The best apps for Android and iOS in 2022

What are some of the best Android apps on the Google Play Store? Which iOS apps do you absolutely need to download on your new iPhone 14 Pro or iPad?

In 2022, there are so many apps in both leading mobile app stores that it’s difficult to find the best, be it your run-of-the-mill free app or a paid app for your Android phone. There is just so much choice!

However, if you spend a little time in each ecosystem, you can easily separate the wheat from the chaff, but why do it yourself when we can guide you through the wonderful and surprisingly deep ocean of apps?

Let’s examine what are arguably the best apps for iOS and Android right now. We’re not going to offer you tons of options in every category, just the best apps you can get for your Android device or iPhone from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

The best messaging apps for Android and iOS

Telegram is one of the best messaging apps that works on both platforms. Spend enough time online and you will inevitably see Telegram flying around as a recommendation. The app is free and supports group chats, but also allows you to follow specific channels and get up-to-date quickly.

Whatsapp

It’s hard to describe WhatsApp‘s popularity in one sentence: after all, it’s one of the most downloaded apps, regardless of platform, period. WhatsApp is a cross-platform, end-to-end encrypted app with group chat functionality, stories, free international video and audio calls, making it a pretty powerful hub for all things communication.

viber

Another very popular messaging app, Viber comes with a host of healthy features that make it a worthwhile alternative to WhatsApp. With feature-rich group chats, video calls, and tons of fun stickers available on the store, Viber is as good a messaging app as it gets.

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Despite the somewhat negative press Facebook has received over the years, Metas Messenger is still one of the most popular ways of communication around the world. After all, who doesn’t have a Facebook account? Good news, you can use the app without one but still make good use of all its features. There are also some basic chat personalizations.

Best social network and social media apps for Android and iOS

Twitter

If it’s happening now, it’s on Twitter: it’s one of the most popular social networks in the world and allows you to get timely updates from well-known personalities, celebrities and other interested parties. Starting with up to 140 characters in a single tweet, the social network eventually grew to 280 characters per tweet and is currently testing an “edit” button that will allow you to quickly correct annoying typos in your tweets.

LinkedIn

The social network for professionals, Microsoft’s LinkedIn, allows you to quickly connect with your peers and other peers in your industry, keep up to date with what’s happening in your industry, and discover the latest trends. What if you are looking for a new job? LinkedIn is one of the perfect places to search for a new job or just mark yourself as “available” and the headhunters will be after you in no time.

Snapchat

Oops, did you see it? The snapshot is gone now! Gen Z’s favorite Snapchat has sparked some of the hottest trends on social media with stories, AR filters, and short-lived messages. You can snap your friends and keep those streaks going. Previously, Snapchat was criticized for not working optimally on Android devices, but the situation has definitely improved in recent years.

Be honest

BeReal, a relative newcomer to the social media scene, has a simple but rather intriguing premise: once the app notifies you, you have two minutes to snap a photo of what you’re doing, along with a selfie by your beautiful mutt. In order to see your friends’ photos, you must take one as soon as possible.

tick tock

The Short From video platform is truly addicting, for all good and bad reasons. On TikTok, you can watch tons of short videos from your favorite content creators and learn about the latest trends. TikTok is available as both iOS and Android app.

Best photo and video editing apps for Android and iOS

Snapseed

Snapseed is one of the main photo editing apps for Android and iOS and is a very powerful tool that offers both basic and advanced photo editing. The app supports the development and editing of RAW photos, giving you even greater flexibility in image editing. Aside from the basic features you’d expect from a photo editing app like cropping, image enhancement, etc., there are a lot of fun filters and tools.

Lightroom mobile

If you are serious about your mobile photos, you are definitely recommended to install Lightroom Mobile on your phone. The app is a bit more professional than other common photo editors that you can find in Play Store or App Store. The app is praised for its extensive use of sliders, which bring it up to date with the full-fledged desktop version. Another compelling feature is the Lightroom presets, which allow you to quickly give your photos a specific desired look. You can either import these from your desktop app or download popular custom ones, of which there are quite a few available on the web.

canvas

Canva is definitely one of the best apps when it comes to making collages on Android or iOS. With Canva, you can quickly and efficiently create your own unique designs for websites, Instagram posts, or whatever else you can think of. There are tons of presets that would surely come in handy for your design needs. They also have some basic video editing skills on board, making this a must-have.

CapCut

Although CapCut was launched as the official free video editor for TikTok, it’s a pretty capable video editor in general. Apart from basic video editing, CapCut also offers splitting, playback speed, animation transitions, style presets, audio extraction, various effects, stickers and overlays, and much more. This fairly intuitive app is a must-have if you frequently edit videos on the go, whether you’re using an iPhone or an Android device.

Another excellent video editor for iOS and Android that lets you stitch and mix/match your video clips into a digital masterpiece. Aside from the basics (editing, splitting, effects, filters, cropping, and pre-cropping), InShot also has the rather interesting voice effects and noise reduction features that set it apart a bit from similar apps. All of this is neatly packaged in a super intuitive interface, making it one of the best iOS and Android apps.

Best productivity apps for iOS and Android

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When it comes to sheer utility, it’s hard to beat what Notion brings to the table. This super deep time and workflow organizer allows you to collaborate with others in your workspace, keep track of your tasks, and create rich media on the go. The personal version of Notion will remain a free version forever, says the developer behind it, while the team plan will cost you, but it’s worth it.

For some, this is the ultimate communication channel for teams large and small, enabling deep collaboration and integration with multiple third-party tools like Google Drive, Asana, Dropbox, Zendesk, and more. In-app video and audio calling, as well as one-on-one and group calling, make this an exceptional and must-have app for any business.

For many, this is the ultimate word processor. The powerful app gives you all the bells and whistles you’d expect and then some, so you can create large text documents with rich media and advanced formatting. Of course, the iOS and Android versions of Google Docs sync with the web-based version of the app as you type, so you can quickly get on with your work from any device.

Google’s web-based personal file server is one of the most popular ways to share files on the web, but it’s also perfect as a personal file cache, allowing collaboration and quick access to your files anywhere, anytime. With 15GB of free base storage for every Google user, Drive is a pretty powerful, device-independent file backup and access solution. Definitely a must!

While the title for best note-taking app certainly sits between Evernote and Google Keep, Evernote has a slight edge with its much better third-party integration support. You can use Evernote with the full suite of Google suites (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.), Slack, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, etc., while Google Keep only works best with Google’s own productivity apps. Evernote also lets you attach PDFs to your notes, attach Slack messages or emails, and more.

pocket

Pocket is one of those apps that will make your digital life a lot easier. Thanks to this, you can quickly save any web page for later reading or viewing. There’s also a Pocket extension for almost every browser that lets you sync your reading lists between devices and easily curate your selections.

The best navigation apps for iOS and Android

Google Maps

Google Maps has undoubtedly established itself as the digital world map of choice for ordinary users. While its closet competitor Apple Maps has certainly come a long way since its inception, Google’s hugely popular mapping software is still a more feature-rich app with advanced guidance and navigation capabilities, coupled with a slightly more intuitive and easy-to-use interface. If you have a smartphone, be it an iPhone or an Android device, this is what you need, period. It’s a must-have app for a reason.

Waze

Technically, Waze is Google’s second mapping app. Waze’s strength lies in its crowd-sourced alerts, alerting you to road hazards, police patrols, traffic, accidents, and anything else that might affect your driving experience. Certainly, navigating with Waze isn’t bad either, and while the maps aren’t as detailed, it’s worth having on your phone as well. The fun celebrity language packs are also worth a chuckle.

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