So you just got a new Android phone. You’ve probably turned it on, logged into a bunch of apps, downloaded your favorites — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. — and logged into all of them as well. But now it’s time to dive a little bit deeper. If you’re setting up a phone for the first time, here are 11 apps worth downloading that you might have missed.
We’ve rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our other picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, and Macs. We’ve also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year, and our top choices for PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
I’ll be the first to admit, using a password manager is more work than using the same, easy-to-type password over and over and over again. But it’s not that much more work once you get used to it, and it makes your accounts much more secure. Plus, these two apps make it all relatively easy, especially now that Android Oreo lets them automatically fill usernames and passwords into login forms. Just keep in mind: you’ll need to start using these apps on the desktop, too. 1Password is my favorite (it’s a little bit easier to use), but LastPass has a free version that isn’t missing anything critical, so it may be the one to start with.
Android doesn’t come with a built-in podcast app, so if you want one, you’ll have to go to the Play Store. But fortunately, there’s a very good one there: Pocket Casts. We’ve called this app the best podcast app for Android in the past, and for good reason. It’s well designed, easy to use, and it includes advanced features — like sped up playback and silence removal — if you’re into that kind of stuff. The app costs $4, which is nothing compared to the hours you’ll spend listening to podcasts in it.