What’s On My Android – My Essential Apps

Everyone has their set of favourite, essential apps on their phone. I have a fair amount of apps I use on my Nexus 5, and I thought I’d share them with you all. Without blabbering any more, I’ll get down to it. I’ll start with apps that don’t require root and then move on to apps which do require root.



It’s the first thing I install on any phone I get. Most of the people I converse with use WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Messenger
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Price: Free


I use Llama for automating certain tasks – switching mobile data, GPS, profiles depending on Wi-Fi connectivity, apps and locations. I’ve been using it for the last year or so, and it has performed nearly 65-70,000 actions day-in and day-out without any complaints. I use the Secure Settings plugin in conjunction with Llama, but that requires root.

Llama - Location Profiles
Developer: KebabApps
Price: Free

Solid Explorer

It’s a file manager, with a dual-pane layout. It works great and looks neat. It also supports WebDAV, SMB, FTP and other cloud services, so it’s all there if you need it. Root actions are also supported, too.

Solid Explorer Classic
Developer: NeatBytes
Price: Free

Money Lover

Helps you manage your expenses. Pretty graphs and a very good UI, along with cloud backup thrown in for good measure.

Money Lover Ausgabe Verwaltung
Developer: Finsify
Price: Free+


I use it for autobackups of photos. Among all the cloud backup solutions I’ve tried so far, including Google+ photos backup, Dropbox works better and is the most battery friendly.

Developer: Dropbox, Inc.
Price: Free+

Reddit Sync Pro

Best Reddit app for Android out there.

Sync for reddit (Pro)
Developer: Red Apps LTD
Price: 3,99 $+


The best torrent client for Android. It keeps getting better with every update, and there’s a free version too in case you can’t pay for the ad-free version.

Flud - Torrent Downloader

MX Player

Throw any video file at it, MX Player will mostly play it.

MX Player
Developer: J2 Interactive
Price: Free


There are numerous music players on Android, but most of them look crap, or have a lot of nonsense features. Shuttle+ sorts both of these issues for me. The UI is actually the best I’ve ever stumbled upon across Android, Windows Phone and Symbian.

Shuttle+ Music Player
Developer: SimpleCity
Price: 0,99 $

Twitter for Android

The best Twitter app on Android. There are a lot of third-party apps out there that look better in some areas than the official client, but the official app is my default client after having tried at least a dozen third-party clients.

Developer: Twitter, Inc.
Price: Free

Smitten SMS

Google took away the stock Messaging app with the KitKat update, giving the duties of handling SMS and MMS to Hangouts. Recently I stumbled upon Smitten SMS, and I liked it a lot.

Smitten SMS
Price: 2,00 $

Now, moving on to apps that require root.

Xposed framework

It’s one of the best things that the community has come up with in the past two years. If you have an issue with the stock firmware on your phone, chances are there is an Xposed module that fixes it.


An Xposed module, GravityBox is a collection of modifications that negates the need for installing a custom ROM for me. To think that I used to be a custom ROM addict back in the Galaxy Nexus days brings a smile to my face. GravityBox is extremely good.


Even though Android is smart enough to kick out apps that run rogue, it’s not smart enough to do so consistently. Greenify sorts that out for me. A lot of Google apps run rogue themselves, so Greenify is an absolute necessity.

Developer: Oasis Feng
Price: Free


Describes itself. Shoos away annoying ads from your phone, although I feel guilty for doing it. It would help if ads were implemented in a better way, but as things stand today, blocking ads is the only option.

Titanium Backup

Stock Android still doesn’t come with a full backup feature, so until then, I’ll have to rely on Titanium Backup.

Titanium Backup ★ root
Developer: Titanium Track
Price: Free


Google teased us all with a built-in permission manager with the KitKat update but took it away with another update. AppOpsXposed corrects that.