Looking to better manage your time? Check out the Best Productivity apps for Android!

May 29, 2013
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    Time is a fickle thing. If you’re looking for apps to help you manage it better during the work or school day, we’ve gone into the depths of Play Store searching for some of the best productivity apps out there, and we’re here to share the fruit of the work with you. As usual, if you’d rather watch the video, just head down to the bottom of the article.

    Juice Defender


    You mine as well throw productivity out the window if your phone’s dead. I’m not the only one who feels cut off from the world when my phone’s dead, right? It’s a pandemic! So, how about an app that’ll keep your phone trucking a little longer until you can hopefully reach a charger? Juice Defender can do just that.

    Juice Defender has a number of features that’ll help you get every last bit of juice out of your battery. Most of the options are to modify your connectivity settings, but there are some more advanced settings along with other settings that require root access. However, simply messing with some of the connectivity settings should help your battery out a lot, especially if you’re on 4G LTE.

    Get it on Google Play

    Kingsoft Office


    A lot of office apps on Google Play cost a pretty penny, which most of us don’t want to pay for, as we’re already running office software on our desktops. This is where Kingsoft Office comes into play. It’s free of charge and has support for Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

    Kingsoft Office has a lot of features and options that keep the experience from being bland too. Additionally, controlling documents, spreadsheets, and presentations are extremely simple. Not only that, but navigating through the app is very easy. It all feels very natural. So if you’re looking for an office app, but don’t want to shell out any money, Kingsoft is at least worth a shot. After all, what is there to lose?

    Get it on Google Play

    Lecture Notes


    Lecture Notes is a loved and highly rated application on Google Play. In fact, when we did our Best Note Taking apps for Android list, we received a lot of flak for not including it. There’s a reason for that, and that is because it fit more in this list than anything.

    This particular app lets you use your phone like you would use a notebook. However, if you’d rather type than write, this app may not be for you. Lecture Notes is stylus and drawing based, and there’s no option for simply typing. If you can get used to that though, this app is worth picking up.

    Get it on Google Play

    Root Explorer


    When things are a cluttered mess, your productivity tends to drop. If you use your Android device for work a lot (i.e. transferring files) having a clean way of searching through your device to find files is an essential. Root Explorer will help you accomplish this easily. Without root access, the app is a very nice file explorer with a number of features. If you have root access, Root Explorer is simply the best file explorer available on Android.

    As you might have noticed from the name, you’ll get the most features if your device is rooted. If you don’t have root and you aren’t interesting in rooting at all, don’t discount the app just yet, as you can still get a lot out of this app without root. It has a simple interface and can handle files like zip and tar. The visuals aren’t the best, but that’s not really necessary. After all, you’re just file browsing.

    Get it on Google Play

    Time Recording


    Remembers when you took a card, punched it, and put it in a slot every day to clock in? Time Recording Timesheet works a lot like that. It’s essentially a clock-in-clock out app with a whole host of features. It’s the perfect app for those who work irregular hours or for those who need to keep track of how long they work.

    There’s features for archiving and sending your hours anywhere, so if that’s something you need, this app will get the job done!

    Get it on Google Play


    productivity leaderboard

    If you take a look at our leaderboard, you can see how these apps compete with one another. As per the norm, the rankings are based on Google Play ratings, so there’s no bias on our part.

    As you probably know, there are a lot of productivity apps out there, and the definition of productivity is different for everyone. So if there’s a particular productivity app you think we missed, be sure to let us know about it in the comments below!

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