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 Billiards and Pool Game for Android

Pool Billiards Pro (3.4 MB), play this top free pool game with realistic 3D ball animation and user-friendly design. Choose the Single Player mode for straight pool game, the VS mode to challenge another player or against the computer, or the Arcade mode with a limited number of cues in multiple challenging levels.
 

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 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.

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 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 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 bernardz on 19. December 2014 - 11:04  (120152)
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 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...

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