Apps play a vital role in our daily lives. We spend more time scrolling through Instagram and Twitter than we often spend with our loved ones, so I often recommend that my friends and family turn on Do Not Disturb and use the well-being features. be digital integrated into operating systems such as Android, iOS and macOS. .
Our editor, Anton, also shared a unique story, highlighting our addiction to our cell phones, and I strongly encourage you to read it and consider taking a break from time to time. Your life will completely change, and you will feel refreshed and more motivated to work on bettering yourself, focusing on hobbies you enjoy, or spending more time with loved ones. That being said, this story is about the apps I can’t live without, and I have 10 that I would struggle not to use daily and weekly. The list displays applications in alphabetical order.
I started using Amazon and Amazon Prime about four or five years ago, and since then it’s been my favorite shopping platform to buy most products, such as smart lights, accessories, gifts, books and many other products. When I want something, I always check Amazon first, and unless I need it at the time, I usually end up ordering from Amazon.
I also use eBay and other services to shop, but let’s be honest, most people come back to Amazon because of the customer service and fast shipping times. When a package was lost or stolen, the company was easily contactable and resolved my issue within minutes. I’ve heard horror stories, and Amazon isn’t perfect; I came to enjoy their services including Amazon Prime Video.
Authenticator (by Google)
Many apps started implementing 2FA (two-factor authentication) a few years ago, and the Authenticator app keeps my codes safe. It also allows users to transfer codes without having to scan each service’s QR code again, making it easy and essential to log in and access accounts. If you don’t already use 2FA on your devices, but instead rely on text messages and calls to confirm your identity, you should switch right away!
I’m one of those who usually have between 60 and 80 tabs open at any one time. Synchronization between smartphones and the desktop is essential. It can sync passwords, history, and autofill forms, which can save your life. It consumes more power and memory than other browsers, but it is convenient and the latest updates have made it more stable.
Although it may come as a surprise to many American readers, Facebook Messenger is still one of the most used apps for many Europeans and those living in the UK. My friends and family use Facebook Messenger to stay in touch, and it’s an all-in-one tool for talking to friends who live thousands of miles away. The video/call part of Messenger is one of the worst if you ask me, as it often drops the connection, even when I have full bars, but it has received several updates that make it somewhat acceptable. However, I still rely heavily on Discord and Telegram for proper video chat.
I don’t think Gmail needs an explanation. I use it to receive information and communicate with companies. It also plays an essential tool for work to communicate and share information in a timely manner. I’ve tried using Outlook in the past, but Gmail has a far superior spam filtering system that keeps phishing and spam out.
I have used several note-taking apps in the past. Microsoft OneNote used to be one of my favorite apps, but it often crashed and got slow, to the point where I had to restart the app multiple times just to go through my notes. Google Keep lacks a ton of features, but I only store small notes, ideas, and drafts that I can quickly grab when I’m in a hurry, and it’s perfect for that.
Google Maps is an essential tool for getting around, finding parking lots, finding restaurants and discovering new places. The app has undergone major changes over the years, and it’s one of the must-have apps I couldn’t live without since bus schedules, notices and the live traffic system are essential tools for save time and move around safely. My other go-to maps app was Nokia HERE Maps, and I often download it as a backup when visiting another country, as I prefer to have a backup solution for browsing.
Shazam is one of those tools that might not be considered an app I can’t live without, but it has definitely changed my life since I discovered it and started using it. I know I could just ask Google to identify the song that’s playing, which can be more efficient and provide better results, but Shazam is the service I’ve grown accustomed to over the years, and that’s my favorite app for recording the songs I hear on the radio, and on the go.
Many of my friends use and rely heavily on Facebook to follow news, gather information, and share funny cat videos. Given how Meta (Facebook’s parent company) handles certain content, I don’t think I have to explain why the platform is one of the worst places to catch up on the news. Twitter is by no means better, but I have found it to be more reliable and the best platform to follow those I choose to follow. It’s also my favorite platform to share opinions, short reviews on Twitter, etc. This is the platform I spend the most time on.
As a small content creator, I rely heavily on YouTube to entertain, learn, and access information from reputable sources and influencers. YouTube tutorials have helped me tear down my old Dell gaming laptop, helped my family members fix cars, and helped me reset the car key after changing the battery. YouTube is a great place, full of talented individuals and useful information.
Why so many Google apps?
I usually pretend that I’m not locked into a single ecosystem, which allows me to effortlessly switch between using iOS and Android devices with minimal effect on my daily routine. I often switch platforms to test new features, and I love trying out new and different smartphones. I have to admit that using so many Google apps is the opposite of being locked into an ecosystem. However, I have a simple reason for giving my confidential information to Google: Google is available everywhere and on everything. Google is available on the web on all platforms, even on HUAWEI devices. Proprietary apps will always offer smoother performance compared to web versions, but it’s good to know that Google is, for the most part, accessible and fully usable using the web version of their apps.
I use Mac to do 99% of my daily tasks, and I often use Windows on the weekends when I want to get away from everyone and play a few games. Using Apple’s Notes app isn’t an option, as it’s not available on Windows and Android; therefore, I had to find an app that was available on all platforms, no matter what device I was using. Relying on so many Google services is less than ideal, but it’s one of the best service packages I can find that works seamlessly across all the platforms I use and that keeps me going. hold dear. Google is one of the best at streamlining cross-platform switching.
I toyed with the idea of using a HUAWEI device, even before the company was sanctioned, but never got around to it. Today, I’m always ready to try HUAWEI; although I’m not a fan of their UI, I’m always open to trying new things, but it’s time to admit I don’t think I can last a week using the web versions of my favorite apps I’m on matters a lot. I know there are plenty of other alternatives out there, and while other third-party apps would probably do the job, not having access to YouTube, Google Keep, and Gmail is enough to walk away from the platform for the foreseeable future. . .
What are your top 10 apps you can’t live without?