Top best 5 File Manager / Explorer for Android | Tested

If you are using stock Android on a Nexus or Motorola smartphone, you would know that a File Manager app is missing from the OS. 

While most other Android phones & custom ROMs come with a file manager installed, Google’s manufactured phones does not come with one. And it's obvious when we need to share, move or delete specific file types such as songs, photos, videos, etc. Well, a file manager app is a necessity indeed.

Because there are a number of great file manager apps but choosing it can be a little tricky one task. Like always, we have tested all the File Manager apps and have found the best ones you can use.

1. ES File Explorer:

ES File Explorer (File Manager) is a FREE and full-featured file (applications, documents and multimedia) manager for both local and networked use! With over 300 million users worldwide, ES File Explorer (File Manager) is the #1 most powerful Android file manager in the world. 

Application Manager, Remote File Manager, Built-in ZIP and RAR support, Built-in viewers and players for various file types, Shows thumbnails, Text viewers and editors, Access your home PC, Functions as an FTP and WebDAV client, Bluetooth file browser, Kill tasks with a single click, increase memory and speed up your device, Cache Cleaner and Auto-start Manager, Root Explorer.

2. File Manager HD

File Manager HD has been available for Android for quite some time now and some manufacturers even pre-install the app on their smartphones. The app categorizes your files based on various file types like images, audio, videos and documents and supports various cloud storage services. It also lets you easily switch between your local & cloud storage with ease. The file manager also supports various file sharing network protocols (FTP, WebDAV, LAN, SFTP & FTPS) along with additional features like widgets, APK file support, junk file cleaning, Root Explorer etc.

3. Solid Explorer

Solid Explorer, as the name suggests, is quite a “solid” file manager offering. With the usual file management features, Solid Explorer also includes Cloud storage support and ability to hide files & folders. The app also brings ability to ZIP (ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR, TAR) & extract files along with support for various network file sharing protocols (FTP, SFTP, WebDav and SMB/CIFS). There are also paid plugins available for USB OTG (On-the-go) support, Cast and more.


4. File Expert

File Expert is another popular file manager offering which brings some unique features along with the usual ones. It auto categorizes files in specific folders and supports cloud storage sync through a plugin. There are some cool features like Recycle bin, Safebox (save private files), Super Downloader, Root Explorer and ability to favorite, tag & compress files (ZIP, 7Z and RAR). It supports various file transfer methods like Bluetooth, Samba Client, FTP, SFTP and FTPS servers.

On the UI front, it features a clean interface and tabbed layout, which make sure locating your files is easy. The app should work fine for people who are looking for a file manager with privacy features like Safebox. The app is available in a Free version, which is ad-supported and there are three paid versions: Professional, Premium and Flagship. Professional version brings features like confidential files, file recovery, printer support and removes ads. Premium & Flagship include all of Professional features and add GCloud memory, Dropbox data sync and login support.

5. Cabinet Beta

Minimalist apps have their own charm and one such app is Cabinet. The sleek looking file manager app is in Beta but it’s already a highly rated app on the Play Store. The app looks beautiful and not very feature rich but it has got its basics right, with support for usual file manager features and compression support. It also lets you see a file’s or directory’s detailed properties and supports third party plugins & root access. The app also lets you customize the app’s primary & accent colors, thumbnail color and more.

Cabinet is still in Beta, so we should see more features and plugins make their way to the app once the app is released as a stable version. While it lacks advanced features, the app should work for most users. If you don’t like tinkering with your apps much, Cabinet Beta should be a good choice. Thanks to the beautiful Material Design interface & fluid performance, Cabinet is indeed a great file manager app for people looking for something simple and easy to the eye.

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