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7 EXTREMELY USEFUL ANDROID APPS YOU MUST HAVE

Plenty of Android apps are available in Google Play Store. But every Android app doesn't have high-end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S6 to accommodate lots of apps. Many of us are frustrated with the lack of internal memory and all. Hence, we avoid junk apps as we are always limited to install apps which are very useful.  Here, I am sharing 10 Android apps which are extremely useful.

I haven't included highly popular Android apps like Facebook and Whatsapp because you already have them installed on your Android phone. Note that the list given below is purely based on my Android experience. So, pardon me if you find any app not extremely useful.

1. C CLEANER
Android apps have a bad habit of depositing junk cache which eat up the internal memory of your smartphone. So it's necessary to clean up your phone regularly to free up internal memory, otherwise you may run out of memory any time. C Cleaner from Piriform is considered as one of the best apps to free up your internal memory.

Here are some features of C Cleaner:

  • Remove junk safely to speed up your phone.
  • Clear app cache, unwanted folders, clipboard content, old call logs etc.
  • Streamline your Android device.
  • Easily uninstall unwanted apps.
  • Free from annoying ads and clutter.
  • Small size.
You may also check out Clean Master as an alternative to C Cleaner.


Reasons may be various, but we always want to note down some points or list in our smartphone. Many phones already have inbuilt note taking apps, but usually they are not well crafted. Google Keep is a colorful, but simple note taking app from Google itself. It has a simple interface and it's a breeze to use.

Here are some features of Google Keep:
  • Add lists, notes and photos.
  • Labels to quickly organize notes.
  • Colorful and simple user interface.
  • Share your notes and ideas with friends.
  • Set location based reminder.
If you are looking for a note taking app with more functionalities then you may choose Evernote.

3. ES FILE EXPLORER
In order to manage your photos, videos, documents, apps and files, a file manager is a must for Android smartphones. Many smartphones come with preloaded file explorer apps which have limited functions and features. If someone ask me which is the best file manager for an Android phone, I would say it's ES File Explorer.

Here are some features of ES File Explorer:

  • Manage your files with several options like cut, copy, paste, delete, send, hide etc.
  • Manage your installed apps.
  • Built-in RAR and ZIP support.
  • Manage your smartphone files with your PC.
  • Cloud support.
Alternatively, you can also choose popular file managers like this too. 

4. XENDER
Transferring a big media file from one Android phone to another one through connectivities like Bluetooth is a painfully slow process. Here, Xender comes to help you because it uses WiFi/hotspot of your phone (no internet data) to transfer files within few seconds. I had already posted a blog post defining how to use Xender.

Here are some features of Xender:
  • Transfer everything including apps.
  • Supports group sharing up to 4 devices.
  • Supports cross-platform transfer.
  • PC support.
  • No USB, no internet and no data.
If you are looking for alternative options then you may check out ShareIt.


Ebook reading is considered as a part of smartphone life. There are many ebook readers in Google Play Store and I prefer UB Reader. Usually, ebook readers read only files in epub format but UB Reader can read books in both epub and PDF format. Hence, UB Reader can act as ebook reader as well as PDF reader and you don't need to install two apps for these purposes.

Here are some features of UB Reader:
  • Open epub/pdf files from file explorers.
  • Highly customizable with font size, brightness, page orientation etc.
  • Integrated file browser to import ebooks.
  • Allows you to add shelves.
  • Available in 12 languages.
Alternatively, you can also go for ebook readers like Aldiko Book Reader.


Writing in smartphone becomes simpler with Google Handwriting Input. This app from Google is extremely useful and is a boon for non-English people. For example, my mother tongue is Malayalam and writing Malayalam with the keyboard was a tedious job because this language has many letters. With Google Handwriting Input, I can write Malayalam by simply moving my fingers.

Here are some features of Google Handwriting Input:
  • Support 82 languages.
  • Writable with or without a stylus.
  • Compliment for touchscreen typing.
  • Input emojis by drawing.
  •  Support printed and cursive writing.
7.  TWILIGHT
We are used to look into our smartphone for a long time for purposes like chatting, browsing, reading etc. Looking into a smartphone for a long time, especially during night time causes strain in our eyes. This strain may eventually leads to sleeping problems. Twilight is a small Android app which protects your eyes from strain. You can read my blog post about Twilight from here.

Here are some features of Twilight:
  • Make your night reading more pleasant.
  • Works according to the sunrise and sunset time of your location.
  • Simple user interface.
  • Small size.
  • Also available for PC. 

I find these seven apps are extremely useful for me. There are also many other useful Android apps. Share them with us using the comment section.

HOW TO HIDE WHATSAPP PHOTOS FROM GALLERY


Whatsapp is a hub for photos (I am not comparing it with Instagram, lol). You may receive lots of photos and pictures from your friends and groups. Usually, all these Whatsapp photos appear on your gallery. So what if you don't want these pictures appear in your Android phone's gallery.

Follow the steps below to hide Whatsapp photos from camera roll or gallery.
  • Open the file explorer of your phone, I recommend you to use ES File Explorer.
  • Browse to Sdcard/WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp Images
  • Create a new file there.
  • Name the file as .nomedia
  • Next moment, photos will disappear from your gallery of your Android phone.
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HOW TO CHECK WHEN YOUR WHATSAPP MESSAGE WAS READ


Whatsapp is considered as the most popular instant messenger. It has many useful options embedded with it, but many users don't use them. Blue ticks are shown when a Whatsapp message is read, but sometimes you may want to check the exact time your sent message was read.

Follow the steps below to check when your Whatsapp message was read.

1. Go to your Whatsapp messenger app.
2. Tap and hold on the Whatsapp message you sent.


3. Now click on the info icon from the top.
4. You can see the exact time your message was read.


5. If you are using iPhone then just drag the message to the left to get time details.

I hope this Whatsapp trick will help you. If you want to know how to restrict access to your Whatsapp profile picture then click here.


HOW TO DOWNLOAD FACEBOOK VIDEOS TO YOUR PC


Yes, sometimes you may want to download interesting Facebook videos and watch them  again and again. Here I am sharing a way to download Facebook videos to your PC.

Follow the steps below to download FB videos:


1. Go to www.facebook.com
2. Browse to the Facebook video you wish to download
3. Right click on the video and copy the video URL.
4. Now go to en.savefrom.net
5. Paste the URL address in the box given there, as given in the screenshot.


6. Press enter or click the arrow button.
7. Now your video will appear, download the video in your favourite format from the drop down menu.

I hope you liked this simple facebook trick.

HOW TO TRANSFER BIG FILES FROM ONE ANDROID PHONE TO ANOTHER QUICKLY

Transferring big files from one phone to another one is a time consuming task because speed through connectivity options like bluetooth is not sufficient. Here I am sharing a way to make data transfer between Android phones super speed.

  1. First of all sender and receiver should install Android app named Xender. You can download and install this app from here
  2. Now open Xender app on sender phone and select the files you want to send. The files can be anything, apps, videos, movies, audio, images etc.
  3. Now select the send option.
  4. You can see something as shown in the screenshot.
  5. Now open Xender app on receiver phone.
  6. Select the plus button on the right bottom of app and choose Join Group.
  7. You can see the sender phone in the screen, select it and the file will be received to your phone in few seconds.
Xender is an extremely useful which makes data transfer between phones a breeze. It uses WiFi to transfer files at high speeds but it doesn't need internet connection. The interface of this app may appear little confusing but it's very easy to use when you are used to it.

HOW TO CONTROL YOUR PC WITH INTEL'S ANDROID APP


Intel Remote Keyboard is an Android app which helps you to control your PC by acting as remote mouse and keyboard. This Android app works for any PC which has Windows 7 or higher.

The app is easy to setup and use. First of all download and install Intel Remote Keyboard Android app from Google Play Store. Then download and install host software to your PC. The Android app automatically detects your PC and you have to pair the app with your PC by scanning the QR code on your PC screen with your mobile phone camera. The app uses WiFi as the medium to connect PC and mobile phone.


The app provides a full keyboard and a trackpad that supports multi ouch gestures. This is a highly useful app from Intel and you can use its potential during presentations and all.

HOW TO SEE SAVED PASSWORDS IN FIREFOX


Earlier, I have posted How To See Saved Passwords In Google Chrome. Now, I am going with Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is one of the most popular PC browsers out there. Here, I am sharing the legitimate way to see saved passwords in Firefox. This way you can also manage your saved passwords in Firefox.

Follow the steps below to see saved passwords in Mozilla Firefox.

1. Open Firefox and click on Firefox option at the right top.
2. Scroll down and select Options (gear icon).
3. Now select security panel from the left side.
4. Click on saved passwords as shown in the screenshot.


5. A window will be opened, select show passwords and all passwords will be shown.

6. From there you can also remove passwords stored in Firefox browser.

This way you can easily see saved passwords in Mozilla Firefox PC browser.

HOW TO SEE SAVED PASSWORDS IN GOOGLE CHROME


Google Chrome makes your browsing life easy by saving your usernames and passwords for various websites. As Google Chrome auto fill your username and password, you can save your time while browsing to your favourite websites. Unfortunately, this feature may make you lazy and there is a chance that you forget passwords of some websites. In that situation you may want to see saved passwords in Google Chrome to retrieve your username or password.

Here, I am explaining how to see and manage saved passwords in Google Chrome.

1. Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the Chrome menu icon which you can see at the upper right corner of the window.

2. Now scroll down and select settings.

3. Scroll down the settings page and click on show advanced settings as shown in the screenshot.


4. Again scroll down to find passwords and forms section and click on manage passwords.



5. Now a page will appear which shows saved username and passwords corresponding to the websites, as shown in the screenshot.


6. By default the passwords are hidden. In order to see password hover around the website and click on show button.


7. Now sign in with your PC password.


8. That's all, the password corresponding to the website will be shown.

This way you can easily see and manage saved passwords in Google Chrome.