One of the most obvious advantages that Android holds over its competitors is the ability to have complete control over your files rather than leaving it entirely to the system and individual apps to manage in the background. There’s a lot of choice in how you manage your files though, so we’re here to lend a hand.
In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at eight awesome options for file management on your Android device, all of which fit into Android’s modern look and feel.
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File Wrangler is a beautiful Holo-themed file manager for Android that features a clean, dual-columned layout for fast, intuitive navigation.
File Wrangler’s Quick-Draw feature allows you bookmark any files or folders for quick access through a dedicated pane in the interface, and integration with Android’s Share Menu makes it simple to share files with a variety of services or send them through email. Plus, File Wrangler is completely free of both price and advertising.
UNCOPT File Browser Free is a free file manager that takes design inspiration from Android 4.0’s blue/black Holo style, providing multi-pane browsing of your internal and external storage including zip, tar, gz and bz2 archive files. That multi-pane interface? You can resize columns to your liking for an easier browsing experience with the app.
UNCOPT also provides a number of search options and additional views for optimum browsing.
fylee is another file manager that takes the functionality that you’d expect from this type of utility on any platform and mixes it with Android’s modern styling to create a beautiful app. fylee offers a variety of in-built sharing options to easily move around your files, support for compressing and extracting zip archives and — perhaps best of all — is completely free with no distracting ads.
The simply named File Manager is a cleanly-designed file management application that — surprise! — also follows Android 4.0’s Holo design language, this time coming in both light and dark variants.
File Manager includes all the standard features such as the ability to explore both your internal and external storage devices (including attached SD cards), bookmarking, support for a variety of compression formats (and compressing into zip files) and built-in sharing.
ASTRO Cloud & File Manager is an immensely popular option for file management on Android with between 10,000,000 – 50,000,000 installs. It is a clean, Holo-abiding file manager that boasts “the most robust” search technology on mobile. ASTRO works with your phone or tablet’s internal and external storage devices, but also for managing files on cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, as well as over a local network to your Mac, PC or Linux machine.
ASTRO also supports reading and writing to Leef Bridge USB flash drives, a “new breed” of USB flash drives that features both micro and full-size USB connectors with one shared storage.
dodol File Xplorer is a rather colourful rendition of the Holo style that is the pretty face to a powerful file manager. Using a Windows Explorer-esque folder tree, dodol File Explorer offers an intuitive, visual way of browsing your files. All the basic functions, including sharing, are built-in and dodol File Explorer works with your internal and external storage devices.
Another aptly named file manager is File Explorer by Amey Sakhadeo. File Explorer is a simple, straightforward and clean file management utility that’s free without ads. You can already pick up the app from the Play Store but a lot of functionality is still planned, including Gmail integration, multi-select and widgets for Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
That’s seven of our favourite file management utilities for Android, each wrapped up in Google’s modern style for the OS, Holo. All file management apps perform the same basic jobs, but there’s a lot of personal preference involved so if you’re using an app not featured on the list, be sure to share it in the comments section!