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The Best File Explorers for Android

File manager are an essential part of any operating system. The Android market is full of variety and useful apps for managing and exploring files. But which one is the best? That’s a tough question to answer. Below is the list of best file manager apps that every user would like to have in their smartphones.




Root Browser

Root Browser is the decisive file manager for rooted users. It explores all of Android’s file systems with easy-to-use interface.



–           Two file manager panels.

–           Batch copy, paste, delete, move any file/folder.

–           Explore apk, rar, zip & jar files.

–           Execute script files

–           Include option for changing theme (double tap home button)

–           Sort files by name, size &date with thumbnails option

–           Change file permission and ownership


Rhythm Software

This is a highly feature and capable file manager with fresh UI design and is very much user friendly with advanced option.



–           3 sets of commercial icons for 80+ different file types, toolbar and menu items.

–           Support both local and remote(LAN/SMB) file systems.

–           Support cloud storage including Drop box, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Sugar Sync, Yandex Disk and Ubuntu One.

–           Support FTP, FTPS, SFTP and WebDAV.

–           Play streaming media from LAN/FTP/WebDAV/Cloud without download.

–           Built-in text editor, image gallery and swf player.

–           Cut, copy, paste and cancellable progress dialog with 23 language support.


This is a Clean Holo-themed file manager and explorer crafted specially for Android tablets. With this you can play and organize all of your files On-The-Go!



–           Holo Light and Holo Dark themes.

–           Intuitive left/right swiping to browse folders/files.

–           Built-in image gallery.

–           Support USB OTG On-The-Go.

–           Custom bookmarks with pick ringtone.

–           Multiple selection to operate on more than one files or folders.

–           Application manager for your installed Android apps and games.

Solid Explorer

It’s is a very popular, most attractive, and intuitive file manager with two independent panels which bring to you a new file browsing experience.



–           Two independent panels for browsing

–           Drag and Drop inside and between panels

–           FTP, SFTP, WebDav and SMB/CIFS clients.

–           Support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archive.

–           File sharing via FTP.

–           Root access with detailed file and directory information.

–           Compatible with cloud storage sites like Drop box, Sky Drive, UbnutOne.

ES File Explorer

This file manager is leader on Android with over 200 millions global download. It has a pleasant interface that’s easy to use with a number of language supports.



–          Manage your files like as you do on your laptop using multiple select options.

–           Remote file manager option which manages files on your phone from your computer.

–           Built-in viewers and players for various file types.

–           Access your home PC via WiFi with SMB.

–           Functions as your FTP and WebDAV client.

–           Supports OBEX FTP for browsing devices and transferring files between Bluetooth devices.

–           Kill tasks with a single click — includes a simple widget for automatically killing tasks.


PoweGrasp File Explorer

it’s a relatively new, 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.



–           Two independent pages.

–           Unpacking ZIP, RAR, 7z, tar, and also tar.gz

–           Creating and editing ZIP, 7z, tar, and tar.gz

–           File manager with the usual functions like copy, paste, delete, share and so on

–           Optimized scrolling speed on Android 4.1+

Root Explorer

Root Explorer is the ultimate file manager for root users. It lets you explore those places on your device that many file managers do not.



–           Multiple tabs

–           Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and network (SMB) support.

–           SQLite database viewer with text editor

–           create and extract zip or tar/gzip files

–           APK binary XML viewer.

–           Create symbolic link, “Open With” facility

–           Prevent the device to sleep during long operations so they are not interrupted.

About Zainil Dedhia

A commerce graduate by profession and a tech blogger by passion, Zainil likes to write about software giveaways, gadgets, social media etc.. He is one of the active partners @ Litabi!

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