One of the many reasons smartphones were invented was so that we could be more productive. They are little computers that we carry with us everywhere and that means they expand our ability to get work done at pretty much any point in the day. While it is healthy to have a separation of work and home life, it’s undeniable that some things are just more easily handled on a smartphone. Let’s take a look at the best productivity apps for Android!
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CloudMagic Email is a fantastic email client if you want all of your email in one spot. It supports a wide range of email accounts, including Exchange so you can log in with all of it in one spot. It also includes a variety of sync settings, various productivity plugins, calendar support, and even sender profiles so you can who is sending you what. On top of all of that, CloudMagic users have a profile that they can sign into on any Android device, gaining instant access to all of their emails instead of signing in one at a time. It’s a must have if you use email a lot.
[Price: Free / $24.99 per year / $49.99 per year]
Evernote is one of the hall of fame productivity apps that virtually everyone knows about. It has a ton of features, including syncing between devices, cross-platform support, offline support, and you can take virtually any kind of note imaginable (list, voice, video, text, image). Most of its features are free which is great news for average consumers, but you do have the option to upgrade to get even more features if you need to. It’s fast, powerful, and it even supports collaborative efforts.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Google Drive suite of apps is a powerhouse when it comes to productivity. First, you’ll have Google Drive, a cloud storage app where you can store literally any kind of file and share them with friends or coworkers. On top of that base, you have Google Keep, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and even Google Photos. Combined, these apps cover virtually need regarding file sharing, file storage, office apps, note taking apps, and even photo storage. Businesses are going to the cloud every day and now you can too with relative ease.
IF by IFTTT is one of the more interesting productivity apps available on Android once you learn how to use it. The app allows you to make “recipes” that tell various apps to do various things at various times. For instance, you can have IF save photos off of Instagram and upload them to Dropbox if you want. It takes a while to get everything set up, but afterwards, your device can become virtually autonomous and all of your tedious tasks should be made much easier. There are a ton of recipes on Google Search and it’s easier to use than Tasker, albeit not as powerful.
Microsoft Apps is an app that shows you all of the apps that Microsoft has put on the Play Store. Included is a variety of apps that can boost your productivity, including OneDrive, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Cortana, OneNote, Outlook, and many others. Much like Google Drive, this is a suite of apps that all work together to bring you one cohesive experience. The benefit of this is that OneDrive is also pre-installed on all Windows 10 machines which gives you the best cross-platform support between Android and Windows (the two most widely used operating systems on Earth) that you can get.
Slack is a chat service that is designed for teams of people to get together and talk about work. It includes the ability to make various channels for different projects so each person can go where they need to go and say what they need to say without anyone else getting in the way. It also supports voice calling, virtually limitless file sharing, searching and archiving for prior messages and files shared, cross-platform support, and it includes a number of plugins for sites like Giphy, Asana, Google Drive, and others. If you’re in a group setting, get Slack. It makes life easier.
TeamViewer for Remote Control is an app that works with TeamViewer and lets you view and control your desktop from your mobile device. This is extremely handy, especially if you forgot to upload that presentation to your Google Drive or OneDrive this morning before work. On top of file management, you can also beam into other people’s computers to help them out or fix something. It supports full keyboard functionality, multi-monitor set ups, and it’s free (at least for personal use).
[Price: Free / $4.30]
Today Calendar is a simple, clean calendar application that is draped in a healthy dose of Material Design. It supports most calendar functions, but it’s easy and simple enough to be accessible even for those who don’t use calendars very often. With this app, you can create events, organize your agenda, and view your schedule at the blink of an eye. It also comes with widgets in case you need those too.
[Price: Free / $28.99 per year]
Todoist is a to-do list application that just works really well. It employs copious amounts of Material Design which helps it stay simple enough to use by just about everyone. Some of the other features include the ability to create recurring tasks, collaborate on tasks with other people, cross-platform support, and integration with plenty of other productivity apps. If you pay the yearly subscription price, you’ll get additional features as well. It’s powerful, it’s fast, and it’s simple which is what you want in a to-do list app.
Trello bills itself as a virtual sidekick that can help you stay organized at work and at home. It does this by being a pretty darn good task manager. You can create what are called “boards” to help keep your various projects organized and each board allows you to work on one task at a time. The app allows for collaboration with coworkers and friends which makes it great for a work environment. It also comes with Google Drive and Dropbox support and Android Wear support. It’s entirely free to use forever, which may help with your considerations.