Top 15 Apps You Must Have on Your Smartphone

When I got my first Android smartphone, I had no idea which apps I should get. With millions to choose from in the Play Store, where do you even start? So I had to try lots of apps and after lots of trial and error, I’ve finally figured out the best apps I should keep on my device (aside from the obvious ones like Facebook or Facebook Lite, your email, standard Google apps, a good flashlight…).



So, I’ll save you all this trouble and tell you about the top 15 apps you must have on your smartphone. I made the collection from a variety of specialized apps in a number of categories. Hopefully this will give you enough information for whatever you may need on your Android device. From protecting your device, to social, photography, launchers, music and more.

Essential apps for Android smartphones

Security Apps

  • AVG Antivirus

This is a free antivirus app for Android devices. It includes many features to protect your device from viruses, malware and other threats. It also helps you navigate through blocked sites in certain countries. Bonus!

Backup Apps

  • GoBackup

An all-in-one app to back up your data; phone contacts, messages, call log, and the installed apps with app data on your SD Card. Full back up or selected items can be restored.

Communication Apps

  • XDA
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Made by and for developers and Android lovers. Simply, XDA is a forum where people develop ROMs and share tweaks for the Android platform, and a way for communication between Android lovers and developers.

  • Viber

Other than Facebook, Twitter, LINE, Telegram, WhatsApp, etc. Viber is another free messaging application for sending and receiving texts, images, videos, audio files, and free audio & video calls with other Viber users.


  • Opera Mini

A fast and widely used browsers for Android devices. With a simple Interface, it provides you with an easy going, lightweight browsing experience. This is my favorite mobile browser by far. 😉

  • UC Browser

Another fast browser app. It has many features like multi-touch, voice commands, cloud acceleration technique, and much more. This also comes in a mini version if you’re low on space, but functionality is lower.


  • ROM Toolbox

This provides you with lots of options to tweak your Android device for those of you with root access. You can personalize your system font, download boot animations, download ThemeChooser themes, and more.

  • Battery Defender

In my opinion, the best app to extend battery life. It’s simple to use, it gives you the option to turn on/off Battery saving, disables unwanted processes and apps in the background, and stops Wi-Fi connectivity if the device isn’t in use or the screen is off.

  • Google Reader
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Helps you to read all your news and feeds in one place. It also syncs the feeds in multiple devices.

  • Olive Office Premium

This is a free Android app that allows you to view and edit documents (Word, PPT, XLS files) and read PDFs.


  • Go Launcher

Allows you to customize your device, choosing from thousands of paid and free themes, plugins and widgets.

  • QQLauncher

This app is made to look similar to MIUI Launcher. It has ThemeSupport and other features like built-in locker and widgets. It has a beautiful layout. Obviously you can live with just one launcher app on your device.

Entertainment Apps

  • Music Paradise

Search for the Music or Album terms, and download free music directly to your Android device. You can use the built-in player.

  • Mobile9

A great app for downloading wallpapers, ringtones, notification sounds, live wallpapers, etc. It’s also possible to download apps, launchers and themes into your Android phone. It automatically detects the stuff that is compatible for your device.

Photography Apps

  • Instagram

Instagram doubles as a photography and social app. It provides you with a variety of photo filters and effects, which you can use directly after capturing photos with the app’s camera. Then you can share it with your Instagram friends and followers.