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Best productivity apps for Android: manage your work like a pro

Update: The new list is here!

Smartphones and tablets can be a great way to kill time and socialize, but who knew that they can also boost your productivity? As long as you know the right apps that can lend a hand, your life could become a lot easier. Here is our list of the best productivity apps, recently updated to include the useful Tiny Scanner, and the essential Dashlane.

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If you use GitLab, try integrating it with LabCoat for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Tiny Scanner - PDF Scanner app

If your work requires a lot of document scanning, you should be armed with TinyScanner. Basically, with a high-resolution camera, your smartphone becomes a portable document scanner.

Take a snap, crop it and select a PDF page size (like A4), then hit the tick button. It's that simple: Tiny Scanner will produce a black and white scan of a document which looks totally legit. 

This automatically filters files to make them look like real scans and its cropping tools are neat and effective. You will need a decent (ish) camera and colored PDFs tend not to look as strong, but it's an effective replacement for a home scanner.

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Tiny Scanner is a suitable replacement to PC scanners of old. / © ANDROIDPIT
Tiny Scanner - PDF Scanner App Install on Google Play

2. Dashlane Password Manager

Dashlane Password Manager is a service which saves all of your passwords for all of your logins in one place.

Many apps and services seek to do the same, but Dashlane gets our recommendation because it combines so many features so easily and effectively.

Take credit cards, for example. Say you don't wish to save them on sites like eBay or Amazon, so you type them in manually each time. Dashlane can save your card details so that you can easily copy and paste them into online forms when you need to.  

It’s safely encrypted, it’s intuitive, and the basic service is free. Wonderful. 

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Dashlane does easily what so many competing services try and fail to achieve. / © ANDROIDPIT
Dashlane: Password Manager App Install on Google Play

3. Google Drive

Google's own productivity suite should be one of your first stops on the productivity train— note that Docs, Sheets and Slides are now available as standalone apps as well. In terms of the main Drive app, it lets you access and view files stored in the cloud and synced from your connected computers, and any that you particular rely on can be cached to access offline.

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The Google Drive app has steadily improved in recent years. / © ANDROIDPIT

The individual apps let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations from your mobile device. Whether you need to apply some last-minute edits to that company report on the journey to the office, or you're busy working on your novel during lunchtime, these polished apps make it look easy.

Google Drive Install on Google Play Google Docs Install on Google Play Google Sheets Install on Google Play Google Slides Install on Google Play

4. TeamViewer

Your Android device is a great way to get work done on the go, but what about actually being able to connect to your desktop or laptop computer from anywhere in the world? There are a ton of remote access apps out there for Android, but TeamViewer is one of the best, and it's free for personal use.

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Control your desktop or laptop with TeamViewer. / © ANDROIDPIT

A simple PIN code is all you need to connect, though your computer needs to have the TeamViewer client software installed too. You can then do anything you would normally be able to do sat at your desk, from transferring files to new locations to loading up software that you can't get on your smartphone or tablet.

TeamViewer for Remote Control Install on Google Play

5. Evernote

One of the true powerhouses of productivity software, Evernote is of course available on Android as it is pretty much everywhere else. Part of the beauty of the software is that it's so flexible — it's tricky to define what it actually does because how you use it is largely up to you and your workflow.

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Evernote is one of the best productivity apps on any platform. / © ANDROIDPIT

Evernote can cope with simple documents, images, PDFs, clippings from the web, audio files, annotations and more besides, and because it keeps everything synchronized across all of your devices, it's a great way of taking your work with you wherever you go. Most features are free to use but a premium offering is also available.

Evernote - stay organized. Install on Google Play

6. Todoist

Plenty of apps have tried to tackle that perennial problem of helping you actually get things done, but Todoist hits a higher watermark than most. The app enables you to organize your tasks with colors and sub-folders, and it can sync your lists between multiple devices (though it also works if you go offline).

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Todoist keeps you on top of your tasks. / © ANDROIDPIT

It was named one of the best Google Play apps of last year by Google itself, and it's easy to see why — the interface is clear and uncluttered, creating and editing tasks is very straightforward, and extra features such as progress tracking really add to the app's overall impact on your productivity.

Todoist: To-Do List, Task List Install on Google Play

7. Sunrise Calendar

Sunrise Calendar has proved so impressive that Microsoft recently bought it to boost its own productivity suite of tools. It syncs with Google Calendar, Exchange, Facebook and iCloud to bring you a selection of different ways to keep up with your agenda and make sure you're always on top of what you need to be doing and where you need to be.

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Sunrise is so good, Microsoft just picked it up. / © ANDROIDPIT

There are a number of different views to choose from, you can reply to invitations from inside the app, and there's also the option to configure which calendars can interrupt you with notifications and which can't. If you often find yourself drowning in a sea of appointments and meetings, then give Sunrise Calendar a try.

Sunrise Calendar Install on Google Play

8. Asana

Asana makes keeping track of projects and tasks a breeze (or as much of a breeze as it's ever going to be). Basically, it's a to do list manager, but a very advanced one: Tasks can be assigned to team members, split up into projects and charted over time so you always know what you and your colleagues should be doing next.

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Asana handles both simple and complex projects well. / © ANDROIDPIT

Part of the app's appeal lies in the easy way that you can rearrange and order your tasks with a few swipes and taps on your smartphone or tablet's screen — and the app has recently been updated with Google's new Material Design look, so moving around inside it is a feast for the eyes.

Asana: Team Tasks & Projects Install on Google Play

9. Trello

Trello is similar to Asana in that it allows you to keep on top of multiple projects and tasks without collapsing in a heap of information overload. If you need to be able to check in on several different projects at once from your smartphone or tablet then Trello is one of the best ways to go about it.

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Trello handles large numbers of projects well. / © ANDROIDPIT

The app is based around cards — each card can have members, labels, dates and other information attached to it, so it's simple to use despite being very powerful. Everything is synced to the cloud as well so you can access your Trello account from the web as well as your mobile devices.

Trello Install on Google Play


If you haven't yet discovered IFTTT then you're in for a treat — it lets you combine various apps and services together to help you get more done. Send a map of your location to your Gmail account with a tap on an Android Wear device, sync Dropbox files across to Google Drive, save your mobile photos to Evernote, and much more besides.

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IFTTT is useful in all kinds of ways. / © ANDROIDPIT

As well as the services mentioned above it supports RSS feeds, Android integration, SMS, Quip, Todoist, YouTube, Twitter, WordPress, Pocket, Flickr,, Campfire, Buffer, Dash and many more, so you can see just how powerful IFTTT can be. Triggers can be set based on your Android device's location or a specific date and time too.

IF by IFTTT Install on Google Play

What's your favorite productivity app? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Great list! I would like to recommend Proofhub. It helps teams to plan, collaborate, organize and deliver projects. It helps me to be organized, to check the work of interns, send reports and assign tasks to my marketing team. I can easily see which tasks are done and which one is due on a short term basis. It’s great tool because my client can easily review project progress and can keep track of the work we are doing. It's quick, effortless and a great time-savior.

  • I want to add a free time tracking app TMetric for work session monitoring, tags for working time categorizing, reporting tools, browser extension UI, integration with popular project management systems and so on.

  • I would like add, a mind map software which is I feel a popular tool that helps you increase productivity.

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  • I tried dto download SunriseCalender from Google Play it got a message that the app wasn't yet available in my country. I live in the US...please advise.

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  • ClaretBob 7 months ago Link to comment

    Sunrise is excellent and has been improved under MSFT, Outlook, onenote and wunderlist are all excellent for them also. I use todoist and unless you pay for the premium level its limited but still excellent

  • Sunrise Calendar is going bye bye. Microsoft is killing it. Since I cannot post an external link, the article is on Tech Insider Website

  • EloCode 7 months ago Link to comment

    I prefer Wunderlist is the best platform to manage your time and ur activity at work, U can share every task with collegue and team. easy to use easy to share and it's free

  • I'd note that users of Google Drive have a built in camera scanner / upload that's just as good as most free apps with no ads. Unlike some of the huge clunky to-do list sync apps, I like a little freebie by Appest (a Google top developer) called Gnotes that does a surprising lot of things in a small fast package, including editing from its PC browser interface. The online sync / storage and cross-platform functionality make it much better than "notepad".

  • Dean L. 7 months ago Link to comment

    I'm currently using Google Drive, Evernote, and sunrise which each have their merits. While I'm not an expert at using drive and Evernote I do find the functionality useful. My work focuses on using the MS OFFICE suite, which drive accommodates although not 100% as far as the features. I'll have to check out some of the others to see what they have to offer.

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    anshul 7 months ago Link to comment

    Earlier I used Team viewer due to official work & it works very well. I am using Evernote which is helpful to keep things organized & in one place. For sure I'll try other apps also which are mentioned above. Unable to understand exactly how IFTTT works. I installed it but unable to explore it. I will try it again (no defeat is final until you stop trying). :-)

  • We use team viewer a lot in the office and it's very convenient and good have. In terms of productivity one android app that caught my attention recently- Utiful app- the first mobile app providing a separate gallery on your phone for project and paperwork snaps, which makes it a handy complement to your main photo gallery.

  • While I'm a big Evernote fan, I would also note that the new tiers make the free version not as useful as it was once. 60Mbytes are just a couple of pictures and if you use it to save web pages you will hit the limit quite easily.

  • Pushbullet. This is by far one of the most convenient apps you can have on any device. As a web developer I need to continually push long URLs through to my devices which I test on, I find using this app saves me so much time. Especially helpful when you are about to leave your PC and go somewhere, you can push that google map address through in seconds (chrome extension works best). I've written a short review on my blog if would like to learn more:

    Great app.

  • Having used all of these at one time, it is fair to say Wunderlist may have deserved a show on the list.

    However, I certainly must certainly point out that Wrike must be given a spot on this list. Asana and Trello are nice apps in their own respects but really miss the mark. Wrike would most likely elimate a few apps on this list as it has many uses.

  • Microsoft Onenote. Since it is tied to your Onedrive, you can send notes free through email, which is now you have to pay for in Evernote

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