The Glory of Dual-Panel File Operations
Mobile file operations can be as smooth as on a desktop computer. You only need the right tool. Now you have what you need.
I've always been bothered by the superfluous way in which files and folders are usually displayed on Android systems. I highly dislike the kind of visualization that goes like - Here's your music in one clump, here are all of your pictures in another clump, and here are all your documents, irrespective of their type in yet another clump. You would assume that Google is aware that there are users who understand how files are structured and know their way within a folder tree. It's not like only children and grandparents use Android phones. In any case, if Total Commander can be considered an essential tool for desktop computers, it indeed is an absolute must for Android phones.
Total Commander for Android is not as expansive as its Windows counterpart, but it bears a striking similarity and manages to incorporate many functions that made the original such a success.
The app tries to accommodate its staple twin-panel interface. On phones or tablets held in portrait orientation, only one panel is visible, and you must swipe or tap on the side arrows to switch to the other panel. Though on larger screens you will see both at the same time.
Total Commander can access almost everything that is contained on your device, provided you have administrative rights or have rooted your phone. I say this because you might discover that some folders, which usually hidden, are off limits to the regular user. File operations are easy. The two-panel system is handy for copying or moving. Just select the target files by tapping on their icon in one screen, then bring up the file operations and select copy or move. The files will be transferred to the destination on the other screen. Simple and effective.
When it comes to examining the contents of your device, Total Commander can sort files alphabetically, and can also display them in the 'classical' way, grouped by type and spanning the entire storage space. That's not to say that you cannot navigate to specific folders. Also, to make navigation more comfortable, you can set up folder bookmarks.
Total Commander can be used to archive and encrypt files as well. You can send data over BlueTooth and also through LAN. The last feature is not available unless you download a plugin.
When it comes to plugins, there are several that improve Total Commander's usability, the most notable being the ones that let you transfer through FTP and SFTP. Managing a small website was possible using Total Commander's FTP option. Now you can do that from your mobile device with ease.
- Dual panel file management
- Folder bookmarks
- Access to installed apps
- Custom functions
- Practical plugin library for FTP, SFTP, and cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
For anyone who's interested in performing advanced file operations on their Android device, Total Commander is an absolute godsend. With the addition of its network plugins and customizable bookmarks, it enables you to manage the files on your device like nothing else.