Whether you’re an Apple convert or immigrating from an obsolete Windows phone, you might need help picking out the first bunch of apps for your Android device. The Google Play Store is quite a huge place, filled with enough apps to baffle the minds of noobs.

Here are a few apps that We think are a must-have for anyone using an Android device for the first time. (Others may have a different opinion)

Nova Launcher

First things first: Here’s a launcher that will let you customize the appearance and layout of your lock screen to your heart’s content. Nova Launcher enables you to decide what your phone will look like.

 

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AirDroid

This app is like an enormous cord connecting your computer to your phone. AirDroid lets you transfer photos and files between your phone and your computer. It also allows you to respond to mobile notifications from a computer.

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Firefox

If you’re not a fan of Google Chrome (I personally am, but I understand why some might not be) or the native Android Browser, Mozilla’s Firefox is a good substitute.

 

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LastPass Password Manager

LastPass acts like a combination vault and auto-fill service, generating passwords and login information for all of your sites.

 

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This saves you the trouble of having to remember or write down all of your passwords — the one you have for LastPass is the only one you need to access pretty much anything that requires a password.

Email App (Gmail; Blue Mail; etc)

Frankly, it doesn’t really matter what email app you have on your phone — just that you have one. I prefer Gmail in everything, but that’s mostly because I juggle multiple Google accounts, so switching between them in-app is relatively easy.

 

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An alternative that’s not service-specific is Blue Mail. It allows you to switch between multiple kinds of email accounts, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.

 

Google Keep

Trust me, I’m not trying to thrash Google — not intentionally, anyway. It just happens it offers superb apps for devices of both stripes.

 

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Google Keep lets you keep multiple lists of color-coded notes, looking for all the world like a digital cork-board. You can add photos and drawings to make them more interesting an useful.

Like almost everything Google, it syncs across devices.

ASUS File Manager

Managing the information on your Android device can be relatively simple and straightforward, if you have the right app. ASUS’s File Manager app is about as light and easy a device as you’re likely to find.

 

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You can manage files both from your phone and your cloud storage, including Dropbox and OneDrive. You can compress files to save space, and stream music and videos from the File Manager.

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