11 Apps That Are Changing The Way We Work, Learn, Travel and Live

Whether you’re looking for a new way to make managing your finances easier, your work day more productive, your travels more organized or you’re interested in learning something new or perhaps you want to strengthen your romantic connection with your partner, here are 11 mobile apps that will change the way you work, learn and live.

1) Otter Voice Notes (available on iOS and Android

Otter Voice Notes App
Otter Voice Notes

A “smart note-taking app”, Otter Voice Notes records conversations and generates accurate transcriptions. As your usage of Otter increases, it will learn your voice and distinguish it between all the different speakers in a given conversation. Perfect for meetings, lectures, conferences and interviews.

2) Sky Guide (available on iOS

Sky Guide

If you’re interested in learning more about astronomy in real-time, Sky Guide shows you the locations of stars, planets, and constellations through an augmented reality-like interface. Simply point your phone in any direction, and your display will show you the names of the stars and planets that you can see.

 3) PhotoMath (available on iOS and Android)


PhotoMath is a mobile application that acts as a “Camera Calculator”. Using your phone’s camera, take a photo of a mathematical equation and PhotoMath provides the answer as well as a step-by-step guide of how each problem is solved onscreen. I imagine this app would be an incredibly useful tool for educators, students and parents.

4) Hitlist (available on iOS and Android)


Hitlist’s mission is simple: “help you travel more for less“.  As you add travel destinations to your own personalized travel wish list, Hitlist sends you alerts about the lowest airfare deals available for your selected destinations and timeframe.

5) Google Translate (available on iOS and Android)

Google Translate App
Google Translate

If you find yourself in a situation with a language you aren’t fluent in, Google Translate will quickly become your best friend. In addition to the app’s instant verbal translation feature, you can also take a photo of text you don’t understand and the app will translate the text in your photo in real time.

6) 1Blocker (available on iOS)


1Blocker improves your overall web experience on Safari by blocking annoying ads and trackers thus speeding up page load times.

7) Mint (available on iOS and Android)

mint app

Mint pulls all your accounts (credit cards, loans, banks, investments, etc.) and credit score into one place and gives you insight into how you’re spending. It also provides you with tools to set budgets, lets you categorize spending by category, and offers reminders for upcoming bills.

8) Duolingo (available on iOS and Android)


Duolingo makes learning a new language (fairly) simple. You can practice reading, writing, speaking, listening and conversation in over 30 different languages. Duolingo tracks your progress and presents you with adorable little rewards as you complete lessons.

9) SWEAT (available on iOS and Android

Sweat App

The SWEAT app has been referred by users as their own “personal trainer”. It offers programs and workouts that will meet the needs of nearly every type of fitness enthusiast: bodyweight workouts you can do at home, strength workouts with machines at the gym, heavy weights, cardio, yoga, pilates, postpartum programs as well as nutritional plans. The app also gives you access to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program, a 12-week fitness plan that is based on bodyweight exercises you can do at home.

10) Pack This (available on iOS)

Pack This App
Pack This

If you’re planning a group trip, you will definitely find this app helpful for keeping everyone organized. Pack This allows you to create a “what to pack” checklist, where you can categorize and tag items to specific travellers in your group. The app also provides a trip countdown clock and keeps everyone up-to-date with the weather in your travel destination. Good news is, if someone in the group doesn’t have the app you can still share the master-list with them by easily exporting the list via email.

11) 36 Questions (available on iOS and Android)

36 Questions App
36 Questions

Based on a study conducted by psychologist Arthur Aron, these 36 questions are used to build communication and understanding between a couple. This set of questions have actually made complete strangers fall in love. Grab your partner, download the app and let the questions work their magic.

Is there an app that you use to make your day a little easier? Share in the comments! 

lauren reyes grange

11 Mobile Apps That Are Changing the way we work learn and live
11 Apps That Are Changing The Way We Work, Learn, Travel and Live

20 Comments Add yours

  1. I could have done with photomath when I was struggling with maths at school! I may just give duolingo a try to brush up on my Italian.

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Andrea. Photomath and the Otter voice notes would have come in pretty handy during my academic career. I’ve been using Duolingo to improve my French for about a year now and I absolutely love it.


      1. I downloaded it this morning and did my first activity 🙂


  2. It boggles the mind! The variety of Apps and what they can do. A terrific roundup, Lauren. Thank you.

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  3. pauladee4 says:

    What a useful post. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad you found it useful, Paula!


  4. carlamcgill says:

    Interesting apps! I’m sure I could use a couple of them regularly. Thanks for this post. 🙂

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    1. Glad you found my list interesting and I’m curious to hear your feedback once you give them a try. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    The Sky Guide would be fun to have. Pack This would be incredibly useful.

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    1. Sky Guide may be my favourite one. It’s very easy to use and you learn so much.. also gives you a good excuse to take an evening walk 🙂

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  6. Oh, I know so little of apps but your post has challenged me to explore. I need to keep learning!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s the beauty of the web, there are endless ways to keep learning. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  7. I am utterly amazed at these, and yet so far behind the curve. As in … someday I will join the 21st Century and actually get a smartphone. In the meantime, I will share with a friend who will definitely appreciate them now. (I can find you again in the future!)

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    1. I’m amazed by them, too! Especially PhotoMath. Imagine having that as a student?! Glad you’ll be sharing the list with a friend. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  8. Clare Pooley says:

    Thank you, Lauren. I am greatly tempted by Duolingo; I really need to practice my French and German. My husband has Sky Guide and he loves it!


    1. My pleasure, Clare. I’ve been using Duolingo to practice my French for about a year (on and off) and I’ve found it quite helpful. They have a desktop version, too incase you don’t want to download the app: http://www.duolingo.com. Great news that your husband is already using Sky Guide and loves it. I’ve been really enjoying it, too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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      1. Clare Pooley says:

        My pleasure, Lauren. Thank you for the duolingo desktop link 🙂

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