Nov 13th, 2020

Back in the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was a great app for managing files on your device and quickly organizing collections like eBooks, Music, and more. Those days are gone, however, as reported back in 2015 the app has been spewing ads for junk apps and other “services” that your device doesn’t need.

To top it all off, the app is now sending out pop-ups that appear on your device even when the app is closed. If you have this one installed, you should uninstall it immediately. It’s basically malware at this point and the benefits you get from using this app can be had in apps that offer better design and function. Let it go. Here’s four alternatives for you to consider, all of which won’t spam you with ridiculous ads for junk apps.

Solid Explorer


Solid Explorer has been my go-to file manager for Android since the developers of ES File Explorer sold out and allowed the new owners to load the app with junk. It has a nice clean interface with plenty of theming options, but the feature I love is the dual pane mode so you can transfer files with ease.

For developers, Solid Explorer also comes with nifty plugins that let you access cloud services like Amazon S3, Mega Upload, and even an FTP server. Solid Explorer is free for 14 days and if you decide you like it in that time, you can buy it with an unlocker that will unlock the app for all of your devices connected to your Google Play account.

Download Solid Explorer from Google Play



If you don’t want to shell out some of your hard-earned cash for a file manager for your phone, Cabinet is probably a great fit for you. For some reason, it’s not available in the Google Play Store for the United States, but you can still download the app and use it thanks to APK Mirror.

Cabinet features many of the same functions as Solid Explorer in a clean, material design. It’s not as customizable in terms of theming and there aren’t any plugins that allow for access to cloud services and FTP servers, but for basic file management you really can’t beat it.

Download Cabinet from APK Mirror

Total Commander


Total Commander is another great free as in freedom file manager for people who want a little bit more control over their file management. It includes network storage and cloud storage support, has several plugins developed for it and includes a text editor if you’re a programmer who likes to brush up on the go.

The real beauty of this app is that it contains absolutely no ads and is completely free. No in-app purchases or anything.

Download Total Commander from Google Play

File Manager by ASUS


ASUS has created a surprisingly good file manager for its ZenFone series of phones, but the apps are also available in the Google Play Store and can be used on any device. For an OEM product, this file manager is actually really good. It has cloud support for several services including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and ASUS’ own cloud storage solutions.

It also supports .zip and .rar formats, so you can extract and compress files on the go with ease. It’s free with no ads and while it’s not as good looking as some of the other options available on this list, it does offer the best support for cloud services in my opinion.

Download ASUS File Manager from Google Play

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