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Is your Android device lacking a native file manager? Check these out

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Is your Android device lacking a native file manager?  Check these out
Perhaps you just picked up a shiny new HTC One (M8), or another Android powered device that for whatever reason does not have its own file manager. It is kind of hard to believe that such a feature is not part of the user experience with some skins used on top of the Android operating system.

Devices like the LG G2 come with a pre-loaded file manager and it is up for the task. Since that device does support microSD card storage, file management is easier to manage. With Android 4.4 KitKat though, SD card storage is not as accessible.

These apps, when applicable can help you “manage” what is there, but unless your device is rooted, you may not be able to move any files there. At least you have a way to see how things are organized though. To make changes you will likely still need to connect your microSD card, or smarphone to a computer.

In the meantime, check out 6 nice looking file managers available for Android. As you might imagine, there are dozens and dozens to choose from. They all have something to offer, so at least let this serve as a starting point in your search for the perfect file manager.


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posted on 04 May 2014, 01:21 9

1. pifon (Posts: 70; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


Solid Explorer is perfect for me

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:45 5

10. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


solid explorer is the best

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:59 1

12. Awalker (Posts: 1577; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It is the best and it also has a cast feature.

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:36 1

28. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't see the overall point of file managers. You can view files on a computer via USB.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:00 19

31. ali17chin (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


I don't see the overall point of you having a brain.

posted on 04 May 2014, 09:05 1

40. james.blunt.1973 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


Try this one:
Copy a .apk file downloaded with u'r pc to cell phone an install it.

posted on 04 May 2014, 09:30 9

41. Awalker (Posts: 1577; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Why go through the process of using a computer if you can use your phone directly? And you don't always have access to a PC.

posted on 04 May 2014, 09:39 9

42. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


The beauty of android is that u dun need a computer..

posted on 06 May 2014, 03:57

51. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


ur an idiot....

posted on 04 May 2014, 05:38 1

19. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i like x-plore file manager

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:51

30. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Root Explorer for me if i had android.
i use iphone now :D

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:53

49. Blazers (Posts: 433; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I like this one too. But unfortunately Samsung is turning into Apple and locking down their devices, so no root for us 4.4.2 Note 3 and S5 users for the foreseeable future.

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:51

47. Totse2k15 (Posts: 462; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Agree. Solid Explorer for me too.

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:25

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Does anyone know of a comprehensive review of Android file managers? I've been happy with the one included with the Note 3, but wonder what else is out there.

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:31 1

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Only #HoloYolo. Clean file manger by gira.me and the CM built in file manager.

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:34 5

4. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Note 3 file manager is pretty sweet

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:41 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Yeah touchwiz has a great and simple File manager

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:59

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


"These apps, when applicable can help you “manage” what is there, but unless your device is rooted, you may not be able to move any files there. At least you have a way to see how things are organized though. To make changes you will likely still need to connect your microSD card, or smarphone to a computer."
I think that devices with built-in file manager can move files to SD card, because Google has restricted 3rd party apps not 1st party

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:02

7. great (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


badly missed es file explorer on my moto g !

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:21 1

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Root Browser for me (although Total Commander isn't a bad alternative either)

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:26 1

9. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


There are many great and pretty free file manager in market you can choice
In phone that have own file manager there is a bad and ugly file manager like samsung

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:58 2

11. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I use es , its awesome

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:02 7

13. LikeMyself (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


ES File Manager is the best!!!

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:40 1

15. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I agree! ES forever! :-)

posted on 04 May 2014, 09:04

39. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 431; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Me too. I have tried many but only ES satifies me.

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:25

14. JaroB (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


good ...

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:43 1

16. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


Total Commander plus root. Nothing else is needed.

posted on 04 May 2014, 04:34

17. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Copying and moving to sd card working fine on my s5 using the touchwiz file manager and no root.

posted on 04 May 2014, 04:59

18. torr310 (Posts: 885; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


"File Manager" for me

posted on 04 May 2014, 05:48 1

20. UglyFrank (Posts: 1724; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Where is OI File Manager?

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