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5. Best Free Disk and File Tools for Android


Best Free File Manager for Android

X-plore File Manager (1.4 MB), a file manager with a well thought-out split screen view allows you to transfer files between folders on the same device and manipulate files and folders between devices easily. Loads of features, such as built-in viewers for images, video, audio and text. No adverts. (Review)
ES File Explorer (2.7 MB), explore files on your device, LAN shared and FTP servers in a list or icon view with settings such as theme and layout, search files by type or name, plus app manager, SD Card Analyst and other optional modules. (Review)
ASTRO File Manager (2.4 MB), manage your files in Icon or List view with sorting, bookmarks, searching and other common features, plus some useful tools like checking SD card usage by folders. On the downside, the free version comes with a small ad. (Review)

Best Free Storage Manager for Android

AppMgr III (App 2 SD) (1.9 MB), take a glance where the apps are installed and move them from internal storage to the SD Card to save limited space on your device. Also clear the cache to make more space. The free version is supported by a small unobtrusive ad.

Best Free Online Backup for Android

Dropbox (6.9 MB), upload and access files from your Android, and sync them between your computers and mobile devices on the go. Easy to use—tap a file to view or press and hold it to access the menu for managing files and sharing links. (Review)
Google Drive (12.7 MB), store your files including documents, photos and videos in this free cloud storage up to 15GB for backup and access anywhere. You can share any files with your contacts or access files shared with you. Even better, you can use this app to create and edit a Google document and spreadsheet, scan an image into PDF, and make files available offline.
OneDrive (11.8 MB), previously known as SkyDrive, offers 7 GB of free online storage as part of Microsoft services for new subscribers. The app allows you to upload files, photos and videos from your device to OneDrive, open files in other apps and share files by sending a link. The built-in feature Camera Backup lets you upload photos and videos automatically.

Best Free App Backup for Android

App Backup & Restore (380 KB), easily backup your installed apps to your SD cards, send apps to friends via email, or upload to Dropbox if already installed. Others features include restore or uninstall apps, auto backup, share market links, check app details and more.

Best Free File Encryption Utility for Android

File Locker (200 KB), protect your files from unauthorized access by encoding the content and file names as well. Smart searching through folders for documents, locked and unlocked files is a plus but it can't unlock a file that has been renamed.

Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility for Android

ZArchiver (2.66 MB), create archive files in zip, 7zip, gzip, bzip2, tar or XZ format, and unzip or decompress archive files in even more supported formats. Features include view and edit archives, password-protected archives, multi-part archives and more.
B1 Free Archiver (3.7 MB), create password-protected zip and b1 archives, unzip more than 30 archive formats, open encrypted and splitted archives in supported formats. You can also browse files inside archives and extract only selected files, hide files from media scan and do more. (Review)
RAR for Android (2.5 MB), an official app allows you to create RAR, RAR4 and ZIP archives, decompress RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, X7, 7z, ISO, ARJ and multi-part RAR files, with options to repair damaged ZIP and RAR files, perform a registry recovery, encrypt files and accelerate data compression or decompression.

Best Free File Cleaner for Android

1Tap Cleaner (819 KB), a handy tool to free up more internal storage space on your device by clearing cache files, data files, search and navigation history records. Also includes a default cleaner to list default apps and clear their settings.

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by Av_Crazy on 1. January 2012 - 17:35  (86343)

Poweramp is trial , link2 sd and titanium is for root users , and imo task killers are not necessary for android , gmx mail is not in english ... other suggestions are good..thanx

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2012 - 4:54  (86383)

There're two popular schools of thoughts whether you need a task killer for your Android device. One says Yes and the other No.

By design, Android determines for you if it needs to get rid of a process that is not needed by force-killing it, based on its memory management and the apps telling it whether they are running services. (See also Multitasking the Android Way)

Taking the advantage of this design, quite a number of apps don't offer you to close the programs other than pressing the Back button to send them to the background. But there're cases where you still need to actually stop an app without waiting for the system to do so.

Just for example, when I run a game, it always goes back to the stage where I left off. To go back to the beginning stage, I'll need to access the system by going to Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Applications, and select the game app to 'force stop' it. Or rather, I would run a task killer to do it more quickly than repeatedly going through the many steps.

by Av_Crazy on 2. January 2012 - 10:36  (86398)

If using task killer for closing just one or two apps then its fine but mostly people open task killer and press kill all task which does more harm
and most of time it depends on the user...if he/she thinks it will help than he/she will do it regardless any info

by Mesen on 1. January 2012 - 19:42  (86351)

You're right about PowerAMP, Link2SD and Titanium Backup but GMX Mail is english and very useful. GMX Mail was elected best in this site.

Thanks for comments...

by Av_Crazy on 2. January 2012 - 2:02  (86368)

Den maybe my mistake..when i clicked the link for gmx for android market the screenshot were not in english and in comments alos ppl had complained

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2012 - 2:58  (86371)

The UI of the app GMX Mail is in English so I don't see any problem in using it. Added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 1. January 2012 - 15:38  (86337)

Appreciated your feedback and many suggestions Mesen. TaskPanel XTRA is now replaced with Advanced Task Killer in this list. Any.DO has been commented at this post.

Update: MX Video Player is a good suggestion and added to the list.

by Av_Crazy on 2. January 2012 - 10:38  (86399)

Why u still havent tested avast ?

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2012 - 15:25  (86415)

This probably will take us some time to look into as we have more choices of security apps now in the market. Other than Lookout which has been widely used and Avast which was recently officially released as you've mentioned, there're also many others which are worth our attention such as below:

AVG Antivirus Free

Creative Antivirus Free

Norton Security and Antivirus

Dr.Web Anti-virus Light

NetQin Security & Anti-virus

Zoner AntiVirus Free

Webroot Security & Antivirus

Very likely we can set up a separate review category at our site for a more detailed comparison to see how effective these apps are.

by Av_Crazy on 3. January 2012 - 2:38  (86447)

If there's goin to be a seperate review then very good...however if u see this avast has the most features , more features are coming and everything is for free !
also see this chart to see where thy stand in detection

by ivorysoul (not verified) on 31. December 2011 - 4:38  (86264)

Hi I was trying to download the droid apps and it keeps telling me There are no Android phones associated with this account. Please sign in with a different account.Thanks ivorysoul

by Jojo Yee on 31. December 2011 - 9:54  (86272)
by Ivan (not verified) on 30. December 2011 - 18:00  (86240)

Please consider adding Kingsoft Office (English) to Home and Office section. I think it is a great office suite. Feature-rich(editing included) and entirely free!

by Jojo Yee on 31. December 2011 - 3:48  (86261)

Thanks Ivan for the suggestion. Added to the list.

by Kai (not verified) on 23. December 2011 - 12:28  (85803)

Gesture launcher (by Shinji)

launch gesture launcher with skyfish launcher free or task changer ads. That's good shortcut too.

by cberkop (not verified) on 22. December 2011 - 16:56  (85732)

I would like to suggest the following
Call Control - Call Blocker

It has a community Blacklist, as well as your personal list. It blocks calls, sms, spam calls, and much more.

Won Verizon's save time app for the last couple of years.

I have used it for a few weeks now ad it works great.

by abhay2009 on 22. December 2011 - 13:50  (85720)

Dear Jojoyee,

I would like to recommend following good apps to ur attention and request u to review them:
Mobisle Notes - for taking notes and making checklist; comes with reminder/alarm.
StartUp Manager - a very good start up manager.
Mobo task Killer (now Easy Task Killer) with Easy Battery Saver plugin - both are too good. Mobo is automatic task cleaner.
AutoAppOrganizer - it is much much better App Organizer listed herein. Interface itself is praiseworthy. Finally, I got the best App Organizer and launcher.
Sanity - is a very good call manager; runs along with the call; comes with call blocking call recording.
Days left - a nice looking widget for reminding a future task/event.
SeePU - shows cpu activity and available memory in notification. Very handy.
Executive Assistant free - is widget which organizes notifications for missed calls, received messages, calender events, facebook notifications under one widget. Very handy and my favorite!!
AndRoot--- M------- - is a good file manager, though it looks like a root file manager but isn't. (Moderated: Not free)
Habit Streak - a handy app to form any habit.
Quick Exit - provides a shortcut in notification to end any app quickly.
Quick Boot - provides very handy options to reboot or shutdown the phone.
Battery Monitor Widget - is a very good widget and app to show important information about battery state and comes with various alarms necessary for battery maintenance.
ShakeOff - provides a quick way to lock the screen just by shaking the phone.
DeviceInfo - provides a quick view of the system information.

by Anupam on 22. December 2011 - 14:03  (85723)

Please provide links. Without links, and with so much of suggestions, I think you will understand how difficult it will be for Jojo, and the moderators to search for each and every suggestion.

by abhay2009 on 30. December 2011 - 3:29  (86200)

Dear Sir,

Pl consider the following as I feel they are worthy of being included in the list:

1. AutoApp Organizer -

2. Mobisle Notes -

3. Quick Exit -

4. Quick Boot -

5. Screen On Toggler -

6. Seepu -

7. Battery Monitor Widget -

8. Shake off -

9. Deviceinfo -

10. Executive assistant free -

11. Sanity -

12. Startup Manager -

13. Easy Battery Saver + Task Killer -

14. Habit Streak -

15. Appkik -

by Anupam on 30. December 2011 - 10:53  (86222)

Thanks Abhay, much appreciated.

And please, don't call me sir :).

by MidnightCowboy on 30. December 2011 - 13:41  (86229)

No, PM me and I'll suggest something else :D

by abhay2009 on 23. December 2011 - 12:55  (85806)

Dear Anupam,

I agree with u. But I am a user of the android phone. Being a member of this site, I would like to contribute as much as I can. If I suggest more and more good applications, it will be of huge benefit for the user community of this site. However, as I have mentioned the correct names for each app and Jojoyee has explained, there should not be much of a hassle in finding the right applications. In future, I would suggest 2-3 apps at a time with links as required.

by Anupam on 23. December 2011 - 18:50  (85820)

Dear Abhay, we welcome the suggestions gladly, and are ever thankful to the visitors for them. Of course, with the names, one can find them, but still, one has to search, and if there are a whole lot of suggestions, then you can understand, its time consuming to search each and every one of them.

Time is important for everyone. The reason for writing my comment was simple, that the editor does not have to perform time consuming operation for searching and then checking each suggestion. I hope you understand, and thanks for your co-operation.

by Jojo Yee on 22. December 2011 - 14:13  (85724)

It's good to have links but when without, it's ok to me if the app names given are accurate. Quite easy to find them via the Search Box from the Android Market page at

Thanks everyone for giving many good suggestions and I'll go through them one by one.

by Av_Crazy on 21. December 2011 - 20:55  (85642)

Avast for android has been released
kicks all other av's to dust

by Kai (not verified) on 18. December 2011 - 0:46  (85211)


Nice! comfortable for eye and feel cool and clear. Todo that suggest you todo.
and has widget,too,it will be the great todo.

by Jojo Yee on 30. December 2011 - 10:50  (86221)

Any.DO looks pretty good, simple and easy to use. I also like the gesture features such as drag and drop to organize, mark completed task by swiping or clear them all by shaking. That said, syncing tasks with Google Tasks didn't work well in that a task folder deleted from Google Tasks still appeared in this app when I tried it .

A similar app Taskos To Do List | Task List seems to have even more features. Syncing task folders with the Google account worked well when tested but the task items were repeated in my Google Tasks after syncing.

Both apps are potential competitors and would have been better if the above shortfalls are ironed out.

by abhay2009 on 22. December 2011 - 13:52  (85721)

You are right! It may become a favorite todo app!

by Kai (not verified) on 17. December 2011 - 10:30  (85182)

Skyfish Swipe Launcher free

Perfect Task Switcher

Skyfish Swipe Launcher and Perfect Task Switcher both are Great. I recommended launch perfect task switcher by swipe from right edge,yeah,you know.hehe.

by Av_Crazy on 16. December 2011 - 15:32  (85134)

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