7 best file manager apps for Android


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Mar 24, 2011
by Joe Hindy on October 3, 2013 10:33 pm

File managers are an essential part of any operating system. Whether you’re browsing files in Windows or Android, there is always a need for a way to look at the files on your devices. To meet this need, there are a lot of file manager apps. Which ones are the best? Below we’ll detail the best file manager apps for Android.

#7 – Root Browser

[Price: Free / $0.99]
First up in our list is Root Browser. This file manager specializes in browsing the entire system and predominately for people who have root access. It’s a functional file browser with all the standard features such as tools to deal with compressed files, theming, and the ability to manage and edit your files. It comes with a sleek, easy-to-use interface and there are free and paid versions. You can pick it up using the button below.


#6 – File Manager by Rhythm Software

[Price: Free]
Next on our list is simply called File Manager by Rhythm Software. This is a highly rated and highly capable file manager. The theme is a little old school, but you can theme it slightly to take the edge off of that older style. It comes with the standard features and some features for advanced users as well. This includes FTP support, LAN support, streaming media, and cloud storage support. It doesn’t look the best, but it is easy to use and has some of the more advanced features so this is good for both advanced and novice users alike.


#5 – File Manager by Gira.me

[Price: Free]
Number 5 on our list is also called File Manager but this one is by Gira.me. This is the first on the list that is optimized specifically for Android tablets. It’s themed in the style of Holo, so #holoyolo fans will be pleased. It can be switched from dark to light themed, depending on your tastes. Aside from that, it comes with the standard features and a few advanced ones as well. It also comes with a built in image gallery so if you’re looking for a new one of those too, you can kill two birds with one stone here. To give it a shot, use the button below.


#4 – Solid Explorer

[Price: Free(trial)/ $1.99]
Solid Explorer is already a very popular file manager and it’s also one of the best. It’s two-panel design is perfect for large devices and tablets, but you can use a one panel interface if you need to. If you do go with the two-panel interface, you can actually drag-and-drop from one panel to the next. This makes file browsing a lot easier in some cases. You can connect to cloud storage sites with it and it also acts as an FTP client. If you want to check it out, you can try the free trial using the button below.


#3 – ES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
Number 3 on our list is the venerable ES File Explorer. This file manager has been around for a very long time, but the developers have done an excellent job of keeping it up to date in terms of both features and looks. It has a pleasant interface that’s easy to use and pretty much every feature that the other ones have had so far. It supports a number of languages and even supports Android versions 1.5 and up. If you want to try it out, use the button below.


#2 – PowerGrasp File Manager

[Price: Free]
Number 2 on this list is called PowerGrasp file manager and it’s a relatively new, but powerful file manager. It’s not as feature filled as some others on this list, but it makes up for it with its ease of use and sleek interface. It’s been optimized for tablets and it’s a very simple file manager. If you need something simple and good looking, this is one of the best there is.


#1 – Root Explorer

[Price: Free(Trial)/$3.99]
Last on our list is Root Explorer. This app is directed mostly at root users, so non-root users may want to use a different item on the list. Like Root Browser above, Root Explorer lets you explore those places on your device that many file managers do not. It comes with a sleek interface, your standard features, and even cloud storage support. It’s extremely stable and easy to use and pretty much everyone who uses this app likes it. If you’re rooted and you simply want the best, the people in the Play Store believe this to be the best.


Best file manager apps wrap-up

There are a lot of other file managers out there. Especially ones that have very niche uses, like zipping and unzipping archives. So it’s absolutely possible that we may have missed a great app or we may have not included one you really enjoy. If that’s the case, feel free to leave us a comment below and let us know what your favorite one is by completing the poll below.

Which is your favorite file manager app?