11 Amazing Android Apps That Will Transform How You Use Your Phone – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

There are millions of apps on the Play Store ranging from addictive games to essential productivity tools to awesome ways to customize your phone.

Even better, there are also apps that will completely change the way you use Android. Some enhance the user interface, others automate common tasks, and some take popular operating system features and make them even better.

Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing apps for Android.

1. Lynke browser

Social media is great for finding interesting articles on the web, but it’s not always convenient to read them right away. Sometimes it’s better to queue multiple items and come back to them later.

You can do that with Lynket Browser. It opens web pages in the background. You can access them at any time by tapping floating bubbles on the screen. It’s simple yet so useful. The app works with your existing default browser and can also speed up browsing by automatically loading the AMP versions of the links you click.


Another great feature of the Lynket browser is the option to read pages in article mode, which loads a sleek-looking reading mode without all the fluff and filler.

Even though the app hasn’t been updated for a while, it still delivers what it promises.

Downloads: Lynket Browser (free, in-app purchases available)

The best Android widgets are really useful, but if you use too many of them, they quickly clutter your home screens and slow down your phone.

Popup Widget 3 is rethinking how they work. It turns all your selected widgets into 1×1 icons on your home screen. When you tap one, it pops up so you can see what’s inside. The app gives you the convenience and speed of widgets – you don’t need to launch the full app just to see your latest tweets or check the weather – without sacrificing performance.

Downloads: Popup Widget 3 ($1.99)

3. Note pin

Notepin does something so obvious that you’ll wonder why it’s not already part of Android. Simply put, you can create notes and then pin them to your notification panel as reminders.

While the app isn’t overly complex, you can sort your notes by priority or recently added, and they’re color-coordinated too, which looks great. Once pinned, your notes are visible in your notification panel until you unpin them.

Although Notepin doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, it is definitely one of the most amazing apps for Android users who value productivity and organization.

Downloads: Notepin (free, in-app purchases available)

4. MacroDroid

Many of the coolest Android apps take the tedium out of mundane tasks you do every day by doing them for you automatically.

MacroDroid is similar to the popular Android automation app Tasker. However, using Tasker effectively for more complex tasks has an incredibly steep learning curve, and MacroDroid is an app that you can install and start using right away.

The app only requires you to configure two settings – just one action, triggered by a trigger. So plugging in the headphones could be the trigger, and the corresponding actions could be automatically launching the Spotify app and adjusting the volume.

Or you could have your phone go into airplane mode (the action) (the trigger) at night. You can also instruct it to read your text messages aloud when your phone is in an auto-dock.

You can add optional constraints to fine-tune the conditions under which your macro can run. This gives the app even more power and your macros can be as simple or as complex as you need them to be.

Downloads: MacroDroid (free, in-app purchases available)

5. IFTTT

While MacroDroid is perfect for on-device automation, IFTTT does the same for web services. The official IFTTT app allows you to create applets that connect two internet-based services or devices using your Android phone as the central hub.

The possibilities are nearly unlimited. You can use IFTTT to automate your phone in many ways – to tweet automatically, to get SMS notifications for your Google Calendar events, or to get price drop notifications for products you’re about to buy. You can also use it to control your smart devices.

Once you get it working, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. IFTTT is definitely one of the most interesting apps on the Play Store.

Downloads: IFTTT (free, in-app purchases available)

6. Quick cursor

Having trouble using your phone with one hand? No wonder, because with each new generation of devices, the screens are getting bigger and bigger. But Quick Cursor is an ingenious solution to the problem.

The app places a cursor on your screen that you control with your thumb and that allows you to interact with buttons and other parts of an app’s interface. What’s clever about it is that all you have to do is swipe your thumb across the bottom third of your screen and the cursor itself will stretch all the way to the top. Just line it up with a button and tap it, it’s that simple.

Quick Cursor relies on your phone’s accessibility features and includes some pretty serious permissions, so it might not be for everyone. But it’s a really great app for one-handed use.

Downloads: Quick Cursor (Free in-app purchases available)

7. Powerful text

While WhatsApp Web lets you send WhatsApp messages through your PC, if you prefer texting, SMS Text Messaging by MightyText becomes a must-have app.

It syncs to your PC, Mac or Linux computer via a browser extension, giving you full access to your SMS messages on the larger screen. You can read, reply to or create new messages, and view notifications from all your other apps. You can even make calls so you hardly ever have to pick up the phone.

There is a monthly sending limit in the free version, so you might want to consider another tool if you are a heavy user. For more similar apps, check out other apps that let you text from your PC.

Downloads: MightyText (free, in-app purchases available)

8. Universal copy

Copy and paste on Android is mostly fine until it doesn’t work. Some apps just don’t support it and some websites prevent copying, which can be extremely frustrating.


With Universal Copy you can copy and paste almost anything from any app and even copy the text from an image. It integrates seamlessly into the system. All you have to do is give the app the appropriate permissions and next time you want to copy text, just launch the app from the link in your notification bar and then long press or activate the copy Scan mode to find text in an image.

Downloads: Universal copy (free, in-app purchases available)

9. Sesame

Sesame is a universal search and shortcut maker. It’s so good it could easily become your most used app.

Sesame can search almost all of your other apps and show messages from Slack or playlists in Spotify right from your home screen.

It also creates shortcuts to specific features in those programs. Whether you want to load up your daily commute or quickly get the live scores on your favorite sports app, you can do it with just a single tap.

Downloads: Sesame (free, in-app purchases available)

10. Niagara Launcher

The overall best way to customize your Android phone is to install a new launcher. There is a huge variety to choose from, with Nova Launcher being the best. But we also love Niagara Launcher, which gives your phone a fresh, clean look and is one of the most unique apps on Android.

Niagara dispenses with icons, widgets, app drawers, and all the other stuff that clutters your phone. In their place, you get a few shortcuts for your favorite apps, a vertical app index designed for one-handed use, and a few other efficiency tools. This includes the ability to view notifications more easily and hide infrequently used apps.

The app takes a little getting used to, but it’s worth a try.

Downloads: Niagara Launcher (Free, in-app purchases available)

11. Super status bar

Android has always been highly customizable, but one area that most people ignore is the status bar. This app is finally changing that.

With the super status bar, you can adjust the brightness or volume of your display by swiping along the top of the screen. You can set up a ticker to preview your incoming messages and notifications. And you can configure many other gesture controls, monitor battery life or change the appearance of the entire panel.

There’s so much going on here, and it even includes a few advanced customizations for rooted users, which is why Super Status Bar makes our list as one of the most amazing Android apps.

Downloads: Super Status Bar (Free, in-app purchases available)

More great Android apps

This group of amazing Android apps will change the way you use your Android phone. They make it easier to use and let you find things you need faster.

But that’s just the beginning of all the awesome apps on the Play Store – be sure to check out some others.

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