Best Free Android Apps

Last Updated on May 23, 2022

We’re compiling the best free Android apps you can download today, so you can find exactly the best apps without spending an inordinate amount of time exploring the Google Play Store.

There are apps for everything you can imagine, and many of them on the Google Play Store are free to download and use. While there’s a large range to choose from, only some are quality apps. And most free apps in the Google Play Store don’t meet our eligibility criteria. The ones featured here are the cream of the crop!

Given that finding apps that meant our high standards can be difficult, we hope you appreciate this series.

This is a new series with apps being added on a regular basis.

AntennaPodAntennaPod is a podcast manager and player that gives you access to millions of free and paid podcasts.
foobar2000foobar2000 is an advanced music player with DNLA support.
KodiKodi is an award winning media center.
MusicoletMusicolet is an offline music player sporting an extremely stylish interface.
Podcast GuruPodcast Guru is an amazing podcast player with a sublime interface.
RadioDroid 2RadioDroid 2 is an internet radio streaming app which uses, a community driven radio station directory with the aim of collecting as many internet radio and TV stations as possible.
RadioPlayerRadioplayer lets you listen to hundreds of UK radio stations.
ShazamShazam identifies music, movies, advertising, and more, from a short sample.
Skywave SchedulesSkywave Schedules is a shortwave radio listing guide and lets you listen live to remote receivers.
VLCVLC is a fairly complete port of VLC media player supporting a huge range of formats.
Voice Audiobook PlayerVoice Audiobook Player is a simple to use audiobook player. The app sports a good range of features including bookmarks and configurable playback speed.
Internet & Networking
DiscordDiscord lets you communicate directly via voice, video, or text.
FeederFeeder is a RSS Feed Reader which doesn't track your activities.
GmailGmail is an easy-to-use email app for both Gmail and non-Gmail addresses.
K-9 MailK-9 Mail is an excellent open source email client supporting both POP3 and IMAP protocols.
JuiceSSHJuiceSSH is an all in one terminal client including SSH, Local Shell, Mosh and Telnet support.
Remote DesktopRemote Desktop lets you work with Windows apps and desktops directly from your Android device or Chromebook.
Tor BrowserTor Browser lets you stay safe while surfing the web.
TuskyTusky is a well designed Mastodon client that works seamlessly. Mastodon is a social network.
WhatsAppWhatsApp is a hugely popular messaging application with more than 1 billion users.
Cx File ExplorerCx File Explorer is a powerful file manager with an easy to configure network support function.
CPU-ZCPU-Z is an Android version of the popular CPU identification tool.
FBReaderFBReader is a slick, fast and highly customizable e-book reader.
JoplinJoplin is a popular note taking and to-do application.
KeePassDXKeePassDX is a password manager to help you manage passwords in a secure way.
KOReaderKOReader is a wonderfully responsive document reader. It’s fast, brimming with features, and highly customizable.
OrgzlyOrgzly is an outstanding outliner. It’s the perfect app for making notes and managing tasks.
PDF Viewer LitePDF Viewer Lite is a lot more than just a PDF viewer.
Pure WriterPure Writer is a plain text editor which helps the writer focus on writing content.
TermuxTermux is a capable terminal emulator and an extremely useful Linux environment.
ZArchiverZArchiver is an archive management tool.
Google EarthGoogle Earth lets you discover the world in depth.
OpenWeatherOpenWeather offers a simple way to access the latest weather forecast from your Android device.
SkyWikiSkyWiki puts astronomy at your fingertips.
Beach Buggy Racing 2Beach Buggy Racing 2 is a 3D off-road kart racing game.
Data WingData Wing is a story-driven, racing adventure with an immersive soundtrack.
DroidFishDroidFish is a very strong chess playing software sporting an attractive interface with stylish pieces.
Dungeon Crawl Stone SoupDungeon Crawl Stone Soup is a roguelike game of exploration and treasure-hunting in dungeons filled with dangerous and unfriendly monsters in a quest for the mystifyingly fabulous Orb of Zot.
FreecivFreeciv is an empire-building strategy game. It's a clone of the classic Civilization.
OpenLieroXOpenLierox is an addictive realtime worms shoot-em-up game offering online, LAN, and local games.
OpenTTDOpenTTD is a reimplementation of the Microprose game “Transport Tycoon Deluxe” with lots of new features and enhancements.
Simon Tatham’s PuzzlesSimon Tatham’s Puzzles is a collection of 40 puzzles (39 are included with the Android app). They are re-implementations of existing game concepts.
SudoQSudoQ is a sublime implementation of the classic Sudoku logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle.
Vector PinballVector Pinball is a fun pinball game sporting simple vector graphics.
Maps & Navigation
what3wordswhat3words is an app to ensure you never get lost again when you're out and about. It offers lots of use cases.
AnkiDroidAnkiDroid is a simple to use flashcard app. It has a great feature set including spaced repetition, text-to-speech integration, and the ability to sync with AnkiWeb.
GCompris-iconGCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.
SugarizerSugarizer is a learning platform. It's an implementation of the Sugar Learning Platform offering a whole raft of educational activities.

If you have any suggestions for other apps that meet the eligibility criteria below, drop us an email at Remember to remove the NOSPAM.

For an Android app to be awarded our love, it must satisfy the following criteria:
bullet-valid-icon High quality with a good set of features, stable in operation and mature software;
bullet-valid-icon No charge to use the app;
bullet-valid-icon No intrusive ads in the program;
bullet-valid-icon Open source and proprietary software can be included;
bullet-valid-icon Apps where additional functionality is available for a payment can be included where appropriate.