Best Free Android Apps

 
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5. Best Free Disk and File Tools for Android
 

 

Best Free File Manager for Android

X-plore File Manager (1.4 MB), a file manager with a well thought-out split screen view allows you to transfer files between folders on the same device and manipulate files and folders between devices easily. Loads of features, such as built-in viewers for images, video, audio and text. No adverts. (Review)
 
ES File Explorer (2.7 MB), explore files on your device, LAN shared and FTP servers in a list or icon view with settings such as theme and layout, search files by type or name, plus app manager, SD Card Analyst and other optional modules. (Review)
 
ASTRO File Manager (2.4 MB), manage your files in Icon or List view with sorting, bookmarks, searching and other common features, plus some useful tools like checking SD card usage by folders. On the downside, the free version comes with a small ad. (Review)
 

Best Free Storage Manager for Android

AppMgr III (App 2 SD) (1.9 MB), take a glance where the apps are installed and move them from internal storage to the SD Card to save limited space on your device. Also clear the cache to make more space. The free version is supported by a small unobtrusive ad.
 

Best Free Online Backup for Android

Dropbox (6.9 MB), upload and access files from your Android, and sync them between your computers and mobile devices on the go. Easy to use—tap a file to view or press and hold it to access the menu for managing files and sharing links. (Review)
 
Google Drive (12.7 MB), store your files including documents, photos and videos in this free cloud storage up to 15GB for backup and access anywhere. You can share any files with your contacts or access files shared with you. Even better, you can use this app to create and edit a Google document and spreadsheet, scan an image into PDF, and make files available offline.
 
OneDrive (11.8 MB), previously known as SkyDrive, offers 7 GB of free online storage as part of Microsoft services for new subscribers. The app allows you to upload files, photos and videos from your device to OneDrive, open files in other apps and share files by sending a link. The built-in feature Camera Backup lets you upload photos and videos automatically.
 

Best Free App Backup for Android

App Backup & Restore (380 KB), easily backup your installed apps to your SD cards, send apps to friends via email, or upload to Dropbox if already installed. Others features include restore or uninstall apps, auto backup, share market links, check app details and more.
 

Best Free File Encryption Utility for Android

File Locker (200 KB), protect your files from unauthorized access by encoding the content and file names as well. Smart searching through folders for documents, locked and unlocked files is a plus but it can't unlock a file that has been renamed.
 

Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility for Android

ZArchiver (2.66 MB), create archive files in zip, 7zip, gzip, bzip2, tar or XZ format, and unzip or decompress archive files in even more supported formats. Features include view and edit archives, password-protected archives, multi-part archives and more.
 
B1 Free Archiver (3.7 MB), create password-protected zip and b1 archives, unzip more than 30 archive formats, open encrypted and splitted archives in supported formats. You can also browse files inside archives and extract only selected files, hide files from media scan and do more. (Review)
 
RAR for Android (2.5 MB), an official app allows you to create RAR, RAR4 and ZIP archives, decompress RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, X7, 7z, ISO, ARJ and multi-part RAR files, with options to repair damaged ZIP and RAR files, perform a registry recovery, encrypt files and accelerate data compression or decompression.
 

Best Free File Cleaner for Android

1Tap Cleaner (819 KB), a handy tool to free up more internal storage space on your device by clearing cache files, data files, search and navigation history records. Also includes a default cleaner to list default apps and clear their settings.
 

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by KAI (not verified) on 28. October 2011 - 10:58  (82296)

how about Facebook Messenger?

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2011 - 7:34  (82454)

Thanks Av-Crazy, Maxthon Browser and Elixir 2 are now on the list.

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2011 - 8:52  (82457)

Good suggestion Bernardz. Wifi Analyzer is now on the list.

by YmerejO42 (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 6:39  (82515)

Just to let you know, I use GO Launcher EX, and after a friend was bragging one day about how many home screens he had (7), I decided to try with mine... The max is 30, not 9. Once you fill the screen, you can swipe it sideways and add more.

This is the free version, not the paid.

by rylynn (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 13:43  (82526)

From "Phone and messaging" I'd like to mention about smslemon.com. It's android app to manage sms via web site.

by Back to school. (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 10:03  (82704)

Retro Calculator is fun if you don't need all the bells and whistles of a scientific calculator.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.android.calc&hl=en

by Kai (not verified) on 9. November 2011 - 4:09  (82951)

(silent mode timer free)
https://market.android.com/details?id=co.uk.sentinelweb.silenttimer&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvLnVrLnNlbnRpbmVsd2ViLnNpbGVudHRpbWVyIl0.

(RD mute)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.raidroid.rdmute&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yYWlkcm9pZC5yZG11dGUiXQ..

(silence scheduler)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.silence_scheduler&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zaWxlbmNlX3NjaGVkdWxlciJd

timed profiles
https://market.android.com/details?id=ayman.utils.timedprofiles&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImF5bWFuLnV0aWxzLnRpbWVkcHJvZmlsZXMiXQ..

(silent time lite)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.QuiteHypnotic.SilentTime&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5RdWl0ZUh5cG5vdGljLlNpbGVudFRpbWUiXQ..

(phone silencer)
https://market.android.com/details?id=org.peterbaldwin.silencer&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm9yZy5wZXRlcmJhbGR3aW4uc2lsZW5jZXIiXQ..

by Kai (not verified) on 9. November 2011 - 4:10  (82952)

I suggest:

(Shh! auto-silencer Lite)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zeus.chut&feature=also_installed#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwNCwiY29tLnpldXMuY2h1dCJd

(Visidon AppLock)
https://market.android.com/details?id=visidon.AppLock&feature=search_result

by frinjopop (not verified) on 10. November 2011 - 4:38  (83031)

Interested in Friendship, Dating , Relationship etc???

https://market.android.com/search?q=frinjopop

“Frinjo Pop”, search people with same interests as yours.
When two or more people with same interests come in proximity then you get notification. You can either send sms or make a phone call, if both are interested.

[Edit] Unnecessary details removed.

by Mark j (not verified) on 11. November 2011 - 8:31  (83088)

I find WinAmp to be the best free Music player and organizer. Far better than Astro, which is much weaker in music organization in the free version.

by Drizzle (not verified) on 11. November 2011 - 14:23  (83108)

K-9 Mail - sorry but the lack of a search tool for POP3 emails makes this email client useless as far as I am concerned. They claim that such a tool cannot be incorporated into their program (if you doubt me - check out their claims by searching on-line for advice on how to do a search when using K-9 Mail) - however even the standard Android client (to which I have returned - after all I only use my phone to check emails while on the go; it is not as my permanent email client - that is Thunderbird on my PC) has a search tool.

by Devashish (not verified) on 13. November 2011 - 5:45  (83184)

Hey guys,
I found this free app yest
https://market.android.com/details?id=LinkMyWorld.sem
Its a really good and unique app. I think it should be a part of the list too :-)

by Phil Trip (not verified) on 15. November 2011 - 15:04  (83330)

rad.io rocks!

Bubba Army Rules!

by dmoreau on 19. November 2011 - 2:16  (83516)

Hi! Please give my app Georeader a look. It is free and you can learn a ton of history with it and a lot more. It reads to you aloud historical markers when drive by them so you don't have to stop.

by Viren (not verified) on 21. November 2011 - 8:01  (83630)

Can we application for Profile Switching. I got Android just few days ago and still learning. I use DHCP at home and fixed IP at work. So I need to make different profile to work at different places. It can be automatic or manual switching of WiFi Profile which stores all configurations.

It is Sony Xperia Pro. And I use Wifi in both circumstances where there is DHCP as well as Fixed IP used.

by Jostrada (not verified) on 22. November 2011 - 10:20  (83690)

Well Mobeep is a very good free app too. It's another app store that has plenty of digital content like apps, games and videos: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.Ozura.MoBeep&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5PenVyYS5Nb0JlZXAiXQ..

by bygjj (not verified) on 22. November 2011 - 23:40  (83734)

I am a new android user and I thank you all for your suggestions. Im trying them out. Besides your best apps I find xe currency converter a solid free app:))

by Mountainh2o (not verified) on 27. November 2011 - 17:16  (83999)

Yes, take it back! Get a Droid X2 for a less expensive phone, and a Motorola Razr if you have some money to spend. The Motorola Phones ROCK! I get metal detector, flashlights, compasses, two types of barcode scanners, bubble level, super compass, guitar string tuner, speed test, just to name a few!

by Jojo Yee on 28. November 2011 - 8:31  (84039)

You're welcome Bygjj. XE Currency is one of the good apps I like. Try also Exchange Rates which is now added to the list.

by Ross Lewis (not verified) on 28. November 2011 - 10:44  (84042)

Hey folks check out this latest happening app called http://www.myBantu.com , great productivity app for shopping, local search,dining,movie ticket booking etc. Best known for its personalized recommendations. And i heard its now voice enabled :o

by Jim Hazel (not verified) on 28. November 2011 - 18:24  (84058)

I am new with a Droid phone I hope it is easy to use.

by DesElms on 28. November 2011 - 21:35  (84071)

Hmm. Interesting.

In the best free ebook reader category, it's hard to believe the COOL READER...

https://market.android.com/details?id=org.coolreader#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDIx.....

...didn't make the cut.

by bygjj (not verified) on 29. November 2011 - 0:19  (84077)

Thanks a lot. I will definitely try it. How about any suggestion for forex monitoring?

by Wizzball (not verified) on 29. November 2011 - 13:47  (84113)

Please review TouchPal Keyboard by Cootek. Seems to be free and supposedly the Global Champion of GSMA Mobile Innovation Award.

by sujaram (not verified) on 2. December 2011 - 15:10  (84288)

livehome is a good desktop organizer better than GO launcher or launcherpro

by hotmale (not verified) on 2. December 2011 - 17:39  (84290)

my suggested sites to download popular freeware android apps are
1- AppsApk.com
2- Cell11.com
3- Fone3.com

by Jaydesmith on 5. December 2011 - 11:43  (84414)

Thank you for your valuable suggestion. I appreciate your listing...

by Kai (not verified) on 6. December 2011 - 8:01  (84476)

Task Switcher
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.shisho.taskswitcher&feature=search_result

A really simple, light task switcher,and useful. Press the home button and all your open active apps appear. Simply press an app to go to it or long press it to kill it. Or press the home button again to go to the real homepage. Then,it's useful because can show widget in task switcher. such as,use flashlight's widget to on device's camera LED quickly with task switcher.

by Jojo Yee on 6. December 2011 - 15:56  (84513)

Thanks Kai for your kind suggestion. Task Switcher is now added to the list.

by steveorg on 7. December 2011 - 17:18  (84586)

I can't agree with the choice for Best Free App Backup. The problem, as App Backup & Restore's market page says, is "App Backup cannot backup data or settings." That is a crucial feature.

Titanium Backup gets my vote. The free version does everything the Pro version does except multiple backup versions and batch restores. Multiple versions is rarely needed, but can be done manually by copying the Titanium Backup on the SD card.

[Moderator's note : Pricing about commercial version removed]

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