Apps are an important part of how we use our smartphones. Each of us has a different library that we use on a daily basis and I wanted to share mine. I’ve tried to keep these for indie developers and avoid the most important options. You won’t find these on the best iPhone apps list, but I find them invaluable in my daily life.
Most of these are iPhone only, although one is available for Android. Feel free to share your favorite apps, iPhone or Android, in the comments for others to try.
I use Reddit a lot. It’s my favorite social media platform and how I keep myself updated on things. I regularly participate in various subreddits, browse news and helpful guides, and connect with people who share similar interests.
The app I use the most on my iPhone is Apollo, a third-party Reddit client. Its beautiful design goes well with the look and feel of iOS, it’s feature-rich, and all-around a much more enjoyable experience than the official Reddit app. There are no ads or those pesky live streams, so you can focus on posts and comments.
Apollo is best experienced when you unlock the mid-tier features. You don’t get push notifications (a feature limited to the much more expensive Ultimate Unlock) or chat, so keep that in mind while using it. However, if you like Reddit, Apollo is the best app for that.
Download Apollo: app store (opens in new tab)
I struggle with task and time management. I either have trouble staying focused or I become hyper focused and forget to stretch, eat, or drink. I had to find a way to deal with this and I chose the Pomodoro system.
You’ve probably heard of where you work 15-25 minutes and then take a 5-10 minute break. After a few laps, take a longer break of 15-20 minutes to recharge before getting back to your task. This has proven incredibly helpful to me and the app I use to achieve this is BeFocused.
It’s a simple app that follows the Pomodoro system. You can create specific tasks – for example, I create tasks for articles that I need to work on, such as: B. this one. You can also view statistics. There’s also an Apple Watch app that lets you have timers on your wrist. All in all it’s a great app that I use on a daily basis and I thought the premium upgrade was more than worth it.
Download BeFocused: app store (opens in new tab)
Although I don’t particularly respect educational institutions, I love to learn. Part of learning is translating information into a format that I can refer to later. I stumbled across the Zettelkasten note-taking system – which I won’t explain here because it’s way too complicated – and the app I use to do this is Obsidian.
Full disclosure, I use Obsidian more on my MacBook than I do on my iPhone. Typing in Markdown on my laptop is much more efficient, but I use the mobile app for quick notes and references on the go when I don’t want to fall in front of my laptop.
Obsidian is a free app and uses Markdown language for formatting. It is an extremely powerful application that allows you to create your second brain by making connections with other notes. Describing my workflow in Obsidian is beyond the scope of this article, but it’s an app I use on my Mac and iPhone every day.
Download Obsidian: app store (opens in new tab)
At heart I’m a big fan of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). It’s something I stand behind and support in any way I can. So when I looked at RSS readers, I wanted to find something that could take me away from Feedly. I found NetNewsWire, a FOSS RSS reader, and gave it a try. I’m glad I did.
While NetNewsWire isn’t as visually interesting as Feedly, NetNewsWire gives me my feeds without fuss. Feedly has the advantage of being very easy to add websites and categories, while NetNewsWire requires a bit more work. If you already have a lot of Feedly stuff, you can link NetNewsWire to your Feedly account as well as others like Inoreader. There is also a Mac app.
Download NetNewsWire: app store (opens in new tab)
I have a huge backlog of games, books to read, and movies/shows to watch. It’s difficult to keep track of things, and my spreadsheet method has so far proved ineffective. So imagine my joy when I came across Sofa, an app that helps you organize your free time in a visually appealing way.
Sofa has proved invaluable to me. After going through the painful process of adding all of my unused media to the app, I was able to easily scroll through what I had left to play, read, or watch.
You can log a media item on your activity tab so you can see what you’ve been up to. There are a ton of other features too. So if you’re blown away by your backlog or TBR, be sure to check out Sofa.
Download couch: app store (opens in new tab)