When you own a smartphone, especially on the first few days, you tend to fill it up with all kinds of apps which you think you’ll start using every day. Even though many of us think that there are hundreds of must have Android apps out there, we can slim that list down to about 5 essential applications that one might use on a daily basis. Naturally, must have apps depend on your use of the phone, our line of work and ultimately, on the capacity of our phone.
For instance, I would love to have half of the Play Store on my phone, but sadly, I don’t have room for all of them. For purposes of saving space as well as keeping performance to the highest, I decided to keep my must have apps to a minimum, and I suggest those of you with limited internal memory do the same. Try to choose which apps you actually need and which you use the most. If you want old apps on your phone that you were once fascinated with but haven’t used for a month now, let them go. They won’t mind that much. If you can move them to your SD card storage, you should do that, too. But if not, it’s better to keep your phone speedy rather than fill it up with things you don’t need.
Consequently, I’ve compiled a list of 5 must have Android apps that encompass basic needs a smartphone user would have. These apps proved to be very useful to me and I find myself using them each day. The occasional game also finds its way to my phone, but I tend to only keep them until I get tired of playing and I found that to be a good strategy for saving space on a limited smartphone. Let the rambling stop and feel free to browse my list of top 5 must have Android apps.
5. Google Drive
Like it or not, cloud storage is an essential service, especially for those of us who don’t have a lot of internal memory on our phones and don’t have the privilege of a microSD card slot. There are quite a few cloud storage service apps out there, including OneDrive and DropBox. I found that the best out of all is Google Drive, because it offers great integration and syncing services as well as access to office editing tools. Even though Google Drive wasn’t the first app I installed on Android 4.4 KitKat, it quickly became one on my must have Android apps. It’s lightweight, easy to use and makes uploading documents and pictures a fast and easy affair.
Email is the current communication tool all over the world and the easiest way to send and receive information fast. If you can secure yourself an invite to the new app from Google called Inbox, you will be delighted with the functions of it. If you’re familiar with news aggregators, then you might understand the principle behind Inbox easily. The idea is that you can have all of your emails in one place, no matter what client you are using. Gmail has decent syncing capabilities, but you do get mixed up between accounts easily and the syncing process doesn’t always update in a timely manner. Inbox might just be your best bet if you’ve got more email addresses that you need to check on a daily basis. The app should become available for everyone soon enough, and by then, it will surely become one of the must have apps of anyone who abuses email.
This nifty app is perfect for those who stumble upon stories and articles on the web but don’t have the time to read time on the spot. Bookmarking is a good solution for that problem, but Pocket offers a better alternative for when you don’t have an internet connection on hand or have gone over your data plan. You can save stuff from the web into Pocket and get to reading it (or watching it) later offline. After a few weeks of use, I found Pocket to be one of the must have Android apps that I couldn’t do without.
If you are a news fanatic, news aggregators are your best bet. You could always use RSS feeds to keep in touch with daily news, but it’s time consuming and to be fair, a bit outdated. Feedly is my go-to aggregator because it has a decent selection of websites and blogs I’m interested in and offers up quite a few personalization options so that I can make my feed my own. It’s among must have Android apps because it’s lightweight and easy to use, although the number of websites it reads has decreased in the past month. Hopefully, more websites will be added so that we can enjoy all our news in one place.
1. WhatsApp (or any kind of messaging app)
I use WhatsApp because it’s just the basics and offers up a simple interface that you can easily navigate. It syncs all your contacts easily and offers status messages which you can use. While I’m not a fan of status messages or PMs showing up as read or seen, I do enjoy the encryption Whatsapp has to offer. As long as you have internet, private messaging apps are among your top 5 must have apps, or at least that’s the way most people want it to be. With these apps, you don’t have to pay extra to send messages and communicate with others. The only drawback is that unless you have Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, Whatsapp is of no use to you.