Most Android phones and tablets come with a basic file manager, but they often offer only limited functionality and are proprietary to the manufacturer. Power users and even some regular users often look for an advanced file manager that allows them to navigate all of the files on their Android Tablets. File manager apps serve various purposes, such as accessing downloaded files, shared files, to sort apps or even as a tool to help while developing apps.
Today we’ll be looking into 15 of the best and most popular File Manager apps for Android tablets.
ES File Explorer File Manager is a great option for both basic and advanced users. It has a very intuitive file explorer which allows users to do all of the basics from opening files to copying and pasting files into different folders.
For those that want to be able to play sound or music files without opening an app, ES File Manager comes with a built in media player and even has a Chromecast plugin to fire media to your TV. It also sports a selection of very advanced features, a major one being the ability to connect with file sharing services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, so that you can transfer files back and forth on the go. Read more on the Dropbox-Microsoft Merger and what it means to us.
As its name suggests, Solid Explorer is a solid file browser. It features all of the standard navigational features that you would expect from a file explorer. You can browse the different directories of your phone or tablet and easily move files around.
Solid Explorer’s key feature is the ability to view two panes at the same time so that you can transfer files between two folders like you would on a computer. You turn your Android device to landscape mode and the two panes become visible. Solid Explorer supports Chromecast too, which means you can broadcast your files to your TV or remote screen.
AirDroid is more than just a file browser. AirDroid is a remote control for your phone or tablet. Utilizing any web browser, you can remotely browse and manage files on your Android device. You can drag and drop from your computer to your tablet and vice versa.
AirDroid also allows you to send text message and make calls from the program or any web browser. This makes it a great way to browse your tablet from your computer or your phone from your tablet. Most of AirDroid’s features are available for free but paying a small fee enhances the existing features and unlocks a couple more. If you are looking for a bit more, here is a little older but solid piece on how to use AirDroid?
Total Commander has a very, very long feature list so it’s great for those who need something powerful. It uses the increasingly popular dual-pane UI so you can drag and drop files and manage multiple locations at the same time. It employs a more minimal UI so you can more easily identify your files and manage them.
Total Commander also includes tools like cloud support and some root stuff if you happen to need that. Plus, there are optional plugins that deliver even more functionality. Total Commander is totally free with no in app purchases.
Next up is X-Plore File Manager which has grown in popularity vastly since it was last updated. It uses a dual-pane view and has root support, if you need that. There is also cloud support, built-in viewers for almost any file type, Wi-Fi file management, and you can even view APK files as ZIP files for the modders out there. It’s powerful and free to try with some stuff being unlockable via in app purchases.
File Expert is a powerful file manager that can do just about everything you may come across. The great thing about it? It has a very intuitive interface that makes it look very basic despite its power. You can manage files on your local device, then share them between your tablet and phone or computer, using a wide variety of methods.
Like most programs it can connect to the usual cloud networks but it can also use FTP protocols and NFC (Near Field Communication). File Expert uses tabs instead of splitting the window into two or more, making it a bit more cumbersome than others which split the screen to show folders simultaneously.
AntTek Explorer EX is an amazing file explorer built to work seamlessly on tablets. It is similar to Solid Explorer but offers more than two panes at one time so that you can see the folder tree in one pane, files in another, and file previews in yet another. This makes it super easy to browse photos and text documents as you can see what they contain without even opening them.
AntTek Explorer EX also offers the ability to connect to the cloud and stream files from remote sources. For those that like to be able to change how their apps look, this file manager comes with a good selection of free themes as well.
Astro File Manager has a very simple interface that is similar to our home computers. Unlike most of its competitors, Astro File Manager provides in app how-to documents and videos so that you can figure out the more detailed tasks really easily. Because of these, Astro is great for new users and people who want ease of use more than anything else.
For those who are also looking for a task killer Astro File Manager comes with a built in task killer so you can stop other applications should there be a need.
Built by Gira.me, this File Manager is optimized specifically for Android tablets. It has recently been updated to be more in line with Material Design standards, but is proud to have been themed in the style of Holo, so #holoyolo fans will be pleased. It can be switched from dark to light themed, depending on your tastes. Aside from that, it comes with the standard features and a few advanced ones as well.
File Manager by Gira.me also comes with a built in image gallery, so if you’re looking for a new one of those too, you can kill two birds with one stone here. To give it a shot, use the button above.
Next on our list is simply called File Manager by Rhythm Software. This is a highly rated and highly capable file manager. The theme is a little old school, but you can theme it slightly to take the edge off of that older style.
It comes with the standard features and some features for advanced users as well. This includes FTP support, LAN support, streaming media, and cloud storage support. It doesn’t look the best, but it is easy to use and has some of the more advanced features.
File Explorer Fx is another one that was recommended by our readers, and it’s really good. It features a more graphically pleasing interface that can come off as flashy sometimes, but that may not be a bad thing. It comes with all of the standard features including FTP, Windows networking, file browsing and management features, and there are even some extra features for those who keep music on their devices. It has a good rating and it’s worth checking out.
For users whose Android tablets are rooted, there may not be a better option than Root Browser. Root Browser was built for the more advanced user who is looking to explore the whole file system, including the operating system files. It has a variety of tools to handle compressed files and is extremely helpful if you are trying to theme your device. It also allows you to execute script files from inside the browser, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Root Explorer is another option for users who have rooted tablets. While it may not be as popular when it comes to rooted file browsers, it is an incredible tool that has some great features.
One of its key features is the ability to use the “open with” option that most Windows users are familiar with. It allows you to send files via email and Bluetooth between your Android device and your computer. Of course, Root Explorer has the compression tools that advanced users demand for all of their tweaking and ROMing needs.
PowerGrasp is a relatively new addition to the Google Play Store, having been published just this January. This file manager is not the most powerful tool on the market, but is super easy to use and get started, making it ideal for new Android tablet users.
PowerGrasp is surprisingly well polished for a new app and the interface is similar to your homescreen. It does support some advanced features like split screen browsing and compression of files, so experienced users may find use as well.
Are you looking for a basic file management app that won’t confuse you or take a ton of time to learn how to use? Then File Wrangler may be for you.
Compared to the other apps mentioned today, File Wrangler is fairly basic. It uses two panes at once, no matter what orientation you are in, so that you can drag and drop files between folders. It allows users to unzip files that have been compressed or to create your own zip and rar files which are great for emails.
We covered our favorite file manager apps for Android here today, which one is your favorite? Got another that you swear by? Let us know in the comments section below.