best file manager apps for android
File manager apps are among the most important apps on your device. With them, you can browse your files, find your downloads, manage your storage space, move things around, and a lot more. Not everyone is too keen on file organization because it can be pretty boring, but everyone still needs a file browser. Here are the best file explorer apps, file browser apps, and file manager apps for Android.


Amaze File Manager

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Amaze File Manager is a newer app comparatively speaking and it’s a pretty good. It’s open source and focuses on as lighter experience for those who just need to do some light file browsing. It features Material Design, SMB file sharing, a built-in app manager to uninstall apps, root explorer, and more. It managers to include the most important stuff without feeling bloated. It's free to download and use with optional in-app purchases in case you want to help fund development.
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ASUS File Manager

Price: Free
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It’s not every day we see an OEM app make an app list, but File Manager by ASUS is actually really good. It’s compatible with most devices, even non-ASUS ones. You'll also get clean, simple interface with LAN and SMB support, cloud storage support, support for various types of files, archiving support, and more. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases and provides a great experience for a simple file browser. About the only negative part is the lack of root access. There are also some ads.
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ES File Explorer Pro

Price: $2.99
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ES File Explorer has been around as long as most Android nerds can remember and comes with pretty much every feature you can ask for in a file browser. A while back, it was purchased by another company. Since then, things haven't gone well. The free version of the app, while very capable, now has a ton of added bloatware that not only doesn’t add to the experience, but actively subtracts from it. Thankfully, the pro version of the app doesn’t have these features (or has them hidden away and turned off by default). If you’re gonna go with ES, get the pro version. Otherwise, try something different.
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File Manager

Price: Free
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File Manager is blandly named, but it's actually quite good. It's a newer file manager app that gives you one of the best sets of features without adding too much bloat. You'll get basic file management features along with cloud storage features, NAS support, and more. You can even browse your installed apps, music, and video with this and the player isn't half bad. Perhaps the best part is that the app is free with no in-app purchases and (at the time of this writing) no advertising. It's right up there despite being less popular than others.
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File Manager

MK Explorer

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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MK Explorer is another newer file manager option. It's a simple option that doesn't have a whole lot of flair. That is extremely preferable if you really just want something simple. It features a Material Design interface, the basic file management features (copy, paste, delete, SD Card support for Lollipop 5.0+), and root access. There is also support for 20 languages and it has a built-in text editor, gallery, and music player. It doesn't have anything like cloud storage or network storage support, but that's not really what it's for. It's a good, cheap option.
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MK Explorer


Explorer / Root Explorer

Price: Free / $3.99
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Root Explorer has been a favorite of root users for a long time. It's been updated over the years and includes a newer interface, more features, and better stability than its earliest incarnations. You'll have unmitigated root access (as long as your device is rooted) to do as you please. That includes fun tools like an APK binary XML viewer, the ability to change a file's owner or group, MD5 support, and more. There is a free version simply labeled Explorer. However, it's more for typical use. Root Explorer is where it's at, but if you like the company and want a non-root version, Explorer works too.
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Explorer / Root Explorer

Solid Explorer

Price: Free trial / $1.99
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Solid Explorer has been growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why. It features Material Design, cloud support, root access, FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB, and CIFS support, archive and compression support, Chromecast support, and there are even theming options available. This is the absolute upper limit for how many features a file manager app can include before it can be considered bloated. You can try it out for free for a couple of weeks. It costs $1.99 after that. This one is really good. Seriously.
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Tetra Filer

Price: Free / $0.99
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Tetra Filer is an up and coming file manager that focuses on a quick and lightweight experience. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but does support the basics such as compression, file management, and more. You can bookmark parts of your SD card for quicker access (example: your downloads folder) and select from a couple of different view options. The paid version also has theming, the ability to show hidden files, and it removes the limitation on bookmarks. It's basic, but it's pretty good.
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Tetra Filer

Total Commander

Price: Free
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Total Commander is one of the more powerful and highly rated file manager apps. It has pretty much any feature you could ask for, including network storage support, cloud storage support, plugin support, bookmarks, and other tools such as an included text editor. This one is quickly becoming a favorite of many, even if the design isn’t as current as some would like. Nevertheless, it is entirely free with no in-app purchases and no advertising. Thus, it's hard to be too critical of things like looks. Give it a shot!
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Total Commander

X-Plore File Manager

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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X-Plore File Manager is one of the more unique options on the list. It’s a forced dual-pane app which means you’ll be managing two windows at once pretty much all the time. This is kind of cool if you’re copy/pasting between folders or need to move files quickly. It also comes with support for various types of files, cloud storage, network storage (FTP, SMB, DLNA/UPnP), a built-in hex editor, root support, and plenty of other features. You can even view APK files as zips if you’re into that kind of thing. The only downside is that it looks like it was created back in 1995. Don't let looks fool you, though. This app is seriously good.
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X-Plore File Manager

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Joe Hindy
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