Listing my preferred iPhone productivity apps that are also FREE for becoming more creative with flashcards, manage your time with additional timers or reminders, conversion aids, keyboard short cuts, and automation of shopping lists. These various apps can help the professional at work, a busy mom with kids, or just your family with different needs.

Here Is My Roundup Of Great iPhone Apps


Authy is a smooth and convenient app for handling 2FA (two-factor authentication). 2FA is more conventional and can be used for internet accounts safety. When signing in, another layer of security gets you to enter a code generated by an app — one just the owner of a connected device can access.

The Authy interface is straightforward, humanizing this technology. Accounts are represented by large buttons with icons on. Tap one, and the relevant code are shown in the large, impossible-to-miss text. If needed, you can copy the code into the clipboard by tapping a button.

But where Authy truly wins out is in being able to sync codes over multiple devices for virtually no effort. Only you will have to do specify a password; the type that in Authy elsewhere and — boom! — the job is done.

Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro has lots of crossover with the home screen and Apple’s Siri shortcuts. It’s likely best thought of – as its founder says – as a ‘speed dial for apps.’ In every point on the grid, you can set buttons to launch apps or ‘group’ buttons that you hold down to get another level of shortcuts.

Some apps offer deeper links, helping you to trigger specific actions. It is also possible to configure what has contained in the app’s home screen quick responses, and at the Launch Center Pro widget, how powering your launch ahead of the app itself.

For free, there are limitations: a cap on actions; no location triggers; no schedule. Naturally, these may be eliminated with IAP. But even at no cost, there is a lot to appreciate here, in having the ability to raise the power of your launching digit.


Bring! presents a new spin on shared shopping lists. Though you can create a simple shared text-based listing in Reminders, Bring! opts for long colored buttons enhanced with icons. Not only are these easier to spot if you are in a crowded grocery store with a toddler on one arm and a basket on the other, but they are also a mite easier to tap.

Beyond this, there are all types of stuff going on. Color-coded rings on items vary from green to orange to red once the thing is getting closer to running out. For things where you need something particular, you can add notes and a photograph.

And when you fancy making everyone know you have made changes to a list shared with many individuals (as an instance, within a workplace), instant messages can be sent, saving you the bother of creating yourself.


Shortcuts are Apple’s redesign of this popular Workflow app, which intends to enhance your day by scheduling everyday tasks.

Apps of this ilk have a record of being geeky and solid, but Shortcuts is the friendly face of automation. From the Gallery, the view is heaps of pre-made workflows to download, which perform tasks like calculating hints, figuring out how long it’ll be until you are home and logging perspectives of your routine.

Actions can be introduced to your Home screen as pseudo-apps and through Siri voice controls or triggered from Today view.

For a fully customized experience, there is an editing view to dig into. You can tweak present downloads, or begin with a blank canvas, including actions using a drag-and-drop interface. On an iPhone Plus versions or iPhone XS Max, this works exceptionally well in the landscape, with an iPad-like dual-pane interface.


Bundler hugely speeds up and represents the process of sharing and producing ZIP archives within an iPhone. When the apps that you desire to share something from the provider the regular iOS Share sheet, they will work with Bundler. Select your file, tap on the share button, and you can then send the document into the displayed Bundle, or create a new one.

Start the central Bundle app, and you will view your bundles. They can be renamed, as can separate documents inside bundles. Usefully, many file types can be previewed inside of Bundle also, so you can check you have grabbed the ideal ones.

When you’re happy with your choice, you tap on the Share button and then send the Bundle to an app or cloud storage as a ZIP. It’s quick and a lot more efficient than other apps of the type.


Meteor is an internet speed checker created for human beings. It avoids complicated information — and even advertisements — and alternatively provides you with simple, colorful keys and readouts.

An appealing ‘Start Testing’ button kicks things off, after that, the app sets about assessing your internet connection’s performance, just a little meteor animating onscreen as it does so. After the tests are completed, speeds are scored and are subsequently available in the History tab.

Meteor also attempts to determine how well your connection will fare with favorite apps and games, six of which may be added to an ‘app functionality’ bar. These values should possibly be taken with a pinch of salt, but this freebie although impresses to be a practical, user-friendly, ad-free means to test internet connectivity.


Apple’s Pre-loaded Clock app has a flawlessly serviceable timer — but you only get one countdown in any given time. MultiTimer, as its name may suggest, provides you multiple timers which you can set going concurrently.

On starting the app, you will get six timers already set up. Each has a different color, icon, and name. Tap on a timer, and it begins, tap over to pause, or double-tap to reset. Easy. Long press and you start the timer’s options, so that you may set its default time, label, color, sound, and icon.

You also have plenty of choices to delve into, such as correcting the default workspace.



From the minds developing a language-learning app, Duolingo gets Tinycards. The purpose is to allow oneself to memorize anything using favorable flashcard sets.

Duolingo itself provides a lot of sets based around language, geography, and history. Smartly, however, anyone can create and publish a set, which has resulted in many decks about all sorts of topics, from Renaissance art to retro computing.

The memorizing bit is based on minutes-long drills. You’re provided with details and cards to memorize, which the app then challenges you on, using writing in answers or solving multiple choice questions.

Some early teething difficult with making reallies with typos and abbreviations (as an example, saying ‘USA’ was incorrect because ‘The United States of America’ was the answer) were dealt with using a handy ‘I was right’ button. Just do not press it when you do not really understand the answer, OK?


The idea supporting Cheatsheet is to provide quick access to tiny pieces of information you never recall but actually need to: Wi-Fi passwords, your car’s number plate, your hotel room, or if you are feeling pleasingly retro, the Konami code.

Set-up is pleasingly simple. Using the app, you add ‘cheats’ by choosing an icon and then typing your data nugget. When you have got yourself a variety of ‘cheats,’ they may be reordered as you see fit. As soon as you’re done, the whole lot can be shown on an Apple Watch or the Today widget.

Cheatsheet maintains some features for a $2.99/#2.99/AU$4.49 ‘pro’ update – an action extension, a customized keyboard, a few icons, and iCloud sync. However, the free version is anyway useful and generous, together with making really great use of the Today view in your phone.


We keep hearing about how significant coding is going to be into the future of everything. That is all very well unless code makes about as much sense to you like the most fascinating of foreign languages.

The purpose behind Lrn is to ease you in gently. Through helpful copy and accessible quizzes, you slowly gain confidence across a selection of languages.

For free, you get classes on HTML and CSS, together with introductions to Ruby, JavaScript, and Python. It is possible to finish any course for $2.99/#2.99/AU$4.49; but even if you don’t want to pay anything at all, you will find a lot out of this app if you have an interest in programming but do not know where to start.


SwiftKey reasons that you could– and should — be typing a lot more quickly on your iPhone’s keyboard. Mostly, it accomplishes this by freeing you from the drudgery of having to tap individual keys or even bother staying in the forecast bar — instead, you simply lazily swipe in the vague direction of the keys you want.

During your early times with the app, this sometimes results in some funny typos, but pretty soon you wind up swipe -typing at speed you had never thought possible.

And following the keyboard’s AI smarts, there is customization to probe into, such as custom themes and colors, sufficient emoji to choke a hippo, and some available bilingual support for when you will need to switch between languages fastly.

Vert S

We’re told the’s’ at Vert S stands for ‘speed.’ This is down to the app being a useful incarnation of this well-suited Vert unit converter.

The older app had you browse massive category lists to pick precisely what you want, but Vert S is keener on immediacy. There is a search, but the app’s core is a Favorites page, where commonly used conversions are saved.

Tap one and you enter a simple calculator, allowing you to convert between both chosen units, which is quickly switched by tapping on the Vert button.

About John F.

I'm a career web developer/consultant by day and a tech blogger by night. I just moved to Colorado Springs, CO where I work for a high-tech government contractor.

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