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The Most Useful Android Apps You’ve Probably Forgotten About

The Most Useful Android Apps You’ve Probably Forgotten About

In a sea of over 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, it’s pretty easy to lose track of what apps are useful and which weren’t worth the download. Many time you will find a flashy new app because it has a feature we think will make our lives easier. The problem is, a few months down the road you may not remember the name of the app it replaced.
What we are going to do here today this list some applications that aren’t new, but have proven their usefulness over the course of time.

iSyncr for PC (USB & WiFi)

    The amount of people who use of iPods regularly is pretty staggering. The problem is, once you jump ship and stop using an iPod, your music and playlists are kind of held hostage. iSyncr helps free your music from iTunes by letting you sync your songs. You can even the playlists you’ve worked so hard to put together. While there’s a free version, it’s pretty limited in what you can sync to an Android device. In most cases, you’re much better off paying a few dollars to get the paid version because the limitations are removed, as well as being able to sync it over Wi-Fi.

    Download iSyncr for PC
    OR
    Download iSyncr for Mac

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    JuiceDefender

      The way devices are handling the Android OS is incrementally getting better. This means Android battery life is slowly getting better. However, Androids are still battery vampires. Using an application like JuiceDefender can almost double your battery life. JuiceDefender achieves better Android battery life by shutting off services such as the background syncing of information, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
      Where JuiceDefender is different than the competition is the available configurations. Depending on how much configuration you need, there are three different versions of JuiceDefender to choose from. See which version fits your needs best before you spend the money using this comparison chart. In the Ultimate version, you can choose which apps you want to sync when the data intermittently turns on. This means you only have the apps with the data most important to you, like email or Facebook, come through when data syncs.

      Download JuiceDefender

      ASTRO File Manager / Browser

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        ASTRO is arguably the most popular file manager in the Google Play Store. Sure, most Android devices have some sort of file manager built into them these days. But ASTRO takes file management a step further. ASTRO File Manager not only searchs for files on your device, you can also search your cloud storage accounts like Google Drive and Dropbox. Another search feature of ASTRO lets you search for files on computer attached to the same network.
        Download ASTRO File Manager / Browser

        TweetCaster Pro for Twitter

          TweetCaster is one of the best and easiest to use Twitter applications for Android. TweetCaster has a lot of features falling somewhere in between a desktop application and a basic mobile Twitter application. One of the most useful features is one they call Zip it. What Zip it does is let you silence a particular person from showing up in your Twitter stream. You don’t unfollow them, they just don’t show up. This is extremely useful if you’d like to follow someone who updates their Twitter account all of the time and just keep them on a list or a group instead. When using Zip it, the person is only silenced in your Tweetcaster feed, not in any other app or on Twitter.com.
          Download TweetCaster Pro for Twitter

          Business Calendar Free

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            Business Calendar is a hard Android email app to top. The free version has a lot of features the most of the built-in Android calendar applications. Features like having the actual words visible on month view instead of bars, the unique way of changing from month view to week view then further adjusting the amount of days shown. All of these changes are done with a swipe of a finger.
            Business Calendar has14 different widgets. All of them are highly configurable. Another configurable option is the appointment templates. By pre-configuring appointments with the location, description, reminder time, privacy settings, attendees, and even which calendar you’d like the appointment to appear on. You’ll save a lot of time in the long-run using a template when possible.
            Download Business Calendar Free

            3G Watchdog Pro

              3G Watchdog is a must-have application for anyone a limited or pay-as-you-go data plan. By setting up the amount of data you have available to you and the beginning date of your billing cycle, you can easily and accurately keep track of how much data you’ve used over the course of the month. The free version sends you a warning letting you know when you’ve reached a predetermined data limit. The defaults threshold of data is 75% of your data allotment. The Pro version gives you more ways to see where you’re using your data and more configuration options. If you’re just curious on how much data you using on a monthly basis, the free version is great.
              Download 3G Watchdog Pro

              App 2 SD (move app to SD)

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                Once the feature of moving application to the microSD card became part of the Android operating system, many people stopped installing a separate App 2 SD app. A great reason to install a totally separate application to do this process is because most of the time you forget to move the newly installed application to your external storage. Installing a third-party App 2 SD application like this one will notify you as soon as a new application is installed to move the new application to your memory card.
                Download App 2 SD (move app to SD)

                Llama – Location Profiles

                  The problem with most location aware applications is there continually using GPS which drains your battery. Llama changes the settings on your Android devices based on your location, but it notes your location by the wireless tower you are near. This method uses considerably less battery power. Using Llama, you can automatically change settings like ring tones, notification and ringer volumes, wallpapers, screen brightness and Wi-Fi settings to name a few things when you get home or to work.
                  Download Llama – Location Profiles

                  Just because these applications aren’t on the first page in the Google Play Store this week doesn’t mean they are worth the download. If you look, most of these applications have tens of millions of downloads. Being a time tested app with lots of downloads and great reviews has to count for something

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                  Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                  Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                  Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                  Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                  In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                  1. ScheduleOnce

                    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                    Available on Web

                    2. Calendly

                      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                      3. Assistant.to

                        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                        Available on Web

                        4. Acuityscheduling

                          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                          5. Pick

                            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                            Available on Web

                            6. X.ai

                              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                              Available on Web

                              7. YouCanBook.me

                                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                Available on Web

                                8. Doodle

                                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                  9. WhenAvailable

                                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                    Available on Web

                                    10. Rally

                                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                      Available on Web

                                      11. NeedtoMeet

                                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                        Available on Web

                                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                        The Bottom Line

                                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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