Google Files Go
Google Files Go app is introduced by the Google for android users in December, 2017. The app is more than just about clearing up space on the smartphone. It also allows users to share files from their mobiles, even when they are offline. presently a mobile-driven market with more internet users coming online for the first time via their smartphones, which is one of the reasons why this app was launched and appeals to the user base.
Google Files Go app can be downloaded from the Play Store. It supports Android 5.0 Lollipop and above versions of the OS. So most users in India who have bought an Android phone in the past two years should be able to access the app.
after installing a Google Files Go app, it will ask for permission to access the storage of the phone. Users need to grant this in order for the app to figure out which files, apps, photos, etc should be deleted. Once a user grants permission, the app shows the total amount of used storage on the phone out of the total available storage.
As the user scrolls down, information is displayed in card formats with Files Go showing which unused apps can be deleted, temporary app files to delete, downloaded files, large files, photos, etc. It will also showcase media from ShareIt, bluetooth, WhatsApp, etc., which the user can delete to get back storage space. In fact in WhatsApp media, the infamous Good Morning messages were also visible for deletion.
Below each card is the amount of space that one will get if they remove these files from their phones. So suppose a user wants to keep all WhatsApp messages for some reason, but wants to clear up the Bluetooth files, then they can just tap on Clear Media for Bluetooth files and those will be deleted.
Even in WhatsApp messages, it is possible to individually decide which pictures should be deleted. A user can just tap on the particular card and it will expand. The user can then individually select each picture which they wish to delete from the phone.
Files Go app is not just about deleting deliting the files. It can also be used to transfer data securely to another user without relying on the internet. The app relies on a secure Hotspot. For this, switch to the Files Tab at the bottom, scroll down and the option for Transfer Securely without Internet should be visible.
Now the user can tap on Send. The app will ask for location and permission to make calls. Grant those as well as permission to modify storage. Next, set up a name. The user also needs to make sure the friend to whom they wish to transfer a file also has the app. The user will then have to tap on the receive option. Once their friend has accepted the transfer, a secure connection is created. Now a user can just choose which file to share, and it will be transferred in seconds. We managed to share 77 MB video file in just over 20 seconds on the app.