15 must-have Android apps to get the most out of your phone. For many people, smartphones have become an essential tool for their daily lives. The devices are used for all manner of activities ranging from listening to music, playing games, watching videos, communicating with friends, family and colleagues in several ways, just to mention a few.
However, with the sheer number of applications in Google Play Store (well over 3.5 million in 2019), it becomes a daunting task to choose the most essential ones that you should have on your Android phone.
Worry not, however, here at iHarare we have gone through a lot of work to narrow down to 15 of the most essential apps that you should have on your device.
Of course, the list is subjective and is not exhaustive. Note that there are no games in this list, as there simply too many and of too great a variety to fit here. With this caveat, here is the list of must-have Android apps to get the most out of your phone. The list is in no particular order.
WhatsApp is a free, instant messaging application which allows users to communicate with one another using the phone’s internet service. The internet can be in the form of data bundles. It is arguably the most popular app in Zimbabwe and most of Africa.
It provides you with the ability to send text messages and voice messages, share links, images, and location, make video calls, etc. to any other user worldwide. It is one of the secure Android messaging apps and is also accessible from a desktop environment.
WhatsApp makes communication with friends and workmates much simpler with its WhatsApp group feature.
Xender is a fast file sharing app that allows you to transfer and receive files wirelessly from one device to another. It saves you from the hassle of carrying your USB data cable around to exchange files with PC as no PC side software is required to transmit or receive files. Much like WhatsApp Web, all you have to do is scan the QR code on your PC with your phone and you’ll be able to transfer files between the two devices.
Moreover, Xender is a hundred times faster than Bluetooth for transferring files between any device, thanks to it being cross-platform.
SHAREit is also another very useful file-sharing application.
3 MX Player
Speaking of the best apps for Android, this video player for supports almost all the primary video and audio file formats. It packs a lot of features including editing of subtitle timeframes, fast-forwarding and volume control gestures, gestures for zooming in and out of a video, on-screen kid lock and many more.
MX Player is available for free with ads. Moreover, it comes with additional plugins for extra functionalities. It still belongs among the must-have apps for those who like to keep loads of videos on their Android device.
4 Here WeGo
Formerly called Here Maps, Here WeGo is a free map application that you can download and use offline. The killer feature of Here WeGo is that it works as a full sat nav offline, so you can use it without a data connection.
What sets Here WeGo apart from Google Maps is that you can download maps for 150 countries and use them offline without an internet connection. This includes transit information for 1,300 cities in 50 countries so you can use it on holiday to find your way around a city.
We recommend downloading Here WeGo. It’s easy to use and works smoothly. But the real killer app is the extensive offline mapping – it really sets it apart from its rivals.
Yes, you can download maps to use offline in Google Maps, but only to cover a small area – not a whole city or country.
LastPass is a feature-rich password manager and secure private vault that can lock down your passwords and personal information. It has the ability to autofill logins in browsers and apps and can generate new and secure passwords instantly.
You can log in with one password instead of remembering a dozen. Moreover, you can also sync your passwords and data across all of your devices. It is intuitive and fast across numerous platforms.
Shazam is a popular music recognition application that can instantly identify music that’s playing in your surrounding and is used by a lot of music lovers.
All you need is to hold your Android device close to the source of the song, and after a few seconds, the app will accurately detect the song. Besides, you can also play songs and add them to Spotify playlists, buy songs in Google Play Music with one tap, connect your Facebook account, etc. If you are a musicophile, this Android app is a must-have for you.
CamScanner is a scanner application that can scan every type of document and save them as image files or as PDFs.
Several apps let you use your phone’s camera to digitize paper documents, but few are as slick and powerful as CamScanner. It can crop and enhance images in seconds, leaving you with a digital document that’s aligned and easy to read—even if your phone’s camera isn’t the best. You can join documents together, add your own annotations on top, and then share the result as a PDF or JPG.
On top of this basic version, you can sign up for a premium account for $5 per month. With this version, CamScanner will turn images into digital text that you can search through on your phone or via the app’s web interface.
8. WPS Office
WPS is a free Office Suite application with all-in-one features. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and integrates PDF, presentations, spreadsheets, memo, Google docs, etc.
The app also comes with a free PDF converter, reader, editor, along with file-sharing abilities, supports multi-window mode, data encryption, etc. It is intuitive and easy to use, and you can also connect to the Cloud Drive to automatically save your documents to the cloud platform. Overall, it is one of the best Android office apps.
Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps and lets you scribble memos, schedules, random thoughts, and just about anything you’d want to jot down in digital form. The app has been around for more than a decade now, but despite its advanced age, it’s managed to stay fresh and keep pace with newer rivals. Where it really excels is in organization: Evernote lets you sort all your documents into notebooks and label them with categories and custom tags so they’ll be easily searchable and accessible. It also syncs seamlessly across multiple devices.
10. PicsArt Photo Studio
With over 100 million downloads, PicsArt is one of the favourite photo editing apps for Android. You will be overwhelmed by the number of options you have for customizing your photos.
It has a social network for sharing photos within the app. Its features include collage, drawing on photos, frames, stickers, free cropping, clone tool, tilt-shift, perspective changer tool and a lot more. The app is available for free with some in-app purchases and display ads.
Mint.com provides one of the most popular personal finance tracking solutions online, and you can take it mobile with this dedicated app. Track, budget, and manage your finances all in one place so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Keep track of your savings, checking accounts, and credit or debit cards, input transactions, and set reminders for things like bill payments to avoid late fees. It might feel a little dry and dull itemizing and tracking your expenses and purchases, but it can make a real difference in your budgeting, and the Mint.com app helps by putting your budget and spending information in clear and readable graphs and charts.
KineMaster is probably one of the most powerful video editors on Android, but it’s also intuitive enough that anyone could enjoy using it.
The app lets you add audio and visual filters to footage, add text, stickers and other overlays, alter and trim videos frame-by-frame, adjust the speed, add transition effects and a whole lot more. You can also record videos straight from the KineMaster app. It can feel a little cramped on a phone screen, but otherwise, everything works well.
You can use the KineMaster Android app for free, but all your videos will have a KineMaster watermark and you can’t use them commercially. To remove the watermarks, allow commercial use and unlock additional assets (such as effects and overlays) you have to pay a subscription.
13. Google Find My Device
Google’s official phone tracking service helps you locate your phone, remotely erase its data, and reset the screen lock PIN, and it works with any device associated with your Google account.
14. Google Photos
A centralized location for all your photos. Google Photos will automatically backup your photo libraries on your phone to your Google Drive, saving them in a special folder that only you can access.
Android hasn’t had a built-in voice recorder since… well, since ever. However, Recorder makes up for that. The Google-built app uses machine learning and voice recognition to automatically transcribe conversations as it hears them, and it comes with searchable audio too, so you can jump straight to a particular point. You can even share your recordings easily.
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