List of must-have apps for Android

Hi, guys!! As we all know Android has captured the tech-world with their cheap and very intuitive phones. I am enlisting some must-have apps and their alternatives because well everybody has a different taste. I have enlisted some paid apps too. Some apps need to have a rooted phone to work, if you don’t know what root is then google is your friend! 🙂
When trying any app give it some time, go through settings and then only come to any conclusion. Sometimes I may have given the name of the free version of the app, but mostly the pro-paid version has better features and no ads. I can’t add Play Store link to every app so, sorry for that. If you have any suggestion or query just tweet me @ajinkya4793 or comment below. Cheers!


Chrome BETA
Opera Mobile
Firefox Browser for Android
Maxthon Android Web Browser
Dolphin HD
Skyfire Web Browser 4.0

To send a link from the desktop browser to phone – Google Chrome to Phone, Pushbullet (also install the respective extensions in the desktop browser.)

Camera & Photography

Camera –
Camera Zoom FX, Camera360 Ultimate

Photography –
Pixlr Express – photo editing
Photo Editor by Aviary Lab PRO – photo editor
Photo Grid – Collage Maker (best collage maker)


Health & Fitness

Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO
runtastic PRO
iTriage Health
MyFitnessPal apps


SwiftKey (next word prediction based keyboard supports gesturing too)
Swype (for the people who like gesture based keyboard)
A.I.type Keyboard


Nova Launcher Prime
Apex Launcher Pro
Holo Launcher HD
Action Launcher
Yahoo Aviate Launcher
EverythingMe Launcher

Deskmigrate (for migrating your current structure of apps and folders to another launcher.)

Music & Video

Music Player –
GoneMAD Music Player
PlayerPro Music Player

*Bonus – If you’re rooted try Viper4Android as your equalizer.

Video Player –
BS Player
MX Player
Mobo Video Player Pro

Other –
Hindi Songs & Bollywood Music (for Dhingana lovers)
Shazam Encore /SoundHound (to identify the song)
WAIL Beta — scrobbler
Cover Art Downloader
TubeMate/TubeX (YouTube Downloader)
MP3dit – Music Tag Editor (tag editor)

News & RSS feeds reader

Press (Beautiful UI)
gReader Pro
Taptu – DJ Your News
Flipboard: Your News Magazine


Widgets –
Beautiful Widgets
HD Widgets
Eye in Sky Weather
Zooper Widget Pro
DashClock Widget

Social & Communication

Contact Sync –
HaxSync – 4.x Facebook Sync
Sync.ME -Facebook Contact Sync

Twitter –
Falcon Pro (banned from play store)
Tweetcaster Pro

Reddit –
Reddit News
reddit sync
Reddit is fun
BaconReader Premium for Reddit

For all other Social sites use their official app e.g. Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress, Skype, Path, Instagram, Quora


Cricket –
Cricbuzz Cricket Scores & News
Yahoo! Cricket

Football –
Soccer Scores Pro – FotMob
Live Score Addicts

Other –
ScoreCenter for Android
theScore: Sports & Scores


Dropbox, Box, Google Drive

Text & Messaging

Viber (voice call)
Facebook Messenger

Tools & Productivity

Alarm Clock – Gentle Alarm, Alarm Clock Xtreme, Alarm Clock Plus

Anti-Virus – avast! Mobile Security, Dr.Web Anti-virus Light (free), Kaspersky Mobile Security, Lookout Security & Antivirus, AntiVirus FREE, Norton Security & Antivirus

Anti-Theft – Android Lost, Anti Theft Droid Free, Cerberus anti theft, Plan B (after losing the phone install this app from desktop)

Backup – My Backup Pro, App Backup & Restore, Carbon – App Sync and Backup, Super Backup : SMS & Contacts

Calendar – aCalendar+, Business Calendar, MyCalendar, Jorte Calendar, Zime (BETA)

Comic Reader – Perfect Viewer, ComiCat

Dictionary – Dictionary – WordWeb (offline), Google Translate, Fora Dictionary, English Dictionary – Offline, Dictionary – Merriam-Webster, Arcus Dictionary

Dialer – exDialer

eBook reader – Moon+ reader, Cool Reader, FBReader, Aldiko Book Reader

File Explorer – Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer

Notes – Evernote, Google Keep

Office – Kingsoft Office 5.3.2 (Free), OfficeSuite Pro 6 + (PDF & HD), Quickoffice Pro (Office & PDF), Documents To Go 3.0 Main App

Personal Finance for Android – Financisto, Expense Manager, Personal Finance

Tasks/To-Do list – DGT GTD & To-do List, Astrid Tasks & To-do, Tasks, GTasks: To Do List & Task List, Any.DO To-do List & Task List

TV & Multimedia

IMDb, BookMyShow (great to see movie timings and booking tickets; India only), WhatsOnIndia (TV time table; India only), Movie Roll (gives you Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb rating at one place amongst other)

Other Apps

Airdroid – manage your phone from the PC
AppGratis – Tells which paid app is free today
CamScanner -Phone PDF Creator – Take a picture and convert it into PDF file
clipper+ – Clipboard Manager
CPU-Z – gives detailed information about your device
CPU Spy – shows the amount of time spent on a specific frequency.
DiskUsage – to see a graph of folders/files sorted by size and instantly delete them
Easy Downloader Pro – Download manager for your android
Easy Voice Recorder – voice recorder
GSam Battery Monitor Pro – to see battery stats
HI App lock – Lock certain apps
Hide It Pro – To hide certain pictures, videos
LEDBlinker Notifications & Light Flow – Control your LED notifications
One Power Guard – A battery saving app controlling the kernel settings instead of saving juice by disabling data/GPS/Radio
Play Board App Reviews & Fetch – Apps You’ll Love – Apps which give you app recommendations
RealCalc – Scientific calculator
RepliGo Reader – PDF Reader
RoundR – hate those flat corners? Round them!
Screen Filter & Lux Auto Brightness – brightness control specially if you are nocturnal
Settle Up – Ever fought with friends about who spent more money while on a picnic or hangout? Well this app is for you. You can manage the money spent by your friends and track who is spending more or less.
Sidebar Pro – A sidebar for quickly launching your fav app
SuperBeam – Share files between 2 Androids instantly
SwipePad: Hyperspace Launcher – a gestured based launcher
Tasker – automates settings
TasteKid – Instantly get music, movies, shows, books recommendations by typing your fav
TeamViewer – Manage your PC from the phone.
Time Table – yasp! Class Schedule, Simple Time Table
Unified Remote – Android-PC remote

Apps specifically for rooted phones

Adaway – Not in play store. Blocks almost all ads; better than AdBlock Plus.
AFWall+ – restricts which applications are permitted to access your data networks (2G/3G and/or Wi-Fi and while in roaming.
Font Changer – Not in Play Store. Can change font.
GMD GestureControl – You can use gestures to control any activity from the launching app or killing an app.
Gravity Screen Pro – On / Off – turns automatically your screen off when you put your phone into your pocket or onto a table and turn the screen on when you take it out or up.
Greenify – It prohibits the selected apps to run in background. Saves hell lotta battery. Hibernate Maps and Facebook if you’re using this.
Hide my Root – hides that you have root pivileges.
Link2SD – moves apps to memory card.
Market Fixer – removes links of specific apps from Play Store.
Market Helper – helps users to change/fake their rooted devices to any other devices. You can download the apps which are not available to your contry.
Push Notifications Fixer – Have a problem with push notification? Use this app.
ROM Toolbox Pro – This application brings all the best rooted application into one monster app.
Root Explorer – You can browse root files and change permissions.
SCR Screen Recorder Pro – Record great quality screencasts directly from your phone.
SD Maid Pro – Apps you uninstall leaves garbage data behind, it helps to clean it out. I think Android 4.3 has this inbuilt.
Seeder – makes your mobile fast by using entropy seeding.
Titanium Backup – I don’t think this app needs a caption, MUST-HAVE.
Trickster MOD – Everything you wanna customize about kernels.
Wakelock Detector – detects if a certain app is having unusual wakelocks.
WiFi Key Recovery – helps to recover the password of a wireless network you have connected to with your device in the past.


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