10 essential apps for every iPhone

I switched from Android to iPhone in 2012, and I have never intended to switch back to Android since. I won’t go into all the reasons why but I guess one of the main reasons is that the iPhone works really well and the apps are great.

Since my first iPhone 4S in 2012, I have had three more models and now I have an iPhone 7 which I am extremely happy with. I install and test dozens of apps every week, but there’s always a core set of apps that I rely on on a daily basis and never uninstall.

If you’re using an iPhone for the first time, here’s what you should install and use.

Gmail

Gmail Inbox

The best thing you can do from the point of view of email on iPhone is to avoid the hideous and unusable Apple Mail app. Outlook is a bit better, but the Gmail app is still years away. Like Gmail, it supports many other email services.

I’m seriously considering switching to Protonmail for my email but until they improve the features and increase the space in my account, I’ll stick with Gmail for now.

Obviously there are Gmail desktop features that aren’t available on the smartphone app (such as my favorite “Canned Replies”), but most of the desktop features Others are gradually entering the application.

Instagram

Instagram app window

Out of all the social networking apps available for smartphones, the best one to have is Instagram. Not only are there less trolls, politics and other crap out there, but Instagram is also built for smartphones. Why do you think you can’t upload photos to the Instagram website?

The best you can do is not have Facebook or Twitter on your phone. That will greatly reduce stress and your blood pressure will thank you for it.

Firefox

Switching2Mac website on Firefox for iPhone

After a long time using Chrome, and after briefly flirting with the Dark Side with the Edge browser, I’m back in Firefox.

Firefox is faster, Bookmark Sync has been noticeably improved, and Mozilla cares deeply about your privacy. This is showcased with features like a pop-up blocker, strict tracking protection, DuckDuckGo as a search engine, and you can also use TouchID to open a browser (preventing snoopers from viewing the calendar. your browsing history).

Signal

Although I’m still stuck with WhatsApp, due to my family and friends’ refusal to stop using it, I’m getting lucky slowly as people switch to Signal.

I’ve been a huge Signal supporter since the very beginning. I am very paranoid about the thought that someone is listening to my chats which is why I use WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype VERY sparingly.

WhatsApp was hacked, Facebook Messenger is owned by Facebook (suffice it to say there) and Skype chats are listened to by Microsoft contractors.

Signals, on the other hand, are heavily encrypted and no logs are kept for law enforcement to seize.

Apple Wallet

Apple Wallet on iPhone

Thanks to the built-in Apple Wallet, I rarely carry my actual physical wallet around anymore.

It took a long time for Apple Wallet to reach Germany but now it does, I’ve scanned my bank card into the app and now pay for everything with contactless payments.

Apple Wallet also supports a ton of other apps like airlines (so you can have your boarding pass on your iPhone screen), iOS App Store, Starbucks, and other travel apps like trains and car rentals.

Synchronize

Sync application windows

While I still keep Dropbox on my phone, I more or less rely on Sync for my cloud storage needs. Not only is it much cheaper than Dropbox, but it’s also a form of encrypted cloud storage.

For a lower price, it has a lot of the features that Dropbox has – just more secure. Camera upload ensures your iOS photo albums are always backed up, files can be exported from Sync to your iOS device, and a passcode lock prevents anyone from looking in the Sync folder behind you.

MiniKeePass

MiniKeePass Application Window

A password manager should always be an important requirement for anyone using the Internet. It also becomes more invaluable when you enter your password on a smartphone. Anyone with a big finger like me finds it annoying to type a password on the iOS screen, so MiniKeePass makes it a whole lot easier.

MiniKeePass is the smartphone version of KeePass, so you need to set up a KeePass database with your passwords inside. Then it is possible to keep the database in cloud storage and use MiniKeePass to access the database that way.

Then all you need to do is go to MiniKeePass, tap the entry you need, and the password will automatically be copied to the iOS clipboard. Paste in the password field and bingo, you’re in.

Maps.Me

Maps.me application window

It’s a constant joke in my family that I can get lost in a map conference. I have no internal navigation to talk about. If I see a milestone, great. But otherwise the roads look foreign to me and I’m wandering about my hometown like a drunken tourist.

Google Maps was my map application of choice for quite some time, then I tried Apple Maps. But then Apple Maps got me lost (to be honest!), so at the recommendation of a friend, I tried Maps.me and was really impressed.

More detailed maps, better offline capabilities than Google, and when you’re walking, it will even tell you the route uphill or downhill!

Shazam

Shazam . application window

I’m not much of a music fanatic, but when I hear something good on the car radio, I want to know who it belongs to later. Although all radio stations these days are by Ed Sheeran, you can check who’s singing what with Shazam.

If you’re not familiar with Shazam, you place it facing the music source and let it listen. Within 5-10 seconds, Shazam has identified the song and singer for you like magic, and stores it for you on your Shazam app for later use.

It can even sync with your Spotify account and create playlists of all your “Shazam-ed” songs. But since Shazam is now owned by Apple, there is now tighter integration with Apple Music.

Scanable

Scannable application window

Finally, we end up with a scanning app that all self-respecting smartphone users should have on their phones. If you look at the App Store, there are loads of possibilities but my favorite is Scannable, made by Evernote.

There are many situations where a scanner app would be invaluable – if you’re a student, you can scan notes and take pictures of whiteboards. If you are in a library, you can scan the pages. You can scan photos, letters, receipts… .. the possibilities are endless.

If what you’re scanning are sensitive documents, make sure they’re secure somewhere – maybe in the Sync app I mentioned earlier?

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