How many apps do you have on your iPhone and which ones do you use the most? There’s an easy way to find out.
First, to find out how many apps you have installed on your iPhone, open Settings, tap General, tap About. What you’ll see is a long list of items below the iPhone’s Name at the top. The number of Songs, number of Videos, number of Photos, and the number of Applications. My iPhone has 775, 1,341, 23,284, and 468, respectively.
That means 468 applications, a hefty number, but under the premise of nothing improves without change, I try out many different apps.
Second, which of the applications do you use most on your iPhone? Again, Settings tells the tale. Open Settings, scroll down and tap Battery. That will list all the most recently used applications for the Last 24 Hours and the Last 7 Days, respectively. Notice the little clock icon to the right of the 24 Hours and Last 7 Days tabs. That displays both screen time and background time usage.
Now you’ll have a good picture of which applications are used the most; both on screen, and in the background.
Here’s my list:
Airmail – I use this in place of Apple’s Mail because it syncs accounts between devices, has more features useful to my workflow, and yet it still works with SpamSieve.
Safari – Duh. Browsers all have different features, but they all use the same underlying browser engine. I don’t use Chrome. Why add to Google’s fortune by allowing them to track your online viewing habits and attaching that to their profile of you?
Flipboard – There is no shortage of news readers and news apps, but this is the one easiest to navigate to catch up on news from a wide variety of sources.
Messages – For whatever reason there is a generation below mine that prefers text to almost any form of communication, including email or FaceTime. Messages also means family members with iPads can communicate with other Apple customers.
KakaoTalk – Nifty little text messaging app my wife and I use only for ourselves because it works better on Apple Watch than Messages.
Fantastical – Calendar works, yes, but Fantastical’s user interface is superb and with features not found in Apple’s own.
Camera – The built-in app is the point-and-shoot king of the 21st century. I have other camera apps that are better, but point-and-shoot rules and Camera is the best. But it doesn’t get much screen time relative to utility apps.
Waze – Yes, I hate it that Google bought Waze but navigating traffic is easier than Google Maps or Apple Maps. Cluttered and confusing interface, though.
Cardiogram – A free app that captures heart rate data from Apple Watch.
Instapaper & Pocket – I use both because they sync and play nice-nice with iPad and Mac and are available within the Share button on iOS. Instapper captures news for work. Pocket is for personal news capture.
Due – This is a combo time and reminders app that works differently than timers in the Clock app and the iOS Reminders app. I use it for ongoing reminders like an hourly chime, vitamins, medicine, exercise, etc., and it works very well with Apple Watch, and syncs to the Mac version.
Together – This is a Mac snippet and file capture utility from the Mac that syncs up to iPhone and iPad versions. Think of it as a good repository for all the digital goods that cross your eyeballs each day.
Notability – Real notes with audio recording, image capture, sketching and drawing capability, and it syncs between iPhone, iPad, and Mac versions.
News Explorer – The best of the many RSS readers for iPhone, Mac, iPad, and it synchronizes RSS subscriptions between devices. This is a must-have if you visit many websites each day and use bookmarks.
Wunderground – Yes, the number of weather apps is confusing, but I wanted one that automatically grabbed weather data from a current location, displayed a 10-day look at the future, had options for multiple cities, and had a good built-in radar map.
Pedometer – The name says it all.
LastPass – I have 1Password and use it, Enpass and use it (it’s much like 1Password Mini), and find myself using LastPass more because it’s less cluttered.
CalcTape & PCalc – The former has a better paper tape function, while the latter is more enjoyable to use, works on Watch better, and is available on Mac and iPad.
Facebook & Instagram – It’s how to stay in touch with family and friends, especially those who don’t know Facebook is not the internet.
That’s just a list of the most used apps on my iPhone; out of more than 400 installed. A few of the same apps are used on iPad, and a few on the Mac, but when it comes to work– for me; your mileage may vary– screen real estate rules, so the Mac gets more screen time, then iPad, then iPhone, then Watch.