#1 ToolKit

#1 ToolKit is a super stunning (and useful) Windows Phone app that you must try

As a recent homeowner, having a set of tools within reach is very handy. The #1 ToolKit app for Windows Phone has the same purpose, but for your smartphone. Developed by Ccool Media, #1 ToolKit provides five app sets that you may find useful.

Head past the break to watch our hands-on video.

Sets for #1 ToolKit

  • Meter: Ruler, Compass, Protractor, Level
  • Convenient: Flashlight, Mirror, Magnifier, OneTap
  • Converter: Unit Converter, NFC Writer
  • Sound: Noise meter, Recorder
  • Time: Timer, Stop Watch, World Clock, System Info

#1 ToolKit

My favorite set is the first one. Being able to use my phone as a ruler, protractor, and level tool is kind of amazing. It works well on phones with small bezels.

The ruler lets you drag two end points. Just align them with two points that you need to measure, and it will tell the measurement in centimeters on inches.

The protractor also gives you two points to play with, but it also integrates with your phone’s camera. Click the camera button at the bottom to remove the solid color background. With the camera turned on, it’ll be easier to align two lines to measure the angle.

#1 ToolKit

The level tool also looks great. When the phone is lying flat, the circle stays in the middle. If the surface is a uneven, the circle moves off-center. You can hold the phone sideways.

Another tool that is cool to check out is the noise meter. It tells you how noisy it is where you are. For example, this article was written in a hotel lobby with 67dB noise.

The #1 ToolKit provides plenty of tools worth checking out. If you have a favorite, you can pin the tool to the home screen. #1 ToolKit is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments! 

Do you have ideas for this app? Head into our forums where suggestions and feedback for this app will be passed on to the developer!

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Black Lumia says:

This is a great app. Love it. Get it while it's free.

kenzibit says:

Jesus Christ! What a wonderful app....just look at the features and transitions...never seen anything like this on any app...wow. Thanks for this developer.

Promethius99 says:

Whats Jesus got to do with it? he didnt develope the app...

Jazmac says:

Or spell check the word you used, "develope".  lol

saidas says:

How do you know he didn't?

TAM28301 says:

We have freedom of speech, they can say "Jesus", all they want. Thank God for Jesus. May Microsoft's Ecosystem and product line be blessed and flourish, as they continue to listen to their customer!

Dean Lewis says:

My only thought was... AND IT'S FREE!! An app with a quality build, will designed and FREE?? What's the catch?

Black Lumia says:

The best part.... there is no catch(except it's awesome)

anthonyda says:

Too bad this apps requires way too many things on my phone such as picture library and contacts, will not install it.

dalydose says:

Your loss.  I see how it uses all of those things.

afripino says:

requires the picture library to save the picture of the protractor tool. requires contacts to share location in the compass app. all the permissions needed are legit.

Aggemam says:

It's like "Jack of tools pro", only better it seems. Will try it.

Will6371 says:

I just spent 15 minutes trying to catch it out but couldn't. The level, ruler and even the fb meter was spot on. The only thing was that when I tried the SOS light I had to close the app to get it to stop but I figure that if I'm in a situation that needs it then I won't want it to stop. I will use it for another week and if it is still as good with no crashes then I will donate my usual £1 to the developer, might even add a bit extra. Thanks to the developer.

Dexterrino says:

try reinstalling. it works fine with my 1020

danielnight says:

Looks really useful.

Dreamspell says:

Beautifuly made app. 5 stars.

Love this one for some days ago! The interface it's awesome ...

Sam Sabri says:

Sweet app. You guys write so much about Windows Phone you should just rename yourself to Windows Phone Central :)

Windows phone central is the best Sam!!

rodneyej says:

Rodney is the best❔ .... Is that what you meant❔

thaman04 says:

All these teasers of the rename are driving me nuts.  Hope you announce it soon! lol

sd173 says:


rodneyej says:

Lol!.. I see what you did there.....

ThePKReddy says:

Not really thrilled about a flood of Xbox articles. I'm not a gamer. Should have been two consolidated articles at best. Nothing to do with mobile. At least surface is mobile...ahem, mobile nations

TuanLVT says:

im not xbox fan... koz im PlayStation fan!!!! :D so yeah WPCentral should stop these xbox articles...

+1020 +W8.1

If you think about Xbox's core is based on windows since the beginning

Not the name of the site though is it?

Never seen an app very well organized like this. Like I said in the comments, the developer should be rewarded for this application, unless he add advertising in the next update

Sumit8 says:

let him add advertising or get money for it. You want quality apps without the devs getting paid? Go somewhere else.

Anthonyfear says:

havent had it long so i cant offer a full review....but i will admit, the guy in the mirror app is particularly attractive !



ryraansh says:

Wow. Replaces like 5 different apps.

jsnod25 says:

Love it, but was a Caccum cleaner?

Jack Larson1 says:

Don't Bing it...

bcnzer says:

Wow, fantastic app. I replaced a bunch of small apps with this.

Yeah it really is a superb app. Installed just a day before WP central recommending it.

Black Lumia says:

Ha! I installed it the day before you.

Two days before you, hehe

j3angerz says:

5 days before you :)) his Facebook is Tom Tran , CEO and founder of CCool Media . I know him . This app is the first step before his team will launch a bunch of cool apps like this one and of course, $$$ . He also mentioned a lock screen custom app like micro demo in build event . Be advised: His team only make app for WP only

AccentAE86 says:

I don't see any ads in the screenshots.  How on earth does he make money off this? I enjoy paying for apps I like and use, giving back to the dev.

Marco Gomes1 says:

You can always donate a couple of dollars to the dev.

j3angerz says:

I asked him about that . They should make 2 versions of this app : The free with ads and the paid one but he said this like his grand opening so it will totally free and he will considers about this :)

Black Lumia says:

I love it when devs only work on WP.

great app  its very helpfull . :D 

Guytronic says:

Groovy or Excellent!

One of me new favorites!

I'm annoyed that the name starts with '#', it fills up the first page of my app lists, and spoils my muscular instinct to tap at a particular place to open the alphabet menu. Otherwise the app is great !
Just hope the 'level' feature was more accurate, it says my room's floor is tilted at 2 degrees in every direction, not even physically possible. Jack of tools is better at this.
And a feature request, please also give a feature to find latitude, longitude and altitude by gps data, then i can uninstall jack of tools.

luismfarelo says:

This app is amazing, replaces a lot of apps!

Naren Parker says:

Been using Jack of Tools Pro since long. Will give this a try.

gerbir21 says:

Was using the same... But after seeing this app and how well it's designed, I think this toolkit is the new winner. I would pay for this app.

DieNadel says:


thaman04 says:

WOW You can pin music/media controls to your Start screen!   Also the transitions are amazing, never seen any app do this.  :D

a1rphones says:

Jack off all tools user here and paid for the pro version, if this one is free and function greatly then absolutely awesome.

cesar ruiz1 says:

I also use jack of all tools pro but this is really good and has nice animations but restart function does not work at least on my 1520.

SIMONator24 says:

It works great on my Ativ S

rorrr says:

Freudian slip?

Amazing app. Developer team must have spend quite a while building all these features and individual animations. Granted, a few bugs here and there, but still amazing. Great to see it available for free.

Lipe13 says:

Wow, my hat tip to the developer, this is a really case of amazingly beautiful and useful app we got! Nice!

bayotte says:

"FANTASTIC" app! Thanks for the heads up.

It's an app winning a contest hosted by microsoft in vietnam.

naterl says:

Just needs an altimeter and speedometer.

Tom Tran 142 says:

Thanks wpcentral for very nice review

I'm doing new update version ,replace nfc writer  to GPS Speed meter with Velocity , Altitude 

Thanks guys !

Awesome, please keep us posted!

Tom Tran 142 says:

Daniel RubinoMark Guim i tried contact you via google hangout but no luck , any idea for us easy keep community ?


drop me an email: daniel at wpcentral DOT com

Mark Guim says:

Thanks for chiming in. Will keep eyes open for updates.

dipayanster says:

hi , is there a way to calibrate the ruler? im on a 1320 and inches and cm scales look suspiciously bigger.

inu-yasha says:

I second this request. Awesome app though.

Patzer says:

Same issue on a Lumia Icon. Need to calibrate the ruler. Right now 3/4" on the app's ruler is 1" in real life.

Typo on Noise Meter - other than that, pretty impressive work!

Black Lumia says:

Don't take out NFC

GJSmyth says:

Hi Tom Tran. Can you provide advice as to why your app requires permissions to access just about everything on the phone (id, user, contacts, music, pictures library, etc, etc). I generally dismiss free apps that want to know too much about me for seemingly no reason as they look like a scam. Thanks. Graeme

os1019 says:

The versatility of this app is second to none.

Cool. Good luck using the level with a 1020 or 925 though--at least without a thick case.

raycpl says:

Very excellent, the dev got the design spot on. Also l like that it let us pin most of the function to start screen.
.. ... btw, where is the kitchen sink ??

tryfe says:

Well i'm greatly pleased with this app. Cool!

Terry Coombs says:

Really good, and love the interface - but Phone Storage comes back 0.00GB (actually 16GB) and says "No SD Card" (actually 32GB)!?  That's a pretty glaring bug.  (Samsung ATIV S - WP8.1)

Motel75 says:

Yep, same thing on my ATIV S.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Same on my 920, though no SD card is right on this case.

dosware says:

You can also pin individual tools to your start screen (go to All Tools, press and hold tool you want to pin). This replaces many apps on my 925. Nicely done!

xFalk says:

Seems on the level.

Aaron Yawn says:

Great app, just got it and tested it out. Beautifully built and works very well in my short amount of testing time.

This is the type of app that i wouldn't mind paying for. Very useful and well designed. We don't get that very often.

Dear Microsoft,

andyboez says:

Seriously an amazing app

Mani0793 says:

This is a great app. But there are still some fixes that needs to be done. Like phone information gives 0GB memory nd no sd card info. And the compass doesnot switch to maps window etc.

fy415 says:

The SOS sequence (from the flashlight) on my Lumia 920 is not working/programmed properly. A proper SOS signal should emit long-long-short-short-short-long-long, but this emits all long beams,

gatisnolv says:

You're wrong here. It's actually three short, three long, and three short signals in that order. One of the few things I remember from boy scouts. The other being, how to tie a hanging knot. (We, the kids, pressured the teacher to show it to us, after he confirmed he knew how to tie that).

fy415 says:

Thanks for the correction. You're right about the proper SOS sequence.

link68759 says:

Oh gawd the bounce effect is not pleasing to my eyes

RichardKyaka says:

WhatsApp picks an update

Hoppman says:

Fix the sloppy typos in the app, all in the Noise metter and cacuum cleaner, Morderate, that is just plain sloppy

Hey this is the best app I have seen ever. I cat find a way to contact the dev - help. I would like to help translate the app in Bulgarian.

avigyan says:

I want the bloody lockscreen app that MS demoed at Build. My lockscreen looks plain and old. Need to spice it up.

Benny1434 says:

Ok wow, it really is a very well done app! Haven't seen anything even approaching the utility of this app on WP, especially with the superb polish this has.

Definitely recommended!

gatisnolv says:

Was about to ask about this app after seeing it's tile in a photo for a different story. The icon caught my eye first.

shamrock1988 says:

Don't normal like these multipurpose apps but this one is very very sexy

Mark Wright1 says:

Very nice app ....lol 16 apps in one.

who needs lots of apps when you get apps like this.

dipayanster says:

I have jack of tools pro. The first thing i noticed that flash light opens much faster in #1 than jack and #1's interface is much much nicer.

#1 does not have jack's altitude meter/ speed meter/ geo camera/ lattitude and logtitude (sent #1 devs feedback to implement these if possible). #1 has some features that jack does not have like onetap/ NFC features/ SOS in flashlight/ Sound recorder/ World clock/ System info/ unit converter/ stop watch.



zu5be says:

Great app. Downloaded it last week. Awesome app

AndyM72 says:

Hmm, this is not good!

App is awesome, but this is sad :(

E Lizzle says:

I'd hold judgement on that, they could've both just implemented API calls in the order they appeared in some MS documentation.  Kind of like why every weather app provides the same info.

Ray Adams says:

Nope. One of his developers (as author told me) did it, and hi just did not know about it. No matter who did copy code and XAML from another application, this is not right!

I like #1 tool better. I have deleted the old app.


kynanrazyio says:

This is awesome apps. Very usefull. Finaly replace insider pro with this one. :D

Durahl says:

Just when I found a beautiful Timer App that uses a Metro style rotary Dial this comes up. The World just isn't fair.

Amazing App. Nice review of this app. Has all the essential tools that I need. Yippie!

AndyM72 says:

My feedback (since the forum thread is now locked - See Rays comment for why):

- Take the Systeminfo component out completely (since it's not yours).

- In the Timer UI, what I have found is that the activation tap point to get to the LoopingSelector is only on the very top edge of the H:M:S boxes in the main view. If you tap in the middle or the bottom of the boxes it doesn't work. So this is a small bug (I'm using a Lumia 630 btw).

- In the Unit Converter UI, the icon for Volume is too obscure. Yes, it works in English (sound volume, volume of liquid), but it might not in all languages. Use a plain cylinder icon instead (which would mean changing the Data icon to something else too).

- In the Unit Converter UI, change the "Surface" caption to "Area".

- In the Unit Converter UI, replace the "Quantity" converter with an "Angle" converter (degrees, arcminutes, arcseconds, radians etc).

AndyM72 says:

However, don't take this to mean I don't like this app. Apart from the minor issues found this is a damn good app, with a UI that shows of Metro/Modern UI really well.

rollindadice says:

Now downloading it,from info and screenshots seem worth it,giving it a go

really impressive

JeetDesa says:

Awesome app...just tried it...awesome UI, animations..waitng for the next update...!!!

How well does the level work on the 1020 with that honking big bulge? Not so good I'd have thought!

Amir Mian says:

Awesome app packed with bunch of useful tools.

AndyM72 says:

I've found another minor bug - the Pivot control for Settings and Themes doesn't handle light background themes properly. It keeps a black background, but then honours the theme and draws the text and controls in black... making them invisible.

AndyM72 says:

Actually, it doesn't handle light background themes properly anywhere - put your phone into light background themes, go to the noise metter (sic) and try and read the dB level descriptions.

kkjmit says:

Amazing app. Replaces a lot of small apps. All in one app. Thanks wp central for such a good suggestion.

maxknux says:

I am really disappointed in the app, Why Does it need my location to use these tools? Out of sets there is no need for the location to use Flashlight or noise level.

Now I don't trust a app that clearly does not need location data.

I suggest you use this app for Flashlight


Deepthi jojo says:

I agree..the flashlight you recommended is the best one I have come across

afripino says:

I'm not a fan of that one because the flashlight doesn't work with the screen off.

afripino says:

the compass needs it. there's mapping capability and it works great!

kottapar says:

awesome would be such a small word for this app and the developer. The app is awesome coz probably we needn't ask for more in this app. The developer bcoz the app is being given away for free!! Kudos to that.

I've never seen an app so well-built.

Doulos Jose says:

in my case its crashing every time i use one of the tool and exits from the tool. In case of NFC tag writer, it doesn't even complete the process :|

bcr8tiv says:

Great article Mark...and nice find!  I downloaded the app and it was so good that I've uninstalled 4 other tool apps which didn't compare to #1 ToolKit.  There's a nice selection of tools for a variety of needs all in one easy-to-use app.  I'm still testing some of the individual items in this app but so far, each has been very useful.  

ScottGeek says:

Very Nice app... I've seen only one issue.. this can not found my SD card. Yeap, there's 128GB SD that WP does find and use. But this app says there's no SD card?



Jopl says:

I got it while it was free... I  updated my windows software with the latest developers update and now the toolkit is showing advertisements with its bug fix update that also came out today. Terrible!

Ray Adams says:

After future investigation I found that I really stole a lot from our applications.

This is all file sinside his application. I moved it to SD Card and then opened SD Card on my PC.

What HWTest.dll is doing there? It is Hardware test!

wrHelper.dll? - Directly copind from Hardware Tests

ptHelper.dll? - Ha! This is .dll file from our "Quite Hours" application. To set volume level!

I am sure that there are other .dll files from other applications, not only ours!

This is a link to screenshot


Tom Tran 142 says:

As i talked with you . I have a developer helped me do some part of this application . I didnt know how he get your files . But when you report me , He fired here. I said i will do system info again with my layout & code and i did it. WrHelper.dll and ptHeper.dll do nothing on my new system info. But because i didnt know it there so i just not remove it on project. Decompile code and you will see i not use there .dll at all

Ray Adams says:

Seems you are still lying to me! All our files are still in your project even in last update! You still show Phone's name and taking this info from OUR library wrHelper.dll!

From ptHelper.dll you are using Sound volume control functionality. And you are tying to tell me that sysinfo is the only part you stole?

You are blaming some mystical developers in your team, but as I said to you before. You are responsible for what you are publishing!

Jopl says:

Damn... that sucks. I am uninstalling this App....

Ray Adams says:

This app is no longer published


Thanks to Microsoft.

Not available on my store :(

This looks like a very high class interaction design app. The WP8 store would be a better place if more developers paid this much love and attention to interface design.


Sorry to hear about the code dispute. What's the status on the code rewrite? I'm sure there's plenty development potential at XDA dev to replace a couple of libraries. I would like to see this app become available again.