21 best free Android apps

by: Joe HindyJune 13, 2015
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Finding the best Android apps can be tough. There are millions to choose from and many of the best are free and just as many are paid apps. The good news is you can have a full, rich experience with Android with free apps. If you need some help finding such an experience, here is a list of the 25 best free Android apps to help you get started!


1Weather - best free Android apps1Weather

[Price: Free / $1.99]
First on our list is a bit of a cop out since most weather applications are free these days. 1Weather is a very popular, very highly rated application that has all the features you could need. This includes extended forecasts, hourly weather, radar, notifications (configurable in the settings), and even a fun fact that pops up every time you open it. It does have in-app purchases but that’s really just to get rid of advertising. The entire app and all of its features are included in the free version.
Get it on Google Play


evernote best free android appsEvernote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Evernote has long been the front runner when it comes to note taking. It has a bunch of features including device syncing, organizational features, compatibility with other applications, and various different types of notes. There is a premium option that adds more functionality but there are millions of people who enjoy the free version of this app. There are many who put this on their list of must-have applications and we’re no different. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, another great free option is Google Keep.
Get it on Google Play


ES File Explorer best free android appsES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
When we don’t include ES File Explorer on best Android lists, people get angry at us. The reason is because ES really is one of the must have apps out there. It is packed with features for both root and un-rooted users, it has a nice interface, and it’s free. It’s better than all of the stock file manager offerings and it’s been a top choice for most people for a few years now. If this isn’t your cup of tea, check out our top file explorers on Android for more options!
Get it on Google Play


Dropbox - best free android appsDropbox

[Price: Free]
One of the world’s most ubiquitous cloud storage services is Dropbox. Practically everyone has heard of it. It’s free to sign up (and you get 2GB of space to start with) and the app is free to use too. It’s a great way to backup things like your photos and videos as you can set the app to auto-upload them once you take them. More advanced users can set their Titanium Backup or Helium backups to go there and you can even share files (in small numbers). There are a number of devices that have Dropbox as a stock app and there are promotions all the time to get you more storage. It’s one of the best free Android apps and everyone should have it.
Get it on Google Play
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Google Drive best free Android appsGoogle Drive

[Price: Free]
Like Dropbox, Google Drive is an excellent solution for those who want some cloud storage. Also like Dropbox, you can pay to get more storage but you do get 15GB to start with. You can store your backups, photos, videos, and pretty much any other file you can think of. Google Drive also has the added benefit of having a small assortment of office-style applications like a word editor and a spreadsheet editor. The only downside is that you have to go download those office apps separately but they are also free Android apps. You can also work on documents with other people in real time. It has a lot of unique features and it’s worth having.
Get it on Google Play


google photos best free Android Apps WeeklyGoogle Photos

[Price: Free]
Google Photos was announced at Google I/O 2015 and it has since quickly become a free application that everyone should have. The app allows you to backup your photos and videos to Google totally free of charge as long as you don’t mind a bit of compression. This is one of the few ways you can backup everything for free without using your own hard drive space. It can be set to backup during different times which is nice.
Get it on Google Play


Google Play Music free Android appsGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free / $9.99/month]
Google Play Music does, in fact, cost money if you plan on using its All Access streaming service. However, it’s not on this list for that service. Google Play Music allows users to upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to the Google Play servers so that you can stream your own music to your device wherever you are and that is totally free of charge. This is a great way to keep your music on your without sacrificing massive amounts of storage space. The only caveat is you need to have at least a semi-decent data connection.
Get it on Google Play
Google Play Music free Android apps


Google Hangouts best free Android apps Google Hangouts

[Price: Free]
Google Hangouts is the epitome of the future in text messaging. It allows you to connect with people and chat totally free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365.25 days per year. It also supports voice calls, video calls, and you can even have it handle your device’s SMS messages making it a truly impressive, all-in-one messaging service. Plus, all you need to use it is a Google account which every Google Android user already has. The only app that comes close to this functionality is Skype.
Get it on Google Play
Google Hangouts best free android apps


IFTTT best free  android apps increase productivityIf by IFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT stands for “If This Then That” and it’s a productivity app for Android that can do some powerful things. Here is how it works. Say you perform a set of actions on a regular basis. You can use IFTTT to automatically perform those tasks for you. All you have to do is set it up. If you’re stumped as to what kind of things you can do then simply Google Search for IFTTT recipes. Recipes that fit your lifestyle can save you a bunch of time. It has a bit of a learning curve so be prepared for that.
Get it on Google Play
IFTTT 10 best free Android apps


iheartradio - best free android appsiHeartRadio – Internet Radio

[Price: Free]
iHeartRadio is a must have app for all fans of the radio. Instead of relying on an FM transmitter which not all devices have, iHeartRadio relies solely on data to stream practically any radio station you want. You can find stations that play your favorite music or even stations that have your favorite talk radio programs. Along with having thousands of radio stations at your disposal, you’ll also have recommendations catered to your interests and an alarm that will wake you up with your favorite radio station. Just like those old, cheap alarm clocks no one uses anymore but were totally awesome for that one thing.
Get it on Google Play
iheartradio - best free android apps


Amazon Kindle best free Android appsKindle

[Price: Free]
When it comes to eBook readers, there are few that are more popular than the Kindle app. It’s connected to Amazon which means you get a fairly good selection and Prime customers have extended features with the book library. If you’re going for an all-free experience, though, Kindle has an impressive library of free books in the public domain such as the original Dracula, Huckleberry Finn, and others. It’s a great way to get back into reading the classics. It’s also a darn good way to keep your kids busy if you pick up some kid’s books.
Get it on Google Play
Amazon Kindle best Android apps to help kids learn


microsoft office free android appsMicrosoft Office

[Price: Free]
Over the last year Microsoft has been making some big moves on Android. One of them was making their Android version of Microsoft Office totally free. You’ll need the OneDrive app to make full use of it as Microsoft forces you to save everything there. However, you are looking at the Microsoft Office that a lot of people enjoy on desktop. Also, you can get free storage on OneDrive and connect it easily to your Windows computer if need be. If you’re a Microsoft fan, this is the office suite to get. The tablet versions are also totally phenomenal.
Get it on Google Play


pandora best free android appsPandora

[Price: Free]
Pandora is the premiere free music streaming app. In fact, most people reading this probably have either heard of Pandora or already have it downloaded. It’s that popular. For those who don’t know, Pandora lets you create custom radio stations that play music you like. So you can do anything from Christmas music to heavy metal, save the station, and create more. You have to suffer through the occasional commercial and you can only skip tracks so many times, but aside from that it’s a great app and a great way to listen to free music without breaking the law. The only downside is that it only has about 800,000 songs (maybe a little more) which is way less than competing subscription services like Spotify or Google Play All Access.
Get it on Google Play
best free android apps


Pocket best free android appsPocket

[Price: Free]
Pocket is a very interesting application. Instead of working to provide you with news and content from the internet, it makes the user do it. Here’s how it works. You find a video, article, or some other content online that you’d like to see or reference again. You simply share it to Pocket and Pocket will remember it for you. Consider it like a proprietary bookmarks app, except way better. You tell it to remember things you like and it’ll remember it so you can go back and view it any time. It’s a must have app for people who love to browse the web.
Get it on Google Play


PushBullet free Android appsPushbullet

[Price: Free]
Pushbullet is an application that allows you to connect your computer to your Android device. You download this app and then the matching Chrome extension and then get everything connected. Once that’s done, your notifications will show up on your computer as well as your phone so you’ll always know what your phone is buzzing about. Over the last year, Pushbullet has also worked hard to allow you to interact with notifications such as answering texts and messages from some types of services like Whatsapp. It’s a great way to get your computer and phone connected.
Get it on Google Play


Best free Android appsSpotify

[Price: Free]
Spotify has undergone a number of huge updates in the last two years. Not only do mobile users get the same features as the desktop users, but there have been added features such as videos, radio stations, and other improvements and added features. It’s probably the best music streaming site out there and it’s totally free to use as long as you don’t mind the occasional advertisement.
Get it on Google Play
spotify best free android apps


theScore free android appstheScore

[Price: Free]
If you’re more into sports, theScore is one of the best free Android apps available. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have said so but the developers have really put the pedal to the metal and improved things. Now the app is updated in or around every major sporting event (including the beginning of sporting seasons) to add more features and more targeted content. The app is gorgeously designed, has a lot of awesome features for every sport, and you better believe they’ll be doing something special for your favorite sporting events. It’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play
theScore free android apps


Swiftkey icon free Android appsSwiftKey Keyboard

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Early in 2014, SwiftKey did a bold move and went free. That officially makes it the best third party keyboard available in terms of sheer features and functionality. There are in app purchases but the only thing SwiftKey is asking you to pay for are some themes. The free version comes with a number of themes included and the entire core app is totally free to use. Its text prediction is among the best in the industry as is its auto correction (once it learns your typing habits). People who are sick of the stock keyboard would do well to try this one out.
Get it on Google Play


Todoist best free Android appsTodoist: To-Do List

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Todoist is a task list application for Android that is free to use. One of the best uses for smartphones is as an always-there way to remind you that you need to do stuff. Of course, the best way to take advantage of that is to have an app. Todoist is packed with features, has an easy to use interface, and it has cross platform apps so you can access it anywhere. The premium version holds a few of the more basic features but you can get by just fine on the free version if you’re a casual user.
Get it on Google Play


VLC best free android appsVLC for Android

[Price: Free]
VLC has been a trusted media player on desktop for a very long time and now it’s available for Android. It left beta some time ago and it has taken its place among the best free media players on the market. It’s predominately used as a video player and that’s great since Android has so few good ones. This is open source and totally free so if you’re looking for a cheap media player, this is what you want.
Get it on Google Play


zedge best free Android appsZedge

[Price: Free]
If you need some wallpapers or ringtones and you don’t want to pay for them, Zedge is where you want to be. It features hundreds of thousands of ringtones and wallpapers that you can surf through and use. It also recently underwent a total re-design to a new interface that makes it easier to use and look better. So if you haven’t yet, grab up Zedge.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If there are any free Android apps that we missed and we really shouldn’t have, leave us a comment and let us know! The app atmosphere changes almost every day so there’s a chance we may have missed one or two!

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