Configure ES File Explorer

Configure ES File Explorer to Connect to DriveHQ WebDAV Server for Managing Cloud Files

EStrong's (or ES App Group) ES File Explorer/Manager is a very popular file management app for Android. It is available on Google Play Store for free; a more advanced version ES File Explorer/Manager Pro is available for $2.99.

DriveHQ is a leading Cloud File Server/WebDAV Drive Mapping service provider. WebDAV Drive Mapping is the easiest way of accessing cloud storage. It works on all platforms.

ES File Explorer can be used to access and manage DriveHQ cloud file storage with either the FTP or WebDAV protocol. In this document, we will talk about how to configure ES File Explorer/Manager with DriveHQ's WebDAV Server. The information is also useful in configuring other WebDAV client applications.

Step 1: Get WebDAV Server / URL.

To use Estrong's ES File Explorer with DriveHQ WebDAV Server, you must have a DriveHQ account first. If you don’t have a DriveHQ account, you can:

- Visit website to sign up for a free account. The free account does not expire, but it has some restrictions.

- If you are an administrator, you might want to create sub-accounts for your users, incl. employees and external clients. A sub-user of a paid Group Account is considered a paid account.

The next step is to create/get your secure WebDAV URL. Log on to website, then from the Start Menu, click "Drive Mapping URL". See the screenshots below. (Desktop browser and Mobile browser).

Get WebDAV URL from Desktop Web Browser

Get WebDAV URL from Mobile Web Browser

After you click "Drive Mapping URL", it will display the "Create/Manage Secure WebDAV URL" page as follows. (If you don't already have a Secure WebDAV URL, you can create one. Note the WebDAV URL can be limited to certain IP addresses.)

Step 2: Add WebDAV Server/Site in ES File Explorer

Launch ES File Explorer on your Android phone/tablet, you will see the following initial screen:

Tap the arrow as shown above to expand the home screen, you will see the "Network" icon:

Tap the "Network" icon, it will display the following "Network" screen:

Alternatively, you can reach the "Network" screen from ES File Explorer's start menu as shown below. Tap on Network to expand the network items and then tap on Network again, it will display the "Network" screen.

In the "Network" screen, tap the menu icon at the top-right corner of the app screen, select "+ New":

It will display the following screen to let you select a type of network server. Tap "WebDAV".

It will display the "New WebDAV Server" screen as shown below:

You can enter the WebDAV server/account info as shown in the above screenshot. Make sure to use your own username and password. The WebDAV Server name is available in the Step 1. It is recommended using HTTPS with Port 443.

Tap the "OK" button, the new WebDAV connection will be saved as follows:

To connect to DriveHQ's WebDAV cloud storage, you just need to tap the new WebDAV connection (DriveHQ) in the above "Network" screen. It will log on to DriveHQ's WebDAV server and display your cloud files/folders as shown below. You can access the "Network" screen from ES File Explorer's home screen, or from its Start Menu.

If you incorrectly configured the WebDAV server/account info, you can edit it. In the Network -> FTP screen, tap and hold on the DriveHQ WebDAV connection, it will display a menu at the bottom. You can then Delete or Edit your WebDAV info. It is interesting to note that ES File Explorer placed the WebDAV connection into FTP connections.