- On top of Apple’s already installed apps, these 11 third-party apps will extend and enhance your iPhone’s capabilities
- Keyboard apps, integration of iCloud services, password managers and VPN apps to enhance your online services and security
- All apps included here are FREE; some have “super” versions for nominal monthly fees
Google’s Gboard Keyboard
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- Search for emojis, GIFs and stickers
- Find and insert links to YouTube videos
- Look up any term or name
- Look up addresses on GoogleMaps or Address Book or foreign words in GoogleTranslate
- You can do all of this WITHOUT having to leave the message you’re typing
Mozilla’s FirefoxFocus – a privacy-first mobile browser so you can get and keep information for and to yourself
- This app shields your browsing from unwanted eyes
- Automatically blocks advertising, social media and website analytics trackers on sites you visit
- Whenever you close the app, it erases your browsing history.
- For your safety, the autocomplete option only works for website destinations that have been vetted by Mozilla.
- There are no tabs or bookmarks
- No trace of your browsing for others to track.
LastPass – generates and stores passwords
- This app is the best deal available for you to generate and store an unlimited number of passwords.
- The app then auto-fills the password into the website and app login screen
- App also stores information such as credit card numbers for easy entry into online forms.
- All logins are encrypted and synced through the Cloud so you can access everything via your computer through apps or your browser.
CloudFlare’s 18.104.22.168. – use free WiFi anywhere without worry
- App encrypts connections between iPhone and cloud-based security service
- App provides basic virtual private network, not a full-fledged VPN
- Optimizes internet traffic rating so the 22.214.171.124. Warp speeds your surfing
- A paid version of $4.99/month provides a higher speed version.
OoklaSpeedTest – speed check your system to determine why downloads take so long or videos are choppy
- App tells you if your connection is to blame.
- Determines whether or not you can get enough bandwidth when switching from a data-capped cellular service to a free WI-Fi hotspot connection.
GoogleDrive App – Google’s cloud storage plan
- This app gives you 15 GB of storage for FREE; Apple’s iCloud storage gives you 5 GB
- App works across all platforms
- Drive’s iPhone app lets you view/share/edit Google work documents like Google Docs or Sheets from anywhere
- Can upload unlimited cloud backloads to GooglePhotos when you shoot images/videos on iPhone
Overcast – direct access to your podcasts
- By tapping the app, you’ll get a summary page of the podcast series you’re interested in plus a listing of the podcasts episodes so you can sort through them in either ascending or descending chronological order
- App saves time and is simpler to use that the Apple Podcast app that requires multiple steps for sharing and deleting.
Jumbo – Locks down your online accounts by upgrading the process of your security settings
- Hooks up with nine mobile apps such as Amazon, Alexa, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Gmail, Chrome, etc.
- Automatically pulls up AND explains your privacy options such as turning off Twitter’s location tracking
- Deletes recent searches in YouTube and Google Maps
- Monitors whether or not your email address is/has been involved in any known data breaches.
Apple Support – app provides direct links to text or call Apple Support
- No having to search for Apple Support phone number or searching through Apple forums or support pages to find answers to your questions
- Fastest, quickest, easiest way to get quick advice and solve problems with your Apple devices
- This app is NOT pre-installed on your iPhone
Weather Underground – more detailed and comprehensive weather information than the pre-installed Apple weather app
- Scroll through upcoming week for hour-by-hour details about wind speed/direction, humidity, cloud cover, etc.
- $3.99/month paid membership for faster information so you can build smart forecasts and be alerted to ideal weather conditions
MultiTimer – six timers (in free version) that can be run simultaneously and can be set to different intervals
- Labels, duration, color coordination etc. are fully configurable
- Great for keeping track of calling times, meetings, appointment, etc.
Thanks to Fast Company’s Sean Captain for source material.