Having the right apps on your phone is key to living a productive lifestyle. Although there are thousands and thousands of apps out there for you to choose from, I made a list of 10 (in no specific order) that you should consider downloading.
LinkedIn (Professional Networking)
- LinkedIn is an online community of professionals looking to network with people all throughout the globe. With this app, you are able to reach people who hold positions that you might be interested in, apply for jobs, and get daily updates on topics and companies that you choose to follow. I think that LinkedIn has helped me the most when it comes to trying to make connections specifically within the sports industry. It is basically your online resume that people can view, and you can share/comment on daily posts that show up in your feed.
Yelp (Restaurant, Shops, and Site Reviews)
- Yelp is an app that has over 135 million reviews of different businesses. Within this app, people can upload reviews of places they have eaten at, shopped at, or visited during their day. This app is super helpful when it comes to trying to find a new restaurant or looking for a fun thing to do in your city. I personally like it because people are honest and you can read different reviews to get different people’s perspective. One feature that I love is that users can upload pictures (this helps when you want to see what the food looks like at a restaurant you’re dying to try out) so you can have a wide range of visuals to find what you’re looking for.
Accuweather (Radar, Forecasts, Alerts)
- If you’re anything like me, you would know that Apple’s weather app sucks. So, you need to look into other weather apps that have a more detailed and accurate description of the weather in your area. Accuweather has precise, minute-to-minute updates of the weather that can be tracked through your exact address so you can be informed of the weather at whatever location you are in. The radar feature is also super helpful so you can have a visual of what the weather is going to look like if you have somewhere to go. I also like how you can view hourly temperatures with the “Real Feel” as well as tracking of the exact time the inclement weather is going to start and end.
- This app is a life-changer!!! Acorns is a way that you can invest in stocks & bonds simply and create weekly investments for yourself as well as investing your spare change. The spare change method takes any leftover change from a purchase that you make, rounds it to the nearest dollar, and invests the money that is left over. For example, if you spend $4.40 on a cup of coffee, Acorns will automatically round the purchase to $5.00 and invest $0.60 in your account! This app is a great way to unknowingly save money and invest in something that will help your money grow more than a regular savings account would. I like this app because I usually forget that I have it, which is good because I like to use the money in my account as a back-up for my emergency fund. It is simple and easy to use, and it’s fast to withdraw your money if need be.
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Bible (Daily Verses, Audio, & Devotions)
- The Bible app by YouVersion is the #1 rated Bible app in the world. With over 1,500 versions of the Bible to choose from, there is a wide range to pick which translation you prefer. There is also a feature that allows you to compare different translations of versions. It is also super easy to highlight and save verses that you like or want to come back to read at another time. My favorite thing about the Bible app is the daily verse notification that you can turn on. Each verse every day will be sent to your phone, as well as a small visual if you want to save it to your camera roll. There are also hundreds of devotional plans that you can choose from, and if you have friends that use the app, they can follow along with you. I would say that this app is my #1 must-have because it’s always essential to be able to access the Bible at any time or place whenever you need it.
Mint (Personal Finance & Money)
- Being aware of the money that you spend on a daily basis is necessary if you are trying to stay within your budget or if you want to save a certain amount each paycheck. With Mint, you can sign directly into your bank and credit card accounts and visually see where your money is going to. It tells you directly how much cash you have, what you have accrued through debt, and any investments that you have money in (including the Acorns app). You can create budgets directly within the app with different categories such as gas, groceries, and restaurants and it will tell you whenever you make a purchase how much money you have left in whichever category. You can also track your bills and set reminders to yourself so that you never miss a payment. Another added bonus is that they give you a free credit report score, which automatically updates every month. Personally, discovering Mint is one of the best things that have happened to me. I used to be unaware of how much money I was spending, and I would get so mad because I felt as if my money was just vanishing into thin air. But, Mint helped me to visualize where my money was going (eating out adds up!) and set limits for myself so that I can force more money into savings.
Twitter (Breaking News, Politics, Video)
- Most of you opening this post probably thought that I was going to automatically list off social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. I decided that instead of doing that, I was going to pick my top favorite social media app which is Twitter. I picked Twitter because it is a fast and simple way to stay updated with everything that is happening in the world such as breaking news, sports, music entertainment, and following your personal friends. Twitter stands out to me the most because its a way for you to connect with people who share the same interests as you. With a 280 character limit, you can get summaries of the most updated stories that you can retweet instantly to your followers, and you can also see the retweets of who you’re following. Twitter is also the way that I met most if not all of my friends. Especially going off to college, I was able to connect with people before I even got there. Without Twitter, I probably wouldn’t have met some of the closest people that I have to me today.
Netflix (TV & Movie Streaming)
- If you have a Netflix account, this app is essential to have on your phone. With the thousands of options that Netflix has to offer, it’s always nice to have on your phone if you have downtime to watch. I like how Netflix has finally added the option to download the content that you want to watch offline, so you can still have access if you don’t have wifi or data to use. Netflix is a life-saver for me especially when I use it on the Metro on my way to work or while I’m eating dinner on campus and I don’t want to bring my laptop out.
Google Maps (Navigation)
- I’ve learned that in this day & age, you’re either an Apple Maps user, or a Google Maps user, and honestly, if you don’t want to end up lost or having to take the most round-a-bout way to get to where you want to go, Apple Maps needs to be deleted from your phone immediately. Google has changed the game for iPhone navigation with its user-friendly navigation system. Because of how updated the app is, it will let you know when traffic is ahead, and try and change your route so that you still get to your destination as fast as possible. You can also add stops along the way during your trip if you are traveling somewhere far. Google also allows you to sign into your G-Mail account so that you can save destinations as your favorite, or mark where home and work are, so it can guide you on your commute to and from. I’ve stuck with Google Maps ever since they departed from being the default Maps app on iPhone. Google Maps will never do you wrong, and will always accurately take you where you want to go.
MyFitnessPal (Calorie Counter)
- MyFitnessPal is a super easy and simple way to track your food/caloric intake as well as tracking your fitness and workouts. You can set personal settings that relate to your fitness goals and the app will also suggest how many calories you should be eating in a day. The app breaks down your breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as snacks and water intake. There are millions of food items already logged into the app (including fast food and restaurants), so all you have to do is either scan the barcode on what you’re eating or begin to type the food in the search and all the nutrition values will automatically register. This app helped me the most with being aware of how many calories I was consuming within a day, and it also helped to create a habit of continually logging what I ate. You can also set push notifications so you are notified at different times of the day to log your meals.
I hope you enjoyed reading through this list and consider downloading a couple to try them out! Most of them can help you in your daily life, and they should be something that you add to have direct access to every day. Until next time!