14 Apps You Should Have in 2023

What are some of the most important apps you should have on your smartphone? And no, it’s not TikTok. Unless it’s making you money, of course. If you only use it to have fun, maybe it’s not such a good idea. But let’s not talk about social media. There is a variety of different apps that are very useful that everyone should have. And although social media can help us stay in touch, we’ll skip them for now.


Alarmy is not just a regular alarm clock. And if you think that your regular alarm clock app is enough, think again. Alarmy is the one that gets you up in the morning and makes you stay there. You can’t just turn it off and go back to sleep. You need to do a certain action so the alarm can stop ringing. This includes scanning a barcode, doing a simple math task, and others. So once you do your task, you’re already on your feet and you’re ready to go. There’s no point going back to bed.

Water Drink Reminder

Water drink reminder is a wonderful app that keeps you hydrated. It has over 10 million users and it’s active for more than 10 years. It has a variety of options you can use when making a list of drinks. It has a high-quality design and it’s very colorful, which makes it even more fun. You can use it to track the daily amount of everything you drink during the day. From water to different kinds of alcohol. Its main purpose is to keep you hydrated, but you can get fun if you want to.


Weather is probably one of the essential apps on every phone. Some smartphones even have a pre-installed weather app. For some people, that can be enough, but it’s usually very basic. Some other apps can alarm you when there’s a storm coming by. Others can tell you exact information about the sunrise, sunset, and moon. For some people, that might not be important. But if it is important for you, make sure you try a few of them. You won’t get a headache from having extra information. Especially if you’re doing something outside that depends on the weather.

Google Drive

Having a cloud to store your files has become the norm. Google Drive is one of the most common apps used for that matter. But if you’re already using another app as your cloud, that’s ok. The best recommendation is to always have your files in a few different places. You should at least have one on your computer, and one on your external hard drive as well. You shouldn’t keep them on Google Drive. But you can always use Google Drive to have access to important files if you ever need them. Or if you need to share some of your files with others. It’s a much easier way to do it.

PDF Reader

PDF file readers are one of the essential apps you should have. Yes, some people use Kindle or MOBI, but that won’t work very often. The best way to have access to important files is to have a PDF reader installed on your phone. It will make everything easier for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing business, or you only need to keep some files on your phone. If you ever need to have some kind of ID on your phone, you’ll always get a PDF file in your email. So don’t make it harder for yourself.

Office 365

Everything that applies to PDF files also applies here. Especially if you’re a Microsoft Windows user. You need to be able to open some documents, and maybe even change them here and there. And you won’t always have a computer around. This is where Office 365 comes in handy. Or any other app for that matter. You can always open your documents and edit them when you need to. And there are many apps you can use to do this. You can even use Google Docs and upload all the files to Google Drive. This will make the entire process much easier.


Everyone loves music, of course. So it’s one of the essential apps for every phone. Some people use Apple Music, YouTube Music, and others. And that’s also ok. Find the one that works for you. Some of them work better than others depending on where you live. But Spotify is what they call a standard and you’re most likely to find it suitable. If you have a specific artist that you like, you can find him and open his Spotify artist page. On the page, you’ll find all the playlists he’s been featured on. And if you play one of these playlists, you’ll most likely find other great artists that sound like him. This is why Spotify is the best way to discover new music. And it’s very cheap and simple to use. You can even use it for free if you want to.

Sound Recorder

Sound recorder is an app that can be very helpful. You never know when you’re going to need it. You may want to record a funny situation with your friends. Or maybe you’re at a business meeting and you want to listen to everything again. That’s a great way to find out where you can improve next time. So it’s always good to have this app. Some smartphones have built-in sound recorders, but many of them don’t. But there is a variety of good ones on the app store which are free. And you can find them both for iPhone and Android phones.


You’ve probably heard of this one. Shazam is an app that helps you discover what song you’re listening to. You may be at the restaurant or the party. Or maybe a good song comes out on the radio. All you have to do is to hit record and you’ll get all the details about the song. This is why Shazam is one of the most downloaded apps. It’s not the only one that does this, but it’s probably the most popular one. And you can also do this if you have a virtual assistant on your phone like Siri. 


A pedometer is a great app to track your daily movement. Especially if you’re working in the office or at home. You may not even pay attention to how much time you’re spending in one place. You want to have a daily reminder so you will remember that you need to take a walk. This will help you to make daily walks a habit and you’ll move your body more often. That will make you feel better and healthier. The app even has some challenges, and you’ll probably see them as you go. It’s just like a video game. You’ll start doing the challenges as soon as walking becomes a habit. And you’ll get a healthy dose of dopamine.

Air Visual

This is an app that tracks air quality all around the world. All you have to do is to search for your place or leave the location on. You’ll get all the information about the quality of the air and if it’s healthy to spend time outside. Sometimes, air can be very toxic, and we may not even notice. And some groups of people are very sensitive so that can cause some serious problems. This is why it’s very helpful to have this app on your smartphone.

Call Blocker

Call blocker apps are life savers. You can block all the upcoming phone calls while you’re working so no one will bother you. Of course, someone might ask, why can’t I use airplane mode? You can, but it doesn’t solve the problem. You might need to use the internet and you don’t have Wi-Fi available. Or you might need to make some phone calls, but you don’t want other calls interrupting you. The call blocker app lets you use your phone normally while blocking all the calls. And it doesn’t block all the necessary functions on your phone that you need. So that comes in very handy.


Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps, if not the best. It comes in very handy when you need to write something very quickly. And you never have to worry about where you wrote the note and if it’s going to be saved. All your notes are on their cloud and you have access to them all the time, from many devices. You can have as many notes as you like and you’ll have all the tools that you need. It’s constantly being upgraded and it’s very simple to use.


Trello is a project management app. You might think, why do I need this if you don’t do that? But you do. And you may not do it as a profession, but we all have our daily and weekly tasks. Trello comes in handy because it makes everything simple for you. It’s very easy to make your daily schedule and change everything along the way. And once you try it out, you won’t need to write everything down. You’ll have access to all your tasks on your smartphone.

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