1. Google Opinion Rewards (free – and actually earns you money!)
Get paid for super-quick surveys from Google
Complete short surveys for Google and you’ll be given credit to spend on the store. Sometimes that could be 50p, sometimes 10p, but it all adds up and no survey takes longer than a minute or two. Seriously, download this now.
2. Gboard – the Google keyboard (Free)
Ditch your stock keyboard. This is the ultimate
Voice typing and keyboard themes really round off the package. It’s hard to imagine using anything else, for me.
3. Solid Explorer File Management (£1.50; with two-week free trial)
A less painful way of managing your phone
It’s £1.50 to unlock, but you can try it out free of charge for 14 days to see if you get the use from it. For me, it was a total no-brainer.
4. Gallery Doctor – Photo Cleaner (free)
Automatically manage your snaps
Gallery Doctor hunts down duplicate images and highlights them for deletion, but better still it knows what makes a good photo and can highlight your weaker efforts for deletion. Don’t worry, you can check its working to make sure you’re not deleting any classics – but it’s a helpful extra critical eye when trying to reclaim precious space.
5. Avast Antivirus & Security (free; with in-app purchases)
Keep malware from your handset with AV protection
6. LastPass Password Manager (free)
Complex security you don’t have to remember
You’ll need to spend a little time setting it up, but once you’re done on desktop, you’re good to go on mobile. LastPass will generate long and hard to crack passwords unique to each site. The beauty is that you never need to memorise it. The app will detect a login screen, you sign in with your master password or thumbprint and it will automatically fill in your details. Security for the lazy!
7. Greenify (free)
Make sure your battery isn’t draining unnecessarily
Greenify sits in the background helping to regulate how much battery various apps are using. It freezes the apps you tell it to when you’re not using them and instantly defrosts them when you need to gain access.