No matter who you are, the chances are that you have a smartphone and that it’s one of the most essential devices in your life. Statistics show that the vast majority of us have smartphones and that we’re using them for everything from financial management to socializing and gaming. It’s fair to say our smartphones are ruling our lives to some degree, but nobody can deny they’re extremely helpful. If you’ve got a new phone or you’re looking to supercharge your existing device, here are 10 essential apps you need to download in 2021.
Money management is an incredibly important skill to have, but many of us just don’t have the time to sit down and craft an exhaustive budget. That’s where apps like Mint come in. Thanks to its array of graphs, stats, and charts, it’s a great money management tool that will be invaluable in your day-to-day life. If you’ve taken out bad credit personal loans, Mint can help you manage repayments, and it even has special categories for each kind of expenditure. There is no better finance management app than this.
Whatever smartphone you have, your standard note-taking app is likely to be functional, but bare-bones. That’s why you need to replace it with Evernote. This app has plenty of extra functionality including easy web capture, great cloud support, and lots of in-note editing features. There are also different note formats on offer, so you’re not limited to a standard list or text block. In short, if you’re the kind of person who needs to jot things down regularly, Evernote has you covered.
Are you always forgetting your passwords? Have you had trouble in the past with accounts being hacked due to low password strength? If so, LastPass is the app for you. Not only does it store your passwords in a database (which you can access using a master password), but it also auto-fills them for you when you need them and suggests stronger passwords if yours aren’t cutting it. LastPass also has browser extensions on several major web browsers, so you can sync your data between devices.
Flipboard presents news in a way that’s accessible and fun. You can tell it what kind of news you’re interested in – current affairs, technology, sports, and more are all represented – and it’ll curate stories it thinks you’ll like, collecting them in one place for you to read. The algorithm for content curation is pretty impressive, so you’re very unlikely to get stories you don’t want to read from Flipboard, and everything is wrapped up in an aesthetically beautiful package as well.
Microsoft may have purchased SwiftKey a few years ago, but the app hasn’t compromised any of its functionality because of its new owners. In short, SwiftKey is the only keyboard app you need for your smartphone. It’s miles better than any of the standard default options, providing plenty of customization, a smooth typing experience, and predictive text that learns from what you’ve typed. Once you’ve used SwiftKey, you’ll struggle to go back to your default keyboard.
It can sometimes seem like bothersome nuisance calls are growing more and more common. That’s where Truecaller comes in. It gives you much more information than standard phone apps do; it features an identification system that verifies callers so you know when you’re getting spam calls, manages all of your communication including SMS, and has an advanced caller ID function to help you decide which calls to answer. Make no mistake: Truecaller is, as the name suggests, the true choice for anyone who cares about their calls.
Whatever you’re looking to track in terms of fitness, MyFitnessPal has an option to help you do it. Whether it’s calories, total steps, or diet, MyFitnessPal is the perfect companion if you’re looking to improve your fitness. You don’t need to be a bodybuilder or a fitness freak to use it, either; several of the app’s features allow you to tailor your tracking based on your lifestyle, so whatever your goal happens to be, make sure to download MyFitnessPal.
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp is embroiled in a number of security and data controversies at the moment, so if you’re looking for an alternative communication app, we highly recommend Telegram. Its clean, fast user interface means you won’t have any trouble switching from WhatsApp, and while you’re better off downloading Signal if you want absolute privacy and security, Telegram is a feature-rich alternative to standard messenger apps that won’t disappoint you.
Sooner or later, cryptocurrency is going to go from being a niche product to a mainstream investment, and when that happens, you’ll be glad you downloaded Coinbase. This app allows you to invest in the most popular cryptocurrency systems around and also features plenty of smart tools to help investors figure out what to buy and when to sell. Coinbase also features bank-level security protocols and multi-stage verification, so your crypto is always safe.
If you’ve ever had the age-old “what shall we have for dinner” debate with your partner or housemates, Whisk is the app for you. This handy piece of software grabs recipes from all over the internet, then allows you to convert amounts to your requirements. After you’ve done this, it’ll then turn the ingredients into a shopping list, so you’ll know exactly what you need. Arguments about what you should eat are a thing of the past if you download Whisk.