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The best free Android apps of 2022: the best apps in the Google Play Store

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Finding the best free android apps on the Google Play Store can be a real chore, what with all the options out there. Who knew, when Google launched Android 13 years ago, that there would be this many available apps to choose from. You can find one to cater for every need, whim, or desire. And, a lot of them come with that magic price tag, free, so that you’re just a few clicks away from taking your phone to the next level.

But, just because there’s such a glut of apps out there doesn’t mean that most of them are quality. There’s a lot that you should probably skip. In fact,  the Play Store gives you a lot of tools to parse through all the noise, from Editor’s Picks for different categories to recommendations for new releases or for apps based on your prior downloads.

You can also narrow the search by reading reviews and ratings or searching for an app you have and seeing what similar results pop up.

With that said, there are so many in the store’s library, that a free android app that’s worth downloading can still get lost in the shuffle. To help you find the best android apps that are free, we’ve collected our top picks here to make sure you have all the apps you could want or need on your phone or tablet, sorted into categories so you can more easily find what you're looking for. 

Not an Android user? You can use these apps on one of the best Android emulators.

Best new free Android app

Every few weeks we add a new app to this list and you'll find the latest addition below.

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Spotify Greenroom

Spotify Greenroom is basically Spotify trying to get in on the Clubhouse action, so it’s an audio-based social network where you can join rooms and take part in conversations – or just listen, as if it’s a live podcast.

Being linked with Spotify there’s unsurprisingly a heavy music focus here, with many of the rooms being largely just a place where people listen to songs together, but there’s plenty of discussion too.

You can tell the app what sorts of things you’re interested in so it will surface the right rooms, and you can follow other users, create your own rooms, use text chat and more.

Live rooms can also be turned into podcasts for people to listen to later, so if you miss something live you won’t necessarily miss out.

James Rogerson
James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.