These Apps Will Change Your Life

Apps

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!

74 comments / Add your comment below

    1. 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

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 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

    1. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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. 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

  6. 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. 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

    1. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Omg please tell me, how do you have the coletto calendar? I mean it seems not to be available anymore in the app store, that it “discontinued” apparently… but on the google play app store it still seems to be available? I have iphone, and I’m so sad I didn’t download coletto years back when it was still available in the app store, cause now it’s not there anymore.. it would be a perfect calendar for my phone, so I desperately was trying to google if anyone has the iphone ipa file I could download, if it would even work that way.. I mean does the app still work for you? If it works, is it possible in any way that you could upload the ipa file somewhere so I could also download it and have the app!! If that just would work it would be beyond wonderful! Please reply, thank you! ♡

    1. Hi Katherine

      Lovely to hear from you 🙂 I actually downloaded Coletto on my old iPhone 5C and was luckily able to transfer it over to my 6S through the iCloud. It has been discontinued but it still works for anyone who has downloaded it beforehand on Apple.

      I don’t know how to upload IPA files – but if you want to drop me an email at mok503@hotmail.com to tell me how and I’ll do my best to help.

      Thank you so much for reading – happy new year! x

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