Eighty-seven percent of smartphones in the world are Androids – and for a good reason. Androids are the Swiss Army Knives of mobile devices (sorry iPhone). Download the right apps and there isn’t anything your Android can’t help you do. Okay…there may be some things – but very few! Elon Musk said it best when he mentioned that “our phones have become an extension of our brains.” The right apps can make your life infinitely easier. The only question is, which ones do you download?
Bouncer helps you make the most out of your social media without giving it too much personal information. Want to “check in” on Facebook but don’t want the app to know your every location? You can grant any application temporary permission to use your camera, microphone, or location. The second you exit the app, Bouncer automatically removes the permission.
You’ve probably already heard of YouTube. If you haven’t welcome to 2019! We’re going to have to assume you’ve been living under a rock. YouTube is the most popular social media platform for video-sharing. With more than 23 million YouTube channels, your access to information and entertainment is endless.
Price: FREE/ $1.99
1Weather was rated the best weather app for Android phones. The beautiful design allows you to easily access current temperatures, participation forecasts, view the Doppler radar, or check the current phases of the sun and the moon. The $1.99 a month will remove advertising.
Google Play Music
Free, ad-supported music right at your fingertips! Google Play Music allows you to create radio stations based off of your favorite songs or artists, current mood, favorite decade, and more. If you want ad-free listening and access to music offline, you can sign up for their monthly subscription.
Price: FREE/ $1.99 – $299.99 per month
Google Drive allows you to safely store your most important data in the cloud. Once you back up your calendar, files, photos, or videos, you can access them from any computer, tablet, or phone. You’ll get 15GB for free but if this isn’t enough you can always purchase more for as little as $1.99 a month.
Google Maps blows Apple Maps out of the water – and that’s coming from an iPhone user. Not only does it have real-time navigation, traffic, and transit info, but it also allows you to search local business. The best part? The app tells you exactly what lane to drive in. No more missing your exit because you were one lane away!
Instagram is another app we’d be genuinely shocked if you didn’t already know about. But if you don’t, here’s what you need to know. The app allows you to follow your closest friends and family, connect with people all over the world, write funny bios and posts, and shop brands right from their posts. More than 1 billion users are on Instagram which is why we just had to add it to our list of best Android apps.
No service, no problem. Whatsapp is a common go-to for any world travelers who want to stay in touch with those at home. It works just like text messages, allowing you to send and receive messages, photos, audio notes, and videos. You can also create group chats. And since it can run off of wifi, you won’t have to worry about racking up an out-of-network phone bill.
Coffee Meets Bagel
We all know what really happens on apps like Tinder and Bumble. Unlike those apps, Coffee Meets Bagel is for singles looking for a serious, long-term relationship. The dating app sends you a prospective match every day that you can either like or pass. If you both “like,” you’ll be sent an icebreaker question. See ya later cheesy pick up lines.
Not looking for a romantic relationship? Check out these best apps to make friends!
LastPass Password Manager
Price: FREE/ $12 per year
Does anyone else constantly forget their passwords? LastPass Password Manager, as the name obviously states, makes sure you never forget a password again. Unless you forget your password to get into the app. Securely store your passwords and personal information and access it across all browsers. The app will even autofill your logins for you!
Price: FREE/ $27.99 per year
TickTick is the jack of all trades when it comes to Android apps. It’s a to-do list, task manager, calendar, and timer app all in one simple to use design. You can set recurring tasks, push notification reminders, and share tasks with other people. What a perfect way to remind your significant other to clean the toilet!
With all these options, you might be wondering which ones to get. We suggest you download each of these best Android apps. You never know when you’ll need one and it’s best to be prepared!
If these 11 aren’t enough for you, check out our blog on other apps that make life infinitely easier.