Over the years, there have been a wide catalog of file manager apps on Android for users to choose from — some free, while others paid. Of these options, one of the most preferred apps for many for some time has been ES File Explorer, which happens to be a free app by a company based out of China. Although, by and large, the app offered a slew of features and options, recently, it did face some privacy allegations related to the privacy of user data on the app.
And now, with the anti-China sentiment on an ever-rising tide in India, ES File Explorer, along with 58 other Chinese apps, has been banned from use in the country. A reason for which, as stated by the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and IT) is, that the apps “have engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of Indian, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.” The ban leaves users of these apps no other options but to look for alternatives. So, to help you find another file manager, here’s our list of some of the best ES File Explorer alternatives.
Best ES File Explorer Alternatives
1. File Commander
File Commander is one of the more popular file manager apps and an alternative to ES File Explorer. The app has a clean interface and is easy-to-use. It allows you to manage files and documents on your device, network, and even cloud storage. Besides file management, you also get a bunch of additional features with the app, such as secure vault, file converter, storage analyzer, recycle bin, and more. While File Commander is available for free, it does offer a paid version with an in-app purchase that adds more functionality to the app.
i. Customizable home screen, with different pre-set categories to make organizing files and documents easier.
ii. Cloud services support for Google Drive, DropBox, Box, and OneDrive.
iii. USB-OTG support to manage external files.
iv. Option to view system files.
v. Login profile for different devices.
vi. PC, FTP, FTPs, and remote file sharing.
Plan: Free, Paid (in-app purchase)
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2. Solid Explorer
Another popular file manager app for Android is Solid Explorer. The app comes with a 14-day trial post which, you need to upgrade to the paid plan to continue using the service. In terms of appearance, it takes a material design approach, something that has been prevalent across UIs and apps since Android Lollipop, and has organized quick-access panels for different storage media and folders. You can customize different elements of the app, much like some of the other file manager apps. Moreover, if you have a rooted device, the app allows for access to various system files.
i. Cloud file management and support for FTP, SFTP, WebDav, and SMB clients.
ii. Indexed search for quick access to files and folders.
iii. Ability to create password-protected archives.
iv. Support for Chromecast.
Plan: Free (14-day trial), Paid (in-app purchase)
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3. Files By Google (Files Go)
As you can guess by its name, the next alternative to ES File Explorer in the list comes from the search-engine-giant Google. Called Files By Google, the app offers a clean UI and provides a bunch of different functionalities. You can use it to do clean up your storage, share files offline, and of course, back up files and documents to your cloud service of choice. The offline sharing feature relies on the WPA2 encryption to offer encrypted and secure file transmission between devices wirelessly. Besides, when it comes to decluttering your storage, the app also provides smart suggestions for files you can delete to free up some storage space.
i. Transfer files and documents wirelessly with up to 480Mbps speeds.
ii. Smart suggestion for file deletion.
iii. Encrypted wireless file sharing.
iv. Back up files to Drive or any other cloud storage service.
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4. Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager is yet another popular file manager app for Android. It is completely free and offers a slew of features to serve everyone’s needs. The app offers the ability to view, organize, backup, and move files efficiently without much hassle. It provides detailed information about the storage space to help you keep your phone decluttered and your files organized systematically. Not to mention, you get the usual slate of features such as file extraction, file organization and management (move, share, copy, rename, etc), storage cleaner, and cloud support, among others.
i. Quick and easy access to various files and documents right from the home screen.
ii. Storage cleaner to help clean junk files and other unnecessary files and documents to increase space.
iii. Ability to manage cloud storage and sync files across different services like Drive, Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
iv. Compress and decompress files using the built-in archiver.
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5. FX File Explorer
FX File Explorer is another ES File Explorer alternative with a material design UI that is clean and easy-to-use. The app is available for free but does offer a few more functionalities with an in-app purchase. Similar to most file manager apps, FX File Explorer provides the regular feature set, which includes image viewer, media player, support for various cloud services, file archiving, and more. In addition, it also incorporates some of the power-user features like binary (hex) viewer, shell script executor, remote file access over FTP, SSH FTP, WebDAV, SMB (1 and 2), and the ability to create AES-256/AES-128 encrypted zip files.
i. Ability to use one password (with password keyring) to access network and cloud locations.
ii. Shell script executor and binary (hex) viewer.
iii. Cloud storage and remote-file transfer support.
iv. Web access to transfer and manage files and documents from a web browser.
v. Support for zip, rar, gzip, bzip2, and 7zip archive.
Plan: Free, Paid (in-app purchase)
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6. Total Commander
Last, but certainly not the least when it comes to functionalities, is the Total Commander file manager. It comes with a range of basic file manager features, similar to what most of the apps in this list offer, but includes a few more additions that make it one of the better alternatives to ES File Explorer. The app is completely free and also works with rooted devices, which can prove to be useful to access system files if your device is rooted. Besides file organization and management, you can use Total Commander to create configurable buttons for performing different actions and running commands, perform remote file access over WebDAV, FTP, and SFTP client, along with LAN and different cloud storage services.
i. Support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV client, along with LAN, for file transfer.
ii. Configurable button bar to perform different actions.
iii. Optimization for visually impaired.
iv. Root support.
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Those are some of the best ES File Explorer alternatives for Android. You can use these apps to manage your files and documents and enjoy most (if not all, in some instances) the features you would otherwise get with the ES File Explorer.