Since I started doing business online, my phone has become a hub for everything.
From controlling my calendar to keeping track of what contacts are doing to generating leads, my phone is incredibly useful day-to-day. Like many other smart phone users, there are a number of mobile apps that’s I can’t live without. I decided to put them in a post for you in the hope that if you’re not using them already, you may find one that changes your life.
This is a must! I run my entire business and life through Google apps. Gmail is amazing and what I like most about it is the filters. I get a stack of email everyday and with Gmail, I can filter out the noise and pay attention to the important stuff. The app is great and you just need to login and not worry about setting up all your individual mail accounts on your phone. I’m a massive fan of work smarter not harder and that is exactly what Gmail enables you to do!
As my business revolves around social media, I need an easy way to keep track of what is going on around me. Enter Hootsuite. I’ve said this many times before, Hootsuite is probably my favourite tool when it comes to social media. It’s ability to manage multiple networks is the number one reason why I love it so much. Be it a Facebook group or LinkedIn company page, the Hootsuite app allows me to control and manage all of them on the go from my phone.
I’ve been a member of Spotify from pretty much the beginning in Australia. I used to spend a fortune on music with iTunes and now I just pay my subscription fee and I have access to all the songs I want or need! The added bonus for Spotify is that unless you make all your playlists offline (saves the data of the song so that you don’t use your mobile data whilst streaming music) it doesn’t use a lot of memory on your phone. This means, you don’t need to buy that 64gig iPhone.
Like I said earlier in this post, I run my life and business in Google apps. Chrome works seamlessly across all my devices. Its a great web browser and has a huge selection of plugins for your PC or Mac. I’ve got a list of plugins that I use on a daily basis but that is a post for another time! Chrome is particularly good when it comes to speed. In my opinion it is much faster than safari or internet explorer. What I really like about Chrome on my Galaxy Note 3 is the ability to share to so many apps. I’d be lost without this feature!
If you don’t use Evernote, go and sign up now. This app will change your life! Evernote, couple with the web clipper plugin, will change the way you save things from the web. Clip a simple text article, picture or even a whole article, Evernote does it all. I use Evernote to save anything I think is important, to plan blog posts, record notes and recently I used it to share publishing guidelines for a website that I run. It’s an amazing tool and the smart phone app just takes it to that next level. If you’re out and about and you see something you want to make a note of, snap a picture with your phone and upload directly to the service. Trust me, your life will be changed forever!
Health is important. I get carried away sometimes and will forget about it but I recently bought a fitbit flex to help me track how active I’m being. The fitbit app allows you to see the number of steps you’ve taken throughout the day, how many calories you’ve burnt as well as letting you keep track of weight, sleep and water consumption. If you’re at all concerned about your health or just want to see how active you are on an average day, this is a great app that wI’ll display all of that in the on convenient dashboard.
If you’re an Android user, you’re in a better place that iOS users. I’m not comparing operation systems, I’m simply talking about the ability to share content to third party apps. In Android, I use Buffer daily. If I’m reading an article on my phone and I feel like I want to share it with my social media accounts, I simply share to Buffer! To find out what Buffer exactly is, check out this post I wrote earlier in the year! Buffer is a must use tool for anyone who likes to share content! Download it now!
8. Google Now
An app for everything! Google Now runs your life. It is integrated into your calendar, tells you when to leave for meetings based on traffic updates in Google maps, shows you the weather, informs you if a flight is delayed, shows you the time back home if you’re interstate/overseas and that is just a fraction of what it does. I particularly love Google Now because of the maps and calendar integration. I’ll receive an alert when it is time to leave for a meeting and the best thing is that it’s already taken into account the traffic! In addition to that feature, the updates on your flight status came in handy the other week when we went on a family holiday. Google Now send me an update as soon as I turned my phone on when we landed, which was great (not because the flight was late) because it meant that we didn’t have to rush off our already late flight and run to another gate!
If you’re a budding photographer or you just like taking good wide angle shots, Instasize is an app for you. I was struggling with Instagram resizing my images to 640 x 640px and half of my photo wasn’t in the shot! Instasize lets you upload any sized photo to Instagram by simply resizing your image and filling the blank space with white. You can add borders, layers, multiple photos and text to any photo that you upload. A few people have been asking on late, how do you upload photos from your DSLR camera? Well it’s actually quiet simple. Install dropbox, upload your high quality photos to dropbox and then when uploading a file to Instagram, use dropbox and select your photo. Real easy.
So there you have it folks, 9 apps that I use on a daily basis. Have you got an app that you couldn’t live without? Let me know about it in the comments below.
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