This is my list of some of the basic android apps that would make life as a student that much easier. Simple and free apps without any additional learning curve, some of which even come pre-installed on our android devices.

1. Google App

Play store link

Yes, there is a Google app. What would we do without Google? With more than 1 billion installations, a lot of people agree that this app is invaluable for whatever you are doing, which would require you to do some searching. With a range of applications from research for a thesis/dissertation to even finding files and apps on your phones, this app has you covered. It comes pre-installed on some devices as well.

2. Google Keep

Play store link

Let’s call this the ‘sticky notes’ app, even though it’s a bit more than that. I was a bit skeptical when it was first launched, but its simplicity and ease of use, as well as color coded notes makes it beautiful to use. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that more robust apps like Evernote and OneNote have, but for quick and easy note taking, this is your app. You could even make check lists and to-do items with, and all the information is stored in the cloud, so you can access it from anywhere and any device.

3. Google Drive

Play store link

Lots of Google apps, huh? There is so much to say about this app, so I’ll just drop the highlights. One of the best and affordable cloud storage apps available. It also works with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides which would replace your basic Microsoft Office needs. It allows easy collaborations on projects and documents. You and someone else could literally work on a document simultaneously and be in different parts of the world. You could also make documents available offline, just in case you don’t have internet access.

4. My Study Life

Play store link

This is more than just a timetable app. It keeps you organized with options to organize your entire session or semester, plan for upcoming projects or exams. It even has an option to configure those courses that have irregular occurences, and also reminds you of upcoming classes. A very detailed app, that once configured, will be a life saver for any student. It is also cross-platform, so you can access the same information not just from your Android device but from your iOS, Chrome and Windows (desktop and mobile) devices as well. There is also a dashboard for teachers and school administrators as well.

5. Timely

Play store link

The most beautiful alarm clock app you might ever use. It uses a lot of rich colors in the interface which make its usage more appealing, easy to set alarms and customizable backgrounds. It also has a built-in timer and stopwatch with nice animations. One of its more unique features is Smart Rise, which gives you some tasks that you have to do before it would shut up. It also uses your Google account to sync across devices, so the closest device will wake you up. Also, when all your devices go off at the same time, if you mute one, they will all go silent (this works if all devices are on a network connection).

This is Part 1. The rest of my list will come soon.


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