The Best Productivity Apps for the iPhone

Posted by Kale Havervold on March 17, 2017

In the modern day, being productive is more important than ever. Most people are very busy and the world is full of distractions, and one of the biggest ones is our cell phones. We take them everywhere and also seem to check them when we should be working, studying or doing homework. However, on the other hand, our phones can also be one of the biggest tools to help us be more productive. There are dozens (maybe even hundreds) of apps out there that aim to increase your productivity, take your stress away and make your life easier than ever before.

Problem is, how do you know which apps will help you save time and which will end up costing you more? Truth is, with so many different apps out there that say they can help you be more productive, it can be hard to figure it out. With that in mind, we have created this list of many different productivity apps that are all great choices.

Whatever happens throughout your day and whatever you have to do, the apps on this list will be there to help in any way they can. Whether it is recording some notes, making a to-do list, keeping your calendar organized and much more, these apps will help you get more done in life at a more rapid pace than you ever thought possible

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As mentioned, simplicity is key for a productivity app. Wunderlist is definitely among the most simple task managers and to-do list apps out there. Whether you are using the app on your phone, the program on the computer or even on your tablet, Wunderlist is very good for a number of tasks including creating and sharing grocery lists, planning out your life, working on a project, manage your schedule and much more.

In addition to simply being a to-do list, this app makes your to-do list really come to life. You can add subtasks, files, comments and more to items in your to-do list to make it even easier to know what to do and when to do it. This app is great for work, school and every part of everyday life in between.

The app is available for free, but there is also a premium membership you can purchase which will run you $4.99 a month. This gives you unlimited access to files, assigning subtasks and much more. Again, this is a great, one-stop-shop for all your productivity needs.

We have all been browsing the internet or Reddit on our phones and gotten to an article or video we wanted to check out later. While you can decide to bookmark or save it, there is a much better way. Enter Pocket.

Pocket is an app where you can save any article, web page or video to your device, and it will instantly sync to your computer and tablet too, so no matter where you are when you want to reference whatever you saved, you can get to it. Even better, you can access these offline too.

In addition to saving for later, this app also allows you to read the articles you saved in a clean and beautiful fashion. It can also be customized to match your reading style and preferences. Pocket also can help you discover news stories you may enjoy based on what you save and who you follow.

The app is available to use for free and it is actually very well-equipped for a free app, but there is also a premium subscription that you can get. This premium subscription membership costs $4.99 a month or you can opt to pay $44.99 annually. This paid subscription will get you thinks like a permanent library for backups, the ability to search through text and get access to suggested tags. If you find yourself bookmarking and saving a ton of articles to view later, this app is definitely worth a download.

Paper for iPhone is an app that sticks to its name. While people would traditionally use a piece of paper to write down something when they are inspired or to simply keep track of their lives, technology has changed that. This app is basically like a wall of sticky notes for anything you want to include on it.

While it is great for keeping notes, it also has a ton of other uses. You can have sketches, to-do lists, checklists, pictures and more. The formatting on this app also is unique compared to most in this space and not only makes the app helpful, but also pretty fun too.

This free app is used by millions of people and also works very well when it comes to sharing your notes and ideas with others. Unlike a lot of other apps in the productivity space, this app offers up nearly all of its available features without having to pay a dime.

The most common way for co-workers or peers to connect with each other in business or education is the email. However, email is largely an archaic way to communicate with groups and there are now much better ways. Arguably the best way to communicate and collaborate with your team is Slack.

Slack is a completely free app that allows you to not only having amazing group and team communication, but also allows you to collaborate on projects right in the app. You can edit and share documents right through the app and also organize everything from conversations, to projects, to the tools you will use.

You can even search a central knowledge base to go back in time and reference past conversations you have had with your group. Whether it is a group assignment at school or a large project at work, this app will make communicating with your team easier than you ever thought it could be.

In addition to t0-do lists, calendars are one of the most commonly used tools to keep people on task and being productive. There are many different calendar apps out there, but Cal has to be among the best.

Cal is a calendar and planner/organizer app that is not only simple, but also quite smart. You can create events with ease, track tasks, and even seamlessly sync and connect with other calendar services you may have or use. You can also easily share your calendar with others to make sure you are always on the same page.

The app not only functions great, but also looks amazing too. The interface is clean and straightforward, and you can easily look at what has been accomplished so far in your day, and also look at what lies ahead. Best of all, this app is completely free and might just be the only calendar app you’ll ever need.

Managing tasks is not an easy thing to do. It is hard to know how long to spend on each task, what to do next and much more. Thankfully, 30/30 is an attractive and incredibly simple task manager for the iPhone. This app is not only completely free (with the option to purchase some icon packs), but is also very useful.

30/30 allows you to set up a list of tasks that you need to do and lets you set a timer for how much time you want to spend on each. The app will then tell you when it is time to move on from one task to another. This is amazing for people who can’t seem to stay on task and are bouncing around all over the place.

The app features a very minimal look and approach which help to not distract you from the topic at hand. It shows and tells you everything you need to know, without a bunch of unnecessary features that don’t really help you that much. If you need help staying on task and managing those tasks, this app is worth a try for sure.

Dropbox is without a doubt one of the most known and popular apps on this list and for good reason. Dropbox is a secure and backed up place to keep all your files, photos, videos, documents and more. You can access Dropbox on any and all devices, and can easily send any of them to anyone (even if they don’t have a Dropbox account).

Even if you are offline, you are able to access all of your files, which can be very helpful if your internet is down. Millions of people trust this app as a safe place to store and organize their files and it does that job incredibly well.

The app is free and that version will be sufficient for most users, but for those who wants a few extra features and more space, there is also a subscription you can buy. Dropbox Pro costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, which gets you 1 TB of storage and access to a few other cool features such as password protection, mass deletion in case of device loss and more.

This one is quite different from the rest as it is more about lowering stress and helping you feel better throughout your day, which will in turn help you feel more productive. Bloom* is an app that inspires you to live every day to the fullest. It helps you stay connected with others, reminds you to be healthy, save money, manage stress and more.

The app allows you to create “blooms” which are unique experiences taken from your photo and music library. You can also share these with others and also view theirs that they have created. These can help keep you focused on the things that matter the most to you.

The app can be used to help you wake up feeling refreshed, give yourself reminders, prepare for an important event, meditate, get pumped up and much more. While it is quite different than most of the apps on this list, that in itself warrants it a download. While it may not be able to be your primary app for productivity, it can be a great reminder to not forget the things that matter the most to you.

While to-do lists are among the most common and popular productivity tools, but this app thinks there is a better way. Instead of a to-do list, this app gives you RE.minders!

These reminders can be created to make sure you actually DO that thing you aim to do, and not just tell you that you have to do it. These will even work offline, and you can even set it so the reminder will pop up every minute until you complete it. There are a ton of different categories and sounds that you can use to customize your reminders even further.

This app basically takes the idea of a to-do list, and makes it more “aggressive”, so to speak. This app makes sure that you not only know what you have to do, but also that you get it done. If not, get ready to be annoyed by the constant Re.minders.

Now more than ever, your online security is more important than ever. Oftentimes, we have a ton of different and private personal information within our apps and if people get the passwords to them, they could ruin our lives.

1Password is an app that keeps all of your various passwords safe and secure, and also makes sure you never forget a password again. You can categorize passwords and these can be for anything from credit card accounts to social media profiles. You can also share passwords, accounts and files with family members and friends through this app as well.

The app is free for 30 days, and then after those 30 days are up, you will have to pay a subscription fee. However, this app gives you peace of mind that your passwords and information are safe, which is priceless.

Asana is definitely one of the most versatile apps on this list, as it is great for both team communication and collaborating on group projects. You can assign tasks to certain individuals, leave comments on any tasks and much more.

Perhaps the coolest thing about this app is that they give the full and unlimited access for free, which is very helpful for students or those who do not want to pay for a service. Asana offers a ton of different features that they could easily make people pay for, but they still leave the app free.

The app allows teams to work on group projects and assignments together while still being streamlined and simple to use and navigate. If you see yourself having any group projects in the near future or the need to collaborate with others on something, definitely consider this app.

Most of us use several different apps on a daily basis. We might check in on what friends and family is doing on Facebook, listen to music on Spotify or post and send some selfies on Snapchat. However, opening up and using each of these apps independently can waste a ton of time that could have been productive.

Well, that is where IFTTT comes into play. This app looks to connect a bunch of apps together without the need for inputting code or anything else complicated. Hundreds of apps work with IFTTT including Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Youtube, Reddit, Slack and much more.

The app’s name stands for “If this, then that” and can create automations that work with apps together who normally wouldn’t work together. You can build these codes and automations with ease and once you get the hang of it, this is an amazing app that can truly make you a more productive person.

This one is very different from every other app so far, but being able to translate words and see what they mean very quickly can help you be productive all over the world. The App Store is full of translation and dictionary apps, but this has to be one of the best.

This app has been downloaded over 50 million times and allows you to translates words and phrases into any language and also see what words mean with the dictionary feature. The app can be used for free, but there is also a Pro subscription version that can be purchased that will get you an offline translation mode, voice-to-voice conversations, and more.

Wherever you are in the world, this app will help to make sure you never miss a beat and to make sure that you can be productive and on top of things at all times.

Keeping up with the news from all over the world is something that most of us do on a day to day basis. We often look at numerous different sources, apps and websites for our news. But with Feedly, you can easily organize the content from all of these sources into one convenient feed.

All of the content will appear in one place, which will prevent you from constantly having to leave one app and go to another all the time. This app is also connected to millions of different sources of information, so no matter how specific your content is, this app will be able to help you connect it all together.

Feedly is a completely free app and is the simplest and easy way to consume your daily dose of news articles and stories. Not only that, but you will save a ton of time that you would have spent switching from app to app.

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