Five Android apps that fix something about Android

Android is so, so far from perfect, but it has third-party developers willing to fix many flaws

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Turn off your security code when you’re at home



If you don’t have a passcode screen on your smartphone, you are just asking for people to mess with your data, and you’re making it really easy for thieves to reset your phone. But when you are certain your phone is at home, it would be okay to let your passcode requirement slip, if only you could. Unlock with WiFi makes it so.

Unlock with WiFi is a fairly simple app, once you approve it as having administrative powers. When you’re signed into a Wi-Fi network that’s part of a safe zone for your phone, open the app and click “Add” to make that network a condition for turning off your screen password. The only hitch to Unlock with WiFI is that you have to remember to use the app to change or disable your passcode, or else you’ll have some potentially phone-reset-requiring problems. But for most phone owners, it’s just a really nice convenience (that you can imagine being part of any Android phone’s settings).


I only aimed for five apps for this post, but I’m certainly open to adding a list of other apps that fix Android at a deeper level. What do you have on your phone that everyone should know about?

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