Five Apps: Free and easy SMB connections

Five free Android apps for easy SMB connection

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With the Android platform there are so many options for nearly every task. Such is the case with file sharing/browsing. With Android file managers you have more options than you might expect; one such option being the ability to connect to network file shares (otherwise known as SMB / CIFS shares). This functionality isn't built-in, however. In order to connect to an SMB share on a remote computer, a third-party app must be installed. Fortunately, there are enough applications that offer this feature to choose from. But which one is right for you? I have found five SMB-capable file managers for you to examine. Each of these tools is free and makes the task of connecting to your shares a snap. Once connected, you'll be copying and/or moving files back and forth with ease.

All of these applications work well with either Android tablets or smartphones and do not require root access or the most up-to-date version of Android. Let's dig in and see which of these is best suited for you.

By Jack Wallen

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