Around two-thirds of Americans use smartphones, which means there’s around 200 million people who have downloaded Angry Birds and don’t realize there’s thousands of apps that can help their everyday lives. Luckily Reddit users compiled a guide to the most important apps that every person should have on their phone or phablet or whatever we’re calling them now. And no, Tinder is not one of them.
Fast Customer addresses one of the most annoying things people face on a regular basis: Calling customer support. Users enter the company they’re trying to contact, the app deals with all the automated BS for you and once a real live person picks up the phone on the other end, Fast Customer calls the person to let them know. So no more frustration-induced rampages.
If This Then That cuts down the hassle for managing all your online profiles. The app causes Action A to happen every time Action B happens. For instance, if someone tags a picture of you on Instagram, the app can then download it into your Dropbox. Or if you add a new contact to your phone, it can save it in a custom Google Spreadsheet. Cuts the amount of time spent updating your online profiles in half.
Duolingo is one of the best language learning apps available. The app acts like a game where users earn experience points as they use it. Duolingo also aggregates data from as they learn, which helps show where people are struggling and exposing patterns to provide a personalized approach to learning the language. It’s a fun, simple and effective way to learn a language.
If you own a car, you should download GasBuddy. The app aggregates gas prices from around the country and finds the cheapest place to fill up your tank. It also shows when prices are going to go up or down, meaning users can plan into the future for when the best time to go to the nearest Shell station. This app’s a necessity for anyone who doesn’t drive a Prius.
Waze makes the GPS a thing of the past. The app uses the same step-by-step navigation as others, but drivers can also share information while on the road to help others. See an accident at an important intersection? Let everyone know to avoid it. Train approaching from the South? Give advice on how to adjust their route. And it shows where cops are located, perfect for any speed demons.
Viber allows users to connect with everyone they know for free on any device. Texting, calling, photosharing or anything else people can do on their phone with frees. No more worry about data usage, minute/texting minutes, etc. As long as the other person also has Viber, then every conversation will be free. Finally, a way to unshackle ourselves from Big Cellular.
7. Safe Trek
Safe Trek’s a smart way to protect your cell phone and yourself. If the user’s feeling unsafe, they open the app and hold down a button. If they take their finger off, Safe Trek asks for a four-digit passcode. If the code isn’t entered within five seconds, the police are called and given the location where you last opened the app. One of the few apps that ensures your personal safety.
CamScanner’s the perfect app for people who work with tons of documents but don’t like using regular scanners. Users can use the camera on their phone or tablet to turn any print document into a PDF ready to be sent wherever they need it to go. The app also has various tools to use to help edit, crop or clear up their PDF without the hassle of dealing with their computer. PDF? More like NBD.
9. Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle’s an alarm clock app that helps people wake up feeling ready to go. Users put the phone in their bed while they sleep, and the app analyzes the process. The alarm clock goes off when the person’s in their lightest sleep phase. The reason most people feel groggy in the morning is because they wake up during the REM cycle, the heaviest part of sleep. By going off during the lightest phase, Sleep Cycle helps you feel ready to go with no need of the snooze button.
Pushbullet’s the best way to share information from your phone to your computer and vice versa. No more USB cords and ejecting your device carefully. Everything you can do on your phone can be done on your computer. Read text messages, receive phone calls, download pictures, etc. Users can also send files from the computer to their phone. Pushbullet removes the barrier between the limitations of your phone and your computer.
Joseph Misulonas is an intern for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.