Top 10 essential android apps

1. 4shared

Access, manage and share your files at 4shared with others.
Free mobile application 4shared for Android is a convenient and fast way to access your account at, including all documents, photos, music, etc. directly from your Android device whenever you wish to.
The convenient public search option allows you to search for and find the file you need within the massive 4shared file database.
4shared app doesn't require you to wait for 50 sec. That is search and download instantly :)

Features :-

Fast and convenient access to 30,000,000+ files. 
• User-friendly search within massive 4shared database with an option to instantly add the found files to your account. 
• A possibility to manage your account at, listen to music and even watch videos directly on your Android device.
• Instant sharing of files from your 4shared account via the app.
Another reason to use 4shared might be to download paid apps directly on phone


2. App lock

Protect Your Privacy.App Lock can lock SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Facebook, Gallery, Market, Settings, Calls and any app you choose, with abundant options, protecting your privacy.
★ Best App Lock in Google Play.
★ Downloaded more than 20 Million.
★ Download more than 100,000 daily.

★ With the help of App Lock, you may:
• Protects any apps using password or pattern
• Widget for quick locking/unlocking
• Locks incoming or outgoing calls
Individually lock apps


3. FTP Server

Read/write any folder, including sdcard, in your android device with this ftp server. You can backup your photos to your PC, copy music and movies to you device, etc.
If you still do not have a ftp client I recommend FileZilla client (you can download it on but you can also use file explorer on windows.
To access files using windows explorer on windows (over Wifi or USB):-
connect mobile device with computer by creating wifi hotspot from phone or using softwares like connectify on pc. Once connected start FTP server and type the ftp URL shown by app in explorer location bar.


4. FX Explorer

FX File Explorer is a file manager with optional media, networking, cloud, and root capabilities. FX is designed to let you quickly and easily manage all content on your phone or tablet.

Features :-

  • Productivity-oriented layout:
  • Holo-based UI
  • Dual pane mode and unlimited windows
  • Pinch-to-zoom in any "Explorer"
  • Indexed Search
  • inbuilt viewers for rar, tar, images, etc
  • Root support by addon
  • FTP, cloud storage, google drive support
Unique way of selecting/deselecting multiple files.


5. Goggles

Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image


- Scan barcodes and QR codes
- Recognize famous landmarks
- Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text
- Add Contacts by scanning business cards
- Scan text using Optical Character Recognition
- Recognize paintings, books, DVDs, CDs, and just about any 2D image
- Solve Sudoku puzzles
- Find similar products


6. Facebook Messenger

Text your friends for free. Get Facebook Messenger to instantly reach friends on their smart phones, feature phones or desktop computers.
Chat heads bring your messages and texts front and center*
  • Keep chatting, even while you're using other apps
  • Tap a chat head to reply, drag them around or flick them down to close
  • Get your SMS and Facebook messages together
  • Send voice messages when you have more to say
  • Add a photo to share what you're up to
  • Have fun with stickers*, smileys and other emoji

7. Ultimate Gamepad

Turn you phone into a multitouch joystick!
Connect through wifi or bluetooth in the most simple way. Install the Ultimate Control Receiver program on your computer (PC, Mac or Linux) and select it from the list displayed on your phone.


  • Play any racing game using your phone as gamepad
  • Easily configure keys


8. MX Player

MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies.

Supported formats :-

mp4, avi, mpeg, ogg, flv, mkv, divx and many more


9. WiFi ADB

Debug/test apps on device over the air, wireless, no cable. Must-have developer tool.
No need to use USB cable.

Features :-

  •  Quickly enable/disable ADB
  • Auto-enable ADB over WiFi
  • Temporarily lock WiFi, prevent it from going into sleep mode

Eclipse users

In order for adb to work over wifi, you need to issue this command from cmd prompt -
adb connect ip_address_of_the_device
but this process can be automated by this add-on for eclipse : add-on Link


10. Orbot

Orbot is a free proxy app that empowers other apps to use the internet more securely. Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic and then hides it by bouncing through a series of computers around the world. 

Features :-

  • safest way to use the Internet on Android
  • Access sites blocked by your ISP
  • If facebook is blocked by your country gov. or college authorities, this is the best app for you
  •  chat confidentially with anyone
  • Official TOR port for android


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