The popular Free Download Manager App for Windows and Mac, goes cross-platform, now available for Android and Linux also.
Internet Download Manager and Free Download Manager are popular apps on the Windows platform to download larger files. While the former is a paid app, the latter is Free as its name suggests.
Alpha version of Free Download Manager (for short FDM) has been available for download on Google Play Store for a while. Recently the developer pushed Stable version 6.9 to the Store. FDM’s publisher is SoftDeluxe, Inc
While you can find a plethora of download manager apps on the Play Store, if you’re FDM user on Windows, then the app needs no introduction.
FDM with BitTorrent Protocol and Magnet link support is known for its ability to download torrent files as well as large video and music files.
The scheduler allows us to download files at a specific time on any day.
FDM developer claims the app can boost all user downloads up to 10 times.
Offers Dark theme option in Settings. By enabling the dark theme, you can prevent eye strain and save battery.
Allows organizing downloads and adjusting traffic.
Shows files downloaded, completed, and active in its User Interface
The Interface allows us to sort downloads by date, name, and size.
Supports resuming paused or broken downloads.
To save downloaded files, FDM requires permission to add, change, or delete files stored on your device.
It also needs to access the network to navigate and download files.
Cons: Can’t captures downloads from browsers.
The app has lot of scopes to improve, not intuitive for beginners on Android.
How to download files on Android using Free Download Manager
1. Ensure you’re using latest version 18.104.22.16847 or later, launch FDM
2. Tap on the menu and select “Browser”
3. Navigate to file download page and click on the download link
4. You’ll be returned to the FDM interface, click download.
You can able to set priority and schedule for the file being downloaded.
Note: By default FDM doesn’t use mobile data for downloads, it downloads files over Wi-Fi. If you want it to download files using data, open Settings and enable “Use mobile network”.
Here is a rundown of Free Download Manager (FDM) main features:
- Downloads torrents using BitTorrent Protocol.
- Magnetic link support.
- Controls file priorities for torrents
- Supports multiple video/audio file formats, including WebM, AVI, MKV, MP4, and MP3.
- Splits files into several sections and downloads them simultaneously.
- Resumes broken and expired downloads.
- Organizes files by their type, placing them in predefined folders.
- Schedules downloading of files at a set time.
- Adjust traffic usage for browsing the internet and downloading files at the same time.
- Auto-downloads when connected to Wi-Fi.
- Easily manages file downloads.
You can download Free Download Manager from Play Store here.