According to Statista, there are approximately 3.5 million apps on the Google Playstore as of December 2017. However, despite these numbers, there are still so many things the Playstore can’t cover.
While apps like “ad-filled” ram boosters, dialers, and many other useless apps easily get through the now strict eyes of Google, there are still a lot of good apps out in the open that is worth the try. Sometimes works even better than those of its Playstore alternatives—if not equally good.
These apps are not necessarily malware haven (unless you get it from an untrusted source) but are apps that have features that interfere with the rules and regulations set by Google, or in one word those that violate their guidelines.
There are still probably over a hundred of apps out there (or even thousands, who knows), but these are our favorites so far. Please use the link provided below to download the official apps. Stay away from versions that came from sketchy websites to avoid modified apps with malicious codes.
Note: To install these apps, you first need to enable the unknown sources. To do that, go to Settings, then look for Security. Look for Unknown sources in the given options, then toggle the switch next to it. Press “OK” whenever there is a popup.
This is one of my personal favorites on this list. Mobdro has been around for quite a long time and is available for both smartphone and tablet devices. This live TV app lets you stream any available cable channels and videos of your interest 24/7 including National Geographic, History Channel, Disney, and Nickelodeon. If you’re away from home but don’t want to miss your favorite TV show, this app is very handy.
Get Mobdro here.
To be honest, I used to hate this app. But kudos to the developers, VidMate has improved so much—although not yet perfect. This app lets you download almost all the videos online. Just paste the link on the search box and VidMate will scan for any downloadable videos. If you’re on YouTube, just copy the link and a download icon will appear at the bottom right of the screen. Clicking it will redirect you to the VidMate app.
The UI is also more modern compared to that of TubeMate, making it easy for the eyes. Just a quick tip before using the VidMate, look for the Settings and go ahead and click Notifications. Under Notifications, toggle the switch for Push Notifications. This will stop the app from sending you content recommendations (inappropriate contents most of the time).
Get VidMate here.
There dozens of music streaming services right now, but truth be told, it’s only fun if you pay for a premium account. Otherwise, in Spotify for example, you will have to live with limited features—goodbye choices, hello shuffle play. Aside from that, you are also not allowed to save songs for offline use. Not a good idea if you love traveling to places that have limited access to internet connection.
That’s when your local music app comes in handy. It doesn’t need internet to work and it’s free from annoying repetitive ads. All you need is MP3/MP4 files on your local storage.
For music downloads, I highly recommend Fildo. This app allows you to stream and download high-quality MP3 files. Just key-in the artist, song or album, and Fildo will fetch all the available MP3 files that contain the keyword.
Get Fildo here.
4. Lucky Patcher (Rooted)
If you’re tired of paying for your favorite app just remove the ads or unlock paid features, then Lucky Patcher is the one to go.
This app will let you change permission on android apps, block ads, remove all the free service limitations and get free in-app purchases from almost any android apps and games. You need a rooted device to use this app though. For info on how to use Lucky Patcher, just click here.
Get Lucky Patcher (ZIP file) here.
F-Droid is an installable catalog of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for Android. This is pretty much like an app store, only that it has over a hundred add-ons and tweaks to enhance your phone. If you want to explore the world of open-source or learn how to code your own app, get this app. You always have access to Source Codes of every app in the F-Droid catalog.
Get F-Droid here.
6. Quick Lyric
I’m very reluctant to add this app to the list. Not because it’s not good, but because it’s already made available in the Google app store. Nevertheless, Quick Lyric had spent it’s humble beginning away from the Google Playstore.
It’s like MusiXmatch except that it automatically save lyrics for offline use without you needing to pay. There’s a premium version to remove the ads but as long as you can handle it, you’re good to go—you have free access to all the features. And unlike the MusiXmatch, I have never experienced any lag while using Quick Lyric.
P.S: You can watch a 30-second video to remove the ad, active for 7 days. Just swipe from left to right to have access to that.
7. Viper4Android (Rooted)
Viper4Android or V4A is an equalizer app. Unfortunately, it’s only available for rooted devices. If your phone didn’t come with Dolby Atmos, V4A is the best alternative to try. You can configure almost anything in this app.
There are features like speaker optimization, differential surround or Haas effect, headphone surround+, fidelity control and auditory system protection among others.
Just in case your phone is still under warranty and rooting is not an option, I highly recommend you to try Noozxoide EIZO-rewire™ PRO. Not as personal as V4A, but works great even on cheap earphones.
Get Viper4Android here.
8. Popcorn Time
Popcorn Time has been around for quite a long time. It allows you to download movies and TV series straight from the app—no more searching on Google for Torrent sites. Definitely, a must try!
Get Popcorn Time here.
9. AdAway (Rooted)
Almost every app on the Google Playstore contains ads by default. Imagine playing your favorite game and when you’re just about to hit the climax, an ad randomly pops out in your face. It even gets worse when you accidentally clicked the ad and found yourself redirected to Chrome.
From the name itself, AdAway, lets you block the ads from almost every app on the Google Playstore. Saves you money, time and bandwidth. One of the best features of AdAway is that you can check for updates (pretty much like an anti-virus app) so when a new ad network comes in, it automatically blocks it from displaying. Unfortunately, you will need a rooted device for this app to work.
Get AdAway here.
MiXplorer is a file manager that has the features of all the top file explorer apps combined.
It supports compressed file formats, file encryption, has a built-in image and media player, text editor, full root capability, cloud integration (19 cloud providers including Google Drive, Mediafire etc.), e-book reader, tab and dual-pane support and many more. Plus it always gets updates.
Get MiXplorer here.