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The number of apps in the Google Play Store has grown to around 2.5 million by December 2018. Meanwhile, there are multiple apps with the same functionalities.

So, instead of trying all of them, we have saved you some time by compiling this list of best free and paid Android apps of all time. These are also some of the essential Android apps that you should have on your Android device in 2019.

Note: We have made this list considering user ratings, app features, and popularity. You are free to choose any other alternative app that suits your need.

Best Android Apps You Should Use In 2019

1. Nova Launcher

Also featured in: Best Android Launchers

Nova Launcher is one of the best Android launchers residing on the Play Store for many years. The launcher is smooth, fast, lightweight and comes with tons of customizations. Also, there are numerous icon packs available in the Google Play Store to change its looks.

Nova Launcher supports app-drawer customization, has a scrollable dock, notification badges, folder and icon customization, and packs around a dozen gestures for easy navigation. The launcher app is free to download, but its prime version unlocks a lot of other features including some locked gestures.

2. Google Assistant

Also featured in: Best Android AssistantsGoogle AssistantGoogle Assistant is an AI personal assistant that allows users to navigate, communicate, and get a lot of things done. You can use the Google assistant on your Android or iOS devices to trigger apps, ask any questions, play games, make plans, etc. including these 30+ Super Useful Voice Commands.

It works on nearly every smartphone regardless of the manufacturer. On some devices, you can even unlock the screen using the Google voice feature. And if you use Google services like Chrome, Search etc, you will get personalized results upon a search. These days, Google has pushed a lot of features in Google Assistant app.

3. Swiftkey

Also Featured in: Best Android Keyboards

SwiftKey keyboard is trusted by over 250 million users worldwide. It uses artificial intelligence that enables it to learn and satisfactorily predict what the user intends to type.

Swiftkey features autocorrect and gesture typing for faster input. Moreover, there is an inbuilt GIF search engine, a wide range of themes and is an excellent keyboard for bilingual folks.

Swiftkey does not store information from password fields and sensitive information such as credit card numbers. Overall, Swiftkey will enhance your typing experience and is a must-have app on your Android device.

4. Google Duo

Also featured in: Best Video Calling Apps

Google Duo

Google Duo is one of the best video calling apps for Android with a simple interface. It’s quite easy to log in and verify your number, and you can make fast video calls just like making a standard phone call.

Its unique “Knock Knock” feature lets you have a live preview of the caller before you receive the call. One can also leave video messages to the other person if he/she is not available at the moment.

Google Duo is one of the most popular apps and is available on Android and iOS.

5. Evernote

Also featured in: Best Android Note Taking Apps

Evernote is a cross-platform utility for 2019 to take notes in a variety of formats, including text, photos, audio, video, sketches and more. It is one tool you need to keep yourself organized in today’s hectic life.

It syncs across all your devices to facilitate workflow. Evernote also has home-screen widgets for quick access to your notes. It is one of the essential Android apps for every user.

Although Google Keep is also a good Android app, Evernote aesthetically pleasing interface and overly amount of functions make it a very unique productivity app.

6. WPS Office

Also featured in: Best Android Office Apps

Wps Office

WPS is a free Office Suite application with all-in-one features. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and integrates PDF, presentations, spreadsheets, memo, Google docs, etc.

The app also comes with a free PDF converter, reader, editor, along with file sharing abilities, supports multi-window mode, data encryption, etc. It is intuitive and easy to use, and you can also connect to the Cloud Drive to automatically save your documents to the cloud platform. Overall, it is one of the best Android office apps.

7. Google News

Also featured in: Best Android News Apps

Best news apps for android
Best news app for android

Google News app is known for delivering relevant news in the news feed by using A.I techniques.

Google News Android app offers “for you” tab which shows personalized news and tapping on “full coverage” showcase same news story reported by different publishers, highlighting all the perspectives.

In the Newsstand section, you can subscribe to different news sources and magazines. The best part about Google News app is that it has massive database of news sources which means even the less known media publishers can be found the app.

8. ES File Explorer

Also featured in: Best File Explorer Apps

ES File Explorer is one of the popular Android file manager apps with all the necessary features. It comes with a Space Analyzer to help you free up space on your device.

Sharing media with other ES File Explorer users over WiFi is easy. ES File Manager also comes with an App Manager where you can uninstall/backup apps. You can even uninstall system apps with root privileges. It’s “Root Explorer” feature unlocks a lot of functionalities for rooted devices.

However, the app shows a lot of intrusive ads and is aimed at power users. I have recently discovered that Files Go from Google is also a very cool Android app for managing storage.

9. Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive is a massive cloud storage service that gives you free space to store and access your files in the cloud platform. You can browse through all the files and folders you saved in your Drive and share, move, download, rename or print any files from the application.

It also encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, where you can edit documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, etc. and save them in the Drive.

Users can have access to 15 GB of free space across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. This is one of the must have Android apps that help you keep your valuable files backed up on the cloud for free.

10. WhatsApp

Also featured in: Best Messaing Apps for Android

Whatsapp app
WhatsApp is a free, instant messaging application where users can communicate with one another using the phone’s internet service. It is one of the top Android apps in India.
It provides you the ability to send text messages and voice messages, share links, images, and location, make video calls, etc. to any other user worldwide. It is one among secure Android messaging apps and is also accessible from a desktop environment.

11. Google Chrome

Also featured in: Best Android Web Browsers

Google Chrome Android app
Google Chrome is a cross-platform browser application. It has free and necessary features like unlimited tabs, HTML5 support, desktop syncing, quick links to favorite sites, built-in Google search and Google translate, etc.

The app is convenient, fast and provides a secure browsing experience with a lot of customizable options. Google Chrome is one of the best Android browsers available.

12. Xender

Also featured in: Android File Sharing Apps

Xender Android App

Xender is one of the essential Android apps you should have on your device. It saves you from the hassle of carrying your USB data cable around to exchange files with PC as no PC side software is required to transmit or receive files.

Moreover, it is a hundred times faster than Bluetooth for transferring files between any device, thanks to it being cross-platform. SHAREit is also a very useful app when it comes to sharing files between smartphones.

13. MX Player

Also featured in: Android Media Players

This video player for Android supports almost all the primary video and audio file formats. It packs a lot of features including editing of subtitle timeframes, fast forwarding and volume control gestures, gestures for zooming in and out of a video, on-screen kid lock and many more.

MX Player is available for free with ads. Moreover, it comes with additional plugins for extra functionalities.

14. Google Maps

Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is a web mapping service for real-time GPS navigation, traffic, transit, and details about millions of people. It offers street maps, satellite imagery, real-time traffic info, short-cut route planning, etc.

The app covers accurate maps of more than 200 countries and territories. With the help of the Google map services, you can navigate an unknown place with ease. It is one of the essential Android apps.

In case you encounter problems with Maps like slow app speed or interface difficulty, you can check out Android Auto, another Google navigation app which automatically optimizes your whole device to cut out distractions while driving.

15. PicsArt

Also featured in: Android Photo Editors

With over 100 million downloads, PicsArt is one of the favorite photo editing apps for Android. You will be overwhelmed by the number of options you have for customizing your photos.

It has a social network for sharing photos within the app. Its features include collage, drawing on photos, frames, stickers, free cropping, clone tool, tilt-shift, perspective changer tool and a lot more. The app is available for free with some in-app purchases and display ads.

16. Unified Remote

Also featured in: Apps to Control PC from Android

Unified Remote on Android

Unified Remote is one of the go-to apps for controlling your PC from an Android device. It uses Bluetooth or Wifi to remotely control your PC and comes preloaded with support for more than 90 popular programs. It supports Windows, Linux, and Mac, and requires a server program to be installed.

Using Unified Remote, you can remotely wake up your computer from sleep using its “Wake on LAN” feature. All the necessary features of this top app of 2019 like screen mirroring, keyboard and mouse, media player controls, etc. are available within this app. You can even use it to control a Raspberry Pi or Arduino Yun. Its paid versions unlock a multitude of useful features including custom remotes and functions for Android wear.

In case you own the notorious Peel Remote app, try shifting to Unified Remote for a change

17. Feedly

Also featured in: Best RSS Readers for Android

Feedly is one of the best Android apps. It neatly organizes all the information and news for you in a single place. Online magazines, blogs, Youtube channels, and more than 40 million feeds are available within this free RSS reader app.

Many professionals use it to stay ahead of the market as it is helpful in analyzing competitors and trends. Feedly is powered by RSS and offers integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. so that you to easily share stories with networks and teammates.

18. LastPass

Also featured in: Best Android Password Managers

Last Pass Android App

LastPass is a feature-rich password manager and secure private vault that can lock down your passwords and personal information. It has the ability to autofill logins in browsers and apps and can generate new and secure passwords instantly.

You can log in with one password instead of remembering a dozen. Moreover, you can also sync your passwords and data across all of your devices. It is intuitive and fast across numerous platforms.

19. Shazam

Also featured in: Android Song Finder Apps

Shazam is a popular music recognition application that can instantly identify music that’s playing in your surrounding and is used by a lot of music lovers.

All you need is to hold your Android device close to the source of the song, and after a few seconds, the app will accurately detect the song. Besides, you can also play songs and add them to Spotify playlists, buy songs in Google Play Music with one tap, connect your Facebook account, etc. If you are a musicophile, this Android app is a must-have for you.

20. Automate

Automate Android app

Automate allows you to automate various tasks using simple flowcharts. You can automate system Settings to perform tasks like changing volume, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.

It even allows you to trigger tasks based on location, time of the day, battery level and many other events. With this awesome app, you can automate almost anything on your Android device. It even supports plug-in for the popular automation app Tasker. It is definitely one of the best apps for Android.

21. Tiny Scanner

Also featured in: Best Android Scanners

Tiny Scanner is a scanner application that can scan every type of document and save them as image files or as PDFs. You can name and organize the scanned files and share them by email, store in DropBox, Google Drive, etc.

It comes with many scanner features such as color, grayscale and black&white scans, page edge removal, adjusting page sizes, sorting scans by date and time, etc. The app is optimized to run fast, and you can also protect your documents with a passcode.

22. Navigation Gestures

Also featured in: Best Gesture Apps

Android Gestures - Navigation Gestures App

Did you know? If you don’t have Android Pie, you can still get iPhone X-like gesture navigation with the help of Navigation Gestures. One of the top Android gesture apps that replaces your navigation bar with gestures.

The gesture app primarily adds iPhone X navigation pill at the bottom and lets you place different gestures on your phone. You can even change the appearance of the navigation button. Since Android 9 Pie supports only a few android devices presently, this top Android app certainly should be in your device.

23. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

Also featured in: Best Android Alarms

Alarmy

If you have a habit of skipping your morning alarm, this is a must-have Android app for your device. Alarmy has a unique way to break your morning laziness by laying out puzzles and challenges before you can snooze that annoying music. Even more, you can set the difficulty level of these challenges as per your preference.

The useful app also features a photo mode where you can turn off the alarm by clicking a snapshot of a registered place. Dubbed as “the most annoying app,” the alarm app should be part of your set of cool Android apps.

24. Habit Tracker

Also featured in: Best Habit Trackers

Top habit tracking apps android - Habit tracker
Habit Tracker (Also know as HabitBull)

A habit tracker app combined with a top Alarm app might be the perfect combination to start with the long-pending goal. Habit Tracker is an all-in-one goal tracker app for Android where you set customized goals like today will be a successful day when I eat apples, (at least/exactly/not more than) two times a day.

Apart from that, this great app for 2019 features detailed reports in the form of graphs and even presents motivation quotes to refuel when you are feeling blue. You can also participate in the in-app forums to interact with people having similar goals. Believe it or not, this is the best Google app that you should add to your fitness regime.

25. Walli

Also featured in: Best Wallpaper Apps

Walli is not just a wallpaper app, it’s a whole creative space for artist and designer from all over the world. The wallpapers are curated every day by the Walli team. Moreover, few chosen artist also get a small part of the earnings of the app.

As one expects from a wallpaper app, the app is easy to use, with all the wallpapers appropriately structured in each category. Additionally, signing up on the application also syncs all the wallpapers over different devices. Of course, there are millions of wallpapers spread across different apps, but this one is definitely the best Android app for wallpapers.

25. Air Droid

Also featured in: Android Screen Mirror Apps

Hot to Steam Android on AIrDroid

Air Droid is one of the best screen mirroring app that is available on the Android platform. Once the app is installed on the Android device as well as on your PC, you can easily share files and mirror your Android screen on your PC

Not only that, you can see any new notifications, reply to messages, missed calls and much more. The software also has a web client that you can use on your internet browser.

AirDroid surely is a must have Android app if you are looking to use your Android device on your Windows PC.

27. Foxit MobilePDF
Also featured in: Best Wallpaper Apps

FoxitPDF

Foxit Mobile PDF is also one of the bests in the line of PDF readers for Android. As a result, it stands in our best android app list. The lightweight PDF app allows you to view, annotate and protect PDF files on Android device.

And you can directly share your edited documents to social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc. With Connected PDF, you can share your PDF file with a file link, share comments and discussions on PDF documents and even track who read or edit your PDF file.
28. Curiosity
Curiosity Android app

Curiosity is one of the best new Android apps that brings world knowledge at your fingertips. The Android app comes with a beautiful interface with quality content filled articles.

The latest Android app also has podcasts that you can listen in one go. If you are lazy about reading new articles, you can also set up a notification reminder within the app.

In the discover tab, you can subscribe to hundreds of different topics such as Psychology, History, etc. The best part about I liked about this new Android app is that every article is well-curated.

Did you find this list of free and best Android apps for 2019 to be helpful? Share your views in the comment section.

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Abhilekh Das
A tech enthusiast who likes to stay updated on latest technological developments.