Getting a new phone is a joyous occasion, but if you’re starting from scratch, setup can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to sign into numerous accounts, you have to customize your device and find the apps that fit your needs. Luckily, we have some recommendations that will help make using your new phone a more enjoyable experience. Here are the best apps for the Pixel 2.

Some of the apps on this list are mainstays from a similar list we made at the end of last year. When curating our ten picks, we wanted to focus on apps you’d use multiple times throughout the day, from buying event tickets to listening to your favorite podcast. If you missed anything you think people should try, leave your recommendations down below.


To do list apps are a dime a dozen, but few are as beautiful and easy to use as TickTick. The great thing about TickTick is anyone can get organized thanks to its intuitive design and powerful features. It’s also cross platform and features helpful collaboration, making it a great tool for teams and families. If it matters, TickTick has completely replaced Wunderlist for me.

Price: Free; $27.99/year for more powerful features


Need to track that package you shipped during the holidays? AfterShip is a powerful tracking platform that supports 434 couriers worldwide, making it super easy to know when your gift will arrive at grandma’s house. And you’ll get helpful notifications along the way, along with a convenient auto-import feature for Gmail and Amazon users.

Price: Free

Newton Mail

Supercharge your email with Newton Mail, a powerful email client (formerly CloudMagic) that has support for read receipts, snooze, send later, undo send, and more. It’ll change the way you communicate with clients co-workers, providing an experience that no ordinary email app can touch. I know it sounds insane to pay annually for an email client, but this is one service that’s worth every penny.

Price: $49.99/year


Make holiday travel a little less unbearable with PocketCasts, a terrific podcast player that features a gorgeous design and plenty of handy customizable features. Not only can you adjust the app’s theme, but you can trim silence, vary the speed, and adjust the skip playback so you can jump through episodes at your leisure.

Price: $3.99


Infuse some personality into your device with a brand new wallpaper. Backdrops is a popular wallpaper resource that’s updated every single day, with premium collections, a wall of the day, and enough variety to keep you coming back for more.

Price: Free; in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $1.99


One of the internet’s best websites also has one of the best mobile apps on the market. Even better, recent updates have addressed numerous issues fans have had, making Reddit for Android even more pleasant to use. It’s everything you love about Reddit, now in your pocket.

Price: Free

Android Auto

One of Google’s smartest moves was to make Android Auto a standalone app. When Android Auto is engaged, it displays a simplified interface that takes the distraction out of driving while highlighting important information, such as directions with Google Maps. It also integrates with today’s top music streaming and messaging apps, making it a must-have experience on your next roadtrip.

Price: Free


Planning to go to more sporting events, concerts, and Broadway shows in 2018? Get started with your New Year’s resolution with SeatGeek, which is the easiest way to find great deals on tickets. With interactive seating charts, mobile tickets, listening suggestions, and more, SeatGeeks is an invaluable tool when planning your next event.

Price: Free

Flamingo for Twitter

Flamingo for Twitter puts the official Twitter app to shame—and it was made by one guy, which is all the more impressive. If you want a richer, more customizable Twitter experience, Flamingo is the app for you. And it’s constantly being updated, so you know you’ll continue to get a great experience long after you buy.

Price: $2.49


Keep your communications private with Signal, a messaging service that uses an advanced end to end encryption protocol. It’s easy to use, fast, and supports several features other top messaging apps support, such as group messaging. All while never storing any of your data.

Price: Free