There are millions of apps available on the Google Play Store, making it difficult to know which ones are worth downloading. To help you out, we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and compiled a list of the best and most popular free apps you need on your Android phone. We haven’t included apps from Google here, as they likely came with your device.


While some of these apps may offer in-app purchases or subscriptions, basic functionality is free. Whether you’re looking for an app to pass the time, keep in touch with family, or learn a new skill, these great Android apps are sure to satisfy.


Reddit is a collection of hundreds of thousands of communities, each dedicated to a specific topic. It can be something broad, like movies, or niche, like slow cookers. You can passively consume the content others share, or get involved and vote on what you like and discuss in the comments.

To download: Reddit (Free in-app purchases available)


TikTok is about short videos created by users. It’s the perfect way to get through small-scale entertainment, with an endless number of dances, pranks, stories, and tips uploaded to the platform every day. TikTok also supports live streams, so you can watch your favorite creators in the moment and interact with them via chat.

To download: TikTok (Free in-app purchases available)

3. WhatsApp

Unlike Apple’s iMessage, Android doesn’t have a universal messaging service that comes automatically with every phone. Although you can get away with sending standard texts, the best option is to use WhatsApp. It is powered by the Internet and allows you to send rich multimedia messages, including images, videos and audio. Everything is also end-to-end encrypted.

To download: WhatsApp (Free)

4. Zoom

You’ve no doubt spent a lot of time using Zoom, whether it’s video calling friends and family, joining classes remotely, or having meetings with co-workers. It’s easy to use Zoom on Android: you can host video and audio calls, share your screen, and annotate. It’s all cross-platform, so it doesn’t matter if the other call participants aren’t using Android.

To download: Zoom (Free, subscription available)

5. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that believes that everyone should have access to free, world-class education. Through its application, you can learn math, science, art, programming, finance, history, etc. With curated lessons and a personalized learning system, the Khan Academy app is a perfect way to learn wherever you are.

To download: Khan Academy (Free)


If you want to fill your ears with quality music, look no further than Spotify. The music streaming service has over 82 million tracks and over four million podcast episodes. Be aware that unless you pay, you can’t shuffle music (except on some Spotify playlists) and you’ll hear commercials between each handful of songs.

To download: Spotify (free, subscription available)

7. Twitter

Twitter is one of the biggest social media services, welcoming everyone from celebrities and politicians to your childhood friends. People post 280-character “tweets” on their profiles, which others can like and share. You can follow whoever you want, creating a personalized timeline of what interests you.

To download: Twitter (Free)

8. Bitwarden

If you use the same password for everything, you are setting yourself up for failure. It is best to use unique passwords. But how can you remember them all? That’s where a password manager like Bitwarden comes in. It’s open-source and works on all browsers.

To download: Bitwarden (Free, subscription available)

9. Discord

Discord started out as a place where gamers could hang out and chat while playing video games with each other. While still great for that, it’s also a great place to create and join other types of communities. You chat with other people on public or private servers and can communicate by text, audio and video.

To download: Discord (Free, subscription available)

10. Peacock

You’re no doubt familiar with the big streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, but you shouldn’t overlook Peacock. It provides a wide assortment of movies and TV shows for free, supported by advertisements. This includes big-name sitcoms, kids’ shows, sports, and news. You can pay to access more content, but there’s enough for free to keep you satisfied.

To download: Peacock (Free, subscription available)


Instagram was launched in 2010 for iOS as a way to share photos with others, and came to Android a few years later. It quickly gained popularity and was eventually bought by Facebook. It’s changed over the years, adding support for videos and live streams, but remains as influential as ever – the service has over a billion active users.

To download: Instagram (Free in-app purchases available)

12. Tasty

Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re struggling in the kitchen or need inspiration to cook new meals, Tasty is the app for you. It has thousands of recipes, with a fantastic step-by-step mode that visually shows what you need to do. It also works as a great recipe organization app. your recipes are automatically sorted into categories, and you can rate them to remember if they are worth making again.

To download: Tasty (Free)

13. AccuWether

Weather apps are a dime a dozen, but AccuWeather is one of the best. It provides accurate hyperlocal forecasts, such as up-to-the-minute rainfall forecast, as well as air quality reports, storm tracking, “true” temperatures, and more. AccuWeather also offers one of the best weather widgets for Android, so you can get information on your home screen.

To download: AccuWeather (free in-app purchases available)

14. Duolingo

Duolingo is the best way to master a new language. You can choose from over 35 languages ​​to learn, with quick and fun lessons that let you practice your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. Whether you’re going on vacation and want to pick up some basics, or looking to strike up meaningful conversations, Duolingo turns language learning into a game that will keep you coming back for more.

To download: Duolingo (Free, subscription available)

15. Microsoft to do

Mastering your tasks and organizing your day is a delicate activity in itself. With Microsoft To Do, you’ll spend more time getting things done. You can take notes, create lists, set reminders, schedule events, and more. Plus, with cross-device syncing, it’s easy to stay organized wherever you are.

To download: Microsoft To Do (Free)

While you can certainly only use your phone for basic tasks like messaging and calling, download the apps we’ve covered here and you can boost your productivity, master a new talent, and be entertained. Since everything is free, it’s hard to complain.