Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

If you're like us, you probably spend a little bit of time in your Android device's directory system, hunting down stray files or unused app folders ripe for deletion. Or, more frustratingly, moving files between folders. This has never been particularly easy on Android, because you're limited to enough room on most handsets for one open file directory at a time - but no more.

Update: In response to a lot of you who are asking for root support, the app developer wrote in to say this:

"yes ROOT will be added if the program along with additional features."

Even with robust file management applications like Astro, moving files from folder to folder is a bit of a pain. With Dual File Manager XT (we're going to call it DFMXT for short), this is no longer such a hassle.

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By selecting the "Move [or Copy] to #2" option, you transfer whatever you currently have selected in the first pane to the directory you're currently inside in the second pane. Easy. And you can just flip back and fourth between your two panes. This eliminates the hassle of hunting for directories, forgetting whether you hit cut or copy, and all sorts of unnecessary back button-pressing. We like.

DFMXT doesn't stop there, though - it's a fully configurable file management app, completely with archival compression and extraction capabilities, share options, and robust search filtering and sorting. Take a look:

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DFMXT does a lot - and we've only done a general flyover of the app. I'm taken aback enough to consider making the switch from Astro, because the awesome sort and search/filter functions of DFMXT make navigating my often-messy SD card a breeze. Take it for a test drive for yourself - it's free on the Market now.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Elvis

    Question : does it have root functions? (See super manager for details) is it does, I'm sold!

  • Ryan B

    FileGo is another free file manager that opens up two screens concurrently, and you drag the file to be moved from one folder to the other. Check it out, it's more intuitive than it sounds.

  • spartan.062

    No root access. But very nice as a standard file manager.

  • watson387

    No root access= not for me.

  • hillbilliegreg

    Ghost commander is a root dual pane file manager, also it's opensource, free
    You can download it from the f-droid repository where all apps are open source

  • Tucker

    I've replaced astro with ant tek file manager, works better on a tablet, but still nice on a large screen phone (I have a Droid X). Ability to have folders on one side of screen and files on other. Check it out

  • mar

    fine manager, but has no network access, which makes it useless for me. no one yet bested ESExplorer.

  • Caution

    Full internet access? No thanks!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's for ads, calm down.

  • Wr3ck

    Looks cool bu I prefer Total Commander better. It's only in public beta now but it is awesome

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I got in touch with the devs to ask them to add root support. If you want it added too, email them @ admin at medieval.it.

  • Ivan

    Can you have DFMXT and Astro installed at the same time? Or do I have to unintall Astro?

    • Donatom3

      You can have multiple file managers installed.

  • http://rootandroid.net Root Android

    Nice share. A decent file manager.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Update: In response to a lot of you who are asking for root support, the app developer wrote in to say this:

    "yes ROOT will be added if the program along with additional features."