5 of the Best File Managers for Android

The good (and probably bad, too) thing about Android is it has more device freedom than other mobile operating systems. For instance, not very many mobile OSes give you the freedom to view and modify the file system on the device. And with the right app, you can even move, copy and transfer files on your phone, just like how you did on the Desktop.

Since there are just so many apps in the Google Play store, we created a list, a roundup of some of the best file managers available for Android.

1. Ghost Commander


For all the years that I’ve been an Android user, I’ve been really picky with file managers. When I got my first Android device, I spent hours going through file managers. Lots of time passed trying to find one that was good enough for my needs. The one that works the best for me is Ghost Commander.

If you’re looking for a full-featured, no-nonsense file manager, this one is a great pick. For starters, it allows you to modify root files (if you have SuperSU access), compress and decompress files, connect to SMB shares, FTP/SFTP servers, use two panel mode, edit text within the file manager and just about everything else in between.

Not to mention, Ghost Commander is open source. So, if you’re a programmer, you can contribute your code and help add new features!

2. ES File Explorer


ES File Explorer is probably the most user-friendly file manager on this list since it comes with excellent user interface. If you’ve searched through the Google Play store trying to find a file manager that isn’t terrible, you’d be crazy not to take this one for a spin.

User interface, as great as it is, isn’t the only feature ES File Explorer has to offer. For example: with a little configuration, you can access your Dropbox, Google Drive, BOX, etc. You’ll be able to manage your apps right inside the file manager, compress and decompress files, connect to FTP/SFTP servers, utlilize, WebDAV support, etc.

3. File Manager


File Manager is a visually pleasing file manager specifically designed for tablets. As great as Android can be, iOS really has it beat when it comes to tablet-specific applications. So, if you’ve got a tablet and you need a file manager, it’s best to check out this one. It’ll look great on a tablet of any size.

Like most file managers on Android, it’s got support for most compressed file types. With it, you’ll be able to extract items from compressed files in a variety of formats (ZIP, RAR, 7z, etc.). File Manager also lets you manage your installed applications.

This app is a satisfactory choice. Some others on the list beat it in terms of features, but there’s no denying its title as the best-looking tablet file manager around.

4. ASTRO File Manager with Cloud


Looking for an Android file management solution with an emphasis on cloud? Look no further. ASTRO file manager with cloud is here. Along with having features that most other managers on this list have, it touts great cloud support. We’re talking Google Drive, Dropbox, BOX, SkyDrive and even Facebook! It’s great.

The only real downside to Astro is that it offers up some in-app purchases which is a minor annoyance. However, if you don’t mind that kind of thing, this file manager might just be perfect for you!

5. PowerGrasp file manager


Looking for a beautiful file manager? PowerGrasp file manager is one of the best-looking applications for Android that I’ve come into contact with. Besides looks, it has a pocketful of features. You’ll be able to compress and decompress popular archive formats, and it also employs root file manipulation, dual panel mode, and a lot more!

I’d be lying if I said this app isn’t my first choice, but if you’ve gone through this list and haven’t settled on one, PowerGrasp is probably a great choice.


The simple freedom to modify, transfer and create files on Android is awesome. What’s even more awesome is when it comes to file managers, there are just so many to choose from. There’s a solution for everyone out there!

Do you have a favorite file manager on Android that wasn’t on this list? Tell us about it in the comments!

Derrik Diener Derrik Diener

Derrik Diener is a freelance technology blogger.


  1. One of the best explorers I have used (for those with root access) is Root Explorer by Speed Software. Google Play link: http://goo.gl/rXm0b They also offer another simply titled Explorer which I’ve not tried but would be available for those without root access. It also has the dual tabs and packed with features.

  2. I have been using File Manager, but I thought that I would give Ghost Commander a look. I like the idea of 2 panels (I have always felt that Windoze Explorer should have been 2 panes, instead of 1 pain – I use XYplorer there). I noticed a comment about Ghost Commander’s inability to create a new folder on external storage, something that has really p***** me off with Android 4.4. I tried it with File Manager and it worked. Now I am really confused about the so-called security issue. It’s about time Google/Android got their act together!

  3. Well, try Coolmuster Android Assistant, we can use it to move almost everything from android phone to computer, and we can also use it to manage apps, contacts on computer, have a try!

  4. Thanks for your file managers, I know a good desktop Android file manager called MobiKin Assistant for Android, it allows users to manage, share media files on computer. What’s more, you can edit your sms and contacts. http://www.mobikin.com/assistant-for-android/

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