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Essential apps to make your device more useful

According to an article published by Forbes in 2020, there were 8.9 million apps in the world. Now, in 2021, there are probably even more!

If you’re new to downloading and using apps, this can make it a bit of a challenge to decide which ones are best for you. Even if you know which types of apps you fancy, like gaming or fitness, there are still dozens of different ones that you could choose from.

To give you a hand, we’ve outlined some of our favourite free apps below.

And, if you’re unsure of what an app is, why not take a look at our previous article – what is an app, and how do I download one?

MyFitnessPal: This pocket health tracker enables you to keep track of your diet and exercise, using convenient tools like calorie counters to make sure you stay on track.

Amazon: This convenient app for the popular online retail site allows you to purchase thousands of items on Amazon with just a few clicks – and have them delivered straight to your door. 

Moonpig: Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas – special occasions all come around very quickly, don’t they? Using MoonPig, you can select and customise cards for every event, purchase them, and send them via post to your loved ones.

Uber: An easy-to-use taxi app, Uber lets you book or schedule a trip with a local driver, track your journey, and pay for the service all in one place. 

TrainLine: If you often travel on trains, this useful app can help to make your journeys more convenient. You can check train times, purchase tickets, and use the app to show your ticket rather than needing to print it out. 

Google Maps: Whether you’re driving, cycling, or walking, Maps allows you to see the world around you in a map format. You can plan routes, follow directions in real time, and search for locations and businesses. 

What3words: This useful app splits the world into three metre squares, each with a unique word that corresponds to it. In an emergency, you can quote the three words closest to you, so that help can reach your location faster.

Banking: The majority of high street banks have their own apps, including NatWest, Santander, Barclays, and Halifax. They usually allow you to perform tasks such as viewing your account balance, transferring money between your accounts, making payments, and tracking your spending. 

NHS: The NHS app is both owned and operated by the NHS, making it both secure and easy to use. You can book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, and ask for health advice using the app – among other things. 

Kitchen Stories Recipes: If you’re a keen chef, or just looking to diversify your palate, use this app to find and try out new dishes with easy-to-follow recipes.

Duolingo: Are you busy planning that first post-COVID trip abroad? Duolingo is a language learning app, with easy lessons to help you learn languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

Why not give one of these handy apps a try? After all, if you decide that you don’t want to use it – there are plenty more to choose from!

Important: TheTechTeam is not affiliated, endorsed by, sponsored by, or officially connected in any other way with any of the above apps or their respective developers. All recommendations are unpaid and genuine.

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