The Google Play Store has a staggering 2.6 million apps, and it can be challenging to determine which of them are worth a download. We’ve been curating our list of best apps for almost a decade. You can’t go wrong with these picks in 14 top categories.
The Google Play Store contains more than 2.6 million apps. There are some real masterpieces there—and some real duds, too. You don’t have time to sort through them and decide which is which. You don’t even have time to try all the apps with good reviews. Fear not; we’ve spent about a decade working with Android, and we’ve picked out the 100 best apps for your Android phone.
We’ve organized our collection of apps into 14 categories, including music, productivity, security, and utilities, so it’s easy to find the apps you need. Each app name also links to the Google Play Store page. Note that we don’t include any games in this roundup; for those, check out our separate list of the best Android games.
If this is your first time with an Android device, 100 apps might be overwhelming right off the bat. Take a look at our list of 10 must-have Android apps instead, to cover all the basics. If your wallet is feeling a little light, know that many of the entries in both lists are free.
When we choose apps to include in our roundups, we’re after those that primarily excel in two areas: function and design. A functional app is either unique in its capabilities or simply works better than others. Apps with great designs are a joy to use. Android P introduced a good range of app-specific improvements, so we also prioritize those apps that use new system features and reflect the latest visual styles.
Every app on the list is excellent in its own way. Taken together, our collection is a snapshot of the Google Play Store’s best apps at the time of writing. If we missed your favorite app, be sure to leave a comment. We keep this list current, so your suggestions may make it into the next update.
We didn’t forget about iPhone users. For those on iOS, check out our roundup of the 100 Best iPhone Apps.
Android App Categories:
Best Android Browser Apps
Best Android Communication Apps
Best Android Food Apps
Best Android Health & Fitness Apps
Best Android Music & Podcast Apps
Best Android Productivity Apps
Best Android Photo Apps
Best Android Reading & News Apps
Best Android Security Apps
Best Android Shopping Apps
Best Android Travel Apps
Best Android Utility Apps
Best Android Video Streaming Apps
Best Android Workplace Apps