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4 Android apps to help you stay ahead of your game

4 Android apps to help you stay ahead of your game

All life processes are made easier with machines or apps. An incredible advantage of apps is the fact that, depending on the task you want them to perform, they have the ability to increase productivity and lessen your efforts. With the right app, you don’t need to fuss much; just put in a little input, sit back and watch your app do the rest.

The smartphone application market, due to its extremely liberal and “free-entry-and-exit” nature, has become greatly populated over the past few years. On your phone’s app store, you can find a plethora of apps that can all do the same things. While this has the advantage of freedom of choice (in that you can easily switch from one app to another if you feel the one you’re currently using isn’t performing up to your expectations), a disadvantage of this is that you have a maze of apps and choosing the right one can be something of a headache. It also doesn’t help that there are a lot of apps out there that aren’t useful in any way; some are viruses, others are filled with nauseatingly annoying ads, others just don’t work. Downloading apps like those will definitely waste your time, energy and data. Below are a few apps that are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest in their fields of speciality. These apps stand out from the hoi polloi of apps out there today and investing your money in them should prove more than advantageous.

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1. Mobile Security and Antivirus

With the realization that you can be robbed of your identity anytime by a crook who simply knows his way around a computer, it has become increasingly essential to ensure the safety of your files and data. Mobile security and antivirus provides the opportunity to do just that. The app comes from Avast, the worldwide leading manufacturer of antivirus software and file protection programs. With its top-of-the-line virus detection software which can search through every nook and cranny of your mobile phone, it easily keeps you safe from malware. It also employs anti-theft features which work without you even being in possession of your phone.

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2. Internet Browser

Internet surfing is one of the main reasons Android-operated devices are as popular as they are today. The speed and sophistication that these devices bring to internet browsing is second to none. This net surfing, though, can’t be done without the help of specific apps. Internet apps have abounded recently, with some being more nifty and economical than others. However, if you’re looking for an app that lets you surf the internet without breaking a single sweat, then look no further than Google’s very own Chrome Browser. There are a lot of reasons why this app takes the top spot for me. Firstly, it’s not just free (which is more than I can say for a lot of useless browsers out there), it actually comes pre-installed on most high-end Android devices. This means that as an Android user, you don’t necessarily have to spend additional time and data downloading another browser as you already have a great option on a platter of gold. Chrome Beta also features a sync feature that allows you to share things like files, links and documents with your desktop, provided the desktop has Chrome installed on it too. Other major selling points are unlimited tabs for browsing, firmly rooted Android integration, an awesome design and user interface, making it extremely easy to operate, and many more.

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3. Downloading Music

This has to be the most competitive category. The majority of apps on the Google Play Store are either music downloaders or have a connection to music and streaming services. A lot of them have striking similarities, and as such, it’s quite difficult to see any one of them with a distinct advantage or stand out point over the others. Nevertheless, here are a few useful music downloading clients:

  • Spotify: This app has been around for quite a while but unlike most apps that were developed in its time, Spotify has continued to reinvent itself, becoming better with each passing period. Spotify now has streaming features and with it, you can also do other stuff like search your music library for your favorite songs, search the web for old songs you’d love to listen to again, create a radio station, etc.
  • Napster: Remember this app? Napster’s stock (and popularity) took a big hit due to the shenanigans of its then-CEO Shawn Parker. However, the company took a new look a few years back and picked itself up, returning to the forefront of the music service market. Napster has over 40 million songs, which it gives its clients ad-free access to. Songs are easily downloadable and the quality is top notch.
  • SoundCloud: SoundCloud has virtually everything; music files, audio books, eBooks, podcasts and more. The app is an all-rounder and you sure won’t regret having it. It’s also useful for aspiring musicians as you can share your song and make it visible to other users.

The list of nifty music downloading apps is almost endless. However, I have shortened it to a few that I believe are the best among the many. Here is a full list of free music downloader apps.

4. File Exploration

This category will mean a lot to people whose phone memories are almost exhausted. Personally, I hate looking for things. As such, I’ve found file managers very useful. With them, you can easily search the hidden parts of your phone, manage your device, move stuff to and fro and keep your device generally organized. Among these explorers, however, I’ve found ES File Explorer Pro to be the best.This app comes as an upgrade to the original ES File Explorer which, after a few managerial struggles, became dormant and frankly annoying. The pro version eradicates the massive bloatware that reduced the capabilities of the original version, leaving you with an amazing user experience. It’s so easy to use and offers you a range of device management strategies. The only downside to this app is the fact that it’s not free. It’s not expensive, either. For the simple price of $2.99, it can be yours and I guarantee you’ll love it.

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Last Updated on June 17, 2019

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

For Getting Things Done

1. OmniFocus

This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

Download it here.

    2. Forest

    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

    Download it here.

      3. Things

      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

      Download it here.

        4. 30/30

        Recently covered here at Lifehack

        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

        Download it here.

          5. Any.Do

          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

          Download it here.

            6. PocketLife Calendar

            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

            Download it here.

              7. Asana

              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

              Download it here.

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                8. ToDoist

                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                Download it here.

                  9. FlowTasks

                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                  Download it here.

                    10. Calendars 5

                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                    Download it here.

                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                      Download it here.

                        12. Due

                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                        Download it here.

                          13. Checkmark 2

                          I use this app

                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                          Download it here.

                            14. TeuxDeux

                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                            Download it here.

                              15. Wunderlist 

                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                              Download it here.

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                                16. Nirvana

                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                Download it here.

                                  17. Priorities

                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                  Download it here.

                                    For Building Habits

                                    18. Productive

                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                    Download it here.

                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                      Download it here.

                                        20. Streaks

                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                        Download it here.

                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            22. Day One Journal

                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                            Download it here.

                                              For Files Organization

                                              23. Evernote

                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                              Download it here.

                                                24. Pocket

                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                Download it here.

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                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    26. Droplr

                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          29. Soulver

                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            For Working Smarter

                                                            30. Captio

                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              31. Drafts

                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            For Improving Security

                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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