Back at the beginning of November, Google launched Files Go for offline sharing and file management. It was only available in beta at the time, however.
That changes today, with Google dropping the beta tag from the app and launching it globally. You’ll need to have an Android device running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer to use the app. The now-public Files Go app holds onto its primary feature: the ability to quickly see how much storage is remaining on an Android device and make it easy to remove unnecessary apps (or photos, or games, etc.) to free up some space.
According to Google, the average Files Go beta tester has saved up to 1GB of space on their phone compared to someone not taking advantage of the new app. Of course, that’s not all the new app can do. Here’s a quick breakdown of what Files Go offers:
- Find files faster. No more navigating through a maze of folders. Find exactly the stuff you want with smart filters that automatically organize your images, videos, apps, documents and more.
- Backup files to the cloud. If you want to keep a file forever, select it from the Files menu and back it up to Google Drive or any other cloud storage app.
- Share files offline. Transfer directly from your phone to a nearby friend’s phone without using any data. The file transfers are encrypted, fast (up to 125 Mbps) and free.
The new Files Go app is now available from the Google Play Store, and you can find a link to download it below.
Did you try the Files Go beta? If not, do you plan on using the new app?