The Top Free Apps that You Need!

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on April 1, 2016, App Guides

Were you one of the lucky ones that got a new phone for Christmas? Or maybe your contracts up and it’s time for a new one, complete with a new mobile. However you got that phone, there’s one thing that you’re going to want to do: kit it out with apps. But with so many apps on the market these days, choosing the must haves can be tough. So we’re taking a look at the best apps that you need to download right now. Not only that, but they’re all free. Yep, that’s right, none of these is going to cost you a penny!

Inbox

Inbox

Alright, yes, your phone came with an email app already, and maybe you even downloaded the Gmail app too. But stop right there and do yourself a favour by downloading the free Inbox app, because it is truly going to change the way you use email. Full of neat features, like grouping emails by subject or sender, pinning your most important mails to the top of your inbox, and even letting you “snooze” mails so you receive them again later when you have time to deal with them. Inbox is one of the greatest productivity apps we’ve ever seen, and it’s all free.

ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer

The name doesn’t sound too exciting, but ES File Explorer is actually one of the most useful apps we’ve ever downloaded. What does it do? Well, in basic terms it allows you to find all the files on your phone easily, no matter what you’re looking for or where it’s stored. That’s handy enough in itself, but ES File Explorer has another trick up its sleeve: it allows you to perform a “clean uninstall” of apps. Generally when you uninstall an app that’s exactly what happens, the app is uninstalled. But all related data to that app is kept on your phone (in case you want to re-install later). ES File Explorer lets you get rid of everything though, freeing up more space on your phone. Seriously, you need this app (even if you think you don’t).

Pushbullet

Pushbullet

Pushbullet is one of those apps that you really need to just start using before you can appreciate it. Basically, the app connects all your devices together, sharing information between, say, your PC, tablet and smart phone. For those of us that work at a desk all day, being able to answer SMSs from the PC is pretty handy, but with Pushbullet you’ll find that you can seamlessly switch between devices and miss nothing at all. It’s truly very cool, so download it and give it a go, you can thank us later.

Citymapper

CityMapper

You’ve got Google Maps, so your travel needs are all taken care of, right? Think again. Citymapper is by far the best travel app around. It allows you to enter two locations and then gives you the best way to get between them, giving you options to walk, drive or take public transport (taking into account delays, bad traffic, and detours). It will even tell you which carriage of the underground or train to sit in for the shortest distance to your desired destination, and gives step by step directions (quite literally). Even better, there’s a “home” button, so once you’re out you can just hit “home” and the app will guide you back to your home address, no matter where you are. It connects to your smart watch too! You’ll never be lost again with Citymapper.

LastPass

LastPass

Eugh, so many things these days require passwords, and most of those things have apps on your phone too. If you’re finding it tough to remember your online banking, Facebook, Twitter, email, Skype and everything else password, then you need LastPass. LastPass remembers all your passwords for you. Enter your info into the app and the next time a webpage or app prompts you to enter your password LastPass will take over. All you need to do is remember your LastPass password, and you’re good to go. Sweet and simple and very, very useful.

WiFi Automatic

WiFi Automatic

WiFi, whilst great, can be a bit of a pain. On the one hand, you don’t want to use up your mobile data plan when you could be connected to your home or office WiFi network instead, on the other you don’t want to drain your phone battery when you’re out of range of your known WiFi networks. What to do? Download WiFi Automatic and let it do the job for you. You get various options, such as turning WiFi on/off when your phone display is on, or at certain times, or when you enter certain locations. All in all, WiFi Automatic is easy to use and is either going to save you money on your mobile data plan or is going to save you battery life on your phone (or both).

Honourable Mentions

Whilst the above apps are good for pretty much any phone user, depending on your needs we do have a handful of other free apps that you might want to download. Google Translate is awesome if you’re a big traveller since it will translate from typing, voice recognition or even by taking a picture. Lux Lite will let you make your screen darker, meaning that you’ll get a better night of sleep if you happen to like using your phone in bed.

If you send a lot of messages or emails then take a look at the Fleksy Keyboard, which helped break the world record for fastest typing (no, seriously, it did). Snapseed is the best free photo editing app around, a must have for big picture takers. JustWatch solves the problem of what TV show or movie to watch next by giving recommendations based on what you’ve watched before and what your interests are (and is based both on your location and which streaming services you have accounts with, like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video). Finally, Forest is an app for phone addicts. Leave your phone alone and a tree begins to grow, but as soon as you get tempted to text or play Candy Crush, your tree slowly begins to die.

There are tons of free apps to choose from, but these are our faves. So get that phone up and running and get yourself some awesome apps, and you won’t need to pay through the nose either!