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Five apps to enhance file management on your Android smartphone
Some Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4,rnship with a built-in file manager (called My Files). Although it’s not veryrnpowerful or flexible, it gets the job done. But if you need more in the way ofrnfeatures or control — or you purchased an Android device without a built-inrnfile manager — where do you turn?
To the Google Play Store. There, you will find anyrnnumber of file managers to choose from. The big challenge is figuring out whichrnones offer the most power and flexibility. I have narrowed the selection to myrnfive favorite file managers, one of which is sure to have everything you need.
Note: This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic article.
ES File Explorer
A Fast Access sidebar takes you to Favorites, Local,rnLibrary, Network, and Tools. The tools that come with ES File Explorer includernApp Manager, Download Manager, System Manager, and SD Card Analyst.
File Manager (Explorer)
File Manager (Explorer)rnisn’t pretty, it has ads, and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of ESrnFile Explorer or ASTRO, but it gets the job done and done well. It featuresrncut, copy, paste; job cancellation; compress/decompress support; list and gridrnview; search and share files; multi-select; FTP/FTPS/sFTP/WebDAV support; andrnmuch more.
X-Plore File Manager
ES File Explorer has an elegantrninterface and plenty of options. One of its best features is the ability to viewrndifferent “windows.” Each window is a specific profile: Cloud, LAN,rnHomepage, sdcard. The Homepage is a dashboard that gives you access torndifferent file types and plenty of other information/features. The sdcardrnwindow provides immediate access to the local storage. The LAN window allowsrnyou to connect to a server. The Cloud window gains you access to your cloudrnstorage.