Best Free Android Apps

 
 
Best Free Games for Android
 
 

Best Free Action Game for Android

PapiJump (624 KB), tilt your device to move the Papi guy left and right for him to go up higher, game over if you let him drop. Three levels of gameplay in this simple yet addictive jumping action game.
 
Fruit Slice (4.4 MB), swipe the screen to cut as many fruits as possible and get scores in this fast action game. It's game over if you slice a bomb or let more than 3 pieces of fruit fall off in the Classic mode. Fast enough? Try Pipeline and Time modes as well.
 
Tank Hero (13 MB), destroy your enemies with cannons, heat seekers and howitzers, and become a tank hero with this fast paced 3D tank action game. Easy to maneuver and just tap to fire.
 
Labyrinth Lite (686 KB), tilt a classic or 3D wooden labyrinth and move the steel ball to the goal while shunning the holes along the path. Limited to 10 levels but you can also edit your own levels in this lite version.
 
NinJump (7.73 MB), tap to jump from one wall to the other, clear obstacles from the air but avoid them on walls, and rise to the top to become a ninja master. A game of fast action and precision, with original sound and music.
 
iStunt 2 (21 MB), hit the slopes for incredible stunts, escape deadly buzz saws and balance the snowboarder by tilting your device in this fun and fast moving multi-levels game, with awesome music and beautiful sceneries. Ad-supported.
 
SoulCraft - Action RPG (free) (230 MB), fight against evil demons for victory and play as an angel in this action role playing game, with awesome graphics and great gameplay in five different game modes. Ad-supported and some features require in-app purchases.
 
Critical Strike Portable (28 MB), play the exciting first-person shooter (FPS) against the bots or other players on the web and on other mobile platforms, with customizable touch controls, popular game types and unique maps. The context menu looks too small to read on small screen devices though.
 

Best Free Air Hockey for Android

Glow Hockey 2 (7.1 MB), play a computer opponent at 4 difficulty levels, or against a friend to see who dominates the air hockey table in 2-player mode. Features include two table themes, four selectable paddles and pucks, colorful glow graphics and realistic physics.
 

Best Free Backgammon for Android

Backgammon Free (6.2 MB), bear off your checkers and win this popular classic game with strong AI, 5 difficulty levels, two different boards and piece sets, hints, undos and stats, designed for both phones and tablets.
 

Best Free Card Game for Android

250+ Solitaire Collection (2.5 MB), more than 250 Solitaire card games including Freecell, Klondike, Canfield and others in one place, with undo and redo moves, help for rules and demo for each game.
 
Hearts Deluxe (2.7 MB), embrace the Queen and shoot the moon by winning all 13 Hearts and the Queen of Spades in this well-designed Hearts game with sound and animation effects. The Omnibus variant for winning the Jack of Diamonds is optional.
 

Best Free Casual Game for Android

Talking Tom Cat Free (14.19 MB), a popular fun game to cheer you up for a good moment—talk to Tom and he will repeat everything you say with a funny voice, pet his body to make him purr, or otherwise he will yawn or sneeze... Definitely a good try and other variations are available, mind the file size though.
 
Paper Toss (5.92 MB), getting bored at work? Try this casual game to toss a ball of crumpled paper into a metal trash basket, bearing in mind that paper can be blown by the wind to the left or right from a fan spinning at varying speed. Six levels of difficulty, easy to play and oddly satisfying.
 

Best Free Computer Chess for Android

Chess for Android (389 KB), a popular chess app with a built-in engine and a GUI with various board colors, piece sets, and full navigation buttons to correct moves and analyze games. Touch and hold an empty spot and you get to save and load games, set up positions, install and uninstall third-party UCI or XBoard engines for Android.
 
Chess (734 KB), play chess against the computer in 10 levels or Internet chess by connecting to the FICS servers. Useful features include save and load games, import and export games in pgn format, set up the board, puzzles, and support UCI engines including Robbolito, Stockfish and Bikjump. Better still, no annoying ads.
 

Best Free Dressup Game for Android

Androidify (2.1 MB), dress up the little green Android, customize and stretch or shrink it, then save and share it with your friends, set it as a photo in your contact book or use it as an avatar. It's fun and more than a game.
 

Best Free Jawbreaker for Android

Bebbled (2.3 MB), pop the bubbles in this easy-to-play and entertaining game, featuring dynamic difficulty levels and different types of gameplay in three modes—Campaigns, Freestyle and Online.
 

Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle and Creator for Android

Jigsaroid (1.0 MB), select a favorite image or photo either from your Gallery or the Internet, and create a digital jigsaw puzzle for solving. You can set the number of pieces depending on your Android device, with useful features such as thumbnail, background image, tray control and saving games.
 

Best Free Match-2 Puzzle for Android

Flow Free (4.4 MB), connect two dots in the same color with a pipe to form a flow, and complete a level by filling up the entire board with pipes without crossing or overlapping. Simple yet addictive, with different board sizes, multiple levels in the free-play mode, and various durations in the time-trial mode.
 
Trainyard Express (8.4 MB), lay down tracks to guide trains from their starting points to the stations matching in color, with skills needed for crossing over, merging trains and mixing colors as you try to solve more than 60 puzzles in this fun and addictive game good for all ages.
 

Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Android

Candy Crush Saga (51.3 MB), crush candies by matching three or more of them and meet a target within limited moves for the next level in this popular addictive game, with more than 300 levels to win and free lives to get from Facebook friends. Advance features need in-app purchases.
 
Jewels (1.92 MB), like Bejeweled match-3 puzzle, it's an addictive game good to play for hours in three challenging modes—normal, timed and infinite, with nice graphics and sounds, supports for resuming games, saving local and global scores.
 
Bubble Blast 2 (5.5 MB), touch and burst bubbles to trigger a chain reaction in order to eliminate them, complete at least 20 levels in the Puzzle mode before you're allowed to enter the Arcade mode. A good game of guess and check with plenty of addictive levels.
 
Puzzle Blox Arcade! (2.0 MB), enjoy this award-winning match-3 game inspired by Tetris, Bubble Breaker and Bejeweled. It comes with a different twist with unique tilt-and-touch game play and endless play modes for all ages.
 
Move the Box (3.6 MB), move, drop and swap the boxes to match three or more boxes of the same kind in a line, and clear them with a limited number of turns. More than 100 exciting levels of difficulty waiting for you to solve.
 

Best Free Physics and Chemistry Game for Android

X Construction Lite (2.3 MB), build a strong bridge with enough supporting girders to let the train safely cross the valley. Is it possible that your bridge collapses even before the train starts moving? Give it a try.
 
Angry Birds (34 MB), use the unique powers of angry birds to destroy the fortresses of pigs who stole their eggs. A challenging physics-based gameplay in multiple levels needing logic, skill and force to solve. Advanced features require in-app purchases.
 
Angry Birds Rio (32 MB), a special edition that pairs the original game Angry Birds with unique twists based on the hit motion picture, Rio, containing 6 fantastic episodes with multiple levels to achieve and special hidden fruits to discover. Advanced features require in-app purchases.
 
Cut the Rope: Experiments FREE (23 MB), cut the ropes by swiping across them and feed candy to the creature Om Nom. It's not always easy to win as you need to think out of the box in this game, which combines realistic physics with precise controls. Constant free updates with new levels and animations but ad supported.
 
Where's My Water? Free (49 MB), dig trenches through the dirt and guide water through the pipes to the bathtub for Swampy to get squeaky clean in this popular physics-based Disney game that's fun, strong and engaging with multi levels in various chapters, suitable for all ages.
 
Pinball Deluxe (17 MB), a nicely designed pinball game with three different tables and unique play styles—Carnival, Space and Underwater—with precise physics, gorgeous graphics, optional sound and vibration effects.
 
Alchemy Classic (9.2 MB), start with four basic elements—Air, Earth, Water and Fire—and combine them to create new elements. How do you make Stone and Alcohol, or can you get a total of 238 elements?
 

Best Free Simulation Game for Android

Smurfs' Village (66 MB), combining elements of FarmVilla and Sim City, this app allows you to grow crops and build a new village with your own creativity for the Smurfs to call home. A popular and addictive farming simulation game to engage you for days and months without paying a cent unless you opt for speed-up credits.
 
Air Control Lite (3.6 MB), draw lines to direct airplanes to runways and helicopters to helipads but avoid any mid-air collisions. A simple yet addictive ATC (Air Traffic Control) simulation game with classic and puzzle modes that can engage your interest and attention for hours.
 

Best Free Reaction Game for Android

2 Player Reactor (2.0 MB), challenge your friends to a battle of reflexes, basic wits and knowledge, and determine who wins in this fast reaction game, with supports for configurable game modes and multiple languages.
 

Best Free Reversi for Android

Reversi Free (3.9 MB), flip your way to victory by challenging the CPU engine with 10 difficulty levels or going for a 2-player game, plus features like hint, save and resume, animation and sound effects, optional piece sets and boards.
 
DroidZebra Reversi (3.2 MB), improve your skills in this excellent app with a strong built-in Zebra engine. Can't beat it? Set the strength of the engine by limiting the number of moves it can analyze, or play in the practice mode where it evaluates the best move for you.
 

Best Free Running Game for Android

Temple Run (23 MB), take the idol from the temple and see how far you can run away from its guardians who will chase you down the ancient temple walls and sheer cliffs. Easy to play—just swipe left or right to turn, up to jump, down to slide and tilt to run by the side to avoid obstacles and collect points to gain more power-ups from this addictive and endless running game.
 
Jetpack Joyride (30 MB), guide Barry to run around a secret lab as far as possible and to avoid obstacles such as lasers, electrified zappers and incoming missiles, while get him to pick up vehicles to drive along the path faster and collect coins to upgrade. One-touch controls, easy to play and yet equally challenging.
 

Best Free Shooting Game for Android

Defender (11 MB), defend your castle and shoot arrows to kill your enemies before they reach your stronghold. It's never an easy battle as your enemies become fiercer while you try to add more power to your weapons. Definitely a challenging and addictive shooting game.
 

Best Free Sliding Puzzle for Android

Mouse (2.9 MB), help the mouse escape from the trap by sliding blocks and find the exit in a maze. A highly addictive game challenges your skill and patience, with many levels of puzzles to solve.
 

Best Free Sudoku for Android

OpenSudoku (219 KB), a simple open-source sudoku game with clean and clear design. In addition to the preloaded 90 puzzles in 3 difficulty levels, you can also get more free puzzles of higher levels online to import into OpenSudoku easily. See also Google Goggles.
 

Best Free Word Game for Android

Wordfeud FREE (1.9 MB), play up to 30 separate word games simultaneously with your friends or against random opponents at your own pace using English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish dictionaries, with shuffle, swap, scoring tiles, chats and other features. Ad-supported.
 
Words With Friends Free (13 MB), build words with your friends or a random opponent over the Internet, play up to 20 games simultaneously with the turn-based design, and stay in touch with friends and family with in-game chat messaging. Ad-supported in the free version.
 
4 Pics 1 Word (27 MB), identify something in common in the four pictures shown and give your answer in one word in this easy-to-play addictive puzzle game, with multiple levels to unlock for free but a fast track requires in-app purchases.
 
wordoid! (819 KB), hone your linguistic skills and form words on the letter grid within seconds in this simple yet challenging game, featuring wildcards, bonus tiles and high scores.
 
 
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by DaRK.STaR on 25. April 2013 - 3:15  (107324)

Wow, that was a quick response! Thanks for helping me Jojoyee.
Once I read your response I installed trustgo but then I went the lookout way. Now I'm trying to make up my mind between the two :P
I love your QR codes scheme. I just point 'n shoot and I go to the app I want fast 'n easy. Great Idea!

by IO.Hazard on 2. May 2013 - 16:05  (107438)

I received a mail from Astrid yesterday morning announcing that it has been bought by Yahoo!. They say the app will keep working for 90 days starting from may 1st and it will be gone after that period. You have to visit the app's site for more info about how to download and clear your personal data.

by Jojo Yee on 4. May 2013 - 9:40  (107460)

Good info IO.Hazard. Astrid is now delisted.

by IO.Hazard on 5. May 2013 - 4:10  (107469)

My pleasure Jojoyee. BTW, you're doing a cracking job providing Gizmo's visitors with this constantly updated megalist.

by Australia on 29. May 2013 - 4:46  (108112)

Regarding the "Best Free Apps Protection for Android"
I recommend APP Lock by DoMobile Lab. Has excellent reviews on Google Play
I have installed and used it on Samsung Note 2, and it is a rock solid stable app to lock any or all apps you chose
I have no affiliation with this program

by Jojo Yee on 30. May 2013 - 8:08  (108145)

A good suggestion Australia. APP Lock is now added to the list.

by DaRK.STaR on 22. June 2013 - 2:19  (108652)

May I suggest to add Viber to the Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Android list? I know it had some ups and downs along the time, but the newer versions have improved the voice quality a lot and they have finally launched the desktop app that works pretty well too.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Prof. Jewell on 8. January 2014 - 5:39  (113465)

Is it time for its own category, viz. Offline Navigation (GPS) Apps, ?

For example, I would like to see a comparison between OsmAnd and Copilot Live V9

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 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.

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