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Smartphones and tablets are amazing pieces of technology and what makes them even more amazing are mobile applications or simply “apps.” These computer programs allow you to do practically everything using your mobile device, from buying groceries to planning family vacations (after the pandemic, of course).
For busy young professionals, apps can mean the difference between an organized life and a chaotic one. The key is to find the most useful ones and those that fit your lifestyle. To help you narrow down your choices from literally millions of apps, here are some must-haves that you should download right now:
One of the most useful apps you’ll ever install in your smartphone or tablet is your personal bank’s app. This way, you’ll have access to your finances anytime, anywhere. What’s more, with your online banking app, you can easily perform transactions such as funds transfers and bills payment.
Downloading your bank’s app also helps secure your account through the help of 2FA or two-factor authentication. Moreover, you can easily keep track of your finances because you have an online record of your transactions. Finally, should your bank cards get lost or stolen, the app will allow you to block the card so that it can’t be used for unauthorized and fraudulent transactions.
As previously mentioned, you can use your mobile banking apps for paying bills. However, not all of your billers may be partners with your bank. In this case, payment apps and e-wallets are your next best option for settling your accounts.
These apps also come with a variety of helpful features. For example, many e-wallets allow you to purchase prepaid load and data, send money to e-wallet accounts (perfect for unbanked recipients), and buy game credits. There are also payment apps that allow you to shop online even if you don’t have a credit or debit card.
Young professionals are always busy, busy, busy with work, hobbies, and passions. That’s why productivity apps are a must-have to help with time and task management. With the help of productivity apps, you can make the most of every hour.
Some of the most important productivity apps you can download include the following:
- Task manager apps
- To-do list apps
- Collaboration apps
- Messaging apps
- Note-taking apps
- Cloud storage apps
Most of the time, there are already native apps pre-installed on your smartphone or tablet that can perform the above-mentioned tasks. However, these apps often offer only the most basic functions. With third-party apps, you’ll have access to more features so you can fully customize your experience. There are plenty of free productivity apps, although there are also paid ones that provide even more features and come with added perks.
Food Delivery Apps
Let’s face it: there are times when you feel so tired that you don’t have the energy to prepare your meals anymore. When this happens, food delivery apps can come to your rescue.
What’s great is that you have a lot of options. First, of course, are the restaurant-owned apps that serve as an alternative to their delivery hotlines. Second, would be the apps that cover the usual restaurants as well as establishments that don’t have their own apps or delivery methods. This means that you can now order from your favorite corner tapsihan just like how you can order from your favorite restaurants.
Fitness apps can help you restore and maintain your physical health. There are various kinds that you’ll find in your phone’s app marketplace, and you can take your pick based on your interests and fitness level. There are also workout-specific apps (e.g., focused on pilates and/or yoga only) as well as general fitness apps that have different exercise tutorials.
You can also download supplemental or allied fitness apps if you want, such as heart rate monitors, sleep cycle apps, as well as calorie counters. Do note that some exercise apps already have some of these features built-in, although these may not be as comprehensive.
Financial Management and Budgeting Apps
More and more Filipinos are becoming more financially savvy. To help you become one (or to improve your savviness) you can download different kinds of financial management apps on your smartphone or tablet. These can help you monitor your investments, if any, and monitor your cash flow so you can better manage and grow your money.
As the age-old saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. No matter how busy you are, it’s good to take a break and simply relax and your mobile device can help you do so. There are no shortage of entertainment apps that are free to download, including games, streaming services, and e-readers. You can even download all of them, if you want!
Ultimately, the choice depends on the activity you love doing in your free time. The bottomline is that you take the time to do things that aren’t work-related in order to recharge and give your mind a break.
Do you have these kinds of apps in your mobile device yet? Download them now to make technology work to your advantage and live each day to the fullest.