10 Android File Managers Tested

File managers are very handy applications that let you unlock your phone’s or tablet’s true potential as a backup work machine. Most manufacturers provide their own spin on the idea, but for the most part they suck. Here are 10 Android File Managers that you should consider, in no particular order. Click the pictures to download them via Play Store.

  • Einst File Explorer
    Einst File Explorer
    On the surface, Einst File Explorer looks a lot like File Expert. It only allows browsing local storage, but with the addition of a process manager that, unfortunately, doesn't work too well. Oddly, it still includes a FTP server that works reasonably well, but that's about it. It's not horrible, but it's not good either.
  • Total Commander
    Total Commander
    Similarly to its Windows counterpart, Total Commander for Android is a very advanced file manager. While lacking in visual polish, it's very expandable thanks to plugins made available by the developer, allowing you to access FTP servers, SMB shares, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive accounts. Not for the inexperienced user, but for pros who want a lightweight and efficient file manager.
  • FX File Explorer
    FX File Explorer
    FX File Explorer is limited by its lack of cloud and network integration (both paid features), but it's otherwise well customisable and allows splitting the screen in half to move files and folders more easily. It has a pleasing interface and doesn't bug you too much with reminders to purchase the premium features. Additionally, installing the free version gives you a 7-day trial of the premium version and comes with FX TextEdit, a simple but useful plain text editor.
  • File Manager HD
    File Manager HD
    A very good file manager held back by slow performance while browsing SMB shares, File Manager HD offers great features. Unfortunately, it launches too many notifications for my taste, especially trying to push its Remote File Transfer (which isn't anything more than a FTP server service).
  • ZenUI File Manager
    ZenUI File Manager
    Developed by Asus for their own smartphones, but freely downloadable on Google Play, this file manager is pleasing to the eyes and easy to use. It supports Windows Shares, a handful of cloud services, and it's rather fast. Unfortunately, it doesn't provide any advanced features, nor multiple themes. However, it integrates very well with other ZenUI apps.
  • File Expert
    File Expert
    I can't think anything else but "Meh" about File Expert. Despite the name, it does not offer any real advanced functionality. It's rather slow in accessing SMB shares and it assumes anonymous login by default. Even more oddly, it requires permission to make phone calls. No, thank you.
  • File Commander
    File Commander
    File Commander is a good enough file manager with support for a handful of cloud services, a built-in FTP server and client, and the ability to browse SMB shares. It also allows to encrypt your data, although I doubt it's a deal-breaker, since Android has had this feature for a while now. Unfortunately, it's plagued by ads, both full-screen and on the bottom.
    Despite its arguably ugly interface and no support for themes (No dark theme? Seriously?!), Astro is a surprisingly full-featured file manager for Android. Not only does it support cloud services (Box, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive) and browsing Windows shares, but it also allows you to connect to Facebook and download your pictures directly from the app.
  • ES File Explorer
    ES File Explorer
    ES File Explorer is one of the most full-featured file managers I know of. In addition to browsing SMB shares, cloud integration, FTP and Bluetooth support, it also includes audio and video playback, a lock screen widget, an SD card analyzer and the ability to detect and remove duplicate files. Unfortunately, Its performance is top-notch. You should download it: it's really worth it.
  • Amaze
    Amaze file manager is a minimalistic file manager that, while lacking advanced functionality like cloud services support, boasts an easy-to-use interface. Browsing Windows shares is an option, although in my experience it tends to be a bit on the slow side. One interesting feature is that it allows browsing your phone's files via a built-in FTP server you can activate with a few taps.



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