File Manager is an integral app required for the Android OS. It helps in general operations like cut, copy, paste, delete, installation of apps, modification of files etc. And if the Android device is rooted then it also helps in gaining access to Android’s entire file system. There are many file manager apps available on the Google Play Store – free and paid. Among them, Root Explorer is the best.
Detailed Review :
First and foremost, the Android device must be rooted to fully use the functionality of Root Explorer. On opening this app for the first time, it will ask for root access. Once the permission is given, it will grant access to each and every directory on Android.
Some of the features of Root Explorer like SQLite database viewer, APK binary XML viewer, change file owner and group are not available on every file manager. Root Explorer also has the Text Editor which helps in modifying the system files. However, this should be used with extreme caution because it can prove to be dangerous.
There are some file managers which do not allow to tamper with the system files even though the device is rooted. But Root Explorer gives full freedom to the user. It enables the users to perform simple operations like cut, copy, paste as well as complex operations like deleting the system app, modifying the build prop and local prop settings, converting a user app to system app etc. For performing the above operations make sure that you are mounted as “R/W”.
If the user wants to delete the system app, he/she just has to navigate to the system/app directory and delete the respective .apk file. Same procedure can be used for deleting the user apps. Not all file managers enable the user to modify the /system folder, hence Root Explorer is extremely useful.
Converting a user app to system app is also very simple. Just move the .apk file from data/app directory to the system/app directory and set the permissions of the app as shown below and then reboot the device.
Some other features of Root Explorer are – create and extract zip or tar/gzip files, extract rar archives, multi-select, execute scripts, search, remount, permissions, bookmarks, send files (via email, bluetooth etc).
The only disadvantage that comes to mind is the poor UI of Root Explorer. It offers a very basic UI with no fancy graphics. There are many file managers which offer a better UI than Root Explorer.
Another thing that can scare off potential users is that Root Explorer is priced at a hefty $3.99 on the Google Play Store. However the user can install the Root Explorer on Android without paying a penny. Just follow the procedure given below.
Installation Procedure :
- Download the Root Explorer apk file from here.
- Using the USB cable, transfer this file to the SD card of the Android device.
- Now use a file manager and browse to the directory where the apk file is transferred.
- After the file is found, just tap on it.
- A prompt will appear. Click on “Install”.
- After a few seconds, Root Explorer will be successfully installed on the Android device.