10 essential Android utility apps that should be on your phone

10 essential Android utility apps that should be on your phone
Let's face facts: most people use their smartphones to text, to take occasional selfies, and to fool around with Farmville-like casual games. But every now and then, there's real work to be done, and this is an area that smartphone apps are particularly crafty in. And as technology continues to develop, so will smartphone's applications.

Simple or complex-- it doesn't matter -- there's likely an app for that. Problem is, we usually need to run into a particular problem before we realize the need for a certain app, and even then there are no guarantees we'll remember to download it while connected to the house Wi-Fi. That's precisely why some of us keep an ever-growing arsenal of utility apps that are necessarily part of each and every future phone we get. And you? You probably cross off at least a few categories found in the slideshow gallery below, but it's probably a safe guess that you're missing at least a few. Take a look.

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15 Comments

1. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

For me the most essential apps is airdroid. I also think Wifi analyzer apps is important apps, especially if you want to set your wifi router to the least busy frequency so that strong wifi signal from neighboor won't ruining your internet experience

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

7, 8, and 10 require root. You shoud mention this in the descriptions.

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

It's mentioned. Root browser doesn't require root to take advantage of the extra functionality over a typical, built-in file browser.

6. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yeah Chris, RebelwithoutaClue is correct, Tasker does not require Root, and you should show "Llama" as the Free alternative... neither require Root, but when you do, it allows for many more actions... Also Llama require Administrator permisions for some actions (dont know about Tasker for this one) And for comparissons, Tasker has a much better UI, with easier to create tasks and overall more powerful... Llama on the other hand is a bit simpler in terms of app navigation, and it can roughly do almost everything tasker does, for free.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Tasker doesn't require root, but I can do a lot more when it has. But it is still very functional without root.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice utility apps. Thanks Chris.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Airdroid. I just love that app

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Xposed Framework ;D

9. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

1. Flashlight https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ivon.flashlight works as simple on/off for flashlight (this is my favorite flashlight) 7. ES file manager (it can has root if you let it.) 8. Trigger is great and easier to use than tasker(I started using it with NFC but it works in a lot of other ways) 9. Pushbullet works everywhere (windows, android, chrome browser, presumably Mac) 10. App manager pro works even if you don't have an SD card (nexus 7 2013) to help clear junk files.

10. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Scientific calculator - Calculator (Cyanogen Mod) does everything, including graphing and matrix functions. Despite the name, it does not require root or the Cyanogen mod. It's free and open source with no odd permissions or advertising. File Manager - I'd recommend checking out NextApp's File Explorer as well. It seems to have the same capabilities and it adds things like a notepad and permissions explorer. One thing not included is a shortcut maker like QuickShortcutMaker. It allows you to create shortcuts to a point inside your apps. For example, instead of a flashlight app, I created a shortcut to the flashlight inside of Smart Tools.

11. Jon.b

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

Scientific Calculator - What you have ranked is old and I guess your should have featured Calcoid & Calcoid Plus that is the best Scientific Calculator you will find on the Android Play Store.

12. Hitesht

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

Hey I just checked out Calcoid. It's amazing. You are right they should have featured Calcoid rather than what they have shown.

13. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

5. my calc

14. mdemars11

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

For caluclators, I would recommend Graph 89 Free which you have to install the OS for the Texas Instruments TI-89 Platinum which can be found by searching for TI 89 rom and is a more powerful calculator than any of the ones listed.

15. lisaaio

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

i use All-In-One toolbox, as the name suggested, it has all the essential utility apps in one, clean the junk files, flashlight, file manager, auto task app and so on. you can visit: aiotoolbox.com

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