When it comes to managing files in Android phone, the default file manager is just not enough. There are variety of tasks which one needs to perform with the files they have on their phones. Some may need to sync files with cloud storage and some may have to forward it to their bosses.
The default file explorers have limitations. Hence, one has to compulsorily take the help of third party apps. Now, there are lots of file manager apps in the Google Play Store. Not all the file manager apps are good. Only some are good and worth keeping on your phone. You can ignore others. So here is a list of the best ones.
Best file manager apps for Android phones
ES File Explorer:
ES File Explorer is the best file manager app available in the Play Store so far. The variety of tasks it can do is really commendable. It is not just a simple file manager because it can do a lot more than that. Especially if you have a rooted Android phone. You can access shared files of Windows PC using LAN connection with this app. You can also access your Android files wirelessly over Wi-Fi using FTP connection.
Apart from this you can edit, view, rename files of your Android phone. One can also change the file permissions with this app. Uninstalling multiple apps, accessing cloud storage files, sending and receiving files from other Android devices, hiding media files from gallery are few of its other prominent features.
You can do a lot of other tasks by granting it root access which most of the other file manage apps lack.
File Commander – File Manager:
The next up on the list is File Commander – File Manager. This file manager app is greatly designed. It has got few features that are different and very powerful.
You can hide files and folders outside this app because it has a “secure mode” feature. Secure mode uses advanced AES 256bit encryption to hide files outside the app. You will have to setup a passphrase to try secure mode. Once you enter the secure mode, you will get access to the files that you have secured using this feature.
Apart from regular accessing of files and folders, it has got few more features. “PC file transfer” allows you to access internal storage of your phone over Wi-Fi using browser. You can upload or download files using it.
Other notable feature is “screen sharing”. You can share screen with other Android devices over the same network. The minimum Android version required for this feature is 5.0.
FTP, network and adding cloud storage are some of the other features. However, some of the other features like recycle bin, file format conversion are available for premium users. The recycle bin feature could just help you in recovering deleted files.
File Explorer also known as FX File Explorer is yet another file manager for your Android phone. You can try your hands on because it may get handy for few. Especially, for people who work on files from different directories.
One can split the window into two and access two different directories at the same time. It also supports multi-window feature. So you can open as many locations as you want.
You can access root files as it comes with root support. It comes with root and text editor add-ons which you will have to install separately. File sharing over Wi-Fi between PC and Android works flawlessly. You can also access shared Windows files using this app.
Apart from this, the app comes with regular features like other apps. It too supports few cloud storage services.
File Manager by ASUS:
File Manager by ASUS is yet another best file manager app for non-rooted users. Very clean and simple UI with enough modern features.
The front panel of the app supports nine tiles to quickly access few of the places like apps, images, videos etc. It also has an option to detect large files in your Android phone. So you can quickly detect them and delete if they are not required.
It also supports features like PC file transfer, SMB, cloud storage support etc. However, support for cloud storage services is very limited. Overall it can be a perfect replacement to File Commander – File Manager for non-rooted users. You can switch between two if one more features of either of them are not working.
So these are the best file manager apps for Android phones. There are many in the market. Some are paid and some are not worth having because of limited features. If you have got few more in your list then mention them in the comments below. Do not forget to mention why you like them.