ES File Explorer vs Google Files Go: Managing Files Better

ES File Explorer vs Google Files Go: Managing Files Better

Android’s file management system allows you to explore your internal memory. This is a complaint from iOS users. While this is good, the default file manager app that comes with your phone is not enough.

ES File Explorer vs Google Files Go: Managing Files Better

File managers can vary depending on the phone’s make and model, and often fall short of expectations. ES File Explorer has long been considered the go-to file manager app, but Google Files Go has emerged as a serious competitor.

What sets Google Files Go apart and can it surpass the established reputation of ES File Explorer? Let’s explore.

1. Interface & Layout

ES File Explorer is a feature-packed file manager app. It offers convenient access to various content types, such as images, movies, apps, and docs. The interface can be a bit overwhelming at first, with ads present. However, it provides a seamless way to organize and navigate files based on their format.

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Google Files Go takes a different approach. It tells you the space used out of the total storage, which is the main selling point of the app aside from being free and ad-free. The layout is divided into cards.

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ES File Explorer displays junk files that can be deleted to free up memory and space. Files Go also does this and runs in the background to find what you need or don’t. Both apps have a powerful search bar at the top.

2. Browse Storage

ES File Explorer offers powerful file exploring capabilities, allowing you to view every folder and file on your Android. You can even access hidden files, but this feature is only available to premium users.

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Simply swipe from the left or tap the menu to access the Internal Storage. By doing so, I quickly found many leftover folders and files from previously uninstalled apps. Additionally, it’s useful for manually browsing the folder structure to explore the phone’s internal storage.

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Google Files Go doesn’t allow me to browse my phone’s folders. Under the Browse tab, you will find everything organized into categories like APK files of sideloaded apps, downloads, audio, and more. Note: You can hide apps and files without root access. When I click on APP, Google Files Go only finds two files while ES File Explorer finds four. Besides that, ES File Explorer offers more sorting options.

3. Networking Is the Key

I use ES File Explorer daily to browse my computer and laptop files. It has a LAN option under Network that connects to my PC. An active Internet connection isn’t necessary, as long as both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. It simplifies my life by making all my computer’s pictures, music, and videos accessible on my Android phone when I’m near the home router.

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This feature is missing in Google Files Go. It is surprising that Google’s Android Development team didn’t think of adding it from the beginning. Perhaps it will be included in future updates.

4. A Little Something Extra

ES File Explorer is acclaimed as one of the most popular file explorer apps on the Play Store. The Tools section in the menu offers additional features such as a music player, locker, note editor, and system manager.

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The music player is bare-bones, but you can use the locker add-on to lock your apps. The note editor is also good for jotting down notes and getting things done.

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ES File Explorer allows you to connect to cloud storage services and FTP servers.

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Most popular cloud storage providers are supported, and if you’re a webmaster, FTP option helps manage servers on Android. Files Go only supports Google Drive and has no FTP server option. Google Files Go notifies ways to free up space on your smartphone. For example, it informed me about 5 unused apps from the past 4 months. A recent update added SD card support. It also finds duplicate files, with autocomplete search. Pretty handy if you remember file names.

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Google Files Go allows users to share files with friends even without an internet connection. This feature is especially useful for quickly sharing pictures, APKs, and videos with friends in the cafeteria. ES File Explorer also has a similar option called Sender, which can be found under the Network option in the sidebar.

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Google Photos, when used for backing up your precious moments, can be complemented by Files Go to delete images that have already been backed up. This smart file management not only saves space but also enables efficient storage.

5. Premium or Free

ES File Explorer has become increasingly aggressive with in-app ads in recent years. However, you can pay a monthly subscription (starting at $0.99) to remove ads and unlock additional features such as themes, SMB 2.0, and hidden file access.

ES File Explorer vs Google Files Go: Managing Files Better

Google Files Go is a free app, like other Google apps on the Play Store. Display advertising is Google’s bread and butter, so this is pleasantly surprising.

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The app is neat, ad-free, and works well but lacks useful features that ES File Explorer offers in the free version.

Management Is an Art, Not a Skill

I think it’s unfair to compare these two apps. They handle different aspects of file management and excel at what they do. I didn’t compare their installation file size as I focused on the features.

Google Files Go was never intended to be an ES File Explorer killer. If you want a clean, no-nonsense file manager, get Google Files Go. If you don’t mind paying a bit extra to remove ads and access configurable file management, ES Explorer is right for you. Or get both and try them out.

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