Cord-cutting is in full swing, and Android TVs are becoming ubiquitous. Though Android TV has a wide range of apps that make media consumption a treat, there is a serious lack of good file managers. Sure, most Android TVs come with a built-in file manager, but they are pretty basic and lack a lot of useful features. So, to deal with that, here are some of the best Android TV file managers you can try.
1. Solid Explorer
Solid Explorer is one of the best-looking and feature-filled file managers for almost any Android device including Android TV. In fact, Solid Explorer is my daily driver app to browse files and folders. The best thing about Solid Explorer is that it comes with a ton of features like dual panel support, drag and drop, root access, cloud manager, batch renaming, etc., out of the box. If needed, you can install additional plugins to enable other features like SFTP and FTP access. If you are into customization, Solid Explorer even offers custom themes and icons to customize the look and feel.
In my experience, the only downside of the app is that the app developer is pretty slow to update the app. That being said, the app is stable and works perfectly fine for me.
When it comes to price, Solid Explorer is a premium application that costs around $2.99. There is a free 14-day trial available if you want to test-drive the app.
2. X-plore File Manager
X-plore file manager is another of my favorite apps that is quite powerful and feature-rich. One of the interesting features of X-plore is that you can configure it to automatically open the file explorer window when a USB drive is plugged in. Since it is very common to plug in a USB drive into Android TV, this simple feature saves a lot of time and effort.
Other features of the app include but are not limited to FTP support, cloud storage manager, app manager, media player, zip file support, batch renaming support, file encryption, etc.
To put it simply, X-plore file manager is very comparable to Solid Explorer in terms of features. However, the user interface of X-plore can look a bit outdated and quirky. If you look past the user interface, X-plore is a pretty good Android TV file explorer.
The base version of X-plore is free, but some advanced features like FTP support and encryption require in-app purchases.
Just like Solid Explorer, AnExplorer is designed to work on almost any Android device including Android TV and Wear. Of course, it has almost all the features you will ever need from a file manager. Some of those features include zip file support, SD card manager, app manager, document organizer, FTP and LAN support, cloud storage manager, storage analyzer, and hotspot file sharing.
The best thing is AnExplorer is completely free, so if you are looking for a free Android TV file manager that has all the features under the sun, then give AnExplorer a try and see how it works for you.
Though the file manager app selection is quite limited when it comes to Android TV, the above apps are capable of doing almost any file manager task without hiccups. If you are willing to pay for a seamless user interface and features, then go with Solid Explorer. If you don’t use the file manager that often or don’t want to pay for yet another app, then choose between X-plore file manager or AnExplorer.
Do comment below and share your thoughts and experiences about using the above Android TV file managers.