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Files by Google 1.0.33 adds playback speed controls for videos and a PDF handler

Android users had to wait a long time for an official file manager app from Google, and they finally got one in 2017 when the company released the Files by Google app. The application, which was previously named Files Go, was originally only available for Android Go Edition devices. A lot has changed since its...

Files by Google prepares to add a Favorites folder

Files by Google was launched in November 2017 as a way to let Android Go users better manage storage space on their phones. Formally known as "Google Files Go", Google later decided to make the app available for all Android phones through the Google Play Store. Since its inception, Files by Google has gone from...

[Update: Official] Files by Google starts rolling out a Safe Folder to hide your private files

Files by Google is a file manager app for Android that started out as a simple file cleaner and browser for Android Go Edition devices, but it has grown so popular over the years that Google essentially made it the de facto file manager app in Google Mobile Services. The app has received a handful...

Files by Google 1.0.315 tests a “Safe Folder” that hides and protects files with a 4-digit PIN

Files by Google is a file manager app that has become the de facto default file manager for Google Pixel devices on Android 11 as the AOSP Files app is now only accessible from storage settings. The latest version of the APK started to roll out recently, and it was also uploaded to APKMirror. Version...

Files by Google now lets you hide recommendations for 7 days or more

When it was initially released, Files by Google was called "Google Files Go" because it was intended to help manage the storage on Android Go Edition devices. Because of its simplicity, clean design, and smart suggestions, the app gained widespread popularity outside of Android Go devices. It's now available on the Google Play Store for...

Files by Google prepares to tweak the Browse UI and add Chromecast support

The last time we talked by Files by Google, it was back in early August when the app got a dark theme and updated media player controls. There are over 100 million users of the file manager app, which is impressive given its humble origins as a file manager designed to help budget phone users...

Files by Google gets a dark theme and new media player controls

Google's slow march toward every app having a dark theme continues. The company published a blog post today to celebrate 100 million users of the Files by Google app. It was built for areas like India, but Google says people are using it everywhere. 8GB of storage is freed up every second. Google also used...

Files by Google is getting a dark theme in its latest beta

Dark mode is one of the biggest new features of Android Q. It was requested by Android enthusiasts for many years, and Google finally included it in the next version of Android. Since then, many Google applications have adopted a dark theme such as the Phone app, Messages, Google Keep, Google Photos, Google Calendar, Google...

Google Files Go is now just “Files” with a new Material Theme redesign

For some reason, stock Android lacked a proper file manager until Google released the Files Go app last year. Third-party file managers have been popular since the early days of Android, but the OS still doesn't ship with a full-featured first-party file manager. (The DocumentsProvider Files app has basic file management capabilities since Android 4.4...

Google Files Go gets a built-in media player, faster sharing, and advanced browsing

Files Go was released last year by Google to finally offer a first-party solution for browsing the files on Android devices. It offers features like identifying big files and folders, decluttering the device, and more. Unfortunately, it still isn't built into the system itself, but the application has more than 10 million downloads on the...

Apps shared via Google Files Go, SHAREIt, and Xender will be verified by Google Play

Google has worked on a way to keep those users secure who love side-loading applications. Back in June, they started to automatically add security metadata to any app uploaded to the Google Play Store so that they can be verified as originating from Google Play when shared elsewhere. This helps users by having their side-loaded...

Files Go by Google adds share tab, faster offline sharing, and file extraction

Google released Files Go as the company's first smart storage app for Android back in November. The app is a pseudo-file manager, as it doesn't have an option to browse the full contents of a device's internal storage. Instead, it helps users clear unneeded files. In this respect, Files Go helps Google catch up to...