Android has made everything easier, even work. Now, instead of sitting in front of a desk all day long, you can lounge around the balcony and get work done. Or go to a coffee shop, or take a hike, or sit in your favorite local bookstore or…you get the idea.
These are some of the best Android apps for working on your phone and they will definitely help you get through your workday with ease. I work in a software house during the day and Android has augmented my work efficiency a lot. Whether it’s answering emails during the now-defunct “smoke break” I used to nibble a donut or dictating an article on the roof, the best Android apps for working on your phone are always by my side.
While an Android smartphone may not provide the big screen real estate needed for long spreadsheets, it certainly allows you to edit and go through them with ease. If you’re writing an application, making a presentation or even sending important emails to your team members, an Android smartphone has your back no matter where you are. Want to make your breakfast more productive? The best Android apps for working on your phone will work for you.
Note: The best Android apps for working on your phone were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone over the course of several years. All of the apps in this list are in my constant use and I haven’t faced any major problems with them. Not all apps require an active Internet connection to work properly, some of them to offer additional features when you are connected. Due to the difference in nature, the apps are not in any particular order.
1. Google Docs:
Google has made a ton of great apps for Android and Google Docs is one of the best ones they made. I’m only listing Google Docs but honestly, Google Sheets and Google Slides deserve the same recognition. Google Docs is a web-based word processing app that allows you to type documents on your smartphone. I’ve been using this app personally for a very long time now. In fact, half of this article was written on Google Docs and then easily moved over to Microsoft Word on my laptop.
If you have to write applications, letters, or any other official document on a word processor, this is the best app you can get. One great feature of this app is its ability to convert voice into text, this will come in handy when you cannot type but need to have a record document on hand. The interface is clean, the app works well with any of the best Android keyboards and doesn’t consume many resources.
2. Microsoft Word:
When it comes to a pure writing experience, nothing beats Microsoft Word. Sure Google Docs does come close but I would rather use the real deal instead of moving back and forth. To be honest I only use Google Docs because of its superior voice to text features. If I have access to a Bluetooth keyboard, then I simply talk to my smartphone and start typing away.
The interface is instantly familiar and almost every function is ported directly to the Android platform from the main Windows application. The app works smoothly and there are no hitches during editing large documents. If your job involves reading a ton of lengthy manuscripts, you’ll definitely appreciate the interface of Microsoft Word on Android.
3. Inbox by Gmail:
If you get a ton of emails on a daily basis and the regular filters are not something you might want to use, then Inbox by Google is an app you need in your life. Regular email inboxes, including Gmail try to sort out your emails but fail to highlight the important ones. This app keeps things organized and helps you get back to what matters the most. The highly useful feature of the app allows you to get the important information without even opening the message.
You can check in for flights, view photos from friends and even see information for purchases you may have done instantly. Similar messages are bundled together so it makes it easier to manage them when need be. You can also set up reminders in that and even put emails on snooze, that’s right, after the snooze timer goes off, the app will remind you to read the email. All these features work flawlessly with Gmail so, you won’t even have to worry about anything at all, your regular messages are still safe on the Gmail app.
Managing a full office can be a bit tricky from your phone but thankfully Trello is here to assist. It’s a great team-working tool that allows you to communicate directly with your Associates and get things done in a timely fashion. The app is based on cards and sections, sections can be populated with different cards that are associated with different tasks.
Want to assign the website design to your lead designer? We can do that easily with Trello. Want to do a follow-up on the article you wrote about polar bears? You can easily ask your boss about it in the app. The only downside is that you have to convince the whole office to get on board with this. Joy of Android moved to the app almost 3 years ago and it has been an amazing experience.
Google Hangouts may not be the best messaging app on Android but it certainly is great fun for small bursts of communication. Whether you want to include the whole office into a group chat or hold a conference on it, the app never fails to deliver. With the limit of up to 150 people on one group chat, you can basically use it as an announcement board for a small company.
Want to hold a video conference with up to 10 people? The app handles it very gracefully without any issues. provided you have the internet bandwidth. That’s not all, the app is available across several platforms including Android, iOS, the web and Mac. You can also leave messages to contacts anytime you want, even if they are off-line the messages will be delivered once they get online.
These are some of the best Android apps for working on your phone. They have certainly helped me streamline my work process and enjoy work on my own terms. The apps have played a major part in me being a more active person, and there is something amazing about dictating an article on your smartphone while doing push-ups. Granted, sometimes the words are jumbled up and the resulting text is an abomination, but it still let’s you get more work done in the long run (I promise).
What are your thoughts about working on your smartphone? I would prefer a full on Android tablet or smartphone but sometimes you only have access to one. Do tell us how you improved your work by using Android in the comments below.