I’ve been through several android phones in my life and I always find something I’ve forgotten when I go to re-install my must-have apps. So – for me as much as it is for you – here is my list of must-have android apps (in no particular order)
aWallet Cloud Password Manager – Ever forget a password? With this app, all you have to do is remember one and the rest are at your fingertips. A free version is available, but I decided a long time ago to pay for the ability to save my passwords to my cloud storage.
QR Droid Code Scanner – This has become less important over time as the use of QR codes has lessened, but there are still many uses for this handy app. This will allow you to decode from your camera, from images saved onto your phone, create codes, and much more. Very useful for giving people your contact information quickly.
Google Keep – Keep is my life. Little notes to remind me of something, addresses, story ideas, shopping lists… everything.
Aqua Mail – the best multi-account email app out there. Add your Yahoo, Hotmail, Inbox, or Google account with your IMAP or POP accounts. Constant updates and UI refreshes.
Google Maps – Navigation & Traffic – This app just keeps getting better and better. I’m sure it’s pre-installed on most phones, but it’s worth taking a look at if you haven’t for a while. You can save your custom spots now and even download your home area while on WiFi so you don’t spend your data to get directions to that new restaurant.
ES File Explorer & File Manager – The easiest way to manage your files on your phone. Most file managers that come pre-installed are… just horrible. This one is full-throated.
Image Shrink Lite – Resize your images before uploading them. If you find yourself wanting to resize batch files, go for the paid version.
Alarm Clock Plus – This is the free version of the best alarm clock I’ve found. Set alarms for specific days, to repeat, to use music stored on your phone, etc… It’s unfortunate that the built-in Android alarm is so limited.
Smart Launcher 3 – It’s not the fanciest launcher out there, but it’s the one that I like the most. Adds some useful functionality to your base launcher and the ability to have different themes to suit your needs.
Authy 2-Factor Authentication – 2FA is what everything will be in the future, so you may as well start now. This revs up your security by adding another layer of protection. The nice thing about Authy is that it syncs to the Desktop app, so you don’t have to set up several different versions with all your codes.
Contacts + – Not only does it give you a nicer way to view your contacts, it also comes with caller id, an sms manager, and contacts/call log/sms backup abilities. Very nice.
Google Opinion Rewards – Get paid in the Play Store by answering polls. Free money, peeps. I can’t tell you how many comics, movie rentals, and apps I’ve paid for with this little gem.