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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by HAN on 5. January 2013 - 5:06  (104236)

The best launcher, launch anywhere and anytime.

Skyfish swipe launcher

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.trashfeed.skyfishfree

by Beev on 9. January 2013 - 18:35  (104358)

I Have just upgraded from a HTC Wildfire S to a Samsung GS3. A couple of great Apps I would like to suggest are as follows:

Music Player and Organizer - JetAudio Basic
File Manager - FX

Im extreemely impressed with these two apps so far!

Yours,
Beev

by tsndnm on 10. January 2013 - 19:16  (104394)

While loitering around Google Play I found this app called SURDOC. This is basically an online backup app. They are presently offering a ridiculous 100GB of storage for a year . So if anyone is looking for a temporary harddisk online you may want to give it a try. Though the survival of the service remains to be seen...

Note :
1. The 100 GB is available via the app store only.
2. Last date to get that much space seems to be 15-01-2013.
3. Only Almighty knows the catch behind?

by MidnightCowboy on 10. January 2013 - 23:05  (104396)

Agreed. A business model like this is unsustainable. They will either go bust like so many others before them or become no more competitive than the already established services. IMO I would not trust this as my only solution at this time. MC - Site Manager.

by mr6n8 on 11. January 2013 - 11:06  (104401)

It is even worse (or better). They are giving away unlimited storage for a year with the option to purchase 3 years of unlimited storage for $19.99@year.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/surdoc-giving-away-free-unlimite...

I would not trust a 1 year old company with a deal that sweet. Too many of these storage sites have gone away.

Though I have had 2 free 50GB ADrive accounts for over 5 years.

by gizmogirl85 on 25. February 2013 - 16:35  (105748)

There's a game... I think it's called 3D Cats or 3D Flying Cats.... it's pretty addictive too but is a battery drainer. The cat meoows when you crash sometimes growls a bit, actumy feel bad for smashing his rocket into a wall.

Es file explorer is universally the best file manager in terms of simplicity and options. Have used it on both HTC and Samsung.

SuperSU is better than Superuser IMHO especially now with the new updates.

Google Drive is awesome for storage space and versatility as you can open and create virtually anything using docs without having to install office software. Kingston Office I think its called is an amazing free office manager of you want one.

Titanium Backup and My Backup are great apk and data tools. My SMS backup is handy too.

I use win amp for music player but Apollo is great as well.

by Anupam on 25. February 2013 - 16:41  (105750)

Sorry, had to remove one of the games you mentioned, because it's not free. Please take care to suggest only free apps, as our site is about freeware.

Thanks for the suggestions.

by Luftmensch on 27. February 2013 - 16:52  (105802)

Audiogalaxy no longer seems to be available on GooglePlay, and the website is also unavailable. This should probably be removed from the Best list. Does anyone know of an alternative?

by Jojo Yee on 28. February 2013 - 1:37  (105808)

Thanks for the feedback Luftmensch. It's now removed from the list as Audiogalaxy has been discontinued due to its acquisition by Dropbox. When available, a good alternative will be added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 28. February 2013 - 13:53  (105821)

Update: added "Qloud Media Free" as an alternative to Audiogalaxy.

by das.markus on 12. March 2013 - 19:56  (106186)

Great list Jojoyee!
I myself love to play games on my phone some now and then. I am a huge fan of racing games and I found GT Racing: Motor Academy Free+ to be one of the best free games around. It is a 400MB download, but if you have a WiFi connection it's worth downloading it.

by pratomorone on 19. March 2013 - 14:37  (106387)

Hello, JoJoyee...

The photos for Jetpack Joyride and Temple Run are reversed!

Thanx for a great piece of research! Keep it up.

by Jojo Yee on 20. March 2013 - 3:27  (106405)

Thanks pratomorone for pointing out. They are now fixed.

by wdhpr on 5. April 2013 - 4:16  (106828)

Just got my first smartphone which runs on Android. I've installed many of your suggested apps and they all seem to be high quality. Thanks for your work on this list.

by iawi on 6. April 2013 - 1:58  (106846)

Best Android Navigation Apps

Add OsmAnd. By far the most powerful mapping App for Android.

Uses off-line OSM maps (no data download but online also available) and includes voice guidance, gpx track recording, contours, etc etc.

by twinkler on 6. April 2013 - 19:43  (106861)

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

by Yankiwi on 6. April 2013 - 21:37  (106863)

This listing of Android apps is superb, as always, but I'd like to add a small note of caution about Ringdroid. It's a great program and works well, but when I repeatedly found icons for gambling and other unwanted applications on my home screen, I finally tracked down Ringdroid as the source. As a result, I uninstalled it, as I don't need to create ringtones regularly, and I can always reinstall it briefly if I want to create a ringtone, then uninstall it again.

If anyone has reliable information that this problem is no longer happening with Ringdroid, that would be good to know, but until that is known for sure, users should be aware that Ringdroid may install all kinds of junk apps on their phones.

by Jojo Yee on 7. April 2013 - 0:52  (106866)

Thanks for the feedback Yankiwi. So far I've not experienced unwanted app icons on the home screen resulted from Ringdroid. Check if you have installed Ringdroid developed by Ringdroid Team or the Social Edition by another developer, and if you have installed the app directly from the Play Store.

According to the developer, Ringdroid is an open-source project and it does not contain ads. You may also email the developer to find out more.

by Yankiwi on 7. April 2013 - 3:51  (106869)

Hi, Jojoyee,

Thanks for the info. I've never downloaded any app from any source other than the Google Play Store, so I'm sure it was that version of Ringdroid. I scanned with AirPush Detector, which found that Ringdroid contained AirPush, because I'd noticed occasional app icons on my home pages ("Slotto" and others). The unwanted app icons would only appear occasionally while I had Ringdroid installed, but they have never appeared since I uninstalled Ringdroid.

As I said, I really liked Ringdroid; it's a great program, does what it says it will do, and does it well, but until I'm sure that it's not going to load junk onto my phone, I'll only install it long enough to create a ringtone (which I rarely do), then immediately uninstall it. However, if others have better or newer information to the contrary, I'll be glad to hear it.

by mjuice7 on 7. April 2013 - 9:24  (106871)

hi yankiwi, i think you may find that you have downloaded a knock off copy of ringdroid from google play. it is called ringdroid (social edition) by song qinglin. a while ago i did the same as ringdroid had not developed their most excellent app for ice cream sandwich/jellybean at the time i needed it. it did exactly the same things as you have detailed..crap dropped all over my screens from airpush. i finally tracked this down with the excellent dr. web. as far as i know & have experienced ringdroid has never done what you have detailed. ditch the fake app & get the real thing. as you stated it is a great app.

by jwalantsoneji on 7. April 2013 - 14:45  (106876)

BillPin which has acquired Billmonk just now has a good Android application for sharing bills.

by Yankiwi on 7. April 2013 - 22:33  (106877)

Hi, mjuice7,

Thanks for the suggestion, but I just went to Google Play and checked out both Ringdroid apps. After reading them both, I'm quite certain that I had the one from the Ringdroid Team, and for three reasons:

1) Because of the obvious difference in the two icons (I'd never before seen the blue and white emblem in the "Social Edition" icon);
2) Because I've never heard of "song ginglin," but seem to remember reading something about the "Ringdroid Team" before; and finally (and most important),
3) Because I am cheerfully "anti-social" and heartily detest Facebook, Twitter, and all other annoying forms of "social media" or anything that even remotely smacks of that, so I would never download the "social edition" of anything!

Ringdroid is indeed a great app, but for now I'll play it safe and leave it off my phone unless I have a reason to load it in order to create a specific ringtone. I hope others enjoy it and find it "AirPush-free."

Thanks again for your post.

by jausick2232 on 7. April 2013 - 22:45  (106878)

in need of assistance...my phone has been hacked and ive tried so many downloads and even bought a new phone that i sleep with at night and somehow it keeps happening...im starting to go nuts like its my personal mission to stop this from happening...any help is greatly appreciated

by mr6n8 on 7. April 2013 - 23:24  (106879)

The Ringdroid app linked from here is not a blue and white icon. It is redish note with a yellow scissors.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid

the Rindgdroid app with a blue and white emblem is from a different developer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.media.ringtonemaker#?t.....

by mjuice7 on 8. April 2013 - 8:02  (106891)

just to visually clarify:

This is the good Ringdroid:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid&feature

This is the evil, crap, fake Ringdroid (Social Edition):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid.social&featu...

Both look like the same icon except that the Social Edition (the evil, crap, fake Ringdroid) has a white circle filled in with blue, & a white "in" written on the blue background.

by Yankiwi on 8. April 2013 - 9:16  (106897)

Hi, mr6n8,

Thanks for your post, but I understood that difference. I was simply trying to use that difference to explain to the previous poster that one of the reasons that I knew that I had downloaded the original Ringdroid app and had NOT installed the "social edition" version from the alternate developer was that I had NOT seen that additional blue and white emblem before. Just to be sure I'm being clear, the Ringdroid I downloaded was the original Ringdroid with the icon that had only the reddish note and yellow scissors you described and did NOT have the additional blue and white emblem.

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

Cheers

by Yankiwi on 8. April 2013 - 9:20  (106898)

I agree (as noted in my posts 106877 and 106897).

Thanks for your post.

by mr6n8 on 8. April 2013 - 12:02  (106910)

OK I misread your previous post.

by DaRK.STaR on 25. April 2013 - 0:45  (107322)

Nice list!

I just got a tablet and I wanted to install an antivirus. This listing shows lookout and avast as the best ones but the best antivirus for android (your review) shows trustgo and avast as the tops choices. Who am I suppossed to believe? Does anyone else have some any suggestions?

by Jojo Yee on 25. April 2013 - 2:36  (107323)

Thanks for your kind comment DaRK.STaR. TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security is a new top pick selected by our fellow editor IO.Hazard in the review article. It's now updated in this mega list. Give it a try and hope that you'll like it.

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