13 best Android file explorer apps, file browser apps, and file manager apps
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.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
AntTek Explorer Ex adorns our list thanks to the suggestion of a few readers. It has a clean, multi-pane UI complete with drag-and-drop functionality and about half a dozen different panels you can use for various things. It’s free to use with in app purchases and if you liked the old version better, you can get it by clicking here. It’s a clean, solid option with a lot of graphical UI elements that are pleasing to the eye.
[Price: Free / $3.99]
Astro File Manager is one of the iconic file managers along with ES File Explorer because they were the two big dogs back in the old days. Astro is still totally free with no in app purchases as long as you don’t mind ads and there is a $3.99 pro key you can get to get rid of those. It’s managed to stay relevant over the years with phone and tablet support along with cloud support. It’s also had a few UI upgrades over the years and it does look pretty good. It’s trusted by a lot of people and it has a lot of features.
Next 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.
[Price: Free with an option $2.99 plugin]
File Explorer Ex is another one that was recommended by our readers and it’s really good. It features a more graphically pleasing interface that can come off as flashy sometimes but it’s not a bad thing. It comes with all of the standard features including FTP, Windows networking, file browsing and management features and there are even some extra features for those who keep music on their devices. It has a good rating and it’s worth checking out.
This one is called File Manager and it is done 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.
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.
File Wrangler is a bit more of a minimal file manager compared to these other ones. It has two panels that let you browse various folders at once and that means it also supports drag and drop functionality. You can also do the basic stuff like file browsing and management and it has support for creating and unpacking tar and zip files. It doesn’t do much more than that so if you just want something simple without all of the extra fluff then this is worth checking out.
Next up is called PowerGrasp file manager and it’s a relatively newer, 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.
[Price: Free / $0.99]
This file manager specializes in browsing the entire system and can be used predominately by 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.
Another great root-specific file manager 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, minimal interface, your standard features, and even cloud storage support. It’s extremely stable, easy to use, and pretty much everyone who uses this app likes it. If you’re rooted, then give this a shot. It has an amazingly high rating in the Play Store.
[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.
Total Commander has a very, very long feature list so it’s great for those who need something powerful. It uses the increasingly popular dual-pane UI so you can drag and drop files and manage multiple locations at once and it employs a more minimal UI so you can more easily identify your files and manage them. There are also things like cloud support and some root stuff if you happen to need that. There are also optional plugins that deliver even more functionality. It’s totally free with no in app purchases.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Last up is X-Plore File Manager which has grown in popularity vastly since this last was last updated. It uses a dual-pane view and has root support if you need that. There is also cloud support, built-in viewers for almost any file type, Wi-Fi file management, and you can even view APK files as ZIP files for you modders out there. It’s powerful and free to try with some stuff being unlockable via in app purchases.
Best file manager apps wrap-up
If we missed any awesome file manager apps, let us know in the comments!