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Top 10 recommended apps for android users

Top 10 recommended apps for android users

Android phones seem to be all the rage right now. The global smartphone market is dominantly Android populated and there are a couple of reasons why. They are far easier to operate due to their extremely simple user interface, they cost less to run and maintain and they have been known to enhance day-to-day productivity more than phones running on any other operating system out there. However, it’s not just enough to own operate an Android phone; most of the work is done by the apps. Apps are the engine on which your productivity runs. They are the major catalysts that determine how much you get done (for those who use their Android phones strictly for business) or how much you enjoy having fun with it (for those who use phones mainly for social messaging, music, etc). In general, the complexity and usability of your apps go a long way in determining how much you enjoy your user experience.

Today, the market for Android apps is flooded. A lot of them are virtually useless, as they contain meaningless ads and links to other websites, wasting your time, energy and data. Some, though not bad, are under-developed and actually reduce your productivity. Very few of them are the crème de la creme; the best of the best. Having these apps will be greatly advantageous. The number of extremely useful apps is ever-increasing and can’t be fully explored in one list. However, I have come up with 10 awesome apps for Android users which I believe will put more than a smile on your face every time you decide to invest your time in them. These applications will change how you generally view your phone or at least provide something different from others in their genres. Take a look:

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1. Evernote

Evernote lets you keep track of stuff happening in your life. It does basically everything to help you get organized, including jotting notes, taking pictures, adding voice recordings, drawing up to-do lists, inserting web links, you name it. To be honest, I found Evernote to be a little too bulky when I first started using it. Since then, however, I’ve become an insane fan of it and all its features. It’s free and incredibly fun to use. The latest version also comes with an Optical Character Recognition feature that makes various texts in an image searchable on all your devices, and on the internet.

2. Alto

Alto is a newbie app that’s gradually taking over the email community. It’s free and was recently developed by AOL as an email client that allows you to keep track of all your email accounts (if you have multiple accounts) under a merged inbox. Currently, it has support features for POP3, IMAP, iCloud, Outlook, and MS Exchange. If you’re looking to effectively manage multiple email accounts, Alto is an awesome way to do just that.

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3. Netflix

Netflix is the undisputed champion in the movie streaming world. Netflix features an enormous library of movies and TV shows, giving you first had entertainment at your fingertips. It’s free for a trial period and after that, you begin to choose subscription plans at your discretion and convenience, with the lowest plan being $7.99 per month. It has evolved from just another past time into a platform you can rely on to keep you updated on the latest (and your favorite)Tv shows. Another huge selling point of Netflix is the fact that it lets you download movies and shows while offline. For movie downloads and streaming, however, there are many other movies apps which are very advantageous and pocket-friendly.

4. Zedge

Zedge is your first stop for personalizing tools such as wallpapers, ringtones, and themes. It provides a variety of awesome personalizing options with genres such as comedy or mainstream, and content is uploaded by the community of Zedge users which broadens it even more. The only downside is a barrage of ads. It’s free and extremely fun to use.

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5. NordVPN

Leading telecommunications companies have played their part in keeping your device free of any malware. However, when connected to public WiFi, some individuals may be looking to manually infect your phone with viruses or steal some of your vital information. This is where NordVPN comes in handy. It is the leading security application of all virtual private networks. It comes with impressive features such as the ability to hide your private network, it’s hard to beat. It’s free for a while, with a subscription fee of $8 per month.

6. Feedly

Feedly is an awesome news app that includes an RSS reader, which means that you can subscribe to multiple websites and get updates from them simultaneously. It also supports podcasts and YouTube videos. It’s free and has an amazingly user-friendly interface.

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7. Google Drive Suite

This is an incorporation of apps developed by Google Inc. and synchronized with Google Drive itself. It includes Google drive and all of its subsequent apps like Google Docs, and Google Photos. Their primary use is office stuff; processing documents and spreadsheets. They can also be used for backing up photos and taking side notes. You can’t beat the fact that they’re free.

8. LastPass

LastPass is an awesome password manager. Most of the time, people forget their passwords, often due to having too many passwords for their multiple accounts. To guard against this, you’ll need LastPass. This app backs up every password you initialize, from apps to websites, and stores them in a secure file behind your one master password. It can also give you password suggestions or auto-fill your details and information (relieving the stress of having to do that again). It’s very nifty and free on mobile devices, although you’ll have to pay to sync it with other devices.

9. PicsArt Photo Studio

PicsArt is awesome when it comes to picture editing. It’s a free and handy photo editor which provides more effects, tools, and filters than any other photo editor out there and is extremely easy to use. It also has a share option for you to post your edits and creations on different social media platforms.

10. MyFitnessPal

This is one of the leading fitness-oriented apps on the Android market today. It provides a wide range of features, most notably a calorie counter, which helps you keep track of your food intake. Other features include a cookbook where you can record and import daily recipes, an exercise regime, and it also synchronizes with hardware and other services. It’s free with in-app purchases on the Play Store.

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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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