50 Free Apps To Make You An Incredibly Productive Person

October 17, 2015 - Kindle Unlimited

You’re regulating a million miles an hour, perplexing to reason down a parsimonious report full of parsimonious deadlines on a parsimonious ship. From messages to meetings to handling prying minutiae, these 50 apps can assistance we work wonders with your differently singular time.

Email And Communications

Unify Your Inboxes

If you’re like many people, you’ve sealed adult for during slightest a handful of email services. CloudMagic (Android, iOS) does an exquisite pursuit of restraining renouned email offerings together into one powerful, feature-filled app. It’ll hoop your corporate mail with ease, along with Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and a horde of others, and we can save messages to big-name note taking, list making, and CRM services.

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Keep In Touch With Your Team

Instead of relying on a rumble of email, benefaction messaging, calm messaging, and phone calls, Slack (Android, iOS, web) does a good pursuit of streamlining things down into a real-time communications apparatus that can offshoot into a heaping assisting of renouned third-party services. You and your organisation plead topics in opposite practical channels full of updates, images, files, tweets, and links that are open for all to see, that can assistance keep everybody on a same page. The giveaway charity lets we set adult an total array of users, repository 10,000 past messages, and can confederate with adult to 10 services (here’s a full services list).

Procrastinate Smarter, Not Harder

Boomerang (web) lets we temporarily transparent messages out of your inbox to lapse during a time and date we specify. It’s a dead-simple approach to spin messages into particular reminders. You can also use it to prewrite messages and report them to be sent after as well. Want that customer to consider you’re operative tough on their big, critical project? Schedule an email to send out during 3:30 a.m., even yet you’re essay it during 2 p.m. They’ll consider you’re blazing a midnight oil, even yet you’re unequivocally blazing a grilled cheese before a Netflix binge. The giveaway chronicle lets we play God with 10 messages any month.

Never Stop To Answer, “Where Are You?” Again

Glympse (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) is a elementary yet absolute approach to share your plcae with people for adult to 4 hours during a time—perfect for gripping your organisation supportive about your locale yet carrying to constantly refurbish them manually. Your invitees get a calm summary or email with a couple they can use to lane you, and they don’t need to have a Glympse app commissioned themselves, that is a large offered point.

Snag A Temporary Phone Number

Use Burner (Android, iOS) to set adult a disposable phone array while you’re interviewing possibilities or collecting bids on projects—especially those posted on publicly permitted sites. You get a giveaway array to start with, that forwards to your categorical array yet can have a possess apart voicemail greeting. You can lapse calls regulating your practical array so we don’t exhibit your personal number, and once your devise has wrapped up, we can flame your burner array to equivocate being flooded with phone calls.

Talk Like You’re Texting

Cord (Android, iOS) blends a straightforwardness of calm messaging with a elocution of phone calls. The app lets we exchange 12-second voice messages behind and onward between your colleagues, possibly away or in a group. The home shade shows small spin froth with any of your associate Cord users’ faces, along with how many messages we have from each. Tap any chairman to listen to their messages and afterwards reason down to reply.

Make And Take Calls As Though You’re At Your Desk

If we work for a large-ish company, chances are you’ve got a imagination Avaya phone on your desk. If we do, we competence be means to use a Avaya one-X Mobile (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) app to lane calls to and from your smartphone while your clients are nothing a wiser. You can demeanour adult colleagues around your business’s phone bureau and understanding with your voicemail while on a go as well.

Create Quick Groups

Should we find yourself operative on devise after project, any time with opposite people, check out GroupMe (Android, iOS, web, Windows Phone). Assuming everybody knows how text-message works (right? right??), you’ll be means to fast cobble together a private discuss room where we can accommodate with coworkers, contractors, vendors, and clients. Once you’ve wrapped adult one project, eighty-six a room and start over with your subsequent group.

Harness Your Inner Nextel

Relieve a excellence days of push-to-talk service. Voxer (Android, iOS) turns your phone into a walkie-talkie, vouchsafing we and your work buddies now exchange intel to and fro. If you’re during an event, for instance, we can supplement text, photos, and plcae information for some additional color, and if nobody’s home on a other end, we can leave old-school voice messages for them to listen to later.

Send Self-Destructing Notes

Privnote (web) helps we send messages electronically yet withdrawal a paper trail. Simply write a note in a site’s Post-It-like interface and you’ll be supposing with a singular URL. Send a URL to your aim around email, calm message, or any other method, and once they click a link, they’ll have entrance to a note, yet a couple and a summary will get killed off for anyone who tries to entrance it in a future.

Scheduling And Meetings

Get Your Day Together Before Even Getting Out Of Bed

Load adult Sunrise Calendar (Android, iOS, Mac App Store, web). It creates gripping a calendar . . . fun? Maybe not fun, yet it unequivocally creates it not awful. Sunrise plays simply with Google, iCloud, and Exchange calendars, joining to your several accounts—Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, LinkedIn, and a horde of others—to automatically lift in impending info for you. You’ll get birthday reminders, transport updates, continue forecasts, and maps to lane we to your subsequent appointment. Adding entries is a snap, too: usually form in plain English (“Bike float tomorrow during noon in Boston”) and a app will parse your meaning.

Schedule Meetings When People Can Actually Meet

Meekan (Android, iOS) not usually hooks into a many renouned calendar services, it’ll pinpoint everyone’s open time slots in sequence to report meetings when it’s many convenient. Setting meetings adult entails small some-more than entering invitee email addresses, it takes time zones into account, and there’s a natural-language member that lets we enter things like “breakfast with John on Tuesday morning.”

Set Up Dead-Simple Conference Calls

Take a demeanour during UberConference (Android, iOS, web). You can horde an total array of discussion calls with adult to 10 callers during a time, and there’s built-in call recording so we can play a calls behind later. Guests can call in a out-of-date approach or bond to a discussion around a web or mobile apps, that competition some additional facilities such as higher-quality audio. And a discussion organizer has entrance to a good web-based dashboard, with a ability to tongue-tied particular guest or calm with any one privately. Not too unfair for 0 dollars.

Get The Low-Down On Attendees

If we find yourself walking into a assembly with people you’ve never met, give Charlie (iOS, Web) a try. A few mins before your assembly is ostensible to start, a app will aspect applicable info about attendees, pulling information in from hundreds of accessible sources—social apps, news articles, and more. Consider it a complement for programmed one-pagers that we can use to your advantage.

Make Presentations Pop

Prezi (Android, iOS, web) helps we emanate engaging, cloud-synched presentations that we can entrance from all sorts of devices. Companion mobile apps let we use your presentations while you’re on your approach to your assembly and control your presentations on a large shade once you’re there. You can even tide your presentations to remote attendees who can’t make meetings in person. The giveaway chronicle lets we emanate publicly ocular presentations, so we make certain you’re not tour any supportive association info.

Tools

Tag-Team Your Docs And Spreadsheets

Quip (Android, iOS) injects a tellurian component into an differently tedious pasttime. It’s a comparatively wholly featured request and spreadsheet app that lets we and your cohorts work on things during a same time, tied together by a real-time discuss complement used to keep in hold alongside your documents. Files can be pulled in from renouned cloud storage services and exported to Word, PDF, and Excel formats when they’re finished.

Quit Repeating The Same Tasks

Check to see if they can be programmed with If (Android, iOS, web). The app works like a digital Rube Goldberg machine, joining renouned online services with one another. Let’s contend your trainer wants we to supplement any twitter we send out to a spreadsheet. Bo-ring! Formerly famous as IFTTT—which stands for If This, Then That—the app can do that for we automatically so we don’t have to duplicate and pulp tweets all day. And let’s contend a same trainer wants to get an email from we any time we supplement a new eventuality to a association calendar. Yep: that can be programmed too. It’s good for traffic with old-schoolers who always wish to be “kept in a loop” yet requiring a whole lot of bid on your part.

Digitally Detox

The tried-and-true CCleaner (Android, Kindle Fire, Mac, PC) scours your computers and mobile inclination for additional crud—temporary files, cookies, aged apps, and more—to purify out a cobwebs and, in turn, speed things up. Free versions of a app yield we to as-needed cleanups, that are copiousness effective; paid versions offer real-time monitoring, involuntary updates, mislaid record recovery, and reward support features.

Document Everything

Microsoft’s giveaway OneNote app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) is a note-taker on steroids that lets we type, handwrite, audio-record, snap photos, and more. Notes are saved and synched opposite devices, with opposite formats available—checklists, research, meetings, lectures—based on what you’re looking to do.

Fabricate A Form, Fast

Forget paper. If we need to whip adult a form on a go, Canvas (Android, iOS) is value a look. The app lets we cobble together tradition forms—invoices, responsibility reports, checklists, work orders, and more—and sports additional facilities such as signature capturing and cloud synchronization. There are some-more than 5,000 prebuilt forms for we to refinement as we see fit.

Install A Ton Of Windows Apps At Once

Visit Ninite (Windows) for a good click-and-pick preference of renouned Windows apps. Whether you’re environment adult a new mechanism or wish to refurbish a garland of your apps to their latest versions, a site will build we a customized one-time installer that packages adult a programs we wish and installs them all in one fell swoop: No need to go from site to site, lay by download after download, or continue designation after installation.

Get To Know Your Phone Better

Chances are, we substantially haven’t wholly tapped into all your phone’s features. Drippler (Android, iOS) provides Android- and Apple-specific versions that run down important features, new updates, and yield how-to articles that we can use to unequivocally get into a nitty-gritty of that handheld mechanism that’s always in your pocket.

Beef Up Your Brand

Like many businesses, it’s totally reasonable to consider that most of your selling devise relies heavily on renouned amicable networks. Try Postfity (web) to conduct your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus accounts. You can blast an refurbish out to mixed accounts during a same time, or use a accessible scheduling apparatus to lot your musings out during bound times. The giveaway chronicle lets we bond adult to 5 accounts and report adult to 10 updates.

Grab Screenshots In Seconds

FireShot (web) is a slick, lightweight screenshot apparatus that works with usually about any browser to fast squeeze whatever’s in your browser window. You can save a manifest territory of a page, a whole page, or a preference of your choosing, all with a singular click. Once you’ve got what we need, we can download it as an picture file, as a PDF file, or imitation it out.

Keep All Those Passwords Straight

If we use a same cue for all (don’t do it!), check out Dashlane (Android, iOS, web). It’s a cue manager for mobile inclination and desktops that keeps lane of all your logins, automatically entering your certification as we surf. The app will automatically beget new, super-strong passwords for we and can close itself down if we mislay your phone. The giveaway chronicle is singular to one device during a time.

Protect Your Email Address

Stop trade your email residence for giveaway stuff! MailDrop (web) lets we emanate a onetime residence that disappears after you’re finished with it—perfect for those quick-hit deals, downloads, and promotions. There’s no signup or passwords involved—by MailDrop’s admission, it should not be used for supportive email—and we can store adult to 10 messages should we need to rivet in a bit of behind and onward with your recipient. Leave your proxy mailbox inexperienced for 24 hours, and it’ll disappear forever.

Convert Videos With Your Eyes Closed

With several competing video formats out there, it’s tough to greatfully everyone. Thankfully, Any Video Converter (Mac, Windows) creates it easy to modify a video from one format to another—or several videos from one format to another. Drag your videos into a app, and name from some-more than 150 probable outlay formats, all solemnly categorized for specific devices, web formats, and offline formats. Then strike a Convert Now button, squeeze a crater of coffee, and . . . well, that’s about it.

Let Your Phone Type For You

You’ve never unequivocally had a approach with words, and scratching out screeds on a smartphone can be maddening. Try SwiftKey (Android, iOS) as a keyboard replacement. The some-more we use it, a some-more it learns about how we type, including a ability to lift information from renouned cloud-connected services we use in sequence to lapse impossibly personalized predictions. Just form your initial word and a app will advise a subsequent one right above a keyboard.

Surf Freely

The renouned Betternet (Android, iOS, Mac, Windows) use provides a free, total (albeit ad-supported) VPN tie that we can use to avoid blocked sites and roller anonymously. There’s no signup required, creation this one of a easiest—if not the easiest—VPN collection around.

Sync Your Stuff

There’s no necessity of file-shuttling solutions, yet Daemon Sync (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC) is value a look, interjection to a perfect simplicity. Load a app adult on your phone and implement a representative on your PC or Mac, and any time your inclination are on a same wireless network, your phone’s photos, videos, and other files we mention will seamlessly synch with a mechanism and get upheld along to other mobile inclination we have.

Troubleshoot Your Connection

Slow Internet? Maybe it’s indeed slow, or maybe your device is behaving up. Rule one of them out with Speedtest (Android, iOS, web). The use will bond we to a circuitously exam server so we can double-check your upload speeds, download speeds, and ping, with information relayed to we around a cool-looking speedometer.

Save Your Data

Few things prick some-more than a good American information overage. In that spirit, Onavo (Android, iOS) works to safety your changed information allotment. Tell a app how most you’ve got to work with any month, and it’ll restrict several picture files while you’re connected to your mobile network with intelligent tricks such as not loading images in your web browser unless we corkscrew down to a prove that they’re in view.

Scratch Out Some Designs

If you’re not prepared to tackle difficult prototyping and wireframing software, POP (Android, iOS) competence be right adult your alley. Short for Prototyping on Paper, we blueprint your thought out on paper, snap a print of it, and afterwards snippet around a elements on your phone to fast emanate a digitized chronicle of your pattern that we can manipulate as yet it’s a live interface.

Edit Images Without Breaking The Bank

Photoshop might be powerful, yet it’s also expensive. Paint.net (Windows) is giveaway and facilities a lot of a same functionality, including a clean, candid interface and built-in effects along with a ability to use layers. There’s a colourful user village as well, that offers adult useful tutorials and plugins to extend a program’s functionality.

Minimize Downtime

Like it or not, your website is substantially going to pile-up once in a while. Montastic (web) can keep an eye on your site around a clock, promulgation we an email if your site goes down, and promulgation another one once it’s behind up. The giveaway devise lets we guard adult to 3 URLs during a time, and checks in any 30 minutes, while inexpensive paid skeleton digest a check-in time to 5 minutes.

Organization

Get Your Ducks In A Row

When it comes to gripping lane of life’s many, many tasks, Any.do (Android, iOS, web) offers copiousness of options yet being overly complicated. You can even brazen an email summary to spin it into a task—the 21st-century homogeneous of stuffing Post-It records all over your desk. And all your notes, tasks, and to-dos synchronize with a web-based chronicle of Any.do so we can entrance them from usually about anywhere.

Put Paper In Its Place

TinyScan (Android, iOS) helps we technology a towering of paperwork, receipts, and takeout menus melancholy to separate your table in half. This really elementary yet effective scanner app lets we constraint images as PDFs that we can email to yourself or save to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, and other renouned cloud storage services. You can save papers in black and white or color, and we can fibre several snaps into singular papers if you’re operative with mixed equipment that go together.

Take No-Fuss Notes

Simplenote (Android, iOS) focuses on vouchsafing we take discerning records yet worrying too most about organization. All your records are searchable and synch to other devices, with a built-in to-do list to assistance we stay on lane if we need to get certain tasks done. If you’re not naturally super organized, this can be a good initial step towards a somewhat reduction disorderly lifestyle.

Group Your Google Tools

Handle (Chrome, iOS) pulls your Gmail, Google Calendar, and to-do list together into one accessible dashboard. It turns your email messages into actionable equipment and serves them adult in a center mainstay of a distraction-free interface, flanked on possibly side by your projects and your calendar. The iOS app lets we supplement new tasks around Siri as well.

Whiteboard Together

Finally, a approach to knowledge a white-knuckled disturb of a . . . well, it’s still whiteboarding. Even if you’re not in a same room as your colleagues, we can share a real-time practical whiteboard with SyncSpace (Android, iOS). Add calm and doodles as a group, and when you’ve finally gotten all your ideas down, your whiteboard can be emailed around as a set of images or even edited after if we need to make some changes.

Running Your Business

Get Your Site Up And Running

Go with Weebly (Android, iOS, web). The freebie comment sports a sharp drag-and-drop interface with copiousness of starter templates, giveaway hosting, and a ability to sell adult to 5 e-commerce products (Weebly takes a 3% cut of any sale). The mobile apps make updating your site with new calm and pity it on amicable networks a zephyr as well. You can even build your site wholly from your phone if you’re feeling adventurous. Weebly is a good choice for people who know they need some arrange of web participation yet don’t wish to put too most time and bid into traffic with one.

Find An Office On Demand

Breather (Android, iOS) helps we abandon a responsibility of a bound office, charity adult “spaces” that can be rented out around a city for a half hour during a time. Meet with a client, respond to email while you’ve got some time between appointments, or usually get off your feet for a bit. Spaces can be unbarred with your phone and competition Wi-Fi, energy plugs, and charging docks. The use is now accessible in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, and Ottawa, with additional cities on a way.

Make Your Mark

You don’t have to review a smoke-stack of books or lay by grad propagandize to make certain your marketing’s on point. Primer (Android, iOS) is a accessible Google-built app that dishes adult simply eatable lessons and tips that we can peruse whenever we have a few mins to spare. Topics embody advertising, content, design, marketing, and more.

Don’t Get Delayed By Deliveries

Use Slice (Android, iOS) to lane your packages from big-name retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Walmart, and several others. The app automatically plucks your squeeze info from your email comment and serves adult a trackable map of your object as it creates a approach to your house. Best of all, after you’ve bought something, Slice will warning we to cost drops that tumble within a retailer’s composition window, creation it easy to save on things after a fact.

Seal The Deal

If we need to make certain your authorised bases are covered, use Shake (Android, iOS). This app helps we whip adult contracts that we and another celebration can pointer on a spot. There are preselectable templates accessible that we can customize to your liking. Contracts can be sealed and afterwards sent electronically for signatures as well.

Get Your Clients To Pony Up

Load adult Zoho Invoice and Time Tracker (Android, iOS, web, Windows Phone). Easy-to-create invoices get tip billing here, yet Zoho adds some good extras like time- and expense-tracking, repeated bills, and connectors with online remuneration processors. The mobile app handles usually about all that a web-based chronicle does, with a candid blueprint and likewise strong underline set. You can check adult to 5 clients regulating a giveaway version.

Estimate Your Windfall

When taxation deteriorate draws near, get an thought of how most moola you’re removing behind or—gulp—how most you’re going to owe. TaxCaster (Android, iOS), from renouned taxation credentials provider TurboTax, asks we for some simple info and afterwards estimates a final tally. Just enter your filing status, your income, and any taxation breaks you’re expecting, and watch a dial during a tip of a app (hopefully) pierce from red to immature to prove that a reinstate is headed your way.

Keep Your Finances In Order

The easy-to-use Mint (Android, iOS) app helps we corral all your financial accounts—banking, credit cards, loans, and more—to benefaction we with a good overview of how most income we have. As distant as taxes go, a app does a good pursuit of violation all your purchases down by difficulty so that we can find several deductions yet combing by matter after matter from any of your financial institutions.

(Re)cover Your Tracks

Business mileage can be a large write-off, so a good tracker like MileIQ (Android, iOS) is a must. The app can auto-log miles for we by regulating your phone’s GPS, or we can manually supplement entries for past trips. It’ll uncover we how most of a reduction you’ll get—rates are now 57.5 cents per mile—and entries are stored in IRS-friendly formats. The app lets we record 40 drives for giveaway any month; monthly fees start during $6 thereafter.

Make A Plan To Expand

Try Centro Business Planning Tool (Android, iOS) if you’re looking for some superintendence when cobbling together a new business plan. The app stairs we by a array of questions that cover finances, operations, your value proposition, aim markets and more. The app is structured as a fibre of activities; once we finish them all, you’ll have yourself a good small business devise to work with.

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