Ever look at the App Store and wonder whether there’s actually anything really worth downloading? Well there are a few apps I love that are both very popular and incredibly useful. Some you will definitely know, others maybe not. But these are the apps I love and can’t live without.
No matter how many times I have tried to step away from Instagram, I always come back. Even if I have a break for a few months or delete my accounts I ALWAYS RETURN.
Why? Because I love to share my BS. I don’t even care that I have less than 100 followers. For me it’s about the love of taking, editing and sharing pictures (and the occasional videos).
It gives me so much enjoyment seeing snapshots of other people’s lives, what inspires them and their creativity. It blows my mind how talented people are. Not only that but the fact that I have actually learnt so much from this app whether it be political, news stories or history. As someone who is very visual, this helps me retain information.
I have found I enjoy the app so much more since being picky about who I follow and reminding myself that the images are only a small part of how people live. We don’t know everything about people’s lives and Instagram doesn’t give a full insight to it so they should not be judged or envied. It makes it more enjoyable when you consider it more of a magazine than “real life.”
I have dabbled through many editing apps but thanks to presets (which I love purchasing and using) Lightroom is my favourite. The preset system just so satisfying. I can slightly adjust the colour, temperature and white balance, making images more personal to my editing style.
I’m currently (January 2021) using a preset called Wonderland by Amanda Wrate and I absolutely adore it. The way my simple little photos can quickly switch into something more alive and beautiful astounds me. Definitely something I wish I could do! Perhaps I will learn how to create my own one day.
I like to change my Instagram feeds colour scheme depending on what I am feeling so I have a nice collection of presets I have bought over the years (mostly in bundles and sales). I have a lot of variety, something I love having at my fingertips.
Oh, and you can sync it to your laptop too so I can edit on a larger screen too and they save to my Lightroom Cloud.
Being able to access my photos and work documents from anywhere is super handy. This is especially useful when you’re out and about (or just nowhere near a laptop) and a customer needs something emailed to them. Plus it means my photos can be easily backed up onto the app when my phone begins running out of space.
This is a super boring one but very useful for those who work from home or are often travelling whilst working. Spark is my favourite email app as it allows me to schedule emails and have multiple signatures and email templates.
It’s an easy to use, versatile email app. I’d never go back to using Mail again.
I use both the Yoga and HIIT apps from Downdog as all of their programmes (including barre, pre-natal yoga and meditation) are included in the subscription which you don’t find very often. A lot of the time you have to pay for each programme or pay a huge subscription per month.
I absolutely love how you can personalise your yoga sessions and workouts. You can choose how long it will last, the types of session you want to do, what you want to focus on working out as well as the instructor’s voice. You can even select how you want the instructor to direct you (more detail, less detail etc).
Since removing Facebook, WhatsApp has been my favourite way of communicating with people on a personal level. I chat with friends daily which has been the best thing for me since lockdown.
I love being able to have SMALL group chats, video calls and not feeling the pressure to respond right away like I do with text messaging.
I spend way too much money on design junk… but Unfold makes creating Instagram Stories much more interesting. Sometimes I can’t be bothered so will just post within Instagram but when I have more to say or am creating a highlight, I tend to use something a bit more visually enticing. Obviously you don’t need to pay for this as you can use the free app features but I like to have a variety of designs.
Unfold is a great way to spruce up your stories, so definitely check it out.
This one is for those ladies who need to keep a track of their periods, which I advise anyone with a menstrual cycle do.
The great thing about Clue is that you can track how light/ heavy your periods are, gauge when you’re most fertile and when you are due on next. You can enter up when you have sex, protected or unprotected etc. So it’s also a great way to track when to try a pregnancy test etc.
Even with my dodgy period phase the app has never been wrong for me.
Rather than using the calendar app on my phone I use Picniic which is a fab planning and diary app.
It’s a great way to share calendars with your family so you know what’s going on. Not that there’s much going on in anyone’s lives right now…. But you get me.
You can also have shopping lists, to do lists as well as recipes and more! It makes things a lot more organised being all in one place.
Although Downdog does have a meditation section, I use Calm to listen to my meditations.
I tend to listen to the Daily Calm, Sleep Stories and Soundscapes before bed to help me chill before sleep. The variety on this app is insane there is something for everyone.
All of meditations are incredibly relaxing and help chill me out right away. It’s perfect for those who are new to meditation as there’s no pressure and plenty of techniques that get introduced to you.
- Audible – Where is listen to all my books.
- MyFitnessPal – Helps me track my calories.
- Spotify – I have far too many playlists… I share my account with Paul so there’s certainly a selection of music on there.
- Moonpig – I love having the Moonpig app on my phone. It’s an easy way to order cards and pressies quickly when I’ve forgotten a special day.
There you go! These are my favourite apps and what I use normally everyday! Do you have any that you could recommend?