11 Missing Android Features You Can Get Right Now

Shubham Agarwal 06-11-2018

Android’s openness has allowed third-party developers to build clever tools Google didn’t think of. Even if you swear by stock Android, it’s hard to argue that it couldn’t use a few improvements.


Here are several handy features we hope Google adds natively to Android. In the meantime, these slick Android apps can fill the gap and give you some nifty features you’ll love.

1. Bouncer: Temporary Permissions for Apps

Permissions on Android What Are Android Permissions and Why Should You Care? Do you ever install Android apps without a second thought? Here's all you need to know on Android app permissions, how they've changed, and how it affects you. Read More have been a mess for some time. While Android Marshmallow and later feature granular permissions, it’s still not a perfect system. A single approval could lead to you leaking personal data to a third-party app you installed seconds ago.

An app called Bouncer changes this by bringing the ability to grant temporary permissions. When you approve a permission any app demands, Bouncer throws a notification. Through this, you can configure whether you’d like to revoke that permission as soon as you exit the app.

So for instance, if you’d like to grant location access to Uber only while booking a ride and don’t want the app snooping on you in the background, you can tell Bouncer to revoke the permission in an hour. Once it expires, Uber no longer has access to your whereabouts. Bouncer also lets you review all your existing permissions.


Download: Bouncer ($1)

2. Notif Log: Notification History

Android has a hidden feature that allows you to view all notifications How to View Your Notification History on Android We've all done it: a notification flashes up on your phone, but before you've had a chance to read it, you've accidentally swiped it away. It's gone forever. Or is it? Read More you have received in the past. But it’s difficult to reach, and has a rather barebones feature set.

To get a better, more interactive notification history, try Notif Log. Its core purpose is to log every one of your incoming alerts so that even if you dismiss them in the notification panel, you can revisit them in the app. In addition, you can snooze notifications for later and even access the quick actions associated with each of them.


Download: Notif Log (Free) | Notif Log Pro ($1)

3. Lynket: Better Custom Tabs

Chrome’s Custom Tabs feature is a hassle-free way for developers to let their users read a web page without leaving their apps. But sadly, its downsides outweigh the merits significantly; you can’t multitask between these tabs and you lose all trace of them when you return to the app.

A free app called Lynket presents a better solution Google should certainly borrow a few ideas from. When configured as the default browser, Lynket transfers any Custom Tab you open to a separate window on your phone, enabling you to easily multitask between several of them.


What’s more, the app also adds these links to the history so you don’t lose them forever if you accidentally swipe them away. It can even launch Custom Tabs as a floating bubble and load them in the background if you don’t want to immediately attend to them.

Download: Lynket (Free)

4. Sesame Shortcuts: Universal Search

Oddly enough, a universal search is still missing from Android. You can employ the Google search bar, but it’s neither quick nor universal. Enter apps like Sesame Shortcuts, which let you quickly look through your phone.


All you need to do is to set up a third-party launcher and configure Sesame Shortcuts to run from a certain gesture. If you don’t want to configure this yourself, built-in universal search is one of the many reasons to use Smart Launcher.

Download: Sesame Shortcuts (Free, premium version available)
Download: Smart Launcher (Free, premium version available)

5. Clipper: Clipboard Manager

Android’s clipboard is functional How to Manage the Clipboard on Android Wondering how to copy and paste on Android? Here's how copy and paste works, along with the best apps to improve it. Read More , but not fantastic. The one feature Google should bring before anything else is a proper clipboard manager. Thankfully, apps like Clipper have been offering this for ages.

For the uninitiated, a clipboard manager records everything you copy so that you don’t have to go return to another app and re-copy text. You can check all the clippings you’ve taken in the past and grab them again.

Download: Clipper (Free) | Clipper Plus ($2)

6. UnApp: Bulk Uninstallations

The Play Store has millions of apps, so it’s fair to assume you’ve installed plenty of them. What doesn’t make sense is that there’s no way you can uninstall multiple apps at once. However, installing an app called UnApp grants this functionality.

UnApp allows you to select several apps on your phone and delete them all with a single tap. You can remove as many as you’d like and never worry about going through the process of individually getting rid of dozens of apps.

Download: UnApp (Free, premium version available)

7. Datally: Data Management

Datally is Google’s own app. But we think it deserves a spot in Android’s settings, not as a standalone utility.

That’s because Android’s own data management features are insufficient for how people use their phones today. There are no app limits, detailed overviews, or any of the other advanced abilities Datally comes with. In addition, Datally has a guest mode and even lets you set limits by day, in addition to month.

Download: Datally (Free) [No Longer Available]

8. Quick Settings

With Android Nougat, Google made it possible for developers to offer custom quick settings. However, Android doesn’t bundle a whole lot of them by default. Even for something as basic as accessing the file browser, you have to go through the settings. This is why Google should take a look at an app titled Quick Settings.

Quick Settings brings tiles for a host of other native Android functions. These include battery level, storage, weather, and more. There are a bunch other actions you may find useful, such as Caffeine for keeping the screen from falling asleep, Dice for generating a random dice digit, and more.

Download: Quick Settings (Free)

9. Notifix: Notification Bundles

Out of all the notifications you get every hour, there’s a good chance you don’t have to attend to most of them right away. Unfortunately, Android doesn’t yet have anything to help with you that conundrum. But it could if Google took some inspiration from Notifix.

You can think of Notifix as Inbox bundles for your Android notifications. The app segregates alerts into various categories such as promotions, news, and messages. This makes it much less cumbersome to tell which ones are important and which are not. Notifix works with all apps, since it reads the app’s type to judge which channel it belongs in.

Download: Notifix (Free)

10. Conscient: Context-Aware Automation

In spite of Google’s AI prowess, automation is still pretty much non-existent on Android. An app called Conscient is the ideal place to start understanding how contextually aware automation fits so well in your smartphone life.

Conscient lets you set up Fences, which are basically event triggers. You can link app actions to these triggers and they will execute as soon as you satisfy their conditions. For instance, you can have Spotify launch automatically when you start running and have headphones on.

For more automation, check out automated Android settings everyone should use.

Download: Conscient (Free, premium version available)

11. Unnotification: Undo for Notifications

With so many apps flooding your notification shade with content, it’s easy to accidentally swipe one away you actually wanted to check. Wouldn’t it be great if it was possible to hit undo for notifications?

It is with the help of Unnotification. The app throws a warning every time you dismiss a notification so that you can go back if needed. You can argue this would get annoying when there are tons of them. In that case, Unnotification allows you to exclude specific apps.

Download: Unnotification (Free)

The Best Android Experience

Google has packed Android with a lot of features. But unfortunate, the fragmentation woes restrict the majority of users from experiencing them.

Hence, next time you’re off to buy a new Android phone, do make sure to check which manufacturers are the most punctual with software updates.

For others ways to enhance your experience, you can take a look at multitasking on Android with these powerful tips and apps Start Multitasking on Android With These 8 Powerful Tips and Apps These powerful multitasking apps for Android let you switch apps instantly, run two apps side-by-side, and much more. Read More .

Related topics: Android Apps, Android Customization, Android Tips.

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    November 28, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Great article. I use some of these apps and found a few new for me.

    • Shubham Agarwal
      November 28, 2018 at 6:08 am

      Glad you liked it :)

  2. Jane
    November 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I installed a few of these and now my phone (Samsung, Oreo) crashes, frequently, I uninstalled all of them, and a few other apps I don't use, but the OS is still crashing. Not happy.

  3. J borner
    November 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Should never sell a phone that will over is lack of smart engineering which makes this so. These multi trillion $ companies should be held responsible. Maybe there made in the wrong sweat shop. I guess ignorance has no answer for this

    • Doc
      November 12, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Phones overheat because they're not made to play games for hours on end without a chance to cool off. Also, the only "multi trillion $ companies" are currently Apple and Amazon, and Amazon no longer makes phones. How are you going to hold Apple responsible? Stop buying their products???

  4. guest
    November 8, 2018 at 1:30 am

    If rooted, you might like AFwall+ and XPrivacyLua Pro instead of Bouncer