13 best Android file explorer apps, file browser apps, and file manager apps

by: Joe HindyNovember 12, 2014

Best 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.

AntTek best Android file explorer apps and file manager appsAntTek Explorer Ex

[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.
Get it on Google Play
AntTek best Android file explorer apps and file manager apps

astro best Android file explorer apps and file manager appsAstro File Manager

[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.
Get it on Google Play

ES File Explorer best file manager appsES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
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.
Get it on Google Play
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file explorer fx best Android file explorer apps and file manager appsFile Explorer FX

[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.
Get it on Google Play

File Manager Gira.me best file manager appsFile Manager by Gira.me

[Price: Free]
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.
Get it on Google Play
File explorer by Gira.me best file manager apps

File Manager by Rhythm Software best file manager appsFile 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.
Get it on Google Play
File Manager by Rhythm Software best file manager apps

file wrangler best Android file explorer apps and file manager appsFile Wrangler

[Price: Free]
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.
Get it on Google Play
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PowerGrasp best file manager appsPowerGrasp File Manager

[Price: Free]
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.
Get it on Google Play
PowerGrasp best file manager apps

Root Browser best file manager appsRoot Browser

[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.
Get it on Google Play
Root Browser best file manager apps

Root Explorer best file manager appsRoot Explorer

[Price: Free(Trial)/$3.99]
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.
Get it on Google Play
Root Explorer best file manager apps

Solid Explorer best file manager appsSolid 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.
Get it on Google Play
Solid Explorer best file manager apps

total commander best Android file explorer apps and file manager appsTotal Commander File Manager

[Price: Free]
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.
Get it on Google Play
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x-plore file manager best Android file explorer apps and file manager appsX-Plore File Manager

[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.
Get it on Google Play
x-plore file manager best Android file explorer apps and file manager apps

Best file manager apps wrap-up

If we missed any awesome file manager apps, let us know in the comments!

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  • Junaid Ansari

    I think you guys should re-think the title to ROOT apps. Not everyone has root. Aside from that, I personally like Astro File manager. It does get updates frequently which can get annoying at time but its simple and easy to use. I have been using it since the good old 2.3 Gingerbread days.

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      Well, that they require root doesn’t means they’re not the best out of them. Other think would be “best non-root file manager and explorer apps” or “best root file manager and explorer apps”. “best file manager and explorer apps” implies them all IMO.

  • H5ire

    Root Explore + ES File Explorer : Best Fileup manager..!! ;)

  • http://ishq-e-mustafa.blogspot.com/ Abdulmusawwir Qadri Barkaati

    Personally.. I prefer using “inKa File Manager” in most cases… It deserves to be on the list, it’s probably the smoothest file manager app I’ve come across to date!
    When need arise, I use Root Explorer for “Root related actions..”

    • http://fb.com/fedec96 Federico Cappelletti

      I use inKa File Manager Plus too. It’s graphically better than the others, and yes – as you said – it’s very smooth.

      • http://ishq-e-mustafa.blogspot.com/ Abdulmusawwir Qadri Barkaati


  • [email protected]

    X-plore pretty much blows all of these out of the water.

    • HD

      true that.

    • Sebastián Andil

      Not that true!
      I’ve been a long-time loyal user of it, but since I discovered Solid explorer today, I’m blown away!
      Well X-Plore has some great (really) features, but lacks a lot of them too…
      For example: Sorting files/folders sucks most of the time. Bookmarks are extremely helpful at the first look too, memory management in Solid exp. also adds on the value, as well as drag&drop feature which saves quite a few taps as well. Unarchiving and Archiving also quite sucks in X-plore…
      And beautiful UI compared to X-plore…
      And Solid Explorer is now for 0,5€ (up to 1$) on Google play…

      • Sunny

        Solid Explorer is free in Play Store.

        • Abd

          Not free. Its a 14 day Trial only

        • Elllena Beca

          AirMore is another good app for Android file management:

      • http://foxelein.webs.com/ foxelein

        I do agree with u..
        with all that features Solid explorer have and the clean modern black theme..
        been use it for 3 years now..

      • purple

        I found this thread while looking for an alternative to Solid Explorer. I also considered it the best but currently (v1.7.0) it has bugs that I cannot live with. It cannot detect USB OTG currently and it fails to zip or open archived files sometimes. Which explorer are you using now?

    • Tomislav Nagode

      Agree with you, Xplore is since the Nokia days :)

  • Murat Kaya

    Es File Explorer is by far the best one in this list. It has root explore option in its settings if you are rooted and already does everything that root explorer does and it is free. It also supports all android versions from the beginning which means good application support from the developer.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    File Explorer FX already own it! others just become useless..

  • Ray

    No mention of FX File Explorer? Are you guys serious?

    What a hopeless, unresearched article.

  • Penio Dachev

    Total Commander rullz ’em all

    • Joe Camel

      It is true :)

      • RK


  • manjunath

    Solid explorer is way ahead of others because of its split window feature.

    • nztdm

      You should try X-plore

  • ray01000101010101

    Astro File Manager

    • Zack

      But not in list :/

      • white pigeon

        not in your list, maybe ;)

  • Marcel Hoffs

    Definitly my own app. inKa File Manager ;)
    Fully holo and tablet layout.

  • MasterMuffin

    MI FILE EXPLORER beats hands down all. This list is really solid though

  • horatzica

    Total Commander FTW!

  • rgsoo1

    FX file manager.

  • http://www.beling.de/ Thomas Beling

    Prefer FX-File-Explorer.

  • Boris Shobat

    X-Plore the best full Root access, double tree view, HEX editor, LAN, Web, Free!

  • http://indtechie.com/ Sidharth Dassani

    Astro File Manager

  • Guido Hulscher
  • Ali Dèdè Sankanu

    ES File Explorer tops the lot.

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex
  • ph10m

    ES has even more features than root explorer, so I don’t know why the latter is listed as more of a power-pack for root users. ES allows for full root control, LAN servers (shortcuts to say, the movies and tv shows folder on your pc), cloud storage browser and integrated FTP.

    • Avamander

      ES also features some shady stuff

  • Zack

    I love Tablet explorer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=joansoft.tabexplorer and their phone version – Android Explorer – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=joansoft.androidexplorer It gives a nice mac style explorer which is very easy to use

  • Zack Stewart

    I like ES but HOW DID XPLORE NOT MAKE THIS LIST?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • jangaleon

    i downloaded root broswer because i actually like the icon. after that it became my permanent explorer. it’s light, easy to use. even the free version is great.

  • lenseffect

    I prefer File Commander, it is very light and silently powerful :)

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Astro doesn’t make the list? Root files, with tens of thousands of downloads, versus main stream with tens of millions of downloads, and don’t require potentially breaking your device to use. I think a rooted and stock list might have been appropriate. But, that’s just my .02

  • gtdtm

    x-plore, by far better than many of these.

  • Chuck

    Try Drag and Drop on AntTek Explorer EX. Its dual screen and easy cloud and SMB features make it a mainstay in my collection. Drag and Drop takes some getting used to but is cool as heck…

  • Leonardo Rojas

    ES File Explorer n.n
    I wrote to them some time ago to ask “Why a superb file explorer as this one is for free? Are there obscure interests involved in this app?”
    Here’s their reply:

    On Jun 2, 2013 10:27 PM, “坤文” wrote:

    Thank you for asking As we don’t worry about money and are concentrate on user experience we don’t charge it. Thank you for your encouragement and don’t worry we don’t have any obscure business and will never hurt our users.
    Best Regards, ES Supporting Team

    Sweet, isn’t it?

    • Avamander


  • Fx

    Total commander definitely

  • chas floren

    A big ditto to all the shout-outs for ES Explorer – although I confess that I did actually give my vote to “Other” for File Commander, which I’ve been enjoying quite a bit for a while now. So far, FC is proving to be a sleek, speedy & reliable workhorse for my Motorola Atrix HD.

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  • Richard Borkovec

    Personally I use File Wrangler on my tablet and phone. Dual pane, drag-n-drop, quick draw sidebar, share menu, and not sure if it’s officially Holo interface or not but it’s damn good looking:


    Sure it doesn’t have Root, FTP, LAN, or cloud access, but as a strict phone file manager it’s great.

  • Mike

    I like ASTRO the most.

  • http://ferrydust.tumblr.com ferrydust

    The new AnTek Explorer is best.

  • Joe Eatter

    I use AntTek Explorer, pretty nice explorer. However it doesn’t do as many things as ES File Explorer.

  • rickepatel


    I’d like to chime in with Solid Explorer. I’ve been using it since beta and am finding it way more intuitive than ES File Explorer and with nearly as many functions. Cheers and thanks for some awesome insight :) http://resultsway.com/

  • Pjayk

    File Manager HD
    X-plore beat all that… dont understand that ranking

  • Shiwakant Bharti

    Astro File Manager for cool UI and support and Androzip for extracting from zip/rar and Total Commander for dual panel copy move.

    • nztdm

      astro will extract zip/rar though. X-Plore does all this.

  • truth

    astro file manager is best

  • i

    Astro FTW

  • Sagnik

    What about anttek

  • Chris
  • http://www.rubenalamina.mx/ Ruben Alamina

    As most file explorers share the same set of features, I tend to rate them on their looks and ability to make the simplest of operations like bookmarks and selecting/copying files the easiest.

    My favorites are tetra File Explorer, inKa File Manager and File Commander (this one is free). They have great UIs, specially the first two.

    On the list you guys posted, I would choose File Manager by Gira.me the best.

  • mortemonline

    I tried a large number of file managers on android 2 and 4
    ES and Astro are well but they are full of bullshit
    x-plore has a very good preference and look
    the best in your list is Solid i think

    But FX beats them all in or out of the list

  • yorgaraz

    ES file explorer is by far the most advanced explorer of all. Especially when you start browsing your pc folders from there through networking

  • FooBar

    Where is the good ol’ TC ?

  • Doward

    Astroexplorer or something.. I like it. Similar to

    File Manager by Rhythm Software

  • http://michaelryden.se Michael

    I have used AntTek Explorer for a long time, and I really like it. Nice interface and useful features. Lots of explorers lacks a nice visual appearance, but have nice features. And others lacks features, but have a nice visual appearance. In my opinion, AntTek Explorer have both. The only thing that’s a bit odd, is that on some of my devices the copy/paste won’t work at all.

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  • pratik

    es is best

  • Влатко Стојанов

    X-plore File Manager. Period.

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    I Love ES File Explorer. Free with lots powerful features. Love it..
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  • InfinituX

    Cabinet beta is a great material-style file explorer that gets the day-to day tasks done, and although it does not yet possess the full funcionality of say, ES or Astro file explorer, it is labeled as heavy in dev.

  • Android Developer

    I still use Total-Commander, but it does need an update.

  • AndroidBrian

    I use solid explorer. Its the best looking file manager IMO. Very easy to move files to different folders. Also there’s a chromecast plugin.

  • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

    You should have included Tomi File Manager as well. It’s visually appealing, well organized and gets the job done. Play Store link –> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomitools.filemanager With that said, Solid Explorer is my favourite file manager. I hope it gets a Material Design update sometime.

  • Marco Anzalone

    Actually using Amaze. And it’s really good. Material Design and works very smooth.

  • Usuf Ahmed

    ES is best.

  • BiBiBomBiBi

    Used to be a fan of ES Explorer. However, due to Android restrictions on SD Card currently, I can only use My File on my Note 4. Hope to get Lollipop soon. This is really frustrating..

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  • msal

    ES for me!

    Why didn’t sliding explorer make the list?

  • http://bookr.info Bookr. Official

    Am quite surprised the newcomer ‘Cabinet Beta” didn’t get a mention !

  • Brenden Keene

    Why no File Commander? It’s better looking than most and pretty functional with good cloud support.

  • Galaxy366

    Why do all these File Managers look so ugly. Keep it simple like the Cyanogenmod File Explorer, or the one from the Galaxy phones.

  • Haik

    I really don’t understand the purpose of those paid File managers, when there is the “ES File Explorer” for free, I mean even if it was a paid app,, I would consider it over any of this above mentioned apps.

  • David

    ES File Explorer for me all the way, it is the only one I’ve found that supports shortcuts for easy access to folders such as downloads, Cloud storage to easily manage OneDrive, DropBox etc. and USB OTG which is amazing for devices without removable storage.

  • Albin

    I’m also using ES, with its plug-in for task management that can replace other utilities. I’d be interested to try a dual pane file manager, which I like having on PCs.

  • JeremieCote

    Sliding Explorer is great simple clean with material design.

    • David

      looks nice, but very basic

  • Jasmeet Singh

    Es file explorer is the best of all.Best interface.All updates and support at a time.Nothing can beat it.I bet on it.

  • razvan

    Sliding Explorer is a Material Design nice file manager.

  • Gowri Sankar

    You Forgot Cask File Manager, The Best, Simple, Initiative Manager.

  • roverw

    You missed several good ones, File Commander is one that comes to my mind…

  • Igor Verbickij

    tried all of them, but “tomi file manager” is the best

    • David

      really like Tomi, but switched to ES for OneDrive and USB OTG

  • VasileR

    What about Cabinet Beta? It’s a nice Material Design file explorer.

  • guitar_shredda*

    File Commander!!

  • Krzysiek

    I’d recommend my own file manager – XFile. It’s not popular (yet? :D ), but it offers really good file browsing experience on tablets and has quite neat interface.

  • Netwern

    Joe you may need to update the File Manager by Rhythm Software it’s no longer by Rhythm Software, it’s by Cheetah Mobile. It’s still running based on old API and it’s laggy like shit. The jerkiness is evident when you’re scrolling up and down.

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  • oyoapps

    I use another app called OYO file manager, which is better than all others listed above.


  • madhu

    OYO File Manger-Wifi Explorer is the best file manager app among all others.
    we can transfer files between PC and mobile over WiFi without USB cable.
    very nice feature.
    everyone download this app and make use of it.

  • Hamza Bachar

    also there is file Manager PRO (Free): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Bachar.GestionnaireDeFichiersPro
    – no ads
    – More than 40 language
    – Quick access to your folders by using gestures.
    – allows you to browse your Root Memory.
    – Task killer.
    – Boost your phone.
    – and more ….

    video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6jLKcDet0

    in my mind File manager PRO is the best.

  • Daniel Rene

    Thank you for all the information and help
    Ontario, Canada

  • Hacker Veer

    I use ES File Explorer. I use guestures sometimes. For example swiping the letter ‘M’ from the middle bubble will take me to my external SD card directory. Swiping ‘X’ will close the explorerTop Best 5 Root File Managers, Explorer 2016