8 Android Apps That Can Help You Focus on Work

By | April 11, 2022

Technology can be a terrible distraction when you’re trying to work. We’ve all had the experience of sitting on a project, and just being distracted by our phone and all the temptations it has to offer.

But if technology is the villain, but it can also play a hero by helping you concentrate. From focus apps that time your work to block apps and to-do lists, there are a variety of tools to keep your attention where it needs to be.

Here are eight of the best concentration apps for Android.

Focus To-Do

Focus To-Do has a range of functions to help you concentrate. Its core feature is the Pomodoro timer, which you can use to work for 25 minutes. After that time is up, you take a five minute break. This makes it easy to focus on a task in small bursts, and you know you’ll be taking a break soon, so any task doesn’t feel too overwhelming.

There are also task management features and to-do lists so you can plan, schedule, and track tasks, as well as set reminders for important to-dos. You can view statistics by day or project and track exactly where your time is going.

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Alluring is also inspired by the Pomodoro technique, but it twists the method. When you use the timer, the app has a “Hit me when you’re distracted” button that shows a motivational message. This app challenges you to reduce the number of times you press that button.

It also has a to-do list function, and an event and schedule function to keep you organized.

Download: Engross (Free, subscription available)

Brain Focus Productivity Timer

Brain Focus is a simple Pomodoro app that also encourages you to work within 25 minutes. It has a simple interface which makes it easy to be hassle free.

You start by starting a work session. Then, when you need a break, you hit the Break button and go and grab or walk or make coffee. Then go back and start a new session. Once you have completed four sessions, the app will remind you to take a longer break.

You can change the work-to-break ratio to find one that fits your workflow. The ability to configure different settings per task is also useful for spending more time on things that are easier for you to pay attention to.

Focus Booster

Focus Booster is another simple and minimal productivity timer app. It has a fun pastel color scheme, though there’s also a dark mode available if that’s your thing.

Set the amount of time you want to work and the app will start a countdown. Then, it will remind you once your session is over. The app displays notifications on your lock screen so it’s easy to see at a glance how long you have to work.

There is an option to set your rest time as well and to adjust the length of your rest time. Timesheets and session charts are useful for freelancers to show hours spent on assignments.

Download: Focus Booster (free trial, subscription required)

Freedom

Freedom is one of the more popular annoyance blocking apps you can use to prevent you from getting sucked into timewasters like games or social media. You can select any app from your phone that you want to block when your freedom is activated.

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You can also block websites. By default, the app blocks access to the Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix websites. You can add your own domain to the block too if you want.

You activate the block by clicking “Start session” on the homepage, then you can work uninterrupted. For more flexibility, you can set Freedom to run on specific days and times, and set custom block lists for your schedule.

Freedom is cross-platform and supports synchronization of all settings across all your devices. Give it a try with the seven unblocking sessions offered in the free trial.

Download: Freedom (Free trial, subscription required)

Forest

If you’re looking for something fun and different, try Forest. When you want to focus on a task, you “plant a tree.” As you work, the tree will grow from seed to tree and get taller and taller. But if you switch to another app, the tree dies. This keeps you from playing on your phone when you should be working.

You can adjust the duration of your work session. As you work, you will see a beautiful and calming forest growing on your phone. Keep getting rewarded and unlock different tree species to plant for a richer “virtual forest” with this timer.

The Pro version makes it more competitive by letting you build a jungle with friends and family. Earn “virtual coins” that help companies plant real trees in troubled places around the world.

Download: Forest (Free, in-app purchases available)

space

Space is a beautiful concentration app. You can set goals for how long you want to concentrate for each day and track your daily progress. Other tools include blocking apps and notifications, dimming your screen to make your phone less attractive, and creating reminders to stay on track.

There are profiles for different types of users as well whether you’re someone who gets distracted because you want to check the latest headlines, or you’re someone who wants to catch up with what your friends are doing on social media. You can customize how the app works to deal with your distractions.

Download: Space (Free, premium version available)

Headspace

If you’re struggling to concentrate and are looking for a long-term solution, you might consider meditation. Meditating regularly can help you feel at peace and be more comfortable in the present. This can make it easier to avoid distractions.

Headspace is a popular meditation app that has guided meditation courses that teach you how to breathe and meditate for calm. Using this before bed or first thing in the morning can help you put your worries aside and focus on what you need to do.

The free version of the app includes ten basic sessions, but for the full experience, you’ll need to purchase a subscription.

Download: Headspace (Free, subscription required)

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