10 Android Apps That Will Make Your Life Much Easier
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Despite smartphones revolutionizing the concept of convenience, we are always looking for ways to set a new level of efficiency in our lives. Luckily, developers have noticed this and continue to create apps that are exceptionally useful.

While everyone has different needs and priorities, there are a few apps that make everyone’s lives better. Unfortunately, people who are not power users often miss out on these products. As such, we’re highlighting 10 apps that add an extra element of convenience to your life.

1. Truecaller

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Truecaller is an amazingly convenient app — it identifies unknown callers and numbers that are known for spam. If the company has information on a number, it will reflect this on an incoming call. Of course, in order to do this, there is a privacy trade-off. All caller ID apps require access to your contacts, which is why they are able to identify these numbers. For some, this is a deal-breaker. But many people still opt to use apps like these.

As your phone begins ringing, the app will display the name of the user if they are in Truecaller’s records. It cannot identify every number, but it does a great job of letting you know if a number has been reported for spam.

Spam callers will be highlighted in red, with the number of users who have reported them. It’s a great way to avoid those insurance cold calls.

Truecaller removes the some of the uncertainty from unknown callers, but like other caller ID apps Four Free Caller Identification Apps That Will Annoy Your Telemarketers Four Free Caller Identification Apps That Will Annoy Your Telemarketers Using one of these caller ID apps, you can easily block telemarketers and know who's calling you before you answer. Read More , this does come at the cost of privacy.

Download: Truecaller (Free)

2. Google Assistant

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Artificial intelligence (AI) assistants are increasingly popping up on our devices. Siri has been the long-term AI for Apple, Windows has Cortana, and Android has a few competing heavyweights 5 Alternative Virtual Assistant Apps You've Never Heard Of 5 Alternative Virtual Assistant Apps You've Never Heard Of Tried out Siri, Google Now, and Cortana only to find yourself disappointed? Here are a few alternative virtual assistant apps you should check out. Read More .

However, one of the most widely available Android assistants with advanced functionality is Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Google Assistant vs. Siri: Which iPhone Voice Assistant Is Best? Google Assistant vs. Siri: Which iPhone Voice Assistant Is Best? How does Google Assistant work on the iPhone, what exactly can it do, and is it worth your time? Read More  integrates the functionality of Google Now and adds a level of heightened intelligence. The AI can interact with other apps on your phone and can even use image recognition to find pictures on your phone through commands like, “Show me my photos of my cat”.

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The assistant’s full capabilities are seen on the latest Android 7.0 phones, but users on older versions of Android can still access it through Allo Google's Most Interesting: Apps, Projects, and Services You Must Know About Google's Most Interesting: Apps, Projects, and Services You Must Know About Google always has dozens of projects going at any given time and it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are the most interesting ones that you should be aware of. Read More . It is also set to be rolled out to all Android 6.0 devices in the coming months.

Like Google Now, Google Assistant responds to the prompt, “Ok, Google.” You’ll just need to make sure that your Google Play Services software is up-to-date so that you get the assistant as soon as it’s available in your region and on your handset.

3. Moovit

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Ride-sharing and taxi apps like Uber, Lyft, and Taxify have revolutionized the way we travel — but they’re not the most cost-effective means of transport. This is why an app like Moovit is great for everyone who relies on public transport in their city. It’s also handy for those who live in areas that Uber drivers don’t frequent.

Moovit identifies all the public transport routes and stations around you, along with schedules, times, and live service alerts. It can even plan a route for you.

The app is useful for those who want to see the public transport options in the area, but is also hugely convenient for those who use public transport often. You no longer have to wait until you get to a station to find out if there’s a long delay.

Download: Moovit (Free)

4. Google Keep

Google Keep is the internet giant’s answer to apps like Evernote and other memo/productivity apps, but it is completely free with no functionality hidden behind a paywall.

The app allows you to create notes, voice memos, reminders, and annotated images — and aggregate them within the app, which syncs across devices.

The major benefit of Google Keep How to Use Google's Productivity Tools to Maximize Your Time How to Use Google's Productivity Tools to Maximize Your Time Google Keep, Google Calendar, and Gmail are productivity tools that can help you manage your time. We demonstrate how you can use Google's free tools to optimize your workday. Read More over other similar productivity apps is its integration with other Google services. You can use the “Ok, Google” command to create to-do lists and notes. You can even dictate notes to the app, and it will use voice recognition to transcribe them for you.

Users can also save screenshots, draw on images, and even save webpages and links to go over later.

Download: Google Keep (Free)

5. Remote Mouse

Remote Mouse is a simple yet awesomely convenient app How to Turn Your Android Phone or Tablet Into a Mouse and Keyboard for Windows How to Turn Your Android Phone or Tablet Into a Mouse and Keyboard for Windows Imagine you could control your Windows PC with your Android? Intel Remote Keyboard turns your phone into a mouse and keyboard for your Intel PC. We show you how it works. Read More  that allows you to use your phone as a remote control for computers on your network.

The app acts both as a mouse and a keyboard by pairing with companion software on your PC via your Wi-Fi connection. The only downside is that certain features need to be bought — but these are mostly for the more advanced components of the app, like creating a media player remote.

It might sound overly simple, but it’s a great tool for people who stream from their PC to the television. It also adds efficiency and convenience in any situation where you’re mirroring your PC’s screen, such as during presentations.

Download: Remote Mouse (Free with in-app purchases)

6. AirDroid

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Much like Remote Mouse, AirDroid pairs with your PC through companion software or a browser window. But its function is the inverse of Remote Mouse’s. With AirDroid, you control your Android device using your PC. This goes far beyond acting as a remote, though. With the app, you can browse your phone’s files, contacts, and apps. You can even use the camera, mirror screens, and play music.

One of the best features is the messaging functionality, which allows you to respond to texts from your computer. AirDroid is essentially like Whatsapp Web, but with many more uses. You can even stream music from your phone to your PC.

Download: AirDroid (Free)

7. Food Delivery Apps

Food delivery apps in general are some of the most convenient tools to have on your smartphone. There is no single food delivery app to recommend, as they vary according to your area. However, some of the international heavyweights on the market are UberEATS and foodpanda.

Installing two or three food delivery apps helps give you more variety and value-for-money. Depending on partnerships, these apps will vary in terms of available restaurants. Make sure to pick out the best ones that deliver to your area and see just how much more convenient ordering take-away food becomes.

Download: UberEATS (Free)
Download: foodpanda (Free)

8. Blue Light Filter – Night Mode

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Blue light from electronic device screens has been criticized as the bane of restful sleep, causing insomnia and delayed sleep for thousands of people. While more phones are being released with their own blue light filter modes Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Your phone's screen is keeping you awake. Don't let it. These apps will help you rest well. Read More , older models often lack this.

Blue Light Filter is therefore a great option for those who need to use their devices at night, but don’t want the side effects of blue light. The app allows you to adjust just how much warmth to add to the tone of your screen, as well as brightness adjustments.

In the morning, you can simply go to the app’s settings and stop the app from running in the background.

The app is completely free, but has a few ads. However the app’s usefulness definitely makes seeing an ad or two worth it, as there is no required watch time.

Download: Blue Light Filter (Free)

9. Mobile Payment Apps

Mobile payment apps, like food delivery apps, also depend on where you live and what your nearby retailers use. However, these apps make life so much easier. A quick scan of a QR code or NFC chip, and your payment goes through — without the need for card facilities or cash.

Payment apps include the likes of Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay Is Android Pay Better Than Your Contactless Credit Card? Is Android Pay Better Than Your Contactless Credit Card? If you want to take advantage of wireless payments, your two best options are Android Pay or your contactless credit card, but which is better? Read More , and even Samsung Pay. However, there are many payment apps that aren’t limited to a specific brand or operating system. PayPal offers its own mobile payment app, while there are also the likes of Paytm, Zapper, and other companies in the market.

You will just need to take a look at what apps are available in your region and choose one that is trusted by consumers.

10. Google Photos

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Google Photos is one of the best cloud storage and backup apps for photo and video files on Android devices. Not only does the app provide you with free storage and automatic backups, but it has a variety of smart features that add to the appeal 12 Amazing Google Photos Features You Didn't Know About 12 Amazing Google Photos Features You Didn't Know About Google Photos is a well-known service, but it holds many little tricks. Here are 12 great features of Photos you might have missed. Read More .

Image recognition in the app allows you to search through photos with keywords. For example, searching for “mountain” in Google Photos will show you all your landscape pictures with mountains. One of the more recent updates allows you to search for specific people by name, so long as you have identified their face in one of your pictures before.

It also comes with features from other photo apps, such as photo editing and trimming videos. Meanwhile, its built-in assistant adds albums for you and suggests edits and filters.

Download: Google Photos (Free)

Which Apps Make Your Life Easier?

While there are thousands of apps out there to meet our specific needs, these 10 apps are some of the best aimed at making life more convenient. Not only will they extend the functionality of your phone by incorporating artificial intelligence and other smart features, but they also save you time and, in some cases, give you peace of mind.

After all, there are reasons behind why many major companies like Samsung are trying to create their own versions of these apps. But luckily for the ones listed above, you don’t need to have the latest device on the market.

Do you have any apps that makes your daily life easier? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Marco
    August 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I can advice LinKero. You can have 1000+ web apps all in one app without downloading them. It has an integrated browser which allows to easily switch between apps.

  2. Jim Ashberry
    July 13, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I like Out of Milk for keeping shopping lists. It's on my PC and both Android devices, and synchronizes with all devices I have.

    • Megan Ellis
      July 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      That sounds pretty nifty :) I know Google Assistant now has a shopping list but it doesn't sync and is only available through the assistant itself

  3. Mike
    July 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    There is also DU Caller like Truecaller. Regards

  4. Dr Somanchi Sai Kumar
    July 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Google fit is an app that is very useful for all.

  5. DEEPAk KUMAr JENa
    July 8, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Google assistant app is very good
    It's awesome
    Thanks for information

    • Megan Ellis
      July 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      No problem :) Thanks for reading and commenting

  6. DEEPAk KUMAr JENa
    July 8, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Google assistant

  7. Aaditya Shukla
    July 8, 2017 at 8:09 am

    So so so thanks for the century old information. thanks for the information of the apps that I've been using for more than couple of years.

    • Megan Ellis
      July 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      I'm glad that you keep up-to-date with the latest apps. Many people, even in the tech industry, miss out on these apps. Technically you can't have had Google Assistant for two years though ;)

      • Aaditya Shukla
        July 10, 2017 at 1:08 am

        ? like you were having it !!
        ? Sorry if my language was harsh ?

      • Aaditya Shukla
        July 10, 2017 at 1:11 am

        Ugghhhh! Emojis are question mark on MUO !
        ;) :-*
        These were the two emojis in the previous comment

        • Megan Ellis
          July 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

          ;)

  8. Itzsrinivasn
    July 8, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for the information

    • Megan Ellis
      July 8, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Nisha
    July 8, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Every application can most useful but must say Google photos and google assistant very good?

    • Megan Ellis
      July 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      I find Photos has made life so much easier in terms of backing up my images and being able to clear media storage on my phone

  10. Ravi Prakash
    July 8, 2017 at 1:12 am

    There are a lot of Apps available that makes everything really ready to go. But apps like Remote Mouse, Mobile Payment, AirDriod and most importantly Google Keep is just awesome. Thanks to the editors to dig some of the apps like these on to a ground with best decoration.

  11. Lester de Freitas
    July 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I use a host of Google apps and find that by doing so, everything is super well integrated and accessible from just about anywhere.

    However some non Google apps are also worth noting. For example, JW Library for Bible reading and study, and Trello for task organization.

    • Megan Ellis
      July 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I've used Trello myself. It's so useful, especially when coordinating team tasks

      • Kevin Dillman
        July 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

        As a tech director in a school, I use Google Keep for a lot of things. Notes and how-to's, but also for a task-list for student techs. I can add to a shared checklist and they know where to go and what to do without calling or coming back to the office.

        • Megan Ellis
          July 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm

          Sounds like a very interesting use for the application. I'm sure many educators could benefit

  12. Moh
    July 7, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Dingless - get rid of umecessary sound notifications

  13. Bikas
    July 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Did you just recommend Truecaller?

    • Megan Ellis
      July 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Bikas :) Thanks for your comment. I mentioned the privacy concerns with Truecaller as with every Caller ID app which is a deal breaker for some. However many people use these apps and highly rate them so it would be remiss of me to not include it in a story on apps people find highly useful

      • Bikas
        July 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

        All the Cheetah mobile apps are highly rated, but they caught sending your private info from your phone on multiple phones.
        Truecaller was too caught sending private info, which is more than just phone numbers, to third parties.

        Now I'm fine with people screwing their own privacy and phone, but when because of one of my "friend", my data is compromised, that's huge deal. This app must be uninstalled.

    • Anthony
      July 7, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      I use Truecaller on a constant basis. It's helped immensely with identifying callers, both incoming AND outgoing. I often find myself having to cold call sales leads with nothing to go on but a number and a general "I want more info", and Truecaller does a fairly decent job of giving me at least their name before they pick up the line. I do wish it was a tad better at some things, and didn't emphasize using its own services so much, but I've yet to find an ID app that did a better job.

      Although, T-Mobile's Name ID service is pretty good as well. It just costs a monthly subscription for it.

  14. likefunbutnot
    July 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I'm a big fan of any.do, which integrates with external personal assistants and creates flexible notifications and alarms.

    I hate SMS messaging and Voice Mail. I use Google Voice plus gmail filters to completely eliminate them. Only a few people can send me a text and I'll receive it as an email.

    Nova Launcher, so all my Android devices can have the same screen layout and icons.

    K9, which supports Gmail push messaging but also allows proper inline replies and doesn't demand I use threaded messages.

    Solid Explorer, which works with all the cloud storage services, including the ability to log in to multiple identities, and handles local files beautifully. It costs $2 and it's worth ten times that.

    • Megan Ellis
      July 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks for all the suggestions! Will definitely check these out