FX File Explorer

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About this app

FX File Explorer features a Material Design UI and new ways to transfer your files between devices and computers:

* SMBv2 support.
* New "FX Connect" transfers files from phone-to-phone with Wi-Fi Direct. Supports NFC to connect two phones by physically touching their backs together. (requires FX+)
* New "Web Access" enables transfer and management of files and media from your computer's web browser. You can drag-and-drop entire folders to your phone from your computer, or stream your phone's music playlists to your computer over Wi-Fi. (requires FX+)

FX is a file explorer built to make working with files and media on your phone or tablet as easy as it is on your computer:

* Productivity-oriented "Home Screen": Directly access your important folders, media, and cloud storage
* Multiple window support, with dual-view mode to see two windows at once
* "Usage View" mode shows the total size and content makeup of every folder, as you browse and manage files
* Support for most file archive formats

FX protects your privacy:

* No advertisements
* No tracking of user activity: FX does not ever "phone home"
* Built by NextApp, Inc., a US corporation founded in 2002; all proprietary code was developed in-house

The optional FX+ Add-On module enables more functionality:

* Access networked computers, including FTP, SSH FTP, WebDAV, and Windows Networking (SMB1 and SMB2)
* Connect to cloud storage including Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, SkyDrive, and OwnCloud
* Manage installed applications, with support for browsing applications based on their required permissions
* Create and explore inside AES-256/AES-128 encrypted zip files
* Browse audio content by artist/album/playlist; manage and organize playlists
* Directly browse photo and video folders
* Encrypted password keyring (use one password to access network and cloud locations)

FX includes a number of built-in editing/viewing applets:

* Text Editor (with undo/redo history, cut/paste, search, and pinch-to-zoom)
* Binary (Hex) Viewer
* Image Viewer
* Media Player and pop-up Audio Player
* Zip, Tar, GZip, Bzip2, 7zip archive creators and extractors
* RAR file extractor
* Shell Script Executor

Android 8 / 9 Location Permission Notice

* NOTE: Android 8.0+ unfortunately required us to add the "approximate location" permission, as it's now required for apps that support Wi-Fi direct (because Wi-Fi direct leaks this information). FX does not ever actually query your location, and this permission will only ever be asked for on Android 8.0 and later when using FX Connect. This requirement previously applied only to Android 9.0, but because FX now specifies full support for the latest Android API, Android 8.0 also requires this permission.
Updated on
Apr 9, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

5.29K reviews
Mac B
April 15, 2024
Does everything I want, including integrated cloud/smb support. However, viewing non-local images is a bit painful because of the latency of loading each file. If the devs ever read this, I'm hoping you can implement some sort of pre-fetch for viewing non-local images, at least for your own image viewer. Pre-fetching at least one image will make swiping so incredibly more responsive.
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Jay Van Alstyne
December 8, 2023
Clean, responsive, and lots of cool network storage features. The only problem I've had in years is I don't think I can filter by file extension, just predefined "type" like "image," an asterisk wildcard doesn't seem to work. But that problem made me realize I had, what, a 4 year streak of never having to look anything up? And it still gets maintenance updates! Just buy it!
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Kent Pearce
December 23, 2023
While I have five or six file managers installed on my phone, FX File Explorer is the primary file manager which I use. Besides giving me access to the internal storage (normal file name editing, file location control, etc.), I can connect to my cloud drives (Dropbox and Google Drive) and I can connect to my desktop computers and consequently transfer files between all of these devices from within FX File Explorer which is extremely useful.
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What's new

FX 9.0
Major UI Updates
Improved Android 11/12 Support, e.g. "Manage All Files" permission usage
SSH Curve25519 support
SMB3 support
Dropbox API fixes
Now requires Android 5.0+.
Translucent themes have been removed temporarily, but may return at some point.
Android 13 support, removed ridiculous previously required location permission for Android 13+ Wifi Direct!