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15 Useful Apps Every Pet Lover Needs To Have

15 Useful Apps Every Pet Lover Needs To Have

Who says you have to completely eliminate technology from your pet’s care? You don’t. While putting your cat in front of your tablet and encouraging her to play Candy Crush Saga does not count as playing with your cat, you can still make your mobile device useful. Download pet apps to make caring for your pet easier and more enjoyable. Not sure which ones you need? Start by considering these 15 useful pet apps.

1. Pet Phone ($2.99)

Pet Phone

    Manage all of your pets’ details from one simple app. With Pet Phone, you can create profiles for multiple pets detailing their vet appointments, medications and allergies, weight history, and more. The variety of customizable features make this a convenient and easy-to-use app.

    2. Tagg (Free with Tagg Tracker)

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      Working alongside the Tagg pet tracking system, the Tagg app makes it easy to track where you pet is if he or she gets out of the house. Start by purchasing the Tagg GPS tracker, which starts at $99 and attaches to your pet’s collar. Use the app to view your pet’s location and get directions on how to get to him or her. You’ll also receive notifications if your pet gets out so that you can attend to the situation immediately. Aside from finding your lost pet, the app also uses GPS to track your pet’s activity levels to help make the best decisions about your pet’s health.

      3. BringFido (Free)

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        Brought to you by BringFido.com, a leading expert in pet-friendly travel, the BringFido app helps you find pet-friendly hotels, beaches, parks, and more when traveling. You can even use the resources to find local pet-friendly restaurants and events in your home town. Narrow your choices to discover hotels that don’t charge an extra fee for pets. While the app is built for dog owners, it’s still a great resource for people with other types of pets.

        4. PupTox ($0.99)

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          Have you ever wondered what types of plants in and around your home are toxic to your pets? Or maybe you’ve wondered what you can feed them without them getting sick. Now you don’t have to worry so much. With the PupTox app, you’ll receive a directory of over 250 items toxic to cats and dogs. This helps you decide what flowers to plant, if it’s okay to share your leftovers, and if you should contact the vet when your pet eats something you’re unsure of.

          5. Spending on My Dog ($0.99)

            If you’re one for staying on budget, Spending on My Dog can help. While it’s designed to help you track what you spend on your pup, it’s a useful tool for tracking any pet spendings. Keep track of where you money is going through various categories, view your spending habits in easy-to-read charts, and even export your data to other money management software programs.

            6. Pet Names + (Free)

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              If you have a tough time coming up with names for your pets, Pet Names + presents thousands of names. Narrow down the choices alphabetically, by pet type, or by popularity. You can even track and order your favorites to make picking the perfect name for your furry friend simple.

              7. PetSnap ($1.99)

                If you’re like other pet owners who love snapping shots of their pets but can’t ever seem to get a good one, PetSnap is a simple solution. The app is equipped with 32 different sounds to get your pet’s attention when taking a photo. After you capture a clear shot, you can use photo styling tools to make the picture even more special.

                8. Pet First Aid: for Your Dog, Cat, Puppy, or Kitten ($3.99)

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                  Investing in an app that could save your animal’s life is money well-spent. This pet first aid app can help you figure out what’s wrong with your pet before rushing to the animal hospital. Is your pet’s behavior mild, or do you need to rush him to the vet now? This app aims to solve these issues. You’ll even get access to resources like articles and videos that teach you how to care for a your pet in certain situations, such as when choking. You can also record your pet’s medical information so you have it on-hand when you go to the vet.

                  9. Pets Next Door (Free)

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                    If you’re a true animal lover and a social media enthusiast, then this app is perfect for you. Create a profile for your pet, upload cute pictures, and browse other local pets and those around the world. Join groups, and even enter your pet in a contest (like which pet is the cutest!). Even if you don’t have a pet, you can use the app to browse silly pet pictures and read stories about pets in your neighborhood.

                    10. Fido Pet Adoptions (Free)

                      When you go on the search for a furry friend, let Fido Pet Adoptions lead the way. This app features over 300,000 pet listings in the U.S. and Canada at any given time. Search through numerous categories, including cats, dogs, reptiles, small animals, barn animals, and more. Narrow your search even farther by specifying a breed, color, size, and gender. Contact the seller or shelter from the app, and then share your choice with your friends!

                      11. The Pet Pal (Free)

                        The Pet Pal is a one-stop app for managing everything pet related. Among its extensive list of tools, you can create profiles for any type of pet and enter birth dates, feeding and walking schedules, vet appointments, and events. When you hire a pet sitter, simply share your pet’s profile via email. You can also use the app to search for nearby pet stores, vet clinics, and more. Even take note of insurance information and contact details for vets, pet sitters, and shelters.

                        12. Pet Minder (Free)

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                          Everything about your pet’s care just got a whole lot easier. With the Pet Minder app, you can set up reminders for play dates, appointments, vaccinations, walks, and more. You’ll also gain quick access to training videos and resources and information detailing the best pet products like GPS collars, pet proofing options, and more.

                          13. Pet Acoustics ($1.99)

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                            When your pet is feeling anxious, soothe his or her nerves with relaxing music. The Pet Acoustics app comes with a variety of tunes to help your pet feel safe and calm when on the ride to the vet, in a thunderstorm, or during a grooming session. The music is specifically designed for your pet’s ears.

                            14. Petometer (Free)

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                              Boost your and your pet’s health by tracking your exercise sessions with Petometer. Use the app to track your walk history, set reminders, and discover recommended exercises. While this app is designed for dog owners, it’s a useful tool for any pet owner who takes their animal out for walks. Have multiple pets? No problem. Set up a profile for each one of them.

                              15. Pocket Pup (Free)

                                If you’re an animal lover but don’t yet have a furry friend to call your own, adopt a virtual puppy with Pocket Pup. This is a great game for kids, allowing them to name, train, and play with their puppy. You can also complete challenges and listen to stories. This is a fun game that also teaches you about raising a dog, so it’s worth trying out before you decide to adopt one for real. If you’re not interested in dogs, try similar virtual pet games like My Horse or My Virtual Cat.

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                                40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                1. OmniFocus

                                This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                Download it here.

                                  2. Forest

                                  Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                  Download it here.

                                    3. Things

                                    Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                    Download it here.

                                      4. 30/30

                                      Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                      , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                      Download it here.

                                        5. Any.Do

                                        A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                        Download it here.

                                          6. PocketLife Calendar

                                          This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                          Download it here.

                                            7. Asana

                                            We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                            , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                            Download it here.

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                                              8. ToDoist

                                              This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                              Download it here.

                                                9. FlowTasks

                                                From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  10. Calendars 5

                                                  This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                    A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      12. Due

                                                      A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        13. Checkmark 2

                                                        I use this app

                                                        for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          14. TeuxDeux

                                                          Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            15. Wunderlist 

                                                            Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                            Download it here.

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                                                              16. Nirvana

                                                              For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                17. Priorities

                                                                An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                  18. Productive

                                                                  With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                    You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      20. Streaks

                                                                      This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        21. Remember The Milk

                                                                        Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          22. Day One Journal

                                                                          When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                            23. Evernote

                                                                            Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              24. Pocket

                                                                              You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                                25. Sync.Me

                                                                                This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  26. Droplr

                                                                                  One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    27. Dropbox

                                                                                    Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      28. iDolly 

                                                                                      In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                      Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        29. Soulver

                                                                                        It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                          30. Captio

                                                                                          A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            31. Drafts

                                                                                            A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                              This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                                                33. Doodle

                                                                                                This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                  I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                    A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      36. GoodReader

                                                                                                      This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                        Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                          38. 1Password

                                                                                                          There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                            You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                            All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              40. Truecallers

                                                                                                              Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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