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Top 30 Best Apps for New Android Users

Whether you are switching to Android from iOS or you are just new to the smartphone world in general, this lists contains all must-have applications that should be on every Android device.

Utilities

Utilities are a large category of usually small applications that make life much easier. Some of these apps require root permissions, but most of them will work just fine without them.

Tasker

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Tasker is a great way how to automate many aspects of your phone and even your daily life. You can, for example, setup automatic silencing of your phone when you enter school or have it send a text message to someone every time your battery gets very low. The only downside is that it can be somewhat harder to understand. Luckily, there is a comprehensive tutorial on its official website and plenty of resources online.

Titanium Backup

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Titanium Backup is the leading data and application backup solution on Android. Users can completely backup all installed applications together with their data and later restore them in their original state. This means that your saved preferences and in-app data will appear exactly as they were. The user interface could definitely use a good redesign since it is very old school. But despite this fact, Titanium Backup is a proven and highly functional solution.

SuperSu

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Android is great because it allows complete and unrestricted access to its file system and administrator account. This account is called “root” and it lets users whatever they please on the lowest levels. SuperSU allows for advanced management of these administrative access rights for all the apps on your device that need root. SuperSU has been built from the ground up to counter a number of problems with other Superuser access management tools. Its installation and usage are very simple and most of the time you will not even know you have it installed.

Nova Launcher

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Android operating system lets users completely customize its appearance and be behavior. This means that it is possible to replace the home screen and application drawer with something else. Nova Launcher is the most popular launcher and home screen replacement application on Android. It is just as easy to use as the stock Android and comes with extended settings and a wide range of options to tinker with. Play Store has a large selection of thematic icon packs to suit many different tastes. If you don’t like any icon then you can just replace it with something more eye pleasing.

Twilight

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Reading late at night can rob you off up to 30 minutes of sleep. The blue portion of light frequency spectrum suppresses the production of melatonin in the brain and prevents people from falling asleep. The best solution is to not look any screen at least an hour before sleep. While this sounds easy enough in theory, it’s a completely different story in practice. We love to watch movies, read the web, chat with our friends, and study – all in from of some kind of LCD screen. Twilight places a special filter over the screen and blocks the vast majority of blue light. As a result, the screen appears to be red and your eyes can relax.

ES File Explorer

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The unrestricted access to the entirety of Android file system is one of the best features it has. You don’t have to rely on a proprietary application just to transfer some documents or mp3 files to your device. Just plug it into you computer and use it just like any USB flash drive.

To later access these files on your device and possibly even do the same operations that you would on your computer, it is very handy to have a capable file manager installed. ES File Explorer can do all of this and much more.

Pushbullet

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Pushbullet lets you push files and links between your devices with as little as two clicks, mirror your phone’s notifications to your computer, so you’ll never miss an important phone call or notification again and even easily send links and files to your friends.  Forget about connecting your phone to your computer each time you want to transfer a movie or a document. Pushbullet is convenient, easy to use, and instantly time-saving modern solution for a modern problem.

Fleksy

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Android is all about customization and finding exactly the best solution for the job. Different Android smartphone manufacturers include different keyboards in their particular versions of Android operating system. Some of these keyboards are definitely not among the best in their class. Fleksy is a popular replacement keyboard that makes writing fast and accurate. Its prediction model is so good that it even encourages users to write without any letters on screen. Believe it or not – it works. The core feature that makes it so fast to use is the intuitive swipe operation. Just slide your finger up on the middle row of keys and you can select an alternative word from a list. Slide to the left and the whole word is instantly deleted. This is just a small portion of what makes Fleksy possibly the best Android keyboard.

SD Maid

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It is unavoidable that over time, our phones and tablets can get cluttered with old files left behind by already uninstalled applications. These files take space and can in some cases even make your device run slower. SD Maid is the only tool that you will ever need to keep your phone is a pristine condition and a great working order. It is dead simple to use – just press the big green Scan button and let the app find all clutter on your device. It is recommended to run the app at least once a month.

Multimedia

Modern smartphones and tablets have large high-definition displays that are perfect for watching online content and movies while 3.5mm audio output lets users use any pair of headphones they have at their disposal.

Pocketcasts

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Podcasts are a great way how to spend your morning comute or how to occupy yourself in a gym. You can choose from virtually limitless selection of themes and topics. Pocketcasts is  a podcast player that is full featured, beautiful and easy to use. You can dynamically speed up podcasts, auto download any podcast you want, sync your subscriptions, cast your episodes straight to your Tv, and even control the playback with Android Wear or Pebble watch.

MX Player

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Modern smartphones and tablets are excellent from watching moviews or your favorite TV series. A good video player is essential for taking advantage of the powerful hardware capabilities of Android devices. MX Player lets you use hardware acceleration with many different video formats, add subtitles, use convinient control gestures and keep your kids entertained without having to worry about what they do on your phone with kids lock.

PowerAmp

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PowerAmp is easily among the best music players on Android. It will primarly appeal to powerusers, who will feel instantly familiar with its advanced user interface and plentitude of options. This music player  plays mp3, mp4/m4a (incl. alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, and aiff (* some wma pro files may require NEON support) and comes with a 10 band optimized graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets, and custom presets. It also has 4 widget types with many selectable styles and configurable lock screen.

Moon+ Reader

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While dedicated ebook readers are without any doubt great devices, the fact that our phones are always with us makes them in many cases even better. In order to have the best reading experience possible, a high-quality ebook reader like Moon+ Reader is a must. It supports a very large amount of ebook file formats, has extensive settings options, and can even be synchronized with your favorite cloud storage option. There are two versions you can choose from. The free version is probably more than enough for most people and if not, the paid version is well worth the money it costs.

SoundCloud

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SoundCloud’s name is very descriptive of what the service actually provides. It is, quite literally, a cloud of sound files. Everything from voice recording to the latest music is on there. It is also one of the most popular places for amateur musicians and alternative music genres that have yet to hit the mainstream audience. Perfect for discovering new and interesting music and staying on top of the latest releases by your favorite artists. If you don’t have your phone or tablet with you, there is also a handy web interface that you can use from anywhere.

Spotify

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If SoundCloud is the go-to place for alternative and copyright-free music then Spotify is its equivalent when it comes to commercial music production. This service gives you access to an incredibly large library of music from all around the world and access to the latest albums and single releases by the most popular artists on this planet. You can listen to it for free with ads or activate the 14-day trial. The tablet version of Spotify works just like the regular PC or Mac version, but the smartphone version is limited to just shuffle mode. If you want unlimited control and music playback options together with better audio quality, you should purchase the monthly premium option. It doesn’t cost much and you will be able to literary carry the biggest collection of music in the world right in your pocket.

Internet

The vast majority of smartphone users have a mobile data plan and often use email and web on-the-go.

Gmail

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With Gmail being the most popular free mail service in the world, Google has to make sure that their Android application is truly excellent because many people completely rely on it for their daily personal and business communication. The team behind Gmail did a great job and the app is a pleasure to use even on older devices. It supports multiple accounts (just like any Google application does), is fast and stable, and notifications work 100%. If you are a Gmail user, forget about alternative clients – the official application is the best email experience you will have on Android.

Google Chrome

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Nowadays, many Android phones and tablets ship with Google Chrome by default. If you are using Chrome on your PC, Mac or Linux, you shouldn’t think twice before installing its Android version. It is able to seamlessly synchronize all your data and even open tabs, which means that you can continue browsing the web exactly where you left it. The regular Google Chrome is infamous for its large memory consumptions and high hardware requirements. Luckily, the Android version is much well mannered and unless you have a really old device it should work without any problems. The only negative is that it still doesn’t support add-ons.

Whatsapp

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WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection to message and call friends and family, so you don’t have to pay for every message or call. You can call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. That’s because the app uses your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family. You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer’s browser. WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone’s existing address book.

Tapatalk

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Reading and browsing internet forums on a mobile device can often be quite cumbersome due to a poorly optimized user interface. Tapatalk gives you an easily way how to enjoy your interests and connect with people on-the-go. Just add your favorite forum in the app and you can read the latest topics, subscribe to your favorite ones for instant update, and post new messages yourself. If your favorite web forum isn’t optimized for mobile devices, Tapatalk is a great way how to get the most out of it. The app is available for free with in-app purchases.

Photo and pictures

These days, even budget phones come with at least 8 MP rear cameras that are able to produce high-resolution still images and full HD videos.

QuickPic

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QuickPic is a great alternative to Android’s stock photo browser. It’s faster, has more features, and is very easy to use. You can integrate your favorite cloud storage service to ensure that you never lose any of your pictures. The browsing experience is optimized for large screen and multiple finger gestures. Unlike many other applications out there, QuickPic comes without any ads or extra permissions. The newly included CM Cloud offers a quick and fast way how to back and restore your pictures and images using secure data transfer and very large storage space.

Instagram

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Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments. You can transform your everyday photos and videos into works of art and share them with your family and friends.
See the world through somebody else’s eyes by following not only the people you know but inspirational Instagrammers, photographers, athletes, celebrities and fashion icons. Every time you open Instagram, you’ll see new photos and videos from your closest friends, plus breathtaking moments shared by creative people across the globe.

The app is used by more than 400 million people from all over the world and you will quickly discover yourself what makes Instagram such a great experience.

CamScanner

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If you have ever thought that there has to be a more convenient way how to capture and store documents, recipes, and any other printed material into your phone than just using the stock camera applications – you were right. CamScanner lets you easily capture, store, edit, and convert all kinds of documents. The app uses sophisticated algorithms to make text more readable and one-button PDF conversion is great for sharing and archiving.

PicsArt

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PicsArt is a leading photo editing app on Android. It comes with an easy-to-use user interface, a wide range of options, and great looking filters. Turning everyday photos into something unique and memorable couldn’t be any easier.

250 million people have already downloaded this free photo editor for powerful image editing and photo montages, using hundreds of tools, filters, and effects that you can find only in professional photo editing programs. PicsArt’s photo editor, collage maker, and drawing tools are the best way to keep your inspiration flowing and allow you to create beautiful images anytime, anywhere.

Candy Camera

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Candy Camera is the a king of selfie photo applications. It comes with a diverse range of filters, designed specifically for selfies. These filters can be applied in real time by simply swiping left and right. In addition to the filter camera, there are additional editing tools for the perfect selfie including
slimming, whitening, concealer, lipstick, blush, eyeliner, mascara. Candy Camera also comes with a silent mode, which lets you take photos without drawing any unwanted attention to yourself. A must have app for all selfie addicts out there.

Camera ZoomFX

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The default camera application on Android does a great job when it comes to providing users with a well-optimized photo experience that cover all the basics. Camera ZoomFX goes beyond that. It is one of the fastest camera applications on Android and the wide range of features and options will please any seasoned photographer. Among many other things, users can use the built-in timer, voice activation, burst mode, collage editor, HDR mode, grid overlays, and horizon level. If you like to play with your pictures, Camera ZoomFX has you covered with an assortment of powerful post-processing options.

Productivity

Smartphones and tablets are not just for fun and communication. They can easily turn into very capable production machines that let users read documents, makes changes to them, and even create brand new ones.

Microsoft Office

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Microsoft Office is finally also available on Android operating system and it is everything we could’ve hoped for. All applications have the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with an intuitive touch experience designed for Android phones and tablets. All of your documents are just a clock away thanks to the ability to access your files whenever you need to, with OneDrive, One Drive for Business, SharePoint, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox support. You can also easily share documents with your friends and colleagues and track changes, comments, and markup docs so everybody knows the thinking behind your changes.

Evernote

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For many people, Evernote is THE application for taking notes on mobile devices, PC, OS X or on the web. Evernote launched in 2008 and reached 11 million users just three years later in 2011. It operates on a freemium model, offering free service and two additional plan for users to upgrade to. Premium account unlocks many interesting features like offline access, unlimited uploads, PDF annotation, and more. Plus and Premium tiers cost $34 and $45 per year respectively. One of the main reasons you may want to install Evernote is a very comprehensive platform support, although there is currently no official native client for Linux. Probably the only negative point about Evernote is how it is resource heavy. The PC client regularly lags my older computer and the web interface can by little slow as well. Despite this, Evernote is still a top choice when to comes to note taking on almost any platform.

You can find more similar applications by reading our comprehensive article about the best material design note taking apps.

Pocket

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You know the feeling when you stumble upon something interesting when browsing the web on your computer and would love to continue reading the same article on your smartphone or tablet? Most people resort to emailing themselves the link or searching for the same article again on their mobile devices. This takes a long time and is definitely not the best way to do it. Pocket lets you save articles, videos and other web content for later in a beautiful and optimized easy-to-view experience for your phone and tablet — even offline. Pocket is your perfect mobile companion for commutes, travel, or curling up on your couch.

Dropbox

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Dropbox lets you store the data in your device in a cloud so that you can access the data from anywhere. Users can store data very easily in the cloud and even it’s easier to access the data from the cloud. This will allow you to bring all your files, photos, documents, videos anywhere.

If you install and upload all your files, photos or document to Dropbox, you can access them anywhere. Uploading of data is much similar as you do it in your web browser and you can even download the uploaded data. You can share uploaded data to friends and family.

The latest version of Dropbox allows you to upload streaming videos which can be inspected later. This app even provides the scheduling of uploading, downloading and sharing of data. It also displays the time for uploading, downloading, and sharing of data. Dropbox will let you know about the scheduling by giving notifications.

Adobe PDF Reader

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There are many different PDF reader available on Android. Some of them are designed for the best performance while others try to pack in as many features as they can. Adobe Acrobat Reader is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing, annotating, and signing PDFs. You can Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or any app that supports “Share”, search, scroll, zoom in and out, quickly fill out PDF forms by typing text into fillable fields, sign in to your free Adobe Document Cloud account, and even directly print documents from your Android device.

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