Just bought your first Android device? Or are you already familiar with the system, but still looking for a few golden apps? Then quickly read which 25 essential Android apps we have selected for you. We skip the well-known apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Google Maps, of course you already know them. What you do find are apps that allow you to securely e-mail, edit photos professionally and examine your Wi-Fi network. Almost all apps can be downloaded for free, some premium versions require a paid subscription.
No scanner in the house? No problem, just use your Android device. With this app you take a photo of a document or physical photo. CamScanner recognizes the corners of the document and creates a two-dimensional image. The app also automatically reduces the file size so that you can immediately e-mail the scan as a PDF file. Of course you can also choose to keep the original quality and save the file as an image. The free version places a small watermark in your file, the paid version (from 1.99 euros) does not have this.
You get 15 gigabytes of free storage space from Google and you can use this perfectly to store your documents in the cloud. Open text documents, spreadsheets and presentations and possibly download the relevant app to edit these files. You can easily share files or save them offline if you don’t have an internet connection. If you need more space than 15 gigabytes, go for a Google One subscription (from 1.99 euros per month). With the Google One app you also immediately have an overview of how much of your storage data you have already used.
If you always have a month left at the end of your salary, then it’s time for a budget app. Moneon is one of the best, you create budgets so that you always have an overview of how much money you can still spend on that cappuccino while on the road. Entering transactions is very easy and you can assign tags and categories to a transaction. At the end of the month it is possible to view a detailed report of your income and expenses. Moreover, with a paid subscription you manage budgets together with your partner.
Never add analog messages to a list again. With Bring! do all this on your Android device. Indicate which messages are to be delivered and you will immediately see them as a tile in the app. If you have bought an item in the supermarket, tap it and it will disappear from your list. Handy is that you can easily share lists with your partner, so both of you are exactly aware which messages still have to be achieved.
The Relaxio app is useful if you want to work quietly while talking colleagues or crying children are sitting in your room. Put on your earplugs and choose one of the relaxing sounds. You make a combination of sounds yourself. How about 30% campfire, 50% wind sounds and 20% rustling leaves for example? You can also save your favorite combinations as a template if you don’t want to be disturbed the next time. The app can also help you fall asleep.
Do you want more configuration options than your system offers? Then install Nova Launcher, one of the most complete launchers for Android. Decide for yourself which apps should be in which folders, what these folders should look like and what they should be called. Lock widgets in the dock, create multiple docks on one device or choose backgrounds for all kinds of design elements, you can change almost anything with Nova Launcher. You will also find thousands of app icons to give your Android device (s) a uniform appearance.
For visual changes to your Android system you have to go to Tapet. The app generates backgrounds that you can then adjust to your own wishes. You change the backgrounds by swiping left, right, up or down. If you are satisfied with your artwork, save it in your photo gallery with a resolution of 2280 by 2280 pixels. You can also purchase premium patterns from the app for 3.29 euros. With this purchase you can also set wallpapers as a live wallpaper for your lock screen.
8.Cx file explorer
The standard file manager in your Android smartphone works well, but is not as powerful as Cx File Explorer. You can see all your local files at a glance plus documents from cloud services such as Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. Moreover, Cx File Explorer shows in a very clear way how much storage you have left and what type of files take up the most space on your device. Extremely large files are indicated separately, so that you can easily delete them. Cx File Explorer also does not require much from your device and takes up almost no space.
Google naturally wants you to use your Gmail address for email communication, but it is known that the company can read your emails for advertising purposes. If you want really secure mail on your Android device, install the ProtonMail app. You get a free account with 500 megabytes of space or a paid e-mail address for 4 euros per month. Apps are available for Android, iOS and on your PC you can read and send your mails via your browser. All mails are stored encrypted on the ProtonMail servers in Switzerland, so nobody has access to your messages.
With this app you can automate all kinds of processes and tasks on your Android phone. For example, you set your WiFi to be turned on automatically as soon as you get home. As soon as you go out the door, Wi-Fi is switched off in order not to unnecessarily burden the battery. You create all automated processes via a clear flow chart and in the app you will find a lot of building blocks that you can use for your processes. Automate is an indispensable app if you really want to be able to control everything in your Android system.
11. VLC for Android
If your Android system cannot play a certain video file, then it’s time for VLC for Android. The mobile version of the popular VLC program really eats everything. Not only can you open video files with the app, VLC also easily opens compressed and uncompressed audio files such as flac, ogg and m4a. With VLC you also have a media library at your disposal and the app offers support for multichannel audio and subtitles. The app also has filters and an equalizer on board.
12.Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe has a lot of photo editing apps in the Google Play Store, but this is by far the best known. Create collages from photos or rotate, rotate and mirror your images. For selfies, the app has features on board to retouch spots and remove red eyes. Of course you will also find filters in the app: about 80 have been selected by Adobe for you. Photoshop Express is packed with features and it ensures that you probably no longer need another photo app on your Android device.
If you like to listen to radio on your smartphone, it is smart to install the TuneIn app. The app has recently been redesigned and the radio functions are a bit hidden, but with the app you have access to hundreds of internet radio stations, including all Dutch channels. But even if you want to listen to Radio Brussels, BBC Radio 4 or the WDR once in a while, this is a piece of cake. You can save favorite channels and the streams are almost always up-to-date.
No more hassle with Paint to make a birthday card or invitation. Install the Canva app to create professional-looking flyers, banners or posters. The app has many templates for social media, so you can quickly create a fun message with a cool font without having any experience with design. Canva can also be operated as an online desktop version from your browser, and you can share designs with others or work in teams on certain projects. Of course you can immediately share your created artwork on Facebook or Instagram.
15. Drops Learning
a language is an intensive and lengthy process. There are many apps in the Play Store that allow you to learn a language, but Drops approaches it slightly differently. The app is designed as a game and you have to link pictures to statements and words. The app always mixes everything up and after a few repetitions new words are in your head. You only get five minutes for this. Nice, because it is not a challenge to learn a few words. You must be able to speak English, since all languages are offered from English.
16. Opera Mini
Opera Mini is a lightweight browser. Opera Mini is a smart little browser for your Android smartphone. In the app you can see how much data you have already used and you can choose to block the download of large files if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. Of course you can surf privately and you have access to tabs. Moreover, you do not necessarily have to search with the Google search engine, you can add websites to your home screen with one push of a button and Opera Mini has an ad blocker on board. All in all, Opera Mini is one of the most useful browsers for your Android device.
With WiFiman you always know how fast your Wi-Fi network really is. You see the upload and download speeds of your network and you can save the results for later. If you want to share the results, then this is of course no problem. With the app you can also get more information about networks that your device detects. Bluetooth LE devices are also displayed in a list. WiFiman looks wonderfully organized, is free to use and contains no ads.
Occasionally it is useful to use a vpn server if you want to watch a certain football match or when a series or film cannot be found in the Dutch Netflix database. Goose VPN is a paid VPN service of Dutch origin and has many different servers at home and abroad. You can get a subscription for as little as € 2.99 per month. For this you can view 50 gigabytes via the servers of Goose. The company has a 100 percent no-log policy, which means that it does not keep track of which sites you visit.