22 Apps I Can’t Live Without

Just for fun, I thought I’d create a quick list of the 22 iPhone and iPad apps that I cannot live without.

I apologize to those who are NOT using iPhones, but I imagine most, if not all, of these apps are available on other platforms…

And all of these apps are FREE.

Todd Schnick1. Do Nothing (pictured) – I am learning to meditate, and I sincerely want to get better at it, because I find real value in calming my mind, clearing my head, and getting myself grounded. This cool app makes this process simple and pleasant.

2. USA Today – A very simple and easy-to-use news source. Works very well, and looks nice on the phone.

3. Google Voice – A nice supplement to managing my Google Voice mail on the iPhone.

4. Dropbox – Although I do most of my Dropbox work and management on the Macbook, this app is a super easy way to find and locate specific audio, documents, and photos that I need for an essay or a project. Once I find it, I can email myself a link and insert into my work.

5. Kindle – I am reading more and more of my books on the iPhone verses my iPad…and the two devices, via this app, sync and keep each device current on where I am in a current read.

6. RE.minder – A great reminder app. I have it set to ping me every 60 minutes. And it reminds me to “Get off your ass, stop procrastinating, and get to work.” Seriously. That’s what it says…

7. Redlaser – The app I use to scan and review QR codes.

8. Vine – The HOT HOT HOT new app, best described as Instagram for video. Still very new at this, I just downloaded it last night, but I am seeing lots of potential value in cleverly communicating with people important to you.

Todd Schnick9. Lift (pictured) – This is the most important app that I use. It is an accountability tool that I use to build better habits on getting work done, creating, maintaining health and fitness, and personal improvement.

10. Mailchimp – I manage all my email marketing projects, autoresponders, and mailing lists on Mailchimp. This app provides a nice way for me to track progress, performance, and list development when I am on the go.

11. TED – Need some inspiration on the move? Getting TED presentations direct to your smart phone and tablet.

12. LinkedIn – I hate using LinkedIn on my Macbook. But I frickin’ love their iPad app! Makes LinkedIn fun and easy to use.

13. Facebook – The official Facebook app continues to improve, adding the features that we take for granted on the main site.

14. Hootsuite – Hootsuite is how I navigate Twitter, and their iPhone and iPad app has always worked well for me.

15. Utilities/Voice Memos – The Voice Memo app came with my iPhone. It is where I record audio reminders, short podcasts, and leave notes to myself on important action items, client notes, and meeting follow-ups. From the app, I can email the audio direct to me and/or to Evernote.

16. Instagram – The Instagram app is pretty much how I share relevant photos to Instagram of course, but also to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

17. Evernote – Evernote just recently upgraded the app versions of the platform, and it seriously rocks. If you use Evernote at all, you will love the app versions.

18. Highrise – I use Highrise as my personal CRM platform. The app nicely presents my To Dos, and easily syncs with my account.

19. Maps – My personal GPS. I am not sure what all the fuss is about with Apple maps, it has always worked perfectly for me. And I can do other tasks on the iPhone even when I am using the Maps app to get to a location.

20. Google+ – I love the G+ apps for both the iPhone and iPad. In fact, I use these FAR MORE than G+ on my Macbook. The apps make this network a lot more fun.

21. Anylist – This is how Stephanie and I manage our joint shopping lists, which can sync between our two phones, and so at any time, we know what we need for the home and home office.

22. Nike Fuelband – This app syncs with my actual Fuelband, and through this I track my activity and fitness levels and monitor my performance.

What other apps do you use and recommend? Please share in the comments!


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All photos are screen shots from my iPhone.

  • Havana

    Wow, great list! Going to check out a couple of these!

  • Todd Schnick

    thanks havana. do you have any cool design apps i should know about?

  • Mela914

    I would add AroundMe which helps u when u r somewhere new to find places nearby like gas, bank, supermkt. Also, shazzam helps u find out the name of a song that u hear on the radio. PasswordWallet helps me keep track of all my passwords. Card star keeps all my loyalty numbers in one place. Iheart radio is like getting free satellite radio. These r just a few…

  • Todd Schnick

    holy smokes, those are all great. and i have all except card star… problem is, where do you draw the line on the “ones you can live without?” but thanks for the list… they are great too…..