These are the five apps that I cant live without

These are the five apps that I cant live without ...

If you spend your days reading and writing about phones, the last thing you''d want to do in your downtime is spend more time using them. The five apps below are my favorites, mainly because they help me remember those rare moments when I''m not editing a copy of the iPhone 14 Pro Max or Google Pixel 7.

Although that is quite a misunderstanding because one of them is an app I use for work rather than play. I had to include it even though it didn''t fit the narrative, simply because it''s so good that I always want to express it. The other four are fairly consistent with my hobbies, and perhaps they''ll be beneficial for you too.


During a 30-year break from cycling, I discovered that I had much more fun than dragging idiots on the road, and that''s where Komoot comes in.

Komoot excels in off-road action by providing hyper-detailed maps that show even the narrowest tracks, and meeting recommendations from other users who have used them. However, I think the ride-recording interface for Komoot is far superior, especially because it allows you to view both the route and your statistics while still using it. It also provides free in-app purchases and can also be used for hiking.

Komoot: App Store (opens in new tab) / Google Play (opens in new tab)


Without the brilliant Songkick, music is a profound joy to me, and I would literally not be able to keep track of the various performances I get to.

Consider it as a personal assistant purely for offering advice on upcoming events; you will not be far wrong. You just tell it which bands and artists you like, where you are, then let it do its job; as soon as new dates are announced, you''ll receive a notification from you who''s playing and where, as well as linking you to the ticket-purchasing page.

If you connect it to your Spotify account, it will scan your library so you don''t have to manually add your favorites. Once you purchase tickets it''ll also remind you what you''re going to, which is very handy if you regularly purchase them months in advance then forget. It''s a one-stop shop for music enthusiasts.

Download Songkick: App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play (opens in new tab)


I''ve always been fascinated by the night sky. I don''t have the time to set up my telescope-and-camera combo, which I usually use for astrophotography now and again, but Skyview is one of many apps that allows for the experience to be observed on my phone instead.

It''s quite simple to use; just point your phone away and it will tell you what you''re looking at, whether it be the planet, star, or constellation.

Many other apps are doing this, and some others do it better. I''m also a big fan of SkySafari (opens in new tab) and Stellarium, both of which offer substantially greater functionality overall. However, SkyView is able to overlay the stars and what your camera is seeing, thus making it much easier to pinpoint exactly what you''re looking at. Plus, it does this in the free version rather than requiring a paid upgrade.

SkyView: App Store (opens in new tab) / Google Play (opens in new tab)


I spend over half my time finding Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, AppleTV Plus, and other streaming services searching for the show I want to watch or at least I used to before discovering JustWatch.

My colleague Henry Casey first alerted me to the genius of JustWatch, and I''m forever grateful to him for doing so. Simply search for the show or movie you desire to see, and it will tell you exactly where to get it, across 37 streaming services. Plus, you can link your own accounts to it, and it''ll reveal whether it''s available on anything you already subscribe to. Absolutely absolutely essential.

Download JustWatch: App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play (opens in new tab)


It''s impressively accurate right down to punctuation and line breaks and can even identify who''s talking. Then, once you''ve completed, it''s loaded to the cloud for safe keeping or easy sharing with colleagues. It may not be as much fun as the above options, but it''s worthy of a place on any smartphone.

Download App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play (opens in new tab)