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30 Must Have Mobile Apps for Nigerian University Students

Did you know that there are some very good Mobile Apps for Nigerian University Students? When you think about university, the thought of busy dining halls, dorms, libraries, laboratories, lecture halls, and notes will be among the first things to come to your mind. These are the integral parts of university life. But mobile applications should also be a part of your life in the university.

30 Must Have Mobile Apps for Nigerian University Students

You should not limit your smartphone to calling, texting or listening to music. Mobile applications can make your college life easier.

Mobile applications and student life

To ensure we are on the same page I will take you on a brief tour of college life. As a college student, academic excellence is required of you. But non-academic activities cannot be ignored. The balance between academic and non-academic activities has to be established. A mobile device would be deemed a distraction by many people, but you can use it to establish this balance and make your life easy.

30 Must Have Mobile Apps for Nigerian University Students

There are mobile applications that will help you organize your notes, store your notes, plan your schedule, do your maths, help in research and manage your finances. There are tons of applications whose sole purpose is entertainment.

The following are the 30 must-have mobile apps for college students which are available on Google’s Play Store.


1. Dictionary App

Due to its importance, the dictionary app has to take the number one spot on our list of must-have apps for students. It is crucial for every student to own a dictionary. I mean, how do you interpret certain bogus words used by professors, lecturers, teachers without a dictionary? That will be a tall order if you ask me. Technology has made it possible for you to carry even a consise, digital dictionary in your smartphones and gadgets. So, there is no excuse for any sane student not to, at least, install one of mobile dictionary apps scattered across the web.

2. Mathway

Mathway is one of the best mobile apps for college students that helps solve mathematical problems. No internet connection is required to use the application. The app will give you instant answers to mathematical problems. When you subscribe for a free account there will be the added bonus of step-by-step solutions with explanations. The app covers mathematical subjects such as algebra, basic maths, statistics, and trigonometry.

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica is a digital learning suite for college students and professionals alike. The database structure is similar to the defunct Microsoft Encarta Cd/DVD encyclopedia and has lots of contents for your research and projects.

Encyclopaedia Britannica have good app for web, DVD encyclopedia software for PC, App for iOS, mobile browser app and study app for kids.

4. The Kindle reading app

The world is embracing the use of eBooks and eReaders at an alarming pace these days, which has led to a massive decline in the demand for paper books. EBooks are the current norm these days and require specially designed gadget known as eReaders to properly access their content. Since some smartphones and tablets may not possess the Kindle or eBook reading functionality, the Kindle reading app was created to help replicate the features of the standard eBook reader.

5. TED

As a college student, listening to inspiration people is not only inspirational but also educational. TED app will give you access to talks from the world’s most influential people. The app features talks from technology geniuses, educational gurus, business radicals, legendary musicians and medical professionals.

6. Cam Scanner

Cam Scanner is another useful app for college students, it helps you scan documents on the go and with super precision. The premium version allows you to scan and copy text from scanned document.

An app like CamScanner can increase productivity by 100%, saves you the time of copying text from cyber café, friend’s note or even the lecturer’s handout.

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7. Real Calc Scientific Calculator

Are you a science student who always worries about leaving their calculator at home? Down this scientific calculator as it is as real as its name suggests. You will be able to solve advanced mathematical problems. The free version of the application is limited, but the upgrade is only a few dollars. The calculator can be customized to suit your needs. For instance, you can choose to long press instead of using the shift key.

8. DropBox

The world is completely migrating to the digital platform, and you as a student shouldn’t be left out of the global digital party. The DropBox is a cloud-based storage service that allows you to upload, store and manage digital files such as eBooks, pictures, videos, and documents. The uploaded files can be accessed anywhere on planet earth, provided you have an internet connection within reach. Effectively utilizing the DropBox app can save you the stress of carrying those bulky reading materials around, especially during trips.

9. Mathway

Mathway is a good college app to use for mathematics, science and algebraic equations. It comes handy when trying to verify solving for your home work and science projects.

It isn’t just a free college app but one that’s really worth buying. The premium version eliminates ads and other features restricted in the free app.

Mathway can downloaded from any of the links below.


10. Google Drive

Cloud storage is an important app for college students as it is for businesses. Google drive is the perfect cloud storage for college students. Google drive not only stores your files but also allows you to edit them using tools such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slide. You can easily view and edit the files. The sharing feature is convenient for group assignments.

11. GoConqr

Are you that type of student that loves broadening the horizons and boundaries of your knowledge base? Then you need the right app that can grant you instant access to over 1.5 million learning resources scattered across the web. Students and researchers alike would find the GoConqr mobile app, which is available on the iOS and Android platform, a worthy digital companion.

12. Evernote

Evernote is an app to have in 2015 as a college student, professional, applicant or even as a super user of smart cell phones and tablets.

Evernote is not only mobile but saves documents, notes and events directly to the cloud and can be accessed at home with a computer, at school with a smart phone and at the library with a tablet and/or person digital assistance (PDA).

Get a copy of evernote today to increase productivity as a student. There’s a version for Windows PC, Mac, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone and tablets.

13. MyScript Smart Note

Pen and paper sound like a thing from the 18th century. Notes typing is the trend all over in colleges. But there are students who still prefer hand written notes. You can take notes in your own handwriting on your iPAD or iPhone using this application. Aside from user-friendliness, the application supports up to 54 languages. You can draw diagrams and write equations. You can share your notes and import notes from your device storage. Can digital note-taking become any easier?

14. TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is an important app for students who love traveling and exploring new places. Students going on exchange programs overseas will also find this TripAdvisor app extremely helpful. It provides you thorough insight on the various sights and sounds of host countries. Using this app, you can sample the nightlife, culture, restaurants and other important locations in your host country.

15. Math Expert

Math Expert, just like mathway is a free app for students, will come handy for leisure studies and can be used to relearn maths or play with some maths exercises.

Math Expert is available free on the Google play store. We also have the FX Math Solver (f0r iOS) and Mathematics (for Android): other great apps for students and professionals.

16. Todoist

Todoist is another best and important mobile app for college students who want to manage their time and organize their schedule. It is true that there are many time planners available for mobile devices. But, Todoist stands out from the crowd because of its array of features. You can plan ahead, reschedule tasks, and assign subtasks and subprojects. The collaboration feature allows you share projects with friends and assign tasks on the shared project. You can complete group assignments and projects in the comfort of your room. Are you still doubting this is not one of the best mobile apps for college students?

17. MyFitnessPal

As they say, “health is wealth.” Fitness plays a pivotal role in our everyday lives. It could be used to fight some ailments that pose a significant challenge to tradition and conventional medication. For students, mental fitness is essential for academic excellence, and the MyFitnessPal App provides you proper caloric combinations you could use alongside your fitness routines to boost mental alertness.

18. Translators

College students of linguistic studies can make use of these good college apps for their studies, for this category we have two great apps that are best for translating text to different languages.

  •   Google Translate: This is hands-down the best text translator app for smart phones, tablets and PC. Google translate cell phone and tablets app is available free on Android, iOS, Windows mobile, Blackberry 10 and Web app.
  • Babylon: This is another good translator mobile apps, must have alternative app for college students studying linguistics and languages. Babylon is available for free download on Windows Mobile, Amazon (for BB10) and on Apples app store as iBabylon and as Babylon translator on the Google play store.

19. Mint

Why does a student need a financial mobile app? Students are always facing money crisis. Mint is an application that helps you manage all your bank accounts. It helps you budget and keep track of all your expenses. You will not miss that important seminar due to mismanagement of funds.

Make your college life easy by downloading the apps highlighted above. Most of them are free but some have premium features that are worth the money.

20. Camscanner

The everyday life of the average Nigerian student involves photocopying of lecture materials and documents. You can’t blame them. Many don’t come from privileged homes and can’t really afford to buy expensive textbooks prepared and sold by greedy lecturers. The Camscanner comes in handy and offers a cheaper alternative than standard scanners. It uses your smartphone’s built-in camera functionality to scan your important documents and notes.

21. Exam Vocabulary Builder

Exam Vocabulary Builder helps you prepare for graduate school exams, university entrance exams and professional advancement test.

It can also come in handy for projects, increasing language skill and for home work. It is available free on the apple iTunes store. There’s a good alternative for android here.

22. LectureNotes

Yes, as the name implies, the LectureNote app is particularly useful for gadget owners whose devices make use of “the Stylus.” Using the LectureNote, you can take down important notes quickly and speedily with your stylus. This app comes in handy for people who dread carrying bulky lecture notes up and down.

23. DocScan

Doc Scan is a great alternative for students who aren’t willing to pay the exorbitant subscription fee for camscanner premium.

It is a good iOS app for college students. It is free on apple iTunes store.

24. Engineering Professional

Engineering Professional app just like the IT and Computer Dictionary app mentioned above is targeted at college students studying engineering related courses.

It combines all the formulas from Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Hydrology and Mechanical Engineering formulator apps (which are from the same developer).

Every engineering student that have some bucks to spare should go for it. I really found it a useful app to have as an engineering student in the university, polytechnic and/or college of education.

25. BenchPrep

BenchPrep is like a learning management system that’s built with college students in mind. The web app is flexible and their intelligent techniques makes learning fun and super cheap.

BenchPrep’s robust technology offers a game-changing learning experience with really advanced learning data, algorithm and analytics.

You can register with their student’s oriented services via and then, download the iOS or android app depending on your cell phone’s operating system.

26. Coursera

Coursera is one of my favorite apps, it has a database of many university’s courses to improve your outdated course materials and lecturer notes.

Coursera is open to users from anywhere around the world, even non-US students can study and research with course materials from US top universities such asStanford, Yale, Princeton and Europe’s top colleges. 

The web app is here, so is that of android and iOS.

27. EasyBib

EasyBib is a productivity app to automatically generate accurate citation for works. It helps you to automatically create citations for your bibliography.

It is available free for iOS and Android devices.

28. IT & Computer Dictionary

IT and Computer Dictionary is a good choice for electrical electronics and computer engineering students. Contains database for IT terms and jagons.

29. SelfControl

SelfControl is a must have for students, there is a version for Mac and Android from different developers. The android version focuses more on controlling your activities on the smart cell phone while the Mac version helps you block distracting websites and email clients so as to stay focused and stacked to one productive activity at any given time without being distracted by apps or website notifications.

30. The Photo Cookbook

With the Photo Cookbook app, you can impress your lodge mates, your course mates and even learn new recipes for making your favorite meals.

You can learn lots of new cooking methods and recipes by taking a full cooking course with the Photo Cookbook app.


These are the 30 must-have mobile apps for college students, according to our research. If you know any other mobile app which we skipped and deserves to be on the list of must-have apps for university students, share with the fellow readers in comments below.

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