21 Best Productivity Apps for Android (Updated 2020)

Arghh…The Smart man syndrome!

This one is long yet very interesting.

I can’t live without oxygen, food, books and most important gadgets. It will be all right for me to live without food and books for a few days. But if anyone will try to keep me away from my mobile, tablet and laptop, I will hit in his face with a club.

I am a lifelong learner. I don’t know how to sit idle and do nothing at all. I don’t gossip. 

I don’t watch movies. 

But I love spending time with gadgets. 

I am a tech-embracing consumer.

I think I’ve spent my time on my mobile, tablet, kindle and laptop more than anyone else on this planet — 10 hours a day, sometimes 13 hours a day or even more. 

I am not madI am a normal being like you. In fact, I am productive more than the people I spend time with.

Everyone on this planet is given the same 24 hours in the day. I make sure that I don’t sleep more than 6-7 hours a day.

After waking up early in the morning, I hit the ground and get the right things done. Where young and trendy generation kills their time in refreshing the same page of a social network again and over again, I get busy in setting goals and achieving them

And here it comes all the difference between the productive people and the rest of the society. 

Productive people love their job and profession. They live their life comfortably. Above all, they earn money without being industrious.

It is necessary for everyone that they invest themselves with the right tools. And for a blogger, it is essential to use the tools for profit.

Time management plays a crucial role in completing small as well as big tasks. Without managing time, you cannot go any longer. Apart from time management, there are a lot of habits that can triple your productivity.

The best way I found to maximize the productivity is through our cell phones, as we carry it all day long. Most of the people waste their time in using cell phones. 

Some of us might even don’t know that our priceless time is consumed by our mobile phones. So here, in this article, I will share with you the 21 mobile apps to make you fall in love with your SmartPhone. 

I’ve been using these apps for the past one year. Truly speaking, these apps have made my tablet and mobile phone worthy of me.

I recommend that you read through all of them and then pick a few that feel the most relevant for you.

The listed below mobile apps, if used with discipline, can be proved productive for you, as these have saved my time and helped me in maximizing my productivity.

21 Android Apps to Make You Productive

1  Forest

I love this app and that’s the reason I am informing you about Forest app first. Forest is an app that helps me to stay away from my smartphone and stay focused on my work.

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Whenever I want to concentrate, I plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this small seed will gradually grow into a big tree. However, if I cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, my little cute tree will wither away.

2  Productivity Challenge Timer

One of the thing I’ve realized on the path of becoming better every day is that a man expands its strength only by challenging himself. The work what he does out of his comfort zone grows all dimensions of his personality — patience, sincerity, self-discipline, willpower, focus, and self-confidence. As a blogger we always try to remain productive whole day long.

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As Patch Adams said, ‘You’ve got to know what you want. This is central to acting on your intentions. When you know what you want, you realize that all there is left then is time management. You will manage your time to achieve your goals because you clearly know what you’re trying to achieve in your life.’

Now don’t wait for the right moment. Install Productivity Challenge Timer and start planning, whether you are ready or not, to make your life awesome.

3  Pocket 

Whenever I find any article or link to read, I just save it to Pocket mobile app. It’ll sync across my phone, tablet, and computer so I can come back to it whenever and wherever I’d like, even when I am offline.

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Now, I can read everything in Pocket in a clean, easy-to-view layout that’s free of distractions. “Pocket mobile app makes subway reading possible. No longer do your lingering pages refresh mid-commute, leaving you staring at a blank, hopeless screen that cannot connect to the Internet.” – Slate

4  Buffer

Buffer is the easiest way to share on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn. I schedule my updates to post at optimal times, whether I’m around or not. Buffer has a lot of my time by posting my content automatically.

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So build up a queue of awesome content to share with your friends and followers, and follow-up on your posts with Buffer’s straightforward analytics to see which posts performed best.

5  Kindle  

Often people have asked me what advice should I give them to play big every day. I ask them to read books. Whenever I want advice I pick up the book and read it. Reading books not only solve my doubts but also expand my consciousness to a new level. And once the mind is stretched it cannot come to its earlier state. 

Do you know you have Kindle app for Android & iOS which is free & stores all your books?

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I always carry a book with me wherever I go. In case, if I forget, this app helps me to continue my journey in improving myself and become a better person.

The alternate mobile app for Kindle is Moon-Reader

6  Feedly 

A single place to read all the news you rely on to think, learn, and keep ahead.

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Feedly allows me to organize all my favorite publications, podcasts and YouTube channels into collections. It’s one among those mobile apps that helps me to discover new sources.

7  Rescue Time 

‘Where my day went?’ is the question I had often asked myself before going to bed every night. I was disappointed with my work.

I began procrastinating…

..The productivity level dropped.

Then, one day, I found this mobile app while surfing the internet. And that was the day when I stopped asking, ‘Where my day went?’

Rescue Time is an accurate automatic time tracking of mobile apps. It reports voice call time, tells where the website time is spent, informs historical productivity reports to see the progress and provides privacy options to choose what I care about.

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Above all, this app helped me in knowing, ‘Where my day went?’

8  Best Motivational Stories 

Without motivation we cannot do anything in life. Whatever we have achieved in our life is only because of the motivation. I recall reading somewhere, ‘The first thirty minutes of your day defines your whole day.’

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After getting up in the morning, I directly open a self-help book and read a few pages, or else I open my mobile and read motivational stories. The words I read clean my mind from thousands of thoughts and help me to focus on important tasks first. Driven by the words, I start my day tremendously and finish the work that plays a significant role in my goal of becoming better every day.

There are a lot of mobile apps on the web that provides best motivational stories. I’ve installed this: 100+ Motivational Stories. 

9  Brilliant Quotes 

Brilliant Quotes app is a collection of over 3600 carefully hand-picked quotes from more than 260 people.

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It contains sayings from philosophers, writers, spiritual thinkers and other great minds whose brilliant words inspired many human beings. See it for yourself, download it now and get inspired every day!

10  Todoist 

To achieve big in life, you need to be armed with big plans. A plan is just an exercise if you cannot accomplish your goal. Every night, before going to bed I make sure that I am going to use the next day to its full. I create a list of my goals so that I am going to maximize my potential the next day.

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Todoist mobile app helps me to keep track of my most important projects or to just remember to pay my room rent and other expenditures. The similar app to Todoist is Google Keep.

11  Dashlane Password manager

Dashlane Password Manager allows me to keep track of passwords and personal info that I use across the web.  I have safely stored all my passwords, credit cards, IDs and more in one safe place.

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Now, within a few seconds, I can login to any of my accounts and save my time.

12   7 Week Habit

Scientists believe the sweet spot for developing a habit is right around 7 weeks, so once you have completed 49 days straight with little failure, you can be sure you’ll have developed a positive habit, broken a bad habit or completed a goal.

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7 Weeks is the easiest way to make and break habits. Based on Charles Duhigg’s bestselling book, “The Power of Habit,” 7 Week Habit mobile app creates an ultra-simple strategy of completing one day of your habit or goal at a time.

Every day that you complete successfully marks the day as complete. Each day you complete your task and it gets you one step closer to not only making or breaking a new habit but also to increase your motivation, willpower, and discipline too.

13  Swiftkey Keyboard

SwiftKey Keyboard uses artificial intelligence to automatically learn my writing style, including the emoji, the words that matter to me and how I like to type.

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Swiftkey Keyboard is an effective mobile app for you because:

  1. It kills your typos
  2. Type faster with A.I.-powered predictions
  3. Simply swipe-to-type with SwiftKey Flow
  4. Autocorrect that actually works
  5. Always learning your slang, nicknames, and phrases
  6. Teach the autocorrect your quirks from your online accounts

14  Merriam-Webster 

As a writer, my only important work is to spend my time in reading and filling my mind with concise words. Gone are the days when writers travel with dictionary kept in the pocket. Now, it’s an age where we don’t have time to find something. We don’t have patience. We want everything ready-made.

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I’ve tried so many other mobile apps, and they didn’t work like I wanted them to. This mobile app is smoother than other mobile apps and offers voice search – to let me look up a word without having to spell it – along with synonyms, antonyms, example sentences and more. It’s a great tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building.

15  Evernote  

From everything we get ideas. Ideas are the delusion if we do not act upon it. Every day, we get so many thoughts that if we pick one idea and act upon it, we can change our life.

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Success is also nothing but a random number of tries given to our ideas. Only one idea can change our life. So I recommend people to always carry a journal with them. If you are also like so many people who cannot handle diary or journal, then Evernote is designed for you.

Now, you can write, collect and capture ideas as searchable notes, notebooks and drafts. Remember success is a random number of tries given to our ideas. Don’t miss any vital thought, and show a masterpiece to the world by working upon your tremendous ideas.

  • Where does idea come from?

16  YouTube

If you cannot read books then listen to the audios or videos of your area of interest. I’ve doubled the use of YouTube mobile app after its feature of saving videos. Now, whenever I find Wi-Fi around me, I save the lectures and speeches of professionals in my mobile. Then, I watch them in my free time.

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Not only watching videos help me to triple my potential but also enhances my speaking and listening skills. I highly recommend you to take advantage of this new feature of saving videos in your YouTube mobile app to boost your productivity.

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17  Night Screen 

Now we are working for hours in front of displays to complete our projects within the time limit. So, it is very important to establish the viewing condition that minimizes stress to our eyes. 

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If you won’t adjust the brightness of your device, you may suffer from headaches, dry eyes and even blurred vision. Once you have established good viewing condition you can do your work faster and sooner. This mobile app is made up to adjust the brightness of your device. Download it now! For other platforms, you can use F.lux

18  Snowball 

Snowball allows me to get things done without opening a million mobile apps. Snowball takes all the stuff from all the apps on my phone and puts it in one place.

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It offers a unified inbox from where I can reply to messages from Facebook, WhatsApp, Email, Messenger and more.

This mobile app also helped me in avoiding the annoying messages by hiding them.

19  Deep Breathing 

Everything is written in our breaths.

90 percent of the impurities in the system are thrown out of the body through the breath. Remember worries and tensions block the flow of thoughts.

The breathing pattern is different for one who is depressed, unhappy, anxious and tense.

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Deep breathing is essential to take control over your emotions — anger, mindless speech, anxiety… If emotions are controlled then life is controlled. Deep breathing for ten minutes opens all the doors of your mind to receive ideas. Deep breathing is linked to silence which is necessary to tread down the road of spirituality.  

20  Dropbox 

Backing up your important files and documents is necessary for you because there are a number of ways files or documents can be lost unexpectedly — Virus infection, physical damage, theft, accidently deleted…

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Files you keep in Dropbox are safely backed up and you can get to them from all your devices. It’s easy to send large files to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

  • 10 Dropbox Addons To Get More Out of Free Cloud Storage

We are at the end of our list. I’ve enlisted all the apps that helped me every day to become more productive. One among the greatest factor I found on the journey of becoming a writer is self-discipline. Self-discipline is not to become serious, but it means you need to be sincere towards your goals. Self-discipline requires you to work on a skill over and over again. Whenever people ask me to define self-discipline, I often turn to them with the quote of Bruce Lee, ‘I am not scared of the person who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.’

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With the above listed app and self-discipline you can also be a world class performer. If there is any app that helped you in boosting your productivity, which I forgot to write down as well, then you can share it with me and all the readers by commenting below or sharing on Social media.

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Authored By
Nakul Grover is the author of Superhuman in You. He loves writing on Self-Improvement and Motivation. With his writing, he is helping people to leave behind an extraordinary legacy. Know more about him at: www.nakulgrover.com

33 thoughts on “21 Best Productivity Apps for Android (Updated 2020)”

  1. HI
    I could see here the very good apps which I knew earlier. And few are new to me.

    Thank you for sharing such a useful apps list…

  2. Thanks Nakul for your great post. Its very intresting. I am going to try forest app. Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Very Intresting.

  3. I like the forest and evernote app the most. I never heard about forest app. It really helped me to concentrate on my work now. Every 30 minutes, i have planned new seed and no doubt my trees grow green.

    Thanks Nakul for a wonderful and clean article.

    1. Your welcome, Sir.
      Forest app is the best. As we increase our consciousness, focusing on any task for longer span becomes our habit. Our mind works mechanically. I found the app ‘Deep Breathing’ good for my mind as it opens all the doors of my mind to attract unique thoughts.
      The apps 7 week habit, Deep breathing and Forest are interlinked. 🙂

  4. Hi Nakul,

    I haven’t heard of the first one, Forest. But I am using half of the apps. Same type but different apps. Like Keep for Evernote, Twilight for Night screen so on. Forest and 7 week habits seems interesting.

    Having these apps on mobile save a lot of time and also cuts the hassle of going to pc for each task.

    Very handy list.

    Thanks for the post.

    1. Hello Susheel,
      7 week habit is one among my favourites. Whenever I’ve to break any habit I activate this app. It helped me in developing a lot of new habits — reading, exercising, meditation, writing, spending time in solitude, learning vocabulary and so on.

      I hope it may help you too.. 🙂 🙂

  5. Satish Kushwaha

    well, all apps are seems interesting.. but i want to say one thing that you are not alone who uses 10-13 hours gadgets in a day… 😂😂

    1. 😀 😀 😀
      Satish, That is why I wrote this article. I know about our generation. Thanks for interacting. I hope you enjoyed reading the post. 🙂

  6. Wow! interesting collection of apps.And thanks for letting me know about forest app,I have installed it after reading your article.

    1. I hope it may help you, as it has helped me in focusing on the work that is more important. It also helped me in overcoming procrastination.. 🙂

  7. Great list, Nakul.

    I am using some of the apps that you’ve mentioned here. Productivity Challange Timer is my favorite android app. I’ve been using it for a while. The best feature of the app is its ranking system. It helps me to increase productivity.

    Pocket and Todoist are must have apps for bloggers. Forest is new to me. But it seems interesting.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome list. I am going to try some of these.

  8. Hi, Thanks for this best list.. I use Buffer and it makes my work routine very good.. I can track my productivity now.. and i thought that this is the only best app but now I got 20 more cool productivity apps.. Perfect..

  9. Thanks Nakul, some of the app you have listed are very useful in our daily life. As a professional blogger, we should use them as it will help us a lot in our future work.

  10. Hi Nakul, Thanks for sharing such a great post and android apps with us..

    If really enjoyed this article and going to try some of them..

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing…

    Regards: Duryab Aziz

  11. This is one hell of an amazing and interesting list of splendid Apps. I will definitely go to download these Apps. especially, Forest, Productivity Challenge Timer, Rescue Time and 7 Week Habit. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article

  12. Thanks Nakul for sharing good list of apps. I am using some of them while some are new for me. I will start using this new apps.

  13. Tanooja Agarwal

    Good collection of apps. Surely i am gonna try. Forrest and KitWall is a really cool apps and i too recommend everyone have in their kitty.

  14. Nakul, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful list of productive apps. I already use some of them but i really love Pocket, it’s really an helpful app.

  15. I really loved using of Buffer and Dropbox since years. with Buffer i can manage my social presence easily and engaging with audience was very easy and productive. I use Dropbox to store my personal files and very handy to use. Sure i gonna try others. Good article dude.

  16. Snowball is just an brilliant app. I have tried it in my mobile and i am feeling very good in sharing experience with you my friend. Thanks

  17. Thanks Nakul. You Rock!
    Very useful list of tools for bloggers. Currently, I’m using Pocket, Feedly and Buffer are awesome tools. Now, I gonna use Dashlane, Forest, Todoit, 7 Week habit and Brilliant Quotes.
    Thanks again.

  18. Hello Nakul

    Your list of productive Android App will help people like me who can not focus on one thing and waste time to do multiple things same time.

    I will certainly use apps suggested by you to improve my productivity.

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