Apps You’ll Actually Use All The Time For iPhone And Android

Apps You’ll Actually Use All The Time For iPhone And Android

There’s an app for just about everything now, and new ones are coming out all the time. Many of us have all the essentials, like Venmo, Google Maps, and Instagram, but there are many lesser-known apps that are useful and can make us more productive, but also add a little fun to our lives.

We’ve rounded up six cool apps you’ll actually use, as opposed to trendy apps you download just for the hell of it and never touch again. All but one are available for both iPhone and Android, but each is worthy enough to live on your phone forever.

If you’re a plant parent (or plant killer – no judgment here), this app is for you. It provides individual care schedules and reminders for each of your plants, along with recommendations, treatment plans and step-by-step guides on how to best care for them. If you’re not sure when to water them, don’t worry: Planta will send you a notification and even nudge you when it’s time to fertilize, mist, clean and repot your plants. The app also has a plant identification function (if you don’t know what type of plant you have) and a light meter, so you can assess the different light conditions of your home and understand which plants can thrive in different places. Whether you’re trying to get some orchids to bloom or starting an herb garden in your kitchen window, Planta has your back.

This self-proclaimed “planetarium in your pocket” will make you feel small in the best way. Night Sky for iPhone lets you carry all the mysteries of space wherever you go, regardless of the time of day. All you have to do is point your device at the sky, and you’ll be met with a stunning live 3D map with illustrations of constellations, stars, planets and satellites. The app will even show you integrated weather reports showing the best times for stargazing. And if you’re really dedicated to learning all you can about astronomical events, the app can notify you of future events.

For all you art enthusiasts, Daily Art blesses your phone every day with one piece of fine art and a corresponding short story about its history and meaning. The app also has an archive full of all kinds of art, from classic to modern to contemporary masterpieces from museums and galleries around the world. You can even create a gallery of your favorite pieces. If you are well versed in the fine art world or just want to start your day with some nice aesthetics and history, this app is a fun download.

This app is great for all types of readers, whether you’re just getting out of a reading slump or already moving on to the next book on your shelf! If you’re trying to keep track of the books you’ve read or simply make reading a habit, Bookly will help you do just that. The app can track your reading sessions, keep you accountable and work out a reading routine that works for you. Bookly also creates a personal report with your reading statistics, if you want to keep track of your progress in real time.

If you’re haunted by the “what’s for dinner” question or just want to spice up—literally and figuratively—your meals, Jow is the app for you. After plugging in your household size, dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes, and cooking appliances, the app will allow you to sift through a personalized recipe. Once you’ve selected a recipe, the ingredients to make it will automatically be added to your cart. Then you can choose the nearest grocery store for either home delivery or in-store pickup so you can get your groceries and start cooking. (And don’t worry, you can add other items to your shopping cart, too.)

6. The Metronome by Soundbrenner

This app will help you keep steady time while practicing your music. With the ability to adjust the sound of each beat and the time signature, Metronome is a must for every musician, regardless of your instrument or skill level. You can also save rhythm presets and create your own set list.

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