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21 Must-Have Free iPhone Apps You Can’t Miss

21 Must-Have Free iPhone Apps You Can’t Miss

With over 1 million apps in the Apple App Store, finding useful, must-have iPhone apps can be a difficult process.

The following is a list that showcases 21 of the best, must-have iPhone apps that you may not be familiar with, and includes iPhone applications for news, weather, productivity, games, photography, and finance.

If your favorite iPhone app isn’t on the list, tell us in the comments below!

News/Weather

#1: Umano

Too busy to read? With Umano, you can listen to articles from the world’s best publishers and bloggers narrated by professional voice-actors. Whether commuting, working out at the gym, or cooking at home, let Umano accompany you and enrich your day.

umano

    #2: Prismatic

    Prismatic is the home for all your interests. You select your interests and topics and Prismatic will curate and find stories based on the popularity of the post. You can comment on stories, talk with friends, and share the articles via Twitter and Facebook.

    prismatic

      #3: Feedly

      Without Google Reader, Feedly has taken over as the de facto king of RSS news readers. You can import your Google RSS feeds into Feedly and easily share content on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, either directly or using Buffer. The app also integrates with Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote.

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        #4: theCHIVE

        theCHIVE is the world’s largest photo blog showcasing original galleries of funny photos & videos, epic fails, beautiful girls, groundbreaking photography, and art from all over the world.

        theCHIVE

          #5: Effing Weather

          Tired of the same old weather app? Well, download the Effing Weather app and get over 100+ funny phrases that tell you the current weather such as:

          – Are you Effing kidding me?
          – Why don’t you tell your friends on Facebook how Effing hot it is
          – For today’s Effing forecast, look outside

          Productivity

          #6: TalkTo

          With TalkTo, you can text message with millions of local business in the US and Canada. You can see answers to other shoppers’ questions, and can ask your own.

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            #7: Glympse

            Don’t text and drive. Glympse is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your location in real-time.

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              #8: Sunrise Calendar

              Sunrise Calendar is by far my favorite calendar app. Some of my favorite features include the ability to see faces and profiles of people you are meeting with using LinkedIn, the weather forecast based on your location, and smart icons based on the topic of your meeting.

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                #9: Clarity

                Are you struggling with a certain part of your business? Clarity makes it easy for you to find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to grow your business. Experts are categorized based on their specialties and you can see reviews for each expert before booking a call.

                Games

                #10: Fun Run

                I don’t play too many games on the iPhone, but Fun Run is one that both my 5-year-old son and I enjoy. Fun Run is an online, real-time multi-player game where you can play with up to four players simultaneously. Play with your friends or get matched with random players from around the world!

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                  #11: Your Extra Life

                  YourExtraLife is a real-life game. You can progress by completing challenges in cooking, nightlife, romance, culture, altruism.

                  The app comes with pre-crafted challenges. To complete a challenge, you must submit a picture to prove it and judges within the community verify that your picture does match with the challenge.

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                    #12: Revel

                    Revel is a real-time, multiplayer, photo scavenger game. It combines game elements of bingo and a scavenger hunt where you hunt for and photograph people, scenarios and objects. Once you get 5 in a row – you win!

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                      #13: Lumosity

                      Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity trains your memory and attention. Used by over 50 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Personalized Training Program that challenges your brain.

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                        #14: Find a Way, José

                        Find a Way, José is a great puzzle game where you attempt to move blocks in an effort to get the main character, José, to his bottle of tequila.

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                          Photos

                          #15: Cut Me In

                          Cut Me In is an easy to use app that allows you to crop yourself out of your original photo and superimpose yourself on a funny or unique background.

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                            #16: Momentage

                            With Momentage, you can craft and experience moments through combining photos, videos and SoundImages into a single post to create a vivid storytelling moment on your iPhone. Share your moments with the world or with just your friends.

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                              #17: Frontback

                              Frontback takes a unique spin on the photo taking experience. Take a photo with the front camera, another with the back camera, and share them both in a single image.

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                                #18: POP – Prototyping on Paper

                                Do you have an idea for an iPhone app? POP is one of the easiest way to quickly make a prototype. Draw your idea on paper, take a picture of your drawings, and finally link each screen in POP. You will have a working prototype within minutes.

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                                  #19: 4 Snaps

                                  Created by 16 year old teen, Michael Sayman, 4 Snaps is a social picture snapping and guessing game where you pick a word and take four pictures that best represent your chosen word. Then it’s your friend’s turn to guess the word based on your pictures.

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                                    Finance

                                    #20: Toshl

                                    Toshl is a simple to use personal finance manager. It easily tracks income and expenses, organizes your bills, and allows you to manage your budget. New York Times says “of all the apps for monitoring spending, one of the hardest to beat is Toshl Finance.”

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                                      #21: Level Money

                                      While a lot of finance apps show you a myriad of information (mostly meaningless), Level Money shows you exactly how much money you have left to spend given your budget. All you have to do is connect your bank accounts to Level Money and the app does the rest.

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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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