How to create a folder on external SD-card with ES file explorer on HTC One M8 with Lollipop

Yes, about the longest headline I’ve ever written. And that’s exactly what this post is all about, how we get to use one of the new things in Lollipop

That you can allow an app to write on the external sd-card, which is very needed/wanted.

No, you don’t need to do this since you have HTC File Manager on your phone already (assuming you’ve got the Sense version). This is just an option.

This you NEED Lollipop for, it will NOT work on 4.4.4

ES File Explorer File Manager
Developer: ES Global
Price: Free

I’m using ES File Explorer since I know that it support this method, tried OI File Manager and it’s simply not adapted for Lollipop.

So, how does it work?

You simply create a folder on external storage, then you’ll see a popup asking you to give permission to ES File Explorer to do so. Just follow the instructions, this you need to do once.

Can other apps do this too?

Of course, they just need to be adapted for it. I know that Root explorer and solid explorer both got this, and I am sure others as well.

  • Andy P.

    This is completely useless. There is less detail in the instructions than in the title!
    You say: “So, how does it work?
    You simply create a folder on external storage,”
    Well HOW? You give no clues or instructions whatsoever. I cannot find any “new” command to create a folder.

    • If you have used android apps before: the menu > new. I skipped that part since I assumed people can figure out that on their own. That party isnt what this guide was about. It was about the permission it needed in lollipop.

      • Andy P.

        Yeah, sounds obvious. Well I can assure you I know how to use the app. and could easily create new folders with it on my old Android Kitkat phone.
        But here I’m using a Hudl 2 tablet running Lollipop v5. 1 and ESExplorer v4.0.3.3.
        I could select the external SD card (or internal memory) and there was NO menu button anywhere I could find with any option for “new folder”.

        The top bar only had icons to show what pages are open (“Homepage”, “Local” (several times) , and “Network”)
        There was a wide left-hand bar with drop-down menu sections for “Local”, “Library”, “Network”, “Tools” and icons for “Exit”, “Themes”, and “Settings” at the bottom.

        There was a “swipe left to open” panel on the right with two tabs “Windows” and “Clipboard”.

        And there was an odd “page turn” icon in the bottom right corner, which just seemed to do the same as swiping right.
        NONE had a “new” menu.

        Eventually, I uninstalled and reinstalled the app. (just now) and suddenly I have a new icon bar at the bottom with “New”, “Search”, “Refresh”, “Toolbox” and “Windows”.

        So everything is fixed and NOW it is obvious how to create new folders.

        But my comment remains valid… If you write instructions called “How to create a folder …” then you should include ALL the steps required to do so, then it should be easy for a reader to follow and to work out where a problem exists.

        I write IT helpfiles for a living , and have to be careful to describe specifically WHERE to look and HOW to achieve each process.
        To be accurate, your article should be entitled something like “How to set permissions in Lollipop while creating new folders”.

        • Then you’d know that it matters what device you use. On HTC One M8 its rather obvious how you create that folder. If you have something else: of course it might be and look different. And, I think that around the same time I had posted some links around file managers as well. So, you need to read in the correct context and if you have another device: learn just how it works on that.

      • wullie1974

        Hi, I keep getting the problem of getting Hint: please choose the root directory Ext_sd…. This is very annoying as I click select, create a folder, then operation fails… This used to work but it seems the app is not worth the functionality I require it for. Any help with be awesome… Step by step please?

  • Dmitry Kravchenko

    Nobody can see what is written on “instructions” screenshots. This is the problem! Have you ever tried to read them? Text is too small! It is also too small in your article, so it is useless (furthermore: it is harmfull, because creates google search noise).

    • Yes, people can read what the enlarged pictures says. Since they just tap the thumbnails, which opens up the larger image. That’s how the images looks on my phone, and then you can just swipe to the next image. Easy.

      • Dmitry Kravchenko

        Okay, this time it is really readable. Which was not the case in the article.

        • Yes it was. That is the article. I just tapped one of the thumbnails. I kinda assumes that people figured that, esp since I’ve used that method for like over 600 articles, I think it’s over 2000 combined with my “Old” site. yes, I might have to add “klick the thumbnails for larger”. But. It should be obvious..

          • Dmitry Kravchenko

            This is how it looks on my 1920×1080 desktop monitor. No any option to enlarge exist.

          • Open the app, and FOLLOW the screen.But, this is the OLD guide. This was not really needed even back then, since you have the HTC file manager. Since this is written for One M8.

          • Dmitry Kravchenko

            Okay, I was wrong saying you wrote a bad article, because I was sure image is small. So, I am very sorry. But note, that image is still not visible on desktop PC. It is strange that simultaneously it is visible on smaller devices.

          • I think that there’s something lost in translation here. That screenshots doesn’t get any larger than that, and you don’t need them to be any larger than that. FOLLOW what you see on the phone screen instead. As I wrote.

    • This did inspire me to add an “after” thing to all galleries that simply shows “tap/click thumbnail for larger image”. In case isn’t not obvious for all.

  • cherry

    i wish you had explained those steps rather then just putting the screenshot. i can see the screenshot and if i had understood the steps, i would not have been here. this article is jiberish and no use

    • there’s actually not much to explain, that’s why I did it that way. And, for One M8 it’s not even necessary since it got it’s own app for this. But, gibberish? Nope.But, I’ve added the screen where you select the memory card in the app ES file explorer. If you got another phone or app, you need to look for other guides.

      • cherry

        Well if there is not much to explain or not needed, then this whole article is a waste. and that screen is available on my phone too, so you have not added anything new.

        • It was written around other such articles, part of a series. Just to show that it was possible.I never claimed that I did. Just one of over 650+ articles…

          • cherry

            well good luck. but in future your readers will like to read something new added to the material beside what we can see on our phone. take care and enjoy your day. have fun