There’s no denying it – we’re living in a world where we depend on our phones for everything. I try to stay away from my phone when I can, but there are times when the apps in our phones can actually help us be more productive & creative.
I’ve written down a list of apps that help make my life easier & that I use everyday. Hope you like them!
This app is seriously REVOLUTIONARY. Have you ever had a pop up show up on your phone saying “STORAGE ALMOST FULL” or “ICLOUD STORAGE FULL”? How annoying is it? I always feel like throwing my phone off a building when it happens haha. Some months ago, a friend showed me Google Photos. At first I was like.. ok this is amazing.. but then I was like .. WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS??!!
Google photos is basically the same as the Photos app in your iphone, but BETTER. It saves all of your photos to the cloud, aka Google Drive.. FOR FREE! It doesn’t save the photos in full quality (if you want them in full quality you have to pay) but it isn’t necessary unless you’re gonna be doing high-res printing (which you probably won’t). I’ve been using this app to back up all my photos from my iphone, ipad and computer. It organizes the pictures really well, you can create albums, find people or places, edit pictures, create videos, share photos, import them to VSCO, etc. This app honestly saved my life! I can now delete photos from my phone knowing they’re properly backed up without me having to actually back them up manually. DOWNLOAD THIS APP AND WATCH YOUR PHOTO ANXIETY LEVELS DECREASE 🙂
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about VSCO. It’s a photo editing app with awesome filters. When I first downloaded it, I was a bit confused by how simple it was haha but now I looove it. You have to pay a small amount for some of the filters but it’s worth the investment. The presets I use the most are: 06, 10, a6, c1, c7, s1, s2, s3, hb1.
5 Minute Journal
This app has truly changed my life. I’ve always wanted to keep a journal, but I always get lazy and stop after a few days. This journal only takes 5 minutes a day and you can then look back at your week and think about all the good things that have happened.
It’s very simple: You write once in the morning, and once in the evening. For the morning entry, you write 3 things you’re grateful for, and 3 things you’ll do to make today great. I love this cuz you get to set your intentions for the day and start your day on a positive note. Then in the afternoon, you have to write 3 amazing things that happened during the day, and what you could have done to make the day better. You then add a photo to your daily entry. You can view your days in a grid and remember the little things that have made each day so good ❤
While it’s really challenging to think of 3 things you’re grateful for everyday, it starts getting easier with time. After a few weeks of journaling, I’ve seen my answers get a lot deeper. And what I truly LOVE about this app, is that even when i’m having a bad moment or a bad day, I still have to write the good things that have happened and I get to focus on all the positive instead of the negative 😊
Also, I’ve started taking a photo everyday for this app. It’s so nice to have a visual representation of your days, cuz even if sometimes you remember them as boring or uneventful, there will always be something you’re happy and/or grateful for.
Iphone: Available for Purchase on App store (WORTH THE INVESTMENT!)
or, you can buy an actual journal if that’s your kind of thing (but you won’t get to put pictures, which is what I consider the fun part of it!)
I’m clearly obsessed with google haha but I use this app everyday so I might as well include it in the list. You probably already know how to use it, but one thing I love about this app is setting the time you need to be somewhere and it’ll show you exactly at what time you need to leave the house (or wherever you are). I also use the “Explore” tab a lot, to find cool restaurants and bars around me. Google maps has a new Google local guides feature, where people rate (and comment) places (kind of like trip advisor). I’ve started using it and I love it! Yes, i’m one of those annoying people who rates places after I go, but hey, the more I rate, the closer I am to get more storage in my Google Drive! Not bad at all 😀
This app is ESSENTIAL if you’re travelling. You can convert Currency, which is what I use this app for the most. You can select the countries you like and compare the currency, like so:
You can also convert Area, Length, Distance, Temperature, Velocity, Weight, Volume, etc. So if you’re someone who thinks in meters but needs yards instead, or needs some help with cooking with grams instead of oz, this app is for you!
App isn’t available for Android but there’s lots of similar ones.
Ever since I started walking and cycling everywhere, this app has been so useful! All you have to do is log on once, and it’ll start tracking how much you walk, cycle or run. There’s days where I walk 20 kms and don’t even notice! I like this app cuz it’s simple and it motivates me to walk more and beat my records. It’s specially useful if you don’t have a fitness tracker but still wanna know how many steps/kms/miles you’ve walked.
Available for Iphone & Android
So there you have it! I’m sure there’s a lot more apps I use on a daily basis, but you’ve probably been using those for years already (snapchat, instagram, facebook, youtube, uber, gmail, etc).
Hope this is helpful 🙂 Let me know if there are any apps you can’t live without! I’d love to become addicted to more apps haha