Here are 9 free apps you should download right now

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Type like a record holder, sort mail like a postperson, and see the world through a new lens: the following apps let you do all these things and more, and they don't cost a penny. Here are nine free Android apps that you should start using right now.

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1. Fleksy Keyboard: type like a champion

The Fleksy keyboard is minimalist, colorful and efficient. Gesture controls conveniently replace the spacebar and enter keys, while numerous free plugins make Fleksy even better. Just try editor, for example, and let yourself be inspired by what is perhaps best cursor that you can find on Android. Even without the plugins, you're guaranteed a blazingly fast typing experience with Fleksy.

2. Inbox: revolutionize your email

Inbox is an email revolution. Collecting related emails together, pinning important emails at the top, snoozing messages until later and providing the 'highlights' of an unopened email are just some of the treats that lie in store for you with this email app.

Inbox also proved to be powerful as well as useful. In our test, we were able to sort through neglected mail from the past three years in less than two hours, saving us from any future correspondence chaos.

Follow our complete guide on how to make the switch to Inbox from your boring old regular email at the link.

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Inbox by Gmail reinvented email to make it easier to organize. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. QR & Barcode Scanner: see the world through different eyes

We are bombarded with QR codes, from posters at the bus stop, to magazines, supermarkets, and even business cards, all referring us to websites and providing information. But we can't do a thing with these handy little codes unless we have a nifty scanner app to read them.

The Play Store is full of them, but one of the better scanners is QR & Barcode Scanner. Apart from the use of your camera and Wi-Fi, it requires no other permissions. Start seeing the world differently from today with a QR scanner.

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A typical QR code. With a nice greeting for you. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. ES File Explorer: find all of your files easily and uninstall apps completely

The ES File Explorer makes finding files stored on your device easy. But it has another super function: a clean uninstall of your apps. While the typical app removal process deletes only the app itself, the ES File Explorer asks whether you want the associated application data to be removed also.

A file manager such as this is essential if you really want to see everything stored on your smartphone, and where it is located, without calling on a PC to help. 

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ES File Explorer uninstalls apps more thoroughly than Android itself. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Pushbullet: interconnect your device network like never before

Pushbullet connects your smartphone to your computer, other devices and friends in an unprecedented manner. Swaps links, images and read phone notifications on your PC, without even touching your smartphone.

After its most recent update, Pushbullet's usability increased dramatically: it now shows your the entire SMS history on other devices, not just individual messages, making for a seamless transition when taking your SMS conversations from device to device. Pushbullet makes exchanging messages and links easier than it ever has been, but you need to start using it to fully appreciate it.

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Pushbullet moves all of your devices closer together. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. IFTTT: automate your smartphone

Thanks to the automation app IFTTT, you will never miss calls at home anymore, because it automatically brings your phone out of silent mode as soon as you enter your house. You won't leave the house without an umbrella on a rainy day, because your phone will remind you to pack one as soon as the rain starts to hit the ground.

You won't accidentally stay late at work, because your phone will tell you when you've finished your shift. And you won't let your battery life dwindle away, because your phone will turn your brightness down in the evening.

Sound useful? That's not even scratching the surface of what IFTTT can do. Check out our IFTTT recipes for improving battery life at the link.

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IFTTT can automate almost anything. / © ANDROIDPIT

7. LastPass: forget about passwords

We all have countless accounts with an unending list of services and sites, whether it's Facebook, online banking, Google, Steam, LinkedIn or even here at AndroidPIT. Remembering all that login information isn't easy – because of course you'd never use the same password for all services, right?!

The free app LastPass is here to take care of you. LastPass securely saves all of your passwords for you, except the one that you use to access the app itself. 

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LastPass saves all of your passwords for you and stores them in one password-protected place. / © ANDROIDPIT

8. WiFi Automatic: save battery, the easy way

You can use WiFi Automatic to disable your Wi-Fi when you're not using it. Thus, the battery life on some devices will noticeably improve, because a deactivated Wi-Fi antenna does not scan for networks in the background. It is also considerably simpler than using IFTTT. Just make sure you untick the When display is off option, otherwise it may affect your 3G/4G data plan.

It also lets you enable Wi-Fi automatically when you enter certain locations, such as your home or the office.

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Save precious battery with WiFi Automatic. / © ANDROIDPIT

9. Lux Lite: darken that display even further

Many of us read immediately before going to bed. An eBook, a few quick emails, or the late Android news of the day. But even at its lowest brightness setting, our phones' displays are often too bright. Thanks to the App Lux Lite, you can now deeply darken your screen, with a handy control that appears in your notification area.

Purchase the full version if you want an automatic brightness setting, too. 

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Use Lux to lower the brightness of your screen beyond what's normally possible. / © ANDROIDPIT

What free apps can't you live without? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Sorin Apr 11, 2018 Link to comment

    LastPass for Android is not free !!! :(

  • Michael Hodgson Apr 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Es file Explorer also has the added bonus of letting you play all your downloaded movies /videos on a big screen TV through chromecast as long as you play the file through the es file Explorer app

  • Sam Jan 3, 2016 Link to comment

    ES File Explorer became terrible. Bloatware central. Uninstalled it now and bought root explorer.
    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

    • Mehul Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

      can you tell me whats wrong with es explorer because i also use it

    • Viktor jovanović v. Apr 18, 2016 Link to comment

      I also hve ES File Explorer and and it works fine...

  • sylsau Jan 3, 2016 Link to comment

    I love CPU Hardware System Info that lets me to monitor my Android device. Efficient and it's free :

  • The Multiverse Jan 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Don't just rehash old stuff man.. In the mean time Pushbullet has turned into a paid app (the free features are actually quite useless).

  • Dwarfer66 Jan 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Wow rehashing old articles again.

  • Archie Nicholls Jan 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Try out Space Defender, great for killing time! It was made by me and I'm 15, please help me to increase its popularity.

    To find it search Archie_Arch on the google play store!

  • Abhyuday Jan 2, 2016 Link to comment

    ES file explorer is awesome. Thanks for the list, it's pretty helpful.

  • Viktor jovanović v. Jan 2, 2016 Link to comment

    I have instaled lot of that apps and they are very helpful.

  • Parvind Chahal Jan 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Eric do u nt think gmail app should be replaced by inbox

  • Deezul Yusof Jan 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Who says LastPass is "free", I just paid my annual fees last month , been using paid version for over 3 years and ALL of my Passwords is in there. I have no choice but to renew bcoz I have some sites whih at every entry must reinput a second log-in sequence irregardless (Chinese/ Russia sites) Unless I have a way to import ALL my passwords into another really free service then I have no choice but to renew. Who says LastPass is free! And I hate ES File Explorer but exclusively use "RootExplorer" paid version.

  • Jim Schwarz Aug 26, 2015 Link to comment

    Very helpful

  • Jim Schwarz Aug 26, 2015 Link to comment

    Thank you some of us old guys need all the help we can get.

  • Oscar Rodriguez Murphy Aug 6, 2015 Link to comment

    What about here it's not included it's one of best navigator I used it it's perfect 👌

  • HendrikJB Aug 5, 2015 Link to comment

    Good list thanks. However I'm looking for a reliable Complete Device Backup App that does not need root access and will remind me on a schedule to backup to PC.

  • Erdeveloper Android Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    I prefer fast and simple app. I would like to share my apps PhoneUseFree or AppUseFree.
    Maybe it could be helpful to you.

  • Oscar Rodriguez Murphy Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    Es file and last pass going to try the two apps

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