Top 5 Android File Manager Apps

One of the reasons why a desktop operating system is favored over an Android is that it allows you to thoroughly analyze the operating system of your device and also you can root it manually.

Although an Android will not grant the control you want on your device, certain file manager apps will allow you in.

These file manager apps will allow you to explore the root directory of your phone, manually, move, create and delete folders on your device, or encrypt apps.

Solid Explorer

Solid Explorer has a sleek, modern look and many features. This cloud manager has two independent panels, making it quick and easy to sift through your files.

It particularly focuses on security by protecting your files and folders with a password. You can use a fingerprint sensor if your device has one. Similarly, cloud storage can now be accessed with the fingerprint without providing any password.

It is an entirely equipped file manager with a completely user-friendly interface. It also gives you numerous customization options for themes, icon sets, and color schemes.

This file manager provides you a wide support for cloud storage including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, Mega, and Owncloud. It has a built-in music player and image viewer which will not disappoint you at all.


It is a high-speed, smooth, reliable, and fully-featured file manager with a simple and instinctive user interface. You can explore files across your entire network including FTP, LAN, and cloud-based storage. MiXplorer supports Drag and Drop between panels making it even more productive.

It has an integrated reader that allows you to view files in EPub, Mobipocket, and PDF formats.

It offers various customization options that let you select any color you like for your theme.

Although you don’t really need a rooted device to use MiXplorer, if you do, then you can enjoy more functionality and management options.

Astro File Manager

ASTRO is being used by 150M+ users worldwide since 2009 and is still the number #1 app for file management. It helps you in easily organizing, compressing, moving, and backing up your files, cleaning your phone’s memory, and boosting its performance. You can easily access all your images, videos, music, apps, and recent folders from the home screen.

X-Plore File Manager

This simple app manager allows you to see, run, copy, share, uninstall, and compress folders into APK packages. It also enables you to access files on your Android device from other Android devices over WiFi.

In addition to this, X-plore can display shared folders on other computers on the LAN and supports access to FTP and FTPS servers.

Total File Commander

Total File Commander comes with a simple but persuasive user interface. It provides various productive features like Copy, Move, Drag & Drop, zip and unzip, built-in text editor, select/unselect groups of files, plugins for cloud services, and root support for the main functions. It also has thumbnails for pictures, dual-panel, bookmarks, media player, a configurable button bar for changing directories and internal commands, and optimizations for visually impaired.

These apps do not just change your smartphone experience but they also help you save vital space. For example, if you have a file manager app that allows you to manage your cloud storage then there is no need for Google Drive app on your phone. Similarly, a media player, a PDF viewer, and many more apps won’t be required anymore.

Elina John is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for norton security products at

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