The very best Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile applications

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With another update for mid January 2017 (20 new entries), here's our directory of the very best of the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile world. If you or someone you know is just starting out on the platform then look no further for suggestions.

App sphereMicrosoft is making strides at clearing out old and unsupported applications from the Store, but there are still something like 200,000 available. Say half of these are games, that leaves 100,000. Which is still a very large number.

Fear not though, for All About Windows for Phones is here to help, with a bookmarkable page of the top 500 or so applications that should be a useful aide-memoire after a hard reset if rebuilding a phone from scratch or, perhaps more appropriately, a great place for a new Windows 10 Mobile user to start.

Some notes:

  • Thanks to the AAWP community for suggestions so far (e.g. in the comments below), this is a crowd-sourced project!
  • Not included (obviously) are games. They're here. Also not included are applications which come with every phone, such as the core Windows and Lumia apps.
  • Where possible, I've included links to relevant reviews/features or to entries in the Microsoft Store.
  • Yes, I know that a couple of entries are in two categories. Just trying to be helpful!
  • Implemented as a table, I've kept the width right down, now with just two columns, in order to be phone-friendly. In other words, you can view this article on your phone and, depending on the link and the item, dive right into an app, its page and then download it. In theory!

I've broken down our recommendations into categories, to be helpful. No doubt things may get tweaked in time! Most applications will work equally well on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, but there may be one or two small incompatibilities here and there. I've started marking Universal Windows Platform apps with 'UWP' after the title, but it'll take more updates of this feature before all universal applications are changed/marked.

Directory updated 21st January 2017

General

General

Productivity

Productivity

Travel

Travel and Movie Booking

IM

Communications and IM

Camera replacements

Camera replacements/aids

Music recording

Music/Speech recording/tuning

News

News and Web

Graphics

Imaging/Graphics

Music

Music playback/streaming
/downloading/FM

Reference

Reference

Shopping and banking

Shopping/Banking

Social

Social

Navigation

Navigation/Travel

Tech

Settings/Internals/Utilities

Runner

Sports/Exercise/Health

TV

Media (Video)

Podcaster

Podcast related/Audio-book

Secret

Privacy/Secrecy/Security

Reading

Reading

Video editing

 Video editing/sharing

Weather

Weather-related

calculators

Calculators and (numeric) Converters

So there we go!