Best Free Android Apps

 
 
Best Free Security and Privacy for Android
 

Best Free Anti-malware for Android

avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus (8.5 MB), a feature-rich security app includes not only a virus scanner to scan all your installed apps and SD card content against viruses, but also other useful tools such as privacy advisor, app manager, web shield, SMS and call filter and anti-theft. It also adds a firewall which works only on rooted phones. (Review)
 
Lookout Antivirus & Security (7.7 MB), protect your device and data easily by blocking viruses, spyware or other malware and scanning every app you installed with automatic antivirus updates, backup your contacts to the web or restore data to an existing phone, find your missing phone and more. Privacy Advisor is only available to the paid-for premium version. (Review)
 
TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security (4.9 MB), a simple yet powerful security app with awesome anti-malware capabilities, secure web browsing and a secure app advisor. This app has low impact on your device's resources. (Review)
 
CM Security - FREE Antivirus (9.7 MB), tap on a big Scan button to start scanning the installed apps and file system to detect any viruses, trojan, vulnerability, adware and spyware that could exist on your device. It's lightweight and its scanning process is pretty fast. (Review)
 
VirusTotal for Android (492 KB) helps get your system and user apps in your device scanned by more than 40 antivirus vendors and flag any malicious apps. Tap a flagged app and you can view its detailed scan results from the vendors.
 

Best Free Apps Protection for Android

APP Lock (638 KB), protect your installed apps with a number or pattern lock using this handy app, with other useful features such as locking the install and uninstall functions, incoming calls, settings, hiding the APP Lock icon and short exits without the need to unlock again.
 
Perfect App Protector - FREE (3.7 MB), lock your selected apps with a password or pattern, reduce screen brightness and control screen rotations on the apps you chose, plus stealth mode and other useful features.
 
Application Protection (328 KB), easily help protect applications and data on your device with a passcode to prevent unauthorized usage. Upon first running, press "?" to get the original code, add apps to the list then set your own unlock code.
 

Best Free Device Tracker for Android

Wheres My Droid (651 KB), finding your misplaced phone is made easy—use another phone to text "Where's my droid" to make your lost phone ring even if it's on silent mode, or text "GPS my droid" to know its whereabouts. Simple as that.
 
Prey Anti-Theft (3.0 MB), "Once the device has been instructed to go into missing mode, the app springs into action and does whatever you've told it to do. You can either trace your device, lock it or delete the files on it." (Review)
 

Best Free Password Manager for Android

KeePassDroid (1.3 MB), too many passwords to remember? This app helps manage passwords easily—just remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock them. A good implementation of desktop software KeePass Password Safe or even KeePassX.
 
Keeper Password & Data Vault (4.6 MB), a simplistic app that saves all your passwords onto your mobile phone with a master password. Features include optional self-destructs after entering five wrong passwords but cloud bakcup is only available on the paid version.
 
Gallery Lock (4.4 MB), manage your private photos and videos by hiding them into folders accessible only with your password or pattern lock. The app supports slideshow and other options, but stealth mode and backup are available only on the paid version.
 
 
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Comments

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 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 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 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 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 bernardz on 19. December 2014 - 11:04  (120152)
by viveksingh on 24. December 2014 - 5:13  (120225)

This website organized the apps in a perfect way. Interested user can easily find the required apps and games by exploring the desired categories.
User can also read the user reviews and comment relating to app and find the interested software. In very few website you can find such valuable information.

by morrig on 24. December 2014 - 12:55  (120235)

For some reason could not install Magic Piano by Smule on my tvbox which is seen as a Nexus 10 but will on my phone DG550, but found another great app for learning the piano or just playing with.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestar.perfectpiano&...

by sonystrife on 1. February 2015 - 10:53  (120892)

360 Clean Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.cleandroid

-cache & junk cleaner (better than 1tap cleaner, BUT BE CAUTIOUS)
-startup manager
-memory booster
-privacy shredder
-nice & sleek ui layout ;)

i stopped using 1tap cleaner since it has quite many intrusive ads

by Anupam on 3. February 2015 - 18:44  (120946)

Jojo, would be good to add file transfer apps like Xender, Superbeam, or Shareit, which use wifi direct to transfer files at a really fast speed. Did not know about these until recently, and people should know about it. Maybe cover one of these in an app of the week article?

Also cover backup software for contacts, sms, etc, like SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRe...

or Mobile Backup III: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobilehome.backup&hl=en

by Jojo Yee on 4. February 2015 - 3:55  (120951)

Thanks Anupam. Will look into the apps you've suggested.

Update: SHAREit has now been added to the list.

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