200 Apps Every Technology User Should Own

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There are currently over two million apps available for Apple iPhone. Android has even more. When you throw in Windows, Mac, Linux and myriad browser extensions, the number of apps to choose from is truly overwhelming.

To help simplify things, Lifehacker's experts have hand-picked around 200 apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Chrome and iOS that every technology user should own. Best of all, most of them are completely free!

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Each year, we round up the must-have apps, extensions and downloads for major computing platforms. If you missed last year's shortlist, here they all are in one tidy package. Without a shadow of a doubt, these are the best productivity and entertainment apps for your hardware.

The following "Packs" are broken down into separate categories ranging from Productivity and Security to Health, Music and Video. Each computing platform has its own extensive list of essential apps to choose from: simply click on your OS of choice and start downloading!

Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps

Windows has more great programs than we can count, but some are essential to just about every PC setup. In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack for Windows, we’re highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more. Click here for the list!

Lifehacker Pack for iPhone: Our List of the Essential iPhone Apps

The iPhone has the largest selection of apps on the mobile side, but that means it’s also the most frustrating to find what’s worthwhile. So we’re highlighting the apps that help you stay productive, connected, informed, and entertained. Click here for the list!

Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Essential Android Apps

With over two million apps in the Play Store, Android is home to one of the biggest app stores in the world. Soon they’ll even be on your favorite Chromebooks as well. In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack, we’re picking the must-have downloads for every category of app you could ever need. Click here for the list!

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Essential Mac Apps

There’s no shortage of useful, interesting apps for the Mac, but some of them you just can’t live without. In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac, we’re highlighting the best downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more. Click here for the list!

Lifehacker Pack for Chrome: Our List of the Essential Extensions

Google’s Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It’s tough to sift through the store to find what’s useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of our favorite Chrome extensions. Click here for the list!

Lifehacker Pack for iPad: Our List of the Essential iPad Apps

It took a little while for the apps to come into their own, but we’re at a place now where the iPad has nearly as good of a selection of apps as the iPhone. Now, it’s harder than ever to find apps that are worthwhile. Let us save you some time with this collection of the best iPad apps. Click here for the list!!

Lifehacker Pack for Android Tablets: Our List of the Essential Apps

Android tablet apps got a jolt of excitement this year when we learned they’re coming to Chromebooks soon, too. In our follow up to last week’sseventh annual Android pack, we’re checking out the apps that are doing the best with larger screens. Click here for the list!!

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

With so many flavors of Linux and the awesome apps in their repositories, finding the right app for getting things done can be tough. In our annual Lifehacker Pack for Linux, we’re highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more. Click here for the list!!


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