If you just got a new iPhone, you might be wondering what the deal is with all of these pre-installed apps. After all, there are a lot of them and Apple does add new ones every now and then.
If you want to learn what all the apps are that come pre-installed on your iPhone, this guide is for you.
1. App Store
One of the most important pre-installed apps, the App Store app allows you to download new applications to your iPhone. Whether you want a free app or want to spend money on something premium, you can get it in the App Store. There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for download, so there’s something for everyone.
2. iTunes Store
Similar to the App Store, the iTunes store app helps you get new content on your iPhone. While it doesn’t download apps, it does help you download music, movies, and TV shows. The iTunes store also allows you to download new ringtones. If you purchased something from the iTunes Store in the past, it will save your past purchases so you can download them again at any time.
The Apple TV app allows you to stream movies purchased with iTunes. If you have an Apple TV+ subscription, you can also stream Apple originals. If you aren’t subscribed yet, consider subscribing to Apple One which includes an Apple TV+ subscription, among others.
FaceTime is one of the most popular iPhone apps. With FaceTime, you can video chat with other iPhone users, as long as you’re connected to the internet. FaceTime even supports screen sharing.
5. Find My
Are you the type of person to lose your iPhone or other devices? If so, the Find My app might be one you use regularly. While you can’t use the Find My app without your phone, you can use it to find your MacBook, AirPods, and other devices. You can also use this app on a friend’s iPhone if you lost your own device.
Safari is a browser app that’s found on other Apple devices, like MacBooks. This will be the app you can use to browse the internet. It will also save your most frequently visited websites on the home page for fast access. If you prefer to use another app to browse the internet, there are other browsers you can download in the App Store.
If you just got your first iPhone, consider using the Tips app. This app contains helpful information about navigating your device and setting it up to get the most out of it.
The Settings app is an app you will most certainly use at some point. With Settings, you can change how your iPhone functions. Here, you can connect to Wi-Fi, toggle your brightness, change your wallpaper, and so much more.
The Files app is an app you might not use much, but it is an important app. With Files, you can download PDFs and other documents from the internet and view them on your iPhone.
If you’re always on the go, you might want to take some time to set up the Mail app. With Mail, you can view all your emails and email accounts in one place. You can read and reply to emails on the go and even send documents from the Files app.
The Photos app is the place where you can view all the pictures you take. This will also be the app you will use to view screenshots or photos you save from Safari. This app also has folders that you can use to organize your Photos.
What would the Photos app be without the Camera? After all, most of the pictures in the Photos folder will be photos that you take yourself. This is why the Camera app is so important. With the Camera app, you can take photos from the rear camera, or selfies with the front-facing camera.
Gone are the days when you need to write down the names and numbers of all your friends. With the Contacts app, you can store your friends’ names and numbers to call and text them anytime. When you get a new iPhone, you can transfer contacts over during the setup, so you won’t need to enter them again.
Many people will use their iPhones to navigate around. With Maps, you can turn your iPhone into a GPS device. It allows you to navigate to any address and get real-time traffic data so you’ll know when you will arrive.
The Messages app is the app that allows you to text your contacts. If you’re texting other iPhone users, you can send iMessages instead of SMS texts, which are free to send as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. You can also send pictures and voice messages.
The Phone app is the app that allows you to make and receive calls. Here, you can also check your voicemail and call logs. FaceTime calls are also saved in the Phone call logs. You can also add your favorite contacts, which is similar to speed dial.
If you’re a music fan, then you might like using the Music app. This app lets you play your downloaded songs as well as songs from Apple Music. You can even follow friends on Apple Music to discover new songs.
The Apple Podcasts app has thousands of popular podcasts available for streaming. All you need to do is find your favorite podcast and subscribe. The Podcast app will notify you of new episodes
Notes is a helpful app that will help you organize your thoughts and remember things. With the Notes app, you can make lists, write down ideas, and even create charts. The Notes app will also back up to iCloud, so you won’t lose your ideas.
The Calendar app will help you stick to your schedule on the go. You can use the built-in Apple calendar app, or add your calendar from another source like Google or Outlook.
Have an Apple Watch? The Watch app will make it easy to pair your Apple Watch and your iPhone. While not a useful app for everybody, this app will come in handy for some.
22. Voice Memo
If you prefer to say things rather than write them down in the Notes app, then you might be one to use the Voice Memos app. Just open the app and tap the record button, then tap it again to stop recording when you’re done. The app will save all of your recordings so you can listen to them later.
23. Apple Health
The Apple Health app will list different health records and track your activity. If you have an Apple Watch, you can integrate your data and track your stats here.
The Wallet app is how you pay for transactions with your iPhone. With Wallet, you can set up how to pay for apps in the App Store, or pay for orders within other apps like Uber Eats. You can also use Apple Pay in stores and online.
If you like to travel, the Translate app will come in handy. By speaking into the app, it will translate your sentence to another language. This app also works offline, so you don’t need to have data to use it.
Do you have smart devices in your home, like lighting and speakers? If so, the Home app will connect all your devices and help you control them from one place.
Want to know what the weather is going to be like today? Just open the Weather app to get a quick forecast. You can also add cities to see what the weather is like there or get a heads-up before you travel.
Knowing what is going on in the world can be helpful, especially when you’re on the go. By opening the News app, you can get a newsfeed from your preferred publishers.
If you have investments, you should consider using the Stocks app. Here, you can view all your favorite companies and funds to see how they are performing.
Your iPhone has a handy Reminders app available, which makes it easy to make lists. While the Notes app can also do this, the Reminders app helps you be productive and cross things off your list.
Books is Apple’s own e-book and audiobook app. Unlike its competitors, you don’t need to pay a monthly subscription fee and can instead pay per book.
Shortcuts is a helpful app if you want your iPhone to automate tasks for you. For example, you can create custom battery notifications on your iPhone, so you can get reminders when your battery starts to get low. The possibilities created by the Shortcuts app are almost endless.
33. Utility Apps
Your iPhone is also equipped with a variety of utility apps that are handy to have on the go. These apps are:
These apps do exactly as their names describe.
Should You Delete Pre-Installed Apps?
Some users might not know this, but you can delete many of Apple’s pre-installed apps. But should you? After all, these apps are there to help you get the most out of your iPhone. Unless you need the space, keeping these apps installed can be helpful if you ever need them.
No matter what you decide to do, having a better understanding of what apps come installed can help you make the most out of your iPhone.
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