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The best free Android apps of 2021

The best free Android apps
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We've collected together the best free Android apps you can download today, so you can find exactly what you need without trawling through the Google Play Store.

It has been over 12 years since Android was first launched by Google, and back then it was hard to imagine the sheer number of apps we'd have today. There are apps for everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you're just a few downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.

Admittedly, the huge quantity of apps doesn't mean they're all quality - far from it in fact, and finding the good ones can be tough.

There are tools and techniques to help, with various lists in the Play Store providing you with Editor's Picks across a range of categories, new releases and even apps that are specifically recommended for you based on your previous installs.

You can also hunt out apps that are similar to your favorites by searching for an app you have and seeing what else comes up.

And checking out user reviews and ratings can save you from downloading a dud of an app.

But even with all that, the sheer number of apps on Google Play means many of the best can often get lost, while weaker ones sometimes rise to the top.

So to make sure you never install a duff app here's our selection of the best you should install right now - each one carefully chosen to ensure you'll have a whole suite of fun, engaging and, dammit, useful apps on your phone or tablet.

We've sorted them into categories so you can more easily find what you're looking for. But make sure to check back every few weeks for out latest app selection, which you'll find below.

Best new free Android app

Every few weeks we add a new app to this list and you'll find the latest addition below.

Just For Today – Daily Planner

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Just For Today – Daily Planner

Just For Today is in many ways much like any other to-do list app. You have a list of things that you want to do, the ability to add notes to tasks, and you can tick them off when they’re complete.

How it differs is that it keeps you in the present, as all of the tasks are just for the current day. In the morning it wipes the slate clean and you assign new tasks for the day ahead. The idea is to keep you from thinking or worrying about the future or the past, and there’s also an incentive to get things done that day – since if you don’t you’ll have to add them again tomorrow.

In this way, Just For Today could also help you build up routines and positive habits, since it requires you to take things one day at a time, and not just leave a task incomplete for weeks on end.

Just For Today is also attractively presented, and splits tasks into morning, afternoon, and evening sections, so your day has clear divisions. It won’t be for everyone, but if you find your to-do lists tend to get overwhelming then it could definitely be for you.