Smartphones are more of everyday tools. Increasingly, Android users are finding new ways to turn their devices into tools that can make life easier. This also happens to be one of the best reasons to own a smartphone. From securing your private data to finding your way around when you visit a new town or city, we look at the 6 best and free utility apps for Android.

AppLock

AppLock

Security is paramount, and that’s precisely why we’ve ranked this app at the top of this list. AppLock does just what its name says. It helps you lock up various sections of your Android smartphone so that thieves, curious kids and snoops have no chance. This way, private content such as SMS messages, photo galleries, Google Play Store, calls, and settings are kept safe. AppLock makes it super easy for you to lock up just about any app, thus keeping your smartphone private without having to rely on that nagging screen lock.

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GasBuddy

GasBuddy

This is yet another helpful application that brings you up to speed on the price of gas within your area. If you’re looking for the cheapest gas around, this is a must-have app. It also comes in handy for folks who’re on road trips and need to find gas stations along their route. The app has a pretty simple interface with crowdsourced information. If you find a station with the wrong price listed, you can just easily change for the benefit of the next person.

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Google Translate

Google Translate

This is the best Android translation utility app available, hands down. You can translate any word or sentence in any language on the go. More so, you can have the app set to voice mode so that it translates in spoken language in real time. This can be particularly important for travelers. And that’s not just where Google Translate stops. You can point your camera at foreign text and have it translated within no time. So if you find yourself looking at an incomprehensible restaurant menu in a foreign country, just point your camera at it and you’ll be ready to go!

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Google Maps

Google Maps

This is the number one Android utility app for informing your urban movement. Google Apps delivers a wealth of features for helping you navigate through roads and streets between your location and your destination. You get turn-by-turn driving directions for 15,000+ cities and towns. This app packs so much data that it’s almost criminal not to have it on your Android smartphone.

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iFixIt

Ifixit

How about turning your Android smartphone into an all-in-one repair manual for just about anything, from your car to your tablet. You even get information to repair your household appliances and furniture. If you’re the kind that turns to Google every time something needs fixing, this app can save a lot of your time. The app takes you through the process of breaking app devices, identifying problems and making repairs or part replacements.

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First Aid – American Red Cross

First Aid

This is a free Android app that provides a wealth of information on basic first aid for injuries, burns, and other medical emergencies. The app has a Learn mode that allows you to read on an injury type, the basic first aid treatment, and a Q&A section as well. The emergency mode on the other hand dispenses provides extra information with precise first aid instructions in a single page. Sometimes, diagrams and videos accompany this information, as well as a shortcut button for dialing 911. There’s just lots of information if you’re looking to increase your first aid preparedness.

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If we missed any top free Android utility apps, just mention it in the comments section below and we’ll certainly add or evaluate it against this list.

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