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I am sure many of us use a lot of the same apps every day. Email, Calendar, Weather, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. We use Kindle, Spotify, Podcasts, and not to forget Starbucks. And then I am also using the Garmin, Peloton, and My Fitness Pal apps on a daily basis.
I will say, I’m still a little bit old-school. I don’t own an iPad/tablet and I do like to do things on my laptop, but of course I also do a lot of things on my phone. Don’t tell me that you’re not doing a gazillion things on your phone on a daily basis. I
don’t won’t believe you.
Today I thought I’d share some apps that I frequently use and that might not be so well-known as some others, but that I find very useful. And maybe you do too?
If you’re sharing photos on social media, I am sure you’ve often seen – and had the need to create – collages and Diptic is an easy-to-use collage maker. It has a ton of different layouts for the square format on Instagram and you can easily pick the photos right out of your photo library on your phone.
Pixlr is a free photo editor (which is also available as a web-based service (pixlr.com)) and it’s my go-to app when I need to resize or crop images. Since I use a lot of my iPhone images on this blog, I do a lot of resizing and uploading on my phone without bothering transferring photos to the computer.
If you have seen any photos or collages (with white background) with text here on my blog (e.g. my favorites posts), there’s a good chance they were created with Phonto. I’d usually find it cumbersome to do any type of design work on your phone, but this app is really easy to navigate and I haven’t found any other app that works better for this type of work. (I should mention that I also do like – and occasionally use Canva, which might be more popular).
The Pocket app is such a life saver (it also works as a browser add-on, too!). Whenever I come across an article, recipe, or other website that I would like to bookmark for later, I save it to this app. You can organize your saved bookmarks by using (multiple) tags and it’s easy to search by keywords.
Think Dirty is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows you to compare products as you shop. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product and help you to shop for cleaner options.
If you’re looking to earn cashback on everyday purchases, Drop might be interesting to you. You link cards that you use for everyday purchases (like groceries, clothing, makeup, etc.) and you automatically earn reward points that you can exchange for gift cards for a ton of stores. If you are intrigued and want to give it a try *, we’ll both earn 1000 drop points when you sign up.
Scannable belongs to Evernote, an app that you might already know and use. It’s super-convenient and very easy to use to quickly scan any documents or receipts and save them (as *jpg or *pdf) or email them right from the app.
RunGo calls itself the running app that gives directions. It’s the only app that I have found that does that. It offers turn-by-turn voice navigation, with over 400,000 routes worldwide across 171 countries, including thousands of verified routes, like race courses, city tours, unique adventures, and virtual races. You can also create your own routes (depending on the distance you want to run or if you’re running in unfamiliar places) and it will navigate you through the run. No need to remember which turn to take or when to turn around.
Have you ever been frustrated when you search for stickers or animated GIFs on Instagram and you can’t find one that you previously used/liked because the search results keep constantly changing? Well, Giphy is where you want to go and search for – and then bookmark! – your favorite stickers/GIFs, which you can then import into Instagram, when you need them.
Do you use any of these apps? Share an app with me in the comments that you think I’d probably like but might not be aware of!
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