What are the most-used apps on your smartphone? If you’re like a lot of people, you probably open up a fun app like Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube several times each day. Or maybe you while away some time playing Toon Blast, Neko Atsume, or Words with Friends. In fact, game applications account for fully one-quarter of all downloads!
It’s a truism that our devices can help us live a more connected, informed, productive life — but are we really getting the most out of what’s available to us on our smartphone? We’ve rounded up a selection of the most useful apps you can download. Check them out!
We’re a couple of months into the new year. How are you doing with your resolutions? Behavioral science tells us that it takes a whopping 66 days to build a habit, which can seem pretty discouraging if this is only the third or fourth day in a row you have worked out or eaten a healthy breakfast.
Enter HabitHub. Whether you want to meditate on the regular, get eight hours of sleep each night, or finally remember to take your medication every morning, HabitHub lets you create “chains” that are hard — or at least harder — to break. You can categorize them, customize them, keep track of them from your home screen with widgets, see how well you’re doing in visual form with graphs, and much more.
This one’s for the bookworms. Libby lets you borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from your local library (not all at once, of course). Download them to read offline, or stream them to save space. Or Libby will send them right to your Kindle.
Another nifty feature of Libby is that it keeps track of where you left off, any bookmarks you’ve placed or notes you’ve made, across all devices. So you can read a chapter on your phone while in the doctor’s waiting room, then pick up where you left off on your Kindle later on.
As we grow older, it’s inevitable that we have more and more doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and medical tests that must be done. If you are a caregiver of a sick spouse or elderly relative, all those appointments, phone numbers, locations, results, and medications can get confusing.
A medical history tracker app like Smart IRX is just what the doctor ordered! An intuitive, streamlined design lets you keep track of everything related to your medical care, and your family’s. There’s even a section to track your pets’ veterinary appointments!
Best of all, you can connect with every healthcare provider you or someone in your family sees. Send them messages, call the office, set reminders of upcoming appointments. Smart IRX takes care of it all in one easy-to-use app.
Remember when all you had to do to watch your favorite show was tune in to one of three networks at a certain time each week? Sure, you had to wait an entire week to see the next episode — what a drag! — but it was a lot easier to keep track. Nowadays we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to viewing: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Sling, and of course all the individual networks’ streaming services.
With JustWatch, you don’t have to remember where to watch any of your television shows. This app sifts through all the legal streaming sites and gathers your bingeable content into one convenient portal.
Say goodbye to those shoeboxes full of snapshots — or tedious hours spent scanning each one individually, then renaming the file, storing it, and sharing it on social media. PhotoScan by Google Photos is an incredibly simple way to put all of your precious pictures in the cloud for storage and sharing purposes.
This useful app scans glare-free photos. It offers step by step capture flow, automatic cropping, perspective correction, smart rotation and other features so that you can preserve your photos and your memories without hassle.
Our last smartphone app, DreamLab, won’t directly affect your productivity, time management, or quality of life. But you should install it anyway.
DreamLab is a multi-award winning app that puts your smartphone to work on cancer research when you’re not using it. Rather than relying on supercomputers to scan and analyze massive amounts of DNA, DreamLab will send a teeny-tiny bit of research information to your phone, which works on it when you’re asleep (or otherwise engaged). Then it sends it back to the research computers.
Why not let your device help out for the benefit of the greater good?