20 Essential Apps for Your Phone

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There are literally millions of apps available for the variety of smartphone platforms, and wading through app stores to find the best can be daunting. Here we take a look at some of those that we would be lost without.


Photo sharing at its very best, Instagram is one of the world’s most popular apps and is great for both editing your pictures and showing them off to your friends.


Stay organised with your smartphone. Evernote lets you take quick notes and save web clippings, organising everything so it can be searched through later.


One of the best options for offline reading, Pocket is ideal for saving those long articles that you find on the web so you can sit back and enjoy them later.


There are countless news reading apps available, but Flipboard is the king of them all, arranging everything in a tiled interface that’s really easy to read.


A truly addictive games that is the last word in simplicity, Dots is beautifully designed and will see you coming back to it again and again.

Google Maps

So you know both where you are and where you’re going, Google Maps is the best choice from a number of smartphone-based mapping options.


Met Office

Should you take that brolly or not? The Met Office offers a comprehensive app that gives you detailed weather information, full of options for tailoring the information you get.


The big name in free instant messaging, WhatsApp is probably what your friends are using already. Stay in touch without getting charged by your network.


Free music, streamed to your phone. For unusual, leftfield and upcoming tracks and mixes, Soundcloud is the best choice around.


Standing above the clutter of thousands of photo editing apps, VSCO Cam is one of the best we’ve ever seen. Add filters and tones to your photos, then share them online.

Google Drive

There are many cloud storage options, but Google Drive is one of the most functional around, also allowing you to create and edit documents with its extra features.

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IMDB is perfect for looking up information on your favourite films, or finding out the name of that actor you recognise but just can’t quite place.

BBC Sport

The BBC delivers a vast amount of information on the sporting world with its brilliant app which is easy to navigate and looks great too.


With a roster that includes House of Cards and Arrested Development, Netflix is a brilliant choice for streaming TV and films to your phone.


A fully featured mobile browser that offers one of the best experiences around, Chrome works seamlessly with other Google apps and is very easy to use.


Another photo app, but this time one for taking as well as editing. On iOS, Camera+ is the best option for lining up and snapping those shots.

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Spotify has an enormous library, all of which can be streamed to, or saved on, your phone. With a small subscription fee you’ll have millions of tracks to play with.


One of the world’s most popular social network services, Twitter is an ideal place to keep up with news as it happens or simply chat with friends.


The biggest name in social media, using Facebook lets you update your status and share things with your friends, all from the comfort of your smartphone.


Lastly, for the shopaholics out there, ASOS brings its online shopping service to smartphones. There is no easier way to ruin your bank balance in just a few simple taps.

With all these apps on your phone, you may be struggling for storage space. Take a look at our tips on how to make the most of what you have.

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