We’ve once again overhauled our picks for the best Android apps, whittling our robust selection down to a paltry 100. Some are new, and others have been standbys on this list for years. Regardless, we’re certain that any and all of these apps will make your life easier, and help you get the most out of your Android device. The apps are listed by categories such as Music, Travel, and so on.
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Looking to cut down on the number of notifications you get during the day, especially during certain events? Daywise is the app for you. The app basically blocks notifications, only letting important ones through, and allowing you to see blocked notifications later. That’s perfect for those work hours when you need to buckle down and get stuff done. If the app isn’t what you’re looking for, check out our guide to configuring the Do Not Disturb mode on your phone.
Insta Story is the perfect app for those that want to spruce up their Instagram Stories a little. The app allows you to choose from a range of templates and effects, choose photos and videos to add to your Story, and more. The app is also pretty easy to use and navigate, which is always helpful.
Clockify Time Tracker
Looking for an easier way to keep track of your time? Clockify is here to help. The app is aimed at helping teams track the time they spend on projects and offering interesting analysis on top of that. The service is available in the app as well as on the web, so you can use it no matter where you are.
Photo Editor Pro
There are a few photo editor apps available on Android, but this one is well worth considering. The app offers a host of features, like the ability to tweak brightness, contrast, and add effects like blurring the background of the photo — which will help get you that DSLR bokeh look.
Mozilla has been releasing more and more apps to Android over the past year or so. The latest is called Firefox Send, and it essentially allows you to share files with your friends with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that those files stay safe and sound and out of reach of others. With the app, you can send files up to 2.5GB in size — which is likely more than enough for most people.
Movies and videos
Netflix is one of the best video-streaming services. There’s a huge selection of movies and TV shows for subscribers and the performance is silky smooth. This is as entertained as you can get starting at $9 a month.
Hulu offers thousands of movies and TV shows — many which are updated with the latest episodes after they air. Hulu offers various subscription models, including one that opens up the entire streaming library for $8 a month, and another that removes midstream ads for $12 a month.
YouTube’s mobile app is sleek and intuitive, bringing the entirety of the video-sharing site to the palm of your hand. For those subscribed to YouTube Red, you’ll have access to all the premium content, as well as special features like audio playback while the screen is off.
Both HBO Now (HBO’s stand-alone service for $15/month) and HBO Go (a streaming app available to HBO cable subscribers) have apps that allow you to watch all of HBO’s streaming content directly on your phone.
Music and audio
Spotify is the best full-featured streaming service. With this app, you can stream any music from any type of device, make your own playlists, follow artists, and sync tracks for offline listening.
If you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet of sound with no ads and no subscription fees, you’ve found it. You can discover new music and stream it from the cloud, but this is no Spotify replacement.
Bandcamp’s mobile app allows you to stream music from your collection, as well as the music offered by the thousands of artists who sell and stream their music on Bandcamp. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy music directly from the artists and labels you follow.
Google’s official streaming service is a worthy competitor to Spotify. Not only does the app provide a vast library of content, but it also allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs for online storage. This means you can download and stream your music on any Android device, at any time.
If you use a Mac or iPad on top of your Android phone, you may be better served with Apple Music over Google Play Music or Spotify. Apple Music offers access to Apple’s massive library of music, as well as Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, which plays both current hits and up-and-coming music. The celebrity DJs and exclusive album streams are just a plus.