Chances are you’ve found the perfect app for the things that you use all the time - camera enhancement apps, social media, a favorite browser. But what about all those files you’ve accumulated? Is your phone’s native file manager really doing the job?
File management may not be as exciting as sharing videos and augmented reality apps, but it is important. Having easy access to all of your files will save you time and help organize your mobile life.
Here are five file management apps for Android (iOS round-up here) that will save you time, give you much more control over your files and make that sock drawer of a smartphone boot camp ready.
File Manager (Rhythm Software) Editor's Pick
File Manager is feature-rich and easy-to-use. It allows you to access files on shared folders, FTP and a variety of cloud storage services, including Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive. Stream media from the cloud without have to actually download the file. Search and share files, and even make changes with the built-in text editor.
ES File Explorer File Manager
ES File Explorer is actually 5 apps in 1: file manager, application manager, cloud storage, task killer and download manager. This versatile app allows you to access, manage, and share your files anywhere from your phone, all with a clean, minimalist interface.
ASTRO File Manager with Cloud
ASTRO File Manager with Cloud (Metago): With Astro File Manager, not only can you organize your pictures, music, videos and documents, you can access them from anywhere, including other devices. This app also includes built-in backup and task killer. The ability to conduct broad searches across many locations can also be extremely useful.
X-plore File Manager
X-plore offers a dual-pane view - a hierarchical perspective of precisely where a file is located, and allows common actions from one pane to the other, such as copying files. Power users who have rooted their phone can backup files and remove applications, while standard users can opt to hide the internal memory to prevent accidentally messing with the system. X-plore allows you to manage, view, copy, move, and compress files and more.
File Manager (Gira.me)
Both a file manager and an application explorer, this app allows you to search, move, compress and otherwise manipulate files, and offers intuitive swiping gestures for moving about. The application manager lets you explore your apps and games. Custom themes and bookmarks allow for a bit of personalization.
All of these apps will help you organize your files, but it’s worth auditioning a few to find the one that feels most comfortable and best suits your needs. Now go organize that sock drawer!