Melanie Krohn
Melanie KrohnProject Manager, Bozell

What are your favorite little-known iOS apps?

I am not looking for things like Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, etc. but I love discovering new apps that are useful/fun/intuitive / etc... Recommend away!
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22 recommended
  1. 23
    Forest

    Put down your phone and stay focused. Or a tree will die. 🌳😵

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    This is the most simple app on my phone but also the one I recommend the most. It's by far my favorite productivity tool. 1) Set a timer for a certain period of time during which you can't touch your phone 2) While the timer is going, virtual trees are planted in your virtual forest 3) By planting virtual trees, you collect coins to plant REAL trees Be productive AND plant real trees, win-win situation. You can also see how long your friends are focusing and compete with them each day.
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    Love the concept. Installed it, but must start using it also ;-). Will do asap!
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    K.Volkan Gündüz
    K.Volkan GündüzManaging Partner of Mailcell · Written
    Utilize the technology to save the forest
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    • Daniel Kiedrowski
      Daniel KiedrowskiCode Ninja | Game Developer | AI Wizard

      This is amazing so for. It really keeps me going on my task t hand and let me leave my phone totally alone. The idea of growing something (for yourself) because of focussed time, is beautifully illustrated and simply a truth.

      I worked 6 hours yesterday, doing 25 minute chunks with 5-10 minutes of breaks in between. It really helped me to get something profound done.

    • (I am using Android 8.0)hi I found a hack in this app that I can use YouTube and playstore for hours but still the plant is intact and the app is running in background still I love the app and I make my 10 friend's to download the app

      Can you please add animals in the  forest and if we need to give the animals food we have to Winn the challenge.

      If we  don't give the animals food it will die

  2. Stefan Theofilos
    Stefan Theofilos8Product Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    Another recommendation I have is Privacy.com. I found a fraudulent charge on my card a couple months ago and since then I use Privacy for every online purchase I make.
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    K.Volkan Gündüz
    K.Volkan GündüzManaging Partner of Mailcell · Written
    It keeps my privacy for each online purchase.
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    Jacob Jones
    Jacob JonesDigital Marketing Specialist · Written
    This product is amazing.
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  3. 10
    Dark Sky

    Weather app that predicts when it will rain or snow

    Alexander Obenauer
    Alexander ObenauerCEO, Mindsense (Mail Pilot & Throttle) · Written
    Best weather app I've ever used. Crazy accurate an beautiful local radar. Notifications in advance of rain.
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    This is my go to for Weather. It's good for tropical weather - particularly tropical storms or hurricanes for knowing when things are starting to get nasty nearby
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    • Smokie
      SmokieSmokie Does Stuff

      While I want to like this app, I don't find it to be more useful or compelling as a weather app than 1Weather, WeatherBug, or The Weather Channel apps.

    • Marianne Métairie
      Marianne MétairieSoftware Product Designer & Art Director

      Love this app, I've been using it since a while now but I LOVE the new interface!

  4. 13
    Pinguin

    Interest based conversation #FollowWhatYouLove

    Joshua Gunning made this product
    Check it out on TC: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/1... PROJECT GENESIS: Our social feeds are based on “friends” or acquaintances that we’ve met throughout our lives by circumstance. We don’t necessarily share the same interests with these people, nor do we have much in common other than the circumstances in which we met. We have pretty much full access to these people. Snapchat for the “in the moment”, Instagram for the “humble brag”, Facebook for the “family-focused updates”, and Twitter for …well I’m not quite sure “thought vomit?“. However, none of this helped me much when I moved from middle Missouri to Orlando, to NYC, to SF, and then to LA. There I was in these new cities with no friends or family. All the degrees of connectivity didn’t help. I had to find friends and people of interest the old-fashioned way. To walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Josh.” This method didn’t fair too well in New York City. I was truly lonely in a city of 8.4 million people and none of my social networks could help me. The SF and LA community were a bit more receptive but most people I met didn’t share much in common, or maybe I’m just picky or maybe they didn’t like me… but that only sells my point more. It took a lot of time to develop any lasting relationships, lots of time… after 7 years of being in LA, I can finally say I have a good group of friends. That seems strange. I’m not that scary of a person and I rarely bite. This is why we are building Pinguin. We believe there’s a gap in the social space the incumbents simply can’t afford to target that lets people socialize around their interests, rather than being tied to the people they know because what’s life without expanding into the unknown? That’s exactly what Pinguin is: An interest-based social network that enhances communities both geographical and topic based through relevant conversation. PROJECT IN MY OWN WORDS: Pinguin is an interest-based application to discover and connect with communities that I care about. It’s a place where I can have the conversations I want to have with the people that want to have them with and care about what I have to say, immediately. I can choose to connect with a broader community or find people that share my interests in the same city or event.
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    Devon
    DevonCofounder of Pinguin App · Written
    Devon made this product
    We've seen so much awesome conversation happening here. I've been proudly nerding out in the #Startuplife channel all week.
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  5. 7
    BRAND24

    Keep track of your brand online.

    Jakub Rogalski
    Jakub Rogalski35Community Manager at Brand24 · Written
    We've just recently released a new version of our mobile app. If social media monitoring is your thing, it's a good way to keep track of all the relevant mentions. Users can sign up or create projects, which they couldn't do in the old version of the app. We haven't launched it on PH specifically but here's a link to a video explaining the most important features https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mP0gGmS25s
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    • Mateusz Kurleto
      Mateusz KurletoTech entrepreneur and investor @Neoteric

      A great tool that helps me understand where and how people discuss certain topics like "Alternative to [MyCompetitorName]", "How to [Solve the problem I sell a solution to]" so I can engage personally and try to convert.

    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt Pliszkaresearching SaaS software @ pickSaaS.com

      Brand24 is a great app, especially if you're a business prone to any type of social media critics (like every type of business, nowadays?). It's just a much better way to know what people are saying about your brand then searching it through Google.

  6. 8
    Penny

    A personal finance coach that's simpler than Mint

    Penny is a finance coach app that has an intuitive UI and uses a bot to talk through your financial health across all the accounts. Decent charts like "How's March going?" OR "Breakdown by category" are really cool
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    Robb
    RobbProject Manager · Written
    Penny is a calming presence in a world that can be very tough to understand. She gives insight on spending and seems like she is always adding new features and abilities. Penny+ (paid level) is totally worth it for the sub-categories alone.
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  7. Stefan Theofilos
    Stefan Theofilos8Product Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    I'm not sure if this is little-known or not, but I love this personal finance app. It has everything I need, subscriptions, budgeting, savings, etc.
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  8. Ivan Mir
    Ivan Mir3maker of Qbserve time tracking app · Written
    Luckily I haven't needed it and hopefully never will but it's a nice thing to keep on my phone. Available on Android too and there's also one for pets.
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  9. 3
    Evernote Scannable

    Multi-purpose scanning app from Evernote (iPhone)

    Calvin Dass
    Calvin DassI'm just here for the ride. · Written
    This has made going paperless so much easier! It takes 3 seconds to capture images, it enhances them automatically so they look like they've been scanned, and the PDFs or images can be shared with most other apps (I save mine to Google Drive or Box). It also integrates with Evernote and can automatically save contact information from business cards when you snap them! The scanning boundaries are also super accurate :)
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  10. 3
    Be My Eyes

    Lend your eyes to the blind

    Shafiu
    ShafiuProduct Designer · Written
    I love helping visually impaired people with this app. I've helped 9 people so far. Every time I answer a stranger's call it just lights up my day. I would totally recommend this app.
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    • Simon Bromberg
      Simon Brombergsbromberg.com

      Great idea, filling a real need for people. The app is straightforward; once you get set up you just wait until you're needed. You get a push notification when someone needs assistance, sometimes even if you answer right away someone else might beat you to it. But the fact that there are lots of people willing to help others is really great. There are many more sighted people than blind people on the app, so people needing help can almost always get it right away.

      In the few years I have had this app I think I have actually interacted with someone twice. But it was a very rewarding experience.

    • Sarika L
      Sarika LSeasoned Technology Product Head

      I've used this Almost weekly n a few times twice a week when I was able to pick a call and help someone.

      Easy to use and great idea.

      1. The only issue I faced was i sometimes missed to pick a call perhaps coz I didn't answer on the first few (1-2) seconds?

      2. It's a good idea and ive been able to help people with tech n non tech issue too..lol yeah...

      But I wondered if someone could give am incorrect help (I know there are people with good hearts, but there should be some mechanism-maybe feedback system?)

  11. 3
    Recruitee

    A fast, easy, collaborative hiring tool

    Beth Hudson
    Beth Hudson4Social Media Marketer, Recruitee · Written
    Recruitee is an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) that has a bunch of desktop users, but they also just released an iOS and Android app! Here's the blog post on it: https://recruitee.com/blog/recru... It allows you to continue your recruitment efforts on the go, which is so important in modern hiring. Everyone has a mobile device these days, so opportunities to nab top talent are likely missed if you are only interacting with candidates while you at your desk. I'm not saying that you should be checking stuff 24/7, because work/life balance is important for employers, as well! But it helps to get notifications and an overview so you an focus on what matters most in your recruitment process.
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  12. 1
    Taskful

    A smart to-do list that divides up your tasks for the day

    Michael Hirsch
    Michael HirschFounder of Taskful · Written
    Michael Hirsch made this product
    This to-do list/task manager is very clean, simple, and smart.
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  13. Agenda is a widget app that, in my opinion, does a better job than the stock calendar widget at displaying upcoming calendar events.
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    CARROT

    The fun to-do list with a personality

    It's fun, snarky, and helps me get things done with rewards, unlockables, and challenges.
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  15. Keep all of your lists handy. Sync them with someone else -- they are at home checking the fridge while you bike to the store. It all appears magically. Love this app.
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  16. 1
    Transloader

    Remotely download things on your Mac from your iPhone

    Matthias Gansrigler
    Matthias GansriglerCEO/Developer, Eternal Storms Software · Written
    Matthias Gansrigler made this product
    Whenever you need to download a link you come across on your iPhone or iPad to a Mac, this is the app to do it - you enter the URL into the iOS app, and the Mac counterpart starts the download. So when you return to your Mac, the file is ready for you.
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  17. Helps you save space on iPhone storing the high-resolution photo in a secure cloud while keeping the low-resolution photo on your device. And you also can order prints of your photos and have them delivered to your home.
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  18. Sami Rehman
    Sami RehmanFounder and CEO, My Film Buzz · Written
    Sami Rehman made this product
    Existing movie rating systems are broken. They attempt to cater to everyone's tastes with a single score. These scores can be biased or skewed and are often used more as a marketing tool. We all have friends that share our particular taste in movies. Those friends that recommend great movies to us because they understand us and know exactly what we like. This is the true measurement of quality which is what makes the My Film Buzz rating system different. By connecting with your friends, you will get a personalised movie rating based on their votes. In this way your score is completely personal to you and your unique network.
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  19. 1
    what3words

    Any location on the globe with a unique 3 word combination

    what3words is a global addressing system for anyone or anything, everywhere on earth. It has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. Looking forward to it taking off and becoming ubiquitous like Google Maps😊
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  20. 1
    ShadowBid - iOS App

    A simple iOS app to automate saving money on Amazon

    Wesley James
    Wesley JamesCo-founder, ShadowBid · Written
    Wesley James made this product
    Only just launched, but it's an amazing app for saving money on Amazon!
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