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Files by Google app adds “Smart Storage” to automatically delete backed-up photos and videos

If you want to clear up some storage space on your phone quickly, the Files by Google app can really come in handy. The app offers cleaning suggestions that help you get rid of junk files and large media files with a single tap, making it a great alternative to other third-party file managers out...

Files by Google is rolling out a Trash folder for some users

As we spotted in December, Files by Google is preparing to add a Trash folder feature that will let you temporarily delete folders from your device until the app permanently deletes them 30 days later. The feature is now rolling out for some users of version 1.0.378055542 of the Files by Google app for Android. Our...

Files by Google now lets you add files to a Favorites folder, prepares other new features

Google is rolling out an update for the Files by Google app, which brings a new Favorites folder to the app. The new folder was first spotted in a teardown of the app back in August last year, and it's finally rolling out to users with the latest update. Although the update doesn't include the...

Files by Google 1.0.345 prepares to add a Trash folder for restoring deleted files

Back in June this year, Google released a video detailing changes to storage access in Android 11. The video highlighted a new "trashing" mechanism that would allow apps to trash files instead of deleting them, which would essentially give users a chance to recover trashed files within a 30-day period. But we're yet to see...

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...