It’s a new year, which means new phones are on their way to many people as their plans expire. Or if you are like me, you still have the same phone, but sometimes you just want to go through, clean it out, and start new with a whole bunch of new apps. I always like to see what other people have as their “app essentials” on their phone, so here are the ones I can’t live without, plus a few extras that I have just for fun.
These are all going to sound super familiar and are staples on the majority of peoples’ phones, so I won’t go into detail about them.
These are the ones that I have for school or that have some sort of educational tie. Technically, I don’t use iTranslate for school but I like to have my phone crazy organized so it ended up in this category for emergency use.
This app is my saving grace. I’ve used quizlet since I was in 6th grade. I started using it for my Spanish classes, but now I use it for all of them. It’s really great to make flash cards faster than handwriting all of them out. I have the app so I can access my vocabulary words and flash cards anywhere even if I don’t have my computer with me.
This is another language app but it is focused on super beginning grammar and vocabulary. I like it because it helps me work on French, Portuguese, and Italian. It’s setup as a game and you have to pass levels in order to move on to a new topic. The only downside to this is that there are also sections of each level where you have to speak into the microphone to make sure your pronunciation is correct, so playing this on the bus might not be the best idea.
I actually haven’t tried this one, but it is an app that is supposed to help solve math problems? I wanted to get it just to try, but then I never got around to it. I’m sure I will soon.
This app is just the one for my school. Here I can access my schedule, the books required for my classes, and so much more. Check to see if your college has an app like this too, this one comes in handy so often.
Like I said, not actually an academically appropriate app. Using a translator for language homework is bad, guys. I only have this for emergency moments or if someone asks me a what a word means in conversation and I don’t know the answer. Don’t cheat on your homework.
These are the essentials that I have on my phone for when I can’t access photoshop to edit or I need to resize a photo for Instagram.
Just like the name implies, I use this one to resize photos that I don’t want to get cropped into a square on Instagram. You can also create collages. It’s great to fix proportions really quick.
My favorite photo editing app. Ever. This can get rid of blemishes and fix skin tone with super easy controls. It simplifies the controls of photoshop so you don’t need to be a photo wiz to get rid of a blemish or sunburn.
This is another app that I use to fix levels and exposure in my photos. I haven’t used it as often since Instagram upgraded their controls, but I’ve still kept it in case of emergency. It is a little more complicated than most photo editing apps but if you are familiar with Adobe software, you’ll be okay.
I use this to keep track of my 365 project and make sure I don’t miss a day. You submit a photo each day and it organizes it into a calendar. This helps to keep me motivated to keep taking photos.
This is a cool app that I just came across recently. It takes you Instagram photos and puts them into book for you to keep. If you use the code “XUTL63GU” you can get your first book free, plus shipping is free, so you don’t have to pay a thing. It’s super cool.
To be completely honest, I rarely touch these. If I have free time, I would much rather spend it writing, taking photos, or reading. I just keep these in case I’m without all three, or if I get really bored on a train ride.
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This app. Okay, so when I was younger, my GameBoy Advance was my life. This allows me to get my GameBoy games on my phone for me to play. Not going to lie, Pokemon Crystal Edition is my favorite one on here.
I don’t know how to accurately describe this game. You throw metal balls at obstacles to shatter them as you move through a world. It’s a good game to pass the time. It’s just kind of mesmerizing.
This one is just a simple game where you are connecting the same color dots to get them to disappear. You only have a certain amount of moves and you have to get rid of a certain number of each color dot, otherwise it’s game over.
This one is a game that I only typically play on my iPad, and when I do, I have to make sure I’ve set aside at least half an hour. It’s bad. This game kind of follows the whole apocalypse theme and you genetically modify a disease and send it out into the world. It’s dark, but I like the science aspect. Not for kids.
I haven’t played this one yet, but I got it over break. It’s supposed to be a karaoke app that can change your voice into your favorite celebrity singer’s voice? I guess we’ll see.
This one started out as an obsession for a good couple weeks. Everyone on my half of the floor had it and we would play after everyone got into bed. It just asks a whole bunch of trivia questions in different categories and you have to master each category before your partner does in order to win.
I have this app to go along with my wristband Fit Bit, but you can use it even if you don’t have a Fit Bit product. I can check my steps and keep track of activity, food and water intake, and even my sleeping schedule.
As a college student, these are necessary sometimes.
This is an app that delivers food from restaurants that don’t normally deliver. It makes my life complete during finals or even during late night food cravings.
I’m a card member at Starbucks, so this helps me track my stars and even the special offers that I can redeem by letting them scan my phone at the shop. This app is super helpful.
These are just the random apps that I need for everyday use that don’t really fall into any of the other categories.
I just use this to track my accounts to make sure I don’t overdraw.
This is an app created by Target. It allows you to scan products when you are shopping and gives discounts to apply at checkout. As a college student, every dollar saved is beneficial, so I use this when I run to get groceries.
This is a website where people can sell used bags, clothing, and shoes. There are a lot of name brands, so I’ve used this to get Vera Bradley wallets and even a new pair of boots for a crazy discounted price. You get to see the quality rating before you buy and the money you paid isn’t released to the seller until you’ve gone back and completed a survey that the item is in the same condition as described and that you are happy with it.
I use this app to set alarms on my phone. You place your phone on your bed before you go to sleep and it tracks your movements throughout the night. When you set your alarm it adds in a half an hour window and wakes you up when you are in the lightest moment of sleep in your cycle so you feel more awake when you get up rather than sleepy.
Since I travel home often during the semester and I’m still getting used to Chicago, I have these in case I get lost-which isn’t often now, but was at the beginning of the semester.
This allows me to track the arrival times of the L and the busses around Chicago. It also allows me to figure out the most efficient routes to get places if I have to transfer trains.
I use this app when I go home on the commuter train. It not only allows me to see the train times, but I can also get my ticket and it can be scanned on my phone.
Same as South Shore, I use this when I go home on Amtrak and it basically does the same thing, plus it reports delays and estimated arrival times since Amtrak is always late.
So that’s all I have on my phone. What new apps have you found that you love? What apps can’t you live without? Comment below to let me know!