File management is a necessity for many Android users, but few manufacturers provide a fully-featured app to do so. If you want to be able to tap into all that is possible with your file system, you will need a third party option like File Expert.
Why File Expert? Well, it has just about every feature in the book and it all comes in a beautiful, Material Design interface. Let's start with some of the file management features that savvy users are looking for:
- File tagging
- Recycle bin to undo accidental deletions
- Safebox – require a password to access selected files
- App Lock – require a password to access File Expert
- File Shred – securely delete files so they cannot be recovered later
- Convert Microsoft Office files to PDF
- FTP access
- Cloud storage integration (Dropbox, Google, OneDrive, and more)
- Wireless printing
- File compression and decompression (ZIP, RAR, 7z)
- Built-in plain text editor
- Chromecast support
- Advanced download manager
There is much more to File Expert than could be fit into a single post and the above list is far from exhaustive. For an example of the type of goodies you'll find in File Expert, let's check out a recently added feature: offline downloads.
When you choose to download a file from your browser and you select "FE Super Downloader" as your preferred app (this is File Expert), you will then get a prompt like below:
To perform an offline download, you just choose "Download to GCloud." GCloud is the cloud storage service provided by GMobile, File Expert's developer. Once you have internet connectivity, the download task will be shared with GMobile, who will download it to their cloud servers. Once complete, the file(s) will be synced to your device via File Expert.
The Super Downloader also works for other situations, like when you simply want to have a quicker download speed or need the ability to pause an in-progress download.
Along with File Expert's numerous power user features, it all comes in an easy-to-use package. The interface alone is loaded with the kinds of details smart users want:
- Material Design
- Tabbed browsing
- Light and dark themes
- Sort files by size, type, date, and more
- Thumbnail preview or list view
- Search ability
- Slide-in menu for easy access to frequently-used features
- Batch select files
- App icons are shown with their associated folders for easier browsing
- Horizontal mode for better tablet support
Below is a quick look at how you can change between light and dark themes, as well as a glimpse of each one.
Tabbed browsing is a very versatile part of the interface, which can intelligently help you navigate between related areas in addition to your ability to simply add your own tabs like you would in a browser.
File Expert is on its 8th version now and has been used for quite a long time. But the latest version's interface, featuring a Material makeover, even more firmly sets it apart from many other options.
What cannot quite be conveyed without simply using File Expert is how speedy all of its operations are. GMobile has done a lot of behind the scenes work to make everything from search to file copying very quick.
While some of the features mentioned require a subscription, File Expert is very useful even in its free version. Even better, the subscription model used by File Expert means you don't have to commit long-term to see which features you will need.