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Oct
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Root Explorer is a solid file manager, but - surprise, surprise - it's even better for people who have rooted their phones. Back when Android 4.3 first arrived, many root enabled file managers suddenly had broken root support, but not Root Explorer. And since the functionality is already so solid, the latest update introduces a new feature some of us would consider superfluous. If you like Root Explorer, now you can make it prettier, look more integrated, or be as obnoxious as your eyes can handle without permanently rolling over backwards and staring into the darkness between your ears.

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Root Explorer still defaults to a dark theme, but other options include a light alternative, a light option with a dark action bar, and the ability to use your home wallpaper. Though as you can see in the third screenshot above, that last option requires a bit of forethought. Some wallpapers will make the app downright illegible.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Kieron Quinn

    So in other words, Theme.Holo (dark), Theme.Holo.Light (Light), Theme.Holo.Light.DarkActionBar (Light with dark actionbar) and Theme.Holo.Wallpaper (Work it out)

  • My name is….

    Its too expensive.
    There are free programs that do the same work.

    • Tim242

      I bought this in 2009. It is the best. Stop being cheap.

      • My name is….

        Οh my dear.
        I have ~20 paid apps on my phone (excluding games)

        Why you call me cheap? Because i dont wanna pay for something i already got for free?Ever tried ES File Explorer?

        • Tim242

          I have tried ES. It doesn't even compare

          • Kcls

            I'd much rather pay for something like Solid Explorer, which does everything Root and Solid Explorer so with a nicer UI.

          • Steph Chi

            Coool man ! I love yr last sentence ... Very accurate. Thanks. Do you test it 3 years ago ? So yr advice is based on what ? UI, gesture, themes, root access, cloud, ftp or smb access, translations, price, ... ??
            And do you even know this poll http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=42333378 ?
            Many people, many advices ;-) No pb for me : what about you ?

          • My name is….

            Does root explorer handle Drive/box/dropbox/skydrive/pc shares?
            What makes root explorer special thats worth my money?

            That 'doesnt even compare' is not an argument

  • http://hateka.pl/ binniebin

    There's no better app than Solid Explorer!

    • Vitaly Streltsov

      Total Commander?

      • http://hateka.pl/ binniebin

        why TC?

        • Vitaly Streltsov

          sorry , in love from wincmd times...

          • http://hateka.pl/ binniebin

            allright

  • Steph Chi

    Bertel, I love "Root Explorer is a solid root explorer" ... 2nd degree ? Which one do you prefer ;-)

  • Ryan Stewart

    I love the new interface. This has been on every device of mine since I can remember. I don't even root anymore since going Nexus but I still like it was a file system interface.

  • Thao Hung