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Best file managers for Android

Many of us are used to talking to a computer using the file manager. Are there similar applications on smartphones and tablets?

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

This collection contains the best file managers. We will try to identify the main advantages and disadvantages of each program so that you can choose a convenient application for yourself based on our experience.


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File manager

Free Price: Free

A file manager with many installations and high ratings on the Play Market. The application has a nice visual interface and intuitive controls. The main screen displays folders with the maximum number of files - music, documents, downloads, etc., there is also a breakdown into internal and external memory. In order to access the full list of folders, for example, for manual cleaning - just click on the desired drive. Like many managers, the program has a memory analysis function, after a brief collection of information, detailed information is opened about which types of files take up the most space, the largest objects in folders are displayed (including those where the user himself may not have a chance to peek), as well as applications with the largest cache. Cleaning after such an analysis can be done manually or entrusted with the removal of the application.

The program has advanced settings where you can choose which software to use to open a particular file, as well as adjust the display type - hide or show system folders and more. Of the additional options - remote access, synchronization with a PC via FTP and access to cloud storage . The application has a paid version, but there is no special sense in connecting it, since the available functionality is quite enough for comfortable work. I would like to see a dark theme in the application, but its absence cannot be considered a minus, since the software copes with its tasks perfectly. Also, of the useful features that did not find an implementation for this utility, but very useful in life, is the log (displays the latest files downloaded to the smartphone).

Advantages:

  • Clear management.
  • Nice interface.
  • Ability to connect cloud storage.
  • Synchronization with PC via FTP.
  • It is possible to open files through internal software.
  • Convenient memory cleaning in automatic or manual mode.
  • No intrusive ads.

Disadvantages:

  • There is no event log.

Rating: 9/10


CX Explorer

Free Price: Free

This file manager has good user ratings. It offers a simple interface with intuitive controls, a pretty good set of functions, and all this without advertising. The uncomplicated main menu was divided into three tabs - the most frequently visited places, all folders and cloud storage. Here is the analysis function, which after a short scan of the memory will show the most "heavy" files and applications. Then it remains to choose whether to entrust the cleaning program or do it all yourself. CX Explorer has FTP support, which allows you to organize a convenient exchange of information from a PC without using wires.

To view files there are built-in utilities - audio, video, text. With their help, the process of finding and removing unnecessary information is much easier than using third-party applications. However, if desired, the firmware can be configured - then when you open the file, a third-party application of your choice will be launched. In general, the manager is quite functional, it has a not very beautiful performance visually, but it suits perfectly for simple tasks of searching, sorting and removing software. In future updates, developers promise to introduce the function of obtaining Root rights, which will expand the ability to work with system folders and files.

Advantages:

  • Intuitive interface.
  • Built-in plugins for opening files of various types.
  • Quick analysis of internal memory.
  • Support manual or automatic cleaning.
  • FTP support.
  • No ads.

Disadvantages:

  • There is no event log.

Rating: 8/10


File Manager - Local and Cloud File Explorer

File manager has a very stylish and advanced design, with the ability to swap windows and customize themes. At the same time, the translation of the application is quite crooked - some items and functions are not Russified at all, while others are named so that it’s hard to immediately understand what’s being discussed, for example, the “compressed” folder contains archived files. If you do not look at the interface, then the application is very functional. There is a standard folder breakdown, display of free and occupied space, a list of directories with the maximum amount of content, a list of installed software (broken down into native and user). In the settings, you can specify which folders will be displayed in the main window, open Root access (system files and directories), set a lock password. Like many managers, File Manager can work with cloud storage and supports FTP.

The cache cleaning mode looks strange - by clicking on the corresponding menu item hidden in the settings section, the application will start cleaning something, but what exactly and what kind of effect cannot be understood. Also, the application clearly lacks an analysis function that displays the most capacious files for automatic cleaning. The application has a paid version of Pro, which removes ads.

Advantages:

  • Beautiful and customizable interface.
  • There is an event log.
  • The ability to lock the application with a password.
  • Root access to system files.
  • Work with FTP and cloud storage.

Disadvantages:

  • There is no function to analyze the memory and automatically clean it.
  • Clearing the cache works incomprehensibly - not the fact that it works at all.
  • Incomplete translation of the interface.
  • Intrusive adware.

Rating: 6/10


EZ File Explorer

EZ File Explorer is a convenient file manager with wide functionality, nice interface and intuitive controls. Already in the main window, the user will find everything you need - folders with the largest files, information about the status of the drive, as well as the log for recent days. In addition, there is access to the root directory with the folders of installed applications, and for whom this is not enough - you can generally see system directories and files. It is not recommended to unprepared users to climb and delete something there, and experienced Android users can use such functionality to develop software or study the software of their mobile device, at least this is what the manager’s developers present.

The application allows you to customize the theme, the way files are displayed, choose a method for sorting them, display the name and file size (or just the name). There is an access to the phone from a PC in the FTP manager, the ability to manage applications (both third-party and native). The program is not burdened with advertising, but it is completely unobtrusively offering to install other utilities from the developer, for example, a functional gallery for viewing photos and videos or a safe in which you can hide content from prying eyes.

Advantages:

  • Beautiful and user-friendly interface with the ability to set the color scheme.
  • FTP support.
  • Access to main folders, storage and system files.
  • Convenient sorting.
  • The event log.
  • No ads.

Disadvantages:

  • There is no option to clean the memory - all unnecessary files will have to be deleted manually.
  • There is no way to connect cloud storage to the manager.

Rating: 8/10


File Manager (File Explorer)

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A file manager from a company as famous as Asus cannot be bad at all. It was downloaded by more than 700 thousand people. The overall score is 4.4 out of 5, which is pretty good. First of all, the program has a very nice design with a beautiful and clear display of information. Everything is conveniently located, the functionality is not too large, but in essence it is more than enough - access to the horse directory, displaying hidden files and folders, connecting cloud storage, transferring files to a PC via FTP, the ability to create a password-protected storage.

The application has the option of evaluating memory and deleting large files and allows you to find duplicate files. This is true for Android devices, because by sending any files via instant messengers or social networking applications they are copied and heavily litter the memory. Given the program’s lack of advertising, it is one of the best of its kind.

Advantages:

  • Nice design.
  • Simple operation.
  • Access to hidden files and folders.
  • You can connect cloud storage.
  • File transfer via FTP.
  • The function of finding duplicate files.
  • You can create a protected folder with files.
  • No ads.

Disadvantages:

  • An application in automatic mode does not always find large files created by applications, and not downloaded by the user.

Rating: 9/10


Total commander

C. Ghisler Developer: C. Ghisler
Free Price: Free

Many of us have Total Commander installed on our computer. Now it is the most convenient file manager with a two-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 a two-panel interface here - this is done in the settings. With Root rights, the program provides access to absolutely all folders. There is also a 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 place on the screen of your smartphone. If you wish, the file manager for Android will even show thumbnails of photos. Theoretically, this will completely abandon the standard "Gallery".

Other interesting features include a built-in archiver. Also, some users should like the function of managing other applications. There is also support for plug-ins that will 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 a two-panel mode.
  • The ability to download for free.
  • Support for plugins, which are also distributed for free.
  • The presence of a built-in archiver.
  • Manage installed applications.

Disadvantages:

  • Sophisticated interface.
  • Not everyone will guess the existence of plugins.

Rating: 8/10


FX File Explorer

If you want to download a file manager on Android with that name, then be prepared for the fact that it will be in English. Unfortunately, the authors of the application do not think about 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 ZIP, 7ZIP, GZIP and even RAR formats. The player should also please. A nice bonus is the HEX editor, which is useful to application creators. The developers did not forget about the usual text editor.

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

Advantages:

  • Support for plugins.
  • Simple and intuitive interface, complemented by a two-panel mode.
  • File transfer via Wi-Fi.
  • Built-in archiver.
  • The presence of a HEX editor.
  • FTP support.
  • Work with cloud storage.
  • Nice built-in media player.

Disadvantages:

  • Only a trial version is available for free.
  • Lack of Russian >

Rating: 7/10


X-plore

And many people remember this file manager since the time of Symbian. Interestingly, the developers of Lonely Cat Games with the advent of the Android era did not seriously modify their creation. 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 run 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 yesteryear.

Any folder here can be added to Favorites. If you have Root rights, absolutely the entire file system is displayed. The archiver available here supports the work with the formats 7ZIP, RAR and ZIP. Webmasters will love the ability to send files using the FTP protocol. Well, ordinary users will be glad to introduce cloud storage support here. Through 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 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 versions of the file manager for Symbian.

Advantages:

  • Sending files via Wi-Fi.
  • Cloud storage support.
  • Built-in archiver.
  • The ability to use two-panel mode.
  • FTP protocol support.
  • The presence of a HEX editor.
  • Quick view images.
  • Distributed for free.
  • The presence of a music player.

Disadvantages:

  • The interface is rejected by beginners.
  • Developers gently ask for money.
  • The tree structure of the file system is not popular with everyone.

Rating: 8/10


Solid explorer

NeatBytes Developer: NeatBytes
Free Price: Free

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. The document editing function is also available.

If you think that the folder and file icons 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 endowed Solid Explorer with an integrated archiver. It is capable of creating 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 liked - this is rarely found in such programs (if it is not about their computer versions). Finally, the ability to use cloud storage looks good.

Advantages:

  • Support for plugins.
  • Work with cloud storage.
  • FTP protocol support.
  • Simple interface, understandable for a beginner.
  • Built-in archiver.
  • Ability to edit documents.
  • Ability to change the theme.
  • Properly implemented dual-panel mode.
  • Back up files.

Disadvantages:

  • A free trial lasts only 14 days.
  • Unstable operation on some devices.
  • It does poorly with large archives.

Rating: 7/10

Comment

2 comments

  • Strange, but I think it should not be so.

    For File Manager - Local and Cloud File Explorer

    Disadvantages:
    • There is no function to analyze the memory and automatically clean it.
    • Cleaning the cache does not work - it is not a fact that it works at all.
    • Incomplete translation of the interface.
    • Intrusive adware.
    Rating: 6/10 - possible assessment and correct

    For EZ File Explorer, all of the above shortcomings suddenly became advantages.

    Advantages:
    • There is no function to analyze the memory and automatically clean it.
    • Cleaning the cache does not work - it is not a fact that it works at all.
    • Incomplete translation of the interface.
    • Intrusive adware.

    Disadvantages:
    • There is no option to clean the memory - all unnecessary files will have to be deleted manually.
    • There is no way to connect cloud storages to the manager.
    Rating: 8/10 here is such, although according to the logic of writing advantages there is no at all.

    For Total Commander

    Disadvantages:
    • Appearance scares off beginners.
    • Not everyone will guess the existence of plugins.
    It is unlikely that in other managers the appearance attracts newcomers and at all angles they blow that there are plugins that urgently need to be downloaded. I think these flaws are far-fetched. It would be necessary to look for others, real ones. They probably are.

    But in general, thanks for the article. There are plenty to choose from. We will try. See volume, usability, etc.