How to access a File Browser and Internal Storage on an Amazon Echo Show

As you may or may not know, the Amazon Echo Show line of smart displays run an OS based on Android. Despite my hopes and dreams, modding an Echo Show to do more than what it was originally intended to hasn’t been possible because the device is pretty locked down. A reader of AFTVnews by the name of Wilson C. just stumbled on a way to bring up Android’s default file manager and browser internal files on an Echo Show. Even though I haven’t thought of any use for this new peek behind the curtain of the Echo Show, here are instructions for how to do it, in hopes that someone else might think of something interesting to do with the information.

  1. Open the Silk Browser on the Echo Show by saying “Alexa, open Silk.” Once opened, enter chrome://policy into the address bar of the browser and hit the “Go” button.
  2. Once the “Policies” page loads, tap the “Export to JSON” button near the top of the page.
  3. Tap the the 3 vertical dots in the very top right corner and select “Show SD card” from the menu that appears.
  4. Tap the “Internal storage” directory that has now appeared on the left side and you can now browser the internal files.


One comment
  1. Wilson C says:

    I found something pretty interesting. you could go to a file reader website and you could see what is in the files to see how it works

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