Pro tip: manage locations in the ASTRO file manager

Jack Wallen shows you how to add locations to the ASTRO File Manager for quick access to the cloud and even SMB servers.

If you rely on a file manager when working on the Android platform, you have probably given ASTRO File Manager A try. With plenty of features, it’s one of the best in its class for Android. One of the features that I like to take advantage of is location management. With it, you can add different types of locations (cloud storage, FTP server, SFTP server, SMB server) for quick access.

Adding and removing these locations is very easy – once you know where to look. From the Locations screen, you can add, delete, and rearrange the locations that you need to access quickly.

I’ll walk you through the process of connecting a Google account to your locations and setting up an SMB connection.

Google drive

Before adding an account, you must first know where to do it. In the main window, tap the menu button (three vertical dots in the upper right corner) and tap Manage Locations. On the Manage Locations screen (Figure A), tap the plus sign [+].

Figure A

Figure A
ASTRO File Manager running on a Verizon brand Droid Turbo.

In the list, tap Google Drive account, select the Google account that will be used and tap OK. In the next window (Number B), enter a name for the account, then tap Return to location management.

Number B

Number B
Added Google Drive as location in ASTRO file manager.

Your Google Drive account will now appear in the Locations section of the ASTRO sidebar (more on that in a moment).


To do this, you must also have the ASTRO PME module installed. We will now add a Samba shared drive to the locations. In 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 press Save.

Figure C

Figure C
Connection to an SMB server.

ASTRO will then attempt to establish the connection and save the location.

Getting to your locations

It’s simple. From the main ASTRO window, swipe right from the left edge of the screen to display the sidebar. In the sidebar, you should see Locations. Tap Locations to expand the menu entry, and your newly created locations will be listed (Number D). Tap on one of these locations and ASTRO will open in that folder.

Number D

Number D
The sidebar of the ASTRO file manager.

That’s it. You now have instant access to various locations from the ASTRO file manager.

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Donald E. Hollingsworth