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The 13 Most Helpful Free iPhone Apps that Every User Should Have

An iPhone has the ability to make your life much easier if you use it right. This entails using the best apps you can. There are more than enough fun games to waste away any class as well as countless free hours (and I do); but, what apps can actually save you time and some hassle in life? I haveve found the best that absolutely anyone can use. These are not meant for just moms or students or singles, or any particular group (but if you are interested in apps for moms or women, check out this and this). These are the helpful free iPhone apps that usually lure people into buying the phone in the first place (you have seen those Apple commercials).

1.) Shopkick Shopkick makes shopping more fun. You earn points for walking into stores and scanning things in the stores. Or, simply earn a few points by opening the app and tapping on the stores. You can use these points for rewards like iTunes giftcards, gas creditcards, movie tickets or an xbox for the high achievers. I personally have redeemed $30 of iTunes giftcards, which has saved me some cash and made for a good birthday gift.

2.) Siri Siri turns your phone into a personal assistant. All you have to do is say a command and it does it. Things such as “reserve a table for 2 at 7 pm at the best sushi place around here”, “what movies are playing around here”, “get the flight status of American flight 743” or “call me a taxi” are done simply with the sound of your voice. This cool little app takes care of little things much like an assistant. And best of all, it’s free!

3.) Textnow I love this one, because it has eliminated my text message plan, saving me about $15 per month on my cellphone bill. It gives you a telephone number free of charge that can receive phone calls as well. And, it operates on the internet, which came in handy for me when traveling abroad. I could avoid roaming charges by simply connecting to wi-fi and getting all of my text messages.

4.) Gasbuddy Gasbuddy uses GPS to find the cheapest gas stations near you. When you choose a gas station from the list, it then maps out a route to the gas station. So, no more driving around the block a few times to find the best price, especially when you’re somewhere you don’t know well.

5.) Trapster This was the first cool app I ever found. Trapster maps the locations of police hiding spots, speed cameras, speed traps, construction zones and more problems that you could encounter on the road. Then, using GPS, the app alerts you (in a voice of your choosing) when you are nearing one of these problems. It can save you a speeding ticket or time in traffic. It’s also user-curated, so you can see when the problem was reported, letting you know if the speed trap was recent.

6.) Crackle There’s no need for Netflix on your iPhone with Crackle. Crackle has tons of free movies available for free. They just have a few quick ads during the movie. This is kind of annoying, but they’re only a few seconds and it’s a small price to pay for free full-length movies that can kill a lot of time.

7.) LucyPhone Have you ever wanted to call a company, but couldn’t find the phone number? Have you ever had to search online repeatedly just to get the right customer service number, because the company seems to be trying to hide it? No need to anymore with LucyPhone. Simply look up the company in LucyPhone without any hassle or searching. It gives you all of the hidden phone numbers companies aren’t so willing to give out. It also asks for your phone number before you call the company, so in case you get disconnected, they can call you back.

8.) Grocery IQ This app makes your grocery list simpler. It can keep track of the exact brand name of items, their prices and organize them any way you wish, including by aisle. You can also break up your products by store and find all coupons available in the app in each store. You can also email your grocery lists or sync them with other devices, in case you don’t bring your phone or want to send it to your husband to do for you.

9) Red Laser This one is one of my personal favorites as a college kid trying to save money. With Red Laser, you simply scan the barcode of a product in the store to see what it sells for online, so you can check if you’re getting ripped off or not. This can save you a pretty penny when walking through Target and as always, makes you a little more shopper-savvy.

10.) Evernote Evernote is the best way for you to take notes. You can create audio, text and picture notes easily with this app. You can set reminders as well, including time and geographical location. Best of all, these notes are searchable, so no flipping through pages wondering where that one little detail is that you need. Lastly, you can also synch your notes to your computer or another Apple device, so you can take them with you into a meeting or anywhere else.

11.) Find My iPhone With this app, you store your iphone info on another Apple device operating on iOS. If you lose your phone, this app will track your phone using the info and the GPS on it. You can then send a message via sound or text on your phone to the person that is in possession of it. And, if you feel that you won’t be getting your phone back, you can lock it remotely or erase everything on it.

12.) Sit or Squat This app isn’t just for mothers. It locates the nearest restrooms available to the public, which sounds like something you would need primarily for children, but I think most girls would agree that when you are in need yourself, this is indispensable.

13.) Taste Bud This is one of my all time favorite apps. With it, you select ingredients that you have in your kitchen and Taste Bud generates recipes that you can make with those ingredients. This can save you trips to the store for one ingredient and get you to try new recipes as well. Overall, it ensures that you will use everything in your kitchen rather than letting some things sit in the fridge until you have to throw them out.


Honorable Mentions: Hop Stop, Around Me, Touch Mouse, WiFi HD Free, Car Finder


These helpful free iPhone apps may make you a little more dependent on your cellular device, but at the very least you will get your money’s worth each month for this top-of-the-line phone. So, save yourself some stress and enjoy the perks of owning something that can do all of these things rather than simply playing Angry Birds and checking your email 😉


  • Heather - September 20, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Thanks for the great suggestions for apps. One that I find exceptionally helpful is iTriage. This app is great medical reference and I’ve been able to figure out on multiple occasions the illness I have without having to go to a doctor.ReplyCancel

    • claire - September 20, 2011 - 11:16 am

      I actually do know of iTriage, I don’t know why I forgot it! Good idea!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - September 20, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Great suggestions. The app that makes my life easier is iTriage. It’s a great medical reference tool and is super easy to use.ReplyCancel

  • Kel - November 13, 2011 - 6:27 am

    I tried to look up taste bud but it’s nowhere to be found… Is there something I’m doing wrong? I even clicked on the link you provided and through that page when I try to find it still says page not found. What should I do?ReplyCancel

    • bridgette - December 10, 2011 - 7:26 am

      i looked it up too and can’t find it and it has siri on the list but it’s not in the app store either. it’s only on the iphone 4s. theres a website though, http://www.myfridgefood.com that will give you recipes for what you already have. Idk about an app though 🙂 hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Kel - November 13, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Thank you for the list btw, can’t wait to use some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - December 11, 2011 - 9:03 am

    The mapquest app is also super helpful. If you have the 3g running, it works just like an expensive gps system, telling you where to turn to get to your destination.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - December 11, 2011 - 9:03 am

    PS- Thanks for the information. I am always looking for new apps.ReplyCancel

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    Dont forget to mention QBOT we are expanding to your city very soon, get rewardsReplyCancel

  • Meghan - August 14, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    Waze is an awesome app for iPhone since the maps that comes on the iPhone is kind of crappy. It give you directions with voice guidance, but is also like a social network for drivers. People can update if there are cops around, or how traffic is so you never get pulled over or have to wait!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - August 18, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Couldnt find Taste Bud. It only shows me an ap for taste bud magazineReplyCancel

  • Claire - August 31, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Oh no, is taste bud no more? That is such an amazing app! I do need to create an updated version of this list. Siri isn’t even available anymore in app form.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - August 31, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    @Meghan ~ I’ve heard of waze, but I haven’t tried it. I’ll give a go, thoughReplyCancel

  • Ridhima - January 30, 2013 - 10:46 am

    A great list indeed, I did not know about Wave until yet. Its awesome. Even I came up with my list of 4 useful apps for girls here @

    Circle of 6 a must have for every girl.


  • Cricket - August 22, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Farmstand is pretty cool. It locates nearby farmers’ markets and shows pictures (or lets you share pictures) of the stuff they are selling each day.ReplyCancel

  • Ms.Reyes - August 22, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    Thanks for this list. Still very useful in 2013 as a new iPhone user. Taste bud is still available and Siri is obviously no longer an app as it is included with only iPhone 4S/5, iPad 3/4, iPad mini and iPod 5th gen. Also Shelf WP is a useful app if you want to customize your screen. It has a lot of hi-res backgrounds and some with shelves that make your icons look unique.ReplyCancel

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