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  1. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    I have used ES Explorer for years. It is so handy transferring files from my phone to tablet and my pc.
    But it has had bad reviews and now not on google play
    So unable to add it to my new phone.
    Can anyone suggest a simple program that will enable me connect my gadgets with a couple of clicks?
    Most of the file explorers seem so complicated when I try them. I cant figure them out.

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  2. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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  3. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Solid explorer is what I switched to.
    There's a little learning curve but once you get the hang of it, all good.
    Try it out and upgrade if it fits your needs
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  4. Trom

    Trom Android Enthusiast

    I've used one called X-Plore File Manager for several years which will do this with a million other options, too, can't remember if I paid for it or if it was free. Although it has a ton of tools and utils, it's pretty easy to use as well.

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  5. srglassw

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  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I use both Solid and X-Plore.

    Ditched ES at their first privacy issue many years ago (even though I wasn't using the feature that had the issue - I didn't like what it implied about them).
  7. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Just trying X-plore. Doesn't seem as simple as ES for me. It is finding my tablet from my phone, but not my pc.
    All new to me.
    Looked at Solid but I couldn't figure it out
    Since I'm an oldie it is hard, even though I love my pc and technology lol
  8. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Just downloaded File Manager
    Like the simple look of the screen
    But not sure how to use it
    Any help would be great
    I click on a photo on my phone and then send then file Manager but nothing happened
  9. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

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  10. jungleexplorer

    jungleexplorer Android Enthusiast

  11. Deleted User

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    You can search in on google to re download it
  12. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I use several, among them:

    - Explorer: connects easily to all of my networked [Linux] computers and their external drives, as well as cloud services (Dropbox, Drive); my favorite perk is that you can assign your own icons--which is not the same as using different icon packs.

    - FX File Explorer: makes it a point to tout privacy; connects easily to everything as above.

    - Solid Explorer: not my favorite, but it's okay; connects as above.

    And others. Please note that mine are all paid versions.
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  13. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    Or just go to their website to get the current version.

    Just keep in mind that they were booted off Play for a reason! Even though their current version isn't the one that got booted, I'd still warn using it with caution. A lot of it's in Chinese, and is very likely phoning home like before...
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  14. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I have this one's "big brother" Root Explorer (from the days when all of my devices were rooted). I use it less because I don't use it's root features currently, but yes, that has always worked fine for me. The non-root version I think only differs in lacking the extra features that require root.
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  15. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    That's been my go to file manager for years.
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    Their new version sucks keeps crashing and freezong
  17. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    You're better off without it! :D

    I have to admit that it took me some time to fully wean off its last Play Store version--which I paid for!--because I relied on it to create APKs of all my paid apps, for backups. But, you know, we adjust!
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  18. puppykickr

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  19. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Thank you for all the suggestions Am still missing ES Explorer
    It was so simple to use I could move a whole folder full of files in second from my tablet to my phone or to my computer.
    Also use the Add to desktop option.
    Tried so far..X plore. I can access the PC from my phone on it ( it takes awhile) not tablets though. Also FX.
    Couldn't figure out Solid.
    File Manager + will access my computer. Not tablets
    Not got a clue what SMB is.
    Have found with them all so far I have to add details to access pc.
    I must have been very lucky fiding ES years ago as that was the only one i ever used
    Looks like I am back to using wireso_O
  20. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Last try will be Explorer Moody Blue
  21. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    A hat tip to you that you're looking to change to a different file manager app -- ES was at one time a very highly regarded file manager app, but after it was bought out by a different company a few years ago its shiny features became really tarnished.

    Anyway, your request for a simple replacement with a low learning curve is something that's a very subjective point. What's good for someone else isn't necessarily what's going to be good for you. I'd suggest something like this 'Moto File Manager' app, or 'Explorer' app as their default user interfaces have at least a similar 'look and feel' to ES Explorer.
    But these are just non-specific suggestions. You might want to just go to the Play Store yourself to find something that appeals to you.
    https://play.google.com/store/search?q=file manager no ads&c=apps
    We can all tout our favorites but this is something you should decide on based on what you are most comfortable using. Pay a lot of attention to the screen captures each file manager app provides in their respective Play Store page. They will show each app's default user interface and see what appeals to you -- functionally they are more or less equivalent, it's the user interfaces that vary so much (... and the user interface is how you interact with the app).

    What phone do you have? If a Samsung model, there's a pre-installed file manager, Samsung's 'My Files' app. It's a pretty good, basic file manager with a clean, user-friendly interface of its own that you might want to try out:
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  22. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    To easily move files from one android device to another, use NitroShare from F-Droid.

    It uses Wi-Fi and is exceptionally simple, just use the share feature on your file manager, and have the app installed and open on both devices.

    If you want more bells and whistles, try TrebleShot, also on F-Droid.
    It is more secure, but more difficult to use and to set up.
  23. srglassw

    srglassw Member

    I don't do file transfers from my phone to my PC directly, rather I use File Manager + to copy to a network storage drive and then copy from the network drive to my PC. Alternately, I could copy to a Cloud storage site and then from there to my PC.

    You can set up access to your phone from within File Manager + using the "Access from..." feature on the main File Manager + screen. File Manager + sets up a service on the phone to allow phone files to be accessed from a PC using an FTP IP address and port number that it assigns. I don't use this feature because as far as I know it only allows single file by file transfers.
  24. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    So many replies I am overwhelmed :D
    I have a Samsung A70 and use My Files manager
    But it wont let me send files from my phone to tablet or pc in seconds
    I have tried maybe 8 or 9 apps but they are not the same as EX Explorer. That was so easy.:mad:
  25. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Try NitroShare.

    Install and setup on all devices involved.

    Place all devices on the same Wi-Fi.

    Find your file(s) in any file manager app, select Share, and choose NitroShare.

    Choose desired device to recieve files.
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