Working from home is nothing new. 43% of Americans worked from home occasionally in 2019. The number of people who work from home all the time has also grown to over 8 million people. The outbreak of the COVID-19 has only increased a trend that’s been growing for years.
So, whether you’ve rocked the home office since the 1990s or have joined the legions of remote workers recently, here are some Android apps that you must have on your smartphone. They will make your experience smoother, more productive, and more enjoyable.
NordVPN is a leading VPN or virtual private network service. VPNs create encrypted connections between your devices and the websites they connect to. The result is not only a more private but also more secure internet experience.
Whether you’re connecting to your company’s network or doing a little competitor research, NordVPN gives you the tools you need to get the job.
Aside from its cybersecurity benefits, you can also use it to:
- bypass geo-restrictions,
- access blocked content,
- find deals on software and other products.
Anybody lucky enough to have purchased Zoom stock before February is pretty happy right now. If you haven’t heard of Zoom, you will soon. It’s a video conferencing and meeting app. It enables up to 100 people to video chat simultaneously.
Think of it as Skype on steroids. And if you can’t make a meeting for some reason, you can use the recording tools to make sure you don’t ever miss anything important.
Whether you’re a freelancer or working for a massive corporation, Trello makes project management a breeze. Based on Toyota’s world-famous Kanban system, it balances efficiency and flexibility through a variety of organizational tools.
Trello makes it easy to:
- create and manage teams,
- manage project phases,
- and much more.
The free tier has plenty of options for small businesses or individual users to benefit from. But if you plan on daily Trello use, then consider the premium plan. It unlocks more features and costs only $10 a month.
The internet as an infinite source of information. You never know what website or tidbit might be useful for later. Pocket makes it easy to organize and track things you read online. It comes in handy both when you’re casually surfing the web or diving into recommended links.
Whether it’s YouTube, Chrome, New York Times, you can save content from anywhere. All you do is tap the Pocket app to save it to your account. You can use organizational tools, including folders and tabs, to find it later.
Pocket also syncs across all your devices so you can pull up something from your phone on your laptop later.
Shifting from your office to working from home can be a challenge. There are so many distractions at home, particularly now with everybody else in your family stuck at home too. If you need a little push to get motivated, there are a few tools better and easier to use than Productive.
You can always find another fantastic office and communication apps, but Productive is a little different. It’s a to-do list app that does it all. It includes plenty of built-in options for your personal life like “write in my journal” or “exercise for 20 minutes.”
But it also helps you organize all the tasks, and it’s easy to customize. It makes it suitable for any type of daily schedule.
You can set time targets along with daily and weekly goals. With the premium version for $30 a year, you can also get location-based reminders.
Bonus: Set Up an Android Work Profile
It isn’t an app, but a handy tool built-in to Android. Even in the office, it can be a little too tempting to check social media or aimlessly browse the web. You can, however, set up a work profile on your Android device. It separates work apps and data from your personal apps and files.
Login to the work profile when you begin each day, and you’ll only be able to access work-related functions on your Android phone.
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Work From Home Like a Pro
It takes time to get into the swing of working from home. More than anything, you have to learn to cut distractions and set up an office-like environment. Only then can you focus and get things done.
With these apps, you can harness your skills and realize something that the best remote workers have known for a long time—you can be more productive at home than at the office.