Every Android smartphone comes with a default file browser. Sometimes, it’s developed by manufacturers; sometimes it is the Android standard. However, in most cases, these file browsers are not up to the mark. In fact, you may not even be able to perform basic actions like Copying and Pasting. What’s more, some devices come with no file explorer at all. This was why developers came up with the idea of third-party File Explorers. And, ES File Explorer is undoubtedly the superb choice you can make when you need a free, feature-rich and effective file explorer for your Android devices.

Used by thousands of people — including Android geeks and common users —, ES File Explorer is quite trusted. However, in our review, we will explore its features, User Interface and other notable aspects. Shall we start?

ES File Explorer — A Brief Overview


ES File Explorer is a fully-fledged file explorer and manager app for Android devices. Using this application, you can browse and manage different types of files such as images, documents, videos, music files, app files and some miscellaneous ones. It works on any Android device that runs v4.0 or later, meaning that you can get this app for almost all devices. With 600 Million of users aboard, ES File Explorer is one of the most used Android apps as well. It is worth noting that ES File Explorer offers some additional features, apart from basic file transfers and browsing. We will go through the major features soon.

The Basic Options of ES File Explorer


Just like any other file explorer is meant to be, ES File Explorer also lets you explore the files you have stored in device as well as from Cloud Storage services like Box and Dropbox. Talking of local storage, several actions are available for every file. You can copy, cut, paste, delete, share and rename files you have stored in the SD Card or on-board storage. It has an option to show you file details as well. In short, you can manage files just as you are using a Desktop app. It’s just that you have a smaller screen with you. In additional tasks, you can compress or encrypt your files for saving space and increasing the security. So, this is ES File Explorer as a file explorer solution. That having said, there are many additional capabilities.

The Notable Features of ES File Explorer

Now, we will have a look at the pronounced features of ES File Explorer for Android. Let’s see how this app can help you in day-to-day Android purposes.

Cloud Storage Access

Unlike the common file explorers, ES File Explorer does not limit itself to local storage. You can connect your Dropbox, Box or Google Drive accounts with the app to access stored files. These cloud files will be synced on time. Of course, you can easily shift files between local and cloud areas.

File Transfer


Yes, using the Wi-Fi Hotspot-based feature, you can transfer your local files to other devices. The best part is that you can send the files to a phone or desktop PC. This is done through ES Sender. However, you can simply connect another device to your Wi-Fi Hotspot and access the files.

Analyse Storage & Clean Junk Files


This is an impressive section of ES File Explorer, for sure. Using this app, you can find the storage usage in your device and see what is consuming your storage space. In a single tap, you can find the large files and non-used files. You can filter the results too. The best part is that you can instantly clear those junk files and folders. This Search options makes it easy to find the stuff you don’t really need and remove them — right away.

Root Explorer & App Manager

These two features are indeed awesome to be found in a file explorer application. Root Explorer is a good feature if you have a rooted Android phone. You can explore different file directories and even change permissions as you like it. At the same time, App Manager is useful for taking backups of apps and restoring them. In short, you have better control over your apps.

The Miscellaneous Options

Apart from these major options, ES File Explorer is offering some simple yet useful utilities. Download Manager lets you download content from web and store it directly to certain folders. Similarly, Network File Browser lets you explore files from network-connected devices. Other options include Bluetooth File Browser, Real-time File Observer, Library, Smart Lock etc.

Out of these features, majority are useful for common users. Personally speaking, we loved the features very much, and they have helped us for easier file management.

User Interface & Usability in ES File Explorer


It does not matter whether you are in advanced area or basic file transfer; ES File Explorer has the same design philosophy for the file explorer. It uses clean icons with labels for folder categorization. However, depending on your needs, you can customize the layout and add more option. Tap and hold on one file to see more features. Considering all these, ES File Explorer is quite usable for all types of users. At the least, you won’t be confused about the available options. Also, it has to be noted that ES File Explorer has in-built Image Viewer, Music Player and Video Player. You don’t need other players if you are using ES File Explorer for browsing needs. So, we repeat, ES File Explorer has an intuitive UI that you can count on.

The Bottom Line

Now that we have discussed the different features and usability of ES File Explorer, we can reach a decision. Although it’s a file explorer on paper, the app offers a bunch of superb features. For instance, Wi-Fi File Transfer and Junk File Cleaner are something people love. On the bright side, the app weighs just 8MB but offers these much features. So, it does not matter whether you want to copy, paste, rename or share some files directly — ES File Explorer is a good choice you’ll get.


My name is Suumit and I am Co-founder of Risemetric – a Mumbai based digital marketing agency. We help startups and corporates to grow their online presence through activities like organic SEO, AdWords, Facebook Ads and App Store Optimization.