How can I list the folders within my assets folder?

I have a series of folders within my asset folder. Each folder contains pictures and documents. I'm having trouble getting an activity to list the contents of my asset folder. I've tried a number of solutions that I've found online but can't get anything to work. In this activity I'm trying to just list the folders within the asset folder. From there a user could click on a folder and open it. I think I have a decent understanding of how to open the folder when clicked. I'm just struggling with how to list the folders.

I have tried: Adding this to my onCreate method:

    RecyclerView recyclerView = (RecyclerView) findViewById(;

    final AssetManager assetManager = getAssets();
    try {
        // for assets folder add empty string
        String[] filelist = assetManager.list("");
        // for assets/subFolderInAssets add only subfolder name

        if (filelist == null) {
            // dir does not exist or is not a directory
        } else {
            for (int i=0; i<filelist.length; i++) {
                // Get filename of file or directory
                String filename = filelist[i];
        } catch (IOException e) {
    } }

Nothing shows up when I do this.

I have tried this:

public static  List<String> listAssetFiles(Context c, String rootPath) {
    List<String> files =new ArrayList<>();
    try {
        String [] Paths = c.getAssets().list(rootPath);
        if (Paths.length > 0) {
            // This is a folder
            for (String file : Paths) {
                String path = rootPath + "/" + file;
                if (new File(path).isDirectory())
                else files.add(path);
    } catch (IOException e) {
    return files;

I've tried a few other things as well. I cannot seem to make this work. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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