In the growing age of smartphones and smart devices, most of the tasks in hand are being dealt with by software plugins installed on our phones or computers as applications. Every major ecosystem has its own app store, Microsoft has the Windows Store, Apple has its App Store, and Google has the Play Store. While these app stores work on different frameworks, most of the developers find the time and efforts to push out their applications on all these widely used app stores. This gives rise to a lot of categories within the app stores itself. We have seen games, entertaining apps or social media ones before, but this is the time to shine some light on a few of the best Productivity Apps for Android!
Productivity Applications are all around us, even when we wouldn’t realize. These are the set of apps that make life easier for all of us. From managing little tasks at hand to processing megabytes and gigabytes of data and help humans leave all the dirty work to the smart gadgets around – Productivity Apps benefit us a lot. Both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store have a personalized list of the best productivity apps for the users to have a taste of. We have tested a ton of them out, and have compiled a few of our top picks. From our options below, you can find the best apps suited to get things for your done easier and faster or rediscover how you manage your time and money in your life.
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Top 7 Productivity Apps for Android
All of the apps mentioned below have been tried and tested by yours truly, and I recommend only those apps that provide a fulfilling user experience. As far as availability goes, most of the apps we’ve mentioned about below are also available on a cross platform support, so if your have an iOS or Windows device, you can enjoy most of the listings here too! With that being said, let’s take a look on our top picks!
#1 – IFTTT (If This Then That)
The first one on our list is a complete automation application than might intrigue most of you reading this article. IFTTT, or simply known as “If This Then That” is an app that does exactly what it says. Among a plethora of automation app, we feel IFTTT is the best one thanks to its simplistic design and easy to use and intuitive software. For those of you who don’t know what IFTTT really is, it is essentially an app where you can fabricate your own shortcuts for apps to do actions system wide. For example, you can command dropbox to automatically download and upload to its server an instagram photo that you would post. Or rather you can make a shortcut that automatically puts your phone on Do Not Disturb if you launch a specific app or a game. The great part about IFTTT is that there are a lot of us “recopies” that users can simply use from the app’s database. You can obviously also create your own complex formulas or shortcuts to get a very specific list of actions done too. There is indeed a learning curve to the app, but like mentioned previously, thanks to the easy to use and intuitive interface, new users can hang on with the app quite quick.
IFTTT is available for Android on the Google Play Store and is a freemium service (free to download with additional subscriptions). It is quite similar to Tasker, but is much easier to use. You can download the latest version of IFTTT for your Android phone using the Google Play Store link below :
#2 – Pushbullet
Ever felt the clinging need to have access to a file or a photo on your computer or laptop that’s readily available on your phone? Well Pushbullet is your answer! Pushbullet is actually quite an old app and original of its concept too. It was made when people realized just how cool and convenient Apple’s AirDrop was when it was first announced. In a nutshell, people craved for a service that could instantly share media from one device to the other without the hassle of any intermediary connections in between. Pushbullet solves this by acting as a quick means of exchange. You can use Pushbullet to not only send text, photos, videos or GIFs between devices, but also can rely on it to send large files. As a plus point, Pushbullet now also has features that allows your computer or laptop to receive phone calls or texts that come through your phone. For a service that’s free to users who don’t want the most out of an application, we feel Pushbullet is a must have for the same kind of people as well. I personally have been using it since the past several years, and the amount of productivity I get out of it alone is unreal.
Pushbullet is avialble for a number of operating systems and platforms. You can have it installed on your Android or iOS smartphone, your Windows PC as a separate program or even as a Chrome Extension, on your Mac, and even on Linux. We feel the free plan should work out just good for any kind of work. You can download the latest version of Pushbullet for your Android device by following the link below :
#3 – TickTick
For those who are looking for an all in one task lister and manager, TickTick is the way to go. It is one of the better looking and more responsive to do list apps on the internet, and is also highly cross platform. I have been personally using TickTick on my Android device for ages and over the years the developers have only made it better. As a to do list app, you can create several tasks, label them with different colors, set a priority level to have a clear view of all the things that you need to get done and even add tags for you to find them quickly and painlessly. For those who are on a collaborative work plan, TickTick also offers a free way to create tasks and labels that you can keep shared between your friends or colleagues. There is a rich calendar sorting feature within the app that gives you a visually gorgeous depiction of all your tasks either daily, weekly, or monthly if you so choose to. There are also a number of widgets to choose from and add them on your homsescreen. I use the weekly task listing widget, and it allows me to get most of the actions done right then and there without me having to launch the app itself.
Overall, for the amount of free features TickTick has, we don’t hope anyone has to feel the need to buy the premium subscription. You can select from a number of themes to make the app truly yours as well. You can grab the latest version of TickTick on your Android device by using the Google Play link below :
#4 – Forest
Up next is an application whose idea has been around since ages. Forest is sort of a time manager app for those who can’t get enough of their phone addiction but want to improve their lifestyle for the better. While there are plenty of other apps that have been recently launching from bigger OEMs and developers (such as Digital Well Being by Google and Zen Mode by OnePlus), what makes Forest so great it the idea or principle it works on and implements. Basically when you start off with the app for the very first time, you get a cute little tree which will progress to grow if you meet your goals and stay away from your phone for a given set of minutes per day. However, if you break the rules and try to cheat yourself, your plant will slowly start to die. With this sort of a motivation, we feel no one would want a living and happy being to be perished just because of our bad habits. The app also sports a lot of info graphs and tabs that display how good your performance has been on a daily, weekly or even a monthly basis. There are a lot of applications on the Google Play Store that aim at curing one’s phone addiction, but Forest is unparalleled.
Remember, the more you stay away from your phone, the more trees you’ll grow, and soon you’ll have your own little forest! You can try our Forest and see how it truly changes your lifestyle for the better in just a few days. You can download the latest version of this app over at the Google Play Store using the link below :
#5 – ATracker
The next one on our list is also one of our favorites by far too. ATracker is a beautiful time managing and recording application. This app is primarily for those who like to keep tabs on what they’ve done throughout the day or the entirety of a week. Maybe you’re spending too much time watching TV or too little time on personal care, with this information on the tip of your fingers, you can easily bring a change in your life for good. The app itself allows its users to create several tasks and customize it as per their liking. You can note down what action or task you’ve accomplished in what time period. While it might seem like a cumbersome task to have to input everything you’ve done throughout the day on the app, you really start getting used to it thanks to its intuitive UI and ease of use. At the end of the day, week, or month, you can view all your tasks and accomplishments (including things you might regret spending a whole lot of time on) as pie charts or info graphs. You can connect to the cloud to save your progress and keep tabbing on yourself.
For being a free application, we feel ATracker is an all around time management and task tracker app. It becomes one of the apps that you feel has changed your life a lot, and only for the better. You can grab the latest version of this application over at the Google Play Store by following the link below :
#6 – ToDoist
Next up is another great way to manage all of your tasks for the day for the week, or even for the entire month. Just like TickTick, ToDoist is a great app that will fulfill your daily needs and help you get stuff done. While we felt that most users will be satisfied with either of these apps, having more than one option is always beneficial, isn’t that right? When it comes to the general user interface and design, ToDoist is an exceptionally planned out app, and you can definitely notice and feel the months and years worth of hard work that has gone into designing this piece of art. It has a sweet material design UI flowing throughout the app, with big vectors and buttons to complement the overall friendly interface. To add to that, ToDoist also has a whole bunch of themes that you can choose from. Although you only get access to a couple of them in the free plan, the dark theme is well appreciated which does come for free.
Talking about features, you can expect all that you would from a traditional task manager with ToDoist as well. You can add tasks, create labels, groups, and even tags. To better compliment your tasks you can add tags to them individually, and even set a specific date and time for a more personalized experience. ToDoist also has a Karma system which rewards you for getting your things done on time. All of this keeps you well motivated throughout the day, and will ensure that your productivity will have increased by ten folds. Overall, ToDoist is a great task manager that you can customize to your own accord and liking and get things done your way. You can grab the latest version of this application for your Android device over at the Google Play Store by following the link below :
Last up on our list of some of the best Productivity Apps for Android, we have TimeTune. If you have been looking for an app to tidy up your daily schedule, be it at work, in school or even at home, then TimeTune is just the right app for you. It is essentially a timetable app that will allow you to create various kinds of schedules to fulfill different needs. I have personally been using this app since the past 4 years, and this has dramatically improved my productivity and has helped me stay well oriented towards my tasks and my goals. If you are a student, and find it hard to manage your homework and studies due to all the classes, then using TimeTune to create a simple weekly overlay of your classes will help tremendously. On the other hand, as a fresher at work, you can use this app to fine tune your daily schedule and ensure that you achieve all your goals everyday effortlessly.
The reason why we have recommended a timetable app in this list today is due to the sheer importance of following a good enough schedule, and how drastically it will improve your life for the better. Talking more about the features that TimeTune has to offer, you can create any kind of task you wish to, name them accordingly and even choose a vector icon to match the task from a bunch of different options too! You can switch the layouts of how you want your timetable to be perceived, and can even set up reminders for each task. Overall, as a timetable app we feel you will not be able to find something as complete and feature heavy as TimeTune itself. You can grab the latest version of this application for your Android device over at the Google Play Store by following the link below :
That’s all folks! We hope you enjoyed our roundup of some of the best Productivity Apps for Android! Which one among the list is your favorite, and how many of these apps have you already known or have been using? Know other productivity apps that you feel people might find interesting? Do let us know in the comments section below, we’d be delighted to hear from you guys!