Best Free Android Apps

 
 
Best Free Desktop and System for Android
 

Best Free Automation Tool or Profile Changer for Android

Llama - Location Profiles (2.3 MB), annoyed at your phone going off at midnight? Use this handy app to change your phone profile to silent or quiet mode automatically during preset time. You can also add more events such as turn off Wifi, switch to airplane mode or take other actions on the conditions you set.
 
AutomateIt (4.3 MB), automate your device by the rules you set—if this is triggered then do that for me. Easy to use, just select a trigger and an action from the lists, tap Save and it does the jobs for you whenever the conditions are met.
 

Best Free Battery Saver for Android

JuiceDefender - battery saver (828 KB), extend the battery life of your Android device easily with just one tap, as it equips with preset profiles and automatically manages battery draining components for you. Some advanced features are limited to the paid version.
 
Battery Dr saver (1.1 MB), view battery usage by display, cell standby, Wi-Fi, phone idle and the system; check battery temperature, level and health; turn off unused services, kill tasks and adjust screen and volume to save battery life. See also Task Manager.
 

Best Free Clipboard Manager for Android

Clipper (1.2 MB), a simple yet powerful clipboard and snippet manager for your mobile device to keep track of anything you copied to the clipboard and make it available right from the notification bar to view, edit and paste.
 

Best Free Default App Manager for Android

Default App Manager Lite (940 KB), which is your default browser or music player? Try this app which gives you a list of apps whether they are set to run by default and allows you to set or reset any of them easily, saving you the trouble of going through multiple steps to change a default app.
 
Google Gesture Search (842 KB), find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or even a music track on your device by drawing alphabets and/or numbers on the screen, and instantly launch the app associated with the search result.
 

Best Free Installer for Android

Easy Installer (93 KB), search and install applications (.apk files) from your SD card, with batch install, filtering and sorting. What's more? long press an apk file to do more, for instance, sending an app to friends by email.
 

Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Android

GO Keyboard (5.3 MB), a popular onscreen keyboard with support for multiple languages and keyboard layouts, correct words as you type, suggest words from the dictionary, sms and contacts, Emoji and fantasy text output, touch-and-slide to select a key variation, keypress sound varieties, voice recognition, themes and plugins.
 

Best Free Program Launcher for Android

GO Launcher EX (7.6 MB), support multiple home screens with a pinch to quick jump to any of them, enhanced with themes, resizable widgets and a more powerful app drawer, where you can choose to close all running programs at one go, clear history, hide apps or add a folder to group apps. User preferences can be set for display, dock, app drawer, operation and more.
 
LauncherPro (2.1 MB), increase number of home screens up to 7 and set which one to be the default, with animated screen previews, app launcher with fly-in effect and enhanced scrolling, shortcut dock and smooth scrolling between home screens with no lagging.
 
Apps Organizer (623 KB), allows you to access your apps more quickly via labels or widgets like Internet, Multimedia, Games, Tools or other groups you create. Smart, easy to use, and your home screens are no more cluttered with too many program shortcuts.
 

Best Free Remote Desktop for Android

AirDroid (3.7 MB), easy to use with a clean and excellent interface—just run it and press Start on your mobile to get an address, enter it into a web browser on your PC, log in with a default password, you can then interact with your Android device wirelessly over a local Wi-Fi by clicking some pretty icons from your PC browser.
 
WiFi File Explorer (1.8 MB), access files on your mobile from a PC browser and copy files between two devices via a local WiFi connection without needing a cable. You can also drag-and-drop files and folders around your device. Some features such as create a new folder, zip and unzip files, transfer multiple files are only available for the paid-for Pro version.
 
Browsix Lite (844 KB), browse the contents of your phone easily from a PC via wireless connection—just enter browsix.com in your browser and you can view pictures, play music and videos on your PC. You can also send and receive SMS from the PC too. Some features such as file operations didn't work well when tested.
 

Best Free System Information for Android

Elixir 2 (5.7 MB), displays detailed info of your device: battery, internal and external storage, processor, memory, telephony, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, location, display, airplane mode, sync settings, ringing mode, camera, camcorder, installed applications, running processes, services and tasks.
 

Best Free System Monitor for Android

SystemPanel Lite (710 KB), a good system monitor to show usage of CPU, memory and storage, network traffic, active applications and internal system processes. It also doubles up as a task manager to terminate applications. See also Task Manager.
 

Best Free System Toolbox for Android

ZDbox (3.0 MB), a handy and superb multi-purpose toolbox including Battery Info, 2G/3G Traffic, Silent Mode, App Lock, Task Killer, Uninstaller and App to SD all in one place. Clean and simple user interface with key status available at a glance and a quick tap to use any tools.
 

Best Free Task Manager for Android

Advanced Task Killer (160 KB), just one tap to instantly conserve memory or stop your selected apps from running without the need to wait until the system does it for you. You can also touch and hold a running task from the list, then from the context menu select 'ignore' to move it to an ignore list, or force stop that particular running app or service.
 

Best Free Task Switcher for Android

Task Switcher (150 KB), press the Home button to reveal the open apps, tap one of them to jump to it or tap and hold to close it. Press the Home button again and you are back to the Home page. You can also use this tool to select your preferred Home app and show widgets.
 

Best Free Uninstaller for Android

Easy Uninstaller (62 KB), search and sort the apps by name, size or date and multi-select those you wish to uninstall from your device. It makes the process easier and quicker.
 

Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Android

PicSpeed HD Wallpapers (477 KB), browse more than 170,000 HD beautiful wallpapers by categories in high speed on the Internet, mark the ones you like most as your favorites and cycle them for your wallpaper at a time interval you set.
 
Flikie Wallpapers HD (2.7 MB), auto change wallpapers from a selected folder or online from Flikie at time intervals you set, and allow you to search, save and share high quality wallpapers from a great resource.
 
Backgrounds HD Wallpapers (144 KB), search popular wallpapers and tap one you like to set as wallpaper or add to your favorites list. You can also enable slideshow to auto rotate wallpapers from the list at fixed time intervals.
 

Best Free Widget Maker for Android

Widgetsoid (2.7 MB), making new widgets on your home screens has never been easier than this—long press a homescreen and tap Widget, select a size of Widgetsoid Switcher, tick the items you need from the various sections and click Apply. That's it and you can do more with many customization options.
 
 
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by UserError on 1. December 2014 - 19:11  (119925)

I've been using a very lightweight but still great file manager called Simple Explorer. It has material design, root capabilities, 100% free, and open-source.
You won't find it on the PlayStore, though. If you want to check it out, you must go to the official XDA thread:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2330864

by BillK on 13. October 2014 - 15:24  (119161)

I use Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) by Cheetah Mobile. It seems pretty good.
I also use Cheetah Mobile antivirus (CM Security) and Clean Master.
They seem to have good apps.

by daviodan on 2. September 2014 - 10:34  (118344)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator

MapFactor Navigator is a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for Android phones and tablets using OpenStreetMaps data. Maps are installed on the SD card so there is no need for an Internet connection when traveling. Map and app updates are FREE every month.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail is an email app for Internet and Exchange mail, for Android 2.1 and higher.

Easy automatic setup for popular email services: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, FastMail, Apple mail services (@me.com / @mac.com), GMX, AOL, and more. Recognizes mail accounts at domains hosted by Google Apps, Yahoo BizMail, and others.

by rickybobby on 21. April 2014 - 19:39  (115827)

A compelling list, no doubt about it. Thank you for making it.

Two comments:

1. The ZArchiver icon has changed to a new one, update it please.

2. I would like to recommend a very small file manager called 'Fo File Manager' https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seazon.fo It's a 330Kb download and shows the file attributes of any APK files you have, including the minimum version required. It also displays image files while showing their width and height. No ads, light and fast even on my old 800mhz phone running android 2.3.6.

by Jojo Yee on 22. April 2014 - 14:32  (115841)

Many thanks for your kind comments Rickybobby.

The ZArchiver app icon has now been updated.

by West Swan on 1. April 2014 - 14:43  (115437)

Hello,

I am trying to fix an issue with a Sony Tablet S

Fortunately it has been rooted as I need to recover some deleted files from it.

My friends partner decided to 'play' with it.

Can you recommend a Freeware program to recover photos, contacts, messages, videos etc?

There are paid versions but I would rather not fork out any cash :-)

Regards,

Paul

by grammygeek on 29. March 2014 - 15:11  (115390)

I would like to recommend a program. I used to use Airdroid to transfer my books to my tablet/phone - that is until I found Wifi Transfer -
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififilet...
It is much easer to use thatn Airdroid.

by terrawarra on 23. February 2014 - 3:37  (114604)

I recently bought a Nexus 7.... I've never been crazy about the ipad and its dependence on itunes for any movies... also the ridicuously high price for an ipad here in Australia... $350 to $750 depending on the size.

Very happy so far with the Nexus 7 but I don't seem to be able to find "Adobe Flash Player" for it.
....apparently discontinued for the latest Android.

Do any of you have an alternative replacement for it ?

by Jojo Yee on 23. February 2014 - 3:59  (114605)

@terrawarra, please check out this page "How do I manually install Flash Player on my Android device?" which may help.

by terrawarra on 23. February 2014 - 4:03  (114606)

Thanks for your prompt advice Jojo.... I'll give it a go !

by terrawarra on 23. February 2014 - 4:46  (114607)

Just downloaded an archived version of Adobe Flash but after reading a little more on various forums, I've decided to hold back on installing until I can be sure that it wont stuff up Nexus 7.

I have the latest version of Android which I believe is KitKat.... too many comments advising against making Flash work with it.

The only other advice I've found is to use the Dolphin Browser but I'm reluctant to part with Chrome.

In the meantime, I'll do a little more homework on the subject.

by terrawarra on 25. February 2014 - 5:10  (114637)

I finally downloaded and installed the Dolphin browser and a "hacked-for- kitkat" version of Adobe Flash Player.

It's working like a charm on my Nexus 7 and I'm starting to actually like the "Dolphin" browser. Not as as slick as Chrome but I sure do like the easy access to bookmarks simply by swiping left to right !

by Freecycler on 1. February 2014 - 11:45  (114122)

360 Mobile Security is a joy to use, and it includes a very convenient Flashlight and Cache Cleaner which work very well. Maybe worth mentioning the program under these categories too?

by Mikezzz on 1. January 2014 - 20:59  (113321)

I would recommend the app called aCalendar. It shows text in the month view on a phone better than Calendar pad does. I have used it for several months and it has always been reliable.
Thanks for this site. I have used it a lot.

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2014 - 8:50  (113341)

A good suggestion Mikezzz. aCalendar has now been added to this list.

by cnksoft on 2. December 2013 - 9:50  (112689)

Is there any app for recording 1 hour speech (in any format mp3, ogg, mp4)and have option to exclude silence
I cannot find this category int the freeware app section.

by boygnius on 12. November 2013 - 19:42  (112195)
by Jojo Yee on 13. November 2013 - 5:29  (112201)

Thanks for the info boygnius. The link has now been updated.

by avid fan on 18. October 2013 - 11:35  (111560)

many thanks for all involved in the website - it's been a lifesaver for finding good freeware and now it's come in handy again as I get onto android (late, admittedly).

I've built up a good list of apps to add to my new device, but I did notice you're missing one important category - kid's education!

Most people seem to get tablets for kid's educational purposes, and a quick browse on Google Play indicates many many different apps for maths, language and other skills.

We're looking for good apps for kids from 3-6, so if you or others can recommend any particularly good educational apps for them it would be much appreciated.

by Australia on 9. September 2013 - 6:57  (110611)

Highly recommend the game for Android called 'Bottle Crash'
Have had the app on my Note 2 for 3 months, with no problems
The best thing about this game is that the advertisements are not obvious
Many bottles flying up on the screen, and you throw ninja weapons.
Watch out for the bombs that are also thrown in front of you
Highly recommended as a test of concentration
I have no affiliation with this game

by braveangel on 4. September 2013 - 5:30  (110496)

Catch Notes has shutdown. Please remove from the list. http://www.androidcentral.com/catch-notes-service-shutting-down-after-au...

by Jojo Yee on 4. September 2013 - 13:32  (110504)

Many thanks for the info braveangel. This list has now been updated with no Catch Notes.

by JJames on 20. August 2013 - 13:38  (110223)

I always appreciate a good security app, can't have enough security these days... I'll check out Trustgo! Thanks!

by Chilli on 2. August 2013 - 18:07  (109876)

I have not seen any reference to Android Lost
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidlost

It's the best, most simple, cool featured security app I have seen.

Not only can I lock my phone remotely (from pc or other phone), I can remotely unlock it, erase data, send it a message, make it sound a loud siren, have it take a picture, have it display a message like "low battery warning" when the OK is pressed it snaps a picture and sends it to me... If stolen, I now have a photo of the bad guy/gal and also can get the GPS co-ordinates...

Lots of other features too, very useful, very simple app. I just love it. Best security app I found.
http://www.androidlost.com

by mrinmoyjk on 29. July 2013 - 18:24  (109734)

Here are my recommendations:

Keyboard: TouchPal https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cootek.smartinputv5&hl=en (has swipe typing and additional languages)
System Toolbox: All-in-one Toolbox https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=imoblife.toolbox.full&hl=en
Launcher: ssLauncher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.launcher (most innovative launcher with infinite customization options)
Battery saver: Battery Doctor https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ijinshan.kbatterydocto...

by Av_Crazy on 28. July 2013 - 19:47  (109713)

Hey remember me ? Been a long time since i posted here
Jojoyee there are many apps in your list that dont follow the holo guidelines
Also as Android 4+ has higher market share there is a huge lack of holo and android 4+ apps

Also the icon for evernote seems to be from ios version

Here is my list after a long time , categorised -

E book reader
Fabrik - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.icereader

Calendar
Digical - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.calendar [Holo]

Notepad
Google keep - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

Personal finance
Expense manager - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.markushi.expensemanager [Holo]

Converter
Flib - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tendaysoneapp.flib.con... [Holo]

Image editor
Aviary - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.aviary.android.feather

App backup and restore
Helium - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.backup
[Can backup even app data - see description]

Program launcher
Nova Launcher - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher
[Android 4+ launcher]

Antivirus
Bitdefender - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.bitdefender.antivirus

Weather
Eye in sky - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citc.weather [Holo]

Social networking
Tweetdeck is dead so plz remove it from the list

Games
7x7: http://market.android.com/details?id=me.kiip.skeemo
Beach Buggy Blitz: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vectorunit.yellow
Dead Trigger: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.madfingergames.deadtrigger [One of the best fps]
Nimble Quest: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nimblebit.nimblequest [ Best casual game for me ]
Quantro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.peaceray.quantro [Tetris clone]

Other utilities
AppGratis: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.imediapp.appgratis [ Get one free app per day ]
AppSales: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.tsapps.appsales [know which apps are on sale]
CritiCall: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.criticalltrial [phone rings for ur close ones even when on silent]
Flava: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.greenmon.flava [ Capture your life ]
JStock: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.yccheok.jstock.gui
LoaderDroid: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.zloy.android.downloader
Screebl Lite: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keyes.screebl.lite [ keep your screen awake when phone is in your hands ]
TickTick: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ticktick.task [ To do list ]
Wakelock Detector: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.uzumapps.wakelockdetector [ Know which apps are hogging your battery ]
reddit sync: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.laurencedawson.reddit_sync [ Best reddit client - should be posted in Social networking section ]
utilitas: http://market.android.com/details?id=it.utilitas [ all in one ]

by Jojo Yee on 29. July 2013 - 8:14  (109725)

Certainly yes Av_Crazy, you have been one of the great contributors to recommending good apps including this list.

And yes the Holo theme design introduced since Android 4.0 ICS is a good trend for better cohesion between all apps on the Android OS and I believe more apps will adapt to it soon. I'll look into those that you've specifically recommended.

The Evernote icon has now been fixed.

by robyn26 on 8. July 2013 - 5:58  (109034)

I didn't know phones or ipads could get viruses. Thanks for the great advise here.

by abhay2009 on 25. June 2013 - 14:52  (108713)

I have come across an amazing backup and sync app for all devices and pc called Scatter. Dear Jojoyee, I highly recommend to add to this list

by Anupam on 26. June 2013 - 10:01  (108734)

Please post links for the apps, when you post suggestions. The app suggested is here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appfour.scatter

Users are advised caution as the app is in beta.

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