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The best file managers for Android

Many of us are used to communicating with a computer using a file manager. Are there any similar applications on smartphones and tablets? And which of them should be considered the best? This article will try to answer these questions.

The file manager greatly simplifies access to music, videos and various documents. If you are doing something serious on your device, then you can't do without it. That is why the first analogs of computer Explorer appeared on mobiles in the mid-2000s. With the advent of the era of smartphones, the functionality of such utilities has expanded significantly.

This collection contains the top five file managers. We will try to identify the main advantages and disadvantages of each program, in order to advise you to establish one of them for you.

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Total commander

Developer: C. Ghisler
Free

Many of us have Total Commander installed on our computer. Now it is the most convenient file manager with dual-window interface. Meanwhile, the developers are not asleep - some time ago they decided to create a separate version of the application, sharpening it for the Android operating system.

If you wish, you can also enable the two-pane interface here - this is done in the settings. In the presence of Root-rights, the program provides access to absolutely all folders. Present here and the function that allows you to connect to an FTP-server, useful for any website owner. The display of files can be different - it all depends on how many you want to put on the screen of your smartphone. If you wish, the file manager for Android will show even thumbnails of photos. Theoretically, this will completely abandon the standard "Gallery".

Of the other interesting things you can note the presence of a built-in archiver. Also, some users should like the control function of other applications. There is also support for plug-ins that allow access to LAN, WebDAV and USB flash drives. In short, Total Commander can easily be turned into a completely professional application.

Advantages:

  • The presence of two-pane mode;
  • Ability to download for free;
  • Support for plug-ins, which are also distributed free of charge;
  • Creating thumbnail images;
  • The presence of a built-in archiver;
  • Manage installed applications.

Disadvantages:

  • Appearance frightens beginners;
  • Not everyone will guess about the existence of plug-ins.

Rating: 8/10


ES Explorer

Developer: ES Global
Free

The most popular file manager on Android in Russian. The number of its installations has long exceeded 100 million! The program is able to work on the Android operating system, starting with version 4.0. An interesting feature of the utility is support for themes - they are downloaded separately in the same Google Play.

The application is not without reason has become so popular. It is adapted for beginners, and therefore it makes sense to install it to absolutely any user! Beginners will use separate buttons leading to folders with photos, videos, downloads and documents, and more experienced users will use the rest of the functionality.

From a large number of utilities, you can note a preview of images, a built-in archiver, support for working with cloud storages (Dropbox, Google Drive, and some others). Do not forget the creators of ES Explorer and support for the FTP protocol, which is used by many webmasters. Finally, the application manager should be pleased.

Advantages:

  • Manage installed applications;
  • Work with cloud storages;
  • Support themes;
  • A simple interface that even a novice will like;
  • FTP support without any plugins;
  • Creating thumbnail images;
  • Built-in archiver;
  • Distributed for free.

Disadvantages:

  • It does not always work correctly with connected flash drives;
  • Some people’s home page is just annoying.

Rating: 9/10


FX File Explorer

If you want to download the file manager on Android with this name, then be prepared for the fact that it will be in English. Unfortunately, the authors of the application do not think about the Russian->

Like many of its competitors, FX File Explorer creates thumbnails of media files, so you do not need to focus only on their names. Built-in archiver helps to work with files in formats ZIP, 7ZIP, GZIP and even RAR. It should please the media player, which is not available in all file managers. A nice bonus is the HEX-editor, which is useful for application creators. Do not forget the developers and the usual text editor.

It is curious that transferring files using FX File Explorer to another device is possible not only via traditional Bluetooth, but also via Wi-Fi. In a word, if you have no problems understanding English, be sure to check out this application.

Advantages:

  • Plugin support;
  • Simple and intuitive interface, supplemented by two-pane mode;
  • File transfer via Wi-Fi;
  • Built-in archiver;
  • The presence of HEX-editor;
  • Creating thumbnail images of a user-specified size;
  • FTP support;
  • Work with cloud storages;
  • A good built-in media player.

Disadvantages:

  • Only a trial version is available for free;
  • The absence of the Russian >

Rating: 7/10


X-plore

And many people remember this file manager since Symbian times. Interestingly, the developers of Lonely Cat Games with the advent of the Android era did not seriously modify their creation. Here there is a familiar interface in which the file system of the device is depicted as a tree structure. The music player allows you to not launch a separate application to listen to the audio file of interest. The creators did not forget about the HEX-editor, which was also present on the Nokia N73 and other legendary smartphones of the past years.

Any folder here can be added to Favorites. With Root-rights, absolutely the entire file system is displayed. The archiver available here supports 7ZIP, RAR and ZIP formats. Webmasters will enjoy the ability to send files via FTP protocol. Well, ordinary users will be happy to introduce cloud storage support here. By simple manipulations, you can transfer files via Wi-Fi.

In a word, one could safely say that X-Plore is the best file manager. But we will not do this. We understand that the Explorer for Android should have the most simplified interface, because most smartphones are used by ordinary people who do not want to learn something new. And the interface available in X-Plore is difficult to understand - this could be said about the file manager versions for Symbian.

Advantages:

  • Sending files via Wi-Fi;
  • Cloud storage support;
  • Built-in archiver;
  • The possibility of using two-pane mode;
  • FTP protocol support;
  • The presence of HEX-editor;
  • Quick view of images;
  • Distributed free of charge;
  • The presence of a music player.

Disadvantages:

  • The interface is rejected by beginners;
  • Developers unobtrusively ask for money;
  • The tree structure of the file system does not like everything.

Rating: 8/10


Solid explorer

This is a simplified program for viewing files that does not have a built-in media player. But here you can view photos without any problems. Available and function editing documents.

If you find that the icons of folders and files are too large, you can easily reduce them. There is also a large number of sorting criteria, which also helps to quickly find the file you are interested in. The creators gave Solid Explorer a built-in archiver. It is able to create ZIP and TAR archives. As for RAR, the file manager can only unpack such archives.

Experienced users will be delighted with the two-window mode implemented here. The function of creating a backup copy of all files should also be pleasant - this is rarely seen in such programs (if it is not about their computer versions). Finally, the possibility of using cloud storages does not seem superfluous.

Advantages:

  • Plugin support;
  • Work with cloud storages;
  • FTP protocol support;
  • Simple interface, understandable to beginner;
  • Built-in archiver;
  • The ability to edit documents;
  • Ability to change the theme;
  • Competently implemented two-pane mode;
  • Create backup files.

Disadvantages:

  • The free trial mode lasts only 14 days;
  • Unstable operation on some devices;
  • Poor copes with voluminous archives.

Rating: 7/10


Which file manager is better?

This question is very difficult to answer. As you can see by our estimates, all applications of this kind are approximately equal. Perhaps experienced users can recommend Total Commander . The interface of this program is fully translated into Russian. If you want to expand the functionality of this utility, you can install many plug-ins.

Well, novice users can download and install ES Explorer . The size of the icons of files and folders here is regulated within fairly wide limits. The program allows you to work with archives and move files to the cloud storage. In this case, the creators of this creation do not require money from the user.

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