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11 November 2017, 01:01 | Sam Montgomery

You can now download Google's new Files Go free file manager for Android (beta)

New Google file share app doesn't require mobile data use

The beta app has now returned to Google Play where it's listed as "Files Go Beta: Free up space on your phone (Unreleased)".

The Files Go app has a convenient interface that comes with two tabs - Storage and Files.

Technically, right now, the app is available as a beta, but it seems like anyone with a device running Android (5.0 and up) can download it from the Google Play Store and test it out. It's billed primarily as a file management app, letting users quickly locate content on their devices in one spot. Best of all, with a footprint of only 6MB, Files Go is a neat, lean app that doesn't hog your phones internal storage.

Jumping onto the "Files" tab will let you access Downloads, Received Files, Images, Videos, Audio and Documents. A listing for this new app appeared on the Google Play Store briefly - before being taken down.

The most notable feature of the app remains the file transfer utility that works over Bluetooth, meaning users could share files with others, even if offline. The app also includes options to clear app caches, delete apps that aren't used often and remove spam or duplicate images, says the site. Due to the word Go in the name, it's also being speculated that Files Go might be a part of Google's Android Go initiative.

As now this app is now in beta testing.

To access the Settings menu in Files Go, tap the three-dot button in the upper corner from the Storage or Files tabs and select Settings. Another additional feature is the ability to transfer files from your phone to a friend's handset in the immediate vicinity. You'll see a list of people nearby, but for the app to work, they'll need to have Files Go installed themselves, then open the app and hit Receive.

Let us know about your experience with the Files Go app in the comments below.

The app itself is fairly lightweight, as an under 6 MB download. We are not sure when this app will be available for all users.

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