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Best Android apps for working from home in 2020

A lot of people are forced to work from home recently due to the Coronavirus outbreak and while working from home entirely might be a big change for many people and could also be a tough challenge to overcome.

Fortunately, you could make this process much simpler with the help of technology as there are so many useful Android apps available that have the potential to make the process of working from home easier and even more productive than working from an office environment.

Here are some of the best apps in different categories that you could make use of as you are working from home during this pandemic.

Best Android apps for working from home in 2020

Communication apps

Communication is the main thing for any kind of job and as you are working from home some of you might even need to be in constant communication with your co-workers or employees. Thankfully there are many apps out there with advanced features like video conferencing, image, video, and file sharing and even communicating with several people simultaneously by creating a group.

Skype

skype work from home

If your job primarily involves a lot of meetings or needs you to be in constant communication, then your best bet would be to use Skype. Skype supports both audio and video calls and works across all major platforms making it easy to stay in constant touch with your colleagues. Skype also has the option to share your screen, send messages and even share images, and documents.

Play Store Link: Skype – free IM & video calls

Whatsapp

With over 2 billion monthly users, almost everyone you know is using Whatsapp which makes it very easy to get in touch with anyone instantly and the app also comes with other features like free audio and video calls, sharing of files, and creating group chats. So, if you are working with people around the world and need a way to get instantly in touch with them then Whatsapp is a great way to do that.

Whatsapp working from home

Play Store Link: WhatsApp Messenger

Slack

The Slack messenger helps you to communicate and collaborate with your team members, work on different projects, share messages and files, and also to privately message or call anyone in the team. Slack also comes with an option to integrate your workflow with third-party applications like Google Drive, and Asana to better manage your projects and teams.

Slack working from home

Play Store Link: Slack

Zoom

Zoom is a popular video conferencing application and if your job requires you to host or join a lot of meetings, you can use the Zoom app to organize cloud meetings with your colleagues. You can also use Zoom to send messages, and share your screen with others. You can easily invite people to join a meeting even if they are not using Zoom as it is supported by all major platforms including Windows, Mac, and iOS.

Zoom working from home

Play Store Link: ZOOM Cloud Meetings

Note-taking apps

Using your smartphone to take notes is one of the most convenient ways to keep track of your daily activities and with the help of cloud-supported note apps, your notes would be synchronized across all your devices. Here are some of the popular note-taking apps for your Android device which also supports features like collaborative notes, cross-platform support, adding images, files, and more.

Evernote

Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking apps out there and it is available across all major platforms. The app helps you to organize your daily tasks, meeting minutes, your ideas and anything that’s on your mind with individual notebooks, categories, and tags. You can share your notes with anyone, create reminders and even add files, webpages, and images to them. The app also supports handwritten notes if you have a stylus or an S-pen.

Evernote

Play Store Link: Evernote – Notes Organizer & Daily Planner

OneNote

If you are an avid user of the Microsoft Suite of products, then you might find the OneNote app more useful as it integrates with MS Office apps like Word and Excel. The interface of the app is similar to the MS word application so you might already be familiar with the app, it also has features like allowing you to embed videos to your notes, use your voice or stylus to take notes and even save web pages to your notes.

OneNote

Play Store Link: Microsoft OneNote: Save Ideas and Organize Notes

Google Keep

Google Keep is for people who just want a simple and straightforward note-taking app to jot down their thoughts without any complications, create lists, and set reminders. The app also has a web interface making it easier to access it from any device. You can also organize your notes by giving them different colors, labels and saving them in separate folders to drastically increase your productivity and workflow.

Google Keep

Play Store Link: Google Keep – Notes and Lists

Cloud storage apps

Even though you are working from home you can still access all your important work-related files from anywhere, thanks to the cloud technology. No matter what cloud service provider you use, there is an Android app to help you to easily access, and edit your files from anywhere.

Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage apps available out there and with almost everyone having a Gmail account, it is easier to store and organize your files using the Google Drive app and share it with anyone you want. Google Drive comes with a default storage limit of 15GB which would be plenty to store and access your documents, spreadsheets, and other important files.

Google Drive

Play Store Link: Google Drive

Microsoft OneDrive

If you are a Windows user and you primarily use Microsoft Office products like Word, PowerPoint, or Excel to create and edit your files, then Microsoft OneDrive app would be the best option to store and manage your files. You can use the app to scan files, access them and share them with your colleagues. All your files stored in OneDrive are encrypted and Microsoft also offers Ransomware protection so you don’t have to worry about the safety and the privacy of your important files.

Microsoft OneDrive

Play Store Link: Microsoft OneDrive

To-do list and reminder apps

There might be a lot of distractions when you are working from home and a good to-do list and reminder app would help you to stay on track of your daily tasks and remind you to complete all your activities for the day.

TickTick

TickTick is a popular to-do list app for Android which also supports creating reminders, notes, and accessing your calendar. You can use the app to quickly create and manage tasks and reminders and also add notes to your tasks to help you organize your workflow and increase your productivity. The app syncs across all your devices helping you to easily manage your tasks and allows you to create recurring tasks to be reminded every day automatically.

TickTick

Play Store Link: TickTick: ToDo List Planner, Reminder & Calendar

Todoist

Todoist is another powerful to-do list and reminder application which also has a chrome extension allowing you to create and track your tasks and reminders from any device and stay on top of your day. You can also collaborate with others by assigning tasks to them from within the app. The app also has options to prioritize your tasks, integrate with Gmail, Slack, Alexa, and more.

Todoist

Play Store Link: Todoist: To-Do List, Tasks & Reminders

Productivity apps

Being as productive as possible while doing your work might be a difficult task, especially when you are working from home with so many distractions around. However, with the help of these unique productive apps, you can significantly increase your daily productivity and get more things done in less time.

Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer & To-Do List

The Pomodoro timer app uses the Pomodoro technique to help you to be more focussed and productive when you are working on a task. The technique is to break down your work into 25 minutes intervals separated by short breaks in between. You just need to start the timer and work on a task and after 25 minutes the timer will run out and your 3-5 minute break will start. This method has been scientifically proven to increase your productivity. The app also has options to create a to-do list and even whitelist your apps to stop yourself from getting distracted.

Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer & To-Do List

Play Store Link: Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer & To Do List

Forest

Forest is a unique application that helps you to focus on the task at hand instead of wasting time on your phone browsing social media or watching videos. The idea is to plant a virtual seed in the Forest app, and the seed will grow continuously into a tree as long as you are not using your phone, and will wither and die if you use it. This concept gives you a sense of responsibility and achievement and helps you to overcome your phone addiction. The pro version of the app plants trees in real life as well based on your achievements which is just an added bonus for being productive.

working from home Forest

Play Store Link: Forest: Stay focused

Office apps

One of the main things involved in lot of people’s works is creating and editing different types of documents including text, excel sheets, presentations or pdfs. Fortunately, the Android ecosystem offers powerful and feature-rich applications that would help you to achieve all this from your Android device.

Google Suite

The Google Suite of word processing applications includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and PDF viewer. You can perform all kinds of tasks like creating, editing, and sharing your documents using this suite of applications.  You can also collaborate with your team members and edit documents together and since all your documents are stored in the cloud, you can access and edit them from any of your devices.

working from home Google Suite

Play Store Link: Google Suite

Microsoft Office Suite

The Microsoft Office Suite has almost all the mobile versions of applications that you might find on a Windows machine including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. You can use this app to create and edit your documents, sign pdf files and share them with your colleagues and even scan physical documents and edit them as well. The app also allows you to export pdf files of your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files and share them with anyone.

working from home Microsoft Office Suite

Play Store Link: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More

White noise apps

White noise applications help you to focus and concentrate on your work by generating soothing and calming sounds like rain or a beach, especially you are working from a noisy environment.

Noizio

Noizio is a popular white noise application which helps you to focus on your work by generating various high-quality nature sounds like a waterfall in a forest, sound of the beach waves or rain during a thunderstorm. You can choose any sound you like from the list of options and there is also an automatic timer that will pause or stop the sounds after the set time.

working from home Noizio 

Play Store Link: Noizio — nature sounds for focus, relax or sleep

Noise Generator

Noise Generator is an advanced white noise generating application that has several options to create, customize and generate noise according to your preferences. Apart from white noises, the app also has options to select from brown, pink, blue, and violet noises and you can even combine them to create a unique combination that matches your taste. The app will help you to focus and improve your productivity at work by reducing all other outside distractions.

working from home Noise Generator

Play Store Link: Noise Generator

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5 Best camera apps for Android 2020

Cameras in today’s Android phones have improved a lot and with multiple lenses and bigger image sensors becoming mainstream in flagship devices, the stock camera app that comes with your Android phone won’t be sufficient to explore the full capabilities of your phone’s camera.

Thankfully, Android has a ton of third-party camera apps that are better alternatives to the stock camera app on your device and has more features and options that will help you to capture the best possible photos and videos using your Android phone. So, here are 5 best camera apps for Android in 2020 that will drastically change the way your images look.

5 Best camera apps for Android 2020

A Better Camera

A Better Camera is a feature-packed camera app that supports burst shooting mode, HDR, panorama, night mode, and even the multishot mode, which was recently introduced by Samsung in the S20 series which allows you to capture multiple types of images and videos with a single click. It also comes with the best shot mode similar to the one in the Google Pixel devices where the app would automatically select the best-looking image after capturing multiple images.

camera apps

The app is also packed with a ton of features for recording video as well including time-lapse, white balance, exposure, and focus lock. There is even a feature that will allow you to remove any unwanted objects or people in the background from your images. You can also use some of the premium features for free by capturing up to 30 trial images before you decide to purchase the feature or the premium version of the app which actually costs just 99 cents.

Play Store Link: A Better Camera

Camera MX

Camera MX is a versatile third-party camera application that allows you to both capture images and videos and also to edit them from within the app. The app comes with numerous filters, frames, overlays, and effects and also a good amount editing options that allow you to play with the exposure, white balance, contrast, and other aspects of the images you capture using the app and those that are already saved on your phone.

camera apps

There are other interesting options and features that are present in Camera MX including live shots, turning your photos into GIFs, and the unique shoot the past feature which allows you to select the best moment from your images even after capturing and saving them. Overall the Camera MX would be a good alternative for your stock camera app and it comes with a list of extra features and functionality that makes it worth trying.

Play Store Link: Camera MX – Photo & Video Camera

Cymera

Cymera would be a perfect replacement for your stock camera app if you are someone who loves to take a lot of selfie images and selfie portraits. The app has a ton of beautification features that helps you to look as good as possible. It has options to remove your blemishes, enlarge your eyes, add makeup to your face, and even options to make you look thin, tall, or however, you want. The app also comes with a stabilizer feature that allows you to capture stable and steady images even if you move your device.

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camera apps
camera apps

The app is also filled with selfie filters and effects and photo editing options that allow you to add text, frames, stickers, and other effects to your photos and selfies. There also several scene-based modes in the app which you can use to capture different scenes like landscape, food, and indoors. The app is best suitable for people looking to capture and post stylish and cool images to their social media profiles and it might not appeal for those who are looking for an app that can capture professional looking pictures.

Play Store Link: Cymera Camera – Collage, Selfie Camera, Pic Editor

Footej Camera

The Footej camera app is a robust camera that has a ton of options and customizations to capture professional images. The app allows you to control various aspects of an image like the ISO, focus levels, and even the shutter speed. While the app’s interface is very minimal and user-friendly, if you tweak around a little you can find out a lot of options that you might expect from a professional photography app.

footej

The app also has options to capture RAW format images, slow-motion videos, burst images, and even GIFs. Footej Camera utilizes Android’s Camera2 API which means you can be sure to get the best possible looking photos and videos from the app. You can also purchase the premium version of the app if you want to unlock some extra features like time-lapse, and more time limit over burst shots and high-quality videos.

Play Store Link: Footej Camera

VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

The VSCO camera app provides the users with a combination of a great camera app and a powerful photo and video editor app. While the camera does have interesting features and gives you a good amount of control over your images, the editor is the highlight of the VSCO app and it comes with a ton of features that you might not find in many apps out there. There are a lot of options to edit your pictures including filters, effects, add-ons, and even presets that give your images the best possible look by just clicking a button.

vsco
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vsco

VSCO also provides its users with a monthly subscription-based option called VSCO X which includes additional features like advanced video editing options, more filters and presets, and also access to professional image editing options as well. While the subscription option is a bit pricey, if you are someone who is looking for a unique and professional application to edit your photos and videos then you can definitely consider the VSCO app.

Play Store Link: VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

Let us know in the comments below which one these apps you think would be perfect for your use case and feel free to mention your favorite Android camera apps that are not on this list.

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How to Run Android apps in your Chrome browser on any PC

Want to run Android apps on your laptop or desktop, but you don’t have a Chromebook? Don’t worry, you can still do it. You might not know this, but Chrome has a tool that lets you test out Android apps in-browser.

Certainly, it makes sense to put some Android apps on your laptop. We’re talking about those that have no web equivalent like Snapchat or Evernote. Not to mention games. Any app that’s frustrating to use on a smaller screen, will probably work a lot better on the laptop or desktop.

The tool you need to use in order to be able to run Android apps on your device is called ARC Welder. Originally ARC, which stands for App Runtime for Chrome was an experiment specifically designed for app developers, but now almost anyone can take advantage of it.

However, keep in mind that ARC Welder is based on Android 4.4 and comes with a few limitations including:

  • You can only load one app at the time
  • You need to select whether you want the app to launch in Portrait or Landscape mode
  • You have to opt for tablet- or phone-mode

With that being said, let’s see how you can install the tool.

Install ARC Welder

Open the Chrome browser on your laptop or desktop computer, head on to the Chrome Web Page for ARC Welder and add the extension to your browser. After the short installation process, you should be able to start using Android apps on your desktop.

All desktop systems are supported including Windows 10, MacOS, and Linux. So the extension should work regardless of whether you’re using a Windows laptop or a Macbook.

However, we need to note that ARC Welder has been specifically designed for Chrome OS. The tool will highlight that saying that “You are using ARC Welder on a non-Chrome OS device. Platform-specific bugs exist.” This is a warning that not everything will work smoothly.

Find and download APK files

ARC Welder works with APK files, so in order to get Android apps to run on your PC, you will have to find and download the APK files of the apps you want to get on desktop.

We recommend you give a try one of these APK databases which offer a large selection of apps and games:

Use ARC Welder to run them

Once you’ve downloaded an APK, simply click on the “Add your APK” button to start testing. It will take a few seconds for it to load, but once it does, you’ll need to do a few additional things. Like select the orientation, form factor or whether the app should the resized.

Next, press test and wait for the app to load. It will do so in a separate window. We have to warn you that some of the apps will probably fail to load, as we found out in our testing. Some simply crash for inexplicable reasons.

For example, Instagram did not load for us, while Messenger Lite and Twitter worked just fine. Although the animations were a bit slow to load, the overall experience was pretty decent.

The majority of the games we tried to test didn’t work. Some did load the first screen, but then crashed afterwards, so this is a hit-and-miss kind of deal. Unfortunately, those who would like to test out games that are frustrating to play on a small smartphone screen, won’t have too much luck to do so.

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Nevertheless, some app will work just fine, so if you’re patient enough you’ll find some that do.

If you tried out ARC Welder before, let us know in the comment section below which apps or games worked for you.

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Destroy your boredom and battle cars with CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars (Review)

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Snoopy Pop is the perfect puzzle game for you and your child (Review)

Overview: If you were a fan of the comic strip Peanuts and enjoyed reading it during your early childhood days, then you must be familiar with Snoopy, the cute little pet beagle of Charlie Brown. Snoopy Pop is an Android puzzle game where the players play as Snoopy to help the birds of Woodstock trapped […]

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Google kicks off the Summer with various discounts on almost everything in the Play Store

To celebrate the kick-off of Summer 2017, there are now a variety of discounts on apps, games, movies, tv shows, and more that can be found in the Google Play Store.

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Action Launcher gets a new look and a slew of new features in its latest update

Chris Lacy has released a major update to Action Launcher which provides a new name, new icon, and a slew of new changes and bug fixes to the popular third-party launcher.

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Action Launcher gets a new look and a slew of new features in its latest update

Chris Lacy has released a major update to Action Launcher which provides a new name, new icon, and a slew of new changes and bug fixes to the popular third-party launcher.

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How to stop apps from dozing on Android

If your phone runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or later, your handset has a feature called Doze. Designed to optimize battery usage, it puts your apps and games into a deeper sleep mode when it detects that the device is not being used. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that your notifications or messages can be slower to […]

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Android app marketing tips (sponsored)

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