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Best Android Apps: Must have apps for every Android user in 2023

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Are you looking for Android apps to install on your Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Google Pixel 6a, or Redmi Note 11? Whether it is for photo editing, fitness purposes, GPS navigation, weather, music, or productivity, you should be able to find a suitable recommendation in this selection. Here, we present the best Android apps you can download on the Google Play Store for 2023.

The purpose of this selection is not to offer all the Android applications available. You will not be able to find some rather obvious applications like Google Maps, Chrome, or WhatsApp. Also, if you use an iPhone and stumbled upon this article, check out our selection of the best iOS apps of 2023, which we also recently updated.

The best camera application: ProCam X

ProCam X is a good alternative to your smartphone's default camera app with its numerous settings to make when taking photos. It has several photo and video settings such as ISO, exposure, or white balance correction, reminiscent of a professional digital SLR albeit being in digital format now.

The app allows you to apply the changes across all the lenses on your smartphone. It is possible to apply filters in real time, display the golden ratio grid in order to frame your shot properly, and use different shooting modes such as burst mode, auto-repeat, flash, etc. ProCam X has a clear interface and offers quick access to the most common functions.

  • Price: $4.99 / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
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ProCam X is the best camera app for Android / © NextPit

The alternative to the best camera application: Pixtica

Pixtica is the Swiss army knife of photo apps because it allows you to take photos and videos, but also to edit them at will. Its great strength is its user interface, complemented by its many tools and filters. It allows you to take RAW photos and has an HDR mode. You will also find basic functions such as the timer, flash management, or resolution.

The app also allows you to go further and manage ISO, white balance or exposure, among other things. Pixtica also has special functions such as the ability to create a panorama from a series of photos, change the background or create animated Gifs. The interface remains uncluttered and rather well organized, which makes things much easier for beginners for example.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
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Pixtica is a good alternative to ProCam X / © NextPit

The best photo editing application: Snapseed

Snapseed is a very complete photo editing application. You will have access to 29 tools and filters to modify your photos accordingly. It is possible to change parameters such as brightness, color saturation, sharpness, or contrast. The modifications can be automatic or manual to refine the retouching.

The application also allows you to rotate, crop, or straighten a photo. It supports images in PNG, JPEG, and RAW formats. Snapseed also has special features such as removing unwanted objects or people and stitching photos. Also, the interface is clear and you can easily find your way through the menus and tools.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
Best Android apps - Snapseed
Snapseed is as complete as Facetune, another reference when it comes to photo editing / © NextPit

The alternative to the best photo editing application: Toolwiz Photos

Toolwiz is also a fairly successful photo editing application. In addition to offering all the basic functions and tools to edit your photos, the application also allows you to make photo collages, albums, or presentations. Toolwiz stands out for its wide variety of filters and artistic effects such as stenciling, engraving, or even mural painting.

The application offers beauty filters that will artificially slim your face or body, including makeup, or even remove the red-eye effect. You will also find WTF functions like age estimation. Only the rather cluttered interface can be rather difficult to figure out initially, but it is just a matter of time before you get used to it.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
Best Android apps - Toolwiz Photos
Why are all photo editing apps full of ads? / © NextPit

The best productivity app: Stay Focused

Stay Focused is an app that improves your productivity by boosting your concentration levels. It allows you to remove yourself from the digital world without having to turn off your smartphone. The application allows you to choose which website or application you want to block and the corresponding duration.

You can also block the use of your smartphone globally to focus even better. Stay Focused lets you track your usage in order to make adjustments and have a more balanced life. The interface is simple and customizable with a dark mode to boot.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
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Stay focused / © NextPit

The alternative to the best productivity app: Toggl

Toggl is a productivity app that will help you manage your time better. The app tracks your time with several tools like a Pomodoro timer, background tracking based on time spent on a site, or importing data from your calendar.

Toggle has an extension for Chrome and Firefox, but also for several popular applications such as Gmail, Asana, Google Calendar, Todoist, Evernote, Trello, and even Slack. Time tracking can be performed automatically or manually, depending on your preferences. The free version offers most of the basic functions and the application has a very easy-to-understand user interface.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
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Boost your productivity with Toggl / © NextPit

The best mail application: Blue Mail

Blue Mail is a universal mail app that has been widely praised for its ease of use and clean user interface. It supports multiple email services, including Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL, iCloud, and Office 365, and allows you to view all your emails in a single, integrated inbox.

It also has its own built-in calendar that syncs with data from all your email accounts, allowing you to access your calendar events directly in Blue Mail.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - Blue Mail
Blue Mail is a good alternative mail client / © NextPit

The alternative to the best mail application: SPIKE

Spike caters to those who send and receive a lot of emails by simplifying emailing. The search and sort function of emails makes it easier to find them. The application is inspired by instant messaging applications to achieve this.

Instead of displaying email headers, Spike combines communication from and to the same recipients into a single conversation. And instead of clicking "Reply" multiple times, there's a handy line under each thread to keep the communication going. So it will be much more fun to check your emails with this well-thought-out interface.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Required
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Boost your productivity with Spike / © NextPit

The best fitness app: 7 Minutes Workout

7 Minutes Workout is a fitness app designed for those who want to work out without headaches. It offers a series of quick exercises that do not require any equipment. The application is based on the principle of high-intensity split training or HIIT, and it includes twelve fitness exercises of thirty seconds each, with ten seconds to recover between each exercise.

With only a chair, a wall, and a little motivation, you can get back in shape or start fitness even if you don't have much time. The interface is user-friendly and prioritizes dynamism, so you only need to press a button on the main screen to directly start the workout.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
Best Android apps - 7 Minutes Workout
Perfect for keeping your resolutions / © NextPit

The alternative to the best fitness app: FizzUp

FizzUp is actually a sports coaching service offering several workout programs for different goals. Do you want to build muscle, lose weight or simply stay in shape? The application offers more than 300 video exercises requiring no equipment, 250 healthy recipes as well as evaluations to check your progress.

The application allows you to follow a sports program adapted to your abilities and objectives. The workouts last about 20 minutes on average. There are 15 levels, each with 6 to 21 sessions. FizzUp also offers yoga and meditation sessions. The interface is pleasant to use, except for the intrusive invitation to subscribe to the premium package.

  • Price: Free ($19,99/month) / Advertising: No / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Best Android apps - FizzUp
Fizzup offers a clean interface / © NextPit

The best note-taking app: Joplin

Joplin is considered to be one of the most comprehensive note-taking apps on Android. In this open-source tool, your notes are searchable, and can be copied, edited or labeled directly from the app and even from the text editor on your PC if you don't have your smartphone. The app has the advantage of supporting the MarkDown format which facilitates lightweight markup and offers easy-to-read and write syntax.

In addition to note-taking, Joplin allows you to create to-do lists that will be synchronized across multiple devices. This synchronization is protected by end-to-end encryption. The application is extensible with customization plug-ins that make the experience even better.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required
Best Android apps - Joplin
Take notes in a minimalistic way with Joplin / © NextPit

The alternative to the best note-taking app: Google Keep

Don't worry, we didn't break the rules. Indeed, Keep is a Google application, but it's not well known and it's hardly installed by default on our smartphones. It's an application designed for those who don't like to be bothered and therefore allows you to do what it was designed for, take quick notes. It is almost impossible to format the text.

However, Google Keep allows you to add drawings, images and even has an audio text input function that uses Google Assistant. The application also integrates a search engine and offers the possibility to create one-time or periodic reminders, based on a time or an address. Keep also convinces with its synchronization, its collaborative aspect, and the integration into the Google ecosystem. Moreover, the interface is very minimalist.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: No required
Best Android apps - Keep
Google Keep is a great native app too often ignored / © NextPit

The best navigation/GPS application: Sygic

Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps is a fairly popular GPS app that claims to be the best alternative to Waze. It allows you to download maps for offline viewing. The application uses TomTom maps and offers free updates of maps and points of interest. With its "realview" system, Sygic displays images of the road you are driving on, with speed limiters signs detection.

The route search is fast and intuitive. It is possible to record the location of your parked car, a history of places visited, and there is an SOS mode that will help you locate and contact the nearest emergency services. The application has a sleek and successful interface that displays accurate and clear 2D or 3D maps.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
Best Android apps - Sygic
Sygic is the best navigation app on Android / © NextPit

The alternative to the best navigation/GPS app: Mappy

Mappy is all about the variety of transportation options it supports. The app allows you to plan your routes by comparing all modes of transportation such as car, public transport, cab, plane, Uber, train, BlaBlaCar, bike, shared bikes, and even electric scooters as well as walking routes.

You can plan your trips by accessing all the traffic data in real-time. The maps are accessible even without an internet connection and the application also allows you to determine the costs of the trip as well as find points of interest. Mappy has a clean interface that goes to the essentials.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required
Best Android apps - Mappy
I think you all know Mappy already, right? / © NextPit

The best weather app: Weather & Radar

Weather & Radar is a fairly comprehensive weather app that stands out for its instant weather forecasts. The app provides access to reliable hourly and daily forecasts with a real-time weather animation radar. You will also have information such as weather alerts in case of the dangerous phenomenon, snow weather, water temperature at the seaside, snow weather, or UV index.

The application also has a pollen indicator that shows the pollen forecast of allergenic plants. The other strength of Weather & Radar is its well-thought-out widget, very practical to inform you quickly without having to go into the application. Despite the richness of its information, the interface is clear and the elements are well arranged.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: Yes/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Not required
Best Android apps - Weather Radar
Weather & Radar has been a reference for quite a few years now / © NextPit

The alternative to the best weather app: Meteociel

Very complete and easy to understand, Meteociel is an efficient weather application. On the homepage are highlighted the trends of the cities added to the favorites and their live temperature maps. The application displays a detailed weather report with air pressure, cloudiness, and humidity, as well as average speed, gusts, and wind direction.

It is also possible to consult different live maps and to get the weather forecast. It is also possible to consult different live maps, access official records from different weather stations, or consult all the maps of the weather forecast models. The dark interface is pleasant to use and intuitive.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: No/ Account: No required
Best Android apps - Meteociel
Meteociel is a weather app with a French accent / © NextPit

The best reading/audiobook/podcast app: Kobo

With Kobo Books, you can read your eBooks and listen to your audiobooks on your smartphone in a pleasant way. The app has a collection of over 100,000 eBooks and audiobooks in various fields and genres. You'll just have to buy a title on Kobo.com before syncing your app to be able to read or listen to it at any time.

You'll be able to start your reading on one device and finish it on another by syncing all your bookmarks. Kobo also offers free excerpts to help you choose a book to read. The experience is enhanced by features like the ability to choose between day and night mode, font size and even look up words with the built-in dictionary.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - Kobo
The app offers some options to increasing reading comfort / © NextPit

The alternative to the best reading/audiobook/podcast app: Podcast Addict

Podcast Addict is an app that centralizes podcasts from different sources. You will be able to search by name or keywords among the five million podcasts and over one hundred million episodes. Podcast Addict also offers access to audiobooks, radio shows, and YouTube or Twitch channels. You will be able to subscribe to multiple podcasts, download episodes and receive notifications about the latest audio content published.

The application allows you to access episodes in different languages in addition to French and the audio player is fully customizable. You will be able to modify the settings according to the podcast you are listening to and save them.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: Yes/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - Podcast
Centralize all your podcasts with this app / © NextPit

The best online storage app: pCloud

pCloud is an online storage app with a very interesting offer. Thanks to its storage offer valid for life after a one-time payment, you won't have to bear monthly fees. The application has a simple interface and offers full encryption of your data for transfer and storage as well as synchronization of your documents stored on all your devices.

You will be able to download, move, rename, view or listen to all your files no matter if you are on a smartphone, PC, Mac, or even Linux.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: No/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - pCloud
pCloud is one of the big names in online storage / © NextPit

The alternative to the best online storage application: Mega

With Mega, you can store up to 20 GB of data for free. Thanks to synchronization, you will be able to access your files on any device. You can protect access to your data with a password. The application favors file sharing with its shared folder, but also allows you to transfer heavy files by downloading them and then just sharing the generated link.

Mega allows you to easily access your cloud storage usage statistics, drag and drop content directly to the web interface, preview documents and even play videos via a built-in player.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: No/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - Mega
Mega is one of the best apps to store your files online / © NextPit

The best dating app: Once

Once is a dating app designed for those who want to take their time to meet someone worthwhile. The particularity of the application lies in the fact that it displays only one profile per day. Over time, the algorithms improve to recommend more and more appropriate partners.

Once focuses on meetings that can lead to a serious relationship. Personalizing your profile will improve your chances of finding the partner you are looking for. The interface of the application is a bit busy especially with the rating function.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - Once
Your first match may not be the most relevant / © NextPit

The alternative to the best dating app: Bumble

Bumble has the same basic functions as most dating apps but adds practical features such as friendship and business dating. Unlike Tinder, in particular, Bumble gives the initiative to women for dating by forbidding men to make the first contact.

In addition to the rather successful chat function, you will be able to send voice messages, play a mini-game of questions and answers to get to know each other, send photos and launch a video call.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Required
Best Android apps - Bumble
You can also simply search for friends / © NextPit

So much for our selection of the best Android apps to install on your smartphone in 2023. What are your favorite Android apps? Do you have any other suggestions?

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  • Subramanian Reddy May 30, 2015

    Where is "UNIQ MOBILE FINDER" in the list, Its one of the best app people must have in their android device. Using which people never lost their phone again. You can save your stolen smartphone and protect your personal info from unwelcome intruders. Must use app.

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  • FileRehab 2 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful apps with us. Are these applications freeware or paid?


    • Rubens Eishima
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      2 months ago Link to comment

      Each one of them has a different license.
      We tried to list every one of them above.


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  • Orfan Dec 29, 2021 Link to comment

    What?! You mean Gmail isn't thee best email app EVER?! Blasphomy! I am app.alled and demand yadiyadi yada. This list wreaks of reguurgled, shilled spew.


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  • storm Sep 23, 2021 Link to comment

    Evernote is my most critical Android app. I'm not a fan of how they push their paid programs so hard in the new release. Nor the default home page you can't tweak without their current paid memberships. I do have a paid membership, but it's grandrathered from over a decade ago and gets none of the new "features". Still, the app is a great tool.

    As to ereader, I think you succumbed to the walled garden style of thinking. The best e-readers are the independent tools like FBReader and Librera. More format support, better controls, less snooping. Use Calibre on your desktop/notebook with the appropriate plugin from ApprenticeAlf and free your reading experience and book supply chain.


  • chales_smith Sep 23, 2021 Link to comment

    Snapseed and Strava are the best apps suggested by you. Thank You for such good and informative information.


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    Deactivated Account Dec 26, 2019 Link to comment

    Thank you. I love Evernote and Snapseed.


  • marco sarli
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    Dec 26, 2019 Link to comment

    long and interesting list.Useful


  • mahran nadeem Oct 30, 2019 Link to comment

    It’s not easy deciding which apps to download and install on your Android phone or tablet. here is the best background remover app on play store
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  • Sunny chawla Apr 29, 2019 Link to comment

    That's a long list of apps you included there, as a developer it gave me many ideas for my work in app development in Android.


  • Luis Jan 7, 2019 Link to comment

    Hi!
    There is a new app in Android called ChatsOffline, that is great to protect your time, it can help you to pause your chats (WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger for free), so you can focus on your work and family time.


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    Deactivated Account Dec 25, 2018 Link to comment

    For note Taking purpose I use Microsoft's "OneNote". I find it more versatile, powerful and free from the kind of restrictions imposed by Evernote in its freemium model. Further, Microsoft will exist in continuity in foreseeable future while there is no guarantee for Evernote.


  • AppExperts Dec 13, 2018 Link to comment

    I think, WhatsApp is the most popular one in the list. Its very useful communication app which almost everyone uses in regular basis.


  • CJ Brown Dec 12, 2018 Link to comment

    Recommended years ago on AndroidPit (and still using):

    WeatherBug
    Security Master
    Nova Launcher


  • Vladimir Vinnik Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    The best diary for personal space, ideas and creativity - Diary Lifestyle.


  • Jonathan Tychy Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    How does someone recommend McAfee and Avast and still go home to their family at night and look them in the eyes?


  • Michael Meissner Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    I am a simple man. I see McAfee on a "best apps" list and I cringe. Avast is good, probably the best aside from Kaspersky; good for those who believe politicians enough to distrust Kaspersky. I'd also highly recommend Malwarebytes to everyone, as a secondary protection.

    There are other underwhelming picks that I'd love to argue, but seriously, McAfee? "Best Apps"? Eww.


  • Thomas Thomas Sep 21, 2018 Link to comment

    Your article is very much incomplete.don't include the privacy stuff.many app needs location, login to work. Then how can this be best.this info is not true to the best.frankly speaking boring.

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