6 File Manager Apps for iOS and Android
On most tablets, you can’t easily duplicate or move files without the right app. / Credit: Shutterstock
Smartphones and tablets are great tools to help you stay productive when you're away from the office. But compared to a laptop, most mobile devices have some major drawbacks that could hinder your productivity. That includes their limited file management capabilities.
Sure, iOS and Android have solid apps to enable you to create documents, spreadsheets and more.
ES File Explorer (Free) – Android
ES File Explorer stands out thanks to its intuitive interface and complete feature set. The app gives you easy access to your phone or tablet's file system so you can move, duplicate and delete files. And it integrates with cloud storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more, so you can back up your files to the cloud, and sync them among all your mobile devices. As an added bonus, the app offers advanced app-management tools that make it easier to organize, install and uninstall applications. File Explorer also includes a gallery mode so you can view your photos and images
OI File Manager (Free) – Android
OI File Manager is a solid choice for Android users who want a simple file manager with a minimalist design. While it lacks some in-depth features, it makes up for them with an easy-to-use file management system, so you can move, copy, rename and delete files easily. The app lets you view lists of your files, and creates thumbnail previews for image files. You can also create and delete folders to keep your files organized, just like you do on your desktop computer. And OI File Manager lets you send files by email so you can share them with employees or colleagues.
ASTRO File Manager (Free) – Android
ASTRO File Manager is a good file management app with intuitive, swipe-based navigation. Swipe to the left to access a variety of tools including App Backup and Task Killer, as well as a breakdown of SD card memory usage. Swipe to the right to access the cloud storage tool, which lets you move files between your mobile device and platforms including Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive. You can even move files from one cloud platform to another with a single copy and paste — no need to download the file to local storage first. ASTRO also features powerful search functionality so you can find the file you need using keywords, or narrow your search down to only specific locations on your device's memory.
Documents 5 (Free) – iOS
The Documents 5 file management app for iOS includes tons of additional functionality. As a file manager, it offers most of the tools you need, including the ability to move, duplicate and delete files from the internal memory of your iPhone or iPad. The app also lets you copy documents to and from your desktop Mac or PC, and sync files with cloud storage platforms including iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive. The Documents 5 app also offers password protection to help keep private business data secure. Additionally, the app lets you read documents and PDF files, and view photos and video files. You can even annotate and edit documents right within the app. Documents 5 also serves as a bookmarks manager for Web pages you want to view later.
iStorage 2 HD ($4.99) – iOS
The iStorage 2 HD app is a good file management tool for power users. Its core functionality lets you view, locate, move and manipulate files right on your iPhone or iPad. And it offers additional tools such as the ability to view two different folders on screen at once. That can come in handy when comparing files, or when you want to move files between two different locations. And iStorage 2 HD offers a variety of ways to view your files, including list and thumbnail views. It also lets you read documents and PDFs right within the app, and synchronize your files to a variety of cloud storage platforms, including Dropbox and SkyDrive. The app even has a built-in Web browser and bookmarks manager. But you'll have to pay for all that functionality; the $4.99 app is pricier than other file management options for iOS.
iFunBox (Free) – iOS
Unlike other file managers on this list, iFunBox isn't a mobile app. Instead, it's a desktop program that lets you manage the files on your mobile device by plugging it into your work or home computer. The main interface features a sidebar that lets you jump to specific locations to view your photos, videos, books, ringtones and more. From within the program, you can move, copy, rename and delete files with your mouse and keyboard. And iFunBox also includes app management functionality, including the ability to install multiple apps in a single batch. That can help you synchronize your apps across multiple smartphones and tablets. You can also use the program to update all your apps at once, and even set it to automatically download a specified app when it goes on sale.
Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles .