One common snag that frustrates many Bluestacks users has to do with file management. I’m specifically talking about importing, retrieving, copying, and transferring files to specific folders in the emulator.

The process of Importing and exporting files in Bluestacks is not particularly hard. However, retrieving imported files and transferring them to other folders can be tricky.

In this post, we’ll take a peek at how you can copy imported files from the shared folder and paste them to another location in your emulator.

Step 1: Locating Imported Files

The first thing you probably want to do is track down the files you just imported in the emulator. You can do that with the inbuilt file manager. Just select the “imported files” tab on the left.

Imported Files in Bluestacks

If you want to check the folder where your imported files are located, click the explore tab. The explore tab allows you to browse all folders in the virtual SD card.

Explore tab in Bluestacks media manager

The most likely places to find the shared files are the Windows and DCIM folders. In the most recent Bluestacks version, I found my imported files in the DCIM folder.

Step 2: Copying files between folders

Since the inbuilt file manager in Bluestacks makes copying files almost impossible, the best workaround is to install a third-party manager from the Play Store.

I found the File Explorer Root Browser perfect for transferring files and folders.

The shared folder location in Root Browser

It gives you access to the root directory, something that the inbuilt manager does not.

Root directory in Bluestacks

If you want to copy a file, navigate to where its located and long-press it to reveal the copy & paste functions.

Copy and Paste file options in Root browser

Once the file is successfully copied in the clipboard, you can find the paste options on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Paste Options in root browser

The Root Browser also lets you copy and paste folders.

Copying and pasting folders in root browser

Author: Victor WachangaWriter, 3D artist, and thinker. Tech is fascinating. Tech is scary

4 thoughts on “Transfer imported files from shared folder to other folders in Bluestacks”

  1. Thank you for writing this, it was very useful. You’re certainly right about the nix filesystem not being exactly straight forward!

  2. Thank you very much, i don’t know why bluestack media manager doesn’t allow us to copy/move files between folder. Shame

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