10 best productivity apps for Android

by: Joe HindyMay 11, 2016
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One of the many reasons smartphones were invented was so that we could be more productive. They are little computers that we carry with us everywhere and that means they expand our ability to get work done at pretty much any point in the day. While it is healthy to have a separation of work and home life, it’s undeniable that some things are just more easily handled on a smartphone. Let’s take a look at the best productivity apps for Android!

CloudMagic best productivity apps for androidCloudMagic Email

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CloudMagic Email is a fantastic email client if you want all of your email in one spot. It supports a wide range of email accounts, including Exchange so you can log in with all of it in one spot. It also includes a variety of sync settings, various productivity plugins, calendar support, and even sender profiles so you can who is sending you what. On top of all of that, CloudMagic users have a profile that they can sign into on any Android device, gaining instant access to all of their emails instead of signing in one at a time. It’s a must have if you use email a lot.

Get it now on Google Play!

Evernote best productivity apps for androidEvernote

[Price: Free / $24.99 per year / $49.99 per year]
Evernote is one of the hall of fame productivity apps that virtually everyone knows about. It has a ton of features, including syncing between devices, cross-platform support, offline support, and you can take virtually any kind of note imaginable (list, voice, video, text, image). Most of its features are free which is great news for average consumers, but you do have the option to upgrade to get even more features if you need to. It’s fast, powerful, and it even supports collaborative efforts.

Get it now on Google Play!

google drive best productivity apps for androidGoogle Drive suite

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Google Drive suite of apps is a powerhouse when it comes to productivity. First, you’ll have Google Drive, a cloud storage app where you can store literally any kind of file and share them with friends or coworkers. On top of that base, you have Google Keep, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and even Google Photos. Combined, these apps cover virtually need regarding file sharing, file storage, office apps, note taking apps, and even photo storage. Businesses are going to the cloud every day and now you can too with relative ease.

Get it now on Google Play!

IF by IFTTT best productivity apps for androidIF by IFTTT

[Price: Free]
IF by IFTTT is one of the more interesting productivity apps available on Android once you learn how to use it. The app allows you to make “recipes” that tell various apps to do various things at various times. For instance, you can have IF save photos off of Instagram and upload them to Dropbox if you want. It takes a while to get everything set up, but afterwards, your device can become virtually autonomous and all of your tedious tasks should be made much easier. There are a ton of recipes on Google Search and it’s easier to use than Tasker, albeit not as powerful.

Get it now on Google Play!

IF by IFTTT best productivity apps for android

microsoft apps best productivity apps for androidMicrosoft Apps

[Price: Free]
Microsoft Apps is an app that shows you all of the apps that Microsoft has put on the Play Store. Included is a variety of apps that can boost your productivity, including OneDrive, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Cortana, OneNote, Outlook, and many others. Much like Google Drive, this is a suite of apps that all work together to bring you one cohesive experience. The benefit of this is that OneDrive is also pre-installed on all Windows 10 machines which gives you the best cross-platform support between Android and Windows (the two most widely used operating systems on Earth) that you can get.

Get it now on Google Play!

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slack best productivity apps for androidSlack

[Price: Free]
Slack is a chat service that is designed for teams of people to get together and talk about work. It includes the ability to make various channels for different projects so each person can go where they need to go and say what they need to say without anyone else getting in the way. It also supports voice calling, virtually limitless file sharing, searching and archiving for prior messages and files shared, cross-platform support, and it includes a number of plugins for sites like Giphy, Asana, Google Drive, and others. If you’re in a group setting, get Slack. It makes life easier.

Get it now on Google Play!

teamviewer best productivity apps for androidTeamViewer for Remote Control

[Price: Free]
TeamViewer for Remote Control is an app that works with TeamViewer and lets you view and control your desktop from your mobile device. This is extremely handy, especially if you forgot to upload that presentation to your Google Drive or OneDrive this morning before work. On top of file management, you can also beam into other people’s computers to help them out or fix something. It supports full keyboard functionality, multi-monitor set ups, and it’s free (at least for personal use).

Get it now on Google Play!

today calendar best productivity apps for androidToday Calendar

[Price: Free / $4.30]
Today Calendar is a simple, clean calendar application that is draped in a healthy dose of Material Design. It supports most calendar functions, but it’s easy and simple enough to be accessible even for those who don’t use calendars very often. With this app, you can create events, organize your agenda, and view your schedule at the blink of an eye. It also comes with widgets in case you need those too.

Get it now on Google Play!

today calendar best productivity apps for android

todoist best productivity apps for androidTodoist

[Price: Free / $28.99 per year]
Todoist is a to-do list application that just works really well. It employs copious amounts of Material Design which helps it stay simple enough to use by just about everyone. Some of the other features include the ability to create recurring tasks, collaborate on tasks with other people, cross-platform support, and integration with plenty of other productivity apps. If you pay the yearly subscription price, you’ll get additional features as well. It’s powerful, it’s fast, and it’s simple which is what you want in a to-do list app.

Get it now on Google Play!

trello best productivity apps for androidTrello

[Price: Free]
Trello bills itself as a virtual sidekick that can help you stay organized at work and at home. It does this by being a pretty darn good task manager. You can create what are called “boards” to help keep your various projects organized and each board allows you to work on one task at a time. The app allows for collaboration with coworkers and friends which makes it great for a work environment. It also comes with Google Drive and Dropbox support and Android Wear support. It’s entirely free to use forever, which may help with your considerations.

Get it now on Google Play!

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    • Elfsiren

      I’ve been using Lecture Notes for about 2 years now with my Note 10.1 for school. It’s the best and most versatile note taking app around. The dev is great and I have no problems with it whatsoever. I always wish more people new about it. The app rocks.

  • Tiaan Kruger

    i prefer Jiffy to keep my time. Looks good and is super easy to use, not to mention great support by the devs


  • Rune Farestveit

    Ive found a relative new app called Mobile Worker to keep my time and projects. Still with less than a months use it has become my favourite with its ease of use and its export possibilities : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobiledevice.mobileworker&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5tb2JpbGVkZXZpY2UubW9iaWxld29ya2VyIl0.

  • Henrik

    Another great time tracking app is Timesheet. It has alot more features that any of the other time tracker apps.


  • Luix

    i should add another app i think is so usefull forschedule all your meetings and task whit the great enhace all is synchronize whit google calendar ..


  • Ben

    Let me suggest one more: doo. Connect your cloud-based storage locations and email, then find anything in seconds with an intuitive, tag-based search. http://goo.gl/DZIHX

  • Anna

    Please, try out Kanban Tool – ultralight and intuitive app for task management https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kanbantool&hl=pl

  • AndroSearch

    How can you truly be productive without a full-text search over your docs? Try AndroSearch, a free, crazy fast, search as you type solution.

  • These all apps are new for me. I haven’t used these apps before. I will download all these android app and try it. Thanks for these useful apps.

  • Kevin Kuo

    Hey, Android Authority.
    The logo for the Cal app is wrong. You’ve replaced it with the Sunrise Calendar icon.

  • Paco Inurreta

    Did you guys change the general layout? Please go back, everything seems bigger and not so eye candy =/

  • K

    I tend to be more productive whenever I’m furthest away from my smartphone.

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  • Vincentius Phang

    most of them have awful design, including the overpowered evernote

    • JosephHindy

      The problem is that design is a matter of perspective. Some people like stuff and some people hate stuff #deeplol but design opinions aside it’s still an amazingly functional app and that’s all i care about.

  • BZ

    i hate it how evernote always makes the list of top productive apps… i personally hate that app

  • supremekizzle

    I said this in response to your post about university apps, but you either haven’t tried it, or just want gooey easy app suggestions, but lecture notes is incredible for productivity and school.

  • Алексей Рогулин

    Where did you get $10 for unlimited storage on Google Drive? This price is only for enterprise and your boss will pay it, not you. Other users gets 1TB for $10/month.

  • Albin

    I would add a good launcher – being able to reconfigure the interface not only makes it look better but speeds access to features you might otherwise have to dig for. Lots of good choices and I think most actual users can do better for themselves than a stock GUI designed for an “average” user.

  • Rich R

    Google Drive is $10 per month for unlimited storage, $120/year. In your “con’s” section of the review you have $120/month.

  • Wayne H.

    I absolutely love Gleeo Time Tracker. While it has an unusual look when you first use it, I quickly became quite intrigued with how it works. Great design and very easy to use once you set it up.

  • Pam M

    I recently changed from Cal calendar to Sunrise. In addition to the elegance of Sunrise, it integrates beautifully with Evernote. Since I use Evernote as my ToDo list, with Sunrise I now have my date – specific To Do’s and my events in one place. Sweet!

  • Anees Bakrain

    Why you didn’t mention Google Keep app.
    It’s a good free app.

  • Mekiwi

    If you are looking for great productivity app check out http://www.wimble.me. Wimble is smart and efficient time management application with motivational aspects. Together with Wimble, being your personal trainer, you go through every day challenges and you are able to enjoy the extra playfulness Wimble brings into your life. Wimble is free to download!

  • Carla


    I think you should try TimeCamp app! It is a very good tool, which allows you to record time spent on task and projects. check it out here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.timecamp.mobile

  • Serena Lam

    Another great to-do app I’d like to recommend is TickTick.com.

    It has all core features like cross-platform synchronization, list sharing, recurring tasks. It has some special design like swiping action, which turns out to be quite efficient and considerate.

  • MrsD3107

    I use DropTask for my tasks, it is a visual task manager and works great on the touch screen apps as you drag and drop tasks to your project. I was using the iPhone app but recently changed to Android phone and am waiting for the release of the Android app this coming month. Also integrates with Google Drive and Calendar which suits me perfectly!

  • I couldn’t find a decent time tracker on this list. I currently use Mobile Worker (http://www.mworker.com), which has one-click time tracking, document sync with Dropbox, invoicing, etc. Unfortunately, it’s only available on Android devices. But if you’re looking for something light and simple to use, that’s probably one of the best options.

  • Bruno Aguiar

    I also tried Rescue Time but didn’t really like the UI and your the history of your data is very strange.

    Nowadays a use PhoneUsage: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.aguiar.phoneusage

    Give it a try!

  • Here is another app http://laterbox.co which helps you to increase your productivity at work. Their android app is coming soon.

    • Rajendra Kor

      Cool. Eagerly waiting for App. Really enjoying web app & chrome extension.

  • lovas94

    Hi all! Has anyone tried Pozzr (pozzr.com)? Looks like a great tool.

  • lovas94

    I just started using Pozzr (pozzr.com) and it works well so far. Has anyone else tried it?

  • lovas94

    You should check this: pozzr.com

  • Captain Obvious

    Love Trello, haven’t used it for work yet… but used it to plan a family vacation for 10 people across multiple states. Enable me to put up different options for different days and let people vote on what we should do.

  • Love to-do ist, I have been using it every day since the beginning of this year.

  • staylow

    Color Notes, which allows you to create actual sticky notes you can put on your home screen.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    how is Keep not on here? one of the best apps out there and its FREE.

  • It;s great information..

  • Jim Witt

    Evernote app is the useful app for me, I always read and update new article.

  • Google Drive & Evernote are the useful productivity apps. It’s helpful for me to increase my productivity.

  • We widely use Slack and TeamViewer in Adoriasoft team

  • Martin Handerson

    Evernote is the perfect apps for me. It’s really helpful for increasing productivity.