File Manager is one of the most important applications for your device. It lets you access your files, manage storage space on your phone or tablet, move files and folders, access downloaded files, and more.
Many people do not like to mess with files and folders, because this can be a boring process, but if you do not want your phone’s memory to be full, you will have to pay attention to the data you have in it.
All Android devices already have a file manager application installed, but they are often very bad. Fortunately, in this category, we have a huge selection of excellent and free apps, and we will present you the top 3, in our opinion, the best free file managers for Android.
Files by Google
Files by Google is a free file manager for Android and this is one of the most popular apps of its kind. It is divided into three tabs and they are Clean, Browse and Share. The Clean tab shows the amount of free and occupied space in the phone’s memory, and here you will also find options for cleaning junk files, as well as suggestions for files that you potentially want to delete.
In the Browse tab, you will find all the files that are on your device, and navigation is easier because the files are divided into categories such as Images, Videos, Documents, and others. The Share tab is reserved for sharing files with other devices.
The two additional sections that Files by Google contain are Favorites and Safe Folder. Favorites is a place where you can add files that you often need so you can quickly access them. Safe Folder is a password-protected folder and you can store your confidential documents here.
Files by Google is a great app that is completely free and has no ads. It is easy to use and contains all the options that are necessary for most users.
Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager is a free file manager for Android. What you will immediately notice is the user interface, which is irresistibly reminiscent of Windows Explorer, along with the recognizable yellow icons for folders. Due to this design, most users will immediately know to use at least the basic functions of the application, so it is suitable for beginners.
What sets Astro File Manager apart is the ability to compress data to ZIP format and phenomenal support for Cloud services. As far as compression is concerned, it is not necessary to install any additional applications, but this is a functionality that is an integral part of Astro File Manager. Cloud services support Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Yandex Cloud, and others, and once you connect to one of these services, you need literally a few taps to transfer files.
Another option that we really liked was the ability to backup data to the SD card and the ability to quickly and easily restore the backup. This is great if, for example, you want to reset the device to factory settings because you don’t have to install the applications one by one, but you can restore them all at once, and all the settings you had in the applications will be saved.
Astro File Manager is completely free and contains no ads.
Total Commander is a free file manager for Android. It was created back in 1993 for Windows 3.1 and got its Android version in 2011. In addition to giving you access to files and folders on your device, it allows you to move files by simply dragging them to the desired destination, renaming them, creating new folders, deleting and archiving files, and more.
What makes Total Commander stand out are the various file-sharing options, as well as plugins that expand the application’s capabilities. Supported protocols for file sharing are FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, LAN, and OBEX. For plugins, there is a special option that takes you to a website that has all the available plugins, some of which, unfortunately, are paid.
Total Commander does not contain ads and except for certain paid plugins, it is completely free. It is intended for advanced users and contains options that ordinary users do not need, so we do not recommend it to them. It’s not too difficult to use because it looks like file managers on a computer, so we believe that even beginners will find it easy to use, but we believe that Files by Google or Astro File Manager are better choices for them.