Actually, there are numerous ways to achieve this, but I'm only going to speak of one: ES File Explorer. Thanks to this free app, found in the Google Play Store, you can search your cloud accounts from one, convenient location.

Installing ES File Explorer

    1. Open the Google Play Store on your device.
    2. Search for es file explorer.
    3. Locate and tap the entry by ES Global.
    4. Tap Install.
    5. Read the permissions listing.
    6. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept.
    7. Allow the installation to complete.

      You can launch ES File Explorer and connect it to your cloud accounts.

      Connecting ES File Explorer to your accounts

      The developers of ES File Explorer have made it incredibly simple. Let me demonstrate by connecting ES File Explorer to Google Drive.

      1. Open ES File Explorer.
      2. Swipe right from the left edge of the screen.
      3. Tap the Network drop-down.
      4. Select Cloud from the listing (Figure A).
      5. Figure A

        Figure A
        Image: Jack Wallen

        Adding a cloud account to ES File Explorer on a Verizon-branded Nexus 6.
      6. Tap the + button in the bottom right corner <.
      7. Select Gdrive from the options listed (Figure B).
      8. Enter your authentication information for your Google Drive account.
      9. Allow the authentication to complete.

      Figure B

      Figure B
      Image: Jack Wallen

      Selecting Google Drive to be added.

      You've connected ES File Explorer to your Drive account; now you can navigate through your Drive folders. Go back through the same steps. You can even connect multiple instances of any given cloud account (using different user credentials).

      Copying/pasting between accounts

      A feature I find most helpful is the ability to copy/paste between cloud accounts from within ES File Explorer. Here's how you do this.

      1. Open ES File Explorer.
      2. Open the left sidebar and tap Cloud.
      3. Tap the cloud account you want to copy the file from.
      4. Navigate to the file you want to copy.
      5. Long press the file to be copied.
      6. Tap the Copy button in the toolbar — it's first icon to the left of the scissors (Figure C).
      7. Tap the Cloud tab near the top of the window.
      8. Tap the cloud account you want to paste the file into.
      9. Tap the Paste button that appears in the bottom right circle.

      Figure C

      Figure C
      Image: Jack Wallen

      Copying and pasting between accounts.

      The file will be copied from the source cloud account to the destination account.

      Summary

      If you're looking for an efficient means of managing multiple cloud accounts on your Android device, it doesn't get any easier than ES File Explorer. With this free file manager, you no longer have to open multiple apps to navigate through your cloud accounts, with an added bonus of being able to copy/paste between accounts.

      What do you recommend?

      What is your go-to method for navigating all of your cloud accounts on your mobile devices? Tell us in the comments.

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      About Jack Wallen

      Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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