Files (Google)

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Google Files logo.svg
Original author(s)Google
Initial release5 December 2017; 3 years ago (2017-12-05)
Stable release(s)
1.0.384829210[1] / 22 July 2021; 56 days ago (2021-07-22)
Operating systemAndroid
Size14 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]


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.[4]

There is also a "trash" function, in which contents will be permanently deleted after 30 days.[5]

Browse mode[edit]

This page displays recently accessed files, divided into multiple categories: "Downloads", "Images", "Videos", "Audio", "Documents & Other", and "Apps".

It also includes a "Favorites" folder, a "Safe Folder",[6] as well as two buttons leading to "Internal storage" and "Other storage".

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.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Files by Google - Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  2. ^ Thuy Ong (2017-12-05). "Google's Files Go is now available globally". The Verge. 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. ^ "Get notifications to free up space". Google Support. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  5. ^ "Move files to Trash & restore files from Trash". Google Support. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Making privacy personal with Files by Google". The Keyword. 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  7. ^ "Send files or apps to people nearby". Google Support. Retrieved 27 July 2021.

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