Perhaps it’s time to relax on your phone with the following free apps from the Google Play and Apple App Stores as you close out yet another work week. These apps are generally paid, but they are currently available for free, although for a brief period of time. In other words, if you want to buy some of the books that catch your attention, you will be able to pinch a few pennies here and there. Before they disappear, take advantage of these offers on your Android or iPhone.

Be aware that these apps are described as being free at the time of publication, and as it is up to the developers to decide when deals expire, it is impossible to predict when they will. Buyer beware: by the time you finish reading this post or attempt to download them, they might have changed to a paid status. This is problematic because there is no predetermined duration for app promotions on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and such offers may end without prior notice in the same amount of time they were added.

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While we do look through this list of free apps and do not include anything with low ratings, we also want you to know that we did not install any of them, unlike with our Top 5 Apps of the Week. As a result, we advise you to use caution and do your own research before downloading any of these apps because some of them might have hidden fees or in-app sales.

Android apps available for free for a limited time

Android apps for productivity and lifestyle

  • SkanApp [4.3-stars / $19.99]: You have a paper document that needs to be sent in digital format but you are nowhere near a scanner, what do you do? Thankfully, there is the SkanApp app that doubles up as a PDF scanner to help you out in such situations.
  • SUI File Explorer Pro [3.9-stars / $1.99]: If you are sick and tired of your phone’s stock file explorer app, perhaps trying this one will breathe a breath of fresh air.

Android games

  • WeaponWar! [4.1-stars / $0.99]: An intense clash of weapons, where you need to win more battles to earn additional upgrades which in turn, make you more powerful.
  • Shadow Slayer: Ninja Warrior [4.4-stars / $4.99]: This epic side-scroller sees you plow through enemy after enemy in the fast-paced action.
  • King of Defense Premium [4.7-stars / $1.49]: A tower defense title that is full of excitement as you hold off hordes of monsters at bay from your castle.
  • Neo Monsters [4.4-stars / $0.99]: You capture monsters, train them, and send them out to battle. Repeat ad nauseam, except that some of the trainers have interesting clothing choices.
  • The Lonely Hacker [4.3-stars / $2.49]: A realistic hacking simulator created by security experts that puts you in the shoes of a bona fide hacker, sans the legal repercussions.
  • Brick Breaker Pro [4.2-stars / $0.99]: Arkanoid on steroids, ’nuff said. There, you probably know my age based on my Arkanoid reference.
  • Truth or Dare Pro [4.2-stars / $0.99]: This is one fun game to play, even more so when booze is involved. Socialites will love it!
  • Timing Hero PV [4.1-stars / $2.99]: 8-bit graphics that remind you of the Game Boy era, this RPG will see you begin in a hero battle that will set you off on an adventure where you battle numerous monsters and level up.

iOS apps available for free for a limited time

iOS apps for productivity and lifestyle

  • Olympia – Your Fitness Trainer [4.5-stars / $5.99]: Sweat it out at home with this unique app, where you get to stay fit without having to go out.
  • PropFun Pro [4.2-stars / $0.99]: Want to take some really nifty portrait photos? This app spices up your portraits with unique props. 
  • Orange Weather [5.0-stars / $0.99]: A weather app that claims not to infringe on your privacy? I suppose the forecast would be for flying pigs tomorrow.
  • Safety Note+ Pro [4.8-stars / $3.99]: Keep your personal notes private with this app, where there are added layers of security before one can access them.

iOS games

  • Talking Typer [3.9-stars / $4.99]: Want to improve your typing skills? This game ensures you improve over time with faster and more challenging words thrown your way. 
  • Zombie Survival Shooter Game [4.3-stars / $9.99]: Just about everyone near and dear to you is dead, or more likely, the walking dead. It is up to you to kill all of them in your quest to survive.
  • Tigers & Goats [5.0-stars / $0.99]: Yet another ancient game that has been digitized, where you play as a goat will try to trap the tigers, while the tiger attempts to eat all the goats on board.
  • Card Hog [4.6-stars / $1.99]: Got to love the punny name of this app. You move around the board and try to outwit others, gaining new weapons and items along the way to help you.
  • Wedgie Go [3.8-stars / $39.99]: Underwear can be a funny thing, you just purchased a brand new pair and indulge in some running, only to find that wedgies get in the way. A totally hilarious endless runner.
  • Block Brain Game [4.8-stars / $2.99]: This is a brain teaser that will certainly cause you to carefully think just where all these blocks go.