3 great File Managers for your Android phone
For instance, images touched up with Snapseed are stored in its own folder, while WhatsApp creates another repository for the photos, videos, and audio files you have received and sent. Before you know it, your phone is packed with files that are not backed up; you do not even remember how some questionable content got onto your phone, and—well—you have run out of space.
Now, most handsets have some kind of a file manager, but if you are dissatisfied with what came pre-installed, you might want to check out these great alternatives.
Files by Google
The Files app comes with three sections: Clean, Browse and Share.
Under Clean, you get a dashboard view of the storage space you have used on your phone. From here, you will be able to delete duplicates, WhatsApp memes, large files that occupy space, and even uninstall apps that you no longer use.
The Browse section sorts all the data on your handset into categories such as downloads, images, videos, audio, documents and apps to make it easier to find what you are looking for, regardless of where it is saved on your phone. This section also comes with a PIN-protected Safe folder for your sensitive files, and from here you can also create backups to your Google Drive cloud account.
And lastly, you get the Share section where you can transfer files to and fro—with speeds of up to 480Mbps—without using mobile data. All you have to do is just pair up your phone with anyone nearby who has Files app.
File Manager by Lufick
This made-in-India app gives you a graphical view of all the data on your phone. Besides a ring chart that gives you a proportion view of the different types of files on your handset, it also displays folders for music, videos, photos, downloads, documents, and recent files.
You get a password protected Safebox for your sensitive files, and you can also add cloud storage—Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, Box, Mega Cloud, Yandex, SugarSync, MediaFire, etc—so you can seamlessly transfer files from your phone to your online accounts, and between different services.
The feature-rich free version contains ads, but you can opt for an ad-free Pro version that promises you priority support and premium updates.
ASTRO File Manager
Astro is a free storage organiser and cleaner, but it collects anonymous information about which apps you run on your device as market research to fund Astro’s development.
Like Files by Google, Astro comes with three sections: Home, Files and Clean. Home gives you an overview of your storage; all your files are also automatically categorised as app, images, video, music, documents and downloads to make it easy to find what you want. You can also add cloud storage from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Yandex to easily transfer files from your phone and between those accounts.
Under Files, you get a view of all the folders on your smartphone, and you can search for files using filters, and even sort them by date, name and size.
And finally, under Clean, Astro lists unused apps, downloads and large files that you can easily delete after a quick review to free up space.
Astro is a great file manager, the only feature it lacks is a password/PIN protected safe box for your sensitive data