“ES Explorer” – a new look at the popular file manager for Android

Use only the key function of the product – this is normal. Probably, in those days many existing now chips “ES Explorer” simply was not. But even if they were, they seemed unnecessary, because in front of me was a very specific task: to make the work with data the same as in Windows.

In Windows, working with data is simple and straightforward. Freely user-configurable folder and file structure, which is convenient to work with. Everything is open, everything is accessible. I can take the collections of MP3 or movies accumulated over many years and do whatever I want with them. Promptly move, copy and reorganize large data sets with a bunch of folders, subfolders and multiple files. And all this with the invariable preservation of offline access, because the data is stored locally, and not on some remote server, as in the case of cloud storage.

The idea came up with the idea of ​​using Dropbox, but its mobile applications still do not allow to manage offline access to folders – only to individual files. It is very strange. Manually add to the favorites a few hundred or thousands of files I do not want and hardly want. “Google Drive” seems to be able to save in offline folders, but any cloud storage is limited in size.

The mobile cloud storage client will not let me copy or move data outside of my root folder, somewhere in the device’s memory. Too many restrictions, and therefore a full-fledged file manager at least does not interfere, and in most cases will expand the user’s capabilities.

My first acquaintance with the functionality of the “ES Explorer” application ended with the elementary movement and opening of files, and so I used it for several years. Copy the new season of your favorite TV series, a movie, a cracked or test APK file of some application.

Gesture management

The first step in the in-depth study of the application was gesture management. Following intuition and habit, to work with folders and files you want to tap on them and wait for the appearance of the context menu.

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I worked the same way, but it’s worth adding a little movement to the side to keep the finger on the object, as on the corners of the screen there are quite large icons with the most common actions performed. Deletion to the cart, sharing, copying and sending over the local network – all this with one careless gesture. No targeting tapes on tiny elements on a small smartphone screen. They clamped and brushed it in the right direction. The same gesture works to move files and folders to other folders. Only one method, which allows you to exclude extra tapas from the context menu.

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You can go even further and become a guru of gestures. In any menu “ES Explorer” there is a semi-transparent circle located in the center of the screen. This is the starting point for performing custom gestures. The form of the gesture is unlimited, it is possible to create any figures of any complexity. The main thing is that you remember the gesture and the event connected with it.

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To the gesture, any actual action is attached, whether it’s going to a specific folder or even launching a third-party application.

Content control

Notice, all the subtleties of gesture control described above were considered within only one screen. This is the startup screen that opens when the application starts, and it shows the section of the memory card – exactly what the user first needs (in my case, the memory card is emulated, since the Nexus 5 storage is built-in).

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Perhaps, it is the competent choice of the starting point, which the user enters after the launch of ES Explorer, is the reason for ignoring other functions. You immediately get into the right section, quickly copy what you need and leave.

Pay attention to the top of the interface. The icons of the house, mobile device and network are actually active tabs. Moving between them can be simple svaypami left and right, as in a mobile browser, only the tabs here can be not only web pages, and therefore are called windows. Calling the list of windows and their configuration is through the corresponding button “Windows” in the lower right corner of the interface.

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The ability to quickly switch between windows greatly simplifies the work with a large number of files and folders. We open two Explorer windows in Windows when we put order in a lot of data, and ES Explorer implements the same principle of operation.

The “ES Explorer” home page is a control and monitoring center where all the key information about the memory status of the mobile device and the content located in it is located.

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The content is automatically sorted by type (images, music, video, etc.), and for some users it can be the best function in the file manager. I like the order and always try to keep the data organized, on the shelves, but seeing the state of the internal memory on the devices of some people, sometimes you are horrified. To call it a dump is to put it very gently. Due to automatic grouping into shared libraries with filters on key parameters, chaos turns into an environment that is not ordered by location, but at least suitable for searching for needed files.

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Personalization

The more possibilities of the “ES Explorer” you open, the more time you spend in it. Obviously, the next step after a detailed study of the interface will be the desire to fine-tune the appearance for yourself. Make the topic brighter or darker, change the appearance of the folders, make the file types more clearly visible. Customization can be performed on individual elements using built-in customization tools or download the module ES Themes.

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Network Functions

At the beginning of the article I paid a lot of attention to the limitations of cloud storage, but this is no reason to abandon them. Instead of putting up with the limitations of the clouds, you can make the cloud a part of the storage of the mobile device, using only their strengths.

In the “Network” section of the shortcut menu “ES Explorer” is the item “Cloud storage”. From here, the user can associate the internal memory of the smartphone or tablet with the actual clouds.

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Thus, cloud folders will become additional storage partitions for a mobile device with a single access and control interface.

For advanced

In addition to clouds, the “Network” section allows you to connect the device to a local network, configure access to FTP, transfer data to Android TV and between Bluetooth-enabled devices, and also arrange remote access to a smartphone or tablet.

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If desired, the mobile device itself becomes an FTP server.

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Obviously, these functions will be demanded only by advanced users, but the very fact of their availability goes in addition to “ES Explorer” as an advanced means of access to data.

All the rest

  • Is there a root? “ES Explorer” can work as a root “Explorer”.
  • Music player. Not as sophisticated as modern services with likes and recommendations, but very convenient and minimalistic.
  • Built-in browser and search engines. You can access the right information on the web without leaving the application.
  • Memory card analyzer. With it, it’s fairly easy to find files and folders that eat unnecessarily a lot of space in the mobile device’s storage.

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Selective password protection for applications

ES App Locker is a standalone tool that allows you to set a password for individual applications.

App Locker harmoniously fits into the process of working with a mobile device and does not interfere with its use. Run, select the applications that you want to set a password to, and click “Block”, along with allowing access to third-party applications.

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By default, it is suggested to use the graphic key as the password, that is, the connection of points on the screen in the correct order. The graphic key can be duplicated with a password of 4-8 digits. In this case, the option for entering a password instead of a picture appears on the application lock screen.

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Protection can be enabled either after exiting the application, or after turning off the screen of the mobile device. Experienced users already know that App Locker can be bypassed, and even roughly understand how to do it, but the developer does not position the application as an absolute guarantor. This is a compromise, convenient additional protection that does not interfere with the use of current applications, but creates enough complexity to penetrate your personal space to someone who is not supposed to be there.

Total

As it turned out, ES Explorer is not just a file manager. It’s a harvester, a real monster, which performs a lot, maybe even too many functions. The philosophy of “all in one” can cause controversy among users who are accustomed to working with mobile devices in the format “one function – one application.”

With full use of “ES Explorer” plays the same role as modern browsers on computers. We almost do not see the desktop operating system interface and spend 90% of the time in the browser. With a similar approach, “ES Explorer” will be on the screen more often than all other applications for Android combined.