Chrome OS File Manager to Achieve Volume Status, Thanks to a new Flag

Published by Jesse Afolabi on

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Our beloved operating system has grown to be something of a celebrity in the personal computing space given the extraordinary set of features and functionalities it’s accumulated over the past few years. There’s, however, a specific service that has been lacking since its inception. The Chrome OS file manager. It pales in comparison to those of competing platforms, Windows file manager and Finder respectively. This has left a rather bitter taste in the mouths user Chrome OS users across the categories. And it’s for this particular reason we wrote an article on alternative Linux-Centric file managers for Chrome OS.

Google is aware of this shortcoming and thankfully, they’ve been doing a better job with the integration of the file manager with both the Android and Linux containers. The latest attempt in this effort is the Enable MyFiles as Volume flag which is literally self-explanatory.

Chrome OS Enable MyFiles as Volume flag
Chrome OS Enable MyFiles as Volume flag

This flag essentially enables the use of MyFiles as a read/write volume. Hence giving you the ability to restore the previous downloads content.

Chrome OS File Manager
Chrome OS File Manager

The change is user-friendly and has the potential to drastically improve your Chrome File app experience. There’s no saying for sure that the feature will make it to the stable build.

Moreover, It’s currently disabled by default and can be enabled in Chrome://flags using enable-myfiles-volume provided you’re on the dev channel or the latest beta 72.0.3626.49 build.


Jesse Afolabi

Having been a technical writer for over 4 years, and co-founded Fossmint.com in 2016, I took my passion to the next level with the founding of Itschromeos.com which so happens to revolve around my love for open-source technologies and Chrome OS. It's my hope to venture into new avenues in the tech universe and take you with me on that ride.

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