Top 11 Useful Google Apps That You Have no Idea About

Top 11 Useful Google Apps That You Have no Idea About

Many of us are regularly using Google apps such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Maps, Meet, and many more in our day-to-day lives. Who can forget apps like GPay and PlayStore? Google has literally trapped us in its ecosystem.

At the same time, these apps have also made our lives so much easier. But, do you know there are many other apps made by Google that very few people know about. Today, I am going to tell you about the lesser-known Google Apps. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone about these apps, okay?

  1. Grasshopper: Learn to Code
  2. Toontastic 3D
  3. Google Arts and Culture
  4. Google Earth
  5. Sound Amplifier
  6. Socratic by Google
  7. PhotoScan
  8. Google Tasks
  9. Google Family Link
  10. Find My Device
  11. Chrome Remote Desktop
The above graph shows the number of available apps on Google Play Store in numbers from June 2017 to June 2022 as per the source Statista
Number of available apps on Google Play Store in numbers from June 2017 to June 2022 as per the source Statista

1. Grasshopper: Learn to Code

Grasshopper Website
Grasshopper Website

If you like watching sci-fi movies then you might think that coding is a very fun job. In reality, many people find it very tough to code.

To help people learn to code in a fun way Google developed Grasshopper. Using this app you can learn to write real JavaScript on your mobile by playing interesting games and puzzles.

This app will help you build a strong foundation of coding concepts.

Features of Grasshopper:

  • Move through progressively challenging levels as you upgrade your coding skills.
  • Visual puzzles will simplify your coding journey.
  • Apply your learning to projects.
  • Get real-time feedback.
  • Collect achievements when you learn new skills.

2. Toontastic 3D

Toontastic 3D Website
Toontastic 3D Website

Does watching cartoons make you happy? Do you want to make your own cartoons?

Well, if you have nodded then quickly install Toontastic 3D. Using this app you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons.

The drag-and-drop editor makes the creating and editing process very easy.

Features of Toontastic 3D:

  • Design your cartoons with 3D drawing tools.
  • Record your voice and animations and store them on your phone as a 3D video.
  • Choose from three story arcs: Short story, classic, and science report.
  • Add your photos to the cartoons.
  • Get inspiration from the existing stories and characters.

3. Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts and Culture

Are you fascinated by majestic arts and the thrilling history of the world? If yes, then Google Arts and Culture app is for you. Using this app you can get knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips.

If you visit museums regularly then this app is a must-have because you can point your mobile camera at artworks and get interesting information about them even when you don't have internet access. You can even find museums and exhibitions near you.

Features of Google Arts and Culture:

  • Take a tour of world-class museums from the comfort of your home.
  • Immerse yourself in 360-degree panoramic tours.
  • See the real size of the artwork.
  • Zoom in and find the intricate details of the masterpiece.
  • Discover portraits that look like you.
  • Search by time and even color.
  • Using the street view functionality you can tour famous sites and landmarks.
  • Save and share your favorite artwork.

4. Google Earth

Google Earth Website
Google Earth Website

Do you want to have a satellite view of your house? Or do you want to see the satellite view of your grandparent's house?

No, you don't have to visit ISRO.

Using Google Earth, you can get a satellite view of any location in the world.

Features of Google Earth:

  • Get the 3D terrain of the entire globe.
  • Zoom into your house and anywhere else.
  • Discover 360-degree perspective with a street view.
  • Roll the dice and the app will automatically transfer you to a different part of the world.
  • Voyager functionality allows you to get a collection of guided tours from BBC Earth, NASA, National Geographic, and more.

5. Sound Amplifier

Sound Amplifier
Sound Amplifier

Many times when we are in a noisy environment we are not able to properly hear what the other person is saying. Or when we are watching TV at home we are not able to hear sound coming from the TV.

In such a scenario we cannot increase the volume of the TV because we might disturb our family members.

In such situations, the Sound Amplifier app comes in very handy. Using this app, you can filter, augment and amplify the sound around you and on your device. Just plug in your headphones and hear everyday conversations and surrounding sounds more clearly.

Features of Sound Amplifier:

  • Remove the background noise and hear what the other person is saying more clearly.
  • Personalize your listening experience according to your needs and surroundings.
  • You can boost low frequency and high frequency.

6. Socratic by Google

Socratic by Google
Socratic by Google

Whenever you see a difficult question in your textbook you type the whole question on Google, right?

This is a very tedious task and it might take a lot of time for you to find the answer.

To automate this process, you can use Socratic by Google. The app is powered by Google AI. Using Socratic you can scan any question and the app will find the best online solutions for you.

Features of Socratic:

  • Socratic has partnered with teachers to provide students with visual explanations of each subject.
  • Apart from written resources, the app will also find relevant videos with step-by-step tutorials.
  • The app supports most high-school subjects like Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, and Literature.
  • Using the Voice Assist feature you can directly ask questions to the app by speaking to it.

7. PhotoScan

Photoscan by Google
Photoscan by Google

Do you have old printed photos of your childhood lying in your drawer that you want to save on your phone?

If yes, then PhotoScan is an excellent app by Google that lets you scan and save your printed photos using your phone’s camera. The app creates enhanced digital scans which make your photos more good-looking.

Features of PhotoScan:

  • Glare-free scans.
  • Automatic cropping based on edge detection.
  • Straight and rectangular scans with perspective correction.
  • Smart rotation means that your photos will stay right-side-up no matter which way you scan them.
  • Most importantly, all the images are saved in Google Photos.

8. Google Tasks

Google Tasks
Google Tasks

In today’s fast-paced world we have a lot of tasks to do on a daily basis. Although we tend to forget what task we have to do at what day and time.

Due to this our pending tasks pile up and our productivity decreases.

To get a birds-eye view of all the projects you can use Google Tasks. It is a to-do list app that helps you to add, edit and view all your tasks on the go.

Features of the Google Tasks:

  • Add your tasks based on the date or prioritize using drag-and-drop.
  • Sync your tasks in Gmail and Calendar.
  • Set a due date for every task and get reminders for it.
  • Create subtasks for every major task.
Google Family Link
Google Family Link

Google Family Link helps parents limit the excessive use of mobile phones by children under 13 years of age.

The prime purpose of this app is to create a healthy digital environment.

With it, you can easily implement digital ground rules for the teen or a kid.

  • Get a report of your child's app activity and understand how much time they are spending on those apps.
  • Approve or deny the installation of apps that your child wants to download from the Google PlayStore.
  • Set limits on screen time.
  • Remotely lock the device.

10. Find My Device

Google Find my Device
Google Find my Device

The feeling that you get when your phone gets lost or stolen is terrible and fearful.

Although you can eradicate this feeling by installing the Find My Device app on your phone.

Using this app you can locate your lost android phone and lock it until you get it back.

Features of Find My Device:

  • Permanently delete all data on your phone or any lost android device.
  • Using indoor maps you can find your device in airports, shopping centers, or other large buildings.
  • Reach your device's location using Google Maps.
  • Lock your phone with a custom message and contact number on the lock screen.
  • Ring your phone at full volume. This would work even when your device is on silent

11. Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop

Using the Chrome Remote Desktop app you can remotely connect your desktop screen to your android or iOS device. You can even share your desktop screen with the other person.

Just download the app on your mobile phone and install the chrome extension on your desktop.

That’s it! Now, you can start using the remote access feature.

Features of Chrome Remote Desktop:

  • Provides access to multiple keyboard shortcuts.
  • Is accessible on all operating devices.
  • Enables full-screen view, and resize to fit display options while using the app on mobile.

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Most of you might be surprised to know about these awesome apps that very few people know about. But, now that you know about these apps, download the ones which cater to your needs and start using them.

Since all these apps are made by Google they are very safe to use. Google has made many other apps as well. But, most of them were discontinued or integrated into another app.


Are Google apps free?

Yes, most of the Google apps are free and safe to use.

How many Google apps are there?

There are about 160 Google apps in total.

What are apps called on an android device?

Apps on android devices are called APK files.

Why is Google free?

Google is free for visitors and not for customers. Moreover, Google earns revenue from many sources including advertising, selling its products, etc. Google gets the upper hand over its competitors by providing free services to the user. And also it gets the chance to sell its products to the users interested.

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