Top apps to install on your new Android device

Top apps to install on your new Android device
Top apps to install on your new Android device


One of the first things that all of us do after the initial setup of a new Android device is heading over to the Google Play Store and look for the essential apps. In this segment, I have compiled a list of must-have applications for your new device. For ease of readability, I will be characterizing the apps based on its genre, an “other apps” segment will also be added at the end.

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Top apps to install on your new Android device


Social connections are probably the prime function of a smartphone these days. Top apps include Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. However, other applications like Periscope can also be downloaded to suit your individual needs.


This is another very important function of your device. Top Messaging apps are Hangouts, Facebook Messenger app, WhatsApp, and Skype. Hangouts and Skype can also be used to make voice calls. If you are looking for an app that allows you to upload and send files via messages, Line is the best option for you.

You can find more options in Messaging apps HERE.


With Android Marshmallow and Lollipop, security features have been upgraded a lot, so you don’t need many applications for this aspect. However, my personal favorite antivirus is Avast, which is free to use. I also use the two-step authentication process to make sure that my accounts are all safe and also to add an extra layer of authentication for security reasons. You can use the Google authenticator for the same, however, I use the Authy app for my Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Here is the list of Best Locker Apps for Android devices for ensuring data Security


This would be different for different users depending on the level of control that they are looking for over the shots that they take. For auto shots, usually, the proprietary camera app is able to do the job well. For pro-level access, I would suggest the Camera FV-5 app if you are willing to pay 199 INR or Camera FV-5 Lite app for free use. The best gallery app that I use is QuickPic. The overall interface and sorting options are good. The application is very quick and responsive. Focus is a good alternative to the application.

You can find more 5 Best Camera Apps for Android Smartphones

Photo Editing

Snapseed is the best mobile application for you to make quick edits to your photos. The recent updates have also added better control options for those of you who are looking for controlling more aspects of your snaps. Here is the list of more photo editing apps that you can install if you don’t like Snapseed.


I would not be suggesting many games here, would rather do a separate dedicated article. However, initially, games like Angry Birds 2, Subway Surfer, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale do provide good entertainment.

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Other Apps


This application is a good addition to your device. What it does it “pushes” notifications to your PC making sure that you don’t miss out on any notifications. While using it I found the application to be very helpful. WhatsApp messages that needed quick one line replies could be replied to right from the PC, without the need for opening the phone. The universal copy-paste feature is also amazing. However, this feature is paid.

ES File Explorer

This is my go-to file explorer. The “analyze” feature is very helpful and tells you about the big files that are taking up space on your device.

WPS Office

This is a must-have app for you to have on your device. Basically, this is an all-encompassing app that allows you to view and edit PDF, PPT, Word and Excel files right on your device.


This application is definitely the best news application that I usually head over to when I am short of time and want a quick update on the things that are happening around me. News in 60 words is definitely quite appealing.


CamScanner application is a must-have utility application that you should definitely install on your device. This is a document scanning and sharing application which is quite simple to use.


This is the wireless content sharing app of my choice. The ease of use is not the only aspect that drove me into using it. The fact that this application is also available for Windows PC is also an added advantage. Read SHAREit review.

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That’s it in this segment. Have anything that we missed? Do let us know in the comments section.