Managing day-to-day responsibilities while maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be a struggle, even if you have a smart home assistant, like an Amazon Echo Show. Sometimes it really feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, and focus is impossible when you’re stressed or just not in the mood. Fortunately, you have the answer to this dilemma in the palm of your hand. There’s an app for everything these days.
So, whether it’s work or your personal life that calls for more efficiency, we’ve got your back. These are the only apps you need to work smarter, stay focused and get more done every day.
It is good practice to use a strong, unique password for each website you log into. But since it’s impossible to remember all those passwords, this free app helps you store and manage them securely using advanced end-to-end encryption. In addition, using the app allows you to auto-populate your log information in other apps with just one tap; you don’t need to copy and paste it.
In addition to storing login information, you can store credit cards, identifications and secure notes and organize them into folders. Bitwarden’s password generator is handy for creating passwords of up to 128 characters or passphrases of up to 20 words; customization options are included for each type to help you make them even more unique.
The name of this app says it all; this is really a simple and beautiful calendar app with lots of customization options. The ad-free app is not free; it requires a one-time fee of less than $2.00; but it is well worth it. If you want to test out some of its basic features, there is a free version of Simple Calendar, but it lacks widgets, time zone support, email reminders, tasks, and color customization; it is also no longer maintained.
For those using another calendar, such as Microsoft Outlook, Samsung Calendar, Nextcloud or Google Calendar, you can sync your events using CalDAV. Other ways to add events are by importing them via an ICS file or adding them manually. If you give Simple Calendar access to your contacts, you can even sync birthdays and anniversaries. Along with the usual calendar views, it also includes monthly and daily, yearly and simple event list views.
This file manager does it all and is quite stylish, thanks to its many themes and color schemes. In addition to accessing local files, you can access and manage an SD card, USB OTG and cloud files; plus, files are automatically organized into collections. Solid Explorer supports a variety of cloud services, including Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, and OneDrive. You can also extend the functionality by using plugins. It comes with a free 14-day free trial, after which you will lose access to premium features and will see in-app ads.
There are four display options for files: list, grid, gallery, and compact. Similarly, there are four sorting options: name, date, size and type. In addition, files and folders can be archived, hidden, encrypted (using strong AES encryption), transferred and added to the bookmarks section of the app. You can even create an FTP server in the app to transfer files and folders to another device, such as a computer.
If you are someone who takes a lot of notes or are looking for a convenient place to store all types of digital content, this is the app for you. Evernote is a well-known productivity app that started as a simple digital notebook, but is now so much more than that. In addition to taking notes, you can use the app to capture and save tasks, images, sketches, attachments and audio. You can then organize these items into custom notebooks.
Evernote is free to use, but it has its limitations. However, you can upgrade to the Personal or Professional plan if you want more out of the app. Upgrading will give you much more storage space for monthly uploads, increase the maximum allowed note size, enable task management, sync with Google Calendar, unlock app home screen customization, and allow PDF annotations.
Life is full of projects, tasks, wishes and goals, many of which you probably cannot remember on your own. TickTick is a feature-rich, easy-to-use task manager that helps you keep track of these things and reminds you when to do them. You can also organize tasks using tags and custom lists. In addition to seeing your tasks as a list, you can get an overview of them in a calendar.
While the free version of TickTick will be sufficient for many users, upgrading to Premium unlocks many valuable features. First, you’ll unlock the collaboration features that let you share lists and assign tasks to family, friends, or team members. In addition, you get access to advanced widgets for your device’s home screen: Eisenhower matrix, monthly and timeline view. Premium also includes premium themes, white noise options, and a Pomodoro timer feature to help you focus on individual tasks.
As one of the most popular cloud-based storage solutions, you’re probably already familiar with Google Drive. It is perfect for storing all types of files and documents from Google’s own services: Documents, Spreadsheets and Slides. You can then access these files and documents wherever you go. All accounts start with 15GB of storage (across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos); However, there is an option to purchase more in-app storage.
File sharing and collaboration are the features that make this app shine. You can share anything on your drive using a direct link and can choose to limit access to users you’ve selected or only those who have the link. If you also use the Google Drive app on your computer, you can sync some or all of your folders and access them on your Android device, ensuring you always have access to them.
This unique ad-supported file manager is in a league of its own because of its highly customizable interface. With a two-panel explorer, you can quickly copy and transfer files from one pane to another. Like Solid Explorer, it supports viewing and managing files on an SD card, USB OTG and via the cloud. It supports 11 cloud storage services, including Mega, pCloud, MediaFire, OneDrive and Dropbox.
If you need to transfer files between devices, there are many options: LAN, FTP, SSH, Wifi and DLNA. Additionally, X-plore’s file management options for viewing, renaming, splitting, duplicating, hiding and compressing files will surely come in handy. You can even unlock six additional features via an in-app donation. Finally, the disk map view displays the entire drive graphically and sorts each file by size, so you can see what’s taking up the most space.
Sometimes the default keyboard on your Android device may lack productivity-enhancing features to increase typing speed and accuracy. SwiftKey is a stylish keyboard app that fits the bill. It includes all the features you’d expect from a keyboard and even some you never knew you needed. For example, you can choose your preferred keyboard mode, switch to incognito mode, change the size of the keyboard and change the layout.
There’s an impressive gallery of free keyboard themes to choose from, and you can also create your own if you don’t find something you like. Swiftkey’s typing features include auto-correction, quick prediction insertion, quick punctuation, auto-capitalization, auto-spacing, cursor control, quick-delete, and flow or gesture typing. The built-in statistics can also help you visualize how much the app has improved your mobile typing.
Finally, we have an email app, but Spark is not your average email app. It’s free and packed with impressive features that will help you take control of your inbox. With the Smart Inbox feature enabled, the app collects emails from all added accounts and automatically categorizes them for you (eg personal, notifications, newsletters). However, Smart Inbox can be disabled if you prefer your inbox the default way.
Spark lets you pin important emails, snooze emails you’re not ready to deal with, and schedule emails to send later. It also helps you stay updated by notifying you of important unread emails you may have missed. You can also set up follow-up reminders to let you know if you haven’t received a reply to your message by a certain day and time.
The time is now
Productivity is a personal journey that must be customized and adapted to fit your needs. Maybe you just need some of the best apps on Android to help you get the most out of every day. With a little trial and error, you will have your priorities in order and have more free time for your free time. It’s all about dedication and consistency.
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