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Best File Managers for Android in 2022


Many of us are used to communicating with our computer using a file manager. But are there similar applications on smartphones and tablets?

A file manager makes it much easier to access music, videos, and various documents. If you're doing something serious on your device, you can't do without it. That's why the first analogues of the computer Explorer appeared on cell phones back in the mid-2000s. With the advent of the smartphone era, the functionality of such utilities has greatly expanded.

This selection contains the best file managers. We will try to identify the main advantages and disadvantages of each program, so you can use our experience to select the most suitable application for you.

MI Explorer

This application has more than 500 million downloads from Google Play and is highly rated, which shows its popularity and quality. It has a wide functionality: it allows you to quickly find files, open, delete, move, transfer to other users, rename, copy. Supports the unpacking of archives. Explorer works with many formats, including audio, video, images, text documents, APKs, ZIP archives. The developers regularly update the program, expanding its capabilities and improving its operation.

Mi explorer attracts attention with a simple interface in Russian, which makes it easy and convenient to use. The application is capable of clearing memory by deleting cache and unnecessary files. With Mi Drop you can transfer files to other devices without access to the Internet. It supports working with hidden files designed to run Android or apps. If you use the app in low light, choose a dark theme for more comfort.

Cx File Explorer

This file manager has good user reviews. It offers a simple interface with clear controls, a fairly good set of features, and all this without being accompanied by advertising. The uncomplicated main menu has been divided into three tabs - the most frequently visited places, all folders and cloud storage. There is also a function of analysis, which after a short scan of memory will show the most "heavy" files and applications. Then you can leave the cleaning to the program or do it yourself. CX File Explorer has FTP support, which allows you to easily exchange information with your PC without using wires.

There are built-in utilities for viewing files - audio, video, text. With their help the process of finding and deleting unnecessary information becomes much easier than when using third-party applications. However, if desired, in the settings, the built-in software can be changed to a third-party application of the user's choice. In general, the manager is quite functional, it is not too beautiful visually, but for simple tasks of searching, sorting and deleting the software perfectly suits. In future updates the developers promise to implement the function of getting Root rights that will expand the possibilities of working with system folders and files.


Wide functionality, easy interface, work with local and network files have brought the popularity of this application (more than 5 million downloads) and high ratings. With its help, you can not only work with files in your phone, but also in Google Drive, OneDrive, and on the local network. You can copy, move, delete, change the name, archive and extract from archives, as well as many other operations with files. You can hide documents in the application or open them for collaboration.

To quickly find the file you need, there is a search bar and a number of filters by category. Work with archives of ZIP, RAR, 7ZIP, OBB formats is supported. FTP service allows you to view files on your phone, computer or other devices. Android TV Control helps you control your TV remotely, including working with files and applications. With Bluetooth technology you can connect to other gadgets and control them.

The application supports not only Russian, but also a number of other languages. There is a dark theme. The explorer interface is simple and convenient, intuitive even for inexperienced users. Much attention is paid to security: you can not only set a password to access the application, but also hide personal files and protect them with a secret combination. The application is available for free, but it has ads. You can disable it and expand the functionality by purchasing Premium. You can try it for seven days.

File Manager by Lufick

File manager has a very stylish and advanced design with the ability to rearrange the windows and customize the themes. At the same time the translation of the application is quite awkward - some items and functions are not russified at all, and others are named so that it is hard to understand at once what they mean, for example, the folder "compressed" contains archived files. If you do not look at the interface, the application is very functional. There is a standard folder breakdown, a display of free and occupied space, a list of directories with the maximum amount of content, a list of installed software (with a breakdown into native and custom). In the settings you can specify which folders will be displayed in the main window, open Root access (system files and directories), set a locking password. Like many managers, File Manager works with cloud storage and supports FTP.

Cache clearing mode looks strange - after clicking on the corresponding menu item hidden in the settings section the application starts clearing something, but what exactly and what effect it has, you can't understand.

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