What are some must have Android apps?

Which one are you using more often.

BR Brent_lopez11 asked on 31 December 2018, 16:39
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81 Top Android Must Have Apps!

I am not an android user. So I asked some of my friends who are hardcore android users for this answer. Here are the top 81 apps sorted out alphabetically. If I missed anyone - let me know in the comments section below. I will update the list and give you credit for it.

  • 1Weather (Weather app)
  • Adobe Premiere Clip (Video Editor)
  • AirDroid (Integrate Apple files)
  • Amazon Kindle (Ebooks)
  • Android Device Manager (Locate Device)
  • Android Pay (Mobile Payment)
  • Best To-do list & Task Manager. Free, Online & Mobile (Tasks)
  • Avast Mobile Security (Security App)
  • BeyondPod (Podcast Player)
  • Blendle (Journalism app)
  • CamScanner (Sync Scanned Docs)
  • ClickMe (Organizers)
  • CloudCal (Calendar/Organizer)
  • Dark Sky (Weather forecast)
  • Duolingo (New Lingo)
  • ESPN (Sports News)
  • Evernote
  • Expense IQ (Finance app)
  • ExpressVPN (VPN)
  • Facebook Messenger (Chatting)
  • Flamingo (Twitter Alternative)
  • Flipboard (collects news)
  • GBoard (Keyboard)
  • Google Chrome (Browser)
  • Google Drive Suite (Storage)
  • Google Fit (Fitness)
  • Google Maps & Waze (Maps)
  • Google Now & Google Assistant (Siri like)
  • Google Photos (Photo app)
  • Google Play Music
  • Google Translate (Translate app)
  • GrubHub (Food takeout option)
  • Headspace (Meditation)
  • Hooks (Alert App)
  • IF (Linking App)
  • Inbox by Gmail (Email app)
  • Instagram (Photo share app)
  • KWGT Kustom Widget Maker (Custom Designer Widget)
  • Lastpass (Passwords)
  • Launchify (launch app fast)
  • Linkedin (Business Networking)
  • Lyft (Ride Share app)
  • Magisto Video Editor (Editing)
  • MailWise (Free Email App)
  • Microsoft Office (Office based apps)
  • Mint (Finance App)
  • Nike Plus Running (Running App)
  • NordVPN (VPN)
  • Nova Launcher (visual/functional customization)
  • Office Lens (Scanner)
  • Opera Mini (Browser)
  • PicsArt Photo Studio (Image Editing)
  • Pintasking (Switch apps)
  • Pocket (Save Articles & Sync)
  • PocketCasts (Podcasts)
  • QualityTime (Digital Usage Tracker)
  • Relay for Reddit (Reddit based app)
  • Signal (Secure Messaging)
  • Simplenote (Note App)
  • SkyScanner (Cheap Flights)
  • Sleep Partner (sleep assistant)
  • Snapchat
  • Snapseed (Photo-Editors)
  • Solid Explorer File Manager (File Manager)
  • Spotify (Music Streaming)
  • Sworkit (workouts)
  • Tasker (tinker app)
  • Today Calendar (Calendar)
  • Travelex Money (foreign currency)
  • Trello (digital bulletin)
  • Trusted Contacts (Share location)
  • Unclouded (Storage)
  • Venmo (Payment app)
  • Weather Timeline (Weather app)
  • Word Swag (Typo Design)
  • World Around Me (places of interest)
  • Yelp (Travel Restaurant & Business app)
  • YOU-app (Wellness Social Network App)
  • Younity (Media Storage & Sort)
  • Youtube
  • Yummly (Recipe app)
  • If I missed any, let me know in the comments section below. I will update the list and give you credit for it.


    Hi, guys! I am enlisting some must-have apps and their alternatives because well everybody has a different taste. I'm enlisting apps in the order of my preference. I have enlisted some paid apps too. Some apps need to have a rooted phone to work, if you don't know what root is then google is your friend! :)

    When trying any app give it some time, go through settings and then only come to any conclusion. Sometimes I may have given the name of the free version of the app, but mostly the pro-paid version has better features and no ads. I can't add Play Store link to every app so, sorry for that. If you have any suggestion or query just tweet me @ajinkya4793 or comment below.


    Chrome Beta 

    Opera Mobile

    Firefox Browser for Android

    Dolphin HD

    Lightning Browser

    Flynx - This app opens the link in background with a floating button. Great app if you read a lot of articles from Twitter, Facebook, Web, etc.

    Try out Link Bubble Browser too.

    Camera & Photography

    Camera -

    I don't generally use any camera app, but given the new camera API I'm pretty sure there will be tons of camera apps in Play Store soon. Still try out,

    Camera FV-5

    Google Camera

    Photo Editor -

    Autodesk Pixlr 


    Photo Editor by Aviary

    Photo Grid - Collage Maker (best collage maker)

    (Again I don't use photo editor apps that much so suggestions are welcome)

    Gallery -



    Health & Fitness

    Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO

    runtastic PRO

    iTriage Health

    MyFitnessPal apps



    Google Keyboard 





    Nova Launcher Prime (never tried anything except this one) 

    Apex Launcher Pro

    Action Launcher 3 Pro

    Lightning Launcher

    If you wanna try something new - 

    Yahoo Aviate Launcher


    Deskmigrate (for migrating your current structure of apps and folders to another launcher)

    Music & Video

    Music Player -

    GoneMAD Music Player (heavily customizable, has both Holo & Material UIs, costly)


    PlayerPro Music Player

    Phonograph (one of the finest Material Design UIs but doesn't have folder support yet) 


    Rocket Player (it can be used with iSyncer for metadata syncing)

    *Bonus - If you're rooted try Viper4Android as your equalizer. (One of the few reasons I root my phone)

    Video Player -

    BS Player (I've found that some videos don't even play in MX Player, if you're having the same issue try this player) 

    MX Player

    Mobo Video Player Pro

    VLC Player

    Podcasts - 


    Other -

    Spotify (tip - install xposed module Tabletmetrics or install modded Spotify app for non-rooted users & you'll get rid of shuffle play, to use it outside US just use Tunnelbear to login & you can disable it after login) 

    8tracks, tuneinradio, Pandora (Internet radio apps; never tried them.) 

    Shazam Encore/SoundHound (to identify the song)

    WAIL Beta — last.fm scrobbler

    Cover Art Downloader

    TubeMate/TubeX (YouTube Downloader)

    MP3dit - Music Tag Editor (tag editor)

    Gaana/Wynk/Dhingaana/Saavn - for Bollywood music lovers.

    TinyTunes - for downloading songs for free (not on Play Store)

    News & RSS feeds reader

    Palabre (relatively new app which is my go-to RSS reader for a while now)

    gReader Pro

    Feedlyreader (new but has a lot of potential) 

    Press (probably has the most beautiful UI, I guess devs have stopped working on it)

    Feedly (no offline support yet) 

    Flipboard: Your News Magazine



    Widgets -

    (Haven't used some of these apps for ages, suggestions are welcome)



    Beautiful Widgets

    HD Widgets

    Zooper Widget Pro

    DashClock Widget

    Popup Widget (hide your widget untill you need it, saves tons of space)

    Social & Communication

    Contact Sync -

    HaxSync - 4.x Facebook Sync

    Sync.ME -Facebook Contact Sync

    Twitter -

    Tweetings (my go-to Twitter app & has true push notifications also cheaper too) 


    Talon Plus


    Official Twitter client

    Falcon Pro (banned from play store, but has a workaround. Also probably the best looking Twitter app. Its dev is now working on official client.)

    Reddit -

    Relay for reddit (probably the most intuitive UI I've ever seen)

    Sync for reddit

    Flow for reddit

    Reddit offline (for offline reading)

    For all other Social sites use their official apps e.g. Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, Wordpress, Skype, Path, Instagram, Quora, Google+, etc.

    PS - Never use official Facebook app, try mobile site or Folio/Metal/Tinfoil app or better greenify Facebook app as official app eats a lot of juice. Hopefully they've fixed it.


    Cricket -

    Cricbuzz Cricket Scores & News

    Yahoo! Cricket

    Football -

    Soccer Scores Pro - FotMob



    Fantasy Football Manager (for FPL fans)

    Other -

    ScoreCenter for Android

    theScore: Sports & Scores

    Cloud Storage

    Dropbox, Box, Google Drive

    Text & Messaging




    Facebook Messenger

    For texts use Textra or Google Messenger

    Tools & Productivity

    Alarm Clock - Gentle Alarm, Alarm Clock Xtreme, Alarm Clock Plus, Timely

    Anti-Virus - avast! Mobile Security, Dr.Web Anti-virus Light (free), Kaspersky Mobile Security, Lookout Security & Antivirus, AntiVirus FREE, Norton Security & Antivirus (There's no need to use an Antivirus app just use AdBlock/AdAway to block ads & be cautious about permissions & stuff also while installing third party apps.)

    Anti-Theft - Cerberus anti theft, Android Lost, Anti Theft Droid Free, Android Device Maanger, Plan B (after losing the phone install this app from desktop)

    Backup - Helium

    Calendar - Sunrise, Today calendar, Jorte Calendar (I don't use calendar apps that much so suggestions are welcome.)

    Comics Reader - Perfect Viewer, ComiCat

    Dictionary - Dictionary - WordWeb (offline), Google Translate, Fora Dictionary, English Dictionary - Offline, Dictionary - Merriam-Webster, Arcus Dictionary

    News Dictionary - while reading select any word click on copy & voila you'll get a popup with its meaning & stuff.

    Dialer - exDialer

    eBook reader - Moon+ reader, Cool Reader, FBReader, Aldiko Book Reader

    File Explorer - Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer, FX file Explorer, File Manager, Cabinet

    Notes - Evernote, Google Keep

    Office - Kingsoft Office 5.3.2 (Free), OfficeSuite Pro 6 + (PDF & HD), Quickoffice Pro (Office & PDF), Documents To Go 3.0 Main App

    Personal Finance for Android - Financisto, Expense Manager, Personal Finance

    Tasks/To-Do list - TickTick, Astrid Tasks & To-do, Tasks, GTasks: To Do List & Task List, Any.DO To-do List & Task List

    TV & Multimedia

    IMDb, BookMyShow (great to see movie timings and for booking tickets; India only), WhatsOnIndia (TV time table; India only), Movie Roll (gives you Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb rating at one place amongst other), Seriesguide (for trakt), Flud (best uTorrent client), Torrent Search Tool (for downloading torrent files without any ads), TheReviewMonk (a Rotten Tomatoes like site/app for Indian movies).

    Other Apps

    Airdroid - manage your phone from the PC

    AppGratis - Tells which paid app is free today

    App Backup & Restore - to create APKs of installed apps

    CamScanner -Phone PDF Creator - Take a picture and convert it into PDF file

    clipper+ - Clipboard Manager

    CPU-Z - gives detailed information about your device

    CPU Spy - shows the amount of time spent on a specific frequency

    DiskUsage - to see a graph of folders/files sorted by size and instantly delete them

    Drippler - for Android geeks

    Easy Downloader Pro, ADM- Download manager for your Android 

    Easy Voice Recorder - voice recorder

    FolderSync - it automatically backs up your device's storage to your PC

    GSam Battery Monitor Pro, BetterBatteryStats- to see battery stats

    HI App lock - Lock certain apps

    Hide It Pro - To hide certain pictures, videos

    IFTTT - for automating certain tasks on web for e.g., post instagram pics natively on Twitter or get a notification when there's birthday entry on your calendar, etc. 

    LEDBlinker Notifications; Light Flow - Control your LED notifications

    Muzei - To blur the wallpaper

    One Power Guard - A battery saving app controlling the kernel settings instead of saving juice by disabling data/GPS/Radio

    Pocket - To save links for later reading & much more

    Pushbullet - If you work on PC & don't wanna miss on your notifications this is the app for you. You can even reply to WhatsApp messages on your PC. Great, isn't it? Sadly they're now charging for these features. I used to love the universal copy-paste feature. 

    RealCalc - Scientific calculator

    RepliGo Reader, Xodo PDF Reader- PDF Reader

    RoundR - hate those flat corners? Round them!

    Screen Filter; Lux Auto Brightness - brightness control specially if you are nocturnal

    Settle Up - Ever fought with friends about who spent more money while on a picnic or hangout? Well this app is for you. You can manage the money spent by your friends and track who is spending more or less.

    Sidebar Pro - A sidebar for quickly launching your fav app

    SuperBeam - Share files between 2 Androids instantly

    SwipePad: Hyperspace Launcher - a gesture based launcher

    Tasker - automates settings (one of the finest apps on Android) 

    TasteKid - Instantly get music, movies, shows, books recommendations by typing your fav

    TeamViewer - Manage your PC from the phone.

    Time Table - yasp! Class Schedule, Simple Time Table

    TinyTunes - free mp3 downloader

    Unified Remote - Android-PC remote

    Apps specifically for rooted phones

    Adaway - Not in play store. Blocks almost all ads; better than AdBlock Plus.

    AFWall+ - restricts which applications are permitted to access your data networks (2G/3G and/or Wi-Fi and while in roaming.

    Font Changer - Not in Play Store. Can change font.

    GMD GestureControl - You can use gestures to control any activity from launching an app or killing an app.

    Gravity Screen Pro - On / Off - turns automatically your screen off when you put your phone into your pocket or onto a table and turn the screen on when you take it out or up.

    Greenify - It prohibits the selected apps to run in background. Saves hell lotta battery. Hibernate Maps and Facebook if you're using this.

    Hide my Root - hides that you have root pivileges.

    Link2SD - moves apps to memory card.

    Market Fixer - removes links of specific apps from Play Store.

    Market Helper - helps users to change/fake their rooted devices to any other devices. You can download the apps which are not available in your contry.

    Push Notifications Fixer - Have a problem with push notifications? Use this app.

    ROM Toolbox Pro - This application brings all the best rooted applications into one monster app.

    Root Explorer - You can browse root files and change permissions.

    SCR Screen Recorder Pro - Record great quality screencasts directly from your phone.

    SD Maid Pro - Apps you uninstall leaves garbage data behind, it helps to clean it out.

    Seeder - makes your mobile fast by using entropy seeding.

    Titanium Backup - I don't think this app needs a caption, MUST-HAVE if you install custom ROMs.

    Trickster MOD - Everything you wanna customize about kernels.

    Wakelock Detector - detects if a certain app is having unusual wakelocks.

    WiFi Key Recovery - helps to recover the password of a wireless network you have connected to with your device in the past.

    Xposed Framework - This app demonstrates how powerful root user can be! Just go to XDA & install some modules like GravityBox, Amplify, Blurred System UI, Greenify, MinMinGuard, YouTube Adaway, Unicon to name a few. Just play around with them & explore.