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February 10, 2016

So, Kya gave me the idea to do this. Thanks Kya. πŸ™‚

I thought I would talk about the apps I use on my phone and why. It’s always interesting to me to see what other people use so be sure to tell me some of you most used apps in the comments. Over all I’m not much of a app user although after making this list I realized I used more than I thought. I try to keep my phone clear of too much clutter, but there are a few that I cannot do without. Keep in mind, I do not use aΒ iPhone so some of these are for android users only. Sorry!

swift

SwiftKey Keyboard – This is one of those Android only apps. I’m not completely sure on this but I think it is because you don’t have the option to customize keyboards on iphones. I really like this app enough to spend a little money on it. I can set up my keyboard to any color and size that I want. It also learns my way of speaking and most common words over the time I use it. So I have less times of my phone trying to auto correct me to things I did not mean. Such as using foreign words and so on so forth. I’m a terrible texter so this has really helped me.

password

Password Safe – I can’t remember if I paid for this or not. I think there might be a paid version and free version. Something like that… anyway, it is exactly what you think it is. It keeps all my passwords safe for me so that I don’t have to try to remember each and every one of them. Ever since my job started to make me change my passwords every 90 days it got harder and harder to remember which password was which so this really saved my ass. I was using another one before but when my phone had issues it didn’t transfer over well so this one has been a lot more secure.

moash

The Moash University LOW FODMAP – If you have been reading my blog any then you know that I work on a LOW FODMAP diet. Though, to be honest, it has not been going well lately. This app helps me to keep track of the foods I can and can’t eat. This app is not free though and they do have free ones but this app updates regularly and has the most help when it comes to figuring out if a food is safe or not. The others tend to get out of date because things and rules change plus the FODMAP diet is one of those that you have to adjust to your own stomach issues. One size does not fit all.

outofmilk

Out of Milk – This is my ultimate list app. I mostly use it when I think of things I need to buy so I don’t forget about it later. Such as groceries and things like that. However you can now make categories and keep other lists. Strangely enough, I cannot find any good medication list apps so this one works perfect for me. I can type in what I want and if it changes I just have to delete from the list rather than redo the whole thing.

zedge

Zedge – The best place to get ringtones for my phone. Thanks to an old co-worker this has been one of my favorite discoveries. Sometimes I get a little out of hand with the songs I DL and have to go and clean out my phone later. Haha. You can also download wallpapers and games but I don’t tend to use those features.

flashlight

Super Bright LED Flashlight – Exactly what it sounds like. It is handy for me as a computer tech, sometimes crawling under a desk and trying to see behind the computer is too dark and most of those times I never have a flashlight so my phone comes in handy with this app.

tip

Tip N Split – This is the best app when I go out to eat to try and figure out and fair and decent tip to give people. It will do it based off of percentage and price. It will also split it up if you are going with a group of people. When I’m out to eat I do not want to do math but I do want to tip people well so this it a life savor.

vmware

VMware Horizon – This is an app/client that lets you access your virtual desktop anywhere. The one on my phone is not the easiest to use but when I’m in a pinch and need to get on my work computer this works wonders. If you are not sure what I mean by virtual – at my job we have been changing over from regular physical towers to virtual ones. We buy these terminals that people can sign into like a normal computer, but it actually logs them into our servers. There are persistent machines and non-persistent which basically means you have one that you can make changes too and keep and the other is randomized when you log in. This is so handy when I have to go on call. Instead of dragging my laptop home and around with me and connecting to an unstable VPN I can just download the client on my computer at home and sign into it like I would a computer at work.

mrnumber

Mr. Number – This guy helps me block telemarketers, creditors and any other number I do not want to keep calling me. A lot of the time it will also give me info on a number that I’m not sure is bad or not. You can see reviews on other people who got calls from said number.

weather

WeatherBug – I can check the weather to know if I’m going to need a coat or not when I go outside. Haha. I know you can do this online at any computer but I like to know as soon as I wake up so I can be prepared for the day. This one tells you for the hour and not just the day.

alarm

Alarm Clock Extreme Free and Timer – This is pretty much what it says. It’s my favorite one of the free ones. I have tried a few. It works perfectly for me to wake up in the morning for work. I can choose any of my ringtones so it is nice to have songs instead of just loud beeps to wake up too.

That’s it! Of course I do use Social Media apps but there is no need to mention those. You can see what Social media I’m on by visiting my network page. Haha

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20 Comments

  • Reply Liv February 11, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Ahhh Android apps! Some of those indie ones are actually really great! You know that feature on Android where you swipe letters to write words? Is that an app or a built in function? (I rarely use my Samsung Tab.)

    My iPhone has a built-in flashlight, not sure if those are on Android yet. But the Out of Milk app sounds really great because it’s a cute concept for its functions! I read about those password apps but my concern is that I’m entering my passwords somewhere. Currently I just remember it all in my head and of course it’s gotten me into trouble, hehe. I also really like the idea of the VMware Horizon app! I think my co-worker has it because he’s able to connect to his backup network at home from the office. Or he has something similar.

    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      I think that comes with most new adroid phones now. I could be wrong through, I always download the swiftkey app so I’m not sure how functional the original keyboard is.
      Yeah, I was nervous to do that at first but then all I have to do is remember one password instead of multiple when I put it on the protected password app. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Raisa February 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I use Google Keep for my grocery listing right now, but I might just switch to Out of Milk! The pantry inventory won me over. XD I know that we sometimes forget that we bought produce and then they just go bad. I’ve been putting sticky notes on our fridge to remind me to cook them, but this app would be so much slicker. Thank you for sharing!
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    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Yeah, it is awesome! That is one of my favorite apps. I’m really bad at letting food go to waste too -_-

  • Reply Becca February 11, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I use the Reminders app on my iPhone for all of my lists. Its really convenient for my grocery and other shopping lists. I guess I use the standard apps that come preset on the phone the most, honestly. Like the weather, mail, and alarm apps. I use Trello almost daily for my meal planning and blog post planning, and then social media. But other than that I really don’t use too many apps!

    The SwiftKey Keyboard sounds pretty cool! It would be nice to be able to customize the keyboard!
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    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Yeah, a coworker of mine convinced me to download the Swiftkey and I liked it so much I bought it so I could customize even more. It makes txting so much easier for me since I suck at it. haha

  • Reply Michelle February 13, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I used Zedge for awhile to download ringtones πŸ˜€ I got rid of it because it was annoying my phone and me, meaning my phone kept going to ads and slowing down. Nice list overall. Interesting apps.
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    • Reply ongaku March 13, 2016 at 2:57 am

      I never noticed mine having ads. I mean, it did when I searched for them but not when I used the ringtones. Of course I never used the walls and stuff.

  • Reply Amy February 13, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I don’t use any of these apps, but then I mainly just use social media. I’m old-fashioned when it comes to organising stuff, so I have a physical diary. I think the list app would be really helpful for me though, especially when I remember something when I’m not near any paper.

    I think I need to get Mr. Number as well. I get quite a few of those annoying calls. That’s why I tend to just ignore numbers I don’t know, which can go badly if someone is actually trying to get in touch.

    When I got my iPhone I was very happy that it had a built in torch on the menu bar. Though I keep forgetting it’s their and wanting to download an app. I’m so used to Android from years of having Samsung phones!
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    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Yeah, the list one works wonders for me. When I’m out and about and remember something I need to get at the store. It has saved my butt a number of times.
      The Mr.Number is very helpful, I get a lot of spam and some creditor type calls that now my phone just hangs up on them. hehe

  • Reply Kya February 15, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Awesome, I am glad I could inspire you to do this, because I love reading about apps that other people are using, because you often find some you didn’t know about that are really handy!

    I think the one for the tips intrigued me the most. It is a really good idea. In Australia we don’t do tips, but if I was ever travelling to countries that did, it would be good to have something that I can make sure I know what I am doing. xD

    The one to block numbers is awesome as well. πŸ˜€

    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Yeah, it helps when your too lazy to do math after stuffing your face. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nancy February 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I am digging the apps you’re using! Apple iOS has a form of a swift keyboard, but I’m not used to using it yet @___@. It sounds like a faster concept than having to type the words individually. LOW FODMAP sounds like an interesting app, and as long as it does the job, it’s great!

    The flashlight app is always handy! I use my phone’s flashlight more than a traditional flashlight these days XD. It’s pretty neat to be able to access your virtual computer on the go.

    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Yeah, it is handy to have the flashlight stuff on your phone. I’m always using it at my job when I have to go under desks and stuff. LOL
      The LOWFODMAP really saves my butt when I’m at the grocery and looking for safe food.

  • Reply Regan February 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

    OMG that Mr Number app looks so useful, I’m downloading that!
    I use accuweather for the weather foreccasting – I like that it gives me alerts as well
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    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      It really is! I couldn’t live without it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cat February 18, 2016 at 7:03 am

    That’s a lot of apps! The Mr. Number one sounds super useful. I’m so tired of getting spam/marketing calls. I have 3 list-type apps on my phone, haha. I have Asana for work, Wunderlist for personal, and I use Google docs to share lists with my husband. As for a weather app, I really like the one by Yahoo because of how pretty it is. I also like the Forest app, which is one of those that try to motivate you to stay off your phone. It is an addiction sometimes!
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    • Reply ongaku February 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      I know, lol. I swear it doesn’t feel like it normally but I don’t like a lot of the stuff that comes with the phone. Forest app… that sounds interesting. I had no idea there were apps like that haha

  • Reply Thao March 13, 2016 at 2:32 am

    They’re all so useful. It’s kinda sad that my most opened app is Neko Atsume…and not something more useful. XD
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    • Reply ongaku March 13, 2016 at 2:56 am

      OMG that looks like an adorable app!

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