Google’s Files Go app manages your phone’s storage and offers easy file sharing

Stock Android has many great qualities, but one thing it hasn’t had is a robust built-in file manager app. It would appear that Google has finally noticed because it has been running an Early Access program on the Play Store for such an app called Files Go which is now in open beta. 

According to its Play Store listing, the Files Go app “helps clean up space on your phone and keep it organized“. The app will recommend rarely used apps to remove, recognize and notify you of spam and duplicate images, help you find photos, videos, and documents fast and make it easy to share documents offline by way of making a mini hotspot. Basically, it’s a little like Android’s version of Apple’s AirDrop. It will also offer to clear the cache on your handset. Best of all, with a footprint of only 6MB, Files Go is a neat, lean app that doesn’t hog your phones internal storage. It’s a simple enough interface plus it’s really slick and easy to use.

It’s an app that has been sorely needed on stock Android for years, although you can install the Files Go app on most other phones and tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up. The app was first discovered last week as part of an early access program but was soon removed from public view. Google’s VP of product management, Caesar Sengupta, acknowledged the app’s discovery on Twitter earlier and stated that Google has made it available to download from the Play Store once more in beta format, so don’t be surprised if the app has a couple of quirky habits.

Let us know about your experience with the Files Go app in the comments below.

Download it now: Files Go (Play Store Link)

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).