How to Use ES File Explorer to Modify System Files on Android

Ashish Mundhra

Rooted Android phones provide many additional benefits when compared to a non-rooted phone. It allows us to read and modify system files in an Android device.

Now, the thing is that we mostly use an app or script to apply the updates directly when we have to modify system files in an Android phone. This will enable us to have a better file management.

It's not always convenient though. Sometimes, we might need to edit and update certain system files on the Android device manually in order to apply some custom patches and modification and that’s when we need a root file explorer app.

There are many file manager and application manager apps in the play store, some of which are paid, that claim to do the task seamlessly. However, we will go for one of the most trusted file manager apps, ES File Explorer, and see how to use it for the task.

Cool Tips: You can analyze your SD card with the ES File Explorer. You can also move your files to the SD card using the ES File Explorer. Also, the built-in support for .rar and .zip files lets you compress and decompress various file types. 

So, you can compress or pack all your important files into one archive in .zip or .rar formats and unpack rar files or decompress zip files.

What's more? You can also use a Wi-Fi network for file transfer with this Android file manager.

How to Use ES File Explorer as a Root Explorer

Launch ES File Explorer and open the app’s settings by pressing the menu soft key. In Settings, scroll down to the Other Settings section and tap the Root Settings option.

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Now in Root Settings, check the Root Explorer option and up to root. If you are enabling this feature for the first time, your Android phone will ask if you would like to grant the particular app root access. Select the Remember option and enable the file explorer app.

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You will now be able to view all the root Android files when you tap the Up button instead of exiting the app. If you want to gain access to write over system files, enable the Mount File System option. You can now edit system files on your Android device manually.

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You can also opt for the option to backup system files automatically before you modify and save them. This makes sure that you always have a failsafe file on your Android device to roll back to if anything goes wrong.

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Note: Please be very careful while editing system files. Always refer to reliable source if you are planning to apply any mod or patch to your device. Even a small mistake can put your phone in Force Close or boot loop. You were warned!

Conclusion

So this was yet another great use you can put ES File Explorer to. Don’t forget to have a look on how to use ES File explorer to manage your files on computer over Wi-Fi and even on cloud storage tools such as Box.net, Amazon S3, Yandex, Google Drive, Dropbox, and SkyDrive.

If you are annoyed by pop up and in-app ads, you can buy the pro version from the play store. Check out the ES Task Manager for added features to kill tasks and an ignore list to avoid ending regular important tasks.

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Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.