37 Must Have Free Android Apps

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Android is the most used Smartphone operating system in the world. It is free, awesome and provides everything under the sun for brilliant mobile experience.

If you are here then chances are, you have already purchased a android phone and currently looking for android apps. The best part about smartphone industry today is that most of the best apps are available for free download from their respective marketplace.

In case of android, it is google playstore.

You can download free as well as paid apps from google playstore. There are millions of apps available on it for free download and you need to pick based on your usage and requirement. For example, user who use their phone more for listening music will need music based apps and those who use it more for gaming, will need gaming apps.

Therefore there is no one size fits all solution but you can use these apps to start your mobile journey. I have covered most of the major social networking, utility, news and music apps as they are the minimum required in current world but you are most welcomed to suggest through comments. So please leave your comment and share your must have android apps list.

And, this list is more applicable for Indian users but non banking and news apps are applicable for all irrespective of the country.

Here is list of best free android apps.

37 Must Have Free Android Apps

must have free downloaded android apps

Whatsapp

Whatsapp doesn’t need any introduction. It is one of the most downloaded free app on google playstore. It is used for message and sharing photos, text and videos with your friends and family. You can also create groups of your friends, family and colleagues. It is widely used by users in India and abroad and among best android apps.

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Viber

Viber is similar to whatsapp for messaging and sharing messages. In addition to that, viber also provides ability to call someone using data services/internet from your phone. You will be charged for data usage and not phone. This is a good option if you are calling someone abroad as ISD charges are quite high in India in comparison of data charges.

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Skype

Skype is one of the oldest and most popular video chatting app. You can use it for video calls over internet. You can also use it to make calls to cellphones but that is a paid service. But nonetheless, its primary usage is to make video calls. It comes from Microsoft and it is also one of the most downloaded app on android marketplace.

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Amazon

Amazon is the online ecommerce giant. Couple of years back, they launched their services in India. Their URL is amazon.in. you can download their app from google marketplace if you are looking to shop online.

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Flipkart

Flipkart is the market leader in ecommerce in india. Their app is good and free.

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Snapdeal

Just like the two mentioned above, snapdeal is also one of the biggest player in the online shopping segment and if you use them, you can download their androd app for free from google playstore.

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Shopclues

Shopclues is another leader online shopping portal in India. Just like other shopping apps, you should download it if you use their services/website.

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Camscanner

At times, we need ability to scan and mail documents. Camscanner is a perfect app for doing this. It is one of the most downloaded scanning app and the best part, it is free. Though you can buy the pro version but the free version also does it job.

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Compass 360 pro

Compass 360 pro is a good compass app. You can have it if you need to know directions.

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99acres

99acres is a app from real estate website 99 acress. It may not be required for you if you are not looking to rent or purchase real estate. But if you are planning, it is one of the best app to start your search.

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Magicbricks

Magicbricks is like 99acres and it is also used for real estate.

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AVG Antivirus

You need a antivirus app to keep your android phone protected from malware. AVG antivirus is free and a good antivirus app which scans every app downloaded on your phone and additionally also clear your cache to save memory thereby improving performance of your Smartphone.

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Outlook

Outlook is the app for popular email service outlook from Microsoft. If you are using outlook or hotmail, you should download it.

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Timesofindia

Timesofindia or TOI is the app from popular Indian newspaper Time of India. Depending upon your interest, you can download it if you are interested in latest or current news.

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IMDB

IMDB is the app from popular movie portal, IMDB. You can quickly search movies, their IMDB ratings and reviews using this app. It is a must have android app if you are interested in movies.

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Moneycontrol

Moneycontrol is the app from financial portal moneycontrol.com. it is a must have app for those who invest in share market and are looking to get latest update about BSE and NSE. It provide you all the current news about stock market and ability to access your portfolio on moneycontrol.com.

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Microsoft Office

Microsoft office is one of the most used utility software in the world. if you are using a smartphone, there are chances that you will use it to access Microsoft word, excel etc on it. Microsoft office app will allow you to do that.

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Google Docs

Google Docs is the android app from google to access to document, spreadsheet etc on your android Smartphone.  You can use it if you are not using Microsoft app for it. It is as good as Microsoft office app.

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Onenote

Onenote is the app from Microsoft for taking notes. You can use it to take notes on your phone and can access it on other device. Onenote is cloud based and it syncs your data when internet is available. You can login to your onenote account online on any other device and access your notes taken on your phone. If you are using other phones, even if they are windows or iOS, it will sync them and all of your notes will be available to you.

It is a very good app which could be used to take notes for your study, work or shopping.

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Hungama

Hungama is one of the most popular music app on android. Android app is free and you can listen music over internet for free. But if you want to have music downloaded or watch music videos, you will have upgrade to the premium service. It is a good app for music lovers.

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Saavan

Saavan is similar to hungama and is a good option for music lovers.

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NDTV

Just like times of india, NDTV is also a news app.

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Ibnlive

IBNLIVE is another top news app and you can download it for free on android marketplace.

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Facebook

The world’s biggest social networking site doesn’t need any introduction and it goes without saying “if you use facebook”. It is a must have android app. It is one of the top free android app.

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Twitter

Twitter is getting more and more popular among Indians and if you use twitter, you can use twitter app to access it on your android smartphone.

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Yahoo Weather

Yahoo app for weather is one of the best weather apps in the android app marketplace. It is one of the top app in this segment and it is recommended to have a weather app on your phone to provide you basic information about weather. This app can be used to know the weather forecast for entire weak and covers many Indian cities so try and see if your city is covered.

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Banking apps

I have used the term banking app because banks would vary from one user to another. ICICI, HDFC, SBI and all other Indian banks provide their app. You can use them to access your bank account on your mobile phone. At times, it comes quite handy. In fact, these apps are quite advance and you can do all the online transactions using these apps like fund transfer, credit card bill payment etc.

 

Onedrive

Onedrive is one of the top rated android app for cloud based online storage. Onedrive is the online storage service offered by Microsoft.  You can use it to store your content like photos, docs, music audio and videos online. You can access online from any device or using the app on android phones. You can also use onedrive to automatically backup your photos and videos. You can configure it to auto backup your photos on GPRS/EDGE or wifi settings. As photos are smaller in size, you can use GPRS/EDGE to auto backup but for videos, it is recommended to do that only on wifi as they are bigger in size and can cost you considerable amount of money. You can configure these things in the setting. You get 15 GB of storage for free when you sign up for outlook and Microsoft office online is included in that. Beyond that, they charge small amounts but for many of you, 15 GB would be more than enough. You can also use it for sharing documents with your friends, family and colleagues especially bigger documents or entire folder which can share using email.

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Google drive

Google drive is the cloud based online storage service from Google. Features and purpose are same as of onedrive and google drive also provide 15 gb of free online storage. If you are using google drive, you can use its android app to access google drive on your phone.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is also cloud based online storage and it is quite popular among its users. Dropbox offer 2gb free space and beyond that, you can purchase additional 1 tb (1000 GB) for $9/99.

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Google maps

Google Map is the famous map service from google. It is a must have app in current world and you can use it to know the route of your destination for any small or major journey. You can also use it as GPS. It will need GPRS/EDGE for that. But nonetheless, it is a must have for a android smartphone.

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Google Play Music

Google Play music is the media player for your android phone. It is a free app and can play most of the music files like mp3. You can transfer music to your android app from your pc or buy music from play store.

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Gmail

GMAIL is the android app for your popular email service, gmail. If you use it, it is a must have app for you.

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Youtube

Youtube is one of the best resources for online entertainment. You will find all kind of videos on it. Youtube android app will help you play youtube videos on your android phone with ease. It is must have app.

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Google Translate

Google translate is a must have app if you travel and visit places with different native language. In fact, it is also a must have app if you are learning other languages. You can easily translate most of the global and Indian languages using Google Translate app.

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Google hangouts

Google Hangouts is a message app from google for your smatphone.

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Google+ Photos

You use your phone camera to take photos, record videos. In addition to that, you download photos and videos from internet like photos sent to you from your friend on whatsapp. Gallery is one app where you can see all the photos available on your phone.

Photos from google not only provide ability to access these photos and videos, it also create a storyline based on the photos, videos, time and location. For example, if you take few videos and photos while travelling somewhere, it will create movies based on a storyline. It is really good and interesting. You can use it to access your phones videos and photos online, if you are enabled the auto backup.

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