Is there anything as exciting as getting a brand-new iPhone? Just on looks alone they’re incredible little machines. Beautiful to look at and solid to hold, they’re a marvel of modern desire. Particularly when paired with an Apple Watch. Obviously, however, iPhones are so much more than how good they look. The newer iPhone models are very powerful mobile devices offering a world of possibilities to anybody lucky enough to have one in their pocket. Owning one isn’t enough, however, if you truly want to unlock the iPhone’s true potential. To do that you need the best apps.
This why we’re here today. When you first unpack your iPhone it only comes with basic iOS apps. We’re here today to tell you about the most important new apps you need to download on your iPhone. These are the best iPhone and iPad must have apps on the app store.
Essential iPhone apps 2020
Social media and messaging apps
We’ll start off our list of must-have iPhone apps with all the social media apps that no modern smartphone should be complete without. Of course, you need Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, which represent the old faithful veteran social networks. Newer to the game, however, but no less influential is Snapchat and the biggest upstart of them all is Tik Tok. Each app offers something different to offer.
Once you’ve got your social networks installed on your iPhone’s home screen, you need to start thinking about messaging apps. Yes, iMessage is a fantastic app but if you’ve any friends who don’t have iPhones themselves, you’re going to have to diversify your messaging capabilities. WhatsApp is the biggest messaging app on the planet with Facebook Messenger not far behind.
When it comes to GPS navigation, Google is the king of kings. Both Google Maps and Waze, which is also owned by Google are better than the Apple Maps mobile app that comes pre-loaded on your iPhone. Installing Google Maps on your iPhone will give you fantastic navigation capabilities as well as reliable public transport information. In short, you’ll get the best GPS app available.
As well as Google Chrome, we’re also going to recommend Mozilla Firefox here and Microsoft Edge. Chrome is by far and away the most used web browser on the planet. It is a fast and reliable browser, which is why it is so popular. Mozilla Firefox is also reliable but is also the perfect web browser for anybody who is worried about their online privacy. Microsoft’s Edge browser is the newest of the three recommendations and offers a decent compromise between what you get with Firefox and what you get with Chrome. If you like the sound of both of them, download Microsoft Edge.
LastPass offers you the best free password manager and as such is a must have app. We have more online accounts than ever before and if you’re to stay secure when browsing the web, every single one of them needs a strong and unique password. In reality, this is an impossible task. You probably can’t come up with so many unique passwords and you definitely can’t remember them all. This is why you need a password manager and with LastPass syncing all your passwords across up to three of your devices, this is the one you should get.
Another Google app makes our list here, but it can’t be denied that Google Photos is the best photo app available today. Photos allows you to back up all of your photos under 16 megapixels to cloud storage and then access them whenever you have an active internet connection. This means you can then free up space on your iPhone by deleting the photos that have been backed up. On top of this Google Photos also uses all sorts of AI bells and whistles to automatically organize your photos, make them easier to find, edit and optimize them, and share them with friends and family.
If you’re a keen smartphone photographer, you might want to go beyond the basic edits offered by Google Photos. Snapseed is a fantastic photo editing app that offers extensive features that rival those found on many premium apps. It is easy enough to use for beginners to make impressive edits to their shots and advanced enough for those who are more comfortable playing around with the nuts and bolts of images to get them exactly how they want them. This is the photo editing app you need on your iPhone.
Evernote is a fantastic note taking app that gives you the power to easily create to-do lists and other notes to yourself and then sync them across all of your devices. Evernote can even scan handwritten notes and allows you to add multimedia elements like photos and audio clips to your notes as well as links and web pages. This is a very useful app.
If you have a Netflix subscription, you need the Netflix app. It is as simple as that really. Why would you not download the app, why would you stop yourself from being able to download movies and shows to your phone so that you can then watch them when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi without having to worry about using up all your mobile data.
This is the same as Netflix. If you have a Spotify subscription, download the app now and get all your favorite tracks and playlists even when you’re offline. Come to think of it, this works the same with Deezer, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. If you’ve a subscription, download the app.
So, there you have some of the most essential apps you need to download right now on your Apple iPhone. We could have gone deep on Google apps but tried to limit it to just a few. You could also look at Gmail, Google Drive and all its attached apps like Google Docs, and Google Translate. On top of these, there are plenty more fantastic iPhone apps like Dropbox, Dark Sky, Skype, and Amazon out there for you to download. With this list, however, we just wanted to give a good foundation that you can then build on yourself.