These little shortcut apps make it easy to quickly access settings, apps, and functions from anywhere on an Android phone.
For many smartphone users, the very limited support for customizing the notification taskbar and app organization can be boring. Many phone makers usually have your most used tools on the notification taskbar like your flashlight, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons, and power saving mode.
But what about the downloaded apps that you also use frequently? Having easy access to these apps or even web pages you frequent can be extremely helpful. With a lot of these Android shortcut apps, you can access your most used apps more easily and sometimes even without leaving the app you are currently in.
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Check out five of the best Android shortcut apps you can download right now.
1. Creator of shortcuts
Shortcut Maker is a great way to create custom shortcuts to your favorite Android apps, links to websites, files, phone settings, and more. While you can’t access these shortcuts from anywhere on your device, it’s nice that you can create a shortcut for just about anything you frequently use on your phone.
In addition, you customize your shortcut icon. You can customize the text under the shortcut, add a custom image from your gallery for the icon, or change the shape of the icon.
The only in-app purchases available in this app are optional developer donations. You don’t have to buy anything to unlock the app’s features, but donations are, of course, always appreciated by the developers.
Download: Shortcut Maker for Android (Free in-app purchases available)
Shortcutter is a cool app that gives you access to phone settings and custom app shortcuts for your Android device in two different ways.
First of all, you can use it as a floating shortcut overlay that will appear on top of any app you open on your Android phone; there will be an icon you need to tap to open the menu, but it will be visible at all times.
Or, and this is my preferred method and what is pictured above, you can set up a side menu. To use the sidebar menu, you just need to swipe up when you need it, otherwise you won’t see it cluttering your screen.
You get four custom tiles to play with for free, and then a plethora of frequently used phone settings. These personalized tiles can be for apps, links to websites, and even phone numbers or text messages for a specific person. If you want more custom tiles and a ton of other cool features, you can upgrade to the premium version for just $ 1.99.
Download : Shortcut for Android (free and premium version available)
3. Notification taskbar
The Notification Taskbar app is another useful way to always have your most used apps at your fingertips. This Android app will only allow you to add shortcuts to other apps that you use frequently and will not allow you to add custom website links or anything other than apps.
You can have a row of four to six apps, depending on your preference, attached to your swipe-down notification taskbar. While that doesn’t give you a lot of space to work, many of us frequently only use a handful of apps.
And because it’s such a simple app, it won’t drain your battery much even when it’s running in the background. This app is also very easy to use, so if you are afraid of technology then you have nothing to worry about with the Notification Taskbar app.
4. Assistive Touch
Assistive Touch is another great floating shortcut option for Android if you always want to be able to see your shortcuts hub on top of all your apps. You will see a light gray square icon with a white circle in the middle, the same as the Assistive Touch app icon. When you click on it, your context menu will appear.
You can customize the look of your initial menu when you first tap the gray square icon. Then from there you can customize even more. I added nine apps to my Favorites menu in Assistive Touch settings. So now when I open my menu and hit the Favorites icon, my nine custom apps menu pops up for easy access.
The only in-app purchase is to remove ads, through your choice of a monthly or annual subscription.
Download : Assistive Touch for Android (Free, subscription available)
5. Mi control center
If you hate the Control Center that came with your phone, try the Mi Control Center app. It’s such a modern and clean control center that you can easily customize.
And what’s really great is that it doesn’t completely replace your notification bar. Instead, you can swipe down on the left side of the screen to see your notification bar, and swipe down on the right side to see your Control Center. Plus, it integrates seamlessly with the Notification Taskbar app if you want to use both!
You can customize the look of your control center and change the main settings apps you see. So if you know you never really use Airplane Mode, you can swap it out for something more useful like a screenshot button or your clock.
Download : Mi Control Center for Android (Free, subscription available)
Browse Android like a pro
By using a shortcut app to access your most used apps and web pages, you will save time, hassle, and the possibility of being distracted and forgetting which app you were going to open. While you won’t get easily distracted as you return to your homepage to open an app, I know I do.
And of course, keeping your apps organized on your homepage can prevent this if you get easily distracted, but so can a shortcut app. And when there are so many great shortcut apps available to you, why not use one or even two?
Make sure that you also take advantage of your phone’s filing system. Many of us ignore it or forget it, but smartphones have filing systems just like desktops and making the most of them is in your best interest.