There are hundreds of file manager apps available Google play store. But to choose a good one (from all those) is a difficult ask. The first question is, why do we need a file manager app when most phone have them already? Well If you have used one of those inbuilt file managers then you must have experienced the flaws in them. One major flaw is the limited features. I’ve been using android for long. And the UI of file manager in my phone (LG G3) sucks to be honest. Same goes for Samsung where the file manager is too laggy. I prefer manually installing one from store. And in this article, I will guide you to select the best file manager android apps which can replace the inbuilt apps easily.
File Manager organizes each and everything on your phone. This includes photos, videos, audios, songs, PDFs, text documents and all. Just like everything is organized on your computer in folders, sub-folders etc. You can lock few files/documents and also can put password for privacy matters. Some file manager offers a wide range of features. Whereas, some are brilliant in the limited features. And some are basic but have wonderful user interface. We have included all the best file manager Android Apps in 2018 available on google play store. You can read the descriptions and features as well as view the screenshots. And then later download the one which comes up to your needs. If you are looking for saving battery along with file organizing, you can view our list of best android battery savers.
Note : The list of top 25+ best file manager Android apps in 2018 is compiled by professionals. All the file managing apps are added on the basis of :
- Google Play Store Rating
- Number of Downloads
- User Reviews
The competition is high as there are hundreds of file managers available on store. If you have one which you think should also be mentioned. Please comment and let us know. We will add it our list of Top 25+ best file manager Android apps in 2018 to make it even better.
Best File Manager Android apps 2018
With 4.7+ Rating on Play Store, ‘File Manager’ by ‘ZenUI ASUS Computer Inc.’ is one the most top rated application. Extremely lightweight and efficient file manager with which you can quickly explore your file whether they are in Internal Storage, Memory Card or Cloud. You can also manage your files with LAN and SMB Network directly from your PC. The best thing about this app is that it offers a free cloud storage. So, if you are running out of memory, you can upload files to the cloud and free up some space. You can also save memory by compressing the file with built in compressor.
File Manager (File transfer)
Elegant and efficient file managing tool with dozens of top class features and functions. With ‘File Manager (File transfer)’ you can switch between local and cloud files and exchange them from one place to another. One unique thing about this app is a quick widget, with which you can access the file with one tap only. You can use WiFi to move files wirelessly from PC to Phone and vice versa. Cut/Copy/Paste, Rename, Delete, Move and all other basic functions are present.
ASTRO File Manager
Before we talk about this app, lets talk about its success first. ASTRO File Manager is rated as one of “The Best File Manager Android Apps” by Nexus and Android. It was also included in the ‘Top 10 Best Android File Manager’ by John Corpuz, Tom’s Guide.
ASTRO File Manager will get and view all your files whether they are in Internal Storage, SD Card, Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox etc. It also have a backup feature with which you can backup all your stuffs and restore in-case you restore your phone or change it. ASTRO also include an inbuilt Task Killer which kills all the running apps to clean up some memory.
ES File Explorer File Manager
Free and fully featured file explorer and manager for both local plus networking use. ‘ES File Explorer File Manager’ by top developers of android apps ‘ES Global’ is currently having 300 million users worldwide and 4.5* rating on Google Play Store. It is one of those perfect apps which do not have any issues and bugs at all in them. UI is clean and extremely smooth. All the basic file managing tools like cut/copy/paste, rename, delete, move etc. are present. Apart from these, the other good features of this app, which makes it more than just a file explorer & manager, are :-
- Built in Zip and Rar support : Compress and extract your files to save up some memory
- Built in image viewer and music player
- Thumbnail views of folders and files
- Connect to your PC via WiFi
- Multi-Language Support : English, Russian, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Italian and more.
- Task killer to clean up some RAM
- Built in Cache cleaner
- Root Explorer : For rooted devices (smartphones + tablets)
Solid Explorer File Manager
Top quality file manager with the most Clean Material Design UI (User Interface). Solid Explorer File Manager has been featured over 50 times on Google play store. Thanks to its wonderful functions. With this app, you can have two independent panels for organizing and exploring all your files. You can change the icons, themes, backgrounds etc, can compress the files to free up some space. Solid explorer also includes root access for rooted devices. You might have to spend some bucks in this for extra stuffs but it is worth trying.
X-plore File Manager
‘X-plore File Manager’ is one of the most downloaded and top rated file managing apps on Google play store. I have tried this app and to be honest it got hundreds of cool features in it. Before we go on to the features, I will like to tell my concerns about this app. This app was quite complex for me to use. I am a simple man and complex things confuse me. If you are a professional then this is the perfect app for you. Like I said earlier, this article is for you to choose the best file manager. So you should know the drawbacks too when you have to make a choice. The good features of this app are :
- Dual Pane Windows Viewers : For multi-tasking
- Disk Map : Analyzes memory occupied by files on your phone/card
- Cloud Storage Support : Organizes and shows the files on your cloud account
- Inbuilt music player and image viewer
- Bluetooth and WiFi (Direct) File Sharing
- Views the apks file as zip
Total Commander – file manager
Total Commander – file manager is one of the oldest and fully featured app with 300,000+ users and 4.5 Rating on Google play store. I used this file manager and will rate it as the most complete app. Make new folders, secure them with password, manage and organize your files. Explore them quickly with the smooth clean UI. It have the dual pane window feature with which you can manage two tasks at a time. Like move files and documents from one pane to another. Another good thing is the multi-language support (60+ Languages).
File explorer file Manager
If you are one of those people to whom the user interface matters the most, then this ‘File explorer file Manager’ is the most suggested application for you. I have used this app and I’m in love with this. Clean UI with super smooth operation. You can explore all the files whether on phone or SD Card with very quickly. The best features of this application are :
- Quickly Cut/ Copy/ Paste the Files or Sort, Move, Create Shortcuts, Delete, Rename, Share them (via Bluetooth)
- Search files with the search options
- Application Manager : You can organize and manage all the files in folders. Uninstall the apps or check their details.
- Disk Analysis : Shows the memory, space, number of files and all of each folder with accurate pie charts
- You can view the file formats or each app and organize them.
4.4* Rating on Google Play Store and 50,000 downloads urges us to put this in this list of best file manager android apps.
File Commander – File Manager
The commander is here to organize all your files. With ‘File Commander – File Manager’ all your files are completely safe as they are encrypted. Fully featured with extremely smooth UI. It is added as the Editor’s Choice in Google Play Store which shows how good this app is. File Commander – File Manager will get each and every file of yours, whether they are in Phone or SD Card or even Cloud. The top class features of this app are :-
- Fastest File Management : Find new files in seconds. Move heavy files from one folder to another with speed.
- Customizable Home Screen and Backgrounds
- Basic tools like cut/copy/paste/rename etc.
- Cloud support
- View the edited/moved files in Recent File History folder
- Detailed storage analysis
- No Adds
ALZip – File Manager & Unzip
ALZIP is a complete file manager application which comes with an additional feature of file compression & extraction. Explore your files and documents with the clean beautiful user interface (UI). Open, copy, move, rename, cut paste, your stuffs just like a windows explorer. You can also use drag&drop for quickly moving the files among the folders. ALZIP also contains an archive image viewer which views image directly without being extracted.
As mentioned earlier, the unique feature of this app is the zip and unzip (compress and extract). With ALZIP, you can easily compress files into zip, egg and alz formats. And also can extract zip, rar, 7z, egg, alz, tar, tbz, tbz2, tgz, lha files etc. archive of zip, egg and rar. To make it user friendly, developers have added the custom background function. If you get bored of using one background, you can change and put any image you want. Because of all these wonderful features, ALZIP is a must have app in the list of best file manager android apps.
Computer File Explorer
Get a computer like feel on your android phone with the ‘Computer File Explorer’. Explore and manage your files just like you do on your desktop or laptop. Open multiple tabs side-by-side, pick and drop your files from one tab to another. It works just like your FTP or SFTP client on internet. You can switch to multiple programs/files, delete or uninstall or rename them, kill running tasks to clear up the memory and speed up the phone. You can also speed up and save battery of your phone by checking out this cool app here. All the features of basic file manager are present. The only different thing is the PC like look.
SD File Manager
As the name shows, ‘SD File Manager’ is for SD Cards only. It allows you to browse your SD Card in depth and even compress and extract the files. SD File Manager also contains an root explorer (for rooted phones). All the basic tools like renaming, sorting etc. are present.
File Expert HD with Clouds
File Expert HD with Clouds is a powerful file manager and explorer android app developed by the ‘GMobile (formerly GeekSoft)’. This is one of the newest app in this category but its downloads are increasing rapidly day by day. Thanks to the top class features. You can use this app on both mobile phones and tablets.
Locate your files in the most easiest way i.e. the predefined categories. This app organizes all your stuffs in the categories automatically (though you can create your own categories for your needs). You can share your files via NFC, Bluetooth or WiFi (WiFi direct). Apart from these, some other features, that makes us put this in best file manager android apps list, are :
- Quickest file exploring
- Powerful File Managing : with all the basic functions like cut, copy, paste, move, delete, rename etc.
- A FREE CLOUD : As mentioned in the name, you get a free cloud storage. GCloud will store all your files automatically.
- Recycle bin : Just like in the computers
- Sharing via FTP
- Root Access : In-case you have rooted your phone and want to have a root explorer for making changes in the files
- A smart archive manager : with which you can compress your stuffs
- And many more.
Simple yet powerful tool app which views all your files, including the ones on SD card and clouds. You can browse all the stuffs in categories like Pictures, Videos, Music, Document etc. You can mark files as favorite to view them quickly. It also include a smart search which searches each and everything in folders or sub-folders.
FX File Explorer is developed by the top developers ‘NextApp Inc.’ and is one of the most famous and top rated application for file management and organization. Dozens of features are offered including cloud file explorer, root explorer (for users with rooted phones), dual pane mode, pinch-to-zoom etc. Before we tell you the brief detail about each feature, you should know that this app has been featured on Google play store over hundred times. It is one of those app which you mostly see straightaway when you open the store.
Top Class Features of FX File Explorer
- High quality UI with Material Design
- Dual Pane Windows : You can manage two or more tasks at the same time
- Pinch-to-zoom : Zoom and view the detail about each file
- Compress or unRAR the files
- Index search
- Basic file managing tools like renaming, cut, copy, paste etc.
- Cloud storage (Drive, Box, DropBox, OneDrive etc.)
- Bluetooth sharing
- App management (uninstall, remove etc.)
Lollipop File Manager
A perfect file managing app solely created for android version ‘Lollipop’. Specifically for smartphones and tablets of 7 to 10 inches. The UI is clean and smooth and all your files are organized just like in your computer. As it is new so there are many bugs and issues in it. But I saw many fixes in its last update.
Efficient and complete application with all the main features that a file manager and explorer should have. This File Manager allows you to organize and view all the files which are on your Phone, SD Card or even Cloud. You can save the disk space by compressing the files with inbuilt compressor. It also contains an application manager with which you can install or uninstall the apps, backup them or share them. Supported on 29 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Norwegian.
OI File Manager
Extremely lightweight file manager i.e. 973 KB. You can pick your files from one folder and drop them to another. Rename or delete your files as well as send them via E-mail with one tap. Apart from these, some other features of this app due to which it is included in the list of best file manager android apps are :
- Super fast and smooth UI
- Supports files with various formats
- Multi-language support
- Thumbnails for viewing images/pictures
With ‘File Manager’ by ‘androidder’ you can organize, manage and explore your documents, images, videos, PDFs etc. whether they are in your phone or SD card. It also have a root explorer for users who have rooted their phone. The best thing about this is it is extremely lightweight i.e 655 KB and wont consume any space at all on your phone.
Explore your files just like you do in your PC. Go through the folders. View images, videos etc. Rename them or Delete the unwanted ones. Cut/Copy/Paste or Move the files from one folder to another. A different thing about this app is that it includes around 100+ inbuilt icons. This means you can assign the icon of your choice to each and every file. Also is supported in 30+ famous languages. Hence, in short, File Manager by ‘Mobile Soft Ltd.’ is one of the most complete and fully featured file managing app for android phones as well as tablets.
File Explorer – Expert Manager
Basic File Manager Android App with good UI. This is just like the ones which are already downloaded on your phone but the different thing is its smooth operation. ‘File Explorer – Expert Manager’ allows you to cut/copy/paste, rename, delete, uninstall, move, sort etc. your files and manage them the way you want.
File Manager & Explorer
Manage your files whether they are in Internal Storage or SD Card with ‘File Manager & Explorer’. You can also include files from your clouds like Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, Box etc.
All the basic managing tools like cut/copy/paste, rename, delete etc. are present. It also includes a detailed storage analyzer which shows you the accurate measurements of memory occupied by each file/document.
An easy and simple manager with limited features but can be very handy if you don’t like complicated stuffs. You can browse and explore all the files including hidden ones from your SD card and phone. Cut, copy, paste or create new folders for organizing your things in a better way. Sort them in various ways like by date, name, size etc. You can also share them via Bluetooth.
MyFiles is a good quality file manager developed by ‘Monster Castle’. Definitely not the best of app in terms of UI, but deep down we all know its about the features more than UI. You must be wondering why is it in the list of best file manager android app? Well the reason is simplicity. To be honest you can’t find much simpler app than this. Explore you files in few taps, rename, view or delete them. It also runs in the background without consuming much battery. Hence, you can continue you works from wherever you left.
Fully featured and complete file manager android app. The most highlighted thing about this app is its simplicity and speed. You can explore your files easily with touch and swipe (Internal storage + SD Card). Cut, paste, copy, rename and other basic file managing tools are also available. Cloud Storage service is also available if you want to store your stuffs on cloud. File Manager also shows the detailed analysis of folders with amount of memory consumed by files.1 2 3 Next »