ShareIt, Xender, ES File Explorer Are Now Banned in India – Here Are the Best Alternatives!

Written by Novak Bozovic
Last updated May 25, 2024

During the last couple of months, we’ve seen plenty of tension between India and China. However, the latest development affects millions of smartphone users in India, as the county has banned 59 apps originating from China. Many of you have already started searching for alternatives to TikTok, Baidu Map, Baidu Translate, numerous fashion apps, and more. However, plenty of highly popular file managers have been banned as well, including ShareIt, Xender, and ES File Explorer (among others).

Naturally, this means handling your smartphone’s file system should now be done by a different app. Apps like ShareIt and Xender made it possible to share all kinds of data via various methods. And apps like ES File Explorer were in charge of digging deep into your mobile operating system and controlling your files. With this said, it’s essential to keep in mind that you need trustworthy alternatives, as you might end up with malware otherwise (which is especially true for Android users).

So, we’ve done the hard work of discovering the best alternatives to apps like ShareIt, Xender, ES File Explorer, and more. And most importantly, all of these are available in India, on both Android and iOS.

SuperBeam (Android, iOS)

When it comes to transferring files between devices (the easy way), you won’t find a better option than SuperBeam. This is a long-standing app that’s proven to get more powerful with each new iteration. You can use it to share files via Wi-Fi, where devices can be paired via QR codes, NFC, or manual sharing keys. It’s important to mention that the recipient doesn’t need to have SuperBeam installed, and you can count on lightning-fast transfer speeds either way. The application comes free of charge, and there’s a paid version with additional features.

Z Share (Android)

When looking for Shareit and Xender alternatives, many of you will want an app developed in India. After all, it’s always a good idea to support local developers. This is where Z Share comes into play, completely free of charge. The app allows you to connect two devices and quickly transfer videos, songs, photos, documents, and even entire apps. Z Share relies on an offline method of connecting two Android devices, which means that you can use it anywhere and anytime. And finally, considering that it’s based on an open-source project, you can trust it with your privacy.

JioSwitch (Android, iOS)

Next, we have another highly popular alternative to ShareIt and Xender. Called JioSwitch, this is a free app that (surprisingly enough) comes without ads. It’s straightforward to use, and more importantly, it gets the job done in no time. You can use JioSwitch to create a hotspot and then share files via Wi-Fi Direct. However, this method now comes without imposing any file size limitations, which typically isn’t the case with similar apps. You get to share any file-type imaginable, and you don’t need the Internet for the app to work.

Files by Google (Android)

Created by Google, this app is your go-to source for organizing your smartphone. At its core, this is a file manager. This means you can dive deep into your system, inspect each file, and do all kinds of modifications. The ‘Files by Google’ app allows you to check your storage quickly, delete obsolete files, upload files to cloud services, and of course – transfer files to other devices using this same app. When it comes to transferring data, you can rely on speeds up to 450+ Mbps (with offline sharing included) since ‘Files by Google’ relies on multiple file transfer protocols.

FilesGo (Android)

We’ll end our list of recommendations with FilesGo. This is a hugely popular file manager that does more than helping you find and open files. Using the app, you can delete junk files and duplicates, which means that your Android phone will work better. FilesGo also supports opening compressed files, transferring data into ZIP and RAR archives, and it even allows you to edit text via file types such as HTML, XHTML, and TXT. In other words, this is an all-in-one file manager that beats ES File Explorer in many different ways.


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