The real charm of Android is its ability to open everything up. By theory you can fully explore the storage of your device by using file managers for Android. In practice this is slightly complicated. You can explore every location which is deemed safe easily but to reach the far-fetched locations, you will need to root your device.
However if you are only looking for a reliable Android file manager, this list will provide you with some of the best ones available in the market. I myself have been using one of the best file managers on Android smartphones for a very long time. Usually your device will ship with a pretty basic and simple file manager. But you know how I like to swap out default apps with awesome ones; this is no surprise that I don’t like the default ones. Now that you are here, I’m willing to bet that you don’t like that basic file manager either.
Note: I tested the best file managers for Android on Samsung Galaxy Note III, Sony Xperia Z and HTC One M8 smartphones. All the apps performed fine and no problems arose during testing.
ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer is my personal favourite file manager for Android. Although it is a tiny bit confusing to get into it but the interface is quite friendly. Once you ease in, the amount of features this file manager has will astound you.
From copying files to deleting chunks of pictures, all can be achieved by using this great file manager. This is also a root file manager too, if you are into mods and custom ROMs this will come in handy. I changed the default Facebook “Toc” sound by replacing the files with this manager.Show Downloads
X-Plore File Manager
If you are looking for a deep and expanded file manager app for Android, look no further. But if you are a casual user who becomes scared at the thought of juggling new and unique interfaces, this app is not for you. The sliding interface of the app can be or shall I say, will be confusing for a lot of people.
At first I was taken aback with the craziness of seeing a sliding/swiping interface on the app. Use the app a little and you will come to greatly appreciate the unique dynamic. Copy pasting stuff has never been this fast and easy.Show Downloads
Total Commander as the name suggests gives you total command of your Android device. You can access almost every location on your storage with ease. The search functions is one of the best there is, it can even detect text. Selecting a group of files is very easy and streamlined.
There are around three plugins available on the Google Play store which further enhances the file manager. LAN access, FTP client and even WebDAV can be utilized.Show Downloads
- Free & $1.993
A good interface is the best way to gain fans, Solid Explorer proves that. Even though the app offers a short trial, there are a lot of people who love the app very much. That is understandable because this file manager app for Android does come with a lot of features.
One of the features is the ability to stream media to Chromecast with ease, this feature is really important for Chromecast lovers. Combine the standard file managing with good sharing features and you have the perfect file manager app.Show Downloads
- Free & $2.993
File Manager by Cheetah Mobile
This app by Cheetah Mobile comes with one of the best interfaces on a file manager app for Android. These are the same guys who made CM keyboard, which almost made to the best keyboards for Android list.
One of the best things about this file manager is the 28 languages it comes with. This eases in a lot of potential customers who are not familiar with English language. The app also comes with two themes, light and dark. Sharing files is also quite easy thanks to the robust FTP features.Show Downloads
- Free & $2.993
If you are in the market for a good looking yet capable file manager, File Explorer fits the bill perfectly. The app is simple in nature but dig a little deeper and you will find robust features ready to be explored.
There are a lot of features for the seasoned Android users, especially those who have a rooted device. One of the best things about the app is its pinch to zoom in feature. On any screen you can zoom in to see additional information about the files with ease.Show Downloads
- Free & $3.993
Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager looks amazing on tablets. Don’t get me wrong, the smartphone version looks good but it’s the big landscape view of the tablets which makes the app shine. The developers have put in actual thought in the tablet design and it shows.
I recommend that you get this app if you are going to use a file manager on a tablet. The app also allows you to manage all your files regardless of their storage location.Show Downloads
Amaze File Manager
This app is one of the completely free file managers for Android. Amaze File Manager comes with a minimalistic interface which shows everything you need to see on the main screen. The app is open source and is extremely light on resources.
The app runs amazingly smooth, even on older devices. The basic functions which are frequently used are readily available on screen. Accessing history and bookmarks is also quite easy.Show Downloads
This sleek looking file manager for Android works just as well too. File Commander comes with great features which allow you to fully explore all the files on your Android device. The app has dedicated libraries for your pictures, videos and music.
The app can also sort the files with ease and make them easily accessible. If you want to delete large files, this app makes it easier to locate the big ones.Show Downloads
If you want an extremely simple and basic file manager for your Android, look no further than File Manager. Just like it’s to the point name, the app also takes you straight to business. The app provides you with basic device storage navigational features.
You can copy, cut and paste files with ease. The app can also display hidden files. Sorting can be done with the push of a button as well.Show Downloads
Well these are the best file managers for Android available on the Google Play Store. I highly recommend the first app on the list as it provides everything you will ever need. But of course some other apps will offer better media streaming options and whatnot so you can always try all the apps and select the one which best suits your needs. Now that we are discussing managers, we have also listed the best password manager apps and best app managers too. If you have any questions or suggestions about this list, feel free to comment below.