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ES File Manager Review: Our Rating 5/10

ES File Manager is good at a lot of things and one of those things is can do is FTP and you can use it to manage your files efficiently and easily.  It was hard to review ES File Explorer because it does so many things well but for the purposes of this review the scope is limited to its FTP capabilities. We have reviewed the free  version,  the paid version adds value by removing ads, allowing for more GUI customization and you are  first to receive updated content.  It has language support for English, Russian, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Tamil, Catalan, Turkish, Lithuanian, Portuguese

Key Features

Features Supported Rating 1-5
Cost Free version or $3.50 USD 5
Fast Transfer Speed Extremely fast,  it does not actually download the file but moves it into your cache and you can copy or delete it from there. 3
Ease of Upload/download Download is as simple as selecting the file or folder from your FTP site.  Upload is not available. 5
Multiple Protocols Only standard FTP is available 1
Site Managing You can have multiple sites and can easily switch between with only 1 active at a time to access content 4
Direct media file upload Not supported but will open a downloaded file if you have the correct program installed. 1
Search Capabilities Can search your FTP site folders but will also search your phone at the same time 3
File sharing capabilities Not supported 0
Resume Support No resume support as the program does not actually download to your phone. 0
Log No logs for FTP 0
OS Support Android 5
Overall rating ES File Explorer does download and allow you to view files however this the extent of its FTP capabilities. 2

 

Additional features

Inbuilt Editor for text, CSV and HTML files Not supported
Multiple concurrent sites Multiple sites but not concurrent
Lock app with password Not supported
Text encoding Not supported
Mobile FTP account bookmark for site as well as default remote directory that you are logged into Not supported

Features

ES File Explorer has a ton of features,  it is a fully functional file explorer, app manager, root manager it can do many other things like stream videos to your TV via a Chromecast plugin or play them on it inbuilt video player. One feature that was eye catching and its biggest highlight is the ability to create an ad hoc FTP server with any PC to manage your phones files.

Critique

ES File Explorer does a lot, and I do mean a lot of stuff well, however FTP is not one of them. The ability to turn your phone into an FTP server to manage local files by connecting your phone and laptop does add a certain value but still does not equal to an Internet wide FTP client.   It does allow access to the cloud via retail programs such as Sugarsync but not as a true FTP client.

Summary

It is obvious from the name ES File Explorer that it was designed to be a File explorer program and it does that extremely well and it has a host of other great features that are beyond the scope of this review. That being said as a standalone FTP client used daily to upload and download files it really only accomplishes download. If you are looking for a fully functional FTP client,  ES File Explorer should be near the bottom of the list.

References

ES File Explorer on Google Play

Makeuseof.com ES File Explorer Review

estrongs.com ES File Explorer manual

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Getting Started
Signing up for a Free Trial
Basic steps to Setup
Purchasing your account
Choosing the right account type: Enterprise and SMB
Logging into your account
Logging in with a Web Browser
Logging in with an FTP/FTPS/SFTP Client
Logging in by FTP URL with Username and Password
Reset and change your password
Administrator Initial Setup
Audit logs for logins and file transfers
Enable audit logs for login and file transfers
Accessing and viewing your audit logs
Branding
Adding branding to your account
Branding Contact Logins
DNS Configuration for faster transfer speeds
Web Interface
Home Tab
Files Tab
Contacts Tab
Users Tab
Plugin Tab
Setup Tab
Adding a User or Contact
Add a User by Username
Add a User by Email Address
Using Groups
Administrator Access to User Accounts
Adding a contact by email address
Mail
Creating A Public Link
Sending and receiving files by secure email link
Creating contact lists for bulk emailing
HostedFTP email notification IP addresses
Account setup PDF Guides (*.pdf)
Shared Folders
Restricted Shared Folders
Configuring for Restricted Shared Folders (FUSN)
Creating Restricted Shared Folders
Creating Folder Structures for Sharing
Detailed Steps to Sharing Files/Folders
Managing Shared Folder Privileges
Add real-time notifications to uploads/downloads
Anonymous Access
Creating A Public Link
Anonymously Sharing Files by URL
Sharing folders and files anonymously
Transferring Files
Uploading Files by Web Browser (Max 2GB)
Uploading Files by FTP Client (Up to Max File Size)
Download your FTP/SFTP server files from any browser
Download files with an FTP client
Website Plugin
Web Plugin Overview and Guide
Plugin Brand Customization
Embed the Plugin into Your Website
Adding Additional Security (CAPTCHA, Password)
Security and Compliance Info
Security Model Overview
Security Model Details
MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)
Certificate & Host Key Info
SSL Certificate Info
SSL Server Test
FTPS Host Keys
SFTP (RSA/DSA) Host Keys
Configuring PKI Support
Compliance Info
GDPR
WCAG 2.0
SOC2
CJIS
PCI
HIPAA
Bundle Features
Group, Enterprise, T2, T5 bundle features
Different user types and function comparisons
Difference between users and contacts
Drag & Drop
Using drag and drop to send multiple files and folders
Drag and drop to upload multiple files and folders
Account Management
Purchasing your account
Payments & Billing
Choosing a payment plan
Renewing an expired account
Changing a Payment Plan
Changing credit card information
Reviewing billing statements
Trial Account Limits
Activated Account Limits
How is Storage Calculated?
Reviewing Account Storage Usage
Switching Account Bundles
Changing the Account Administrator
Cancelling an Account
FTP/FTPS/SFTP Connections
Hosted~FTP~ IP Addresses
Connect with Open FTP
Connect with Secure FTPS/SFTP
Connecting with an FTP Client
FTP vs FTPS vs SFTP
Command Line (CLI)
How to connect to your remote site using the command line
Understanding FTP commands in the command line
Connecting through SFTP by Command Line (CMD)
FTP/FTPeS command line error codes and their meaning
Windows Explorer
How to setup an FTP server with Windows Explorer
Setting up Windows Explorer FTP on Windows 8
MAC
Connecting from a Mac Computer Terminal
FileZilla
Using Filezilla with FTP/FTPS
Using FileZilla with SFTP
WebDrive
Connecting to WebDrive
Using WebDrive
WinSCP
Installing WinSCP
Backup Scripts with WinSCP
Uploading & Downloading with WinSCP
AndFTP
Uploading & Downloading with AndFTP
Searching, Resume Support & Third-party Sharing with AndFTP
Industry Use cases
Accounting
Architecture
Call Center
Construction
Education
Engineering
Finance
Healthcare
Insurance
Legal
Real Estate
Manufacturing
Best Practices
User Optimization
Create a Managed User
Giving a User Read-only Access
Giving a User Full Access
Default FTP Folder Destination
Set a 0GB Storage Quota
Importing Multiple Users & Shared Folders
Importing user and shared folders
Import templates for users and shared folders
Force Secure FTPS/SFTP Connection on Users
Combine multiple audit logs
Managing FTP Files and Storage in your Account
Moving Files from a User to an Administrator
Video Tutorials
QuickStart
FUSN
Branding
Web Interface
Home Tab
Files Tab
Web Plugin
AndFTP
AndFTP – Connecting, uploading and downloading
AndFTP – Searching, resume support and third-party sharing
WinSCP
WinSCP – Downloading, Installing and Understanding
WinSCP – Connecting with FTP, FTPS, SFTP, uploading and downloading
WinSCP Backup Script
CyberDuck
Cyberduck– Connecting with FTP,FTPS, SFTP, Uploading and Downloading
Cyberduck– Quick Look, Transfer Queue and Synchronizing
Cyberduck – Bookmarks, Editing and using Multiple Connections
FileZilla
FileZilla -Downloading, Installing and Understanding FileZilla
FileZilla – Connecting with FTP, FTPS, SFTP and uploading and downloading
FileZilla – Importing/Exporting Site Connections, Editing and Logs
FileZilla Tools – Bookmarking, Searching, using Multiple Connections
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Troubleshooting
Error: QUOTA_USER_STORAGE or QUOTA_USER_BANDWIDTH
FTP/FTPeS command line error codes and their meaning
Troubleshooting FTP in the command line and common errors.
No matching host key found
Storage Quota Notification: Remedial action
Troubleshooting FTP in the command line and common errors.
Troubleshooting "Can't verify publisher"
Troubleshooting Drag and Drop
Drag and Drop Troubleshooting for Mac
Troubleshooting FTP/SFTP client connection problems
Troubleshooting slow upload speeds on Windows
No matching host key found
File not visible to admin
File uploaded successfully but not visible in account
Usernames – Guidelines and Restrictions
Release Notes
New Release Communique
Schedule Maintenance Overview
Contact Sales & Support
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