Free app to explore and manage files
ES File Explorer is a free file finder and application manager developed by EStrongs Inc. With this app, you can easily navigate through the folders in your device. This makes it easy to find, open, move, copy, and transfer files between different locations in your gadget,
Essentially, ES File Explorer works just like other file management apps such as File Manager or X-plore File Manager. These apps let you view the contents of your device in a hierarchical format without the need to connect it to a PC or use any of the built-in device suites that require wired connections.
Access all your files from one app
With ES File Explorer, you can easily look for the files you need. You can either scan the folders manually, or you can use the search bar and just type in the file name you’re looking for. Aside from presenting the files in an easily accessible folder format, the app also allows you to access locations that would otherwise be inaccessible to you through your operating system. This lets you view system files. However, note that modifying system files could cause apps to stop working properly.
Another impressive feature of this file manager is its built-in download manager capability. It offers support for some of the most popular cloud storage platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. This lets the app access your files and moves them between your device storage and your cloud storage without the need for another third-party application. Right within the same app, you can directly check and move files from local to online locations.
The app also offers support for compressed files (ZIP and RAR files) so you can view what these files contain without having to use another third-party app to extract their contents on a separate location. With this alternative, you can view these files directly unless they are password-protected. Additionally, you can also create your own encrypted compressed files within the app by moving files into a new ZIP or RAR file.
Use at your own risk
The largest issue with ES File Explorer is that its developers were caught using the app for click fraud. This means that without the users’ knowledge, the app clicks ads that generate revenue for the developers. It led to the removal of the app from the app stores and whether the feature has been removed or not remains unanswered. This, however, does not steal sensitive user information, only that their device is used for clicking ads without their knowledge.
Another challenge with the app is the appearance of pop-up ads. Whether you’re just navigating across your directories, moving files, or checking the content of your device, you will find annoying ads appearing. You mostly have no choice but to wait a certain amount of time before you get to close the ads, not to mention the size of the close button that makes it more frustrating.
Works but with setbacks
ES File Explorer is good at what it does: giving you unprecedented access and navigability across the various directories in your device. It makes looking for and organizing files easier, and its cloud storage capabilities give you unparalleled access between your local and your online files. However, its issues with click fraud and its annoying ads dampen the experience for most users. If you don’t mind, then this is a recommended solution for your file management needs.