What are the best tools for Android devices?

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  1. 31

    #1AppLock

    AppLock

    AppLock is an Android app by DoMobile Lab. It locks apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Gallery, Messenger, SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Settings, and any app chosen. Other than locking incoming calls, it prevents unauthorized access and guard privacy.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Katherine Franklin
    Written on January 16, 2018
    "Applock is an excellent tool for Android. Up there with a launcher and antivirus apps as an extremely useful tool to consider adding to your device, and Applock is among the best at what it does."
  2. 30

    #2Tasker

    Tasker

    Tasker is a paid app for Android devices that works as a fully customizable automation tool for all kind of tasks as sending SMS, checking mails, setting alerts, launching apps and all about that kind of stuff.

    Apps

    Android

    $2.99

    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "If you like the home automation stuff, then Tasker is kind of like that for you but it's for everything on your phone. You can set multiple things to be triggers and then it'll run the item. You can also set conditions that once the thing that sets off the trigger is over, it'll run a winddown of the tasks. A lot of my older phones I used this to pinpoint when I was at work so it would automatically go into silent & vibrate mode so I wouldn't get in trouble for my phone being on. It really came in handy!"
  3. 25

    #3IFTTT

    IFTTT

    IFTTT stands for If This Then That. It's a tool that actually lets you build your very own automated actions called "recipes," so that you don't have to do them yourself every time.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Gloria Nichols
    Written on January 15, 2018
    "I don't know what I ever did before I started using IFTTT. This tool has been a lifesaver. It has gotten my apps to all "talk" to each other -- integrating the tools that I rely on to make my life efficient and productive. My phone works better than ever before, now that I use IFTTT."
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    #4LastPass

    LastPass

    LastPass is a password manager which can securely store your passwords and personal information. It is available as a web browser add-on. It also has premium options along with being free.

    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, Chrome

    Free- Varies by plan

    Richard Lane
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "This is a good idea if you have a lot of different passwords, though not as helpful for Android, as this is a desktop only app. What is does, it does well. I don't think I'd keep any passwords on my phone anyway, just in case something happens to it. But the extension itself is fine. "
  2. 21

    #5Smart Launcher Pro

    Smart Launcher Pro
    Smart Launcher Pro makes your Android more intuitive and organized. It's the premium version of free Smart Launcher for Android, letting you unlock a lot of pro features.
    Apps

    Android

    $4.49

    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "I just cannot understand why anyone would even suggest this type of app; it's a useless function. If you're looking for tools for your android device, don't bother getting this - you already have a version of it, it's basically just designing your mobile's pages."
  3. 20

    #6Google Voice

    Google Voice
    Google Voice is a free app for iOS and Android devices that allows you to get a free phone number with all its usual functions available as calling or messaging. You can record incoming calls too. Only available within the US bounds.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Irma Duarte
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "This is the perfect tool for myself. I have been using this service for all my calls since 2008 and I've never missed a call or a text. The only issue came about when T-Mobile did an update to the my old phone, but that is over. Thanks for the update Google!!"
  4. 18

    #7Smart Launcher 3

    Smart Launcher 3

    Boost your device with Smart Launcher 3, a launcher that will make your Android more intuitive and better organised. This launcher includes lots of themes that the users can customize at their will, among many other features. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Daniel Greene
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "Are you tired of your Android's default look and feel. Want something more interactive. Then this app might be what you're looking for. I tend to change my android smartphone's launcher from time to time as it is a way to make me feel like I have a brand new phone every couple of months. Smart Launcher three gives the user power to change the way their Android smart phone work.s and looks. It adds that extra dimension that most android phones severely lack. Try it and see what I mean. "
  5. 16

    #8ES File Explorer

    ES File Explorer

    ES File Explorer (File Manager) is an all-in-one free app for Android devices. It is capable of managing all files both online and offline and transferring to other devices via WiFi. The app also has a built-in app manager and note editor.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Katherine Hudson
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "Es was the first file explorer that came out in 2008. I had it on my Google G! and now I have it on my Google Pixel. It has only got better with each update and is still the leader in file management."
  6. 14

    #9LINE Launcher

    LINE Launcher
    LINE Launcher is a styling app for Android devices. It allows you to make up your landing home screen with some fancy features, as stickers, wallpapers, widgets and full themes.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Christine Ryan
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "I used to not bother personalizing my phone because I didn't know where to begin or how I'd tweak the settings on my phone. But when I found this app, making my home screen stylish and convenient for daily use has never been easier. I haven't stopped personalizing my home screen ever since I started using this app, can't seem to get enough! This tool is also very user-friendly and comes with many resources--I didn't have to look elsewhere."
  7. 12

    #10GasBuddy

    GasBuddy

    GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting nearly 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop. This app is the leading source for the most accurate, real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations in the U.S, Canada, and Australia. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    John Carter
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "One of the first things that I did upon getting my Android phone was to see what type of apps that I could get use out of. I wanted tools that would improve my life mainly. I came across GasBuddy one day and installed it. So far it has made finding gas a lot easier of a process."
  8. 10

    #11Solid Explorer File Manager

    Solid Explorer File Manager

    Solid Explorer is a file explorer and cloud manager, with two independent navigation panels which provides you a new experience in file exploration, being able to manage your Dropbox

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Gloria Ward
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "This file explorer for android is a pain to navigate. It's not coded properly or something, has a lot of trouble detecting my swipes."
  9. 9

    #12Sleep as Android Unlock

    Sleep as Android Unlock

    With this complete app, you can have a smart alarm and also a sleep tracker. Sleep as Android Unlock is an effective tool for those who want a gentle awakening, as it provides sounds to get you started in the best possible way.

    Apps

    Android

    $5.49

    Nancy Rios
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "I like how this has very calming sounds and music available and not something so intrusive and hatred as the regular alarm beep."
  10. 8

    #13AA App for Android

    AA App for Android

    AA App for Android is the official app for the tech site androidauthority.com. Get all the latest news, rumors, hot Android apps, tips & tricks, device reviews from the world of Android.

    Apps

    Android, Website

    Free

    Rachel Zhao
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "Pretty interesting app. It's opened my eyes to things my phone does that I didn't even know about. There's a lot of stuff on there that is not relevant to me at all, but I figured out how to customize pretty easy."
  11. 8

    #14Phandroid

    Phandroid
    Get the latest news, rumors, apps and everything you need for your Android device with Phandroid. Just open the app to discover new ways to improve your tablet or phone.



    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    María de Lourdes Guzmán
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "I'm always tinkering with my Android phone. I found out about Phandroid and downloaded it right away. It lets you know the latest news and rumors about Android devices. I've learned so much from this simple app and I love it. Highly recommended, so check it out!"
  12. 4

    #15VIP Password Manager

    VIP Password Manager

    VIP Password Manager is a free password manager for Android devices that allows you to save in a secure way all your passwords in just one place. It also lets you automatically fill passwords in sites and apps.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Henry Larson
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The VIP Password Manager has really made my life easier. I always have trouble remembering my passwords and many browsers are very hit and miss on which passwords they'll remember for you. The VIP Password Manager keeps all my passwords in one place and automatically fills them in when I need them. "
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    #16Allmobitools

    Allmobitools

    Allmobitools is a website which allows users to download mobile tools, firmware, flash files, flashing tools, flashing box, computer or PC suites, and drivers.

    Websites

    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "I really like that I can choose from so many different things on this website. I originally went there to get some help in unlocking my phone, but I have found quite a few different tools there that I have even urged my friends and family to download. It is also well maintained with no junk!"

Summary

Best What are the best tools for Android devices
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AppLockApps 31 Free
2TaskerApps 30 Paid
3IFTTTApps 25 Free
4LastPassSoftware 24 Free
5Smart Launcher ProApps 21 Paid
6Google VoiceApps 20 Free
7Smart Launcher 3Apps 18 Free
8ES File ExplorerApps 16 Free
9LINE LauncherApps 14 Free
10GasBuddyApps 12 Free
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