Best File Managers For Android You Must Try.


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Whether it’s a quick cut and paste job or a dive into the depths of your phone, free file-manager apps give you more control over your documents than Google’s built-in tool. In this post, I am going to help you to find the right one for you.

List of File Managers for Android.



Astro File Manager.

With its attractive and the simple interface and an emphasis on productivity, Astro’s file-manager app ensures you won’t be confounded by tricky file moves on your Android phone or tablet.

astro file manager

You’ll find a familiar Home screen populated with the essentials: file types, storage locations, cloud services, recent files, and favorites. Everything you need is accessible from the moment you open the app.

Setup is pleasantly straight forward, too. Thumb-friendly ‘Add’ buttons jump out from the Home screen offering LAN, FTP, SFTP, and SMB server location support.

You’re also able to connect to the most common cloud and social media services, including One Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Facebook. All this makes it child's play to navigate to your destination. Alternatively, if you don't know where files, you can use the search bar.

Peeking under the hood reveals no-nonsense file-manager options. There’s nothing too exotic or complicated–ZIP and RAR compression and extraction, alongside app backup and a task killer that can force apps to close to protect battery life.

However, Astro’s core strength is that it focuses on being a file manager first and foremost, to copy, move and share your files and documents, with no unnecessary extras –not even ads.

Total Commander.

Total Commander started life as a desktop program – and it shows. From design to performance, it feels built for serious users. 

total commander file manager

You can tell from a glance at the bold, black theme and windows-like icons that Total Commander means business. There are no flash color schemes or frivolous embellishments, which is fine if you can live with the existing design. 

Total Commander supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and LAN connections. You can also connect the app to your One Drive, Google Drive, and Dropbox accounts, but you need to add plugins to the app to get them working. You’ll also find handy extras such as the ability to create your own internal commands and a permissions editor. If you’ve ever used a desktop file manager, you’ll feel right at home.

File Manager.

Originally created by Asus for its own pho phones, File Manager is now available on other Android devices. Despite its bland name and brand-specific origins, the app is a delight to use.

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Design-wise, it’s as if Asus decided to improve upon Astro’s minor failings and the striking icons make it very intuitive for Android users. If you’re tired of manually navigating to common tasks, File Manager conveniently places key actions such as desktop file transfer and storage analyzer at the bottom of the home screen.

The analyzer itself is a dream: its large tabs and visual reports are designed with smartphones in mind. Elsewhere, a PIN-protected Hidden Cabinet hides private files from prying eyes. This is a lightweight app that only covers the absolute basics, but it’s fast and efficient.

ES File Explorer.


ES File Explorer touts itself as the world's number one file-management app. Efficient in performance and rich in features. Sadly, the ad-supported app forces you to download bloatware to gain access to locked features, which defeats its purpose.

Solid Explorer.

solid file manager

Solid Explorer kicks off with a 14-day free trial and asks a reasonable £1.49 for a full upgrade. It fits in well with the Android aesthetic, so you won't have any trouble navigating most of the app. 

There are some nice bonuses, including individual file encryption, but moving files across to different storage locations isn't easy, which makes the app difficult to recommend, given that this is a primary function of the file manager.

X-plore File Manager.

x-plore file manager

Aping a desktop file manager, X-plore is similar in concept to Total Commander. It supports more cloud services than any other app here, as well as the standard collection of server connections. 

However, the desktop-style aesthetic is an uneasy fit on Android because the layout is so ugly. Also, opening the nested folders soon crowds the screen. The dual-pane goes some way to addressing this, but it's not enough to fix all the app’s problems.

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