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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: 10; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


Solid Explorer is perfect for me

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:45 5

10. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


solid explorer is the best

posted on 04 May 2014, 02:59 1

12. Awalker (Posts: 183; 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: 3224; 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: 7; 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: 30; 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: 183; 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: 601; 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 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


ur an idiot....

posted on 04 May 2014, 05:38 1

19. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i like x-plore file manager

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:51

30. Daniel.95 (Posts: 61; 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: 187; 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: 211; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Agree. Solid Explorer for me too.

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:25

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2042; 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: 2672; 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 (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Note 3 file manager is pretty sweet

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:41 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Yeah touchwiz has a great and simple File manager

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:59

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; 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: 56; 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: 686; 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: 159; 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__ (Posts: 225; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I use es , its awesome

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:02 7

13. LikeMyself (Posts: 204; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


ES File Manager is the best!!!

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:40 1

15. boosook (Posts: 905; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I agree! ES forever! :-)

posted on 04 May 2014, 09:04

39. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 40; 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: 38; 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: 254; 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: 335; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


"File Manager" for me

posted on 04 May 2014, 05:48 1

20. UglyFrank (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Where is OI File Manager?

posted on 04 May 2014, 05:48

21. Cyberchum (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


HTC is a long being known not to integrate file managers into their android skin.

For me,it's Xplore. It definitely is not the most good looking but what it lacks in looks ,it more than makes up in features and usage. Back in S60 days, it's the main option but here, there're many alternatives but it still stood out. Always the first app I install after buying a new phone, factory resetting or flashing a new ROM and it has great rating at the store.

posted on 04 May 2014, 09:42

43. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I too prefer xplore

posted on 04 May 2014, 06:29 1

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


ES is the one for me.

Funny how this comes up the day after its realized these are only a dream to WP and its users currently.
That is crap, absolutely no doubt.
These are file managers, not a watered down viewer.

posted on 04 May 2014, 06:42

23. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Total commander was the manager of choice in winmob days for myself.
That had some decent abilities, could even edit registry.
(Needed to)

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:26 2

25. papss (unregistered)


Um read the comments again fandroid.. there were file managers in the store and has been in wp7 (I'm sure you just forgot that part since you know soooo much about wp). There was no native file manager but there has always been ones in the store.

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:33 1

27. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Didn't wp7s bridge get burnt by ms?

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:01 1

32. papss (unregistered)


What does that have to do with file manager? Didn't motor get burned by Google when they stripped them and sold them? We can both go off topic but that's a waste of time because neither of us will agree.

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:37

29. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Besides, access was very limited an locked down.
So really, it still didn't have anything to write home about at all.
Seems its still like that currently.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:02 1

33. papss (unregistered)


No I'm pretty sure I can access most things that I would need to a access.. Again I'm sure you already knew that since you have used wp often.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:10

35. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Link for one wp file manager with similar or better capabilities then demonstrated above please?
I'll look later, my one day off, i'm not wasting it waiting for Nesse to appear.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:05 2

34. muhsen (Posts: 241; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Like that currently? Why do people comment about things they don't know about
Don't know about WP7
But wp8.1 have lots of true file managers...real ones....I have aerize explorer in my 920 with wp8.1
Microsoft is releasing a native one this month.
Actually this article came as an irony of how wp is getting file managers and a native one soon while some droids like htc devices ans nexus devices don't come with one.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:13

37. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Good deal, that actually looks decent.

Works with 8.1.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:11 2

36. muhsen (Posts: 241; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Seems u r living under a rock.
Since wp8.1, there r lots of true file managers in the store and Microsoft is releasing its native one this month.
How ironic, wp devices will soon have their native file manager while htc devices , nexus devices and others don't and won't. The article comes just after the day Microsoft through belfoire announced its file manager for wp, emphasizing this irony.

posted on 04 May 2014, 08:20

38. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


My only concern, is not that is has a native one but more so one, not watered down and limited by the os to my stuffs, or what it chooses.(like backing up an zipping SMS)

Being able to manipulate your goodies an rar or zip lock them for cloud storing or sharing is a basic fundamental ability.
This has been grossly limited until now, close to five years since it gets back,..
What it had prior to bridges being burned.

posted on 04 May 2014, 06:47

24. OmarKS (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Where is X-Plore?? And Solid Explorer? X-plore is best for me, with a really low package size...

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:29

26. papss (unregistered)


I have file explorer on my m8 had used it on my note 3 and found it to be quite nice

posted on 04 May 2014, 10:49

44. livyatan (Posts: 657; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


X-plore file manager doesn't get a mention?
It has a pretty advanced interface and is full featured

posted on 04 May 2014, 12:11

45. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Xplore is the only file explorer is used since Symbian days. It has features including cloud servers, LAN servers, WiFi sharing, FTP servers, simple app manager. All in a simple yet intuitive UI. It's worth a mention.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lonelycatgames.Xplore

posted on 04 May 2014, 12:43

46. Darkerm (Posts: 113; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


ES is the perfect one and it's full free

posted on 04 May 2014, 14:05

48. HildyJ (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


FX is great. In addition to being a file manager it has a built in text viewer which can also be launched as a standalone notebook. It can support rooted devices with a free addon. It will browse apps and display permissions. And it has cleaning tools to find duplicate and large files.

posted on 04 May 2014, 20:12

50. Andrewtst (Posts: 292; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


My favor still always Root Explorer.

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