The Best Productivity Apps for the iPhone
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
In the battle of apps that aim to increase your productivity while decreasing your stress levels, Evernote sits at the top of the list. Evernote will change and revolutionize the way you organize your notes, projects and do much much more. Whether you need to write notes, organize files and notes, create to-do lists, archive things you find on the internet, share files with others or a number of other things, this app is perfect for you. It really does do it all when it comes to making yourself a more productive individual.
Oftentimes we have a number of different apps for keeping things in order and organized, but with Evernote, you can keep everything conveniently in one place. The time you will save from having everything in one app as opposed to three or four will quickly add up. But perhaps best of all, the app is available to use for free. While the free option is worth a download on its own, there are also two other pricing models they offer that should be considered.
They offer Evernote Plus for $3.99 a month or $34.99 a year and Evernote Premium for $7.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Evernote Plus gets you 1 GB of new uploads every month, unlimited number of devices, access everything offline and be able to save emails to Evernote. Evernote Premium gives you 10 GB of new uploads, everything else that Evernote Plus includes as well as search inside Office docs, scan and digitize business cards and instantly show notes as a presentation. Either of these subscriptions (or just keeping it free) are good options to choose.
So now that you know more about the identity of the app and how much it costs, let’s take a closer look at how to use it in the best manner possible. After you start the app and create an account, you will be able to select whether you want the free version, the plus version or the premium. Once all of that is selected, you can get started and start to see the true value of this app.
This app allows users to create a “note” which can be anything from a text note, a webpage, a picture, a voice memo or even a handwritten note. So while the name”note” might seem pretty restricted, the name isn’t a good representation of everything that you can do. In addition to the different kinds of “notes” you can have, there are also a number of different alternations and additions you can make to these notes. You can attach files to notes, annotate the notes, comment on the notes, link from note to note and even search the notes, which are all pretty great features.
In addition to creating these notes, you can actually sort these notes into a notebook for further organization. So if you have numerous different notes that go together, they can easily be combined into a notebook. For example, you could have a “photos” notebook, a “recipes” notebook or any other topic you desire. These notebooks make it easy to save a ton of related notes, webpages, pictures and information in one place.
So while this already sounds like a pretty amazing productivity app (especially with the ability to use it for free), there is much more the app can do. For example, the app allows you to share your notes and notebooks with others, so it can be a great place to collaborate with coworkers and friends. Also, Evernote works well on basically any device you could imagine, and the app can also sync your content and notes to any and all devices. So if you normally use the app, but decide to add something to a notebook while browsing on your laptop, it can be added and synced with ease!
Now one of the problems a lot of people may have with the app is that they “can’t get into it”. The biggest reason for this is that people are tentative when they start with it and don’t “jump right into the deep end” so to speak and only use it for a few individual tasks. See, this app doesn’t do one thing perfectly, but does many different things very well. As a result, the app is best enjoyed when you fully commit to it as your only note-taking app, your only bookmarking app, your only stop for memos and to -do lists and more. And remember, everything is searchable, so even if you have a ton of stuff from months and months ago that you saved there, it can still be found later on with a simple search if you so choose.
This app is also great as it has value for people in all walks of life and no matter what you do, you can find a boatload of different things to do with this app. For example, if you are a student, this app is great for keeping lecture notes, highlighting articles and streamlining group projects. On the other hand, if you are an employee, this app makes it simple to create agendas, work on projects, annotate documents during meetings and much more.
If you give this app a chance and make it your hub for everything, you will be pleasantly surprised at how productive it could make you. The app has changed the way millions and millions of people take notes, save web pages, create lists and much more. Most of us have several different apps that keep us on task and productive, but with Evernote, all you need is one.
The runner-up in the best productivity app out there is none other than Any.do. Keeping things simple and streamlined in a productivity app is very important. If an app meant to help you be more productive is confusing and takes you forever to use, is that really making you more productive at all?
Well, Any.do does that very well. This app is a to-do list manager that makes it easier than ever to view your tasks, create new ones and even sync between various devices. But while it is simple, it still boasts an impressive number of features. While many use it as a to-do list, it can also act as a note taker, project management tool, a scheduler and more. LIke Evernote, this is an app that could easily be used as your one-stop-shop for productivity.
So now that we know about the app’s identity, let’s take a look at how much it will cost you to use. One of the biggest selling points about this app is that most of its popular and useful features are available for free! However, there is a premium subscription that exists if you want access to a few other features as well. Any.do Premium costs $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year. With the premium subscription, you get different themes, ability to share unlimited to-do’s with others and other features that will upgrade the user experience.
Over 15 million people use this app, which is a testament to it’s use, value and simplicity as a great productivity app. As mentioned, the primary use of the app is a to-do list and it does that very well. You can easily create and view tasks and events, get reminders and even share tasks with others. And unlike some other productivity apps, Any.do not only keeps track of your tasks for you, it also helps you get better at managing them.
The way it does this is through a feature called Any.do Moment. Moment is a feature that acts as a recurring reminder every day that will walk you through your tasks for that day. As it goes through those tasks, it asks you to select a time that day when you will be doing it, or gives you the option to delete it if you have done it already. While you can set the Moment to pop up any time throughout the day, it makes the most sense to do it in the morning so you can see your day laid out in front of you.
So while this may just seem like a cool little feature, it is actually teaching you good task management techniques. By popping up every day and forcing you to use it, this feature is basically teaching your brain to review what’s on the agenda each and every day, which could later help with task management and time management skills. Unfortunately, you can only get this 5 times a month with the free version of the app, but the premium version allows you to do this each and every day.
That is one of the very cool and unique things about this app that puts it above most basic productivity apps. However, that is not the only unique feature about this app when comparing it to others. Any.do also has an “Any.do Assistant” feature that can change the way you actually complete the tasks on your to-do list.
The assistant can do things for you such as buy gifts, schedule appoints, grocery shop and more! It connects you to a series of robots or human assistants who can do the things on your to-do list for you with ease. While this project is still in beta and may not be rolled out to everyone for a while, it is a very impressive feature with loads of potential if it works as advertised.
However, with or without the assistant, this app is still among the best productivity apps out there and is definitely worth a download to see if it is right for you.
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.