One of the main benefits that our operating system has is the possibility of manage device folders one by one. Alternatives such as iOS do not allow access to all the routes in which the information and data related to the phone is located, while in Android, even without root access, we have access to practically all the folders.
To access them, a file explorer is necessary, through which we can both view the folders and make modifications to them. For this reason, we have compiled some of the best file explorers that are available in the Google application store, in order to know what the possibilities are.
Files by Google (previously known as Files GO), is the official Google application to manage our internal storage. First of all, it is striking that its interface is quite far from that of a basic file explorer. When we open the app we will see the ‘clean’ section, which will show us the space we have available. Next to it, we will see just below several files that we can delete to free up said space.
- Duplicate files
- WhatsApp media files
- Telegram media files
Depending on the applications you have installed, this list will vary.
In the section to explore, the application divides by downloads, images, videos. This is a fairly comfortable way to access the terminal files, although if what we want is to access the folders themselves, we can go directly to the internal storage section, to see them one by one. Depending on the folder (not all of them have write permissions in Android, especially the essential ones of the system), we can modify or not its contentas well as creating new folders.
Apart from being a traditional browser, Files by Google allows us to share files, clean the system and perform extra functions
Because of its traditional file explorer function, share files without internet connection between devices with Files, as well as the visual way it shows us the contents (in addition to sending us notifications reminding us that there is junk content to delete), Google Files Go is one of our most recommended alternatives.
Solid Explorer is a classic on Android, and has been improving its interface over the years, until it completely adapted Google’s Material design. Just open it we have access to the device folders, as well as the classic ‘more’ button, which will allow us to create new folders, files, or connections in the cloud.
This last option is quite interesting, since it allows us access files in the cloud from your own local file explorer that we have stored in Dropbox, Google Drive, MediaFire and others.
Solid Explorer stands out for its design, as well as for providing a satisfactory user experience, since all the UI elements are well distributed
Design, animations, custom view options, sizes … Solid Explorer tries to provide a visually appealing user experience, as well as simple at the level of functionality, so it convinces us a lot. Upon installation, we will access the premium version for two weeks, which includes functionality in the cloud, color schemes, ad-free and file encryption. We recommend paying for the premium version after this period, since it costs only 1.99 eurosQuite economical price for everything it offers.
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Being another classic on Android (published for the first time in 2012), File Commander has managed to adapt to Material Design and the times. When you open it, we see an interface that is divided in a similar way to Google Files. Direct access to images, videos, music, file conversion and other “friendly” functions for less advanced users, without giving up the internal storage section, where the phone’s folders are.
The possibility of transfer files to PC using WiFi, a quite comfortable option that is incorporated with the application. At the interface level, we can configure a dark theme, and mark or unmark each of the categories that appear on the main screen.
File Commander has a somewhat expensive premium version considering what it offers, although it is still one of the best file management apps, even in its free version
File Commander also allows you to test its premium version, in this case for seven days. With it, we eliminate advertising, we have a link with Google Drive, file encryption and recycle bin, among others. After the free trial, its price is 31.99 euros per year, figure that in our opinion is somewhat exorbitant for a file explorer of this typeSo we recommend the free version, which works like a charm.
This is another fairly simple file browser, and according to Google’s design lines (we emphasize this aspect since several browsers have interfaces that are difficult to digest). First we find the main categories of files, and later the internal storage section to explore the folders.
This application is ideal for those who want a simple file explorer, but with a good interface
The application also has a fairly thorough file cleaner, which will show us the files that we can delete to clean up space. The app is completely free, and we don’t need to pay anything to unlock its features.
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Xiaomi File Explorer
File Manager by Xiaomi is the application that the signature terminals include by default, although it also works on any other Android device. Its interface is quite neat, and it is divided into main categories and a folder panel. It is striking that Xiaomi’s file cleaner (a classic in MIUI) works on any layer of Android, so we can use it regardless of the ROM we have.
Like other alternatives, this browser allows integration with Google Drive and FTP transfer. It also includes remote access to other terminals, via LAN or FTP connection. Another of its strengths is that, once we open the documents folder, files can be viewed according to format, so you can see them ordered according to whether they are PDF, Word, Excel, PPT and others.
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With a not very original name and an interface not very adapted to current times, this application, despite its drawbacks, is one of the best options if we want a simple file explorer.
Despite its sparse interface, the application more than fulfills its mission, adding interesting functions such as remote access and cloud services
Large icons, few options, and a clear functionality: manage files, without more. When opening the app, we see both access to the internal memory and the SD card (if it has one), as well as direct access to view the content of the download folders, images, audio, videos, etc.
Despite being so simple, we can have remote access, as well as integration with cloud services. In the case of this app, we do not recommend paying for the premium version, since it only removes the ads (they are minimal, to the point that it is even difficult for them to appear), and adds the dark theme. However, if you like the app and want to pay for it, you can do so with a single payment of 7.99 euros, or by paying 1.99 euros annually.
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Astro File Manager
ASTRO is another of the great classics on Android and, currently, one of the best proposals for managing our files. The interface is pretty clean, showing the internal storage at the top, and the file types below. It is striking that it allows you to create folders from the main panel, to create primary locations for the files.
ASTRO is completely free, does not have a paid version, and allows us to do practically everything at the file management level
We can add cloud services such as Dropbox, Facebook or OneDrive, among others, as well as manage installed applications (APK) from the app itself, without having to access the list of Android settings. A complete, free and quite intuitive application, which we recommend installing on your device.