Three of the better file managers for Android

As you are probably aware, one of the greatest strengths of Android and it's main selling point against its rivals is the openness of Google's OS.The feature-richness and the total, unprecedented flexibility the platform delivers has long ago became a staple part of the folklore. 

One of the main advantages that a such a platform provides is its open file system. It enables you to access most files and folders on your storage, and provided that your device is rooted, all partitions of your phone's file system with a suitable app.

There's a pretty impressive selection of file explorer apps available on the Play Store that allow you to manage and browse the files in your storage. Actually, there are too many apps of the type, which makes it rather easy to get lost and stumble upon one that is inferior to the best ones. 

We rounded up the better ones for you right below.

Solid Explorer

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Although it's not the most out-featured file explorer out there, it's a pretty potent app that is seemingly a perfect embodiment of form and function. Its interface is styled after Google's Material Design guidelines, which means that those who favor Android's new looks will feel just at home with Solid Explorer. You can also customize the UI with different themes and color schemes to better suit your needs, as well as adjust accent colors and icon packs. There are a lot of plugins available for the explorer - you can download a casting, FTP, and USB OTG module to pair with this file manager. However, you want be able to use the whole shebang for free - the app ships with a 14-day free trial and afterwards you will need to purchase it if you want continue using it. Definitely worth it, if you ask us.

ES File Explorer

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ES File Explorer has a plethora of advanced and noteworthy features that set it apart from its simpler alternatives. For example, it comes with a multimedia explorer, built-in cloud storage functionality, an application manager, remote file manager that allows you to manage files from a computer that is on the same network, FTP server, baked-in ZIP/RAR file support, a backup tool for apps that requires no root, encrypt and decrypt files, a built-in Recylce Bin, a root explorer, and many other features that make it one of the most functional apps of the type.

Astro File Manager

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Another interesting file manager is the lightweight Astro File Manager. Some of its more important features are, but are not limited to, "organize, view, and retrieve all of your pictures, music, videos, & documents; built-in app backup & task killer; manage all your files regardless of where they are stored". One of its functionalities that is often neglected, yet we find particularly useful and awesome is the built-in SD card analyzer feature. You get all of the above for free.



1. jokensy unregistered

ES file explorer is the best! Period.

3. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013


12. GeoDashPoke

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 13, 2015

Enjoy the Chinese government spying on you. lol.

25. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Exactly right good sir. Spyware program.

2. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I prefer X-Plore file manager.

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Been using Xplore since Symbian days.

4. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

If you use solid explorer.. you wont use another one ever

5. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Is it better than ES file Explorer?

14. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I used solid explorer for about a year but I switched over to es file explorer because it has more functionality plus it works with Android TV.

24. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Switched from ES to Solid and don't miss any functionality. Mainly use it for managing files on the phone/tablet, cloud services and my nasses. I switched back then because of the MD guidelines were being followed.

6. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I use either ex file explorer or root explorer.

7. StanYuu

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Solid Explorer FTW!

8. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

I've always found myself coming back to ES File Explorer, it's the best one I've ever used

9. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

I prefer File commander

10. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

This is interesting but I honestly haven't found a reason to use any other file manager over the one provided.

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nexus, GPE, and Android One devices doesn't have file explorers installed so this list will be most helpful to them.

11. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Try all these: FX File Explorer MiXplorer ES File Explorer Solid Explorer File Manager Cabinet AnExplorer Sliding Explorer ASTRO File Manager / Browser File Manager by SAND STUDIO Beluga File Manager Well FileManager

26. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Or I could keep my privacy by not allowing all of these third party programs to access every corner of my device? You realize that you have to give up storage permissions among others to use these programs right? Access to storage is full access.

13. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I prefer Root Explorer. Been using it for years.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Same. Some of the others claim to be a root explorer but this is the best. Even tho I wosh it had some of the features of the others, its does what it does very well.

15. Dale14

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I am currently using File Explorer (FX).

16. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I use Zarchiver and Es.

17. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I always return to ES, it is just the best

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I use Total Commander, only thing I'm missing in it is the ability to sync directories (between all the directories it's add-ons add and my local directory). If that ever materializes, then all my OnePlus One file-management needs would be moving to just Total Commander.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The last 2 I've used since 2010. Linda File Manager is good too if its still around.

27. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Third Party File Managers ask for too many permissions. Giving access to internal storage means pretty much any data on your device is available to the app and any capabilities it has to harvest said data (and many that access storage do). Ever wonder why every retarded Game of War clone (Why clone a game that sucks a bag of d*cks) asks for Identity and storage access? Its not for fun. I promise. Stay away from these apps. Buy a device that has a legit, STOCK file manager or access your storage through your PC/Mac over a wire.

28. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

It still amazes me that X-plore doesnt get listed in such type of articles one of the best file mangers out there... Root Accsess Apk recognition (Install an APP and it gives you the APK of the APP) Tree view Almost all cloud storage (It even includes multiple Account logins of the same cloud storage and the same effing time..Yes it really does) And many more

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