6 Best FTP Clients For Android (2020)

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is generally used to transfer files from one location to another, like to upload or download the actual files that make up a website. Though many Android file explorers do have FTP capabilities, they lack several essential features and are no match for a dedicated FTP client. So, here are some of the best FTP Clients For Android that you can use for free.

Do you know you can also use your web browser as an FTP client? Yes, you can access your FTP server using “ftp://example.com”. Though, the user interface is not that great like having dedicated software.

Best FTP Clients for Android

1. AndFTP

AndFTP is one of the most popular FTP clients for Android. Using AndFTP you can connect to multiple protocols like FTP, SFTP, SCP, and FTPS over Explicit and Implicit TLS or SSL. Once connected, you can browse through it and perform various tasks like uploading, downloading, editing, renaming, deleting, etc. If you want to, you can even update file and directory permissions and run custom commands. AndFTP also supports folder synchronization, share from the gallery for quick sharing, and intents that allow third-party apps to interact with your FTP account.

Though the user interface looks a bit old, it is very functional and straightforward. To add an FTP account, tap on the “+” icon on the main screen, fill in the FTP details, select your local directory, and tap on the “Save” button. Once saved, all you have to do is tap on your FTP account icon on the home screen and you are good to go.

Pricing: The base app is free but lacks Folder Synchronization feature. The free version also contains ads. To disable ads and enable the Folder Sync feature, you need to buy the app for $4.99 through in-app purchase.

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2. Easy FTP Client

Easy FTP Client, also known as eFTP client, supports both FTP and SFTP. Just like Turbo FTP, the app is easy to use, and the user interface is intuitive too. Just open the app, tap on the “Add” option, enter FTP details, tap on the “Check” icon and you are good to go. The good thing about Easy FTP client is that it mainly designed to reliably transfer files to and from the FTP server. Apart from that, other features include app-wide password protection, the ability to set root folders, set custom cache size, support for image thumbnails, the ability to transfer files in the background, resume uncompleted transfers, etc.

As good as it is, the app is ad-supported and shows a persistent banner ad at the bottom of the screen. Moreover, the free version of the app has a hard limit of 3 GB. Though the limit sounds bad, unless you are transferring several megabytes worth of files each and every time you use the app, the 3 GB limit should suffice for general usage. If you want to, you can increase the transfer limit by watching ads or through in-app purchases.

Pricing: The base app is free, but has a 3GB limit on file transfers. You can increase or remove the limit using in-app purchases which cost anywhere from $1 to $5.

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3. PowerFTP

PowerFTP is a minimal easy to use FTP client app. It supports unlimited hosts in the free variant. Unlike Easy FTP Client, there is no limit on file transfers. The UI of PowerFTP seems a bit aged but the app doesn’t lack any features. Foremost, you get background file upload and download. There’s an inbuilt text-editor if you want to edit your files on the go. You can also set up folder synchronization to automatically download changes on the FTP server folder.

Moreover, if you connect to the host via SSH/SFTP, you get a terminal at the bottom. You can access it by tapping on the “^” symbol. The terminal lets you run shell commands on the SSH host. My favorite thing about the PowerFTP is there’s absolutely minimal to zero ads on the interface. It provides you a clean experience.

Pricing: The base app is free with a few ads. You can upgrade to the premium version at $4.99 for an ad-free experience and split-screen mode.

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4. FtpCafe FTP Client

FtpCafe FTP Client is very similar to AndFTP in that it has the same dated yet straightforward user interface and supports different protocols like FTP, SFTP, FTPS (implicit FTP over SSL/TLS), and FTPES (explicit FTP over SSL/TLS). While using SFTP, along with the regular password, FtpCafe also supports other authentication methods like a private key and RSA/DSA OpenSSL key. Other than that, the app also lets you transfer multiple files and directories at the same time, resume interrupted download, ability to set default remote and local paths, support for passive and binary transfers, etc.

Using the app is nothing hard. Just open the app, tap on the “New” button, and enter all the FTP account details. If you want to change the port number and configure default paths, you can do so by navigating to the “More Properties” tab. Once you are done, save the FTP profile, go back to the main screen, select the saved FTP account, and tap on the “Connect” button.

Pricing: The app is completely free but is ad-supported. To remove the ads you can buy the pro version via in-app purchase for around $2.

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5. Web Tools: FTP, SSH, HTTP

As the name implies, of all the apps on this list, WebTools is one of the most feature-rich apps that has other useful tools like SSH, HTTP connection tester, internet speed tester, rich source editor, reachability test to see if a website is down or not, telnet, etc. When it comes to FTP, Web Tools support the regular FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (Implicit FTP over SSL/TLS).

One of the best things about Web Tools is that it has a ton of options to customize a wide variety of things concerning its different tools like FTP, telnet, and SSH, and a built-in browser that is often used for HTTP connectivity test. If you are looking for an app that is much more than a simple FTP client then Web Tools is for you.

Pricing: The app is completely free but contains ads. To remove ads you need to buy the pro version for around $3.

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6. Admin Hands

Similar to Web Tools, Admin Hands is also an all-in-one SSH-cum-FTP-cum-SFTP client for Android. However, Admin Hands provides a couple of additional functionalities compared to Web Tools. You can edit files within the Admin Hands app. Additionally, Admin Hands lets you run scripts in batch on multiple hosts at the same time. This can be a handy option to automate or schedule tasks on multiple hosts in your network.

The only caveat with Admin Hands is that while the download/upload works in the background, it is interactive. Hence, while a file is in download or upload, you cannot access other functionalities within the app until the download completes.

Pricing: The app is free with no ads but a limit of up to 5 hosts. You can upgrade to remove the limit and get a few additional featues at $1.99/month

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That’s it for now. If you think I missed any of your favorite Android FTP clients then share it in the comments form below.

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