36 top productivity-enhancing mobile apps

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36 top productivity-enhancing mobile apps
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We review a lot of phones, and after giving each stock keyboard a fair once-over for the purposes of grading the handset, we inevitably download GBoard. Why? Because it leaves other stock keyboards in the dust. On Android phones, and it's also guaranteed to play nicely because it's made by Google. 

Although it’s technically a keyboard app, Gboard lets you search from within another app, effectively letting you look stuff up and share it in just a few taps. And it also comes with emojis, GIFs and glide typing.

Available for Android and iOS.

IFTTT (free)

Also known as IF by IFTTT, this powerful app allows you to create “recipes” that connect various devices and services together, helping you squeeze that little bit more out of them.

Work remotely? IFTTT can email someone when you upload a file to Dropbox or Google Drive, Heck, it doesn’t have to be an email, it could ping them on WhatsApp or notify them on Slack instead. You could create a recipe to add YouTube videos you mark as “watch later” into a Pocket account. Or perhaps you’d rather have IFTTT schedule tweets and Facebook posts for you when you make a note in OneNote.

Available for Android, iOS and Windows 10.

WifiMapper (free)

If you don't have a generous mobile data plan, you're going to want to use Wi-Fi as much as possible, but finding good, free Wi-Fi isn't always that easy. WifiMapper is the solution.

Crowdsourced maps where the community shares where to get free WiFi, you should never have to rely on your data again.

Available for Android and iOS.

Avast Antivirus & Security (free, with in-app purchases)

Avast Antivirus & Security is a powerful antivirus app that you can trust; its PC counterpart is one of the best free antiviruses available.

For those who want comprehensive cover, plenty of additional features are available as in-app purchases, including geofencing and remote data recovery. For those who just want basic protection, however, you’ll find this does everything you need for free.

Available for Android and Windows 10.

Unclouded (free, with in-app purchases)

Juggling two, three or even four online storage accounts can become an absolute headache. Thankfully, Unclouded is here to alleviate your concerns.

Pulling all your connected accounts into one uncluttered interface, Unclouded lets you access your files from one location, no matter where they’re stored. Unclouded currently supports Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and Mega, so it’s really only iCloud users who are left out.

For one or two accounts it's free to use, but if you want to manage the content of any others, you'll need to pay. Thankfully Unclouded lets you pick and choose services you’d like, so you're never paying for something you don't use.

Available for Android.

Greenify (free)

Getting the most from your phone’s battery is always key. Lollipop may have its own set of battery-saving tools, and many phones now offer power-saving modes, but these should be seen as a last resort.

Greenify sits in the background helping to regulate how much battery various apps are using. It freezes the apps you tell it to when you’re not using them, and instantly defrosts them when you need to gain access.

Available for Android.

Tasker ($3.49)

If you really want to tinker with Android, Tasker is a brilliant way of automating much of the functions you'd normally do manually. It takes a little getting your head around, but the scope here is enormous - especially if you have root access on your phone. 

You can train your phone to open Spotify when you put your headphones in, for example, or automatically respond to texts with your street address. If you can feed it the instructions, Tasker can automate the rest.

Available for Android.

Clean Master (free)

Nobody likes having a slow device, and Android somehow manages to grab digital detritus like a magnet in a junkyard. Clean Master is the mop and bucket you need to scrub your phone or tablet clean.

Clean Master’s Junk File Cleaning feature scans your Android device and chucks out any unwanted cache and residual files. 

Available for Android.

AirDroid (free)

A real time-saver when working on your computer or laptop, AirDroid allows you to control your phone remotely – allowing you to respond to text messages with a full sized keyboard, mirror applications and painlessly share files between your phone and computer.

Some of the functionality requires a rooted device, but given the app is free (with a paid option for multiple devices, unlimited data transfers and more), it’s certainly worth finding out if AirDroid can make you more productive.

Available for Android.

This feature was compiled from articles on iOS, Android and Windows 10 apps that originally appeared on alphr.com. 

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