50 Free Android Apps Every College Student Needs

by Linda on April 03, 2010

Saving money is paramount in college, as most students don’t have a lot of that commodity to throw around. So, you may welcome some free Android apps that can push your productivity, creativity and communication always seem welcome. You may find at least one or two apps you’ll want from this list of 50 free Android apps that every college student needs.


  1. 3banana: Capture your thoughts, ideas and notes as well as photos.
  2. ASTRID: Astrid is an open-source task list that is simple enough; but, for the important things in your life, it encourages you into staying organized.
  3. Books WordPlayer: Download books in seconds or load from your sdcard to read on your Android.
  4. CoursePro Demo: Try the trial version for free and you may want the full version for the price of a cup of coffee. Track school courses, assignments and grades and keep track of homework.
  5. Droid Scan Beta: Turn your Android into a document scanner.
  6. Evernote for Android: This app lets you capture your ideas, experiences, and inspirations as the happen and sync them with your desktop.
  7. GDocs for Android: Create, edit, view, import, export and send documents as well sync documents with your Google Docs account.
  8. GPA Calculator: GPA Calculator Lite is a great tool for all college students to calculate, monitor, and manage your grade point average so you can apply for those student grants.
  9. InstaFetch: Save complete Web pages to your Android for offline reading. Integrates with Instapaper.com.
  10. Inventory Droid: While you could use this app to note everything in your dorm room for “anti-theft” purposes, this app could be used for so much more.
  11. JETCET PDF: This app retains all of the original formatting in Adobe PDF files transferred from a desktop PC, e-mail attachments, or downloaded from the Web.
  12. Knowledge: No matter the topic, ask whatever you want to this knowledge engine and store its results for later use.
  13. myDAY: Keep a chronological record of what happened throughout your day so you can stay on top of your class schedules, notes and more.
  14. myPocketProf: Sync, organize and share course notes stored locally on your Android.
  15. Offiviewer: Opens PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OpenDocument, RTF files and more.
  16. QwikList Voice: Add items to a list, send SMS, or quick add to Google Calendar by speaking to your phone to create reminders and task lists.
  17. Recordoid: Turn your Android into a top-design dictaphone as you record messages, lectures and more. The lite version is free.
  18. ShareYourBoard: This award-winning Android app can capture, process and share whiteboard data.
  19. SnapTell: Snap a picture, or scan the barcode of any book, DVD, CD, or video game sold in the US or UK, and within seconds get links to Amazon, Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, eBay and more to find more info, compare prices, buy the product, or remember the product for later.
  20. StatDroid Lite: This is the free version of StatDroid, a slimmed-down version that has a limited number of themes, and does not allow users to send stat data via SMS/Text and Email.


  1. 1Cast: The 1CAST web and mobile-based video delivery system enables you to build your own personalized video news feed from a multitude of resources from around the world on topics that interest you.
  2. ColorDict: This is a StarDict-compatible universal dictionary for Android. You don’t need an internet connection to search because StarDict dictionaries are stored in the sdcard.
  3. Elements: This app is a periodic table with a more data per element than you probably need.
  4. Formulas Lite: This is a simple, easy to use application which helps you to refer collection of most important formulas of maths, physics & chemistry.
  5. HandyCalc: This calculator has received high praise for both basic input and calculation and for advanced math calculations.
  6. Quickpedia: Wikipedia formatted for your Android phone, including search, browse articles, featured pages, and current events.
  7. Searchify: Use this app to gain access to a unit converter, calculator, translator, Wikipedia and more.
  8. StudyDroid: This app is an open source flashcard application. You create the flashcards online and then download them to your phone.
  9. Thesaurus: If available you also get antonyms, related terms, similar word and user suggestions with this Android app.
  10. WikiMobile: Carry 2+ million Wikipedia articles with you, including pictures.


  1. Babbler: Features include real-time chat, uploading photos, changing current status and even automatic tweets to your Twitter account.
  2. fBook: This Android app wraps and optimizes the Facebook iPhone Web site for your Android phone.
  3. Foursquare: Meet up with friends and discover new archives with this Android app. It’s fast, light and integrates maps as well as provides a home screen shortcut.
  4. Meebo for Android: Log into all your IM accounts and send messages for free.
  5. Opera Mini & Opera Mobile: Synchronize your bookmarks, history, notes and more between your computer and mobile phone and more with this app.
  6. Phonebook 2.0: Combine your instant messaging, social networks and life-streaming apps all in one place with this Android application.
  7. Steel: The Web at your fingertip, offering full-screen browsing, a virtual keyboard and advance touch controls.
  8. Twidroid: The new version of this Twitter app includes the much sought-after reply to all feature as well as an additional, small 2×1 widget for PRO users.
  9. WordPress for Android: This is an open source app that enables access to your WP blog. Write new posts, edit content and manage comments with built-in notifications.

TravelTraveling Student

  1. Gas Detective: Find the nearest gas station or the lowest gas prices, reported by the user community within the continental US and Canada.
  2. Hotels near me: Find and book hotel rooms often for better rates than when you book directly.
  3. iConvrtz: This currency converter includes interfaces for one-on-one conversions, multiple conversions and the ability to look up historic exchange rate graphs. Offline support is offered for 52 major currencies.
  4. Key Ring: This award-winning app uses bar code scanner technology to create a digital copy of all your loyalty cards and stores them on your phone. Retailers can scan the bar code from the screen, and you don’t need to carry your cards.
  5. Local: New to campus? Use this app to find a better way to nearby restaurants, bars and other businesses on the go.
  6. Maverick: This app provides GPS off-road navigation for hiking, boating, geocaching and other outdoor activities.
  7. My Trip Recorder: Create a trip log to share online with friends and relatives, including a trip map, photos, videos and journals.
  8. Piggyback: Share your car, save on gas and road impact, and form friendships instead of enemies with this tool.
  9. Trip Journal. This is the #1 Google Awarded Travel Application with the best trip tracking, recording, documenting and sharing features currently available.
  10. WAZE: Waze is a social mobile application providing free turn-by-turn navigation based on the live conditions of the road.
  11. Wikitude: See the world through your phone’s camera view overlaid with Wikipedia content.

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