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Awesome list — Free, ad-free and in-app-free Android apps

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DISCLAIMER : this isn't really an awesome list, I don't care about guidelines, rules and etc. so I don't bother make a real repo and a real pull request.

About this list

This list uses the power of my advanced Google Play search engine to get some free, in-app-free and ad-free apps from it.

DISCLAIMER : these 3 criteria are the only one I use, what I mean is open source, decentralization and retrocompatibility aren't important in this list.

However, I sort these apps according to my own user experience.

Apps


Web browsers

Download managers

  • ADM Holo — Holo is the old one, the new one is material but contains ads and payments
  • Navi

Content blockers

File explorers

  • MiXplorer — Many many features, especially for geeks. 👍
  • Cx — Supports internal, external, network (last SMB version included) and cloud.

Notes

Office suites

Sorry I can't find any for now. You have one ? Please comment !

Music players

  • Pulsar — The best music player, even compared to ad-supported/(semi)-paid apps.
  • Audify

Video players

Cameras

Image gallery

Photo editors

YouTube

E-mail

  • BlueMail — Many compatible accounts, dark mode, advanced spam filtering, tasks & priority management
  • Spark Mail

SMS

Social networks

Others

Calculators

Dialers & Contacts

Device info

Firewalls

Cleaners

Password managers

GitHub

Terminal & SSH

Code editors

  • 920
  • DeX — Optimized for Samsung desktop but also compatible with smartphone format

Launchers

Calendars

GPS

Widgets

Games

Contribute

Having an advanced search engine doesn't mean everything, experience does. Feel free to suggest your favourite apps in comments 😉

@KeronCyst
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KeronCyst commented Dec 13, 2020

Nice list! Just wanted to note that "WhatsApp" is misspelled as "WhatsaApp."

@KaKi87
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KaKi87 commented Mar 4, 2021

Thank you @KeronCyst, it's fixed ! I don't know why I never received an email when you commented. 🤔

@colcol26
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colcol26 commented Apr 27, 2021

What about a white noise generator?

@ukclearance
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ukclearance commented May 2, 2021

An ad free open source SSH server for Android is SSH Helper I used it regularly to copy files to and from an Android tablet connected to my TV.
Also Frozen Bubble puzzle game like Puzzle Bobble is FOSS

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ukclearance commented May 2, 2021

What about a white noise generator?

I don't know of any for Android, but Audacity is FOSS but only for PCs but it can be used to make white noise that can be exported to MP3 and copied over to an Android device

@tianalemesle
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tianalemesle commented May 2, 2021

What about a white noise generator?

How about Spotify playlists ?

Otherwise, I found this, tell me if it fits your need and I'll add it to the list.

An ad free open source SSH server for Android is SSH Helper I used it regularly to copy files to and from an Android tablet connected to my TV

Cx File Explorer features FTP between Android devices in same network.

Frozen Bubble puzzle game like Puzzle Bobble is FOSS

I'll definitely try this out, thanks !

@ukclearance
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ukclearance commented May 2, 2021

An ad free open source SSH server for Android is SSH Helper I used it regularly to copy files to and from an Android tablet connected to my TV

Cx File Explorer features FTP between Android devices in same network.

I prefer SSH over FTP and the protocol supports more than just file transfers, it allows you run scripts or commands remotely on an Android device. Plus SSH is encrypted where as FTP isn't. So it can be used on networks such as office and schools where not everyone on the network might be trusted.

@tianalemesle
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tianalemesle commented May 2, 2021

it allows you run scripts or commands remotely on an Android device

What scripts can you possibly run on an Android TV device ? I do have a local terminal emulator on my Android smartphone because it's bootloader-unlocked, rooted and running a custom ROM.

SSH is encrypted where as FTP isn't. So it can be used on networks such as office and schools where not everyone on the network might be trusted

Well, it's actually using FTPS. ;)

@laurent-33
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laurent-33 commented Apr 5, 2022

Hello, I like your search engine with filters,
and I have just seen that same kind of filters with/without add, purchase, free in official google play games app (only for fames).

So maybe one day I hope this feature will be in play store too.

PS : in the list I would have like to see a PDF file reader with comment editor (it is why I came first here), so I will try some of them because some times even if free/no ads/no purchase, the loolike niceapp try to send info on web without ask.

@KaKi87
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KaKi87 commented Apr 5, 2022

Hello,

I have just seen that same kind of filters with/without add, purchase, free in official google play games app

Sorry I don't understand.

maybe one day I hope this feature will be in play store too

It won't, because allowing users to search for ad-free apps, would decrease Google's income.

I would have like to see a PDF file reader with comment editor (it is why I came first here), so I will try some of them

If you find some, don't hesitate to tell about it here and it will be added.

some times even if free/no ads/no purchase, the loolike niceapp try to send info on web without ask

Remember that free, in-app-free and ad-free are the only criteria I use to make this list, some of these apps may not be privacy-friendly.

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