Take Your Productivity Seriously with 10 of the Best iOS Productivity Apps

Our iPhones are our virtual assistants. They wake us up in the morning, replacing our good old alarm. They remind us of birthdays and events, replacing our good old diary. They manage our monthly budgets replacing our good old accounting books. Our phones have become the center of our worlds and I won’t be exaggerating if I say that most of us can’t imagine functioning through the day without our phones glued to our hands. For some of us, the smartphone may mean making or breaking a business deal and that means we want our phones to be productivity gurus. We want to ensure that our web, PC and mobile stay synced with each other and we can access our data anytime, anywhere.

Now whether you’re an existing productivity freak or aspiring to be one, here are some of the best and also the must-have iOS productivity apps for your beloved iPhone (or iPad).

1. Pocket

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-save-articles-and-videos-to-view-later/id309601447?mt=8

This is as essential as your wallet. Ok, well, I overstated. It’s only because I absolutely love this app. It’s like your treasure of digital information. Install the app on your phone and the plugin on your favorite browser. Come across any interesting article that you want to save for later read? Simply click on the plugin and the article will be saved to the app. You can now spend hours reading your favorite articles either in offline mode or online. To date, I think I have a couple hundred of articles saved out of which list-based articles has helped me quite a lot. My reliance on browser bookmarks no longer holds that much importance.

2. Google Keep

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-keep-notes-and-lists/id1029207872?mt=8

If like me, you’re a note junkie, then you’ll love the Google Keep. And yes, it works perfectly well with the iOS. This is another great app that you can use to sync information on your PC to your phone, provided you have a Google account. Install the extension, take notes instantly and access it on your phone. It’s a pretty diversified note-taking app that lets you include voice, images, links, videos etc. And quite a handy one too for those instant, ‘note-me-down,’ ideas.

3. Wunderlist

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wunderlist-to-do-list-tasks/id406644151?mt=8

The iPhone has it’s own reminder that works perfectly well, but sometimes, a flexible app as the Wunderlist is what you need to really see the power of list making. From grocery lists to shopping lists, from movies to to-do tasks, vacation planning to daily task planning, it does it all. You have a consolidated app to add reminders, due dates and more.

4. GoodReader

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreader-pdf-reader-annotator-and-file-manager/id777310222?mt=8

Now you no longer need to have individual PDF or Word file readers to access a document. With the GoodReader, you can open any random PDF or text file and view as well as annotate text boxes. You can use the full feature of a PDF reader with sticky notes and highlights. With this app, opening a text file won’t be a hurdle anymore.

5. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/pk/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-drive-secure-online-file-storage/id507874739?mt=8

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-onedrive-file-photo-cloud-storage/id477537958?mt=8

Some of us love Dropbox, some Google Drive and some OneDrive. It all depends on which email account you are most comfortable with. While Dropbox may work with all accounts, those who are heavily invested in a Google or Microsoft may prefer their respective storage options. The best thing is all three work pretty well to sync information and have all the options needed in modern day cloud storage. There may be a difference in storage capacity, so if you have data more than 10GB, you may opt for Google or OneDrive instead of Dropbox.

6. Trello

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trello/id461504587?mt=8

A freelancer who needs a basic project management app? Trello is the simplest and most effective project management app out there. This goes without saying that a project management app can dramatically impact your productivity levels. If you’ve got everything organized (and assigned to your team members), you won’t have to worry about minor setbacks. Trello works well on the web and on your phone. Simply create bulletin boards of projects you want to work on and get notifications, reminders and updates as needed.

7. Slack

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slack/id803453959?mt=12

Unless you’re living in a rock, you’ve probably heard of Slack, the communication app that is rumored to beat Skype at its game. A unique communication app, Slack attempts to make business chats more easy-going and even fun. Mind though, you’ll be pretty addicted to the app once you get into it. From discussions about work in the work chat rooms to discussions about random stuff, Slack can get addictive because it’s not just a chat platform; it’s more like a social network of sorts.

8. Basecamp

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/basecamp-3/id1015603248?mt=8

It’s quite a tough choice between Trello and Basecamp. Some people love the idea of a bulletin board project management style; you know the one where you have all the to-dos and the assigned parties on a cool chart sort of. On the other hand, there are some people who would love to have a more refined project management platform that allows for message boards, file storage, to-dos, and messages all in one place. With Basecamp on your phone, you won’t have to worry about losing track of your projects or having to wait to log on to your laptop to get work done. Assign tasks, resolve problems, get updates on the go, on one platform.

9. LastPass

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lastpass-password-manager/id324613447?mt=8

Simplify your life of passwords and passcodes. Seriously, the amount of passwords we have to manage in our every-day life is mind-boggling. Spare your mind the mental torture of retrieving each password and let LastPass make life easy for you. Use just one central password for LastPass and login to manage all other logins of your platforms. It also works great for people who want to create unique passwords for their virtual assistants or freelancers to access social networking sites. It’s quite a great app to have, and for a busy professional with hundreds of passwords and accounts to remember, it is a life-saver.

10. JustPressRecord

Get: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/just-press-record/id1033342465?mt=8

An audio app that can record your voice (and any other audio) with punctuated transcription! Hell yes! Get this app to record everything and have it sync between your watch, your phone and your other iOS devices. The next time you have an exciting thought to talk loud, Just Press Record.

Ready to turn your phone into a productivity power-house now?

Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.