Google is known for making well-made apps. Its app portfolio stretches pages upon pages of recognizable apps like YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Photos. But, it recently put up a listing for a brand new app that caught everyone’s attention. It’s a file manager named Files Go and it’s currently in beta. There are a million file managers in the Play Store, so what makes Files Go so different? We spent some time with it to find out.

Before we dive in, you should know that the app is part of Google’s Android Go initiative. Android Go is the push to get Android onto devices with specs as low as 512 MB of RAM and extremely small amounts of storage. While phones like these may not be attractive in countries like the United States, they are in developing markets. To help keep an eye on storage and usage on these devices, Google came up with Files Go.

Dashboard

When opening up the app for the first time, you’re immediately greeted with a notice that the app is still in beta. Once you move past that and allow it access to your file system, the app begins to take shape.

You’re greeted with a dashboard that displays how much storage you’ve used and how much you have left. This goes for both internal storage and microSD cards. As you scroll down from there, Files Go will give you suggestions how you can clear up some space. Some options include deleting pre-loaded media or temporary files. Additionally, if you have a microSD card inserted into your phone, it’ll give you the option to move pictures and videos from the internal storage to your card.

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File manager apps are among the most important apps on your device. With them, you can browse your files, find your downloads, manage your storage space, move things around, and a lot more. Not everyone ‚ĶFiles Go also suggests old apps that you might want to delete. If you’re anything like I am, you download an app that looks interesting as soon as you see it. Whether you go back and use that app is another story. Files Go will alert you to all of the apps you haven’t used in the last 30 days so you can decide if you really need to keep them around or not. This is a no-brainer in terms of clearing out storage. Apps are getting bigger every day and can balloon in size as they continue to get updated.

I’m not quite sure how Google decides what is trash and what isn’t, but it could do some work on its algorithm. Files Go identified two different movie files on my microSD card as trash and – Source