BoomerTECH Adventures: Apps you can’t live without – Press Herald | Hot Mobile Press

I recently upgraded my smartphone, and while transferring data from my old phone to my new phone, some of my apps…disappeared. No problem. I can always replace them. But, not so surprisingly, I don’t really miss her.

Let’s be realistic. How many apps do you have on your devices and how many do you use? Both the App Store (Apple) and Google Play Store (Android) each have between 3.5 million and 4 million apps in their stores, so there’s more than a small number to choose from.

Typically, an average person has 40 apps installed on their phone. Of those 40 apps, 89% of the time is split between 18 apps. That means more than half of these apps go unused. As users age, the number of apps installed by Boomers decreases.

A new study shows that while the average smartphone user visits 25 apps a month, smartphone owners in the US typically use just three apps frequently. Even when we have a lot of apps, most of us tend to stick to a handful that we use over and over again.

About 58% of users indicated that entertainment apps like social media, gaming and communication are their top three most used app categories. But there are millions of other apps, from photo apps (for taking the perfect photo), games, news and information, productivity and tools, commerce and much more.

That being said, everyone has their favorite apps, and this list includes some of my favorites and ones that I can rely on. Of course, creating such a list is entirely subjective, and the categories and specific apps I describe here are the ones I’m most familiar with, not necessarily the “best” apps in every case.

So, use this article as an opportunity to review the apps that you currently have on your devices and some apps that you might want to have. I love reading what the experts say about the best apps (from their point of view) and you might want to search for articles like “Top 20 Apps for iPhones/Android”.

Please note that none of these apps are hard to find or uncommon. In fact, in some cases they are very common and can already be used by millions of fans. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite apps and why I can’t live without them.

• WhatsApp (Communication/Messaging): A free, multi-platform messaging app that lets users make video and voice calls, send text messages, share their status, and more with just a Wi-Fi connection. WhatsApp is completely free (no fees or subscriptions) and the app works with iPhone and Android phones and Mac or Windows desktop or laptop computers. Other benefits: WhatsApp can identify people in your contact list who are currently using the app. Both the recipient and the caller must have the WhatsApp app downloaded, so you may need to convince friends to download it if they don’t currently have the app. WhatsApp has been less popular in the US than around the world, but that’s changing.

• Google Maps (Travel): Sometimes the best apps are closest to us. Google Maps, a free app, has been used on both iOS and Android devices for years. Google Maps is a web-based service that provides detailed information about geographic regions and places around the world. In addition to conventional street maps, Google Maps offers aerial and satellite views of many places. In some cities, Google Maps offers street views composed of photos taken by vehicles. Great for finding restaurants, hotels, gas stations, groceries, parks and more.

• Health: Apple’s Health, a health app, helps organize your important health information and makes it easy to access it in one central and secure place. It has many places for health records, medications, labs, activity, and sleep, and it’s easy to share that information. It also collects health and fitness data from your iPhone, built-in sensors on your Apple Watch, compatible third-party devices, and apps that use HealthKit. It offers very comprehensive fitness information and helps you keep track of trends like your blood sugar, heart rate and how your breathing changes over time. And much more.

• cloudLibrary (Reading): Want an easy way to connect to your local library for online access to books and other resources? All you need is a library card and you’re good to go. The cloudLibrary allows you to browse, borrow, and read a library staff-selected collection of titles. Books can be read or listened to on personal devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Nook, Kindle Fire, PC and Mac OS. The how-to videos are especially helpful for learning all aspects of the app, which is easy to use and simple to use. If you’ve lost the reading habit, this is one way to get you reading again.

• YouTube (streaming video): Who doesn’t know YouTube? But do you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google? Most people think of YouTube as the source of all kinds of weird videos, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s so valuable because you can learn how to make just about anything, and the best part is that it gives you what You learn, being demonstrated. Need a refresher tutorial on how to operate a chainsaw? Need help cleaning your dishwasher? Want to learn how pro chefs whip up a turkey for Thanksgiving? YouTube is the right place.

When I recently asked several family members about their favorite apps, they suggested a handful of apps I wasn’t familiar with. You might want to check out one or more of these: Remind (from our teacher), Zillow (from our real estate observer), Note Rush (from our aspiring musician), and All Trails (from our hiker).

In future articles we will continue to focus on apps – choosing an app and controlling your apps. So stay with us.

So many apps, so little time!

For more tips and information to make your digital life easier, visit BoomerTECH Adventures at boomertechadventures.com. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for many free video tutorials at youtube.com/channel/UC1rS22ccn11gtOXY2yp1yRw.

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