2 features that make ASUS File Manager the best tool for working on Android

There are many file managers out there, but there are two features that set ASUS apart from the rest. Here is a quick overview of the app and its features.

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I have used so many file managers on the Android platform. Some of these are from a pre-installed on a device and some from the Google Play Store. More often than not, the ubiquity of the file management tool makes it difficult to find one that shines above the rest. And then comes along ASUS File Manager. This particular approach to the tool offers just enough extra functionality that it doesn’t become bloatware and gives the user one of the best file management interfaces I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s elegant, easy and powerful.

Let’s take a look at what makes ASUS File Manager so effective.

But first…

Installation

Installing ASUS File Manager is as easy as any other Android app. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Find ASUS file manager
  3. Locate and tap the entry for ZenUS, ASUS Computer Inc
  4. Tap Install
  5. Let the installation complete

Once the installation is complete, you’ll find the app launcher on your home screen or in your app drawer (or both). Tap on it to start the file manager.

Use

The first thing you will notice about ASUS File Manager is that the main window offers a simple breakdown of files by type (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A

The main window of ASUS File Manager.

You can tap on any of these categories and view related files. That alone is worth the (free) price of entry. If you tap on the storage analyzer, you get a more in-depth look at what is using storage on your device (Number B).

Number B

Number B

ASUS File Manager storage analyzer.

The storage analyzer even lets you filter by

  • Large files
  • Recent files
  • Duplicate files

Wireless file transfer

One of the best features built into ASUS File Manager is wireless file transfer. Don’t be fooled by the name, with this feature you can upload files from your Android device and upload them to it. How do you use this feature? Simple:

  1. In the main window, tap on PC File Transfer
  2. Press Start (Figure C)
  3. Point one of your desktop browsers (it must be on the same wireless network as your Android device) to the given IP address and port
  4. Download and download at your discretion

Figure C

Figure C

The file transfer service is top notch.

When the file transfer is complete, press Stop in the ASUS File Manager window and the connection will be terminated.

Hidden cabinet

Another feature that you will find interesting is the built-in file locker, called a hidden cabinet. You access this functionality from the main window. The first time you use the hidden cabinet, you will need to set up a PIN code (Number D). Press this button and go through the necessary code setup process.

Number D

Number D

Configuration of the hidden cabinet.

Once you have configured the hidden cabinet, then you can go back to the main window, locate a file you want to add to the hidden cabinet, long press that file to select it, press the menu button (three dots in the upper right corner), then press Move to Hidden Cabinet (Figure E).

Figure E

Figure E

Move a file to the hidden cabinet.

After you long press a file, you can then select as many files as you want (before pressing the menu button). A good thing about the hidden cabinet is that when you add a file, that same file cannot be viewed from another file manager.

Beyond the hereafter

Apart from these great features, ASUS File Manager does a great job just letting you view and manage your files. With the addition of the above features, ASUS File Manager easily outperforms the competition. If you’re looking for a file manager that goes above and beyond, try this one.

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Donald E. Hollingsworth