So you just bought yourself an Android phone. Or maybe some generous relative gave you one as a gift. Lucky you, because whether you're unwrapping the Samsung Galaxy S21, Google Pixel 6 or OnePlus 9 Pro, you can't go wrong with one of the best Android phones.
But what do you with it next? Well, the good news is that even if you have a budget model, you'll still get access to all of the treats in the Google Play Store. The only trouble is that with so many apps to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start./aside">>
That's where we come in, with this guide to the one must-have app you need in each category — whether that's photography, music streaming, productivity, travel or anything else. So read on for our starter guide, in A-Z order, and once you're done you can also check out our full list of the best Android apps overall.
Note: We've left Google apps out of this list because they'll most likely be pre-installed. Many of them are essential though — we particularly recommend Maps, Chrome, Photos, Calendar, Drive, Google Pay, Home and Lens, all of which are either the best or close to the best in their respective categories.