Thanks to these helpful apps, you can turn your phone into a pocket-sized personal trainer, cooking instructor, investor and matchmaker. No matter what area of your life you’re looking to improve, there’s an app that’ll get you there. Start by downloading our pick of the best apps - the ones we trust to get us fitter, smarter and more organised.
Best Apps: Finance
If you’re looking to dip your toe into the world of investing, Raizis the app for you. It rounds up your daily purchases and invests the “virtual spare change” (e.g. 50 cents from a $3.50 cup of coffee) into indexed funds so you can grow your savings without lifting a finger. You can adjust the risk profile of your account and withdraw your funds at any time, making it an effortless way to invest.
Gone are the days of fumbling over calculator apps and BSB numbers - with Beem It you can instantly send and receive money across any Australian bank, as well as track and split expenses with friends, family and flatmates. The app is backed by Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac so it’s totally secure, making it easier than ever to share bills and keep a running total of who-owes-what without resorting to mental math.
MoneyBrilliant is the ultimate budgeting app, a small but mighty tool that provides a complete picture of your personal finances. After linking your bank details, the app pulls and categorises all of your transactions, so you know exactly where you’re spending your money. From there, you can create a realistic budget, with the app sending you bill reminders and notifications if you’re getting close to your monthly limits.
Best Apps: Health & Wellness
Perhaps the most well known of all the astrology apps, Co-Star offers hyper-personalised daily readings. With affirmations, readings and a compatibility checker that allows you to sync readings with your friends, Co-Star allows you to hold the power of the stars in your hands.
Wind down with this helpful app that uses mindfulness to give you a better night’s sleep. Guided meditations, breathing programs, relaxing music and sleep stories seek to lower stress and improve mental health, providing a tonic to our frenetic daily lives. Whatever you’re going through, you’ll find an Insight Timer meditation tailored for you, from relationship and self-esteem issues, to managing anxiety and concentration.
Best Apps: Fitness
Down Dog is like a yogi master in your pocket, bringing you a brand new practice every time you come to the mat. There’s over 60,000 possible configurations across vinyasa, hatha, restorative, yin, ashtanga practices and more. You can also choose between different yoga teachers to find a voice you love, and target areas for pain relief or extra strength.
Kick your fitness regime into another gear with Nike’s training app, which is packed with 185+ free workouts spanning everything from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga. Whatever level you’re at, you’ll be able to build a personal training plan adapted to your schedule, equipment and goals, supported with expert tips from their top trainers.
Literally your 'pal' in fitness, MyFitnessPal will keep you on track with your health and fitness goals. Each day log your meals, exercise and weight to help you get to where you want to be. With helpful expert advice on hand, there will be nothing stopping you from reaching your goals.
Stravawill help you stay on track...literally! Using GPS tech, Strava tracks your cycling and running route, allowing you to dissect your performance over time. You can set goals, meet up with friends to unlock achievements and share your progress with others on the app. Combining social networking and training, this is the perfect app for avid runners and cyclists.
Best Apps: Dating
More than just a dating app, Bumble’s BFF and Bizz functions make it a one-stop destination for meeting new friends, networking and finding your new romantic interest. Their female-first rules of play shake up outdated gender norms by getting women to make the first move, empowering users to approach potential dates with confidence.
‘Anti-hookup app’Hinge is made to be deleted, developed with a focus on getting people into real relationships. Sporting a clean and simple interface, the app encourages users to be more thoughtful in their initial conversations via fun prompts, while a sophisticated algorithm quickly learns your type in order to introduce people you’re more likely to be interested in.
Coffee Meets Bagel pitches itself as a ‘slow dating’ app, where it’s all about quality over quantity. Each day, they send users a “batch of bagels” – a limited number of recommended profiles based on compatibility and preferences. If you like any of them, it’s a match! No endless scrolling, no swipe-fatigue, just quality connections within a few minutes each day.
Best Apps: Organisation
Stay on top of your busy life with Todoist, a powerful organisation app that’s packed with functions. More than just a place to capture your to do list, you can build in reminders, due dates, priority levels and even collaborate with others by assigning them tasks. Track habits and goals to stay motivated, and before long you’ll feel more in control of your work, home and personal lives.
Forever forgetting your password and requesting those pesky reset emails? Guilty of using the same password for every account? Save yourself the hassle altogether with Keeper, which automatically generates, stores and can autofill strong passwords across all your devices. The app goes one step further than others by continuously scanning the web for login credentials that have been exposed through data breaches, instantly notifying you so you can take action.
This iOS app is a godsend for any online shopping addict. Parcel acts as a single source for tracking all your deliveries, collecting information from over 300 carriers around the world. You can view each package on the helpful map interface, and get notifications whenever there’s a delivery update.
Best Apps: Learning
Right now is the perfect time to plunge into that language you’ve always wanted to learn and with Memrise, you won’t be subjected to boring vocab drills and 80s style recordings. Instead, they invite you to learn with real locals via fun video clips. You’ll follow them to bucket list destinations as they teach you both the fundamentals as well as conversational banter, before backing up your new knowledge with quizzes and games.
Hone your culinary skills with Workshop’s beautifully filmed, structured cooking classes. Experts guide you closely through everything from making sourdough and sushi, to meringue and macarons. Skills are broken down into bite-sized modules so you can go at your own pace, rewind, rewatch and review, and any workshop you sign up for grants you lifetime access to the material.
Add a bit of artistic flair to your life with this joyful app that delivers classic, modern and contemporary masterpieces to your phone each day. Read artist biographies, learn fascinating stories behind famous paintings (i.e why did van Gogh cut off his ear? And how did Jackson Pollock create his paintings?) and nurture the culture vulture within.
Best Apps: Recreation
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