There are lots of file manager/file browser apps in the Google play store. There’s no native app to browse the Android device’s SD card. But Google introduces their own app on Play Store. However, some of the Android device manufacturers (OEM) such as Samsung and community build ROM (custom ROM) added their own file explore app into their ROM. Most of these OME developed apps are not proving many features. For instance, root access, apply different theming, and change icon pack.
Some of the apps that are listed in this post, not just the file manager Android app. They have additional features such as backup and restore, file compressing and uncompress to zip or tar formats, connect to FTP and SFTP file servers, connect and manage cloud service such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc). In this post, I added the top 4 file Manager free app. Some of them support ads, but the user can remove advertisements by purchasing their premium version with just a few bucks.
Root explorer free.
This is one of the best free root file manager app on the Google play store. This app has a simple UI. This is not just a root file manager app, it can use no-root devices too. It has the root feature, which means the user can browse and edit the system partition files and folders with this app. In addition to that, it has files and folders compressing to zip/tar formats along with extract apk, rar, zip & jar files. It has a built-in text editor, so it makes things more convenient.
This app supports different themes and can customize the folder and files view type as Details, Simple list, and Grid mode. Moreover, it can change the file’s permissions and view and edit any file. It’s not just a file explorer app, it’s available SQLite explorer. This app supports ads, but the user can hide/remove the ads by purchasing the premium version.
This is another all-in-one best android file manager and it has many customizations options and can enable root permission to access the system files. It has an ordinary internal and external storage file browsing feature. Moreover, this app can use to browse files on your cloud storage service such as Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox, and SMB network storage.
Users can customize the app view mode as a “simple, detailed, small, medium, or large” icon mode. Moreover, it supports a different theme, custom folder colors, and even custom icon packs.
FX File Explorer: the file manager with privacy.
This is a simple android file explorer app. Like other apps, it has basic files and folder view, edit, create, copy, paste, and delete features. Apart from those regular features, it has a root file manager access, which is let the user view, edit, and delete the system files.
User can apply different themes and icon packs which are available free. Unlike other apps, this one has more user interface customization features like change appearance, home screen, change animation. Apart from that, you can add pass-lock to the app.
Like other apps that I mentioned in this post, this free file manager app has file compress and uncompress features. With its gesture support option, user can easily open the specific directories and exit the app. This app comes with a free version, but the user can upgrade to a premium version using an in-app purchase. Pro version unlocks the network (FTP, SFTP), cloud and media, and web-based file sharing functionality.
Files by Google.
Files by Google is another best file manager for android. Just like other apps, it can explore the internal, external as storage on your device. It has a simple UI (user interface) with black and white themes. Unlike other apps, it comes with a phone cleaner feature. The user can delete junk, duplicate, old screenshots, and many more unnecessary things on your phone with just one tap.
Users can backup any file on the device with just a one-tap with Files by Google app. To do that, tap on the file that you need and select the “Backup to Google Drive” option. This app doesn’t have a file and folder compressing and viewing features. Unlike the root explore, this file manager app doesn’t have root access.