When I upgraded my phone recently, I took the opportunity—with a blank slate, of sorts—to re-evaluate the apps I wanted to use on my phone.
As of right now, my new phone has only half as many apps on it as my old phone did. I chose not to re-install the apps that I didn’t like, didn’t use, or just didn’t want to be using on the go. (Hello, facebook. And geocaching. I know tons of you are raving fans, but my family just doesn’t care.)
Since this is fresh in mind, today I’m sharing my favorite iPhone apps that I use regularly. (Many are available for Android, or for iPad, but I have neither.)
(All apps free unless otherwise indicated.)
On the daily
Toggl. I’ve been using this time-tracking app for about a month. Easy to use, and the data it generates has been eye-opening. Mostly in a good way.
Tweetbot. ($4.99) My favorite twitter app.
Voxer. Texting, photo sharing, and push-to-talk messaging.
Camera+. ($1.99) The only iPhone camera I use.
PicTapGo. ($.99) My favorite iPhone editing app. Great filters, easy to use.
Spotify. My go-to music app for writing tunes, and what I use to make car playlists for the kids.
Shazam. I use this all the time to identify song titles and artist names with just a tap.
Bloglovin. I’ve been using Feedly for over a year, because it’s easy. But Bloglovin’ is easier on the eyes, and lately, I’ve been prioritizing aesthetics over convenience for my blog reading.
Kindle. With this app, I’m never caught without something to read. I don’t use it much, but I like having it just in case. (It’s also useful for reading ebooks if you don’t have a Kindle.)
Goodreads. While I prefer the desktop version, I use the app to add books to my TBR list—by scanning the ISBN—when I’m on the go: at the library, the bookstore, or just at a friend’s house.
My library’s app. I use this to track my (overdue) books, renew my (overdue) books, and request books on the go.
Google Drive. To easily access my Google docs on the go.
Evernote. I’m not a regular or comfortable user, but I’m determined to become one. My pile of old legal pads, filled to bursting with unruly but valuable scribblings, is getting out of hand. It’s time to go digital.
Mailbox. I like it for its easy-to-use tags and remind-me-later feature.
Genius Scan. A scanner, on my phone. This app was a lifesaver when we were buying our house.
My bank’s app. Whoever invented the deposit-to-scan feature for checks, bless you.
Ordet. ($2.99) This word game isn’t just for kids, but it’s my kids who love it.
2048. Our whole family is just a bit addicted to this number puzzle game.
Those are MY favorite apps. I’d love to hear YOURS in comments.