No matter how smooth app launchers have become, be it the Modern Start Menu of Windows 8 or the Aviate launcher on Android, what we really yearn for is instant information right at our fingertips. Now we did talk about some apps like FARR and Launchy, which you can install on Windows. These apps index all of your files and applications, making them easily searchable so your little search robots can retrieve them in a jiff. But this is going to be the first time that we discuss doing so on Android.
So today I am going to talk about a recent app that was featured on XDA, called Search Everything.
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After you install the app from the Play Store and open it for the first time, it will index all the files that are on your device. And when I say everything, I really mean it. The app even indexes the files that have the .nomedia file in the parent folder, which typically ignores them according to Android media indexing.
Search Everything for Android
When you run the app for the first time, it indexes the files on your device’s internal memory (SD card not yet supported) and shows you the total number of files it has indexed. The process is quick enough and doesn’t take up a lot of resources. Now, after all the files have been indexed, you can go ahead and type anything in the search field and any matches will be returned in real-time.
Along with the list of the files that are matched, it also displays the full path of the file location. When you long-tap on any of the files, it will give the option to either open it directly or open the file location on your default file explorer.
You can also share and delete the files if you wish. The Properties option provides a small text box with file size and last modified date information.
Other than that, there’s nothing more that you can do with the app. There’s no settings option, not even an about or help page to give any details about the app. The app works great for what it does, but I felt that it was launched in a hurry, leaving a lot of room for future development. Off the top of my head, I’d like to see the ability to index external SD cards and added options to ignore some specific folders and filter out wildcards.
Cool Tip: You can include Search Everything with the Google Now launcher and address all your apps and file searching needs at one place. Learn more about how you can do it in our article where we talk about the Home Button Launcher.
Undoubtedly, Search Everything is a great way to search for files on Android, especially when compared to big shot file managers out there like the ES File Explorer. However the options are very limited, and I must say, some options aren’t even available.
So let’s wait for future updates, but in the meantime, go ahead and download the app and tell us if you think the same way.