Congratulations on your new Android device! After you’ve gone through all the legal lingo to set up your Google account and services (and likely do the same with your phone’s manufacturer and carrier), you’re finally ready to make your phone or tablet your own. As you fill your messaging app with new emails and delete unnecessary apps from your device, now is the time to install better apps that will improve your life. Here are nine Android apps that made me happier and more organized, without being too demanding on my user data or boring with ads.
ColorNote Notepad Notes
My house is full of post-it notes strategically placed on several surfaces: my desk, boxes and even the cutting board. And they all have different purposes: some are shopping lists, some are reminders to return an item, and some are just my to-do lists. The ColorNote app is basically a digital version of my sticky notes addiction, but organized into one screen. You can create a text note or checklist and customize its color to help you differentiate yourself from each other. The app has a calendar where you can write down important dates, share individual notes with friends and family, or even sync your notes across multiple devices.
It’s handy to have a robust note-taking app on your phone: this way you can take detailed notes, include relevant photos from your business meeting, and keep a journal, all on the same device. Zoho’s free Notebook app organizes your notes in digital notebooks with beautiful digital covers and provides powerful tools to help you document anything and everything. You can embed media such as sketches, photos, and even audio files into your written notes to add context and add as many pages as you want. Your data is stored locally, but you can sync your notebooks across multiple devices (including Windows, macOS, and iOS) if you have a Zoho account.
Chaffinch: Pet Personal Care Widget
We are entering the second year of the pandemic, and everyone is feeling varying degrees of isolation and exhaustion. Luckily, Finch, the caring penguin, is here to guide us on how to take better care of our sanity. He lives inside the app and invites you to take care of yourself every day: he will check your mood and tell you to stretch and set goals periodically which will earn him energy points for the day. ‘help in his adventures. There’s a lot to do in the free version, but you can upgrade to Finch Plus for more self-care exercises; it costs $ 39.99 for a one-year subscription.
If you’d rather track your mental well-being without Finch’s gamification, the CBT Companion (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) app is a more pragmatic alternative. It offers a safe (and free) space to document your thoughts and provide exercises to practice your CBT skills, whether you are working with a clinician or not. You can also pay $ 9.99 per month or $ 49.99 every six months to access additional exercises and content.
Parcel tracking after shipment
Given how cheeky porch pirates these days, it’s more important than ever to know the delivery status of any packages you’ve come to expect, whether it’s gifts for friends and family. or groceries that need to be refrigerated as soon as possible. AfterShip allows you to manually enter each package you expect (rather than requesting access to all your emails like other apps) – just provide the tracking number and name the courier delivering the package , and the app can figure out the rest. It will show you where each package is on a map, as well as its current status (I usually have to tap the courier name to see the latest update). That way, you’ll know when to expect a package to arrive, so you can pick it up before a porch hacker can.
Ever since Google announced that it was shutting down Hangouts, a chat app my parents know and love, I’ve been looking for another easy-to-use chat app. Discord, the player’s favorite platform, just might be the a. First of all, I like that you only have to provide your email address to create an account, and you can invite specific people to join your server or room. In your own private space, you can chat with your friends and family using text or GIFs or have the option to start a video or voice call, whether they have the app or are using the web interface.
I was so fed up with the algorithm generated news on the Chrome web browser homepage that I instead started using the Firefox mobile browser on my phone. Like the desktop version, the Firefox mobile browser can block trackers and scripts such as social media trackers, cross-site cookie trackers, cryptominers, and fingerprints. Without those sneaky little things following you, you can just surf the web as usual, although some sites may go down without being able to collect data on you. You can even customize your browser by switching it to dark mode or moving the search bar towards the bottom of the screen to make it easier to use on the phone.
Paprika 3 Recipe Manager
My current recipe management is a mess: I keep too many web browser tabs open with recipes that I want to find fast, all on my phone. With Paprika, I can download the contents of my favorite recipes (as long as they are available online and searchable by Google) and save the ingredients and instructions in this little app. You can even edit the recipe you import in case you have any tips or changes you want to make to the original. The app includes an editable grocery list, pantry list and menu, along with a meal planning calendar to keep your kitchen organized. While the free version only lets you store a maximum of 50 recipes, you can upgrade to the paid version which allows syncing between devices and storing an unlimited number of recipes for $ 4.99.
Ever since IBM bought The Weather Company and, with it, Weather Underground – a site I swear by but whose app experience has seen better days – I’m on the hunt for a new weather app that is all about it. also respectful of users’ privacy. The Weawow weather app is that unicorn. It asks you to enter your location rather than requesting continuous access to all of your GPS data, allows you to opt out of sharing your location data with third parties, and does not show ads with its forecast. I appreciate that this app makes it easy to change units of measurement for those of us who need it, has a user-friendly interface, and allows me to add it as a widget to my home screen with lots of options. of personalization.