We’ve reached a point with technology where the apps on someone’s phone can tell you as much about them as the books they have on their shelf. I’m constantly going through my phone’s apps, trying new ones and weeding out the ones that don’t work for me. I’ve reviewed and tested apps for various companies over the past few years, so between that and exploring a variety of hobbies, I’ve discovered which ones I consider my own must-have phone apps.
I’m sure this one isn’t a shock. I constantly have a book going on my Kindle app, whether it’s an ARC of an upcoming debut or a local history book I’m reading to unwind with before bed. What I love about the Kindle is that not only can you download books off of Amazon, but you can also connect it to your Overdrive account and download library books. You can also use Kindle to read various documents from your phone so it’s a good bet for both work and pleasure reading.
I’ve finally outgrown my teenage habit of getting lost within a mile of my home (as long as I’m in Massachusetts, that is). But I still use Google Maps constantly. Sure, it’s a little unsettling that it can estimate my arrival time with spooky accuracy or know that there’s a three-car backup at a light ahead. But it’s so useful. I love exploring new places and the convenience of knowing I’ll be able to find my way home afterward keeps me confident and focused on the excitement of the adventure.
I’m on a number of different social media sites, but if I had to choose to give up all but one, I’m keeping Instagram. I just love looking at pictures, whether from people I actually know or from strangers (maybe a little creepertastic, but the search by location is one of my favorite ways to explore new places from the comfort of my own bed.) Instagram is just the right kind of intimate for my personality, artistic yet familiar and comfortable.
Pinterest isn’t technically social media, which makes my previous hypothetical decision a lot easier. I use Pinterest for my affiliate marketing business, but I also use it all the time in my personal life. I’m a total Pinterest mom stereotype looking for recipes and decoration inspiration, but I’ve found for things like that it can be far easier to navigate in Pinterest than in Google results. Plus, there’s a lot of home DIY information on there and the longer I live in the city, the more I dream of moving off the grid. So, you know, getting my research in now.
I’ve been into podcasts for a few years, but it’s only in the past year that I’ve become obsessed. For a while, I used the iPhone podcast app, which was fine when I only listened to a few shows. But now I’m listening to everything from speculative audio dramas to book reviews to Pinterest business advice. Overcast lets me create different playlists within my feed and keep it some semblance of organized. That way I can easily listen to whatever I’m in the mood for.
Obviously, these are only a few of the apps I use, but they’re probably the ones I use the most. Do you have any apps that are near and dear to your heart? Which ones are your own “must-have” phone apps? Leave them in the comments below!