One of the downsides of Android compared to desktop operating systems is its apparent lack of options to drill down into the operating system and manually manage your files. While an unrooted Android OS doesn’t offer many of these options by default, there are plenty of great file manager apps out there that will give you the granular control you want.
Whether you want to explore your phone’s root directory, encrypt apps, or simply manually move, create, and delete folders on your device, these file manager apps will meet your needs.
1. Files from Google
Want to keep things super simple? If you don’t want to download third-party apps on your phone, you can just stick with Google’s Files app, which is built into most common Android devices or can be downloaded from the Play Store for others. .
It’s not as deep as some of the options on the list, but it does provide a nice, clean interface through which to create your phone files, lets you easily view downloads, pictures, and videos, and share files online. online (with automatic encryption) and offline.
It lets you easily find files and can even scan your phone for files it considers junk and temporary, offering to delete them for you and instantly save a lot of storage space on your phone. device.
2. FX File Explorer
A big question you need to ask yourself when choosing a file manager is whether you’re looking for something simple or are more of a power user. With support for SMBv2, a customizable home screen, and a usage view that shows the size and content composition of each folder on your phone, FX File Explorer has it all.
FX lets you create and browse encrypted files in AES-256 and AES-128 formats, and even has something for music fans by letting you browse audio content by the usual audio tags like l artist, album and playlist (you can listen to music, watch videos and view photos directly through the app as well).
And best of all, despite being free, FX File Explorer has no ads, which instantly makes the whole thing much more user-friendly. You can extend the app with paid features like FX Connect to transfer files directly between phones and ‘Web Access’ which lets you manage your files from a PC browser which are nice bonuses but most of the good stuff is there for free.
3. Solid Explorer
One of the best things about Solid Explorer is its dual-pane design, which makes it quick and easy to browse all your Android files. It places particular emphasis on security, allowing you to encrypt all files and folders with a password, which you can then open with a fingerprint sensor.
The two-panel design essentially creates two separate windows in Solid Explorer, allowing you to drag and drop files and folders between them, just as you would in a desktop operating system. There is a lot of customization in terms of colors and themes. Even more features are unlocked on a rooted device, where you can use it like a real root explorer.
The catch is that Solid Explorer is a paid app, but you can try it for free for 14 days before deciding if it’s for you.
One of the best-kept secret file managers for Android, MiXplorer has long been a favorite of the XDA community, allowing you to not only explore files on your device, but across your entire personal network (including including FTP, LAN and cloud-based storage). It comes with lots of customizations, has robust tabbed browsing, and lets you create chains of commands using the “Tasks” feature.
You can easily view different file formats with a built-in player that reads EPub, MobiPacket and PDF formats, as well as a full media player, image viewer and text editor.
You don’t need to have a rooted device to use MiXplorer, but if you do, then even more features open up in the form of data backup and additional management options. It’s ad-free, completely free, and supported by really knowledgeable people.
5. ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer is one of the oldest and most trusted file explorers on this list. It would actually be number one if only there were no ads. It’s understandable, though, because despite all the time and effort the developers have put into it, they deserve financial compensation for their issues.
The catch is that ES File Explorer was removed from the Play Store in April 2019, possibly due to the fraudulent activities of one of the company’s subdivisions, DO Global. To use it today, you’ll need to download it from a site like APKPure, where the latest versions are always posted.
ES File Manager still comes with its niche gesture feature where you can save certain gestures which will perform functions in the app. It also lets you save shortcuts to folders and files on your home screen, making it almost entirely desktop. It comes with built-in viewers and players for different file types, so you can watch videos and listen to music directly from it. There is also a task manager where you can kill tasks and free up memory on your device.
It supports rar and zip compression/decompression and even comes with its own note editor. Supporting cloud storage, Bluetooth file browsing, remote file access, wireless PC file transfer, SD card analyst, and a host of other features, it’s a Swiss army knife. ‘an application. It is also a theme. Some may be put off by its overabundance of features, ads, and material design, but if you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades, this is your best bet.
6. Astro File Manager
The first thing you see when you go to the Astro File Manager Google Play page is “No Ads”. This banner crosses its icon like a corporate motto. For anyone who wants a great ad-free file browser, look no further. Along with helping you organize your files through its file manager, it comes with a handy memory cleaner.
It allows you to compress and decompress files in rar and zip formats. You can also add settings, files, and folders to your bookmarks. It comes with its own media player that lets you play videos and music, smoothly browse your image collection, and manage both your cloud and internal storage.
7. X-Plore File Manager
Time to bring the pane – two panes that is. What is unique about X-Plore is that it gives you the ability to manage windows at the same time by providing you with a dual pane explorer so you can copy files and compare two folders. On top of all that, it lets you see inside APK files and zip folders into APK packages.
It has a disk map that lets you see which files are consuming the most disk space and comes with its own PDF viewer. You can manage your files wirelessly from a PC’s web browser. It comes with cloud storage access and a video player that enables subtitles. All of this is just the tip of the iceberg.
8. Total Commander
The classic, original and my favorite, Total File Commander comes with a simple yet powerful user interface. A few people may consider it anachronistic and a bit plain, but it’s just as good as its Windows counterpart and gets the job done.
It is fully pluggable which means you can add more functionality to it using plugins. It has a media player that can stream directly from LAN, WebDAV and cloud plugins, and you can mark and save folders as shortcuts. For those with rooted devices, it has a capable root explorer.
Now that you’ve chosen the Android file manager of your dreams (or at least your needs), follow our guide on how to remove leftover files and folders after uninstalling Android apps. Or for something a little lighter, check out the best Android screen recording apps.
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