6 Reasons why Files should be your default file manager

Files By Google

In its early days, Files by Google used to be a simple storage organizer, possessing the power of decluttering your device by canning unnecessary files. Fast forward to the present, and Files has completely transmuted into a feature-packed, all-purpose file management application.

Over the last couple of years, Google has given the app a bunch of cool new power-ups, which has allowed it to become one of the best apps in its category.

Download: Files by Google

We are not asking you to take our word for it, of course, but are determined to serve you in the best way possible. So, we have taken upon ourselves to help you see the light, jotting down six reasons why you must pick Files by Google over your default file managing application.

1. It’s Informative

Storage space display

Files by Google shows you the free storage space on your phone right at the top of its welcome page, giving you a fair idea of how much space you must free to make room for new applications/media files.

2. Intelligent, Efficient Cleaning

Find Junk Files

Banking on Google’s smart engineering, Files by Google can “magically” identify and gather all the junk files residing in your device. Then, by tapping on Confirm, you can remove the residue from old uninstalls and other irrelevant files.

Remove Duplicate Files

The app can is also an expert at identifying duplicate files. Not only does it give you a detailed rundown of the space they are occupying, but it also gives you a handy button to get rid of them for good.

Delete folder by folder

There’s also a detailed folder by folder view in the app. With its help, you can clearly identify the folders hogging the most space and delete them if required.

Unnecessary Downloaded Files

After serving their purpose, downloaded files, more often than not, reside as unnecessary space hoggers. Files by Google fixes the problem by lining up all your downloaded files and granting you the easy option of deleting them.

Large Files

Want to delete the largest files taking the most space? This Large Files card has got you covered. Just browse the big files and delete them at will.

Apps’ Usage

Done with the media files and folders? Maybe it’s time to take a look at the apps you haven’t used in a while. Files by Google shows your least used applications, alongside a shortcut to uninstall them in an instant.

3. Versatile Browsing Options

File Categories

The app also displays your files in categories like downloads, images, videos, audio and documents. This is very useful when you are looking for a particular type of file in your storage.

Storage Devices

You can browse your files according to the storage drive they are stored in. If you know whether your file is stored in the internal storage or the memory card, this feature would allow you to jump to the file in a heartbeat.

Folder Browsing

Having selected the storage your file’s stored at, you will be greeted with a detailed rundown of the folders that reside in that compartment. Head over to a folder to explore its files.

Recent Files

Recent files and folders are shown right at the top of the Browse tab. This comes in especially handy when you’re looking for a recently downloaded file but can’t seem to find it in a sea of other units.

4. Do As You Like With Your Files

File Actions

You can move, copy and rename files and folders in the browser, covering pretty much the basics of any decent file manager out there.

5. Handy Google Drive Integration

Google Drive backup

You can also back up some of your important files to Google Drive. This ensures that even if the file gets deleted on the phone, you can still access the file through Google Drive.

6. Quick and Easy File Sharing

Files by Google also excels at exchanging files like any other leading file transfer application (Xender). The app creates a dedicated Wi-Fi network with the other party, allowing them to exchange files at breakneck speeds. The only pre-requisite is that the other user must also install the application on their device.

So, what do you think of the ‘Files by Google’ app now?


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  1. The one feature I have searched for is that Files by Google will play a folder of music files sequentially from a USB drive the way other apps will from the internal mamory.

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