Here are our picks for the best Android apps from the Google Play Store that we use every day. Whether you are looking for a perfect app to scan your documents, take notes or edit videos, we have a recommendation for you.

Best Android Apps

All Android apps mentioned the list can be downloaded from the Play Store for free though some do offer inexpensive in-app purchases for unlocking premium features. Also, the list of essential apps skips commons apps like Google Drive, Google Photos, WhatsApp, Google Maps or Gmail since they are factory-installed on most newer phones.

Also see: Alternatives to Top Android Apps

The Best Android Apps of all Time!

NewPipe The best Android app for playing YouTube videos in the background while you work on other apps. Includes audio and video download capabilities as well and thus is missing from the official store.

FakeGPS Easily fake your location on the mobile phone. Any app or website that uses location – Foursqaure, Google or even Maps for example – will think you are in the other place and serve different results.

fooView The most versatile app for Android ever that lets you do any with simple gestures. Search your apps, open websites, switch screens, take screenshots, and more all within a single app.

Protect A free VPN and data manager app from Facebook that lets you monitor your mobile data usage, blocks apps from using data in the background and includes VPN to save your information when connected to public Wi-Fi.

Thrive A better way to limit your screen time and distractions. Thrive blocks all apps, notifications, calls and texts when you want. However, calls and texts from people on your VIP list will always go through.

Google Lens Use your phone camera to identify anything instantly. You can identify landmarks, plants, scan barcodes, extract phone numbers from text, find similar dresses, furniture and more.

The Best Alternatives to Top Android Apps

Our round-up of top Android Apps includes a single app per category but good alternatives definitely exist that are also worth your time.  Here are some more recommended apps that you may consider if our original pick didn’t quite make the cut.

Category Recommended App Popular Alternatives
Web Browser Firefox Brave Browser, Microsoft Edge
Text Editor iA Writer Dropbox Paper
Document Scanner Office Lens Adobe Scan, Scan Bot
Podcasts Cast Box Pocket Casts, SubCast
Security Authy Microsoft Authenticator
Video Editor Kinemaster PowerDirector, Adobe Premiere Clip
Photo Editors Snapseed Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop Express, PicsArt
Photo Effects Prisma Portra, Deleo, GiphyCam, Photoshop Mix, Animator
Cinemagraphs Motion Stills Loopsie
Music Videos Quik VUE, Triller
Graphic Design Canva Sprightly, Hatchful
Launcher Microsoft Launcher Nova Launcher
Notes Zoho Notebook Evernote, Microsoft To-Do
Online Meetings Zoom Skype, Google Duo
Email Client Gmail Inbox, Microsoft Outlook
Language Translation Google Translate Microsoft Translator

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