November 27, 2019

5 apps you should absolutely have on your iPhone or iPad

There are thousands of apps available for download on your iOS device. The App Store alone offers over 750k. With such a vast array of apps to choose from, it can be difficult choosing a select few, something you have to do unless you want to be forever scrolling through pages of apps. We are going to make your life a bit easier as we have chosen 5 apps that you should absolutely have on your iPhone or iPad check them out and download them now.

These apps are ones we highly recommend you install before any others:

  1. YouTube
  2. A VPN app
  3. Camscanner
  4. Shazam
  5. Dropbox


YouTube is a must-have app for everyone using an iPhone or iPad. The app has plenty to offer by way of music, news, what’s trending, sports, tutorials, and more.

With YouTube, you can find out how to do just about anything, from DIY to baking a cake. You can find new music, podcasts, meditations, relaxation music, comedy, and a whole lot more all within the app thanks to the easy search and recommendations.

While you can watch a great deal of content through the app, you can also stream your own live video broadcasts and upload videos you have created. It is the perfect portal for live webcasts and more.

Along with offering a free version, you can choose to take out a subscription, called YouTube Red. The subscription allows users to view videos offline and listen to music with the screen off and the app running in the background.

A VPN app

One app that is vital to anyone who uses his or her iPhone to access the internet is a VPN app.

While people have virus and malware protection on computers, safety and security on mobile devices is often forgotten about. Even if you are conscientious and you do have virus software on your iPhone and iPad, you may still be at risk from hackers and your ISP knowing the websites you visit online using your device.

VPNs, aka Virtual Private Networks, are available as apps for computers, but providers also support iOS devices.

With a VPN installed, you can mask your own IP address and remain safe behind a virtual tunnel that encrypts your data.

A plan with a VPN provider is required and you can use the same plan on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, along with other devices.

If you use your mobile device on the internet, installing a VPN app should be considered essential and one of the first apps that you install on your device.

You can find a selection of VPN for iPhone here:

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Have you ever come across the need to be able to take a scan of a document while mobile and not within reach of a scanner? If so Camscanner is the ideal app. With the app, you carry around a portable scanner in your pocket so it is on hand whenever and wherever you need it.

With Camscanner, you can take a quick and easy scan of any document and turn it into a PDF document, text or JPG. You can even edit the scan thanks to the built-in OCR functions.

The app even allows you to fax your scans or print them using AirPrint so you can share them with friends or colleagues. If you want to keep whatever you scanned safe and secure, you can upload it to your Dropbox or Google Drive.

Camscanner is available in three versions, the basic, which costs nothing, Premium and Business.


Have you ever heard a tune playing in the background and it sticks in your mind? You know it but you just cannot bring the name to mind. It is annoying, but the title of it just will not come to you.

Perhaps you hear a song you have never heard before but really like it and would like to download it. Well thankfully, there is a solution.

Install Shazam and you will never have to wonder again what that song or piece of music is. All you have to do is open up the app and it will tell you what is playing in the background. Along with this, the app gives details about the song, including lyrics, information about the band, along with where you can purchase the music.

Shazam also works with Siri, by saying “Hey Siri what is this song”. The app also works with Apple Watch or Wear OS devices.


While there are quite a few cloud storage solutions out there, Dropbox is one of the more reliable and popular.

Dropbox is an essential app to have on your phone whether you just want easy access to documents, videos and music yourself or you want to share them with friends of colleagues.

With Dropbox, you can keep all the important things that matter to you within easy reach and in sync on your computer, iPhone, and iPad and get to them within minutes.

The app supports file sharing via a sharing folder. You can choose whom to share that folder with by emailing the person a link. This way you have peace of mind that no one can access your files unless you invite them to do so.

You can make separate folders for different things so you know exactly where your files are and can get hold of them quickly on the go.

If using Dropbox for work you will be pleased to know that Microsoft Office files are supported and you can edit files easily along with creating them.

The app even shows you highlights and recent files, so you can access them quickly. Smart content suggestions are made based on your recent activity in the app. The app offers calendar integration, with the app suggestion content you might need for your meetings including relevant files.

Dropbox is available free with limited storage space, but you can upgrade to a paid plan that offers 2TB of storage and plenty more benefits.

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Imran Uddin

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