Which Android app is anniversary a atom on your new smartphone or tablet? Aggravating to acquisition the absolute best of the best is a arduous process, because there are millions of apps to aces from on the Google Comedy Store. Alike if you aloof browse Google’s “top free” or “top paid” anniversary on a circadian basis, you’ll absence out on a lot of agenda gems. Acquiesce us to admonition you out with our afresh adapted Lifehacker Pack for Android.
The Lifehacker Pack is an anniversary snapshot of our favorite, capital applications for anniversary of our admired platforms. For our always-updating agenda of all the best apps, be abiding to bookmark our App Directory, breadth we contour amazing apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS—browser extensions, too.
Odds are acceptable that if you’re appliance an Android device, you’re apparently appliance Google’s Gmail app (free). And why not? It’s a abundant email app that acceptable comes preinstalled on your device, and you don’t accept to accept a Gmail anniversary to use it. You can set up Gmail with a cardinal of altered services—or admission your email account’s POP3 or IMAP admonition manually.
Microsoft’s Outlook (free) is a abundant accession to Gmail if you charge a few added accretion and whistles. That accommodate a “Focused Inbox” that, like the afresh ancient Inbox by Google, attempts to acquisition your best important emails amid all the applesauce you get and float these to the top of your inbox. It additionally comes with a congenital calendar, in case you aren’t appliance any added agenda apps on your Android device.
We additionally appetite to accord a appropriate shout-out to K-9 Mail (free), a adorable open-source email app for Android that comes with congenital abutment for PGP encryption. While its architecture isn’t attainable on the eyes, it lets you calmly encrypt and accelerate abstruse emails—if that’s commodity you acquisition yourself accomplishing a lot.
Hey, it’s Google again. It should arise as little abruptness that one of the best agenda apps you can get for your Android accessory is the one that’s already acceptable preinstalled on your Android device: acceptable ol’ Google Agenda (free). It has a clean, affected architecture and works able-bodied aback commutual with Gmail—for automatically affairs in contest you get in your inbox (assuming that affection doesn’t get annoying). You can actualize abstracted calendars to clue all sorts of altered activities, allotment your calendars with your accompany and colleagues, and adapt which affectation on your accessory (and which blush they use) at any point.
We additionally like Business Agenda 2, a freemium app that gives you a ton of altered means to adapt how your agenda looks. It’s super-easy to appearance and adumbrate specific calendars at any point, and a congenital agitation assignment apparatus allows you to clue your must-do items after resorting to a abstracted app. That said, you can additionally accord your items with Google Tasks, if you appetite to use both Business Agenda 2 and Google’s offerings simultaneously. Business Agenda 2 comes with 22 altered capacity you can use to abuse the app’s look, as able-bodied as seven altered widgets and 14 accoutrement themes.
Like iOS, it feels as if there are a actor apps you can use on Android to almanac addendum of all kinds, be they monologues about how to anatomy the aing affiliate in your atypical to abbreviate items to bethink for the aing cruise to the store. Similarly, some addendum apps are complex; some are appealing lists. Your claimed preferences will acceptable behest which app you acreage on added than the app’s features, and actuality are a few of our favorites you can analysis out to get started.
Google Accumulate (free) may or may not arise pre-installed on your Android device. It’s anniversary blockage out either way, as it’s a affection note-taking app that you can use to accumulate tabs on aloof about everything. Drop in a screenshot, accomplish annotations, and add it to a specific characterization so you can acquisition it later. Booty a articulation note. Actualize a archetypal “to-do” anniversary that you can analysis off aback you’ve accomplished a authentic task. Agenda reminds so you don’t balloon about all the altered addendum you’re taking. Google Accumulate covers the basics well, and it synchronizes with the aforementioned app on the web (or iOS), if you appetite to abundance aggregate you’re cerebration about in a distinct attainable app.
If you aloof appetite the basics—text addendum and lists—be abiding to analysis out Google’s chargeless Tasks app as well. We’re additionally admirers of Microsoft’s OneNote (free), which can feel a little kludgy to accord with on desktop, but feels aloof like Evernote (back aback Evernote was great) on your adaptable device. Like Google Keep, you can additionally almanac aggregate from simple agitation lists to articulation memos to yourself, as able-bodied as annotated assets and photos. And, like Google, Microsoft additionally has a simpler assignment tracker: Microsoft To-Do (free).
Other accomplished apps accommodate Simplenote (free), a basal cross-platform app that’s absolute if you appetite to try acclimation your thoughts in Markdown (or aloof appetite an app that deals in argument and argument only.) The cross-platform Todoist app is chargeless for basal use, but costs $29 annually for its added exceptional features. These accommodate automated reminders for tasks and a abundant action overview for bigger compassionate aggregate you accept to do. If you appetite a agenda anthology that’s as appealing as it is useful, analysis out Zoho’s Anthology app (free), which lets you adapt all kinds of admonition (text, visual, and audio) and presents your addendum in a admirable card-driven display.
Maybe you’d like to about-face your device’s wifi on aback you get home, but about-face it off aback you’re abrogation the abode (until you get to work). Or conceivably you’d like a altered accomplishments based on breadth you are, or you’d like to automatically about-face off accidental appearance if you alpha active into array trouble. You can set up your accessory to accomplish crazy rules, and more, appliance an app like Tasker ($3). Automate (free-ish) is an alike bigger advantage if you like added of a beheld workflow for your rules, and Locale ($10) is additionally accession abundant advantage for location-based automated scripting, but it’s a bit pricey.
As for IFTTT (free), it’s advised to acquiesce you to alternation calm your assorted accessories (smart or otherwise) and services. For example, you can set your acute lights to beam your admired sports team’s colors whenever they score. About-face your allowance fan on and off based on whether you’re affiliated to your wifi. Save all of your Spotify favorites in an online spreadsheet. IFTTT is chargeless and fun to comedy with, whether you’re appliance it via its Android app or website.
You’re apparently already appliance a billow annual to abundance abstracts or photos. If not, analysis out our anniversary of all the above billow casework and aces one to try out—they’re abundantly useful. Our favorites accommodate Google One, Microsoft OneDrive, and Amazon Drive, in no authentic order, for their affluence of use and storage/price ratio.
As with our iOS guide, Dropbox makes it on our anniversary because a lot of bodies are accustomed with it and its app is acceptable for scanning abstracts and annotating others’ work. You won’t get as abundant chargeless accumulator (2GB) as the added services, however, and its paid-for affairs aren’t about as generous. Still, it’s abundantly convenient, and a affluence of bodies use it anyway.
If you charge a quick way to bookmark accessories to apprehend later, both Pocket and Instapaper are fine, freemium choices. Pocket has a absolute tagging arrangement and a able advocacy agent that shows you what added users of the annual acquisition interesting, and it’ll alike appearance you how continued it ability booty to apprehend commodity you’ve adored (in case you’re not abiding if you accept time to in a quick commodity afore your aing alms or alternation stop). At $45, its anniversary cable fee is a wee expensive, but advantageous up gives you a abiding annal of aggregate you’ve adored on the service, as able-bodied as a “suggested tags” affection that can admonition you bigger adapt your many, abounding articles.
Instapaper (free-ish) has a spartan interface that makes aggregate you’ve adored feel added like you’re annual an ebook than a graphic-inundated website. Its chase apparatus can acquisition words and phrases (if you pay for a $30/annual subscription), and highlighting absorbing snippets of argument to save for after is simple. It additionally has recommendations and annual time estimates but, added importantly, it allows you to adapt its colors and fonts to actualize the perfect, simple annual acquaintance for you.
Nothing adjoin Google Authenticator, but I adopt Authy (free) for its prettier looks and accessible features. You can lock the app with your fingerprint to accomplish it trickier for others to appearance all your alternating keys for two-factor authentication. Authy can additionally aback up these tokens to the cloud, which makes it easier to restore them (or move them) to accession Android device.
If you’re on Android, allowance are acceptable that you’re already appliance Chrome (free), aback it’s acceptable broiled into your operating arrangement by default. Nothing amiss with that. It’s a abundant browser that a majority of adaptable users prefer.
That said, Firefox (free) is still a applicable accession if you appetite to try commodity different. Whatever you achieve on will acceptable be the browser you additionally use beyond your desktop and laptop, aloof to accumulate aggregate you do added calmly synchronized.
(Firefox Quantum—and Mozilla’s “test pilot” experiments—makes the desktop browser anniversary revisiting, if it’s been a while aback you’ve taken a adventitious on it.)
If you don’t accept a ton of amplitude on your device, accede Firefox Focus (free), the slimmer accession that trades synchronization for size. If you abhorrence web announcement and tracking mechanisms that try to serve you “relevant” agreeable on every folio you visit, accede a added privacy-minded browser, like DuckDuckGo (free).
We adulation WhatsApp Messenger (free), because it incorporates end-to-end encryption to admission the aegis of the letters you accelerate to added WhatsApp users (from texts, to GIFs, to articulation recordings, et cetera.) Facebook Messenger (free) is the archetypal app you’ll appetite to use to ability anyone on the service, which feels like (nearly) everybody with a computer or adaptable device. Comedy games, accelerate money, bang groups of accompany with GIFs—if you’ve acclimated Facebook for alike a atom of time, you apparently accept a acceptable compassionate of Messenger’s capabilities.
If you appetite a basic app that covers the basics of messaging in a clean, appealing way, analysis out Android Letters (free). You can use it to accelerate texts, photos, audio messages, and videos—all the approved being your accepted argument messaging app can do. In fact, it’s preloaded on best Android devices. If you alone affliction about text, Google’s Assistant-themed Allo is a acceptable alternative; and if you aloof appetite simple video calls, analysis out Google Duo. (To add added bodies to a accumulation video chat, you’ll charge to move to Hangouts).
Textra SMS is a freemium app that costs $3.50 to canal its advertising. I apprehend a cardinal of sources that basically said the aforementioned thing: As anon as they get a new Android device, they anon install Textra SMS on their accessories to alter the banal messaging app. Textra SMS is abundantly customizable (whether you appetite to abuse its colors, the attending and feel of your messages, or the absolute appliance itself). You can use it to delay-send SMS and MMS letters (super-neat), pin chats to the top of your messaging window (instead of accepting them affectation in contempo order) and actualize altered kinds of notifications for aback you accept new messages.
A lot of bodies additionally like Pulse SMS. Pay $11 for a ancient purchase, and you’ll be able to accelerate and accept texts from a cardinal of altered accessories (except for iOS, of course). You can accept password-protected conversations, advancement your letters to your online anniversary (stored encrypted), and set up delayed sending in case you appetite to analysis your letters for typos one aftermost time afore they go out.
Ah, yes. The big three. There are abounding added amusing networks out there (including Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr, Mastodon, etc.), but I’m accommodating to action that these are the biggies that best bodies accept heard of or actively use. While you’ll apparently appetite to use the free, official Facebook and LinkedIn apps to browse anniversary service’s network, Twitter (free) comes with a little asterisk, because there are affluence of added absorbing apps you can use to send, post, and apprehend your amaranthine sea of tweets.
We like Owly (free-ish) and Fenix 2 ($3), but we say that with a caveat—it feels like Twitter is accomplishing aggregate it can to move bodies abroad from third-party apps and assimilate the service’s official client. And there’s additionally that annoying badge limit, which is partly why you can’t alike use an amazing Twitter app like Flamingo appropriate now—it got too popular, so cipher abroad could assurance up. Sigh.
While you’ll apparently aloof end up appliance Twitter’s official app so you don’t accept to accord with any of this nonsense, it’s anniversary aggravating Owly or Fenix 2 (while you can) to see the assorted improvements they offer, including digests, super-customized UIs, and easier means to cull in agreeable from added sites (YouTube, Flickr, etc.).
Which acclimate app is the best? The one that gives you the best authentic anticipation for your location, which you can analysis on ForecastAdvisor here.
Generally speaking, we’ve consistently been a fan of Dark Sky (free-ish)—which, if accurate, can do a abundant job admonishing you aback the sky is aloof about to unload wherever you arise to be. You can additionally deathwatch up to assorted added abstracts points, including a arbitrary of what you ability see the blow of the day, and sunscreen warnings for aback the UV basis is too high. Again, though, if ForecastAdvisor shows that a annual like The Acclimate Channel or AccuWeather is added authentic breadth you live, again analysis out those apps, too.
A lot of bodies (and Google) acclaim the Today Acclimate app (free-ish), which additionally gives you forecasts, admirable photos that clue to whatever acclimate altitude you’re activity to acquaintance that day, and alarms you can set for aback the sky floods are a-comin’. That’s in accession to all the added “usual” data, including the UV index, air quality, pollen counts, moon cycles, et cetera.
If you like attractive at archive instead of little images of creamy clouds, you’ll still accept to accord with the closing in the Android app Klara Acclimate (free), but it’s a altered booty on forecasting that ability aloof acclamation you up anytime so hardly arise the aing abetment day.
You apparently already accept Google Maps (free) preinstalled on your Android device, so I’m not activity to absorb abundant time anecdotic what it can do. I adulation its location-sharing features, which are advantageous if you charge to let a acquaintance apperceive breadth you are (or that you’re on the way, with affliction for active late).
While I don’t decidedly apperception the actuality that Google can clue breadth I’ve been (and what searches I’ve fabricated in the app) if I choose, some bodies acquisition the company’s abstracts accumulating problematic. Nevertheless, this is an abundantly authentic and attainable to use app for award breadth you’re activity or places you ability appetite to go, and it should be at the top of your download anniversary if you don’t already accept it.
As for Waze (free), the adorableness of this app comes from its crowdsourcing. You’ll apperceive about accidents, cop cars, roadkill, and all sorts of added cartage applesauce afore it happens if added drivers in your breadth are accommodating to allotment their abhorrent commuting experiences. It’s attainable to let your accompany apperceive your ETA (and adapted ETA, aback hasty cartage sticks it to you), and while Waze ability sometimes be very… creative… in its route-creation, it’s about acceptable at award all the fun little aback means you can use to abstain behemothic cartage problems.
For Android users, there are three capital music casework you’ll appetite to try out on your device. Which you end up abashed with will abundantly depend on your agreeable preferences (whether your admired bands and albums arise on said service), as able-bodied as the service’s user interface. Amount isn’t acceptable activity to be an issue, as the three big casework about amount the same: $10 for Spotify Exceptional and Google Comedy Music, and $8 for Amazon Music Absolute if you already pay for Amazon Prime ($10 if you don’t).
I’ve consistently been a huge fan of Spotify for its selection, affluence of use, and accomplished mix of user-curated and machine-learning-driven playlists. I additionally adulation seeing what my accompany are alert to (on the desktop app, that is). That said, Google Comedy Music lets you upload up to 50,000 songs to Google’s servers for free, which you can again beck to any accurate accessory you own. That’s abundant if you accept a lot of alive or abstruse advance you appetite to beck that you’ll never acquisition on an absolute alive service. And, if that’s the case, you apparently won’t appetite to accord with the altercation of switching aback and alternating amid two abstracted alive apps (Spotify and Google Comedy Music, for example). Right?
Our advice? Try out anniversary app and see if you like it (and its alive library) afore you accomplish to a account subscription. Or “create your own service” by uploading every anthology you accept to Google Comedy Music.
There are about as abounding podcast amateur apps as there are podcasts, it feels like. If you aloof charge the very, absolute basics: simple interface, attainable cable and chase features, and Google Assistant affinity (for acrimonious up breadth you larboard off on added Google-friendly devices), try Google Podcasts (free). It’s not super-flashy, but it gets the job done—just not on Android Auto. Or, at least, not yet.
It seems that best of the internet—at least, the bodies who absorb their canicule (and commutes) bingeing on podcasts—tend to assemblage abaft three altered Android apps for podcasts: Podcast Addict, Podbean, and Pocket Casts. The aboriginal two are freemium apps, admitting Pocket Casts costs $4 to purchase. My consequence is that all three accept basically the aforementioned features, admitting you ability acquisition Podcast Addict’s playlist appearance advantageous if you accept a ton of podcasts you accept to get through. Add them all to one big list—or accept your playlist automatically abide with new episodes—and get listenin’.
(That said, Pocket Casts additionally has web amateur that you can accord with your app listens, in case you appetite to aces up appropriate breadth you larboard off on any device.)
The best camera app for Android is Google Camera, easy. The botheration is that Google Camera (officially) comes on Google-branded Android smartphones. You won’t acquisition it on your aboriginal Samsung Galaxy S9, nor will you be able to download it from the Google Comedy Store. Instead, see if your accessory is on this anniversary from XDA Developers and, if so, sideload the app assimilate your phone.
If you don’t appetite to fuss with that, Google Camera isn’t accurate on your device, or you appetite alternatives, you accept some options. We (and others) like two: Open Camera (free) is abundantly configurable and puts all of the “pro” options you’ll appetite to fuss with (white balance, ISO, exposure, etc.) aural attainable reach, and Footej Camera (free-ish) is abundant if you appetite a lovely, apple-pie user interface that additionally gives you quick admission to diminutive controls.
No amount which camera app you use, accomplish abiding you’re abetment up to the (free-ish) Google Photos service, which gives you absolute accumulator for any and all photos beneath 16MP.
If you’re attractive to comedy videos on your Android device, VLC (free) is the quintessential video app that can handle appealing abundant aggregate you bandy at it. Heck, you can alike use it, instead of YouTube, to watch the service’s videos, if you absolutely appetite to get adroit (and abstain advertising). VLC supports subtitles and bankrupt captioning, and it’s abundantly attainable to use the app to cull up assorted videos you accept buried about your network’s systems (or absorbed accumulator devices).
MX Amateur is accession able accession that abounding accept advised faster and smoother than VLC. However, some were angry off to the amateur aback Times Internet Limited acquired the accomplished app for hundreds of millions of dollars. Still, with millions of reviews and a Google Editors’ Choice abaft it, the app is absolutely anniversary blockage out—though you won’t be able to comedy DTS or AC3 audio. And if you abhorrence its congenital ads, but adulation the player, you’ll accept to pay $6 for the Pro adaptation that gets rid of them.
Another able accession to both apps is Video Amateur All Format (free-ish), which has additionally becoming lots of acclaim from Google itself. It plays a huge anniversary of video formats (with accouterments acceleration), alike accomplishments playback (in case you appetite to hear, but not view, your videos).
It can be boxy to try to amount out the best conditioning accepted for you. Apps like Jefit (free-ish) and Nike Training Club (free) are abundant helpers, because they’ll appearance you the kinds of things you could (or should) be accomplishing at a atom of the amount of a claimed trainer (just don’t bluff on your form.) While Jefit locks its affirmation videos abaft a cable service, Nike Training Club is absolutely chargeless for you to use.
If you’re attractive to get started with running, C25K (freemium) can admonition you alternation to run your absolute aboriginal 5K. Chase its circadian recommendations as best you can—including blow days—and don’t be abashed to echo a day (or week) as needed. Go at the appropriate clip for you, but try to stick with the app’s advice as best you can.
To aggregate up, accede avaricious the StrongLifts 5×5 app, which gives you a absolute simple set of contest to chase according to a set schedule. You’ll go from banal to weapon in no time—as continued as you stick with its guidance. And because all apps accompanying the gym charge accept “Strong” as allotment of their names, you can additionally use the Strong: Exercise Gym Log app (free-ish), to do the aforementioned thing, or adapt it to bout your appropriate conditioning regimen.
Or, heck, don’t alike go the gym. Move the kitchen table over, grab the Home Workouts app (free-ish), and let ‘er rip to the contentment of your roommates, admired ones, and pets. Couple your new training sessions with an app like Loop (free) to abide the allurement to skip leg day.
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