OI File Manager

Organize and share files on mobile devices with this functional tool

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Price: Free
Platforms: Android

Pros: Basic open-source tool allows users to easily find, open, compress, organize, and share files on mobile devices.

Cons: Unfamiliar format is daunting at first for file-manager newbies.

Bottom Line: Bare-bones organizational tool has no bells, whistles, or distractions.

Teachers can use OI File Manager to manage their files on mobile devices. Just as teachers may create hierarchical folder systems on a computer, with folders for each class period or each subject taught, they can use OI File Manager to organize files on their mobile devices. Students and teachers can use the app to easily share files by emailing them or opening them in other compatible apps on their devices. Files can be quickly deleted as well, so OI File Manager would be a convenient tool at the end of the school year to help clear old files.

OI File Manager is an open-source file manager that shows all files on a mobile device arranged hierarchically. It looks more like an old desktop file system than the interface teachers -- and especially students -- may be used to seeing in apps. Although it looks complex, the program is pretty basic, showing all the files on a device categorized by app or by status (e.g., downloads). From within the file manager, teachers or students can open, compress, organize, and share files. Most files won’t be of any concern to teachers or students, but the app-specific and downloads folders can make finding and sharing documents easier. For example, the downloads folder houses all PDFs downloaded onto a device. The Skitch folder (if that's an app used on the device) contains all documents manipulated in Skitch. Students and teachers can share documents from within OI File Manager rather than open each app separately, and multiple files can be shared at the same time, even compressed into zip files to make sharing large files possible.

Teachers and students familiar with file managers will be able to use OI File Manager immediately. Once it’s loaded, all files on a mobile device (or on the device’s SD card) are accessible. Those not familiar with file managers may need to explore a bit to get comfortable and find the files they’d like to access, as no tutorial or help is provided. Even though OI File Manager isn't graphically intuitive for today’s app users, it eventually makes sense and is easy to use, making it the quickest and easiest method for sharing files -- especially large files that can be compressed within the app.

Learning Rating

Overall Rating

OI File Manager is mostly a teacher tool, although high school students also could use it to manage their devices and file sharing. It's purely functional -- easy to use after a bit of exploring, but not a familiar-looking WYSIWG app.


Although not specifically designed for learning, OI File Manager is a tool that empowers teachers and students to organize and share files across apps and platforms.


No help or tutorial is provided to break down the how-to's, but functions are clearly described by their names -- copy, send, move, etc. 

Common Sense reviewer

Community Rating

Organizing tool for files on your android device

This program has similar features to dropbox. Teachers can drop assignments into individual folders for students to retrieve and students can send documents back to the teacher. This app is strictly a no-frills- down-to-business app and might be difficult for someone who isn't experienced with virtual organization. The biggest hindrance is that it only works on Android operating system and is not available anywhere else. Students who do not have android devices would not be able to access and share anything. This is not a tool ideal for a whole classroom for this reason. Those with droid devices might find it useful because it does take all the files on your phone and place them in folders as well. Everything is organized neatly on your device.

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Unclear whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Unclear whether personal information can be displayed publicly.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users cannot create or upload content.
  • Unclear whether this product provides processes to access and review user data.
  • Unclear whether this product provides processes to modify data for authorized users.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
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  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.

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