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The best Android explorers and file managers in 2020


Here is our selection of the best free and paid file manager apps available on the Google Play Store or as APKs to help you find and sort files from your smartphone, chromebook or Android TV.

If there is one thing that is common to all smartphones, it is the presence of files. Photos, possibly music, videos, residues of old applications, downloads… your phone’s memory is teeming with more or less useful files.

It may then happen that you want to get your hands dirty to change the layout. Are you looking for how to delete, move, copy or modify a file on your Android smartphone? How to move one to your micro SD card (as long as you still have a compatible smartphone)? The best way is to go through a file manager.

There are several things that come into play when choosing a file manager depending on what you expect from it. It should be simple, have access to the root of your phone, and have basic options like moving files or copying them. But some file browsers also offer other services like native document opening, support for cloud or the remote management of shared storage such as a NAS or an FTP.

Files by Google : le plus simple

If Google has the reputation of being a real service gravedigger, it is also an excellent developer of applications and we often appreciate the simplicity and possibilities of its proposals. In the case of Android file managers, Google offers “Files by Google: free up storage space”.

Behind this extended name hides an easy-to-access file explorer that allows you to navigate in your phone’s folders, easily find files by type (audio, video, documents, downloads, etc.), or in your Google storage space. Drive. It is not the one that offers the most possibilities (impossible to connect to a cloud other than GDrive, impossible to compress a file…), but the ones it offers will suffice for the majority of users.

In addition, there are some rather rare additional functions such as file sharing (offline) between two devices or automatic cleaning of the phone’s storage space. In short, simple, efficient and aesthetic, it is obviously our favorite for those who are not looking for too advanced functions.

The Google app is also completely free and installed natively on some devices (including Chrome OS and Pixels).

Files by Google

Files by Google

File Manager (File Manager Plus): the most complete

If you are looking for a much more complete solution, we can only advise you to turn to File Manager (a rather representative name…) of the File Manager Plus editor. It is at the same time complete, versatile and rather easy to use. It is certainly not the prettiest, but efforts have been made recently and it no longer looks like it came straight from the 90s.

With this file manager, you will not only be able to easily sort the documents of your smartphone (by category again, or by tree structure), but also to access another device on the local network (such as a NAS), to a remote FTP or to a cloud storage service (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box or Yandex). Conversely, you can also open an FTP on your smartphone to access its files from a computer.

In addition, this application natively opens a large number of files, whether multimedia or textual. Finally, the icing on the cake, it also allows you to manage your installed applications and save them in APK format. What more ?

Free, it offers a premium offer to remove ads and activate a dark theme for 1.99 euros per year or 7.99 euros for lifetime activation.

File manager

File manager

Solid Explorer: great for large screens, but …

Still in the top of the best, we can also mention Solid Explorer. Pleasant to the eye, this application also offers a large number of possibilities including access to files on a NAS or in the cloud, the creation of an FTP server to open access from another device and above all … a dual pane display.

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In fact, by dividing the screen in two, Solid Explorer is particularly effective for large screens such as tablets, TVs and boxes running Android TV or Chromebooks. To copy a file, simply drag it from one side of the screen to the other with a swipe of your finger (or mouse). Solid Explorer also allows you to encrypt or compress your files and you can customize the theme of the application.

It can be noted all the same that the conditions of use of Solid Explorer emphasize that a connection history can be recorded on their server (with the time and IP address), even though this information is not shared with a third party. . In addition, the app is free for only 14 days. During this period, it is possible to unlock the full version for 1.99 euros, then 2.99 euros once the deadline has expired.

Solid Explorer File Manager

Solid Explorer File Manager

Amaze File Manager : l’open source

If you prefer software open source, we can only advise you to take a look at Amaze File Manager, whose design is particularly neat down to the smallest animation, with the possibility of customizing the theme. It is also completely free and without advertising.

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Very practical for managing files on your smartphone, tablet or chromebook, this application can also create an FTP server to allow easy access from another device. It also allows you to manage your applications and save them in APK format, compress files or even encrypt them.

On the other hand, Amaze File Manager does not provide native access to cloud storage services and it is necessary to add an additional plugin.

Amaze File Manager

Amaze File Manager

File Explorer: for Android TV

If you are simply looking for an explorer allowing you to easily navigate in the files stored on your TV or box running Android TV, in this case turn to File Explorer. Here, no complicated functionality, no FTP, no cloud, not even the possibility to copy or move files. On the other hand, you can find your vacation videos saved in a random folder.

Unlike many applications first designed for smartphones, File Explorer displays text in a format designed for televisions. This will prevent you from squinting or having to get close to the screen.

File Explorer

File Explorer

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