If you rely on a file manager while working within the Android platform, you've likely given ASTRO File Manager a try. With plenty of features, it's one of the best in class for Android. One of the features I like to take advantage of is location management. With this, you can add different types of locations (cloud storage, FTP server, SFTP server, SMB server) for quick access.
The adding and removing of those locations is very simple — once you know where to look. From the Locations screen, you can add, remove, and reorder the places you need to gain quick access to.
I'll walk you through the process of connecting a Google Account to your locations and setting up an SMB connection.
Before you add an account, you first have to know where to do this. From the main window, tap the menu button (three vertical dots in the upper right corner) and tap Manage Locations. In the Manage Locations screen (Figure A), tap the plus sign [+].
ASTRO File Manager running on a Verizon-branded Droid Turbo.
From the list, tap Google Drive Account, select the Google account that will be used, and tap OK. In the next window (Figure B), give the account a name, and then tap Back to Manage Locations.
Adding Google Drive as a location in ASTRO File Manager.
Your Google Drive account will now show up in the Locations section of the ASTRO sidebar (more on that in a moment).
To do this, you must also have the ASTRO SMB Module installed. We'll now add a Samba shared drive to Locations. From the Manage Locations window, tap the plus sign [+] and select SMB Server. In the pop-up, enter the address of the SMB server in the form: username@IP_ADDRESS\share (Figure C), and tap Save.
Connecting to an SMB server.
ASTRO will then attempt to make the connection and save the location.
Getting to your locations
This is simple. From the main ASTRO window, swipe right from the left edge of the screen to reveal the sidebar. In the sidebar, you should see Locations. Tap Locations to expand the menu entry, and your newly created locations will be listed (Figure D). Tap one of those locations, and ASTRO will open to that folder.
The ASTRO File Manager sidebar.
That's it. You now have instant access to various locations from within the ASTRO File Manager.
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