We all use them. We all hate them at times. We all need them? I am talking about those little helpers on our phone. Apps. It is always interesting how different the phone usage is for every one and today I figured I share some of my favorite apps I use. I have no list right now and I am to knowing where this post will go. I will go through my phone and see what is on there.
I wanted to get started with apps I use daily but I realized there isn’t really one app I use every single day. I easily (can) skip a day using a certain app. So weekly it is.
Apps I use every week
Instagram – I use it daily for browsing and checking in with friends. And when I work for my clients I obviously use it. I sometimes post on my account too. The more I post for clients the less you will see on my own account. I am all created out. If we are not yet friends come visit my Instagram. My daily limit is set to an hour. I am not really sticking to that but it’s a good reminder. Every first Sunday of the month I try to stay off the app entirely. If I fail I have three more Sundays to reach my goal. I am getting better at it.
Goodreads – I love my statistics. And my book statistics are the best. I keep track of what I want to read. I log down my reading progress and I check what my friends read. Again if we are not yet connected please feel free to add me as your Goodreads friend.
Duolingo – as of right now I am trying to use the app daily and do at least one Spanish lesson. The plan is to reach a 200 day streak but then to keep going. Right now I am at 122 days but I used a couple streak freezes so I will add that on top before I cross of that bucket list goal.
HNGRY – this is our running grocery list app I use together with the husband. We have tried many different ones for now this is the best one with the least amount of advertising in the free version. You can keep multiple lists (helpful if you shop for different places or for certain events) and you can filter your list by stores. Something I do because we are not always going to the same stores but I know when I get to the discounter I want to pick up certain things. There is the option of keeping an inventory but I don’t do this. The upkeep is too much as our turnaround is rather quick. We use the German version.
Stylebook – my new app discovery of the year. It is a style app where you can add in all of your closet and start making your outfits. Best of all is the statistics. It tells you how often a certain items is worn and most important of all what the value of said item is. This really helps me get the most of my closet. I may share a bit more here during NaBloPo.
Overcast – my go to podcast app. I listen to podcast almost daily while doing housework, having solo lunches or going for walks. I dont like the apple podcast app and a friend of mine suggested this app. Been using it for years. You can create different lists for specific podcasts and topics.
WordPress – I usually check if comments came in on the app and reply to them on the phone. I prefer the interface to the desktop version. I used to write many blog posts on my phone when I had 2 hours of daily commute. I also jot down some ideas or shorter paragraphs if I already have a draft set up.
WhatsApp & messages – who doesn’t use them? I don’t get messages on a daily basis and I don’t have notifications turned on for most of the group chats but I frequently use these apps to stay connected mainly with the family.
Camera – needed to include this one. It comes with the phone but I use it daily. Almost daily. But yeah I am a photo girl.
Apps I multiple times a month
Evernote – my go to notes app. I probably use that one close to a decade. I have a running list of my NaBloPo prompts here that I keep carrying for the past 6 years or so. I jot down ideas throughout the year. I also have a tone of other things I keep here like text snippets for eBay listings, my checklist for monthly tax stuff, my list of book quotes, etc. You get it – it is my outsourced brain. I also use Trello but mainly working from my laptop.
Pinterest – browsing for ideas, quickly checking a recipe or just scrolling and seeing what is currently out there. It is just fun. There are times I use it daily and then I don’t for weeks.
Picture this – my app when trying to figure out what a certain plant is or to check if I am correct. It cannot be taken at face value but it is a good indicator to start a research.
A Color Story – if I put a filter on my instagram images I use a certain setting from this app. I have build a Lightroom preset but the app is usually a bit quicker.
TV Time – I did mention I like a statistic, right. Well here I track all the tv shows and movies I am watching. It is fun to read the comments and guess how a storyline will develop. I don’t religiously use it but the husband is into it and has some popular comments out.
PainCal – My migraine app where I track all migraine days and medication. I have been using this app since 2015. There are some more aesthetic apps out with more functionality – like weather tracking – but they all don’t allow import of older data. Until they do I stick to my free app that works just fine.
Grocery Store apps – I use different store apps to keep track of discounts and vouchers and to see what special offer they are having. I don’t really plan on getting things especially at certain stores or times but I am taken what I can. I usually just activate all coupons and then go shopping without a care. If one product happens to be reduced I am happy but I rarely buy things just because they are a deal. Only if I wanted to try it.
Apps I use only once in a while
Mail – I rarely use the mail app on my phone. I turned off notifications and only use it when I need to stay in the loop for certain projects other wise mail handling is a office desk job.
Alright so much for now. It is not that I shared all my apps. It is amazing how many you can save on a phone and believe you need them all. Well I don’t and I am deleting apps on a regular basis. The ones above I wouldn’t though.
Now let me know: Which app can’t you live without? If I can download only one more app which one should it be? Which app takes away too much of your time but you are (maybe) addicted? Which app is the last you had deleted?