Best Android File Manager

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One of the best things about Android is being able to browse through your file structure without having to plug it into your computer. There are several apps that will let you go through your files right from your phone. Most phones will come with a basic file manager already installed, but most of the time they’re pretty limited in what they can do. With many different options to choose from, we will go through the most popular file managers and highlight their best features.

What is a file manager?

You’re probably familiar with how a basic file structure works. Android’s file structure is very similar to any other, in the sense that you can create new folders and files, and generally organize everything to your liking.

As you can see in this screenshot of Samsung “My Files” app, you’ll be able to see your internal storage and cloud storage. Being able to connect with all of your cloud accounts is a very important in any file manager.

Any type of file that you save to your Android will show up in a file explorer app. This includes images, music, documents, videos, APKs, PDFs and everything else you could think of.

While you can browse your files, sometimes you’ll have to use another app to view them. So if I’m looking through my DCIM folder and I want to open a picture, I sometimes have to open it in my photos app. Some managers have support for viewing files directly within the manager app itself. This is part of what makes a good file manager.

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Best File Managers

Astro File Manager with Cloud

Another fantastic app is Astro File Manager. While it doesn’t have as many features as ES File Explorer does, it’s designed to be as simple to use as possible. You’ll be able to connect to all your cloud storage, as well as browse your local network. This app also comes with a task killer and app manager.

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File Manager (File transfer)

User interface matters a lot in a file explorer, and this app does it best. The layout of this app makes it incredibly easy to navigate, so you can quickly find the file you’re looking for. If there is a folder that you access often, you can just add that folder right to your homescreen, and bypass the file explorer all together. You’ll also have the option of using your PC to manage your files wirelessly, using FTP.

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So if you’re looking for a great file manager, try one of these out. There are plenty of others on the Play store too.