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Best Android file managers: top 9 for exploring your phone

Update: Three new additions!

Android file managers tend to be quite similar, but it's the subtle extra features that make the difference between a good file explorer and a great one. Make sure you're using one of the best Android file managers around by picking one of our top nine listed below.

1. Astro File Manager: best for cloud functionality

Astro File Manager supports all major cloud services and combines a file manager for data both on your device and online.  A convenient user interface provides quick access to common functions related to managing, copying, and searching for files and data. Among its more advanced features, Astro File Manager allows you to run a task killer, application manager and archive functions. One of the main criticisms we have, however, is that Astro can be a little sluggish at times.

Asntro File Manager has good cloud functions. / © ANDROIDPIT
ASTRO File Manager Install on Google Play

2. OI File Manager: best for convenience

When you’re cleaning out your Android device, it's important to keep track of what you’re removing. The approach of OI File Manager is simple: a clean design gives you a smooth experience that is intuitive and simple. You’ll find all the classic staples of a file manager app here. Support for ZIP files and APK installers, sending files via email, and linking to Google Drive are all included in OI File Manager. However, not all file formats can be opened directly from within the app, but it shines in every other respect.

OI File Manager is one of our favorites. / © ANDROIDPIT
OI File Manager Install on Google Play

3. X-Plore File Manager: best for digging deep

Free to use and without any ads, X-Plore File Manager offers a good overall package with impressive performance. A two-column view allows quick operation with a design that provides a generally pleasant user experience. Various cloud services and online albums are integrated, allowing you to view images, videos, and databases while working. The app's developers offer full access to the app but ask for a donation if you enjoy using the app.

X-Plore File Manager won't disappoint you. / © ANDROIDPIT
X-plore File Manager Install on Google Play

4. Solid Explorer: best for dragging and dropping and cloud storage

The double-panel display on offer in Solid Explorer allows you to navigate to two separate folders and drag and drop a file from one panel to the other. It's surprisingly simple and works so well: a standout feature in a very crisp and intuitive UI.

Other features of note are integration with cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, and support for Chromecast.

Currently, the app is offering a 14-day free trial. After that, it's US$2 to unlock the full version, which is a bargain price for an app this good.

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Solid Explorer's twin panels and cloud storage support make it a standout app. / © ANDROIDPIT
Solid Explorer File Manager Install on Google Play

5. MiXplorer: best for a free blend of explorers

Although unavailable through the Play Store, MiXplorer is a superb app that, as its name suggests, tries to blend the best features of other file managers into an explorer sundae. It does it with aplomb. Bearing a sensible Material Design, the looks are up there with the best, and it's completely free.

You can reskin it to your liking, there's built in support for 19 file storage services, and you can cut and copy multiple items. 

Overall, a fantastic package.

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You can reskin MiXplorer and make it your own. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. File Commander: best for ease-of-use 

File Commander is a fairly common Android file manager but it's also one of the best. The basic interface includes the basic folders for videos, pictures, documents, music and downloads. Click one of these, videos for example, and you will see the locations of all of the videos on your device. It's clean, clear and simple. 

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File Commander is one of the most simple ways to find files and folders on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
File Commander - File Manager Install on Google Play

7. File Manager HD: best for finding recent files

File Manager HD was developed by Cheetah Mobile, the folks responsible for the popular 'optimizer' app CleanMaster. One of the great things about File Manager HD is that it shows your recent files on the home page of the file browser by default.

If you’re searching for a file you recently accessed, you just need to go back through the timeline to find it. This is a conveniently placed and well-designed feature.

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File Manager HD has a great timeline that shows your recently downloaded and accessed files. / © ANDROIDPIT
File Manager HD(File transfer) Install on Google Play

8. AntTek Explorer: best for the "desktop" experience

AntTek Explorer is a little less user-friendly than the others apps here, because the interface isn’t as intuitive. Some of its icons aren’t immediately recognizable, and it throws you straight into the deep end when you launch it. The 'drag and drop' format of the interface is very convenient though, and for that reason, we think AntTek Explorer is an excellent interface. 

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AntTek brings a Windows-like experience to Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
AntTek Explorer Install on Google Play

9. Root Browser: best for rooted phones

Root Browser is our pick for best file manager for rooted devices. As well as being a fully functional file explorer in its own right, Root Browser lets you change file permissions and ownership, and edit all kinds of files. Your phone doesn't need to be rooted phone in order to find, move or delete files with Root Browser, but if it is rooted, Root Browser gives you a great opportunity to do far more interesting things.

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Got root? Then use Root Browser. / © ANDROIDPIT
Root Browser Install on Google Play

What is your favorite file manager for Android? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • The list given above for file manager apps is perfect to the best of my knowledge, the apps shown above are very nice and very popular. Along with file manager people also need to clean there phones to boost speed of their smartphone so to know the best android cleaning apps visit-

  • rttra 3 months ago Link to comment

    To backup android phoen data, an Android Assistant coudl help, it could transfer sms, contacts, photos, etc. to computer in few simple steps.

  • Werf Abb 3 months ago Link to comment

    good share

  • Cgvmellii 4 months ago Link to comment

    Speaking of android file manager , Samsung Backup will be the first thought. Using it edit ,add,manage phone data fast and easily !

  • I highly recommend Gira Mobile's File Manager. Best way to browse and organize all of your files On-The-Go. You can download the app here:

  • Gajjmki 4 months ago Link to comment

    Coolmuster Samsung Messages Backup which can help to export Android data to computer . It supports Android brands, such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony, Google Nexus , Motorola, and more.

  • I'm looking for an app that will let me transfer pictures and movies to a usb OTG drive. I've tried several file managers and non of them are very intuitive. There isn't much information on the apps. I've tried three or four and have not been able to figure out how to do this transfer.

  • Scott B 5 months ago Link to comment

    Can't believe ES is still listed as a favorite here after it has been outed as installing adware. There is an article on AndroidPolice about it. I can't post external links yet but you can verify via Google.

    • IM Tanuki 5 months ago Link to comment

      I can believe it - they obviously paid the reviewer. What a total POS - just littered with ads.

  • Alex M. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I am using FBBlack - it is much smaller in size and I think it is faster. Also free app

  • Thomas S 5 months ago Link to comment

    I'd like to change what I said: since last updates, ES File Explorer has become total crap. Before that, there were few useless stuffs but now, it's full of it and of course, full of adwares too.

    So I tried Solid Explorer (2 weeks of trial) and it does pretty much everything ES File Explorer does and much more. It's beautiful, highly customizable, no blootware or adware,...
    I bought it after 2 days of trial

  • Mark G. 5 months ago Link to comment

    Well about time you finally mentioned the fabulous X-plore File Manager, though your review misses the excellent features - dual pane makes transferring files super easy, wifi sharing makes swapping files between devices super easy - DLNA support - full cloud storage integration makes it super easy to swap files between device and cloud storage. Full integrated media player - open apk files as zip - LAN network - SSH file transfer - Picasso support - FTP - hex viewer - full App management

    I've been using X-plore since the days of S60 and without doubt it's the best and only File Manager app you will need.

    Peace ✌

  • CJ Brown 5 months ago Link to comment

    Thank you for taking the time to publish this article

    While I am fine with the file manager that my ZTE comes with? I I'm willing to replace it with a better app -- if I can remove the file manager app (why have more than one?)

  • paul t 5 months ago Link to comment

    Hey just recently ES file Explorer added some malware called DU CHARGER BOOST. Now I can't for the life of me disable this. Every time I charge my Galaxy Note 5 or my Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet it overrides the sleep screen so when charging I'm charging both devices when they sleep I have a malware override on the screen and it's not the Natural Devices regular charge screen. It has adds and bull crap on my sleep screen now. It's annoying and not cool. Recently I think ES company has combined forces with android malware apps like DU/ Battery Booster/Charge Booster/App Cleaner/AntiVirus/Launcher/(And Other DU brand apps)

    I loved this app because you could access multiple dropbox accounts in the cloud and easily transfer files. And you still can do all that. But now there adware and malware all over my devices so this apps Gota go.. I'm sorry but you really should investigate this more and possibly remover this app from your future lists..

    • Ok further research on the ES file EXPLORER shows it does have DU apps embedded in it. And a scan at this site proves DU is all malware and nothing else really. You have to see the reasults. I can't post scream shots here but goto this site to scan any apk.

      In any browser type this and then click the select file button, you then have follow the file structure, to find where you have placed the apk in your file system.

      The results were horrifying!!!!
      DU Battery Saver is full malware go see for yourself

  • ES and root explorer pro;-)

  • Aron 5 months ago Link to comment

    Used to love ES. But then it got ad infected and bloaty. Plus I installed ES App locker and THAT installed an unwanted Adware lock screen. Not OK. No I use only Solid.

  • es is best

  • Cabinet is also a great file manager. You should take a look at it

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