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Best Free File Manager for Android

 
Introduction

We are all used to the different flavours of file manager in Microsoft Windows, but just how good are any of the freeware file manager apps available for Android devices? Let's find out.

 
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When I first opened X-plore File Manager, it immediately reminded me of a piece of Windows software that I used to use years ago called Xtree Pro. That old software, in conjunction with a serial or parallel cable, would allow you to transfer files between one computer and the other. X-plore File Manager allows you to transfer files between folders on the same device. Cool. And what I mean by 'cool' is that, like Xtree Pro, it splits the screen in 2 (best viewed in landscape). But unlike Xtree Pro, it puts the menu buttons down the centre, which I think is great.

You can have your device on one side of the split screen and your external storage on the other. It shows the total memory size and amount of free space - folder hierarchy listings and thumbnails - and when drilling further into a folder, it again shows you file sizes: but then also allows you to manipulate them between device and storage or open them using the menu buttons or by tapping the files.

The menu buttons are clearly labeled and you can also configure them to behave or run how you want them to. There is a general configuration option as well that allows you to do many things such as show hidden files, change the theme, add a password to the program and a host of other options to play with.

And throughout it all it remains very easy to use and professional, which considering it's free, is amazing. Oh, and by the way, you can even manipulate files within web storage or on the LAN, view APK files as Zip, create Zip files, and it even has built-in viewers for images, video, audio, and text too. What more could you ask for? Lots probably and no doubt you will find them within this app. There are no adverts either!!

Overall, I really like it but the split screen view (landscape) doesn't show that well on a small screen Android phone, but it does look the bees-knees on a tablet.

 

AndroXplorer, when opened, gives you a visual display not unlike an open source operating system. It utilises the Android logo to its full advantage by showing that cheeky chappie (or chapess) in a variety of poses which gives each thumbnail a quazi-professional look. And not to be phased by these thumbnails, it gives you a description under each.

Navigation is simplicity itself using the thumbnails and you are quickly sped to your destination with a single tap. At the top of each screen visited is the title, a search option and an icon that looks like a back button, or it could be an enter/go option (I'm not overly sure though more play time may give me an answer). When you have gone to the page you want, by tapping once on the title bar brings a drop-down menu that gives you a whole host of options (depending on the page you're on) including a Home icon. Useful as I still can't get that funny backish looking button to work! (Of course using the back option on your device works too.) To the right of the title bar is Name (as default). Tapping on it means you can sort your files by name, date etc.

AndroXplorer presents to me things I need to know about my device and storage. It can give you a breakdown of your Memory Info and has an option to Backup and Restore. There is a Recycle bin, which I can only assume works similarly to the recycle bin on your desktop, My Programs which shows you your programs, and Shortcuts (though I don't know why) plus a few others.

Up until a few moments ago the only thing I couldn't find was how the hell you copy, paste, or delete something!! But now I know. When you go to your memory card for example, it shows you a thumbnailed display of your folders. The usual tapping on them will bring up the contents.

But back to the folders. If you hold your finger over a folder, a dinky menu appears at the bottom of the screen that includes our favourites, cut, copy, paste, delete etc. Now when I say "dinky" I really mean "dinky". I've got large fingers and I have already tapped the wrong icons because they are so small. A stylus at this point might be the better option. But the same principle of holding works on files too and the menu will appear for them as well. And deleting will put the deleted item into the Recycle bin (it will ask you to confirm deleting a file or folder before recycling it).

So, overall a pretty neat tool but once again, on a tablet or large Android phone it will be fine (though you may need a stylus at times), whereas I can see it might be a pain in the proverbial on a small screen device. Definitely an app to keep in your device toolbox. And one more thing, there is also a thumbnail for a Pro version but I will leave you to explore that option.

 

The FX File Explorer is - in my opinion - one of the most beautiful file managing apps around. Its user interface looks well designed, and almost everything is freely customizable. Its major issue? It is feature-restricted. There is a paid "Plus" add-on available which adds network and cloud integration as well as media management features, so if you need them, this product is not for you. Personally I prefer to manage my cloud services with separate apps, so I honestly don't know if the paid version has any more differences to this version.

Starting the app, I am greeted with some kind of a "home screen" as seen on the screenshot. While I can't turn it off, I would not consider this as a minus as I rarely want to do the same file managing task again and again, so starting a new "session" would be required anyway. FX lets me configure what's on the home screen so it's not a big deal. I can set bookmarks, hide the add-on link (which only points to one free and the aforementioned paid "Plus" add-on) and even add a link to the built-in (but pretty basic) text editor named FX TextEdit. This is enough flexibility for me. A propos flexibility: FX supports dual-panel view, the two panels are displayed horizontally or vertically, depending on your device's rotation. I guess I like that. (Admittedly, I haven't tested it on a 4-inch or smaller display, so at least the vertical view could cause usage issues.) When it comes to add-ons, it is probably worth mentioning that FX asked me to install the free root add-on when I tried to open my device's root directory. The fact that this is not a built-in feature is a good security improvement for less experienced users and can help avoiding serious damage. I know I repeat myself, but: I guess I like that.

The built-in Help system, available from the default home screen as well as from the app menu, is basically a collection of text-only HTML pages which explain quite every detail of FX. It does not mention which features require the paid version though, but that's minor. FX also features an archiver (available from the file menus) and an image viewer. The actual file managing tasks are easy to handle: FX presents different view modes (all available from the always visible "View" menu), including list view and a very graphical "Usage" mode, showing files' and folders' relative space on the device. It seems that the developers invested quite a lot of time into the design. I seriously wish more of them would do that. Of course FX can also display image thumbnails.

One more feature worth mentioning is the action history, available from the Window menu on the bottom right edge of the file manager. This window lists all recent and ongoing actions (like deleting and copying files) and has a "Stop all" button so you can break any accidentally started actions which could come in handy if you're drunk or just inattentive. The history feature pretty much completes my impression that FX is a well-thought and near-perfect file manager which is definitely worth checking out.

 

ES File ExplorerES File Explorer gives you a quick and easy way to browse through folders and files on your Android device with a Favorites button, pretty convenient as you can use it to instantly get to the SD card home folder, root directory, bookmarked or frequently used folders and files.

Basic file operations are user-friendly too. You can easily move, copy, rename or delete files or folders by touching and holding an item in a list or icon view with a multi-select option. Zipping and unzipping with encryption also comes in handy when you need it.

Using the app to search files by file type or name inside a defined folder and subfolders is also possible but a tad slow when tested.

Besides functioning as a file manager, ES File Explorer also doubles up as an app manager for you to install, uninstall, backup apps, and a note editor for editing text so that you don't need to install too many other apps on your device.

And it doesn't end there. Many other features are included although you might not need all of them, such as transfer files over Bluetooth, Samba file sharing via Wi-Fi, built-in task killer, view and edit root-only files, SD Card Analyst and more.

 

Astro File Manager has been designed to help you organise and view your pictures, music, documents and other files on your Android device very quickly and very intuitively. It has a clear, crisp and uncluttered front end menu with easily understandable menu options that will lead you to the correct content management of your choice.

Once an option has been chosen, the next screen presents you with an easy way to navigate through your internal and external memory, the file types, and other file types such as Podcasts, Ringtones, Downloads, USB Storage, and much much more.

I love the sub-menu concept it provides where you can drag it up or down like a scroll bar using your finger and the options give you such scope to do so much more with the files stored on your device. For example, you can move, copy, drag your files, create new folders, view them in a list or in a grid, sort them, set preferences etc. The options are great and depending on how much you actually keep stored on your device, you could spend a while fiddling with it but it will lead you nicely and conveniently to your content.

What it also gives you on the front menu are options for Application Backup, Task Killer (Process Management), and SD Card Usage. Each one in itself is really useful. I especially like the SD Card Usage as it gives me a clear and easily understandable view of how my micro SD card is being used.

There is a Getting Started option (Astro v3 Help) which is very informative and explains the majority of the functions with screenshots. Plus it will take you to Astro's Support Portal if you really get stuck.

 

Ghost Commander has been around since 2009. Its main advantage is the two-panel navigation which, similarly to X-plore, allows me to work with two folders or SD cards at a time. On a rooted device Ghost Commander lets me navigate through the root file system. There are free plug-ins for SMB and SFTP support available from the Play Store which integrate rather well, FTP support comes built-in.

During the first start-up an info window appears, describing the basic file operations and all predefined hotkeys (which are a lot). This info window is available later by pressing the "Help" button on the bottom of the window. Each of the two panels has a default start page which allows quick access to most of Ghost Commander's functionality, including Favorites which allow me to set bookmarks on certain folders for quick access and managing installed applications. The Favorites add-in supports creating shortcuts on my home screen which could come in handy if I regularly need to have some folders one tap away.

The file manager's user interface is quite simple, it only features the panel switcher on the top and the customizable shortcut bar on the bottom side of the window. In portrait mode only one of the two panels is displayed and you can swipe between them, rotating the device to landscape mode makes Ghost Commander show both panels side-by-side. Each row is divided into two parts: Tapping a folder or file name selects it, tapping its icon (or double-tapping the name) opens it. By default, Ghost Commander is in multi-select mode so I can perform batch file operations easily. When I navigate through the root file system, the particular panel gets a bright red title bar. Nice!

The integrated Zip client works well and smooth. Ghost Commander also features a (very basic) image viewer and a text editor; no video player though. Both do what they are intended for, but don't expect too many features. Ghost Commander's settings allow a couple of neat tweaks, including a "finger friendly" mode which enlarges UI elements, setting interface colors and changing the default text editor. Ghost Commander can show thumbnail previews of image files in a folder, it does not fit their widths though so thumbnail previews look a bit cluttered. At least I could change the relative thumbnail size from the settings.

In summary, Ghost Commander seems to be a light but functional file manager with no major issues. Personally, I would want to have a more shiny GUI but that's a matter of taste.

 

AndroZip File Manager is another Android file management tool that has the look and feel of a well-built app. The first thing I like about it is that it installs to your memory card rather than to your device. It also does a lot of things the other management apps can do but doesn't have the screen split into two. What it does have is a clear, crisp look and feel and this is from the scroll-bar menu options to the scrolling of your folders, to the way a simple tap can move you backwards or forwards without any unnecessary fuss or finger-tapping technique.

You have a series of default folders that you can create to the left like Downloads, Music, etc so you can store all those files in one place, and there is also a Favourites if you don't want to trawl through all the unnecessary system folders. The scrollable menu options are well presented allowing you to do things like create new folders, search, see what your CPU is doing, kill any tasks or apps, and the settings have a wide-range of options to do much more. There is also a useful Backup feature for your apps. If you hold down on a folder or file, another menu appears giving you a range of options from delete, to rename, to copy and move etc.

And like the name implies, you can also create zip files. You can even send files and get properties on them which is quite useful. When you switch between memory card and device, it reminds you of this in a nice big bold pop-up that says you are leaving your memory card and is it OK to continue, which I think is a nice feature as sometimes you can have a mind-blank when doing things if you get distracted. And to go back you simply press the Home thumbnail in the scrollable menu.

Another nice (but potentially dangerous) feature is the ability to multi-do something like zips, delete, move and copy. If you know what you're doing, fine, but if you are unsure, don't use it!!

No adverts on this app, which is always a good thing, and overall a good solid app to have on your device. Works especially well on an Android tablet and again, there might be some difficulty on a small screen without the use of a stylus (or sharp finger nails).

 

Lime is the youngest file manager in this review. Having been published in early August 2013, it evolved rather quickly and is still undergoing rapid development with a couple of added features. Its main difference to the other file managers listed here is the lime-colored arcade-themed user interface which is humble but mighty.

Starting Lime is impressively fast. Once done, you are presented a clean white-black-lime-colored list (can be set to be a grid instead) of files with some sort of breadcrumb navigation on its top. If you prefer a more streamlined look, Lime's settings panel (available from the collapsed sidebar) allows you to use your system's default font instead of the own vintage "Shang hei" font (as seen on the screenshot) as well as to switch between a black and a white theme. The lime-colored banners all around the user interface won't go away though, but they are actually rather pretty anyway.

The icons above the file list let you switch between the particular parent directory, your device's root directory and your internal SD card. Long tapping a file or directory will enable the multi-selection mode which allows you to perform batch actions like copying, deleting etc. over multiple files at once. To leave this mode, you'll have to press the Back key. File actions are available by tapping the "menu" element on the right side of the file listing. Lime itself comes with a plethora of (basic but working) managing tools such as an archiver and a text editor. Adding bookmarks is easy too: Select a file or a folder and tap the star on the top right side of the window. All bookmarks are listed in the sidebar as "favorites".

Of course, Lime also has root support, you can traverse and edit "protected" system directories and files easily. Beware that Lime's user interface might let you forget that you are doing such. During my long-term test which lasted from the first versions to version 1.4.0 (the latest as I write this), the only thing that confused me was that Lime sometimes doesn't handle root privileges well. On one smartphone it just froze for a while and worked well then, on another it did not even try to gain those rights. As Lime is actively being developed, I'm confident that this will be improved soon.

For now, Lime is a noteworthy newcomer and deserves a try. Maybe it is exactly what some of you needed.

 

File Manager is a very visually fresh way of managing your data on your Android device. When you first open it, it displays all the menu icons in a friendly fashion that doesn't scream "basic" but rather in a well thought out and dare I say it, professional way. The navigation vaguely reminds me of customised CRM view I once used. It defaults its Home Directory to your external memory card but this can be changed through the settings and you can also change the theme to Light or Dark but who cares? It's more about what it can and can't do.

The software, like a lot of the others described here, can do a wealth of file manipulation, searches, sorting, creation of folders etc. The settings are clear and easy to navigate though the front-end may take you a while to get used to if you're not a regular Android app user. Apart from the local file management, you can also scan your network and manage files that way too. I haven't tried that but if you do, let me know if it works well or not.

There is a very nice tool in this app called Storage Analysis, which I really like. It shows, at the top of the screen, your device and any external storage, total amount of memory and available memory. Underneath it lists all your folders, their size, and the percentage of storage it uses. Not really useful I suppose if memory size doesn't interest you, but useful if you are careful about how big an app really is when it creates its installation folders. (I promise you I'm not an anorak!)

Again I will mention the Help or in this case, the lack of. If there is a Help option somewhere in the app, I can't find it. Also, I am running this on my my tablet and overall, it works really well both physically and visually. I'm not overly sure how it will visually work on an Android phone unless the screen is a pretty decent size.

 

File Expert is described as the "ultimate app for managing your files". Not only does it manage your files locally but will also allow you to use your device as a sharing server to share files with your friends over a Wi-Fi connection. They can use a web browser, FTP client or Bluetooth to access your File-Expert device. It also gives you an option to set up your own cloud. However, a lot of these special features (and some of the normal ones), are only available with the purchased Pro Key.

The default app menu is very straightforward and easy to use albeit  colourless and flat, though there are themes you can download. The navigation is also straightforward and uncluttered (although a bit clunky in use) and the information, once you have chosen an option, is clear and easy to follow. Optional menu items are again, easy to navigate.

If you are used to Android apps then you will have no problem navigating around this software, but if you like to read the Help every now and then, especially if you want to set up file sharing, clouds, etc, well... I couldn't find it!!

Overall, a good app but not truly freeware (I have no idea how much the Pro Key is as I didn't want to click the option to purchase in case I automatically paid for it!!). And on a personal note, I think that there could be potential security issues with anyone, apart from myself, accessing my files remotely from my Android device.

 

Total Commander, upon opening, has a nice simplistic layout that allows you to navigate easily. The categories allow seamless movement throughout the app without screaming simple. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out the whole slew of features this app supports natively. From common functions such as paste and delete (which are located on the bottom toolbar, paste being the button with two documents, and one blue arrow and delete is a document with a red x over it), to more advanced setting such as bookmarks, file packaging, and the ability to add buttons to the toolbar on the bottom so it best suits your needs. The user interface could be a bit cleaner at times but it's certainly not a breaking factor in this case.

The thing that really ‘blew my mind’ about this app was not only does it support local device support, but it also supports network file managing/browsing. It does this through a nice collection of plug-ins through the Google Play marketplace which can be found in an app on the main screen by clicking on Add plug-ins. Right now it supports FTP, SMB connections, and the ability to connect to WebDAV servers.

 The mechanics of this app flowed flawlessly as well. I had no problem using this app from renaming files to copying huge files from one storage device to another. Another plus is that if you’re lucky enough to have a rooted device then Total Commander supports it and gives you a couple of extra features such as being able to browse and manage system directories.

 

Reviewed but not recommended:

  • OI File Manager
  • Linda File Manager

 
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Quick Selection Guide

X-plore File Manager
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Well thought-out split screen view allows easy manipulation of files and folders between devices. Loads of features and advert free.
Doesn't view too well on a small Android phone.
http://www.lonelycatgames.com/
3.32
1.5 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Android 2.1 and up
AndroXplorer
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
This app has a wealth of file management tools all bundled in a well designed app that is a must for anyone who require a tool that can perform as well as it looks.
The cut, copy, paste functions etc, while all work brilliantly, are not designed for someone with big fingers so you may want to use a stylus.
http://www.androxplorer.com/
4.0.9.3
1.9 MB
Android 2.1 and up
ES File Explorer
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Supported all basic file operations, quick access to favorite folders, zip and unzip with encryption, doubles up as an app manager and note editor, and many other extras.
Searching for files is a tad slow.
1.6.2.5
2.7 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Android 1.6 and up.
ASTRO File Manager
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very clever file management that comes fully loaded with loads of options to manage the file content on your android device with easy to follow menus.
Could do with an easier way to get back to the software's front menu as sometimes if you double-tap too much, it takes you right out of it.
2.5-153-STD
2.4MB
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
Android 2.2
AndroZip File Manager
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Lots of settings and features: installs to your external device memory and not directly on your device. Straightforward and well-built app that does what it says it can do.
None that I can find.
http://www.agilesoftresource.com/
4.5.6
1.9 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Android 2.2 and up
FX File Explorer
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
FX has quite a lot of features inside a clean, customizable UI with a modern look and feel and a sane default font even on smaller displays. The Help is easily accessible from everywhere inside the application.
Not really free software, there is a paid version with advanced functionality available. The vertical split screen mode could be a bit too tiny on a smaller screen.
http://android.nextapp.com/
2.0.2.3 Free Edition
4.4MB
Feature limited freeware
Android 2.1 and up
File Manager
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
It's professional looking and well thought-out. The navigation is easy to follow and it can happily manage your data files.
Would be nice if there was a Help somewhere rather than having to go the developer's site.
http://rhmsoft.com/
1.15.10
2.3 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Android 1.6 and up
Total Commander
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Its fast and has nice support for multiple scenarios
The interface could be a little cleaner
http://www.ghisler.com/
2.01
1.67MB
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
Android 1.5+
Ghost Commander
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stripped-down user interface with a two-panel mode and useful extra features
Using some of the advanced functionality can be a bit messy, the configuration abilities are limited
1.50.1
719KB
Open source freeware
Android 1.6 and up
Lime
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
A unique user interface, visually appealing to those who are into early desktop computing. Also, no bloat while still having all basic file management tools included.
No obvious way to gain root privileges. There was a checkbox for that but it seems to have gone for now. The user interface is not always self-explaining and there is no good manual available.
1.4.0
2.76MB
Unrestricted freeware
Android 2.1 and up
File Expert
2
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Straightforward menu options and navigation.
A lot of the features are only available in the Pro version. It is also a bit slow and clunky to use plus the Help wasn't visible. There could also be potential issues with file-sharing security across Android devices.
http://www.xageek.com/en/
5.1.9
8.1 MB
Feature limited freeware
Android 2.2 and up

 
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by rangergord on 26. March 2014 - 12:33  (115305)

ES File Explorer: I wanted an app to search for jpg's in my Music folder; select all and then delete them. ES did all that even with some different ways to do it.

by crombierob on 16. October 2013 - 11:50  (111515)

My question relates to Total Commander's copy (or move) function - I cannot get paste to work.
I have a Samsung Note 3 (and a Galaxy S2 that has moved it's Phone Number to the Note 3).
My friend has the same, but has not transferred his Phone Number yet. I transferred my Contacts by Exporting them to a micro SD card. And I then imported them from that SD card into my Note 3. I did all that with out using any of the reviewed free File Managers.
HOWEVER my friend does not have a SD card. Thus I am experimenting with connecting a thumb drive via a usb OTG cable.
My objective is to get an android File Manager that makes it 'a piece of cake' to locate files (eg .vcf), and to paste them to desired locations.
Which of the reviewed File Managers would make this an easy operation -
(On his Galaxy S2) - Locating the .vcf file and copying to the thumb drive
(On his Note 3) - Locating the .vcf file and copying from the thumb drive

Thanks,
Rob

by Cthulhux on 16. October 2013 - 11:58  (111516)

For transferring contacts, I would probably prefer the Google Sync way. ;-)

I'd assume ES can do that - not tested though, as I don't use a thumb drive with mobile devices...

by Kwaku on 22. August 2013 - 19:49  (110262)

Do you know AntTek Explorer (File Manager)?
What do you think of it?

by Cthulhux on 22. August 2013 - 19:54  (110263)

Looks interesting, but is there anything it can do that the other file managers here can't do? I'm not really willing to list every single file manager here, most of them are quite similar...

by Kwaku on 22. August 2013 - 20:51  (110265)

I only know that this one (AntTek) seems to immediately behave more to my liking than others. For instance, I could soon configure it so that whenever I open it, I land directly at the "My Favorites" ("My Bookmarks") screen. Maybe it can also be done with others, but with this one it was easy.

But I have only used it for a couple of days, so I don't know...

Until now I was using File Expert, but it has become too huge and even worse in some aspects. Too many possibilities and less friendly in what I do 90% of the time.

I was wondering if someone has taken the time to compare and see any hidden strenghts or weaknesses of this (new to me) file explorer as compared to others.

by Cthulhux on 22. August 2013 - 20:54  (110266)

Concerning the Bookmarks thingy, you might like FX as it starts with the bookmarks screen by default.

by Kwaku on 22. August 2013 - 21:09  (110267)

Ok, I'm giving FX a try too. I'm new to both. Thanks!

by Cthulhux on 22. August 2013 - 21:11  (110268)

Glad to help you out. :)
If something's still missing, I might want to test your alternative indeed.

by Kwaku on 22. August 2013 - 21:18  (110269)

Since your are at it right now, I have a pretty specific question.

I have noticed that with File Expert, after I moved .jpg files from one folder to another in my SD card, the built in "Gallery" application in my phone lost track of what pictures and what thumbnails are in each folder, so the Gallery display basically gets broken.

File Expert apparently does not even send a signal for a media re-scanning to be done.

Have you noticed, during your testing, if that's a common problem with other file explorers?

by Cthulhux on 22. August 2013 - 21:20  (110270)

Some file managers have a separate "media scan" button for that, probably because they don't use Android's built-in file operations. I'd report a bug for those which don't. :-)

by Beev on 28. July 2013 - 16:40  (109707)

Im currently extremely impressed with FX File Explore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nextapp.fx&hl=en). It has a tonne of features and I really like how the Home Page on it is organised so you can go to your phone memory, your SD Card or link to your most frequently visited folders or files.

Yours,
Beev

by Cthulhux on 20. August 2013 - 3:27  (110216)

edit: Tested and worth recommending, added to the list.

by ATabby on 18. April 2013 - 14:51  (107174)

I'm perfectly comfortable with Total Commander. The interface is rather passé and needs to be updated but it's beginning to have that "dated" iconic (?) appeal :-) ha ha. I always thought the strongest point of TC would have to be the feature where we could integrate attributes of other apps into TC to make the tasks streamlined, and therefore faster and more efficient. This alone is a good starting point for those who want to learn how Android apps tend to work with other apps. It's like going under hood and tweaking things a bit too have a specialized method of consolidating tasks for a faster and more efficient performance (this is NOT configuring the settings like themes and font size but can be as well). Thus many plug ins which makes TC more powerful, and appealing. This was never mentioned above.

The fact that it can work with, or embed the attributes of other apps. There are so many tasks you can streamline with TC, like sending files to a programmed number of recipients without leaving TC. Check out the rightmost button with the tiny bright green "plus" icon on the bottom of the TC screen. That button, for me, was the start of a great and satisfying adventure: The quest for File Manager Efficiency, Productivity, Utopia. :-)

by gears177 on 18. April 2013 - 16:40  (107175)

Thanks for the reply tabby :) im sorry but i did mention the plug-ins but referenced them as add-ons i will change this thanks.

by jmsixt on 12. April 2013 - 16:18  (107024)

Total Commander for Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalC...) is also one of the best file explorer for android phones or tablets
It includes files access via ftp, windows, ...

For me it's the best !

by gears177 on 18. April 2013 - 0:39  (107161)

Thanks for the suggestion i reviewed it :)

by morrig on 4. January 2013 - 22:37  (104232)

After an issue running HD file manager tried X-plore and your rating is spot on ,used most others and this is by far the most advanced complete manager .It even seen another device via Wi-Fi that others could not see.Mind only really usable on a tablet.

by android88 on 24. December 2012 - 14:57  (103930)

I also want to suggest a file manager with an unique feature "Jump Scroll" and Windows Phone like UI – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.probcomp.filexplorer

by IO.Hazard on 17. December 2012 - 20:00  (103696)

For anyone who liked Solid Explorer, let me tell you the app is no longer beta stage AND it is not free anymore... It has become a friggin' 14 day trialware. YES! trialware! There is no freeware version whatsoever (!) If you had it installed on your phone I'd say it's time to choose another (better) option.

by Anupam on 17. December 2012 - 20:41  (103697)

Thanks, the app is now removed from the review.

Always hate this when it happens... they just use the users to use the beta, and then make it commercial. We are therefore quite wary of beta products, which are new in the market.

by IO.Hazard on 18. December 2012 - 15:21  (103719)

Thanks for addressing this matter so quick Anupam. I also hate when some developers use people as their free betatesters and then go commercial forgetting about the community that helped them. Luckily for us there's plenty of truly freeware options out there :)
I hope this category gets an editor soon.

by Anupam on 18. December 2012 - 17:42  (103729)

Yep, plenty of great freeware. Personally I like ES File Explorer. Haven't tried others though, just it, and Astro File Manager, which was also good, but ES has a better interface and features.

by Alex Xin (not verified) on 4. November 2012 - 5:33  (101838)

Hello,

We are the developers of File Expert, thanks for the review but there's something we think we must point out.

The author of this article said that 'A lot of the features are only available in the Pro version' is NOT the truth. If the author really test our app he/she will find that only the root feature is required a Pro key plugin. All other features(more than 99% of the total features that FE provided) are both price-free & ads-free!

Why root feature is paid feature?
1. You need to know what you are doing, using root feature is harmful to your device.
2. We need some support to continue to develop apps for Android, we are all full-time working for this project.

Our goal is to become the best file manager app for Android, both on function and UI

All comments, suggestions and bug reports are welcome, please send it to us here: support [ at ] xageek [ dot ] com

http://www.xageek.com/en

by MidnightCowboy on 4. November 2012 - 7:53  (101842)

Thank you for the feedback. Please register with Gizmo's Freeware so we can verify this as genuine. The editor of this section is currently taking some time out but I'm sure he will review these comments on his return. MC - Site Manager.

by Krish Mehra (not verified) on 25. October 2012 - 20:33  (101339)

Hi,
I have Nokia 5233, and am using X PLORE App in it. some times ago i was created a Phone contacts backup in x plore (in Memory Card), but some technical rezones i were deleted the Phone memory + all the contact list. but now i can't find that backup file and all the contacts in X plore. Now how can i search that backup file, pls pls pls Help me.

by Anupam on 7. August 2012 - 7:47  (97329)

I downloaded Astro File Manager, when I was looking for a way to install .apk files on my new Android phone, and on several articles from across the internet, I found Astro being mentioned as the one having the ability to install .apk files. So, I had downloaded it, and was using it. It's quite good. But, I was under the impression that it was the only one with the ability to install .apk files.

I recently read this review, and decided to try out ES File Explorer, and I have been quite pleasantly surprised by it. In terms of looks, I find it better than Astro. In terms of functionality, at first, it looks like ES File Explorer might have few features than Astro, but it is not so. All features of Astro are there in ES, namely, App Manager, by which the apps can be installed, uninstalled, backed up and restored. SD card usage is there too, which is really helpful. And if ES Security Manager is installed on phone, it can be integrated with ES File Explorer.

Further, while Astro has a commercial counterpart, ES is a totally free app.

And on Astro app page, I saw the note that Astro File Manager will be collecting analytic non-personal data from the phone, which cannot be turned off in the free version. Although, they are open about it, and will only collect non-personal data, but I am still uncomfortable with it.

I think I will continue with ES File Explorer on my phone now, and say goodbye to Astro File Manager.

Thanks for the excellent review, and for suggesting good software :).

by Angus S-F (not verified) on 31. July 2012 - 3:56  (96917)

I use and highly recommend Total Commander for Android, from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalCommander ... home page here:
http://www.ghisler.com/android.htm ... FTP, LAN, and WebDAV plugins are also available on the Play Store.

by RandyN on 20. May 2012 - 13:49  (93739)

Try Solid Explorer. It's currently in beta but is very good and does offer root access.

by dbareis (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 6:59  (96863)

And only try Solid Explorer if you have perfect eye sight as it was designed to be pretty not legible.