7 Free Must Have iPhone Apps That Make Life More Fun

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If you’ve owned your iPhone for a while, chances are good that you’re already familiar with its major browsers and social media apps. Examples include Safari and apps that sync your iPhone with your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, Kindle and so forth.

While most users would consider such programs to be must have iPhone apps, we’ve left them off of our list because you already have them — or at least know about them.

7 Free Must Have iPhone Apps

We bring you some lesser known apps that can either simplify your life, or make it a bit more fun.

AirBnB

Tired of standard chain hotel and motel stays when you travel? This app makes it easy to arrange travel plans off the beaten path wherever you are in the world. The app allows owners in over 34,000 cities to list their traditional bed and breakfasts, inns, and similar hotel alternatives for short term and long term lease, as well as allowing travelers to search for the perfect retreat or even last-minute accommodations for their stay.

The app makes listing and booking easy and also allows owners and guests to get to know one another before the arrival via messaging. The app is available in over 25 languages, requires iOS 5.0 or later, and is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Around Me

Have you ever been lost in an unfamiliar part of your city, or been traveling to another city or state and needed to know the location of closest gas station?

Must have iphone appsOr perhaps you needed to know where to find the nearest hospital, bank, restaurant, bar, movie theater, hotel, pharmacy, grocery store and so forth?

This free app comes to your rescue and instantly locates these places for you, at a touch of a button! You can also see your location and route on a map or email the information to a contact.The app is available in over 11 languages, requires iOS 5.0 or later, and works on the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.

Tinder

Have you ever been at a party, a store, or even just walking down the street, and saw a man or woman that you were attracted to, but you were afraid to speak to them because you didn’t know if they felt the same attraction?

Tinder - Must Have iPhone appsThis app helps you to break the ice and get introduced to others who also want to be introduced to you.

Basically, the app will suggest people to you that are in your nearby area, and you can like the suggestion or pass. If the other person also likes you back, the app connects the two of you via instant messaging. What happens next is up to the users. The app does require Facebook to work, as well as iOS 7 or later, and location must be on to work, which can drain battery life, but all in all this app can be a fun new way for singles to meet. The app works on iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.

Duolingo

Most of us find learning new things easier when there is a competitive element to our instruction and when we receive positive feedback. Duolingo is a free app that makes learning French, Spanish, German, Italian, English and Portuguese, easy and fun.

The app integrates the four methods of learning a language: writing, reading, listening and speaking and provides encouragement while allowing users to set goals, and track their progress. This app is great if you are taking a traditional language course, or if you are getting ready to take a trip and need to quickly acquire some basic language skills. Requires iOS 6.0 or later, and works on iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone.

SwiftKey Note

You need iOS 6.0 or later to use this free app, and it’s available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This app also supports the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, which is helpful for bilingual users, or students that are studying a foreign language. This app makes it easy to take notes because it allows you to categorize your notes into groups as well as syncs with the popular Evernote app. It’s best features include it’s highly accurate automatic spell checker, as well as its ability to correctly predict the next word as you start to type.

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Are you stumped by a difficult situation? Need an answer to a puzzling question? Wish you could “phone a friend” for the answer like a contestant in a game show? Well, now you can! Point your iPhone at the item you have a question about, snap it’s picture, add your question, and then instantly send out your plea for help to your friends and contacts from all of your social networks. The app even allows you to forward your question to contacts outside of your existing social networks, or send text only questions.

Mint

This app allows you to track where your money is going, across all of your accounts, create budgets and savings goals, and receive helpful financial advice to keep you on the right track. The app also alerts you when you are close to exceeding your spending limits, or if there are unusual transactions in any of your accounts. If your New Year’s resolutions involved a commitment to pay down your debt, save more, or get a handle on your finances, this one app can help you achieve these and other important financial goals. The app requires iOS 7.0 or higher, works on iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone for users in the U.S. and Canada.

Of course, there are other must have iPhone app that you can get for free. Do you have any favorites that didn’t make our list? Share your suggestions with us and other readers by letting us know in the comments section.

Digital Landing also has other iPhone articles that you may find helpful, including how to extend your battery life, apps for the summer, as well as tips on how to get free apps that save users time and money.

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