The 30 Best iPhone Apps to Download Now

Just pick up a ? Or simply have an afternoon to burn and want to download some toys? These are our must-have iPhone apps.

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Michael Stillwell

Whether you just picked up a or you're looking for an app revamp, these 24 apps belong on your home screen. Including everything from music, navigation, organization, messaging, photo editing, reading, social networks, keyboards, stargazing, and payment apps, these pieces of software will turn an iOS device into a pro-level computing machine.

(And don't forget about mobile games or your other !)

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1Password

Remembering a unique password for every app and service you use is a nearly impossible task, and you should be using unique passwords. 1Password's new mobile version syncs with the desktop app to help keep your accounts safe by creating and storing a different secure password for all the services you use — all you have to remember is one password.

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Chrome

Every iPhone ships with Apple's suite of apps. However, if you happen to love Apple's hardware but not so much its software, the first switch you should make is your browser. Google's Chrome is the most popular browser of them all—and for a good reason. Chrome comes with a great incognito mode and other features that make web-surfing on your phone less of a pain. It's also constantly updated and is just one of the most jam-packed browsers out there.

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Lyft


At some point you're going to need a cab and there just won't be any in sight. Save yourself some time now and go ahead and download Lyft. Operating in most major cities (and ), Lyft will come pick you up whenever and wherever you need them, often for less cash than a traditional taxi. Watch out for surge pricing, though. If rides are in high demand then prices often double, and can reach more than ten times their regular rate. If Lyft isn't in your area, or you just want to try another flavor of ride-sharing, there's , but Lyft .

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Google Photos


Apple's come a long way with its photo app, but it still lags behind the one built by its biggest competitor. Google Photos is a super-smart photo assistant that can store all your images in the cloud (a very less frustrating version of iCloud), and also intelligently organize photos using machine vision so all your snaps are searchable. Also, it creates mini-films when it notices a lot of photos from the same day or location. It's simply the best out there.

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Sky Guide

To understand your place in the universe—and not just the world—Star Guide is an indispensable app. It shows you the locations of stars, planets, and constellations through an AR-like interface. Simply point the phone in any direction, and your display will show you the names of the stars and planets that you can see. If you want to try a free version, you can also check out for free.

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Snapchat


Snapchat isn't just for millennials anymore. People of all ages are using the app to keep up with what their friends are doing. The app isn't just for individuals anymore, either. Quite a few larger publications are on here now, making Snapchat more useful for keeping up to date on news and events as well as what your best buds had for lunch.

You can send individual messages within the app or build or view Snapchat Stories, which contain a series of posts. Be sure to scan our Snapchat logo and follow Seniorhelpline!

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Instapaper or Pocket

Reading on the internet can be an overwhelming experience with social networks, messaging, email, and personal assistants all serving up possible reads. and help tame that information deluge. Pocket tends to be best with multimedia while Instapaper guns for the perfect reading experience no matter what.

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Waze

Whether you're a big driver or just going on a long road trip, you should check out Waze. The app knows how fast users are traveling on the road and redirects you around traffic mid-trip, ultimately shortening your commute. Waze tracks more than just traffic; it also alerts you to construction, accidents, red-light cameras, and even police ahead on your route.

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Untappd

Beer lovers, keep track of every brew you drink with Untappd, a mobile social network of sorts. Check in different beers, rate them, and even send a virtual "cheers!" to a buddy when you like their most recent selection. Like Foursquare, you can earn badges for different types of check-ins, upload photos, find nearby bars with great selections, and share what you're drinking with friends.

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Dark Sky


It's not raining now, but should you bring your umbrella with you for a quick coffee run across the street? Dark Sky knows. The app is able to predict weather for your exact location, not just your city, down to the minute. The app also features stunningly beautiful maps bound to bring out everyone's inner weather nerd. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, Weather Underground .

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Spotify

Everything is better with music. With the purchase of a premium plan, Spotify allows you to listen to your favorite jams on demand. The app has a radio option for when you want to discover new tunes, great playlists like "Discover Weekly" and "Release Radar," and allows you to sync music to your phone to listen offline. Download a few playlists over Wi-Fi before you head out on a trip and don't worry about getting a big charge on your next phone bill. If you want a no-ads experience, be prepared to pay $10 a month, but Spotify's selection makes it more than worth it.

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Evernote

Evernote is essentially a virtual notebook you have with you everywhere—perfect for downloading whatever is bouncing around in your brain. You can make notes directly in the app, save images and articles from the web, upload pages from physical notebooks, and track tasks. Evernote can even handle audio files. The best part? Everything you add to Evernote is searchable, so you can find it next week (or even five years from now) quickly and easily.

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Workflow or IFTTT


These apps are for pros but can make your smartphone experience one of a kind. The app creates, well, workflows with a series of "actions" that can do all sorts of things. Essentially, you create mini-apps that you can then run in an app, home screen or share extension. If all of this sounds somewhat daunting, you can also try out (If This Then That), which also helps automate the ins and outs of your smartphone life.

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Prisma

One of the app darlings of 2016, Prisma is a photo filter app that's unlike any other. Instead of tinting your photos which any photo app can do, Prisma loads incredibly detailed filters—many mimicking famous artists—to create truly unique pics. It's also been updated to support video and the most impressive thing about the app is that all of these effects can be applied super quickly, so you can share your latest creation as soon as possible.

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Google Assistant

Siri is fine for menial tasks, but it doesn't have the smarts of Google Search behind it. Google Assistant, pulled straight from the soul of Android, is a must-have app for someone inclined to use Google services, like Gmail, Google Photos, and Google Maps. It can also help keep track of events and flight information buried in your email. It's the assistant Siri wishes it could be.

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Pocket Casts
Overcast or Pocket Casts

We're in the middle of a podcast renaissance, and you need the right tools to listen effectively. Overcast and Pocket Casts are your best options for iOS. Although Overcast is free compared to , they share a similar feature set though Pocket Casts has a slightly better design. Either way, you'll be a happy listener.

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Signal

End-to-end encryption is what you should be looking for in any messenger you use. Although popular options like WhatsApp and Allo offer the feature, it's Signal from Open Whisper Systems that really gets the tech right.

WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and Allo (made by Google) are companies with an incentive to gather data on its users (they also store data), but Signal has no business model and exists just through donations and grants. If the government comes knocking for your information, Signal has absolutely nothing to give them, which is exactly the kind of chat protection you want.

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Square Cash

Splitting a bar tab with friends can be a huge pain, especially when no one thought to bring cash with them. Cash is an app by Square that instantly transfers money between friends, for free, even between different banks. Using the app requires everyone involved sign up and connect their debit card — afterward you can pay your friends back instantly with just a few taps on your phone. In most cases, the money automatically deposits in your buddy's bank account and is instantly accessible. At most, they'll have to wait 1 to 2 business days for the deposit to clear. Of course, you as well.

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Snapseed

The best camera is the one you have on you, but the pictures it takes might not always come out as well as you like. With Snapseed, you can do basic image editing right from your phone, to make it look as good as possible. We're not talking about just adding filters—tweak your white balance, adjust the exposure, boost the highlights, scale back the shadows, and on and on. It's a great way to get your pictures Instagram-perfect without having to sit down at the computer

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Swiftkey

With iOS 8, Apple finally added the ability to install third-party keyboards on your phone, and Swiftkey is one of the best options available. The keyboard learns how you type and adapts to your unique tapping style over time, meaning you'll be able to type faster with fewer typos. If Swiftkey isn't quite your thing, you might also try .

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Mint

Need to save money for an upcoming trip, pay down a loan, or figure out how you overspent so much last month last much? We recommend Mint, a much loved app that pulls all your accounts (credit cards, loans, banks, investments, and more) into one place. It gives you insight into how you're spending, giving you tools to set budgets, lets you break down spending by category, and offers reminders for upcoming bills.

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Magisto


Who has time to edit their own videos? Magisto makes your smartphone videos look like they were edited by a pro with just a few seconds of work. The app takes your photos and videos and uses artificial intelligence to edit them together into videos you can share with friends and family. The video editor has a number of built-in effects as well as a music library. Finished creations can be shared instantly from within the app to places like Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and WhatsApp, or emailed to friends privately.

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PeakFinder


Smartphone maps are great at charting our Earth, but what about the hardest places to reach on Earth? If you're a frequent hiker or mountaineer, PeakFinder is an app that will quickly become your best friend. This $5 app has information on 300,000 peaks and hills around the world and comes with an additional 360-degree panorama display. It's an amazing tool for active hikers or if you just want to know more about our mountainous world.

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Nanoloop


While you could lots of great video games with great chiptunes, you could spend those in-between moments of your day to make your own music. That's where Nanoloop comes in. Pick what instruments you want in your composition then lay out the notes. The app comes with a bit of learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it's limitation is only your imagination.

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Outlook
Outlook

I know. Even I didn’t think we’d see the day when Microsoft made the best email app. But it’s great. The Focused Inbox is brilliant at separating human correspondence from sale announcements and spam, the swiping gestures work great, and ever since Microsoft bought the company that made the app Sunrise, Outlook’s calendar is seamless

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1blocker
1Blocker


Arguably, the best among the many ad and tracker blockers you can get on iOS. Spend the $3 for the full version. It’s worth it because besides blocking ads and trackers, it can disable those Share via Twitter things on web pages. If you want to whitelist a site (like ours), that’s easy, too.

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Infatuation
The Infatuation

If you live in one of the cities that this restaurant recommendation app covers (New York, Los Angeles, Denver, London, Chicago, lots of ‘em), this is a big step above Yelp. The map works without fail, and the reviews can be searched by scenario — corporate card dinners, date night, out with the parents, etc.

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Encrypt.me

Sometimes public wi-fi can be a godsend if you're trapped at an airport or coffee shop, but not all wi-fi networks are created equal. Accessing public wi-fi can be one of the biggest security risks in your tech-laden life. Luckily apps like Encrypt.me (formerly Cloak VPN), make public wi-fi much safer by masking your identity online. You can sign up with a yearly subscription or just buy a weekly pass if you know you're going to do a lot of traveling. The peace of mind is worth it.

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Highball

Beer lovers have Untappd (an app that's also on this list), but what about those who have a predilection for more boozy concoctions? Enter Highball. Beautifully designed and user friendly, Highball imports new recipes through a QR code system, creates a custom recipe cards, and lets you edit those cards until you get the ingredients just right. Be sure to experiment responsibly.

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Letterboxd

Everyone likes movies, but if you really like movies then Letterboxd is a must-have social media app. A journal for your cinematic life, Letterboxd keeps tracks of films you've seen, films you want to see, and lets you talks about movies with other members. Just be sure to keep the conversations civil.

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