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10 Apps to Install to Make your Life Easier

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Apps, Feat, LifeHacks, Technology | Comments Off on 10 Apps to Install to Make your Life Easier

As a smartphone user, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing apps to install on your device. With an app available for pretty much anything these days, it can be hard to know which to download, especially if your device is limited on space. We’ve put together a list of apps that are useful, and if used to their full capabilities can make your life easier.

 


Business

Slack

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Slack.com

Cost: Free (Paid options available for additional features)

This communication app is great for business teams to message each other, share documents and cut down on email. Slack can also integrate with a range of other apps including Google Drive, Dropbox, Twitter and more, and the app will sync content between your devices, allowing you to seamlessly go from the office to being on the move.

Evernote

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Evernote.com

Cost: Free (Subscription models available for additional features)

Loved by those who use it, Evernote has been building its reputation over the last few years as the ultimate note-taking and organisation app. With the added convenience of being on your smartphone, jot down notes when you’re on the go, share ideas and use your phone to scan documents. With Evernote’s syncing capabilities, your documents will be shared across your computer, tablet and smartphone.


Security

Find my iPhone

Availability: iOS

Website: Apple.com

Price: Free

Most iPhone users are probably aware that this app exists, but if you haven’t already got this app on your phone, install it now. If your device is lost or stolen, this app can help you locate your device on a map, remotely lock it with a password, and if necessary remotely erase all of the contents and settings on your device.

Android Device Manager

Availability: Android

Price: Free

Similar to the Find my iPhone app for iOS devices, the Android Device Manager is a Google app for Android, which allows you to remotely track and secure your device if it is ever lost or stolen. It’s a great app to have in case of emergencies and could save you a lot of stress if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to use it.


Music

Spotify

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Spotify.com

Price: Free (Subscription is an additional cost)

Spotify has long been one of the favourites for streaming music on your smartphone. Whilst a free (ad-supported) version exists, a monthly subscription ($9.99 for personal or $14.99 for a family of up to 6) will allow you to listen to music on demand. You can also download playlists whilst connected to Wifi, which you can then listen to when you’re offline – a useful option if you’re going on a long flight or want to keep data usage to a minimum.


Directories

Yelp

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Yelp.com

Price: Free

If you’re in a new city or are even just looking to try somewhere different in your local area, Yelp is a great app to find businesses and restaurants around you. With key information like opening hours and addresses, as well as reviews from other users, you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.


Utilities

Restore

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Enigma-Recovery.com

Price: Free (Requires additional desktop software)

Ever lost or deleted data from your device, and wished you could get it back? If you have, then Restore is just the kind of app you’re looking for. Designed to work with desktop data recovery software, simply connect your phone to your Mac or PC, recover your data and restore it back to the app on your Android or iOS smartphone.

Mint

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Mint.com

Price: Free

This app is great for keeping track of your personal finances on the go. Link your accounts in one place, track your spending and set goals to help you save up for your new car, trip or mortgage. Security is tight on the app too, as Mint only request read only access to your accounts, and can be deleted remotely if your phone is ever lost or stolen.


Navigation & Travel

Waze

Availability: iOS & Android

Website: Waze.com

Price: Free

Waze has sat at or near the top of the list of recommended navigation apps for a while – and with good reason. This app boasts a range of impressive features, including voice guided navigation, and is driven by its innovative approach of bringing drivers together to report on real time traffic conditions. Find out about accidents, road closures and even whether there are police ahead in real-time; as conditions change on your route, the app can automatically reroute to help you reach your destination more quickly.

Duolingo

Availability: iOS & Android

Price: Free

With Duolingo you can learn how to speak, listen and write in a range of different languages. The app offers lessons for users of different native languages, and is great for picking up key phrases if you’re going on a trip to a country where you don’t know the language.

Are there any other apps you can’t live without? Let us know below.

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