(Pocket-lint) – There are thousands of iOS apps to choose from – so many, in fact, that it can be hard to suss out which ones are worth trying.
Whether you’re an experienced iPhone user or someone who has recently left Android for iOS, finding the perfect app for, say, sending email or checking the weather or jotting notes or playing a relaxing game is no easy task. You have a multitude of options, and with the App Store serving up ads in some search results, it’s even more difficult to discern which apps are the best.
Luckily, we at Pocket-lint have tried more apps than you can imagine and have been using iPhone since 2007. To help you out, we’ve made this ultimate guide of the best iPhone apps. Download any one of these, and you won’t be disappointed. We’ve arranged everything by category, so it should be easy to digest.
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Best iPhone apps
Apple App Store – Ikea
AR and VR (non-games)
Google Cardboard is an app that works with Google Cardboard-compatible VR headsets (also called viewers) and your iPhone. It not only helps you set up a Cardboard viewer but also includes a few VR experiences to get you started.
Try it now: Google Cardboard
This AR-powered app lets you overlay GIFs onto the real world and share your creations with friends. Imagine drawing in the air with cat GIFs.
Try it now: Giphy World
IKEA Place lets you virtually see 3D, true-to-scale IKEA products in your space. It includes most of IKEA’s catalogue, like sofas and chairs, and helps you to better understand the furniture’s size, design, and functionality in your home.
Try it now: Ikea Place
AR can help you plan your next tattoo! InkHunter lets you preview what a tattoo might look like on your skin. Just draw a marker on yourself, and point your device camera on marker, and the app will show the design at every angle.
Try it now: Ink Hunter
Although Apple now offers a Measure app directly in iOS, there are alternatives, likd MeasureKit, which has nine AR tools: Ruler, Magnetometer, Trajectory, Face Mesh, Marker Pin, Angles, Person Height, Cube, and Level.
Try it now: MeasureKit
Star Walk is a popular stargazing app. It’s an interactive guide to the night sky, following your every movement in real-time and allowing you to explore over 200,000 celestial bodies and get access to information about anything you find.
Try it now: Sky Walk
Vuforia Chalk combines live video, audio, and the ability for a remote person to annotate their live view. Annotations accurately stick to real-world objects, even when people move around. Imagine, for instance, using this as a field technician.
Try it now: Vuforia Chalk
WallaMe allows you to draw messages and hide them in the real world. You can leave the message anywhere, and they’re only visible to your friends, though you can search for other hidden messages using a map interface.
Try it now: WallaMe
Apple App Store – Dropbox
Apple iCloud Drive
This is Apple’s own cloud storage service. Documents, media, and folders that you store in iCloud Drive stay up to date across all of your Apple devices, so you can access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC, and on iCloud.com. You get 5GB of space for free to start.
Try it now: iCloud Drive
Dropbox lets you store files and folders to the cloud and share them, scan docs, and collaborate with others, with everything safely synced across all your devices – so you can access it anytime, anywhere. You get 2GB of space for free to start.
Try it now: Dropbox
Google Drive is similar to Dropbox, only you get 15GB free to start, and it directly supports Google’s entire product portfolio. You can see your Google Photos or Google Docs files, for instance, and invite others to view, edit, or leave comments.
Try it now: Google Drive
Apple App Store – Bumble
Dating and relationships
It’s a dating app similar to Tinder. Only, with Bumble, women make the first move so that all users can form relationships in a more respectful way.
Try it now: Bumble
OKCupid is all about rich profiles, where you can show off your personality and interests. You can answer thousands of questions about yourself, or just a few, and it algorithm will helps you connect with people who share your passions.
Try it now: OKCupid
Tinder is a really popular dating app. It works like this: Match. Chat. Date. You swipe right on a profile picture/profile to like someone, or use the swipe left feature to pass. If someone likes you back, it’s a match, whom you can chat.
Try it now: Tinder
Grindr is a social networking and chat app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. It’s not as fully featured or pretty as, say, Tinder, but it’s still the No. 1 option for the LGBTQ community.
Try it now: Grindr
Apple App Store – Acorns
Acorns is an investment app that automatically invests your spare change. It’s for the novice investor who doesn’t understand the market.
Try it now: Acorns
Get approved quickly for short-term loans (in the US) that you can spend practically anywhere on the web, from Lowe’s to Walmart!
Try it now: Affirm
Coinbase is one of the most popular cryptocurrency wallets available, as it supports a range of different ones, including bitcoin. For instance, it makes it easy to securely buy, use, store, and accept bitcoin, as well as ethereum and litecoin.
Try it now: Coinbase
You’ve probably seen the commercials. They’re legit. Credit Karma lets you see your credit profile (without dinging your credit), get credit monitoring, check out personalised recommendations, even file your taxes for free.
Try it now: Credit Karma
Want to see how you spend your money? Mint is the free money management and financial tracker app that bring together your bank accounts, credit cards, bills, and investments and see what you’re spending and where you can save money.
Try it now: Mint
Robinhood lets you buy and sell stocks and exchange-traded funds without paying a commission. You can start a portfolio and invest in your favourite companies. Like Acorns, it’s meant for novice investors who want to buy and trade.
Try it now: Robinhood
Ever ask your mom to pick something up at the store? With this, you can deposit money instantly into her Square Cash wallet or her bank account (there may be some small fees associated). You can even buy and sell bitcoin with this app.
Try it now: Square Cash
Venmo is like Square Cash, but with a social layer. You can add notes to your payments for others to see, and like or comment on friends’ stories.
Try it now: Venmo
Apple App Store – HQ
This is a sequel app to Odyseey Adventure. You play the role of a snowboarder, flying down an endless, gorgeous landscape. While Adventure had players on a cold mountain, Odyssey throws in some pastures and desert landscapes.
Try it now: Alto’s Odyssey
Clash Royale is a tower rush game in which you can duel players from around the world in real-time in both 1v1 and 2v2 Battles. The objective (three minutes into the game) is to destroy opposing towers as well as the “King tower”.
Try it now: Clash Royale
This is a Battle Royale game where you squad up and compete to be the last one standing in 100-player PvP. You’re supposed to build cover, battle your opponents, and survive the longest to earn your victory.
Try it now: Fortnite
HQ Trivia is a popular live game show where you can win real cash prizes. Every day, you tune into the HQ live show to answer trivia questions, which range from easy to hard, and see if you can win cash.
With this card battler, you’re the hero who uses cards to “sling spells, summon minions, and seize control” of the battlefield. You can jump right in, build your deck, hone your skills, and fight for glory in the Arena and duel players.
Try it now: Hearthstone
LEGO AR Studio
LEGO AR Studio is an AR app that lets you play with virtual LEGO toys and sets in your real-world environment. You can move and position everything, learn details about your set, and try movie-making. You control the entire experience.
Try it now: LEGO AR Studio
This is a sequel to 2014’s Monument Valley. It’s an indie puzzle game, where the goal is to guide Ro and her child through mazes, optical illusions, and impossible objects in order to complete the puzzle.
Try it now: Monument Valley
This game put mobile AR experiences on the map in 2016. It allows you to be a Trainer who can search for Pokemon in the real-world, as well as do catching, hatching, evolving, and more. You can even compete in epic gym battles.
Try it now: Pokemon Go
This is a Fortnite-like Battle Royal game in which 100 players parachute onto a remote island. Players have to locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles, and supplies, and defeat every player to be the last one standing.
Try it now: PUBG Mobile
Sky: Children of the Light
Fly across sprawling landscapes to help celestial beings find their way back to the heavens in this jaw-dropping social quest.
Try it now: Sky: Children of the Light
Threes is an indie puzzle game where the player slides numbered tiles on a grid to combine addends and multiples of three. The game ends when there are no moves left on the grid and the tiles are counted for a final score.
Try it now: Threes
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an augmented reality (AR) mobile game that will see you immersed into the Wizarding World. You will become a witch or wizard, walking among muggles, defending the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy to ensure that the world remains a secret.
Try it now: Wizards Unite
Apple App Store – Clue
Health and fitness
Clue is a period tracker app that uses science to help you discover patterns in your menstrual cycle, get personalised reminders about your period, PMS, ovulation, and fertility, and track everything from your mood to exercise.
Try it now: Clue
Couch to 5K
Ever wish you were a runner? Then check out the official Couch to 5K training app! It says if you spend just 20 to 30 minutes running – three times a week for nine weeks – you’ll be ready to finish your first 5K (3.1-mile) race.
Try it now: Couch to 5K
C25K is another Couch to 5K program. Like the others, it mixes running and walking, gradually building up your strength and stamina.
Try it now: C25K
Fertility Friend is another fertility tracker. It has an advanced ovulation calculator, menstrual calendar, fertility chart, and period tracker. Its aim is to help you get pregnant, with personalised trying-to-conceive tips and analysis.
Try it now: Fertility Friend
Headspace is a guided meditation app. The basics course is completely free and will teach you the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness. After that, with a subscription, you can access the full Headspace meditation library.
Try it now: Headspace
Synctuition is another meditation app, although it’s a little less guided than Headspace. You simply pop in your headphones, close your eyes and enjoy a careful blend of sounds and music for 20 or 30 minutes to relax without any hassle.
Try it now: Synctuition
Lose It! is a weight loss program. You simply download the app, set your goal, and track the foods to lose weight.
Try it now: Lose it!
MyFitnessPal, which is integrated with Under Armour’s apps and devices, helps you track food, create goals, log exercise, and get support.
Try it now: MyFitnessPal
Pocket Yoga will guide you through an entire Yoga session. It offers different ones with varying difficulty and helps you to learn all the poses.
Try it now: Pocket Yoga
Runkeeper helps those of you with an Apple Watch or a wearable like Fitbit track your workouts with GPS, set goals, see progress, and more.
Try it now: Runkeeper
This is another GPS-supported running app that lets you track distance, time, speed, elevation, calories burned, and other stats.
Try it now: Runtastic
Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns and decides to when to wake you up in light sleep – the natural way.
Try it now: Sleep Cycle
Strava Running and Cycling
Strava not only lets you track your run but also activities like swimming, hiking, crossfit, gym training, surfing, yoga, and more.
Try it now: Strava Running and Cycling
The Mindfulness App
This is a meditation app with a guided practice, timed sessions, reminders, and stats – so you can keep track of your meditation journey.
Try it now: The Mindfulness App
Quickly scan or look up any product in your house and find out whether it’s full of toxic chemicals and carcinogens. (Warning: You will be shocked.) This app basically helps you to shop cleanly.
Try it now: ThinkDirty
Daily Yoga offers over 500 asanas, 200 guided classes of yoga, pilates, and meditation, 50 workout plans, and even coaches workshops.
Try it now: Daily Yoga
Think of this as a guided running app, but with it, you hear zombies all around you. So, there’s only one thing you can do: Run!
Try it now: Zombies Run
Apple App Store – Apple Music
This is Apple’s music subscription service built into its devices. With it, you can stream practically any tune you’ve ever wanted to hear.
Try it now: Apple Music
Apple’s GarageBand turns your iPad and iPhone into a recording studio, so you can create and mix music – or even be a DJ – while on the go.
Try it now: GarageBand
Pandora is a classic music app that’s basically a digital radio. It lets you create stations from your favorite songs, artists, or genres.
Try it now: Pandora
SoundCloud is a music and audio streaming platform, with over 180 million tracks. It lets you upload audio and find new music, all in one place.
Try it now: SoundCloud
Spotify is like Apple Music, only it’s not tied to Apple devices, and there is a freemium tier that lets you listen to stations and playlists with ads.
Try it now: Spotify
Apple App Store – 1Pass