There are tons of apps available for Android phones these days. And most of those apps offer amazing features that make our lives easier, whether it’s sending us messages, taking pictures, tracking our fitness goals, or recording our daily meals.
So why pay for an app when you can get one for free? Because sometimes free isn't really free. There are times when you want to download an application without paying anything, but you don't want to miss out on the potential benefits that come with purchasing an app. And if you decide to purchase an app instead of downloading it for free, you might find yourself spending more money than expected.
That’s why it makes sense to invest in apps that provide real value. So here are 8 awesome apps worth paying for.
1. Instagram App
Instagram has become one of the most popular photo sharing platforms on smartphones. With its unique filters and ability to share images directly via text message, Instagram allows users to express themselves visually in a variety of ways.
It's no secret that Instagram is the go-to platform for celebrities and influencers to promote their latest projects. If you're interested in becoming a celebrity yourself, you could benefit greatly from owning an Instagram account.
You can easily set up a profile for free, but if you want to receive followers and engage with others, you should consider buying an Instagram advertising package. These packages allow you to target specific audiences based on location, demographics, interests, gender, and age, among other things.
For example, you may wish to reach teens in certain states. By targeting these individuals, you could convince them to follow your page or buy your products.
While Instagram itself doesn't charge any fees to users, Facebook does. But if you choose to link your accounts together, you can save $10 per month.
This means that if you spend $100 monthly on Facebook ads, you would be saving $120 every 30 days. On top of that, you can also target specific groups within Facebook using the same strategy.
To learn more about how you can grow your social media following and engagement rate, read my guide on How To Grow Your Social Media Following & Engagement Rate.
2. Pocket App
Pocket is an online magazine reader that provides a quick overview of articles you've saved on websites such as Google News, Flipboard, and Twitter.
With Pocket, you can access your favorite news stories, videos, recipes, and blog posts without opening each site individually. This saves you time and effort, which is especially helpful if you have a busy schedule.
In addition, Pocket automatically organizes your content into categories, helping you quickly locate topics related to your interests.
When you first open the app, it asks you to sign in to your various accounts, but it won't ask you again unless you change your settings.
However, if you do log in to your Google account, you may see ads pop up. While this is normal behavior for Google services, I recommend turning off notifications for Google products in order to avoid seeing any unwanted advertisements.
Once you turn off your notifications, Pocket will stop showing you ads. However, it will still show you articles that match what you were reading previously.
Additionally, Pocket offers paid subscriptions for additional features such as custom themes, advanced search capabilities, and unlimited offline viewing.
Although there aren't any subscription plans for basic usage, Pocket does offer a 7-day free trial. After the trial period ends, you'll be charged $4.99 per month.
3. Waze Navigation App
Waze is an iPhone and Android app that uses crowdsourced data to create maps, traffic reports, and navigation directions.
Using this information, the app provides users with live updates on traffic conditions along the route they select. The app also alerts drivers to accidents, construction zones, and police activity.
As part of the service, Waze gives away detailed driving directions to nearby restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and more. Plus, it shows local businesses with special deals and discounts.
Because the company relies heavily on user contributions, Waze doesn't take a cut of any business transactions. Instead, it pays people for their tips and feedback.
Furthermore, Waze is updated frequently to ensure that the map reflects accurate details as soon as possible. In fact, the company says that over 80% of the road network changes within 24 hours.
Even though Waze is completely free, the app does collect personal information about users' locations, travel routes, and past driving habits.
If you'd prefer to use a different navigation system, you can try Google Maps. It works much like Waze, allowing you to track traffic, view 3D maps, and plan trips.
But unlike Waze, Google collects your personal information, so you need to opt-in to enable location history and other services.
Google Maps also requires payment for some premium features, including voice guidance, public transport directions, and turn-by-turn navigation.
#4. Spotify Premium App
Spotify is a music streaming service that lets you listen to millions of songs from artists around the world.
The service offers unlimited listening on mobile devices, desktop computers, tablets, and smart TVs.
Spotify also includes radio channels featuring curated playlists, personalized recommendations, and exclusive tracks.
On top of that, Spotify offers an ad-supported version called Spotify Free. Although it costs nothing to download the app, it limits you to 10 hours of playback per week and disallows background listening.
In contrast, Spotify Premium costs $9.99 per month. It removes the limitations mentioned above, plus it adds the following perks:
• Unlimited skips (no limit)
• Offline mode (unlimited downloads)
• Shuffle play (random song selection)
• Replay gain control (adjust volume depending on environment)
• High fidelity audio (high quality sound)
• Background play
• Offline playlist creation/management
• Search lyrics
• Advanced equalizer controls
Plus, Spotify Premium comes with a free trial option. Try it for three months before deciding whether the service is right for you.
5. Uber Eats App
Uber Eats is an iOS and Android app that connects food delivery customers with chefs who prepare fresh dishes using only organic ingredients.
A typical Uber Eats meal consists of sushi rolls, salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts, and beverages.
Unlike traditional restaurant menus, Uber Eats serves everything at once. You simply choose what you want, then pay via credit card or PayPal.
You'll receive a text message when your order arrives. If you're not home, the driver will leave a voicemail letting you know where they are.
To keep prices low, Uber Eats uses a "surge pricing" model. This means that during busy times, such as holidays or events, the price may increase dramatically.
However, if you don't mind paying more, you can get a discounted rate by signing up for Uber Rewards. The program gives you points based on how often you use the service.
Once you've accumulated enough points, you can redeem them for discounts on future rides.
To make sure you have access to all the latest deals, be sure to check out the Uber Eats website.
6. Netflix App
Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming apps in the world.
It's available on almost every device imaginable, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, game consoles, set-top boxes, and even smart TVs.
With Netflix, you can watch thousands of movies and TV shows from any country in the world.
You can stream content directly to your television through Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV Stick, and many more.
If you already subscribe to Netflix, you can sign into the app with your existing login credentials. Otherwise, you can create a new account.
After creating an account, you can browse the catalog of titles available for viewing.
The app features different categories like documentaries, original programming, kids' shows, comedy, teen series, action & adventure, family films, classics, foreign films, romances, sports, reality TV, music videos, anime, and so much more!
When you find a movie or show you'd like to watch, tap the thumbnail image to start playing.
At this point, you can pause, rewind, fast forward, change the volume, or close the window. To add something to your queue, just hit the + button.
After that, you can select which device you want to watch on.
For instance, you could watch on your smartphone while commuting, but put your laptop away for homework.
Most recent titles are listed first, making it easy to find what you need.
One thing I really love about Netflix is its recommendation engine.
Whenever you search for something new, the system suggests other things you might enjoy.
For example, when searching for a documentary, Netflix recommends other topics like sports, crime, animals, nature, politics, culture, business, and technology.
As you continue watching documentaries, Netflix learns more about your tastes and interests.
So eventually, the recommendations become personalized.
Plus, you can also save items to your Watch Later list.
This feature lets you see movies and TV shows you might otherwise miss.
Netflix has over 130 million users worldwide. So chances are good that if you're reading this article, there's a great chance that you have the app too.
7. Spotify Premium App
Spotify is a social listening platform that allows people to discover new music, listen to playlists made by friends, artists, and experts, and share their own creations.
Users pay $9.99 per month for premium membership ($14.99 per month if they choose auto-renew).
Premium members have unlimited skips, offline playback, ad-free experience, exclusive playlists, and more.
Those who aren’t ready to commit to a monthly subscription get free access to Beats 1 radio station, 30 days of free skips, ad-free experience and more.
Now, let’s connect Spotify to our favorite messaging client: WhatsApp.
To do so, we’ll be using a third-party application called “WhatsApp + Spotify.”
This app will allow us to use our Spotify accounts within WhatsApp without having to log out of each service separately.
First, download the app onto your phone. Then open up WhatsApp and click on the plus button at the bottom right corner.
Next, you'll need to install the app. It's pretty straightforward. Just tap Install and follow the prompts.
Once installed, open your WhatsApp chat screenIf everything goes well, you should now see an option to link your account. Tap Link Account and enter your username and password in order to complete the process.
You won't be able to send files from Spotify to WhatsApp via the app. However, you can still use Spotify as a remote control for your media player.
That means you can skip songs, adjust media volume, etc., all through WhatsApp. You can also create playlists directly inside WhatsApp.
The only downside, however, is that you can't reply to messages while streaming.
However, since most people already use WhatsApp for text conversations anyway, this isn't too big of a deal.
8. Google Home App
Google Home is an intelligent speaker that answers questions, controls smart home devices, plays music, and provides weather forecasts.
It connects to multiple different services including YouTube, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Photos, Android Things, Chrome, Chromecast, Spotify, Pandora, Audible, and Alexa.
Right now, users can ask Google Home questions, check the news, set reminders, look up directions or traffic info, check flight information, buy movie tickets, read email, make dinner reservations, play music, and even tell jokes.
In addition to its ability to control various smart home gadgets around your house, Google Home also works with Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, Sonos, Philips Hue, Nest Hub Wi-Fi, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT (if this then that) to further expand its capabilities.
HomePod is a wireless speaker developed by Apple Inc. The product was announced along with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.
It uses Siri as the primary voice assistant, and it supports AirPlay 2. This enables users to stream audio content from iTunes library in addition to playing music stored locally on the device.
We've covered how to pair Home Pod with iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod touch, but here's how to do it with HomeKit compatible speakers like Sonos One, or Wink and Dots.
Make sure "Enable Voice Over" is turned onIf not done automatically, ensure Bluetooth is disabled on your iPhone, iPad, computer, or other HomePod accessories.
When connected to Bluetooth headphones, your HomePod displays the name of the current paired accessory in the top left-hand side of the screen.
Tap the name of the currently paired accessory once to display the details page, which shows the name of the accessory, the battery life, and any notifications available.
Check if the name of the current accessory matches what is on your iPhone, iPad or mac.
Connect your HomePod to the Apple TV 4K and select the newly added device under the list of Apple TVs.
Now, go back to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and connect it to the same network.
Select Add Profile button and follow the instructions on the screen.
Once the profile has been created, go back to the HomePod and click on the profile icon next to the name of the new profile.
After selecting the profile, tap the Allow button at the bottom right corner to allow the HomePod to access the selected profile.
As soon as it allows you, you will need to reconnect it to the selected profile or else it will revert back to the previous one once again.
Once you are done, tap Done to close the settings menu.
You should see the newly added profile listed over there.
The name of the newly added profile will show up as highlighted in yellow.
To add more profiles, all you need to do is repeat steps 1 through 5 above.
You can toggle between the two profiles manually using the arrow buttons on either sides of the name of the profile.