ES File Explorer Android Review

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I love a good utility app that can replace many other apps on my phone, making day-to-day operation easier and more condensed. I am very happy to report that, with ES File Explorer, available for Android through the Google Play store, I can now do just about any file and management related task in one, easy to use app.

The first thing I must mention is the fact that this is a free app. The reason for this being a notable point is the sheer amount of things this free app can do, replacing functionality of what other, premium apps charge through the nose for. Yes, at its heart this is a file browser and manager that lets you move, copy and delete files on your phone, but it actually does so much more than that.

First of all, it supports cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and even Amazon S3, and they all appear as regular directories within the app, once you have logged into them. This makes copying files to and from these services a breeze, and as the app also supports the ability to access your home PC and its files, it is fair to say that this is about as comprehensive as it gets. Add to that the frankly superb FTP browsing, again all from the same system, as well as Bluetooth file browsing and this is the complete file manager for Android.

Here, straight from the developer are the app’s best features:es file manager

★ File Manager: Click to install applications, and check zipped files
★ Multimedia Explorer: Click to play music/videos, check image(s) and document(s)
★ Cloud Storage: Supports Dropbox,, Sugarsync, Google Drive, OneDrive(SkyDrive), Amazon S3, Yandex and more clouds platforms.

Features and Benefits of ES File Explorer (File Manager):
►File Manager: Manage your files just like you do on your desktop or laptop using Multiple Select, Cut/Copy/Paste, Move, Create, Delete, Rename, Search, Share, Send, Hide, Create Shortcut, and Bookmark. All operations can be performed on local files (on your Android device) or even remotely (from your computer over a network)
►Application Manager: Categorize, uninstall, back up, and create shortcuts to your apps
►Remote File Manager: When this feature is enabled, you can manage files on your phone from your computer
►Built-in ZIP and RAR support: Allows you to compress and decompress ZIP files, unpack RAR files, and create encrypted (AES 256 bit) ZIP files
►Built-in viewers and players for various file types: Including photos, music, and videos; supports third-party applications such as Quick Office for better productivity
►Shows thumbnails: For APKs and images
►Text viewers and editors
►Access your home PC: Through your smartphone via WiFi with SMB
►Functions as an FTP and WebDAV client: Manage files on FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV servers just like you manage files on your SD card

The built-in ZIP and RAR support means that you can dump yet another app from your device, which makes 4 or 5 fewer apps so far (who’s counting?), and I really liked the way the app handles APKs, with an installer and, yes, thumbnails for them so you don’t have to track down Myapp54848841.apk to find out what it is.

This also has root support for those that have access on their device, and the task killer and cache cleaner just rounds up what is a stunning suite of features for a free app.

The app itself is very easy to use, with the expected contextual functions and natural flow from a file manager. It is really impressive when you have logged into a few cloud services, your PC and even your Website, and see all those tasty directories, ready to be fiddled with.

Overall, this is an elite level app that does everything you could possibly want it to do, and then some. While many would argue that all this functionality really should come built into Android, it is very easy to simply install this free app and reap the benefits.


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Simon Burns is the editor and founder of VoxelArcade and The Smartphone App Review. He has been a fan of technology for over twenty five years and loves playing with gadgets and spending time with his family. You can get in touch with him via the ‘contact us’ section of the site or on Twitter by following @smartappreview

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