As is the case with Twitter clients, there are plenty of file managers available on the Android Market. However, not every application is worth installing on your phone, and frankly speaking most of them are rubbish. So, to save your time and nerves, I want to recommend a great application that should be installed on almost every Android device – ES File Explorer.
ES File Explorer’s user interface is very ordinary for a program of this type – there are various buttons and menus at the top of the screen, and the remaining space is used by the file system. Folders and files can be viewed as a list, detailed list (when additional data is displayed) or as a matrix of icons – most PC and Mac users should be very familiar with this selection of view options.
Two icon sizes (normal and small) are available for all three options. The interface is customisable and very easy to change, so you can, for example, enable or disable tabs. With tabs enabled, you can quickly switch between local files (your device’s system files and memory card), network files and FTP. You will need to setup a server for network and FTP connections, but once it is done, files can quite easily be stored and accessed remotely (you will need appropriate access rights).
You can change the appearance of the file manager. Having said that, I found the alternative themes quite boring, so I use the default one, with black background.
The application offers much more than the standard file browsing functionality. To start with, ES File Explorer has its own clipboard, which stretches from the bottom of the screen. Files stored in the clipboard can be copied in the currently open folder with just one click. In general, this function is very useful, as you can easily see what files are stored in the clipboard, add new ones, or remove old.
There is a special image viewing utility. In addition to that, images can be shown as thumbnail-previews, which is very convenient.
The program has an in-built search function, which can search for different types of files. There is a button, which allows you to select multiple files. There is an application manager, which shows all applications installed on your phone. Any program in the list can be easily removed from your system or backed up. In this case backup files (.apk) will be saved in a user specified folder.
So if you want to make backup copies of all installed applications on your smartphone, simply open ES File Explorer, select Program Manager, then select all applications and back them up. Very handy feature.
The program has a simple text editor, tools for viewing photos and videos, various simple and advanced settings. In short, ES File Explorer offers a good set of core functionality, and a lot of useful features in addition to this. In my view this is one of best file managers for Android and I highly recommend it.
Note: If you want to try this application, you should search for EStrongs File Explorer on the Market
Below is a quick video on how to share files over LAN using ES File Explorer: