The Google Play Store is home to a massive number of apps and continues to grow every day, so how are you to know which are the best? We’ve got you covered with our list of best Android apps. We’ve done the searching for you, and narrowed it down to the three best apps in each category.
No matter what your need, you’ll find it here. Enjoy, and let us know if you feel we’re missing anything.
For the power to automate everything on your phone, you need Tasker. It costs $2.99, but it’s worth every penny. You can automate virtually every task on your phone based on a long list of variables, from time of day to location to everything in between. Never manually turn on your WiFi or Bluetooth again.
The newest version of Google Hangouts beats every other messaging app by far. Integrating the ability to send and receive SMS/MMS messages, regular Hangouts-to-Hangouts text messages, voice calls and video calls, Hangouts is all your messaging needs rolled into one. With Google Voice integration, you can make and receive calls within the US for free.
If you want to keep your SMS/MMS messages in a separate app, Textra is the one you should be using.
It’s a replacement app for your stock texting app, and it’s beautifully simple yet fully functional. Quick-reply from the notification shade and a Material Design look make this the best texting app out there.
Using a custom launcher, you can change your icons to anything you like. The Moonshine Icon Pack is a wonderfully simple yet gorgeous icon pack that brings a modern look to your Android phone or tablet. For those who are sick of their default icons but don’t want to go too crazy, check out this icon pack.
On top of that, AirDroid has tons of other amazing features like texting from your computer, sharing a clipboard between your phone and computer, the ability to backup everything on your device, and more. AirDroid is a necessity for those who like to live the wire-free life.
With 15GB of free storage, you wouldn’t want to miss out on Google Drive. Backup all your important files to the very modern-looking app, share them to others for easy collaboration, and save them offline for those long plane rides.
If you’re on Android, you’re already using the necessary Google account, so why not?
It may say hiking in the name, but this app is actually fantastic for all sorts of athletics: running, cycling, walking. With the ability to track your route with your phone’s GPS, this app can tell you all kinds of stats about your journey from your speed to the elevation you climbed and more.
There’s a pro version for $2.99, but most users will do just fine with the free version.
Instead of hunting down individual launchers, themes, icon packs, widgets, and fonts, Themer collects all of that together for you and lets you choose from their list of hundreds of incredibly unique themes. For the most unique homescreen, choose Themer.
While it lacks in customization, it’s fast as can be and straight from Google. Scroll all the way to the left to access Google Now, so the search giant’s personal assistant is always at your fingertips.
If you aren’t looking for frills and just want a simple launcher that’s nicer-looking than your stock launcher, go for the Google Now Launcher.
Simply put, Google Play Music is the best music player on Android. You can upload up to 20,000 of your own songs to Google’s servers, make use of Google Play Music All Access for $9.99 a month, and it has a gorgeous and easy-to-use interface.
It’s simple, quick, and everything you need to play music.
This streaming radio service is unique in that it utilizes the Music Genome Project to alter the songs it plays to better suit your preferences. It’s got a nice tablet interface, tons of content, the ability to look up lyrics and artist info, and it’s free.
Pandora One, the premium version that removes ads, only costs $5 a month. Give it a shot if you just want to listen to radio designed for you.
There are a lot of fantastic office suites for Android, but WPS takes the cake for being free, ad-free, compatible with all the necessary Microsoft formats, and having all the proper formatting and font customization you could need.
To get some real work done on your smartphone or tablet, WPS Office is a must-have.
For all the to-do list apps, calendar apps, and grocery list apps that there are in the Play Store, Cozi does the best job of bringing them all together into one cohesive app. Plus, as it’s designed for families, it’s easy to share with all the members of your household.
This is the all-in-one organization app you’ve been searching for, especially if you’ve got a family to keep organized.
Set reminders in notes, organize checklists, share notes with friends or family members, change the color of your notes, and archive the notes you’re done with. To avoid all the frills that bog down apps like Evernote, go with Google Keep.
As the king of the eReader and eBook market, Amazon’s Kindle app is an obvious contender here, and for good reason. With the Kindle app for Android, you have access to Amazon’s massive eBook collection, seamless syncing, and advanced bookmarking, note-taking, and customization features. If you’re a fan of eBooks and Amazon, this is a must-have.
If you’re not fond of the Amazon approach, Moon+ Reader is another of the best eBook readers available. It can read formats from ePub to Mobi and everything in between, has vast customization options, and it even allows for syncing with Dropbox.
For reading various formats of eBooks in a highly customized way, Moon+ Reader is the way to go.
Titanium Backup is a must have for any root user, simply because of the massive backup capabilities it possesses. Plus, you can use it to delete all the undeletable bloatware that is clogging up your device.
Most of the features are available for free, but power users need to shell out $5.99 for the Pro version.
If your device is rooted and you like tinkering with it, you’re likely going to run into times where you need to access sensitive files. That’s where Root Browser comes in. It asks for root permission when you try going past a certain point in the file system, and it allows you to tinker with files most users never see.
It can be extremely useful, but be careful not to delete anything vital!
Google’s version of the “Find my iPhone” feature allows you to track down your device if it’s been lost or stolen. Track your device using its GPS signal, make it emit a loud noise, lock it remotely, or even erase all your data.
It’s a lightweight, simple solution to what do if your phone or tablet disappears. Just remember to download it before that happens!
Ah, the classic Facebook app. Not everybody loves the long list of permissions, but it’s still the default way for updating your Facebook status, sharing photos, and keeping in touch with your friends.
The newest version is quick, responsive, and just as useful as the desktop version. If you’re a Facebook user, have a look.
The official Twitter app may be looked down upon by some who own paid Twitter clients on Android, but for a free app it certainly holds its own.
Post tweets and pictures, retweet and quote others, send private messages, and update your own profile. For following your friends, news outlets, and everything in between, the Twitter app is where it’s at.