The biggest advantage of having an android phone is that there are millions of apps available, from which you can install multiple to suit your needs and make your life easier. There are some common android apps that you all must be aware of i.e. skype, whatsapp and then comes a list of games. But other than these apps, your android phone remains underutilized.

And even if you do want to enhance your android experience, having too many options can result in confusion and you can end up with android apps that you don’t really need. And there are also a large number of apps available which require root access that can void your smart phone’s warranty. So following are the top 5 android apps which do not require the root access of your phone and are free to use.

Prey by Fork Ltd:

Must have android application number 1


If you’ve bought an android phone and haven’t got any anti theft protection installed, you are leaving yourself prone to a disaster. Prey is an anti theft android app which is free to use and offer features like no other free app on google playstore. When you install it on your android phone, it creates your account and gives you the control of your dashboard which you can access even from your desktop computer.
So when your device gets lost, you can change the status of your device to ‘lost’ and wait for the thief to turn on the phone. It starts taking pictures from the front camera without notifying when in ‘lost’ mode and sends you the last GPS coordinates as well. You can even remove the device data and remotely lock your phone from the dashboard.

ADM by MobilDev:

One of the Best Free Android Apps


ADM or Android Download Manager allows you to download videos and other files from your browser. It can even detect the files and create download links for you or you can add the files manually. The ability of parallel downloading, pause, resume and re download are the most useful features of this free to use android application.



Cam Card by Int Sig Information:

Most Useful Must have Android App


This is one of those apps which you can use to woo your colleagues in case they haven’t heard of it already. Cam Card allows you to save data of your new contacts on your phone by taking pictures of their business cards. After you take picture of a business card, it extracts the information i.e. name, designation, contact number and company etc and save in your phone contacts after digitizing the information, all by itself. But make sure that you have an android phone that can take good quality pictures of nearby objects. 

Shuttle Music Player by SimpleCity:

A good addition to your android apps


Even though Android has a default music player but I always found it difficult to navigate and sort out different folders, albums and singers etc. Shuttle is a light android application that has a smooth, easy to organize and beautiful UI. It automatically sorts out files into different albums and genres and allows you to make different albums as well. It also gives you playback controls on your earpiece.

English Dictionary Offline by Livio:

Great Offline Android App


This English dictionary is free to use offline dictionary that has more than 167,000 words and 113,000 inflected forms. You can search from the search bar that suggest words on run time and allows you to add bookmarks. It also saves your search history that can be helpful.  


Author Bio: Umar Shehzad is an Electronics Engineer from NUST who is an avid smart phone user and has special love for writing technical reviews of smart phones, gadgets and apps.

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