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Top 10 Must-Have Android Apps | The Essential Apps for 2020

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Must-have Android Apps

The idea of writing the top 10 must-have Android apps post came to my mind when I was my friend struggling with his phone. There are over 2.5 million apps on the Google Play Store.

To do some research, I went on Google to see what others are suggesting, but all I found was paid or promoted apps. The tricky situation can come anytime, and it is essential to stay ready. With, that being said, here are the top 10 must-have Android apps for 2020.

01. Google Keep – Free

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Google Keep – Icon

An ultimate note-making app. If I had to choose one between all the note-making apps, I would go with Google Keep. From business to enjoyment, you always get new ideas, and you realise where do I save this idea? Some send an SMS or some email, but Google Keep makes it easier for us to save these awesome ideas.

The app is entirely free and works on multiple devices. It might not have the industry-leading features, but it surely is a lightweight and easy to use the note-taking app. Google Keep offers a wide range of features, and it is an Editors Choice app making it one of the top 10 must-have Android apps.

Also comes in Google Keep vs Evernote

02. Adobe Acrobat Reader – Free

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

You got to admit that we need a PDF reader on our phone. Most of the Android devices come with a PDF reader, but that is just a reader. Scanning a document, signing a document, sharing, and saving to the cloud are some of the great tools Adobe Acrobat Reader offers. You can try other PDF readers, but Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the must-have Android apps in 2019.

03. LastPass Password Manager – Freemium

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LastPass Password Manager

I have signed up on over 30 websites and apps. I don’t remember the password for all the services. Why? Because LastPass is here. It is not just an Android app; it is a multi-platform password suggesting and saving service. When you go to a page to register, the app pops-up with a new password and when you register with that password, LastPass saves the password and auto-fills every time you log in. A master password is used to access all your passwords.

LastPass uses AES 256-bit encryption to protect your passwords. Other features include private text, audio and image notes, fingerprint password unlock, password sharing, emergency access to your friends and family and much more.

04. Snapseed – Free

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Snapseed by Albe_Albe460q

With over 29 editing tools, Snapseed is one of the must-have Android apps. You have an opportunity to tune, heal, blur, brush etc. Snapseed allows editing large megapixel images to make sure that the quality is uncompromised. Furthermore, filters, looks, re-editing, effects, etc., are industry-leading features. Snapseed is a Google-owned app and great for instant photo editing. I have also included Snapseed in the top selfie editing apps for Android.

05. Xnspy Monitoring App – Paid

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XNSPY

The app is a paid and a popular mobile monitoring app you could opt to keep tabs on Android and iOS devices. After you have installed it on the phone, you wish to monitor. It lets you in on the phone’s call logs, text messages, web browsing history, multimedia, locations email, and a lot more.

The app allows you to perform some remote functions such as locking a phone, recording its surroundings, taking screenshots, and wiping off any stored data. You need to install the app on the Android device and begin to access the monitored phone’s activities remotely using your smartphone or laptop through your account. There is a demo available on the website.


06. Google News – Free

It’s important to stay up to date with the news. Google News app offers easy to navigate interface. Each story is separated into columns. You also get slideshows (full coverage) of stories. The way Google News works is it shows you the news which you find most interesting. Also, you can follow topics, categories, sports, etc. The app is designed to work even on slow connections. It sure is one of the must-have Androids apps in 2019.

07. Waze – GPS, Maps, Traffic Alerts & Live Navigation – Free

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Waze

One of the best navigation apps. Waze is a GPS map navigation app. It is a community-based service available in many countries. Users report accidents, roadblocks, roadworks, police etc. The app has many options, including:

  1. Continuous car speed and zone monitoring.
  2. Speed alerts.
  3. Speed camera alerts.
  4. Fuel prices and stations.
  5. Change navigation language.
  6. Record your voice for navigation.
  7. Crash reporting.
  8. Roadblocks reporting.
  9. Police reporting.
  10. Voice address searching.

Waze won the Best Overall app award at the Mobile World Congress in 2013. Users around the world have admired Waze and Google Maps is also adapting the Waze’s features slowly.

Also comes in Waze vs Google Maps.

08. RescueTime Time Management – Free

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RescueTime

iPhone already has a feature of calculating your time on the phone. Microsoft Launcher has also implemented this feature. Not sure why Google is delaying. But, thanks to RescueTime app developers, we don’t need to wait. The app estimates how much time you are spending on apps and websites. To give you a clear picture, RescueTime categories each app, and displays the data in different colours, The app is also available for PC and Mac to track the combined data.

09. VLC Media Player – Free

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VLC Media Player

The default Android video player does not support all of the video and audio formats. VLC Media Player is an open-source Media Player available for almost all the devices. The tools like audio, subtitle syncing, selecting separate files for subtitles, background play, etc., make it an all-rounder video player. The app is an Editor’s Choice app on Google Play, and one of the must-have Android apps.

10. Avira Antivirus – Freemium

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Avira Antivirus Security

Latest antivirus software packages have amazing features including virus scanning, theft control, privacy checkup, microphone monitoring, device lost and found, erasing data, calls protection, camera protection, call blocker, web protection and much more.

If you do not have an antivirus, then you are putting your privacy at risk. Avira is one of the best antivirus services, and one of the must-have Android apps. Although the free app does a lot, if you want to take the protection to the next level, then all it takes is $8/y to unlock all the features.

In conclusion

You have put yourself a step closer to a safe, fast, and a better future.  The end of the top 10 must-have Android apps post is here. Thanks for having a read. Let me know what questions you have in the comments below.

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By Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Madh-sudhan). I'm a Software Engineer, graduated from UniSA, Adelaide. I'm the owner, author, and maintainer of this post and the site. Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

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