File manager apps have always been one of the essential apps for every smartphone user. Now with the ever-increasing amount of physical storage, we throw many files, large or small to our phone’s physical storage. Then there are files stored on cloud services and networked drives.
Hence, it becomes extremely important to have a functional file manager which can help explore these files and manage them to keep things organized. ES File Explorer is one extremely capable file manager app which has existed in the Android world for years.
Highlights of ES File Explorer
From basic file management tasks (copy, move, rename) to advanced features such as zip/rar explorer, cloud explorer, cleaner and sender, ES can handle all that you can expect from a file manager. Here’s a list of some features which make ES Explorer stand out:
The homepage by default shows all the recent files you’ve acquired (such as from WhatsApp, Download, etc.) as a timeline view organized by days. This makes it easy to locate the added files without needing to explore into various sub-folders.
Libraries, which can be accessed either from the home page or the menu allows for exploring files of a certain type. Using this you can access and manage photos, movies, documents and music from your entire storage at one place.
You can access files from various cloud drives such as Box, SugarSync, DropBox, OneDrive, Mega using the Cloud Manager. You can consider to remove the dedicated apps for these cloud services and access the files directly within ES.
The interface supports multiple windows which can be accessed by swiping from the sides. Windows allows for folder comparisons and moving files within different directories with ease as you do not need to move up and down the directories.
Sender offers functionality similar to SHAREit. It lets you share all types of files with others at blazing speeds over WiFi. If you are one who wants to trim down the number of apps, you can say goodbye to SHAREit and make use of Sender with ES File Explorer.
When connected to the same network, the network browser allows you to access and manage files from a networked drive such as one shared from your PC. Depending on the access permissions, you can even copy and delete files from the network drive besides reading them. You can also use the Remote Manager feature to access data from your phone on any other device connected to your hotspot or on the same WiFi network.
SD Card Analyst (under Tools) is another amazing feature of the file manager which finds Large, Duplicate and Redundant files. This is one easy way to free up space when running low on storage.
ES Explorer offers so many features which you probably cannot find in any other app on Play Store. Besides being a file manager, it can replace a bunch of your other apps as well – cloud drive apps, network explorer, WiFi transfer apps, download manager.
The app does include advertisements which pop up now or then and spoil the experience. That said, the ads can be traded in for the advanced functionality that ES Explorer offers without shedding a penny. If you are the one who completely hates ads, you have the option to upgrade to their PRO version which lacks a few features but offers a fully ad-free experience.