These Apps Will Change Your Life

In a world where technology is advancing at break-neck speed, it’s now possible to have your whole life contained in one device. Whether it’s on your phone or a tablet, we are becoming more and more dependent on our electronic devices and apps to keep our schedules and day-to-day lives organised. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is another post entirely!

The apps I’m sharing with you today are ones that I feel are a bit lesser-known and there are no “stock” apps on my list. I use all of these apps on a regular basis. I have an iPhone 6S so I download all my apps from the Apple App Store but as far as I know, all the ones I’ve listed here are also available on Google Play.

Lifestyle Apps


Coletto Calender
– The decision to include this app in my list is purely aesthetic. Coletto Calendar isn’t all that different from the Apple calendar that comes with the iPhone but it’s a lot prettier. It’s very straight-forward and it synchronises with your phone and other planning apps you might be using so your whole life can be easily accessible in one place. This app is free.

 

 

Calm – I’ve talked about this app a little bit before in my post about managing stress and anxiety (you can read that here). This app has music and nature sounds (wind, rain, crickets etc) which are great for helping you to get off to sleep if that’s what you’re struggling with. If that’s not your thing, you can try their sleep stories which are all read by a person with THE most soothing voice.

I find the guided meditation really helpful – all you need to do is take 10 minutes per day to do it. I tend to listen while I’m lying in bed to help me wind down. This is because  my heart tends to race at night and I need the meditation to slow it down.

The app is free to download and with the free version you can access most of the basic features but if you really want to get the most out of the app – it costs £9.99 per month.

 

 

Goodreads – Goodreads is effectively a free social network for readers. You can link up with other people who like the same type of books as you. There are opportunities to enter regular giveaways – and who doesn’t love a freebie?! It’s a fun way to keep track of what you’ve read and books you’d like to read in the future. At the beginning of each year you can set yourself a “Reading Challenge” – unfortunately I’m falling so far behind my target for the year but at 52 books a year – I think I was being a tad unrealistic!

Music Apps

Songkick – Songkick is one of my all-time favourite apps. You can “follow” your favourite bands and artists on there and the app will let you know when they’re coming to a city near you. One of the coolest features of the Songkick app is that you can link it to your Spotify account – so you get a notification straight away as soon as any of the bands you’ve been listening to announce a gig in your area. You can also set more than one location, for example, my account is set for Belfast and Dublin because there are some bands and artists I would be willing to make the trip for!

 

Blogging Apps

Canva – I use Canva to make the graphics I use to promote my blog on social media and for the featured images on each of my posts.

Canva is free and has a lot of free and/or cheap stock images and templates that you can use if you, like me, are not a graphic designer! It’s a brilliant piece of kit for beginners and the app itself is very slick, so it’s easy to share your freshly made graphics on any and all social media. Normally I use Canva on my laptop but it’s really handy to have on your phone if you’re on the go and you need to get your graphics finished quickly.

 

Pinterest – What? Pinterest is not a blogging app I hear you say! I suppose this is technically true but it’s excellent at helping to generate traffic to your blog through posting your own pins with links to your blog posts. Granted, it does require a lot of effort and many, many re-pins per day but it’s good fun and the rewards make it worth it. I downloaded Pinterest for the first time a few years ago but I didn’t really use it as I didn’t understand the purpose but my blog has made me see the site with new eyes and now I wouldn’t be without it!

You can follow me and my boards on Pinterest here.

Shopping Apps

 

Depop – Depop is an online marketplace where people can sell their old or unwanted items for a reduced price, similar to eBay. This app has got a lot more popular in recent years and it’s a really good way to make and save money. If you’re buying an item from an unknown seller, it’s recommended that you use PayPal to ensure that your payment details are kept private.

The only thing that I wouldn’t advise you to buy on Depop is cosmetics as there are a LOT of fakes going around and you don’t necessarily know exactly what is in the product you’re buying. Without a receipt for proof of purchase, you can’t prove that what you’re buying is genuine.

 

 

Let me know about any apps that you can’t live without by leaving a comment below. If you try any of my recommendations, let me know what you think!

72 Comments

  1. Beth

    November 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I love Pinterest and Canva, but all the rest of these are new to me. I am excited to try Songkick.

    1. megansays

      November 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Songkick is so useful -you usually get a notification about a week before the concert tickets go on sale too – so plenty of time!

      Glad I could help, thank you for reading! x

  2. Tracy

    November 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Got som good ideas from this post! Thank you! love the ‘canva’ idea! Just what I needed to further develop my blog!

    1. megansays

      November 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Oh great I’m glad one of my recommendations could help!

      Thank you for reading x

  3. Renata Green

    November 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    These are good ideas. I particularly would like the apps calm – now that sounds really great – and the good reads. Since there are so many apps it’s nice to get some inspiration what’s really good. Thank you!

    1. megansays

      November 11, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much for reading – I hope Calm helps for you x

  4. Gloria Harvley

    November 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I love Pinterest and use canva for almost everything. I haven’t heard of calm before so now i have to go download it!

    1. megansays

      November 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Calm is honestly so great – I use it all the time! Thank you for reading x

  5. lau

    November 11, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    i thought about depop but ended up downloading chicfy to sell clotehs online! and totally need to check canvas out

    xx
    lau
    http://www.malibluemymind.com

    1. megansays

      November 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Canva is a lifesaver when it comes to blogging – I hope you like it!

      Thanks so much for reading x

  6. Kat Cregg

    November 12, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I think I definitely need that Calm app in my life! Thanks for the tip!

    1. megansays

      November 12, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Hope it helps!! Thanks so much for reading x

  7. Janice Wald

    November 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I didn’t know Canva had an app. Cool! Thanks for the info. I often blog about free tools to help bloggers but I didn’t know this.
    Janice

    1. megansays

      November 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      It’s so helpful! Thanks for reading x

  8. Kate

    November 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    As embarrassing as it is, I hadn’t heard of most of these apps (minus Pinterest). The calm app sounds perfect for me, so I’ll definitely be adding that to my phone. I also never even thought to look for a Canva app, so I’ll be getting that one as well.

    1. megansays

      November 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      That’s not embarrassing at all! I’m glad I could offer you some new recommendations- let me know how you get on!

      Thanks so much for reading xx

  9. Prerna Garg

    November 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I love Canva and Pinterest apps! Also, I haven’t heard of the app Calm but that sounds it could help me keep calm and focus better so I am totally checking it out.

    http://www.allshethings.com

  10. Marci Smith

    November 13, 2017 at 6:46 am

    These are great apps! I’m also a super fan of Canva, and I’ve recently been more interested in Pinterest, though I’m not sure I’ve figured it out just yet.

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I’m still learning more and more about Pinterest every day – haven’t mastered it yet but I’m getting there!

      Thanks so much for reading x

  11. Mal

    November 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    This is a great list! I can’t wait to check them out 🙂

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you so much for reading – I hope you like them x

  12. Kate

    November 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Love all of these but had never heard of Depop. I will have to give it a go.

    Thanks!

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you for reading – hope you end up liking Depop! x

  13. Tanya

    November 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I like Canva. My most-used apps are probably WhatsApp (for free international calling and messaging), and map apps like Waze. I wish I had enough memory on my phone to store tons more apps!

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Me too – they take up so much memory! These are the ones I simply won’t delete.

      Thanks for reading x

  14. Melanie

    November 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Oooh yes, I’m a HUGE fan of Calm and Canva apps. I actually haven’t listened to my Calm app in a while. Tonight, I’ll do that while cooking supper. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    ~Melanie
    http://www.imagineyou.co.za

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      No problem! Thanks for reading 🙂

  15. Nisi

    November 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Canva and Goodreads are going on my phone!

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Glad to hear it! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

    2. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Glad to hear it 🙂 Thanks for reading x

  16. Jacqui Odell

    November 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I need to check the calendar app. I have so many things going on right now it will help keep it straight.

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      And it will look really pretty too! 🙂

      Thanks for reading x

    2. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Yes and it’ll look really pretty too!!

      Thanks for following x

  17. Laura Jane

    November 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I always like reading about the different apps that people have on their phones. I do not have Pinterest for my blog yet – I keep meaning to create one. But I definitely will create an account now. x

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Send me a link and I’ll follow you!

      Thanks for reading x

  18. Zoey

    November 13, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Awesome list, thank you! I really wanna try that calm app now! 😁

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Do it!

      Thanks for reading x

  19. Vanessa Carey

    November 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Calm is by far the best of the bunch! Helps when I’m having a little panic attack and need a quick solution. I also love how they teach you how to reframe your thoughts!

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Absolutely – I’m glad it helps you! Thanks for reading x

  20. Paula

    November 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Songkick sounds pretty interesting! definitely gonna give that a try. Really nice blog post! <3

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Aw thank you so much for reading x

  21. Hazel

    November 13, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    This is such a great list of apps! The one I haven’t heard of is the calendar one which looks super pretty defiantly 🙂 Thanks for sharing xx

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks for reading Hazel <3 I love your blog! x

  22. Sarahjane

    November 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I love Goodreads app! Definitely one of my favourites!!

    1. megansays

      November 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      It’s so handy to have on your phone! Thanks for reading x

    2. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 12:33 am

      Mine too – bookworm right here! Thanks for reading x

  23. cara

    November 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    So many great apps here! I absolutely love Canva!

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 12:31 am

      It’s a lifesaver! Thank you for reading x

  24. jehava

    November 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Love these! Always looking for some new apps to use!

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 12:29 am

      Me too – I love having something new to play about with on my phone!

      Thanks for reading x

  25. Belinda

    November 13, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I adore Pinterest and Canva! WIll check out your other recommendations, thanks!

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

      You’re very welcome!

      Thanks for reading x

  26. Sharon

    November 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I use Typorama almost daily and I’m obsessed with Weather apps so I have several. Wunderlist is my go to list app – I use it as my grocery list, errands to be run, packing lists etc. And sleep cycle for tracking my sleep 🙂

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Wunderlist sounds like heaven – I’m going to check it out right now! And I’ve never heard of Typorama either – thank you for the recommendations and for taking the time to read my post! x

  27. Kelly Reci

    November 14, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I like Canva. It has a lot of features and very useful. Great designs and very useful. It has so much thing to offer from invitation to facebook cover to resume and a lot more.

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Agreed – I’d be lost without it as I don’t know the first thing about graphic design and can’t afford expensive programmes like photoshop to learn!

      Thanks for reading x

  28. Mala | Momchakra.com

    November 14, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Calm is our family favorite. Every night, my son goes to sleep listening to Calm for his last story of the night.

    Great compilation of other apps too.

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

      aww I’m glad it helps him. I love listening to the rain sounds to help me sleep.

      Thanks for reading x

  29. Kristen Raney

    November 14, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Cool apps! I like the idea of the pretty calendar and Songkick sounds like a neat service.

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Songkick is great – I always miss concert announcements on the radio so getting them straight to my phone is a must-have!

      Thanks for reading x

  30. JOHN MULINDI

    November 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Pinterest and Canva are some of my best otherwise thanks for sharing this post.

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  31. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    November 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Great list! I also use Pinterest and Canva. I’ve downloaded the Calm app, but I haven’t used it yet. Thanks for the reminder to give it a try 🙂

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks so much for reading x

  32. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    November 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress, and this Calm app may just be the app that could save my sanity, haha. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Oh gosh I hope it helps – even a little bit! Take care of yourself!

      Thanks for reading x

  33. Rebecca Swenor

    November 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This is a great list of apps to use on our devices. It is so true that more and more we all rely on technology for our every day life. Songkick and Depop are two apps I am going to have to check out and share with people. Thanks for sharing these awesome apps.

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      No problem Rebecca thank you for reading! Xx

  34. Sophia Tranter

    November 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I already use some of these, but the first one interested me the most and I might download it right now!

    Sophia xo // https://sophiaaaxo.com

    1. megansays

      November 14, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Aaah glad to give you a new recommendation! Hope you like it, thanks for reading xx

  35. Elizabeth O

    November 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Lots of interesting and awesome apps here. This Lifestyle app and Blogging app catch my attention. I am looking forward to checking this out. This is truly interesting.

    1. megansays

      November 17, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Glad to be of help!

      Thanks for reading x

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