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My best apps for iPhone

Today I’ll give you the list of my best apps for iPhone. I have been using my mobile phone as an integrated part of my business for more than a year now, and it’s with me everywhere I go.

best apps for iphone

Best apps for iPhone

I am including the best apps for iPhone for my business. I have included the 10 best apps I am using every single day. In the end of this post, I’ll ask you if you are using any of the same as me, or if you’re using some I haven’t included in my list. If you’re using a different mobile phone, please let me know about the best apps on Android. Most of the apps I have listed are paid apps, if you are using mostly free, let me know about the best free apps for iPhone in the comments.

Let’s get started, here’s the list of my top 10 iPhone apps I am using:


I write on my iPhone using Byword. This is my favorite tool for writing long text, like right now, when I’m writing this blog post. I usually start writing the blog post on my mobile phone, and I continue using my computer, and I can go back and edit on my iPhone and finally publish the post directly via Byword. The software is amazing, and I highly recommend it if you’re writing a lot. I am learning Markdown as part of how I write my blog posts. Markdown is a plain text formatting syntax, that will convert to HTML when I hit publish. It’s different, but it’s fun and fairly easy to do.


I haven’t been using SproutSocial for a long time, as I’m writing this, I believe I’ve only been using it for apx. 40 days. But still, SproutSocial is one of my best apps for iPhone.I use it to manage all of my social media profiles, for me, personally, and for my business.


I have been using Evernote for a long time. Recently, I upgraded to the paid version, because I use it all the time and for all my notes. I start writing my notes on my iPhone, and I sync them with my iPad and my Mac.


30/30 is one the new top iPhone apps I am using. I am using it for time management and to help me stay focused on one project at a time.


I have been using Spotify “forever”, beause I really enjoy listening to music while I’m working. I listen to most of the music on my iPhone. I wrote a guest post at Wonder of Tech a while ago about The 10 Real Reasons Why I Love Spotify.


I use Pocket to read most of the blog posts I read on my iPhone. Pocket is amazing, it makes reading blog posts a lot easier, by displaying only the words and removing everything ads and formatting the text beautifully.


The Kindle app is with me everywhere. I never thought that I would read any books on my iPhone, but I was wrong. I keep reading a few pages on a daily basis, and when I’m done reading, the books have synced to either my Kindle, or the Kindle app on my iPad.


Drafts is a very interesting new app that I have just started using. What I do with Drafts, is that I open a blank text document, I start writing, and I then I decide what I’m going to do with the text. For instance, sometimes when I start writing, the text will end up in Evernote, other times the text will end up as a tweet. With Drafts I can send the text to more or less all other apps. So, if I’m not sure what I’m working on, I will always start with Drafts.


I have tried many different email clients for my iPhone, but only one ended up in my list of best apps for iPhone, and that’s Dispatch. The reason why I ended up using Dispatch, and the reason I don’t think I’ll ever switch to another email client on my iPhone, is because it helps me decide and take action on all my emails. I open Dispatch, and I’ll either archive, delete or send the emails to Evernote for reference, or I’ll send it to OmniFocus if I need to reply to the email. It’s a perfect way to organize my email.


I will end this list of top iPhone apps, with OmniFocus. I have been using it for several months now, and I can’t even imagine how my life was before OmniFocus. I am using it to organize all my projects and all the tasks I need to do. This is how I organize my day, no matter if it’s personal or if it’s business.

Your best apps for iPhone

I have listed my best apps for iPhone, now I’d really enjoy a discussion about what you think about the apps I’ve listed. Are you using any cool apps for iPhone, and are you using any other apps that you are including in your list of the best apps for iPhone?

28 responses to “My best apps for iPhone”

  1. Susan Neal says:

    Hi Jens,

    I have an android, but I’m afraid I hardly use it at all – I just don’t like working on fiddly little screens and I get very impatient trying to type things in. I’m full of admiration for people like you who make such good use of their phones. Maybe if I was out and about more, I’d have to make an effort to get to grips with it. The other problem is, mobile reception’s hopeless where I live, so it can be very slow surfing the web on my phone – you just lose the will to live waiting for pages to load 🙁

    • Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

      Oh my goodness, Sue! I don’t want you losing the will to live over a phone!

      You can connect your Android phone to Wi-Fi at your home for a better Internet connection. Connecting to Wi-Fi should make page loading times much faster on your phone.

    • Hi Susan,

      It took me a while to get used to the small screen, but now it works great. I prefer to use my Mac, but when I’m not on my computer, I am doing my business on my iPhone. I have mostly good reception here in Norway, and I’m always online. I guess the reason why I am using it that much is that I’m not in my office for many hours a day. I’m usually somewhere else, and my iPhone is a great tool to be using.

      – Jens

  2. Jenny Smith says:

    I have been using Viber for more than a year now, its great app works very efficient. This is a great way of connecting to your friends and loved ones in and outside the country. And I love the emotions! It’s getting better and better. It is my best app.

    • Hi Jenny,

      I tested Viber a while ago, and it was working great. But, I stopped using it, because I didn’t talk to that many people outside Norway. Are you using it for international calls?

      – Jens

  3. Pramod says:

    Awesome list Jens !
    Pocket , Kindle and Evernote apps are the apps that i like very much . I’ve used them on my dads Iphone .There are some apps (like Dispatch) that i didn’t know about . Thanks for making us aware of their features and uses .


    • Hi Pramod,

      I use Dispatch for all my email when I’m using the iPhone. I usually don’t reply to the emails via Dispatch, but I either send them to OmniFocus for replying later, or to Evernote for references or I just delete them.

      – Jens

  4. Alysha says:

    Hello Jens,

    I am using Android phone from few years but I couldn’t use any latest or heavy useful Apps yet but after finding your list I am willing to use OmniFocus on my Android. Can you tell me is it available for Android Phone ?

    • Hi Alysha,

      I don’t think you can get OmniFocus for Andriod. There are some alternatives that you can use, for instance, I have tested Asana and it works great as well (and there’s a free version).

      – Jens

  5. Mariane says:

    Got that down right! I am also an Evernote hardcore fan, I’ve recently upgraded to its premium version so I could easily sync notes my devices. Also it helped me a lot in reading and storing bulk mails. I also wonder what will be my app of the year for 2013, there are so many great though.

    • Hi Mariane,

      I am probably going to use Dropbox more on my iPhone, especially now that I have received a tutorial from Carolyn on how to take backup of my photos to dropbox. So, dropbox might be on my list for 2014.

      Thank you for your feedback.

      – Jens

  6. Natalie says:

    This is such a great list. I have only heard of 2 of them before and am not currently using any of them. Looking forward to exploring them.

  7. Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Jens

    I stuggle to write blog posts on my iPhone. I’ve tried using the official WordPress app and a couple of others but I find it too fiddly.

    I like the sound of Byword though. Maybe I will download it and give blogging on my iPhone another go.

    I like the sound of drafts too. That would be really useful for many reasons!

    I tend to use HootSuite for social media on my iPhone although it can be a little temperamental at times. SproutSocial is a wonderful app but just out of my price range at the moment.

    Some really useful apps Jens. I’m going to take a look at 30/30 too but I’ve been using WeekPlan on my PC mostly but it’s not so much of a time management solution.


    • Hi Tim,

      I finally finished buying all the Christmas gifts. And, I’m back in my office working for a few more hours before I take a break.

      Byword is awesome, but I have also been writing many of my blogposts inside Evernote on my iPhone. It syncs great with my Mac, so when I’m finally at the office, I can edit the blog post and copy it to WordPress.

      I read about WeekPlan in one of your newsletters, and it got me interested. I’ve been looking at it and I might give it a try to see if I can use it with what I’ve already got.


      – Jens

  8. Spencer says:

    Hi Jens.

    I use Android, and some of these apps are also on the play store, and I can recommend the ones that I do have. They work great, and Spotify is free now, you just have to listen to shuffle play, so that’s a huge plus. Thanks for sharing this.


    • Hi Spencer,

      I’ve heard a lot of great things about Andriod, but I have never tried it myself. I didn’t know that Spotify have a free version for mobile phone. Do you need to listen to ads?

      – Jens

  9. Harsh Patel says:

    In the list I like the most is Evernote and Pocket. Looking forward to use the others too. Thanks for the Post

  10. Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

    Wow, Jens, I can’t imagine typing a blog post on my iPhone. You must be a very good typist! I have struggled even typing blog posts on my iPad. I am rubbish at typing on my iPhone.

    Did you type this post on your iPhone?

    I have read entire Kindle books on my iPhone though. Like you, I didn’t intend to but when I kept reading a few pages when I was stuck somewhere, I ended up finishing some books entirely on the iPhone. But I do like that the Kindle has Whispersync so I can pick up where I left off on another device.

    Evernote is a must-have app for me too. I also am a paid subscriber as I enjoy having the extra features for Evernote.

    Dropbox is an app that I must have on my iPhone. I use it to back up my photos, have access to my files from my phone, and transfer screenshots to my computer.

    I tend to use my iPad more for organization than my iPhone. But you are making amazing use of your iPhone, Jens!

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I usually start my blog posts on my iPhone, and I finish them on my computer. I type fairly fast, and I do that on my iPhone as well, but I don’t do editing that well on my iPhone. That’s how I wrote this post as well.

      I have read a few Kindle books on my iPhone, but all of them were fairly short books. I don’t think that I would read a complete novel (200+ pages) on my iPhone, but maybe I’ll try it in 2014.

      I use my iPad to organize close to everything, from my schedule using iCal and all my projects, using OmniFocus. I add more stuff using my iPhone and I organize using my iPad.

      I have Dropbox on both my iPhone and iPad, but I don’t use it that much. I have never thought about using it to back up my photos. How are you doing it, is it scheduled via some third party tool?

  11. Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

    Hi Jens, I use Dropbox Camera Upload to automatically back up my mobile photos. It comes in very handy when I’m testing phones for review so I don’t have to sync each phone with my computer. Here is the URL from Dropbox explaining how it works. It’s just a setting, no other app is needed: dropbox(dot)com/help/289/en

  12. Amol Wagh says:

    By far Spotify was always on the top of my list from long time. But this Byword app you have suggested is a great addition to my list. Being a blogger, I always wanted something to take some lengthy notes, before I go finally edit on PC.

    Thanks for this list!

  13. Aliza says:

    Hello Jens
    I would like to appreciate the kindle app as it is one of the application to that the majority is using to read many new and interesting information and books. Well reading books is one of my hobby and I would like to use this app in my iPhone.

    • Hi Aliza,

      I use the Kindle app every single day. It’s great that I can use it on different devices, and especially the part that it remembers what page you are on, when I’m switching from for instance my iPad to my iPhone.

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