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

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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51 Comments

1. pifon

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Solid Explorer is perfect for me

10. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

solid explorer is the best

12. Awalker

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

31. ali17chin

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

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

40. james.blunt.1973

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

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

41. Awalker

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

42. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

51. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

ur an idiot....

19. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i like x-plore file manager

30. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

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

49. Blazers

Posts: 698; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

47. Totse2k15

Posts: 474; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Agree. Solid Explorer for me too.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

4. wilsong17 unregistered

Note 3 file manager is pretty sweet

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah touchwiz has a great and simple File manager

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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

7. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

badly missed es file explorer on my moto g !

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

9. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 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

11. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I use es , its awesome

13. LikeMyself

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

ES File Manager is the best!!!

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I agree! ES forever! :-)

39. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

14. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

good ...

16. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Total Commander plus root. Nothing else is needed.

17. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

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

18. torr310

Posts: 1607; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

"File Manager" for me

20. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Where is OI File Manager?

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