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Today it is officially 2017 and here are your 20 free android applications that you might find useful throughout this year. Just for clarification, none of these apps sponsor me to put in this article. These are 20 best android apps for 2017 and I truly do use all these applications in my day-to-day use.

1- Backdrops

So Backdrops is a wallpaper application. Usually other wallpaper applications present a bunch of images grabbed from Google but backdrop is different.

The developers have actually designed each of the wallpapers themselves following material design guidelines and giving you a while. To me, they are beautiful and they make my phone look great and they are updated daily. You can download the wallpaper, save it and apply it onto your android screen.

You can also download high definition wallpapers for android here.

Download Backdrops on Google Play

2- Native Clipboard

There is a native clipboard android app that helps you copy and paste faster. When you double tap on any text field, a window will pop up with a list of words that you can paste.

You can then choose a word and it will automatically paste it. It’s very convenient as you’re not limited to copying and pasting one word at a time. So anything copied will appear on this list. If you want you can create new words to pay for. Later you can delete them by swiping them away and you can also pin down any important text. So you don’t accidently delete them.

Download Native Clipboard on Google Play

3- Portal

It makes it easier to send files from your computer to your android phone. And on your computer you need to go to Portal.pushbullet.com.

And then using your phone you tap on scan and then you scan the QR code on the website. From there you will connect and you can just drag-and-drop BIOS on the website to get them over to your phone. The files you receive will automatically in the application.

So no more cables or any special codes to get pictures, videos and files from the computer to your android phone.

Download Portal on Google Play

4- Solid Explorer File Manager

Solid Explorer is the best looking file manager on the market. For me it is a fully featured file manager with material design.

You can manage files in almost every location. It also gives you many customization options such as android themes, icon sets and color schemes. You can move files around, delete them, copy them, extract zip files, create folders and organize everything. If that’s not enough then Explorer is also a cloud manager that allows you to manage your closet or just that it’s your DropBox, Google Drive, One Drive, Mega, Media Fire and much more.

Currently, I only have my Google Drive in DropBox and MediaFire connected. So I can basically switch back and forth between each one and I can manage miles from the closed doors at the same time. Long story short, if you’re looking for a file manager just use this one.

Download Solid Explorer File Manager on Google Play.

5- Mono Space Writer

This is writing and noting application for android. You can jot down your simple notes or write an extremely long novel.

It can go both ways. It’s very minimalistic. Not giving you too many crazy features. There are various options like bold, italic, mess around with font size, bullet points and quote formats.  You also have an Undo button. You can invert the colors to black and white and you can share your notes to your third party applications. So you want to organize your notes? Use hash tags instead of folders.

When it comes down to writing long essays on my phone because I’m not home or I don’t have my laptop. On me a minimalistic simple writing application is just what I need.

Download Mono Space on Google Play.

6- Enpass Password Manager

This is a password manager and I enjoy it over most of its competition mainly because of its material design interface. It’s completely free with no subscription fees and it allows you to store more important information than just your password and credit card information. This allows you to store your logins, computer information, and a license such as your driver’s license or software license. You can save your family’s secret recipe or an important time in your life you want to remember

If you are traveling you can write down your flight details or a hotel reservation and finally any other random information such as your address, cell number, clothes size, emergency numbers etc. It’s extremely secure. You don’t have to worry about any attackers as it does have a military grade encryption. All data is stored only on your device and not on any servers or website and the app auto box itself. If you leave the application open it will lock itself. This works for me. I have a lot of passwords and important information. It’s little hard to remember everything so this definitely helped me out.

Oh yeah, and there’s a free computer program to go along with this so that’s a plus.

Download Enpass Password Manager on Google Play.


How many of those contacts on your android phone contact image of the actual person’s face on it?

This application generates geometric images based on your contact name for each contact on your phone. This way, each person has a unique picture and you’re not hounding people for their photos. To do this, chose automatic mode and then choose missing pictures and boom all of your contacts. There are cool unique designs in the app.

Download Micopi Pico on Google Play.

8- Phonograph

So if you like to listen to music on your android  phone without using Spotify or any music service I recommend using Phonograph application in your primary music player.

It’s probably one of the best, if not the best looking music player app out there. I have you shuttle and it’s a very beautiful music player as well. But it’s not as smooth as fast as Phonograph. In my opinion it has beautiful animations. It plays your music without any stutters . It’s a simple interface. You have everything a music player needs such as play list, widget, lock screen, play back controls.

You have an option to delete the psalms and even his sleep timer. Try it out. If you don’t like it try shuttle instead.

Download Phonograph on Play Store.

9- Doze

We all know data is one of the biggest power drains if you keep your data on all day. App can make your phone run out of battery without even using your phone.

So with Doze you can prevent your apps from sending and receiving data without disabling your WiFi or your actual data. In this way, it adds more hours to your standby time and makes a significant difference in battery life. When your screen is on, apps can resume normal activity with data. So if you want to see more battery with a tap of a button, try this out.

Download Doze on Play Store.


This is a great android application for those who are taking some sort of math class. This is basically a calculator that answers your equations for basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and chemistry.

It’s very easy to use, just choose the subject at the top then use the custom keyboard and the symbols to enter an equation or you can also use the camera feature to take a picture of the equation and it will try to figure out what the equation is. Anyways once you enter the problem you can then choose how you will like math way to solve the equation.

And then once you tap on the answer it will give you the answer to the equation. Basically if you want step by step solution to the equation you will have to pay a subscription fee of $20 a month. Or you can choose $80 a year. Which is to me is a little bit too expensive. So unless you really need the step by step solution I would just stick with what they already have to offer for free. Give it a try. It’s way better than the stock Google calculator.

Download Mathway on Google Play.

11- Custom Quick Settings

This android application lets you add in more quick settings toggles in your Quick Settings panel. But it only works on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with or without root. And if you are on Android 5.0 / 5.1 Lollipop it will work only if you have roots. So if you don’t have any of these options, feel free to skip ahead. But anyways, it allows you to add as many quick settings as you like to your stock quick settings. There are custom tiles with a title.

You create an action you choose and the icon you pick is pretty easy to enable. Basically you press the + button to create a new title and then you follow the on-screen instructions. Once you’re done with that you can customize your new title. And once you customize it at the action, that’s pretty much it. You don’t need to reboot your phone. It will pop up in your quick settings automatically. And so for me I made a custom tile to open phonograph, my music player, an option to toggle staying on and off.

I even made an option to go to LA whenever I want to. Basically, if you want more shortcuts, this is a great way to do that.

Get Custom Quick Settings on Google Play Store.


Texpand is a great keyboard extension. Basically it is helping you to save time by sending texts shortcuts to your frequently used texts.

So for example, I have a shortcut called 82 day and whenever I typed out the current date, it will automatically replace those words. It’s pretty useful for frequently used words. Another example is if I typed out time or N the current time will appear automatically.

It’s pretty cool. And let’s say you forget your shortcuts, a floating suggestion window will pop up automatically when you type a word similar to the shortcut you made. To create a shortcut you just open the text ban, press the + button on the lower right corner and then you typing the shortcut you want to use. Then you need to type out a phrase you want to write out completely when you type out the shortcuts. You can also add dynamic values such as the current time, date etc. and then you press the check mark and you’re ready to go. This is 2016 / 2017 and we need shortcuts.

Download Texpand on Google Play.

13- Audify Notification Reader

This android application speaks out your notifications to your speaker headsets or Bluetooth connected device.

Just open the app, enable it, and your phone will begin to read your incoming notifications. You only get two hundred and fifty notifications to read to you before you have to pay $1 to get unlimited notifications. But I think at this point you’re probably going to end up paying for anyways since you’ve been using it for such a long time. It’s just a $1. Oh, and you can also stop annoying applications from being read.

Install Audify from Google Play.


Ever heard of 360 panoramas? Well, this android app is filled with them from different places all around the world.

Each panorama is in high quality and you can literally look at exotic places as if you were there. You can also search applications to find 360 panorama areas. But don’t expect professional panorama at this point as its just random people taking the time to upload their 360 panorama of the place. It’s too awesome.

Download Roundme from play store.

15- Khan Academy

Okay! I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Khan Academy before. So I just cut to the chase.

If you want to learn more about a specific school related subjects, definitely checkout this app or their website as they show you some instructional videos and in-depth articles on subjects such as math, science, art, history, and even finance. I have used Khan Academy plenty of times when I am stuck on a math problem or you don’t understand how something works.

Most of the time they have the answer of what you’re looking for. If not, there’s always YouTube or you know you can man up and ask your teacher.

Install Khan Academy from Google Play.

16- ADV Screen Recorder

As you can tell from the title of this android app, ADV Screen Recorder is indeed a screen recorder for your phone. It doesn’t require root and it allows you to have a face cam when you’re recording the screen.

It’s simple to use. You just tap on the button to start. Two little buttons will appear at the top right corner. So you just navigate where you want to begin recording. When you tap on the camcorder icon and ADB will count on to 3 and it will begin to record everything you’re doing on your screen.

You can long press on the clock icon on your status bar to draw over your stream live and tap on it to stop the recording once it’s finished. It will appear in your gallery or in the application itself. You can go into the settings and change up the recorder settings. Simple, easy and free.

Download ADV Screen Recorder app from play store.

17- KODI

KODI, formerly known as xBMC media center is an android media player and entertainment hub for mainly watching movies, TV shows, sports, listening to music and even viewing pictures.

It’s a great way to watch and stream any movie or TV show for free in any language. You can sometimes even view movies that are still in theaters.

Download Kodi from Google Play.

18- Office Lens

Office Lens lets you trim in hands and make pictures of white boards and document readable.

You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF files, Microsoft Word files and PowerPoint.

Get Office Lens on Play Store.

19- Gallery Doctor

So this android application tries to free up some space on your phone by calculating photos that are just drop down, bad or similar to each other.

Get Gallery Doctor on Google Play.

20- CPU Z

This is the last android application in my list and no, I didn’t save the best for last. But nonetheless, this application is pretty good for what it is used for.

It basically tells you everything you need to know about your android phone. It will tell your system name, your processor device information, software information, battery, thermo, and even live stats and your sensors.

Download CPU-Z from Google Play.
So these were the top 20 best android applications you should definitely try out in 2017.