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The Best Android Apps

Android is the first open-source (Linux) and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It is currently developed by Google. However, it can be used by anyone and is available on many devices from many manufacturers: Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG, etc.

Remember: You should always turn on automatic backups: Google One app, Storage, scroll to the device backup section and tap “Set up data backup” or “View details” depending on if this is your first phone backup or not.

After that, you need to select your backup, adjust the date and time zone, if necessary, set up your security (PIN, fingerprint recognition, and face unlock) and the Google Assistant.

Add your contact information to display on your lock screen. Go to Settings, and look for “Lock Screen”, Add text on lock screen.

Create time-saving keyboard shortcuts in SwiftKey: Microsoft SwiftKey, Rich Input, Clipboard, Add a new clip and then enter the word or phrase (your email, address, telephone, etc.) you’d like to make a shortcut for and a brief and easy to remember shortcut.

Use Google’s Find My Device: Settings, Security, Find My Device and use the toggle to turn it on (Location should be enabled). If you lose your phone or you can’t find it, go to Google’s search page and type “Find my device.”

Some WhatsApp tricks.

  1. Dynamic Wallpapers: Chat, Specific chat, open the menu top right, Wallpaper.
  2. Clear storage: Settings, Storage and Data, Manage Storage, Larger than 5 MB, click on the Select All button and tap on the bin to delete.
  3. Turn on Disappearing Messages. It will make any new messages in a chat disappear after seven days: Chat, Specific Chat, tap on the person’s name at the top, and toggle Disappearing Messages on.
  4. Mute a chat or a group chat: Chats, open the group chat or specific chat, tap on the person or group’s name, toggle on the Mute notification option, select Mute notification for… Always.
  5. Use WhatsApp on the web and desktop: Settings and tap on the QR icon displayed next to your name.
  6. Privacy: Disable WhatsApp’s last seen (it allows users to see when you last checked WhatsApp): Settings, Account, Privacy, Last Seen, and switch to Nobody. Hide the blue ticks: Settings, Account, Privacy, and unchecked Read Receipts. Stop saving WhatsApp media to your phone’s gallery: Settings, Chats, and toggle off Media visibility.
  7. You can format text, too: bold, italic, ~strikethrough~, “monospace text". Text Converter Encoder Decoder Stylish Text helps create fancy text and attract the attention of your friends and family.
  8. Bookmark important messages: Chats, Specific chat, Specific message, hold down and press star.
  9. Customise notifications: Chats, Specific chat, tap on the contact name at the top, Custom notifications.

You might be interested in reading our articles How to use instant messaging effectively and Abbreviations and apostrophes.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

Dropbox

Dropbox

  1. Use a strong password: Settings, Security, Screen lock.
  2. Don’t reuse passwords. Use Keepass2Android, an open-source password manager application for Android. An alternative is Bitwarden Password Manager.
  3. Use secure browsers that protect your privacy: DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, Firefox Focus, and Tor Browser.
  4. Use DuckDuckGo, the private search engine.
  5. Don’t install too many apps, the more apps that you install, the more vulnerabilities you are exposed to.
  6. Update your phone regularly: Settings, System, System Updates.
  7. Enable two factor authentication for your online accounts: Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, or Authy.
  8. Use VPNs and free antivirus apps: Avast Antivirus, Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus or Bitdefender Antivirus Free.
facebook

facebook

feedly

feedly

Kindle Reader for Android

Kindle Reader for Android

Google Maps is a free navigation app from Google. It’s never been easier to discover new beautiful and interesting places, find cool things to do in a destination, such as iconic places, events, shops or restaurants and the best driving, biking, and walking route. Google Lens lets you search what you see, get things done faster, and understand the world around you—using just your camera or a photo.

Google Apps

Google Apps

Games

Games

  1. Open your web browser, then go to snapdrop.net or open the Snapdrop app on any other devices in your local Wi-Fi network.
  2. Tap on the device to which you want to send or share file(s) with.
  3. Choose the files you want to send and hit Select.
  4. Now, switch to your receiving device and tap on the Save button when prompted with the File Received windows. Send Anywhere is an alternative.
Cross-platform file sharing

Cross-platform file sharing

Photo Editors: Photoshop Express (a fun, fast, and easy picture editor for one-touch transformations and photo edits), Adobe Lightroom, Prisma (a photo editor app that creates photo effects transforming your photos into paintings), and Snapseed. Health & Fitness app: Pace Control - running pacer, Daily Yoga, Nike Training Club, and Strava.
Android Apps

Android Apps

Dating Apps: Tinder, Badoo, Plenty of Fish, or OKCupid. Video streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime, TikTok, Twitch, and Disney Plus. Religious Software: Pray As You Go, Our Daily Bread, YouVersion Bible App, Audio Bible, and Bible Gateway Pro.

Shopping: Amazon, Wallapop, Wish, and ebay. Transport: Uber and BlaBlaCar.

Microsoft Lens converts images to PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, digitizes printed or handwritten text, and saves them to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device.

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