Find files on your smartphone or tablet quickly with NirSoft’s MobileFileSearch

NirSoft has launched a brand new freeware software which helps Windows customers to seek for files and folders of their USB-connected MTP gadgets.

MTP stands for media tranfer protocol; it’s generally utilized by smartphones and tablets when they’re related to desktop computer systems.

Tip: try Nirsoft’s new pre-release software section to check instruments earlier than official launch.

NirSoft MobileFileSearch interface

You could have seen the time period while you plug in a cellphone to your laptop. The notification shade could say “Charging through USB, contact for extra choices.” If you do, MTP is among the obtainable choices that you could be choose.

I join my cellphone(s) to my laptop regularly to switch files, take backups or carry out different operations. One of the problems that customers could run into is that the cellphone’s listing construction is sort of complicated and that it’s not at all times clear the place particular files, say images and movies you took, are situated.

For instance, you need to copy some pictures from the cellphone. Depending on the applying and sort, these could also be in several folders. Screenshots are positioned in a unique folder than images taken with the digicam, and pictures from third-party functions like Telegram or WhatsApp are additionally in different folders. Locations may additionally rely on the Android model and firmware that’s getting used.

Searching by means of the files is sort of a tough process as effectively. CellularFileSearch simplifies this process. Connect your cellphone or tablet to your laptop utilizing a USB cable, and allow the file switch protocol.

To use this system, obtain and extract the archive, and run the executable. The program opens two home windows by default: CellularFileSearch and Search Options. The latter is the foreground Window and has choices that it’s worthwhile to choose for performing a search.

The very first thing to do is to pick out the system that this system has to go looking however solely in case you have a couple of MTP system related to the pc. The default possibility is to go looking in all gadgets on the similar time. Use the drop-down menu to specify the one you need to use and the system’s identify will seem within the different drop-down menu on the appropriate.

The Base Folders possibility is beneficial if you wish to search inside a particular folder, however you may must enter the complete path of the folder. You can get the trail utilizing Explorer or one other file supervisor. What if you do not know the place to search out the folder? Leave the Base Folders discipline empty and this system will search the complete system.

Subfolders Depth permits you to set what number of sub-folder ranges this system ought to parse to search out your files. You can set it from between Zero-15 or go away it at infinite. The Wildcards possibility is the one you utilize on Windows to seek for all files of a particular format like *.txt, *.jpg, or *.mp3. The subsequent setting means that you can outline the minimal file measurement to search for, say 1KB or 20MB or 500GB. You can limit the search by setting a most File measurement restrict as effectively.

You can slender down the search additional by choosing the Created time and Modified time; these are helpful if you’re searching for files created at a particular time. For e.g. in case you’re searching for images which you took throughout your trip, set the date to while you had been away and CellularFileSearch ought to listing the files which had been created on the outlined time.

The Find Files or Find Folders choices do precisely what they’re named after.

Find files on your smartphone or tablet quickly with NirSoft's MobileFileSearch

Hit the “Start Search” button to carry out the search. Now, change to the CellularFileSearch window and it ought to listing the related outcomes.

Tip: You can shut the search window after the method has begun. To cease the search, hit the Stop button within the prime left nook of the CellularFileSearch window.

The default view shows plenty of columns together with the file identify, full path, object identify, object id, created time, modified time, authored time, file extension, and file measurement. It additionally shows some superior data corresponding to Allow Delete, System, Hidden, DRM Protected, Device Name, and Device ID.

NirSoft MobileFileSearch

Tip: You can disable any of the columns from the View menu and type the itemizing with a click on on a column header.

Copy and delete files

You can choose one or extra (or all) of the files from the search outcomes to carry out the next actions.

  • Edit > Copy chosen gadgets to clipboard.
  • File > Copy chosen files to > select a vacation spot folder. You can set it to skip the file copy if the file already exists, or overwrite the file, or copy it utilizing a brand new file identify.
  • File > Delete chosen files.

Selecting a file and clicking on the file menu means that you can open the file or choose the “Open with” possibility to decide on which program you need to open the file with. You can view a person file’s properties by utilizing the File menu, and the knowledge is displayed in a small pop-up window.

Find software

The Edit menu has a Find software (the essential Windows Ctrl + F software), which you need to use to sort the identify of a file and it locates the corresponding file from the search outcomes.


The HTML menu has two report choices, one for the chosen files, and one for all files. There is an identical possibility within the File menu referred to as “Export”, which you need to use to avoid wasting the properties of the chosen files, in a textual content doc.

NirSoft MobileFileSearch context menu

These choices are additionally obtainable through the right-click context menu.

Closing Words

CellularFileSearch, like all NirSoft functions is moveable. The program is suitable with Windows Vista and above, and helps 32-bit and 64-bit computer systems. Aside from the search choices, I actually like this system’s experiences and duplicate to folder choices which may save fairly a little bit of time.

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