already pay enough for your phone, especially with the price of some Android
flagships climbing north of $800. (Or haven’t you seen what Samsung’s charging
you for the Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S10 Plus these
days?) Throw in a monthly data plan, and it’s easy to understand why you’d want
to slash spending from your mobile budget.
not start with apps? Many of the best options available through the Google Play
store are free. The true challenge is sorting the must-downloads from the ones
that will just waste space. If you’ve got a new Android device to load up with
apps or you’re just looking for new additions to your old phone, here are 40 of
our free favorites for Android.
Facebook for Android is quite
similar to what you’d find on Facebook.com, but catered to smartphones. Share photos from your Android gallery, post updates on
your wall, comment on the posts of your Facebook friends, share links and other
media, and much more with the free app. The app is under constant tweaking,
with the latest update ushering in a new look for the app that puts the emphasis on Groups. Facebook’s even rolling out
its own dating service this year.
it’s a separate app, the Facebook experience wouldn’t be complete without
the Facebook Messenger app, which handles Facebook’s chat
and call features and is getting its own redesign to be faster and take up less
space on your phone.
Notion aims to be your personal
and team productivity hub, allowing users to create custom private or shared
workspaces that they can then add versatile “blocks” that can act
like text snippets, bookmarks, images, toggle links, files, code snippets,
discussion sections, and more. This allows you to easily customize your
workspace, while also making it easy to drag and drop individual blocks of
content to where you need them without disrupting an entire document. Whether
you’re doing notetaking, spreadsheeting, or building a Kanban board, Notion’s
powerful building blocks make things a snap to set up. The free version of
Notion allows you to save and sync up to 1,000 blocks of content, while premium
subscription plans remove that content limit and add admin tools, permission
settings, and other features.
Google Play Awards 2019 winner, Canva is a quick,
user-riendly photo editing app that’s designed with social media use in mind.
The app comes with a variety of ready to use templates, filters, fonts, and
other tools that you can apply to images in your device’s gallery or in Canva’s
selection of free and premium images, which you can then easily share to your
favorite social network or media platform. You can use Canva to quickly set up
a cover photo or account avatar for Facebook or create crisp and clean
Instagram stories, Twitter banners or the perfect Youtube thumbnails. There’s a
wealth of free material and templates you can work with, as well as a selection
of premium templates, images, and more that you can access with in-app
PicsArt Photo Studio
you want something that’s better at proper photo editing, consider PicsArt Photo Studio, another Google Play Awards 2019
nominee designed to bring a ton of editing tools straight to the palm of your
hand. PicsArt gives you a range of options to work with, from standard editing
tools that stretch, distort, and crop images, to filters, beautifying tools,
cutout tools, collage makers, double-exposure mixing tools, masking selections,
drawing tools, and more. In short, it’s a collection of tools that’s useful for
everything from cleaning up quick snapshots to making a share-worthy social
media piece. While you already get a good selection of features for free, a
PicsArt Gold premium subscription provides a wider array of tools along with
more filters and fonts andvideo editing; the subscription also removes ads.