A few weeks ago, I selected 7 powerful file browsers for Android with unique capabilities. Some had cloud management support and robust features, others had gestures and distinctive interface elements. But while all of them could fill almost everyone's file management needs, there are a few other file-related functions that regular browsers don't do.

That's where today's selection comes into play. Whether you want to download, convert, sync, or send files, you will find an app here that handles that.

AirDroid - Best Device Manager

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AirDroid shouldn't even need an introduction. With over 10 Million downloads, it is one of the most popular utilities on Android and it deserves it. The app installs on your phone or tablet and creates a web-accessible dashboard that you can launch from any computer on the same network, whether it's running Mac OS, Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS.


Dozens of options are available through this dashboard, like text messaging, app and contact management, screen mirroring, camera control, and text and URL sharing, but most crucial to us here are its file management tools. You can navigate through your device's storage from the browser andupload and download files, essentially the same as with any WiFi file transfer app.

AirDroid also goes the extra mile to simplify media management. Separate hubs for ringtones, photos, videos, and music automatically organize these file types and let you preview them on the computer before (or without) downloading them. Features like this are why AirDroid is a well thought-out utility for anyone who often transfers files between their computer and Android device.

Redirect File Organizer

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Every Android app manages files and downloads in its own way; some create their dedicated directories when you save a media file or document, others use the default Pictures, Movies, or Download folders on the internal memory. The problem is that you end up with your files dispersed everywhere, and when you open the gallery, for example, you have images in several directories — Camera, Bluetooth, Download, Beam, and more.

Redirect is the answer to these woes. By creating automated actions for different file types, Redirect scans your device's memory and organizes files for you. You can use simple redirects or more complex ones, choosing blacklist and whitelist directories, specific file types, and options to duplicate or completely move the files. The last feature is very handy if you want to keep a backup of your photos on an SD card, for example.

Other options include undoing your previous redirects, setting up the interval at which the app runs, and previewing redirects before applying them. Redirect is excellent, but the one thing you have to be aware of is that some graphic elements are wonky on Android L at this point. The app also has a Pro version with theme support, a widget, and an automatic cleaner for empty folders.

GetThemAll Any File Downloader

Ever run across a website with files embedded and had trouble downloading them? GetThemAll solves that problem. The app includes an integrated browser that can open any web page, and once it loads, a simple click on the arrow in the lower right corner will parse the page and find all the different files in it, including images, audio, video, PDFs, and more.

You can then choose to download one particular file or all of them, and leave it running in the background. Downloaded files are sent into a personalized directory named after the site's address and date, and appear in a dedicated section of the app where you can manage them and send them to Google Drive or your computer.

GetThemAll also integrates with the Share intent on Android, making it easier to share a page to the app instead of manually copying and pasting the address. Its main downside is its design, which mixes Holo elements with skeumorphic icons. However, it remains one of the best apps in its category, with Download All as its most decent-looking alternative.

FolderSync Lite

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Google+ and Dropbox currently allow us to backup our photos and videos to their services, but what if you wanted to use another service to keep your memories safe, or to bring your media back to another device, or to synchronize other file types with a cloud storage service? The answer is in FolderSync.

FolderSync starts by being a basic file utility, with the ability to browse and manage your local storage as well as any cloud account you connect it to. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Copy, SugarSync, Box.net, Amazon S3, and many, many others, are supported. Then, it lets you set Folder Pairs (one in the Lite version, more in the paid app) which are a combination of a local folder and a remote folder that will stay synchronized one-way or two-ways.

FolderSync comes with granular control over every sync aspect, from its schedule, to overwriting, deletions, subfolder and hidden file support, notifications, conflicts, and more. There's also a forced sync option if you need to trigger an action instead of waiting for the scheduled one, wakelock control, and a tablet-optimized interface, all of which make FolderSync a very complete cloud management solution.

File Converter

Let's get this out of the way first. File Converter doesn't do local conversions of your files, but instead requires you to upload the original file so it can convert it remotely, then lets you download the result. The app states that it doesn't keep any copies of your files, but you may want to refrain from using it if you are handling sensitive information.

This caveat aside, File Converter is an incredibly powerful utility. It can handle video, image, document, audio, ebook, hash, and archive conversions across dozens and dozens of formats. That .mobi ebook can become a .epub, that .wmv video can switch to a more friendly .mp4, that open office document might work better as a .docx, and so on. You get the point.


File Converter packs a few more aces up its sleeves. Music can be extracted from videos, OCR is used to get .txt or .pdf files out of images, and there are many editing options available for video (trimming, rotation, frame rate), audio (bitrate, channels, trimming), images (quality, size, basic edits), and ebooks (title, author).

One limitation is that File Converter can't handle files larger than 100 MB in size. If you need that, you may want to look at The File Converter, an alternative app that manages files up to 1GB but only handles format conversions, without any added editing features.

Disk Usage & Storage Analyzer

Thanks to media files getting higher in resolution (and size) and smartphone storage remaining limited with more and more hurdles for using external memory, our local storage often gets filled quickly. Android offers a basic solution for figuring out where most of your used space has gone, under the Storage section in Settings, but if you want more granular information, you will need an app like Disk Usage & Storage Analyzer.

The app lets you visualize the disk usage on your local and external drives in a sunburst chart. Each section is a folder and is proportional in size to the space it's occupying. Tapping one shows you more information about the files and subfolders it contains. A long tap lets you delete or open the selected section.

And if visualization isn't your thing, you can still see the division of your storage by file types, or browse a list of the 10, 50, or 100 biggest files. With all of these features, Device Storage Analyzer is completely free, tablet-optimized, and has a full file index to facilitate file searching and management. It's a simple and essential utility for those who keep running out of space on their Android phones or tablets.

Search Duplicate File(Super)

Even when you're being very careful, there's always the possibility that your Android device might contain some duplicate files. The image you received via an NFC Beam from a friend and email from another friend, the remaining directory of the free app you uninstalled after you bought the paid version, the music file you downloaded but had also transferred via Bluetooth, etc, they are all examples of unnecessarily occupied storage. Search Duplicate Files to the rescue!


It will analyze your device for duplicate files of the same (or even different) name, and group them together in collapsed lists. You can manually view the content of each duplicate group, select the ones you want to discard, and keep one version of the file. There's also a OneClick search feature that will automatically select everything but the newest or oldest duplicate, making a batch cleaning process much easier.

Search Duplicate Files offers a lot of control over the search, letting you specify file types and sizes, whether or not it should look at hidden files and folders, and limit the directories in which to perform the search. Like Disk Usage & Storage Analyzer above, it's a handy utility that is best used once in a while to clean unnecessary files from your device.

Whether you keep your files synchronized with your computer or with cloud services, or want to stay in control of how they are organized and the amount of disk space they use, or even need to save or convert files from various sources, these 7 utilities should do the trick.

We're always on the lookout for more file utilities, so if you have more recommendations, please let us know.

Rita El Khoury
Rita is a pharmacist by profession, a geek by passion. Her love story with Android started in 2009 and has been going stronger with every update, device, tip, app, and game. She lives in Lebanon, speaks three languages, and watches a lot of TV series.

  • NoName

    Boring post.

    • Ofrine

      no u

      • someone755

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          • someone755

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          • bob

            well, that escalated quickly

          • someone755

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    • Colin Dinelli

      It can be very useful to some people. Just don't read it if you're not interested.

      • someone755

        Wherever there's an option for people to rate/comment, there will always be positives and negatives, even if the post was about scientists creating a marshmallow unicorn of love that heals all known diseases.

        • Urtho

          I don't like marshmallow's. /s

  • abobobilly

    I have been using Solid Explorer's Widget, and have added its FTP address in my PC. So basically whenever i want to transfer a file, I turn on my WiFi on Android, click on the Widget to enable the FTP Server (on smartphone) ... and browse my phone like normal explorer on my PC.

    I think its the fastest and most convenient way to transfer files i have come across.

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      MTP still has terrible support on Linux, that's a shame.

  • angel_spain

    I have used DiskUsage (it's different from the one in this post) and it's great. I helps you greatly to find where your storage is being wasted displaying your storage usage in a graphical manner. Definitely a must nowadays in 8GB or even 16GB of storage devices.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm also an avid user of this one.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

      Excellent app, but I have to admit to being a very shallow Android user. Anything with a Gingerbread UI that has an equivalent (or at least 90% similar app) with a more modern UI gets dismissed.

      • Mario AK

        The UI was so far ahead of its time, the only gbread visuals were menus, the core app can scale so well on any screen size and it uses touch controls better than any other app in general...

    • Mario AK

      Yes, I've been using it since froyo, it's so well designed, it's barely changed at all...

      • someone755

        I hope you're heavy on the sarcasm here.

        • Mario AK

          Not really, it's got the same basic layout, the interface is updated a bit... Have you even used it? The screenshots barely do it justice, it's a simple app, but functions flawlessly...

          • someone755

            I did use it once, but it didn't get any major UI revamps since (a few tweaks here and there, nothing special).
            To each their own, I guess; I favor SD Maid's "biggest files" feature while you prefer this.

          • Mario AK

            It's an app not big on features, but focused on a single function, to visualise the file system as elegantly as possible... It's very basic regarding file management and almost no advanced actions, but it's been an option for a long time, and i just wanted to give it some recognition...

        • Matthew Fry

          It mimics the layout of WinDirStat/KDirStat/Disk Inventory X (pick your OS) which has also not changed in forever. I'm happy with the design and feature set and especially how it ties into Solid Explorer. SD Maid looks good too but I prefer the graphical representation.

    • Mario AK

      Also, it's the only file app which reliably deletes files, even some high profile file managers sometimes leave files intact...

  • UI Nazi

    What terrible UIs!

    • Xavier Tobin

      Redirect File Organizer dev here, the app is getting a huge update soon - a complete rewrite, redirecting to computer and a brand new UI: http://imgur.com/a/NF8Ui

      • UI Nazi

        It's beautiful :')

        • someone755

          When the UI Nazi says a UI is beautiful ... damn. @xavier_tobin:disqus, you really know you're doing a good job xD

  • VelvetDWashburnn

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  • Xavier Tobin

    Hi all!
    Redirect File Organizer developer here!
    I've been working on an update for about 4 months now, I've rewritten the entire app, the UI and added tons of features.
    For example: You'll be able to redirect to and from your computer automatically, so you could set up a redirect to scan all your music on your phone and upload them to the Google Music folder on your computer. So whenever you buy/download music on your phone it automatically is synced to your play music account!
    Here are some screenshots: http://imgur.com/a/NF8Ui


    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Wow. Beautiful!

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Waiting impatiently for this update ever since you had shared the screenshots on reddit. Great work, Xavier.

    • Hrishikesh Bisen

      Hope you're also working with new material UI for Android L(Future Update,whenever it launch)

      • Xavier Tobin

        Of course!

        • black

          Advice: Don't. AP users don't know what Material is. They'll keep complaining that your work isn't really "material" as it does follow Google's guidelines.

          • Xavier Tobin

            I'll only release it when all the relevant APIs, Icon sets and L is actually released. It'll be proper material.

          • someone755

            I'm pretty sure most people on here who complain about apps that aren't Material know what they're talking about.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

      Looks hot!

    • FSchmitthammer

      I hope your update works with Kit Kat security permissions.

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    its about time airdroid was given big $ to become a core part of android i think (yeah yeah let it be free of google etc) seriously though easily one of the most must have apps on android

  • RickyGrundyJr

    file manager. by Gira.me

  • RickyGrundyJr
  • Egnimatic_Foolishness

    This was legitimately helpful. When I saw the title of the article, I just assumed that I would be aware of everything on the list.

    To my shock, almost everything but Airdroid and Folder sync was new to me.
    I'm legitimately excited about a couple of these apps that I have been needing without knowing it.

    Tl;dr This article was much more helpful than anticipated. Keep up the good work.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

      Glad you liked it :)

  • Shubharthi

    No SD Maid?? I can't believe it.. The rest are perfect though.. Really should have been SD Maid instead of Search Duplicate File and Device Storage Analyser..

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  • mgamerz

    Surprised Root Explorer/Explorer isn't on here. It's a solid manager without all the extra crap.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

      It was part of the full File Managers post I linked to at the beginning of the post. This is more of an add-on to that, than a post about file explorers and managers.

  • Big Tony

    ADM (Advanced Download Manager) has tens of thousands more downloads than Get Them All Downloader and does everything and more. The free version is great and the donate one has a few upgrades. One is upping 5 parsings to 9.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

      This is the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dv.adm
      Thanks for pointing to this one, I had run across it a while ago and couldn't find it again. The little caveat is that it doesn't seem to parse webpages like Get Them All, but you have to manually select what you want to download and then direct it to the app.

      • Big Tony

        I actually downloaded Get Them All to give it a fair shake. I timed a download, same download same conditions. It took GTA six minutes to download a PA ROM. ADM did it 2 min 15 sec.

        GTA forces you to use their browser to get to a download. So if I'm browsing the net and find something I want to download, I can't just click the link and get the option to download with GTA, I have to copy and paste the link into GTA's browser. With ADM I just choose to download the item and go on about my business. Should a website require a browser to sign in and register to download from, ADM will pull that up to.

        ADM is far faster and has quite a bit more options. Why not give it a try at least? Not my app but I have tried so many downloaders and this one is the best.

        • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

          Ah, I see there's a bit of a misunderstanding about the purpose of Get Them All. It isn't a download accelerator / manager (like ADM), but it aims to find all the files and images in a web page, even those that are embedded and don't have a direct link. There's room for both apps to coexist.

          • primalxconvoy

            Exactly. ADM doesn't scan a site for downloads, so pictures that won't allow a long press to download our view the image can't be downloaded with ADM.

    • primalxconvoy

      ADM is difficult to use. Several updates later and I couldn't understand it (there are two seepage apps?) and I wasn't able to sideload anything anymore.

      Airdroid never worked for me. I used it on three different WiFi connections, via my phone and an ouya, 2 pcs and a mac but nothing worked.

  • http://elvin.ro/ Elvin

    No BT Sync? What were you thinking? It's the best one.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/fatriff Fatriff

    Teamviewer is a must have! Or Splashtop if you want to play games on your PC through your phone! Both let you remote access computers but Splashtop is zero lag.

  • someone755

    You really should've gone with SD Maid instead of this "Search Duplicate File".

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

      Check my answer to @shubharthi above ;)

      • someone755

        I posted this, then saw a few seconds later that other people were complaining too xP
        SD Maid should be every rooted user's choice, right after TiB though :P

  • FSchmitthammer

    Disappointing that Kit Kat makes most of these great apps fail to work.
    The Redirect and duplicate checker are awesome concepts. However, I have tried both and they don't work on Kit Kat due to permissions. Google really messed up a lot of developers with the security change to Kit Kat. I hope that Android L will correct this.

  • thelionk

    @khouryrt:disqus How does Search Duplicate File (Super) does it's recognition of similar files? I'd like one that is able to compare images that are the same, but different resolution or compression and maybe similarly for video and audio.