Almost a year ago we published a list of our favorite download managers for Android, and it was pretty great for that time. But now after a year, there are a bunch of new download managers in the Android Market with cool new features. So here we’re with our new (or say updated) list of best download managers for Android.
Having a good download manager on your Android phone is always helpful when you’re not near your computer. Because at times when you’ve to download a file that’s big or in some cases not supported by the phone’s browsers, a download manager comes handy. Also the new download managers ─ that I’ve added in this new list ─ have advanced features which gives boost in download speeds by breaking files into multiple parts (like IDM).
A stand alone download manager for your Android phone also gives you more flexibility in downloading files. You can pause/resume downloads which is very helpful in downloading big files. It’s also helpful when your connection breaks and download stops, as links that supports resuming would reconnect with the help of a download manager and continue downloading the file from where your phone stopped it because of break in connection.
I’ve also included a bonus app in the end of the list. The app would help you to refresh your network connection, because you know, sometimes when you’re downloading a file and your phone’s network connection breaks ─ Bam! your download breaks. That sucks, I know. So use that little app given in the end of the list below to refresh your weak 2G/3G connection.
I’ve tried my best to pick the best of various download managers available in the Android market, but if you know of any other great download manager that’s not in the list below, then please let me know by leaving a comment on this post. Enjoy!
1. Premium Downloader
A fully automated download manager for Android with support for premium accounts of the following sites ─ Filesonic, Wupload, Megaupload, Fileserve and Hotfile. Other app features include ─ multiple downloads, fully automated Queue, Pause / Resume downloads, support for downloading large files, adding multiple links simultaneously from the clipboard and Premium Accounts manager.
2. Turbo Downloader
Turbo Downloader is pretty cool too. It makes use of multiple connections to download files to your phone, and thus helps in accelerating download speeds a little. The app is free and paid both. And the paid version includes the following features ─ Pause/Resume, Multiple Parallel downloads, Queue File Downloads, Up to 10 connections per download, Mini web browser, Detect/List all url links in a page, Detect/List all forms/captchas in a page, HTTPS/Auth support, Download history and Bookmarks.
3. Download Manager for Android
Like Turbo Downloader this app also breaks the download in multiple parts to accelerate download speeds. The app has bunch of other features too. Checkout the installation link for more info.
4. XWind Downloader
XWind Downloader is free. It has a buit-in file manager and ftp server logger. It runs in background and pops-up whenever a user clicks on a downloadable link in the browser. And for links that require login, users can fill the login info in the pop-up window.
5. FasterDownloads Demo
Another great download manager. Give it a whirl too..
6. Rapid Downloader
Rapid Downloader is a download file manager Android app for Rapidshare premium account holders. It is free (ad-supported). Following features are supported ─ Background downloading, Global enable and disable of downloads, Individually pausable and resumable downloads, Verification of every download, Option to enable or disable the use of the mobile data network.
7. DownDroid S
DownDroid S isn’t that great functions and UI wise, but it’s pretty great for people who download files from megaupload as it automatically downloads megaupload links.
It’s similar to DownDroid S, but for 4shared links. And it’s handy too.
9. Download All Files
If you prefer to use a light-weight download manager, then this app is for you ─ it simply adds support for various file types that the default browser can’t download and it also support downloading attachments from the gMail app.
Bonus app ─ Restart Connections
This app would help you to refresh your phone’s network when at times your download breaks because of weak 2G/3G connection. It’s so simple and it’s free.