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As millennials, we’ve got the world at our fingertips.
Bless you, you smart tech-savvy people, for making our lives so easy. Seriously, there are phone apps for 20-somethings for everything nowadays. I often find myself struggling with deciding which apps are a priority vs. which ones I really never use. Ugh, but why do I have such little space on my phone?!
Being 23 (almost 24!) I definitely find myself using certain apps over and over. So, what I’ve done is created a list of 10 essential (non-social media) phone apps for 20-somethings. I decided not to include social media, only because odds of you all having Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat are pretty high (am I wrong tho?).
10 Essential (Non-Social Media) Phone Apps for 20-somethings:
1. The Weather Channel
I know a lot of smartphones come with a built-in weather app, but I gotta say The Weather Channel has the most up to date hourly forecasts and real-time weather reporting. I like to have my home weather, school weather, and weather of my boyfriend out in Cali so I can be constantly jealous of him in the winter 🙂 Not to mention, it has other features like road conditions, pollen levels and even outdoor running conditions (yuck..running).
You can even get notifications before it starts raining!!! No more getting stuck without an umbrella and with drenched wet socks…because we all know that’s actually the worst.
2. Fitbit/Nike + Training
Yeah, I hate running, and I am not ashamed of it lol. However, science has proven working out is pretty important to our health, so I try to get my heart rate up by doing other cardio and workout routines. Which is why I love both these apps.
I love my Fitbit. Some people say it’s a trend, but it’s a damn good one! I was kind of a shock when I realized I was not getting in nearly as many steps as what is recommended daily (it’s 10,000 btw)…and that was when I was walking to class every day. Imagine how little steps you’re actually getting when you sit behind a computer all day…yikes. The app is great for tracking steps, calories burned, heart rate, sleep and even water intake. Plus, you can connect with and motivate your friends/family.
For those who don’t want or plan to buy a Fitbit, the Nike+ Training App is another awesome app. It’s got great customization features, so there are so many workout routine options. For example, you can input what you want to improve on in your workout (cardio, muscle-building etc.), or a specific body part you want to focus on. Also, they offer different workouts depending on if you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced. There are so many different routines that range from quick 10-min abs to an hour and a half HIIT workout.
Don’t have equipment? That’s fine too! They have something for everyone.
Poshmark is one of my favorite phone apps for 20-somethings everrr. Raise your hand if you or someone you know has been personally victimized by Plato’s Closet (insert hand waving emoji here).
It really sucks when you’re trying to shrink your closet a little while earning some extra cash, but find yourself getting $2 dollars for a piece of clothing that’s worth way more…and I mean WAY more.
Well, Poshmark is the easy solution for that. It’s so easy and simple to buy and sell your designer/brand name clothes. All you do is snap a few pics of whatever item you’re trying to sell and post it to your “Poshmark Closet.” If someone buys your item, the shipping labels are created for you and you just have to package up your item and ship it out as soon as you can…
…yeah it’s that easy.
4. Google Maps
I know, a lot of smartphones come with a built-in GPS system…but I still think Google Maps is well worth the download. When you are trying to get from point A to B, it gives you everything you need to know. If there is traffic or construction, it automatically picks up the best route for you to travel. Sometimes, accidents can happen without warning, and it’ll let you know if there is a slow down on your route, and take you another way. Also if you’re looking to explore an area, or are looking for a gas station, ATM, or restaurant, it gives you all that info too!
Just be careful while you’re driving 🙂
5. Bank/Credit Card Apps
I can’t really name a specific one for this since we all have different banks/cards. Nevertheless, it’s so crucial to stay on top of your finances. The apps well made, and typically super secure with different means of entering (fingerprint recognition, codes etc.).
It’s important to recognize any strange charges sooner rather than later. Rather than waiting to get on a computer, you can monitor all your transactions through the app. Also, you can pay your bills, switch money from your checking into your savings (hopefully not the other way around lol) or even DEPOSIT A CHECK. Hands down one of my favorite features.
Venmo probably takes the cake as one of most essential phone apps for 20-somethings. You know what sucks? Having to owe people money for dinner/concert tickets/cab fare but not having any money on you.
This is why Venmo was created and is the holy grail of all the money transfer apps. It’s simple, easy to sign up for, and convenient AF. No more having to withdraw weird amounts of money from your nearest ATM…and no more stupid withdrawal fee from a bank that’s not yours. All you have to do is link your bank account and you’re pretty much good to go. You can send money or request it from people who owe you.
I feel like I’m on one of those infomercials, but seriously….its THAT easy!
7. Dunkin Donuts
I guess this is geographic dependent since Dunkin is more of the Northeastern United States sorta thing…..but dayummmm they got themselves a great app.
Once you plug-in your credit card info and upload some money, you can choose to pay for whatever you purchase through the app. When you do that, you earn points. The more points you get = free beverages! <3
And it’s not like you’re spending a ridiculous amount of money (aka $1000 dollars for a $3 drink) to earn a free beverage either. They also have daily/weekly offers and deals to help you earn more points.
Also, the worst is when there is a huge h*ckin line. BUT when you order “on the go” through the app you get to skip the line. It’s bougie as hell, and I love every second of it.
*Related Post: Read twenty goals to set in your twenties here*
…doesn’t this pic make you want doughnuts…
Apple Music works too, but not everyone has an iPhone 🙂
These music streaming apps are amazing because they save so much space on your phone, and the options are endless. I mean of course in order to get no ads, you gotta pay like $10 a month ($5 if you’re a student hollaaaa), but that’s absolutely 100% worth it in my opinion. Listen to whatever music you want, anytime anywhere, with or without cellular data? Sign me up…jk already am 😉
Calling a cab is so 2008~*
Now that Uber and Lyft are available practically everywhere, it’s so easy to get a ride for you and your friends with just a few clicks of a button. They even have options for a larger vehicle when you have more people, or the ability to ride share for a cheaper fare. All your credit card info is already hooked up to it, so you never have to worry about not having enough money for a ride home!
Besides, drinking and driving is really dumb, and not worth it.
My fave app/website ever created! Some of you might consider the amazing website that is Pinterest, a social media platform. It’s totally way more than that. You can search for literally anything and everything and are pretty much guaranteed to come up with results.
It’s almost like a prettier Google (no offense google u still rock xoxo).
I can’t even count the number of times I’ve looked up recipe ingredients or makeup swatches while I was out at a store. Or if I’m traveling and on a long car ride, I often use it to pass the time. Most of my idea inspiration I get from Pinterest. #CRUCIAL on the list of phone apps for 20-somethings.
And those are my favorite phone apps for 20-somethings! Do you have any ideas I haven’t mentioned? Comment below!