Everyone I know has Android devices so today I am going to tell you how you can make file management on Android a whole lot better. There are many different file managers available for Android. Stock Android (Google's version) comes with a simple file manager. Many OEMs (LG, Samsung, HTC etc) ship some customized implementation of that file manager or their own replacement app. The Play Store is full of free and paid apps. However, I prefer the one called Total Commander over all of them. Here are my 10 reasons why you should use Total Commander.
Reason 1. Dual pane UI
Reason 2. Built-in archiver
Reason 3. Built-in editor
Total Commander for Android comes with a buit-in editor. It is very useful if you need to edit some file quickly. It is very simple, however, it works well enough for basic editing. If you need to take notes or change some file, you don't need to install other apps. In settings, you can set the default font the editor uses and change the line height.
Reason 4. Built-in music player
Reason 5. Customizable toolbar
Reason 6. Navigation
Reason 7. Plugins
Total Commander supports plugins which can extend the functionality of the application. At this moment it supports the following plugins:
- LAN Plugin - allows you to access Windows SMB shares from your Android device.
- WiFi/WLAN Plugin - supports direct connections via HTTP over WiFi/WLAN between two Android devices, or between Android (Server) and any device or computer with a Web browser or a WebDAV client.
- FTP Plugin - access your LAN and Internet FTP servers.
- SFTP Plugin - allows you to access SFTP servers.
- Google Drive Plugin - access data stored in your Google Drive account.
- OneDrive Plugin> - access Microsoft OneDrive files.
- WebDAV Plugin - access any server which supports the WebDAV protocol.
This is very impressive.
Reason 8. Root file system access
Reason 9. Integration with the OS
Total Commander provides a very useful file browsing dialog which can replace the file selection dialog that pops up for various activities like picking a ringtone etc. It provides directory-based browsing and can save your time when you know the exact location of the file you need to pick.
Reason 10. Price
The last but not the least reason is Total Commander's price. For those of you who don't know, Total Commander exists for Microsoft Windows too but unlike the paid Windows version, on Android, it is freeware! Once you get Total Commander, you get all these features for free.
Total Commander is one of the best file managers available for Android. After I installed it, I never felt the need to look for alternatives. It is feature-rich, responsive and very lightweight. It works fast even on low-end devices and provides an excellent all-in-one solution. Now consider your favorite file manager and tell us if you feel it is better than Total Commander.
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