Useful Google apps you probably aren’t using googles got a lot of apps. Maybe even too many, in unusual circumstances.
Amidst all the clear indications and curiously extending offerings, though, Google’s wing of the Play Store holds some genuinely useful stores bright works by the creator of Android that is just waiting to be explored.
Here are ten off-the-beaten-path Google apps that’ll help you do all sorts of exciting stuff with your Android device. Sure, anyone of them could disappear any day with little to no warning this is Google we’re talking about, after all, but for the moment, at least, they’re out there and ready for the taking. And yes, they’re all free.
Some, but not all, are also available for iOS.
Google’s default Android file manager has gotten reasonably decent over the years, but you know what’s weird? Google makes a much better and more capable version of the same basic thing. It’s just up to you to find it.
The aptly named Files app (which isn’t the same as the Files app that comes preinstalled on certain Android phones) lets you browse through your phone’s local storage in a clean and easy-to-use interface. It makes it super-simple to eliminate unneeded junk on your device and free up space, too, and it even has a built-in and fuss-free system for wirelessly sharing files with other Android phones in the area.
This next Google Android app is one of those things that’s so practical; you’ll wonder why your phone hasn’t always had it.
Trusted Contacts lets you establish location-sharing relationships with your friends, family members, or anyone else you know and love (or maybe just kinda-sorta like). Once both people have installed the app and approved the relationship, either person can request the other’s location at any time.
If the recipient doesn’t respond after five minutes, their last known location will automatically be sent. And it works even if their phone is off or out of range.
Peace of mind has never been more accessible.
Google My Business
This next one’s pretty specific, but if you’re operating your own business or responsible for your company’s online presence in any way Google’s My Business app is worth snagging. The app gives you a single streamlined portal for controlling your company’s presence within Google.
You can respond to reviews, tweak your business’s profile, and even get notifications whenever a customer (or potential customer) attempts to connect with you.
For the smaller business owners among us, it could be invaluable.
This last selection is the app that controls wallpaper picking for Google’s Pixel line of phones, but it’s available broadly — and if you don’t have a Pixel device, you can think of it as an upgrade to your system’s default wallpaper selection tool.
The aptly named Wallpapers makes finding a background for your home screen a fun adventure, with options for selecting stunning static or motion-based images in a variety of different categories from landscapes, seascapes, and planets to art and geometric shapes.
The best part, though, is the way Wallpapers can automatically change your wallpaper to a new image every day within any category that floats your boat (including, if you’re so inclined, your pictures). It makes for a pleasant little surprise when you’re moving between your various Very Important Work Duties.