5 Must-Have Apps for any Android phone

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If you are an Android phone lover then you can empower your Android phone with the best apps.

If you own an Android smartphone, you’ll need some essential apps to sync your files, watch movies, track your sleeping patterns, catch up on your reading, and more. We’ve collected the best, most useful apps that Google Play Store has to offer.

(You may notice some crossover with our list of essential iPhone apps. Some apps are just that good.)

1. Dropbox

Dropbox remains the best app for seamlessly syncing files to and from your portable devices. It works across the web, Windows, macOS, iOS, and of course Android, which means you need never find yourself without access to an important file. You can use Dropbox to automatically back up your photos and videos to the cloud, keep that important set of PDFs with you, or take notes that sync back to your laptop.

On the negative side, the free Dropbox plan only offers a miserly 2GB of storage. However, if you need more space, premium plans start at $10 per month for 1TB of storage.

2. Plex

Plex streams your media files to your device. Plex makes it easy to stream music, movies, TV shows, photos, and more from your computer to your Android device. You need to set up the app on your Windows or macOS computer first, and then you can beam any content stored on the hard drive to your phone—no matter where you happen to be.

That said, there are a couple of caveats. Although you can stream files to other computers for free, to send them to your Android phone—while avoiding limits on your file sizes—you’ll need a $5 per month Plex Pass subscription. Also, you must have all your content downloaded to the computer disk because Plex can’t work with protected videos purchased from Google, Apple, or Amazon. Finally, you’ll rely on a pretty fast connection to avoid too-long buffering times.

3. Pocket

Pocket helps you catch up on your reading. You never have enough time to catch up on all those online articles. Instead of leaving tabs to proliferate, Pocket lets you save articles from any browser, whether it’s on your computer, tablet, or phone. Then read these pieces at your leisure on the Android app. You can even sync the items so they’ll be accessible when you’re offline. What’s more, Pocket strips out all the advertising and other distractions from webpages to give you a clean reading experience that’s easy on the eyes.

Extra features, such as advanced search and auto-tagging, require a premium $5 per month subscription. It also has the added bonus of removing the ads from the Pocket app.

4. Snapseed

Everything you need from an image editor. You’ll find many Android apps for photo editing, but we’re big fans of Snapseed. It gives you access to just about every image-tweaking tool you can think of, helping you do everything from adjusting colors to removing objects. You can do intensive work tweaking the effects on a very fine level, or just slap on some filters in seconds. Despite the wealth of features, Snapseed and its tools remain straightforward to use. Once you’re done, you can easily share and export the results.

Originally an independent app, Snapseed is now developed by Google. Like many of the tech giant’s apps, it’s free.

5. Spy Phone

The Spy Phone is an amazing app to keep track of your beloved ones. It is one of the best family trackers available in the app stores. You can keep track of contacts, location of your family members and it also comes with an emergency panic button.

This app is absolutely free to install and use. Check more details on the Spy Phone website.

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