Files Go: Google’s own file manager with cleaner and WiFi file sharing

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files go app overview

Google has launched a file manager under their hood, which a much-needed app in Google’s ecosystem. Since the beginning, there isn’t any proper file manager in the Android OS. Due to which Android users have to dig into the 3rd party options available on Play store. But with ‘Files Go‘ (perhaps a weird name for a file manager), this might change in future.

Files Go‘ is the Google’s answer to all 3rd party file manager, that Android user seeks after receiving their phones. However, it seems like a part of Android Go initiative to make OS run smoothly on low-end hardware. And with its minimal design approach within 6MB file size, this file manager does offer a lot. Alongside managing your files, it also offers an effective junk cleaner & a WiFi sharing option, just like ShareIt.

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Highlights of Files Go file manager:

  1. To be precise, Files Go is more or less a file organizer, rather than being a file manager. It will organize your files based on their format in a separate section, which further will show files in their respective folders in a sliding pane.
  2. The homepage of the app will land you on a card style layout showing your storage info at the top. Scrolling down that page will show you various cards showing junk files, unused apps, duplicate files etc., File manager does the managing work for you so that you can clean up some space. You can also dismiss those cards by swiping right on them.
  3. The second page with the name ‘Files‘ is where you will find all your files, well organized in sections like Downloads, Received files, Images, Videos, Audio & Documents.
  4. Last, but not the least, this new file manager also pack an inbuilt WiFi sharing option which allows sharing files through WiFi very easy & snappier. The best part is that once connected, both devices can share files with each other without reconnecting.

What else?

Even with its bells & whistles, Files Go app is fairly stable & minimal in terms of feature. However, minor UI lags with WiFi stability issue in WiFI transfer which makes app change back & forth between WiFi & Hotspot, which should get solved with future updates. It would appreciable if we can browse my storage in a regular way, as organizer do miss few file types, which is kind of cons of Files Go.

Still, some might not like Files Go if they are looking for a replacement for file managers like MiXplorer, Solid Explorer or ESExplorer. But if you want something that works & also has few tricks up its sleeves that saves you from downloading another app. Then go ahead & try this refreshing file manager straight from Google.


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