Smartphones are, at their core, tools. Because of this, many developers have created tons of tools for them that work really well. Android is an extremely vibrant ecosystem and you can do almost whatever you want. Here is a list of the best Android tools and utility apps to help you do more things.
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- And don’t forget to check out the best file manager apps for Android!
[Price: Free / Varies]
AppLock is an application that, as the title says, locks up your apps. You simply open up the application, select which apps you want to lock, and the app takes care of the rest. The apps you select will require a passkey to get into from that point forward. You can even hide the app icon and use a code in your dialer to open it so that it remains hidden. You can use it for free with stripped down features, use it with ads and get all the premium features, or pay for the app and get all the features with no advertising. It’s versatile, simple, and one of the better Android tools.
GasBuddy is an app that helps you find gas. You can use it to find fueling stations on long road trips. Alternatively, you can use it in the city to find the cheapest gas in your area. On top of that, the app allows you to report the gas prices at stations nearby so you can help out fellow drivers. It’s only supported in the US, Canada, and Australia which appears to be the only downside. This is one of those must-have Android tools that virtually anyone can make use of.
Google Translate is the end-all-be-all of translation apps. It has a metric ton of features, including OCR support, offline translation support for 52 languages, and even a conversation mode that translates in real-time while you’re talking to people. It’s powered by Google’s neural networks which allows it to translate some languages with nearly human levels of accuracy. There really aren’t any better options in the translation space right now. Translate definitely gets the job done.
[Price: Free / $2.49]
GSam Battery Monitor is a great little battery tool that is accessible to almost everyone. For many, the stock battery monitoring in the Settings will be enough. However, those looking for a little more information can get it with an app like this one. You’ll be able to see things like screen on time, phone usage, mobile radio usage, WiFi usage, and, of course, app usage. Root users can get some additional functionality by installing the root companion. It’s free (as is the root companion) with ads or you can pay the $2.49 to remove that advertising.
IF by IFTTT is one of the more powerful Android tools out there. This app allows you to make connections between actions. For instance, you can have the app upload a photo to your Dropbox after you share it on Instagram. That is just scratching the surface of all the things you can do. There are tons of apps that have IFTTT integration built-in and you can even use to do things like control your smart lights. There are thousands of recipes out there and you can find them by Google searching if you want to see them. Those who need something more complex can try out Tasker. Also, don’t forget about the upcoming Microsoft Flow which will boast the same type of functionality.
[Price: Free / $12 per year]
LastPass is a password management tool that helps you create and remember passwords. The idea is that you can create amazingly complex passwords and then LastPass will remember them for you. Not everyone is excited about the company being bought out by LogMeIn. However, so far LastPass has remained operating just like it always has. The service comes with tons of features. LastPass Authenticator also adds another level of security for those who are weary. You can use it on mobile for free or you can pay $12 per year to use it on all of your devices, including your computer. You can !
[Price: Free / $2.99]
ParcelTrack is an app that allows you to centralize all of your package shipments. All you have to do is input your tracking number and carrier and the app will do the rest. This is a great app if you order a lot of things online. Consequently, it’s also good if you ship a lot of things as well. You’ll also have a mailbox where you can send tracking numbers and the app will add them automatically. You’ll get most of the features for free with a few upgrades for premium users. It should support most carriers as well.
Smart Tools contains a number of tools all linked up in one app. This is more for general use. It comes with various types of rulers, measurement tools, a compass, a vibrometer, a flashlight, a mirror, and even a unit converter. You’ll likely be able to find better apps for any individual feature, but this is a good place to find all of them in one spot and for one price. About the only complaint users seem to have is the authentication doesn’t work in areas with no signal. Otherwise it’s all good!
[Price: Free / $3.99]
Sleep as Android is one of the most talked about Android tools out there. The app is supposed to help you get a better night’s sleep. It does this by measuring how often you move in your sleep. Of course, you’ll need to sleep with your phone in the bed in order for it to gain accurate measurements. It also comes with Android Wear and S Heath support, a built-in alarm clock, and you can even record yourself sleep talking if you want to. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good way to get a handle on your sleep patterns. You can also try it out for free before buying the full version.
WiFi Analyzer is an app that helps you learn more about your WiFi connection as well as the connections around you. For most, this isn’t overly useful information, but you can use the info gleaned here to optimize your router, get off of clogged WiFi channels, and perhaps even help improve your overall WiFi performance. It uses simple, easy-to-read graphs that virtually anyone can understand along with a signal measuring function and support for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. It’s also entirely free, which is nice.
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