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Navigating your Slate 8 - Sprint Product Ambassadors

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The Slate 8 is a basic "skinless" Android tablet that we're offering our customers at a fantastic discount. Being a basic Android tablet and without a custom UI that means the tablet only comes with stock Android utilities and apps. Navigating the tablet to find, edit, move or copy files around may be a bit foreign to some new tablet owners if you're unfamiliar with stock Android. Here's a quick tutorial on how to navigate around the Android tablet file structure without resorting to third-party apps or utilities.

Start by launching File Manager from the app tray:

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Choose the File Manager app. From here you can see and navigate into the user-interactive folders (system folder and files are hidden):

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Here is where stock Android is a little "wonky," you have to go "back" to see selection options for files or folders. Hit the "back" button one time:

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Now when you navigate into each folder the files within are select-able from which you can copy, move, delete, share, etc.

Select the files you want to move or copy and navigate back "up" the folder structure using the "Parent folder..." icon at the top of the list to navigate to your desired folder, which will include storage on a user-supplied microSD expansion card:

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Once you've navigated to the desired folder open the context menu from the vertical 3-dot button at the bottom of the window:

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From the context menu choose the desired action; e.g. Copy selection here; Move selection here:

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"Back" your way back out of the folder, up the folder structure and then "back out" to your main home screen if you're done moving or editing files.

There are numerous third party apps that can be downloaded from the Play app market that makes moving files around much easier. Examples include my fave "ES File Explorer File Manager." I've heard others say they prefer "Astro File Manager." File manager apps will usually give you many more options beyond just copy and paste. But, as is our policy, Sprint does not support third party apps so download and use at your own risk/support.

I hope this has helped you navigate and get the most from your Slate 8 tablet. Until next time,

Your Sprint Product Ambassadors

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. sprintemployee

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