Files (Google)

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Original author(s)Google
Initial releaseDecember 5, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-12-05)
Stable release(s)
1.0.434083132[1] / March 28, 2022; 17 months ago (2022-03-28)
Operating systemAndroid
Size13 MB[1]
Available in90 languages

Files (formerly known as Files Go) is a file management app developed by Google for file browsing, media consumption, storage clean-up and offline file transfer. It was released by Google on December 5, 2017[2] with a custom version for China being released on May 30, 2018.[3]

On August 9, 2021, the app was updated to have the Material You design, with bigger buttons and labels, and support for Android 12's Dynamic Theming.[4]


The app is currently only available on the Android operating system, and includes three tabs: Clean, Browse, and Share. On Google Pixel devices, the Share tab is found by clicking the menu button.

Clean mode[edit]

This page identifies unused apps, large files, and duplicate files which users may no longer need. It can also notify the user when the storage is almost full.[5]

There is also a "Trash" feature, in which contents will be permanently deleted after 30 days.[6]

Browse mode[edit]

This page displays recently accessed files on the top by folder, and multiple categories on the bottom such as: "Downloads", "Images", "Videos", "Audio", "Documents & Other", and "Apps".

It also includes a "Favorites" folder, a "Safe Folder" which protects files using a Pattern or a PIN,[7] as well as two buttons leading to "Internal storage" and "Other storage".

Alongside that, the app also has a media player/image viewer, and the ability to backup files to Google Drive.[8]

Share mode[edit]

Files uses peer-to-peer sharing (powered by Nearby Share) to send and receive files or apps. It also uses encryption to keep shared contents private.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Files by Google - Apps on Google Play". Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  2. ^ Thuy Ong (2017-12-05). "Google's Files Go is now available globally". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  3. ^ Thuy Ong (2018-05-30). "Google launches second app in China, woos top smartphone market". Reuters. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Kyle (2021-08-09). "Files by Google beta offers early look at Material You redesign [Update: Dynamic colors]". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  5. ^ "Get notifications to free up space". Google Support. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  6. ^ "Move files to Trash & restore files from Trash". Google Support. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Making privacy personal with Files by Google". The Keyword. 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  8. ^ "Back up to Google Drive". Google Support. Retrieved 2021-10-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Send files or apps to people nearby". Google Support. Retrieved 27 July 2021.

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