The Best Pocket PC Freeware

The best Pocket PC Freeware (and non-free software
where there’s no good free alternative) available. I’ve sorted through
dozens of programs, weeded out the buggy, useless software and this is
what remains. If you’ve just purchased a Pocket PC, this list could save
you hours.

This is a continuation
of a page that I created
for the Psion Revo
a few years ago.

– Outliner
This is an outliner that is more than an outliner. It has a tree view that
allows you to place text notes, voice recordings, sketches, file attachments
and to-dos that link to Pocket Outlook. Excellent software.
gsplayer – mp3
Simple interface, but all the features you could possibly want. A full equalizer,
surround sound and 3d effect, reverb and echo control, bass boost and presets.
It can play local files or stream them. I like this much better than its non-free competition.
icBar – Start Bar Replacement
/ Program Launcher
Icbar is an indispensable startbar replacement. It
allows you to quickly access open programs (and close them completely)
with fully customizable buttons to execute other often used commands. Powerful
and lightweight. There are several wisbar forks out there, this one is
the best.
NetUse – Network Neighborhood Browser
If you have a wireless access that is indispensable. It allows you to freely browse
your local network on your Pocket PC. Basically it does the same thing
Resco viewer does, but for free. Their site is down so I’m making it available
for download here (ARM cab file).
– Painting Program
The most powerful painting program I’ve found for the Pocket PC. The interface
threw me off at first, but the more I got used to it, the more I like
– Drawing Program
The most powerful pencil drawing program for the Pocket PC.
NoteM – MP3 recorder
This program does an excellent job
of recording great quality mp3’s. I’ve recorded up to an hour with no
problem whatsoever. This program deserves much more attention.
PocketTV – mpeg player
Plays mpegs with a fullscreen mode. You have to go through a strange registration
process but it’s free and very useful. I use it to play mpegs recorded
off my digital camera.

– Wireless Network Finder
Easily search out and connect to wireless networks. Check internet connectivity
with the push of a button. The light version does everything I’ve ever
wanted to do and does not feel crippled.
[UPDATE] PC magazine has changed their download policy… they now require a magazine subscription to access this file. See WiFiFoFum down at the bottom of this page..

Freeware Light Version
Requires Magazine subscription
Total Commander – File Browser
A very powerful file browser. It
has built in unzipping and a built in notepad. It also has a very fast
find files function. Desktop version available.
uBook / µBook – e-book Reader
This is quite possibly the only ebook reader you’ll ever need (for free
ebooks that is). It supports a wide variety of filetypes with an interesting,
skinnable interface. Desktop version available.
Viewer – Image Viewer
This photo viewer from PDA Mill is very basic, but I love the interface and
it’s super fast. Supports image viewing and slideshows.
XnView – Image Viewer
A powerful picture viewer that supports many popular filetypes, basic image editing
and manipulation functionality. Ability to view and create exe slideshows and
take screen captures / screenshots.
YanCEyWare Reader – Scripture Reader
LDS oriented scripture reader. Very powerful and simple to use.
Non-Free – Apps that couldn’t be replaced with freeware…  
Text Maker – Word Processor
Full featured Word Processor. Full support for native Microsoft Word documents.
This blows Pocket Word out of the water.
(around $50 USD)
There are several wallet programs available, this one seems like the simplest
to use and works fine. Free desktop version (even if you don’t buy the PocketPC
version). Customizable templates and icons.
About $20 USD
PocketInformant – Outlook Replacement
If you use the built in PIM applications a lot (calendar, contacts, tasks,
notes) you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Pocket Informant provides
a better and more efficient way of viewing, organizing and entering data.
It also offers many new features such as pictures attached to contacts
and icons attached to events and tasks. Maintains Outlook and ActiveSync
About $35 USD
Freeware ResourcesFreewarePPC and
PocketPCFreewares are
the two best resources for Pocket PC Freeware. Both are updated daily.
The disadvantage is that they haven’t filtered through everything and
placed it in a nice list like you have here :).

Other Freeware Notables:
WiFiFoFum – Another free wireless
network detector. Cool radar feature.

PocketExplorer – File explorer with tree view.

– File explorer with split view. Mounts network drives
(Pocket PC 2002 only).

Winampaq – Mp3 player.
If you’re a Winamp 2.0 diehard, this brings it to the iPaq with great
faithfulness. Supports most Winamp 2 skins.

VadeMecum – Plucker
eBook reader.

Project time tracking

[NEW] Crosswords – Freeware Scrabble clone for the Pocket PC. Gameplay is great and you can use the excellent dictionaries provided or create your own. I’ve noticed occasional crashes when using this program but I have not been able to conclusively decide if this it is Crosswords that is causing it.

[NEW] PocketNotepad – Just like windows notepad. Sometimes Pocket Word or any other program is an overkill. PocketNoetpad is great for quick, simple notes.

[NEW] Agile Messenger – I’ll admit I haven’t had a ton of experience with this one, but I can verify that it connects to AIM, MSN and Jabber and chat seems to work fine. Could be an excellent replacement for memory hungry AOL AIM and MSN – especially when they’re running at the same time.

I think this is the best Freeware available for the Pocket PC. If you
can prove me wrong, I’d be happy to credit you with notifiying me of any
applications I’ve missed. Email me at marcus |at| vorwaller |dot| net.
With suggestions.

33 replies on “The Best Pocket PC Freeware”

This list is quite useful – thanks for making it available!!

Here is a potentially valuable addition to your list, a free 2D CAD application (Geoproject). A great feature of this program is that drawings created on one's PPC can be saved in DXF format so they can be opened in desktop PC CAD applications. Here is the link:….


good list man. there are some freewares on the [url=][/url]
its new good resource for software and games for all types of PDAs and phones, including Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Pocket PC, Symbian.

Please help me find Notem 1.21 its not on the link you offer nor on any other as pages removed.
I cant find anywhere that has it
have you got one to send me pls ?
Its a voice recorder for PPC with mp3

I would like also to recommend the cLaunch program, all pocket pc users must have one of this kind of launcher and it’s totally FREEWARE.

Greetings to all the readers of this page, more power to the author of this web site. Can somebody help me to find a freeware program regarding Birthdays, anniversaries etc. that not associated with built-in contact of the PPC. If you have a new born child, do you need to enter his/her name in the contact just to enter his birthday? No, right?


does anybody know about a free software that would make the keyboard bigger (something like spb fullscreen keyboard) ?

Thank you

Hallo! Nice site! -only two questions:
1. available in german?
2. this linkk does not work –
-a warning appears:
Fehler beim Zugriff auf die Passwort-Datei.

Ein solcher Fehler darf eigentlich nicht auftreten. Bitte setzen Sie sich mit in Verbindung und erläutern Sie, wie es zu diesem Fehler gekommen ist.”
would be nice to get it fixed.

Greetings – Siegfried

Good links, but an excellent freeware alternative to flexwallet is Password Safe (and it comes in a desktop version as well)

Take a look at Haali Reader ( It’s freeware and I believe it’s standart de facto In Rusiia. This reader supports some most popular formats (except Microsoft LIT), but its main format is FB2 — open xml-based format, which supports rich text formating, links, images and so on. Also it can be easily converted to any other format. You can see realization of FB2-based library at

Don’t forget betaplayer and pocket divx encoder.

Both free, both the best at what they do 🙂

Regarding Pocket WInC–I wonder if you mean PC magazine rhather than Pocket PC magazine.

I would add:
npop for emails (which has a desktop version working on the same files so you don’t have to synchronize)
easy SMS: I never get used to phone keyboard for SMS
Wimr : to track memory usage

These are applications I never uninstalled that are very small and I can’t tell how many times a day I use them.

I would also add Repligo but it’s not really free. Only the viewer.

One of my absolute favorites is Pocket Theremin (‘Clanger’) at:

I’ve used it to create sound effects for a PocketPC game I wrote.

Also check out PocketJam (shareware though), which is a Roland 303 clone+. Create techno on your PPC.

Lastly, version 1.0 of apMemo is freeware and is fully functional. Scribble a quick note in your own hand writing without having to deal with SIPs [soft keyboard] or handwriting recognition. Set reminders too! I find it very intuitive. The author has a shareware version 2.0 too.

BTW,I’m not affiliated with either company, just some of my top picks.


Is there a program out there that takes birthdays from your calendar and calculates the age of the person? All I can find you either load each one in separately or used your contacts, ehich doesn’t work for husband and wife contacts or their children.

Kati, pocketbreeze calculates age. I didn’t know this until yesterday when i was looking and saw numbers after people’s names on the upcoming birthdays. Sure enough I looked and it was their age. It was a nice feature. Best of all pocketbreeze is like $13 and has a LOT of other features, being one of the best (if not the best) cheap desktop manager for PocketPC.

Under Outlook eplacement (non freeware) you have Pocket Informant and while some people like it a lot I much prefer Agenda Fusion (latest version) and it is about $10 cheaper. I know the opinions of people are split, but it is worth the mention, especially for people on a budget.


I downloaded NetUse but do not know how to proceed.

What do I do with ARM cab file?


Thanks for an excellent list. I noticed one category that seems to be missing. Do you (or anyone else) know of an application that is similar to or compatable with MS Access? Free/share ware is preferred, but recommendations for non-freeware would also be appreciated. BTW, the makers of Text Maker listed above, also has Plan Maker, an application that is far more robust than Pocket Excel.

I like ‘Passman’, it’s a free password program that’s easy to use and I’ve had no problems with it. It can be found at

There are two excellent free Bible Readers. There are many free translations available, and support for some versions under copyright (based on an added license fee).

These are Olivetree and Pocket e-Sword. Olivetree is more compact and performs faster searches. Pocket e-Sword is far more comprehensive, but you will need a large SD or CF card if you want to include all files.

The sites at which these may be found are:

Wonderful site with great listings ! Great job

Some of my my all time favourites …

ConvertCE – for conversion between any units of measurement
PocketMVP – the sound quality is gr8.. use it all the time
Pocket Candy – for that screensaver (IF you do get to dock Ur PDA)

here I got two little but good programs, NetUse and gsplayer. Now I am able play my mp3 music via wlan in every room.

The problem with Passman is that it doesn’t keep a copy of the data on the PC — if your Pocket PC dies, your passwords are lost.

I recommend Tombo. It synchronizes simple text files between your PC and Pocket PC. And it can encrypt selected text files, making it useful for passwords.

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