So, you have treated yourself with a new windows phone lately and here we are with a list of essential apps and games for your new device. We have categorized these essentials for easy referencing and it is all you need for a jump-start. We know that not everyone has similar apps and games need though, so you can explore our apps & games section after installing below mentioned gems.

Device setup Essentials

Transfer my Data: Grab it for getting data like contact, music etc on your shiny new Lumia from any phone (Symbian, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and others)

System Tiles: Add tiles like WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular data, NFC for quick access on Home screen

SkyDrive: For all your cloud needs on the Windows Phone platform + that 7 GB free space. MS is also offering 20 GB free upgrade for one year. Click here to know how?

Social Essentials

Facebook / Facebook Beta: Must have, need we say more.

Twitter: The official Twitter app.

LinkedIn: Must have for you professionals

Photo sharing Social Essentials

6tag: Best app for Instagram on Windows Phone

6Snap: Best app for Snapchat on Windows Phone

Vine: Official Vine app

Instagram Beta: Official Instagram app. It isn’t as fully featured yet as 6tag.

Mapping Essentials

Here Maps: The best mapping experience across any platform

Here Drive+: Again nothing comes close to its offline driving experience

Here City Lens: Mapping experience with Augmented reality

Camera Essentials

Nokia Camera Beta: Because it is the best camera app out there and Beta is available for all WP8 devices.

Nokia Refocus: Because it is about amazing experience!

Nokia Video Trimmer: Because, it is so useful.

Weather Essentials

Bing Weather: Very intuitive and simple interface

Note taking Essentials

Papyrus: One of its kind. Natural Handwriting note taking.

Music and Video

Nokia MixRadio: For those millions of songs, free mixes and biggest market coverage.

Moliplayer Pro: Only all-format video player for Windows Phone

Metrotube: Best YouTube experience on Windows Phone

Messenger Essentials

WhatsApp: It’s all in the name

Skype: It is about eco-system

Gaming essentials

Angry Birds Go: It is the latest and it is free to play

Temple Run 2: Because it is awesome and free to play

Minion Rush: Again it is awesome and free as well

Jetpack Joyride: Highly addictive, be-aware

Asphalt 8 Airborne: Best racing game

Wordament: Brain-teaser is your cup of tea, here is the best.

RSS Reader Essentials

Nextgen Reader: Best RSS reader for Windows Phone


This list is certainly flexible and your inputs are welcome!