15 Best Free Productivity Apps For Smartphones
One of the many reasons smartphones were invented was so that we could be more productive. They are little computers that we carry with us everywhere, and that means they expand our ability to get work done at virtually any point in the day. While it is healthy to have a separation of work and home life, it’s undeniable that some things are just more easily handled on a smartphone. Let’s take a look at the best productivity apps for Android!
1. Google Calendar
A great calendar is like a great personal assistant, keeping your days flowing smoothly. Without them, most of us would miss appointments, forget birthdays, and disregard deadlines. Google Calendar with its Material Design, advanced event features, direct integration with other Google services is one of the best free calendars available.
While most email clients usually show you the emails in the chronological order of their arrival, Google’s Inbox is different. It helps you get organised and focus on the things that matter. With Inbox, you can get the most relevant information without even opening the message (such as check-in for flights, shipping information for purchases). The app also bundles the similar messages together so you can deal with them all at once. And get rid of them with one swipe. You can also add and snooze reminders, so your inbox contains all the things you need to get back to. Inbox works seamlessly with Gmail and other apps of Google ecosystem.
Dropbox is the place to store, share, and back up your photos, documents, videos and other files where you can access them anytime from all your devices. It’s easy to send large files to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. You can edit Microsoft Office files from your phone or tablet, back up photos and videos automatically and send large files without email attachments.
4. Google Drive
Google Drive is a Google’s cloud storage service for all your files which can be accessed from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. The best part about Google Drive is its easier integration with the rest of the Google ecosystem. Files in Drive can be easily viewed, edited and shared with others.
Evernote (Android, iOS) is one of the premier cross-platform note-taking services, enabling users to take and upload notes, pictures, audio and video snippets and organise them into cloud notebooks that can be synced across different devices. Evernote is loaded with powerful organisation, formatting and sharing options. You can also upgrade to get more features.
How often you come across a brilliant article when you are short on time and then can’t find it later? Pocket is the ultimate bookmarking app to solve your problem. Pocket is a great offline reading tool that allows you to select and save articles, pictures and videos for later viewing.
The Internet is full of many brilliant websites. But why spend so much time to track down the new content on these websites when Feedly can deliver the latest stories and articles straight to your phone?
You can select the topic and sites which you want updates for, and Feedly collects their latest material for you. You can also save articles for offline viewing.
IFTTT (If This Then That) allows you to automate simple processes easily. It operates on a simple principle: if a specific event happens (e.g., you receive an email), an action is performed (e.g., all attachments are saved into Google Drive). Recipes on IFTTT can be used to easily automate your favourite functions from apps like Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, Twitter and Gmail, as well as hardware like Nest Thermostat, FitBit, and Philips Hue lightbulbs.
While Google Keep is not as feature rich as other to-do list apps, it is the simplest to use. Google Keep easily integrates with other apps in Google ecosystem. You can create to-do lists, save notes, set reminders on notes, etc. You can also use labels and different colours to distinguish different lists and notes.
Trello is a highly customizable digital bulletin board that you can use to set up anything from to do lists, tasks, notes and more. Users create “lists”, which are dynamic containers that can be filled with “cards.” These can be anything from tasks, notes, ideas, pictures and more, that users can then drag and drop up and down the line, or move to other lists. The app allows for collaboration with co-workers and friends which make it perfect for a work environment. It also comes with Google Drive and Dropbox support and Android Wear support.
11. WPS Office
WPS Office (Android, iOS), formerly known as Kingsoft Office is one of the most popular mobile office suite. It is an all-in-one app for word processing, slideshows, and presentations. It can also be used to view and convert PDFs while it also provides support for wireless printing, Microsoft file types and 46 languages. Its tabbed document editing allows you to work on and cross-reference multiple files simultaneously.
Having a good, fast and personalised keyboard can save you more time than you think. SwiftKey is third-party with smooth responsiveness, swipe typing and accurate prediction system that quickly learns your typing and vocabulary habits. Swiftkey’s highly configurable settings allow you to tweak the keyboard to your personal taste and SwiftKey Cloud allows you to sync your personal typing habits and dictionary between iOS and Android devices.
Pushbullet is a fantastic app that let you transfer and sync data between your PC and mobile wirelessly. With Pushbullet you can transfer links, articles, text, images or anything else from mobile to PC or vice versa. Along with installing the app on your phone, you also need to install the Pushbullet extension in your web browser. The app can also mirror smartphone notifications on the PC screen, from where users can also reply to texts and emails, delete notifications, get notified about incoming calls and more.
14. Brain Focus
Brain Focus is an app based on Pomodoro technique. You can set work sessions typically 25 minutes long (called Pomodoro sessions), followed by a 5-minute break. After four repeated Pomodoro sessions, you get a longer break. The app allows you to set the timing of sessions and breaks, while also providing you with the weekly stats. The sessions can be easily controlled by widgets.
According to the research, exposure to screens late at night can disrupt your sleep, leaving you weaker the next day. Twilight helps solve this problem.
Twilight is a blue light filtering app that progressively reduces the colour temperature of the display (making it redder) and dims the screen until your chosen levels of colour and brightness are reached. Twilight uses your location’s sunrise and sunset times as indicators for dampening your screen. After sunset, Twilight will begin to dampen your screen’s colour temperature using a combination of blue-light filtering and warmth intensity.