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24 Ways to Supercharge Your iPhone’s Native Apps

24 Ways to Supercharge Your iPhone’s Native Apps

The iPhone is considered one of the most fool-proof gadgets out there on the market. While there are always cool, fun, and amazing secrets to unlock as you begin using your iPhone—like zooming in, the multitask tool, and more—there is always a way to increase the quality of your iPhone through the use of applications. Aside from applications that extend the applications that we like, we rarely think about applications that replace those which are already there. Today, we’ll take a look at those applications and how you can implement them on your iPhone.

Calendar and Reminders

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    The calendars and reminders application is a great program on the iPhone. For many users, it organizes the tasks that they have at hand: in terms of calendars, the iCloud feature allows them to view their events both on their Mac and through the iCloud website along with other iOS devices they may own. Reminders, while lacking as many rave reviews as Calendar, is still a good application that allows individuals to man their to-do list. Below are four applications that replace these two programs already on iPhone.

    Wunderlist: An improved to-do list that allows you to categorize them and even invite others to work on them with you.

    Clear: Simplified to-do list without all the muss and fuss.

    Things: GTD app for the serious players. If you are looking for a Reminders replacement, you have it here.

    Calvetica Calendar: Perfect Calendar replacement; keeps a similar iCal interface as well.

    Photos and Camera

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      The camera program is very simple to use: simply press the camera button to take a photo, where it’s automatically added to the photo library. The options section allows you to do more features like panorama and HDR, however, these options are far from the advanced features that other cell phones can do, and much further from what we expect from digital cameras with equal megapixel quality. The photo viewer is quite barebones as well, usually with sharing features being it’s main attraction. Below, we have three applications that are great replacements.

      Camera+: Amazing filters available; perfect for Instagram importation.

      iPhoto: Take your photos to the next level with this Mac favorite for iOS.

      KitCam: Multi-shoot, Face detection, and even video recording improvements all in this one app.

      Apple Maps

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        Chances are you may have stumbled across this application simply because of this feature alone: Apple Maps is quite infamous for how horrible it is, but we shouldn’t be too harsh on the mapping application—it’s still growing. This doesn’t mean that we have to bear through the tough growing period; there are many alternatives while Apple Maps goes through its adolescence. Here are three applications that satisfy transit, mapping, and navigation.

        Google Maps: A long favorite prior to Apple’s severed ties with Google, now back and better than ever.

        The Transit App: Get transit schedules and even plan your trip around the city according to transit stops with this free app.

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        MotionX GPS Drive: A highly inexpensive ($0.99) navigation app that is high quality and just purely amazing.

        Weather

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          The weather application is okay, but many individuals say that it is plagued with inconsistent readings and is considered very inaccurate by individuals. Also, it’s as bare bones as most other applications on iPhone. Just recently were we able to see weather information by the hour, whereas we used to have to rely on weather information by the day. Below, we have three applications that replace the Weather app and extend the way that you consume weather news and information.

          Swackett: See weather conditions as outfits; know what to wear according to the weather.

          The Weather Channel: A weather classic—one of the best free weather apps on the App Store.

          Weather+ : High quality weather app, ability to see weather in a simple yet beautiful UI.

          AccuWeather for iPhone: High quality and with many advanced information including humidity information.

          Notes

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            If your only exposure to note-keeping on your iPhone is the notes app, then you are missing out on a ton. Third party applications are considered the norm in how you do mobile note-taking; very few people use the onboard notes app. To understand why, you must dive in and try out the various note-taking applications that are available for iPhone users today. Here are four note-taking applications for iOS users.

            Awesome Note : From diaries to other note-taking features, Awesome Notes does it well!

            Evernote: Make document changes and have them automatically apply to your desktop Evernote app.

            Scratch: Simple note-taking application.

            PlainText: Note-taking + Dropbox hook up = PlainText for iOS.

            Clock

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              The clock as a whole is a part of the application that you may not entirely care about; since the current time is available on the lock screen and the top of the iPhone’s screen. However, two instances where time becomes important are during travel, and as a way of waking you up in the morning. For most people, alarm clocks are a thing of the past, and mobile phones have effectively replaced them. We have four clock applications for you that replace the current native app in time-reading and alarms.

              Alarm Clock HD: The alarm clock that I use—adjust lighting, view your social media feed, and more in a battery-life friendly app.

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              iHome+Sleep: You don’t need an iHome to benefit from this app, which lets you wake up to your iTunes playlist.

              Alarm Clock Free: View weather, the day of the week, and more with this simply-designed app.

              Alarm Clock + : Enjoy wonderful themes, and even the ability to change between analog and digital.

              Contacts

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                Finally, the contacts feature is the one that many users are hoping to see more advanced upgrades from. Contacts currently allows you to hook it up with iCloud to view contacts on your Mac and to automatically apply it on other iOS devices. You can also hook your contacts up with Facebook and Twitter to have contact images and information automatically applied. Users look for more than what Contacts for iOS can offer, so below are four applications that satisfy these needs.

                Smartr for iOS: Create the ultimate contact list, with the ability to connect your networks and emails to have a central network, with the ability to view contact history as well.

                iContactsPro: Advanced contacts, groups, and more—even with advanced synchronization.

                Bump: Share files and contact information between iPhones with a simple bump.

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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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