Files by Google Android

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Files by Google is the new app to manage files on Android devices. It offers us a logical management and functions to transfer docs to other smartphones


Google's new file manager for Android

May 28, 2024
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Google's new file manager for Android is called Files by Google. For the time being, it's only available in beta version but you can download its APK to try it out provided that you're on Lollipop or later.

Way beyond the classic file management

In this file manager, we're going to find all the usual functions of this kind of tool. In other words, everything we need to access the folders of our device, whether a smartphone or tablet, to transfer files, create folders, copy documents...

However, it also incorporates other functions that we hadn't seen to the date in Android's native application, such as the possibility to send data between two devices that are physically nearby. For such purpose, we'd have to create a user to which other handsets can connect provided that we grant the permissions necessary.

Regarding the design, we can see that it has followed suit to other applications developed by this company, as is the case of Google Photos, for instance. Thanks to the latter, we can view in the first place whatever files we want depending on how we've organized them, paying special attention to the larger and heavier ones.

A file manager that improves Android's native management tool.

Main features

  • File management in a more logical and intuitive manner.
  • Assistant to release storage space.
  • Suggestions to remove applications that haven't been used for a long time.
  • Recognition of junk files and duplicate images.
  • Improved location of important files.
  • Share files without an Internet connection in a safe and quick manner.

The application has been conceived in order to assist the user in the maintenance of his phone. That's why it incorporates different kinds of alerts that warn us when we're running low on storage space, when we've got apps that we haven't used in over 30 days or when we're going to download large files.

Requirements and additional information:

  • Minimum operating system requirements: Android 5.0.
Antony Peel

A Telecommunications Engineer, chance led me to the translation industry, where after a few years, I discovered another side of the world of technology while translating what others were writing about mobile applications and software. That...