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
Mar 7, 2021

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73.2K reviews
Swim Fan
September 12, 2022
this app was, is, and will always be the coolest I've ever used. even in the final months to where it stopped being useful and lost all its features. It no longer works with the rest of my system without pressing the metaphorical red button...diving down a deep narrow rabbit hole is not my idea of a good time. i no longer recommend this app unless using pre android 9 (really 8) build image. it's not at all compatible anymore with 11+ unless you're an expert. sorry..
32 people found this review helpful
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Steven Chase
October 8, 2022
Lots of features but also lots of bugs. The file search function is broken as it does not search subfolders. Also the interface could be cleaned up and made easier for tablets. Apparently the developer no longer supports this app as it has not been updated since 2018. If this app was still supported I would highly recommend it.
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Pat NY
June 12, 2022
This app was last updated about 1-1/2 years ago. Doesn't work properly on Android 12 and MIUI 13. The problem is the inability to get full write access to the SD Card. For example, I can't rename a folder. This has been my favorite file explorer by far due to the great GUI customization features. I've used it for at least 5 years. So I hope the developers update the app soon. Also, I wish Google would find a way to not keep breaking apps as they put out each new Android update. It's so annoying.
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What's new

* Box API updates.
* FX Connect fixes for newer Android 9/10 releases: Unfortunately Google has required apps which use Wi-Fi Direct pairing to use the "Access Precise Location" permission, despite FX *NEVER* actually accessing your location. The permission itself is only requested when you use FX Connect.