Smartphone apps have helped us a lot to stay connected, to work better, to stay healthy, informed, connected, and entertained. Apps and games are getting more engaging and innovative each year.
Here we are going to list some of the best apps for 2022 that are already popular, some that you must have, and some new apps that you might never heard of, but should have.
Some of Most Popular Apps
The most popular and best apps for 2022 reflect on what happened in 2020-2021 regarding the COVID pandemic where our needs changed slightly. Apps like Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Team had an increase in downloads during the pandemic when businesses and schools depended on some sort of virtual communication. Our personal lives also depended on technology to stay connected with our family members and friends.
On top of that, new apps like TikTok gained popularity in the past year where even former President Donald Trump accused that the TikTok app is a tool for the Chinese government. It’s not a surprise that the most popular app in 2020 was TikTok with 850 million downloads.
Other apps like Airbnb, Uber and Tinder were hit by the pandemic since many countries closed traveling, people were uncomfortable meeting strangers and most of us stayed inside without a need to use Uber.
Right after TikTok, the second most popular app is WhatsApp with 600 million downloads, then Facebook with 540 million downloads, Instagram 503 million downloads, Zoom 477 million, Messenger 404 million downloads.
TikTok has the advantage of being available in China while many other apps are not available in China due to government restrictions and China’s population is a big market especially for technology. Still, only in the US the most popular app in the past year was TikTok with 89 million downloads, then Zoom with 81 million downloads, and Instagram with 62 million new users in 2020.
What Are Some Must-Have Apps in 2022?
There are millions of apps out there to choose from but what are some of the must-have apps? With all the options, it’s hard to find the best fit. Here, we will avoid the obvious choices such as Gmail or some of the social media apps that you should have if you use their platform.
The first app that you should have if you don’t have it already is Google Maps. Even if you have an official iPhone navigator app, you should download Google Maps. The official iPhone app is notorious for causing difficulties with navigation.
Another free app that you should have is BillGuard which helps you manage your spending habits besides all other functions of any bank app. The app will keep you aware of any irregular spending or any bills that you need to pay. On top of that, the app will notify you of any potential charges for services that you might not be using anymore.
Another app that you must have if you want to become a social media whiz is Buffer where you can schedule all your Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter posts based on the history of data when those posts will be most effective. Buffer measures when your posts are most popular based on a day and a time in a day and suggest the appropriate time. Also, you can see the stats of your posts and how they are performing.
If you love shopping online, you must download Dashlane a free app that automatically saves all payments information. You will be able to track online spending making it easier to find receipts and have an overview of online purchases. The app is free but if you are spending a lot online it’s worth getting the premium option.
What are the Best Apps for 2022?
There are a lot of new apps and some of them become popular quickly while others get lost and forgotten. Some of the new apps that you should have to include Libby with which you are able to borrow eBooks from your local library for free. Also, the app is great for digital reading so you can enjoy reading your favorite books without a device like a Kindle.
Another new app that’s considered to be one of the best in 2021 is TikTok that we already mentioned. Just be mindful that you might find yourself spending hours on the app since TikTok seems to be the most fun place on the internet right now.
The next new app that is considered one of the best in the cooking world is Paprika Recipe manager which is the best digital cookbook with recipes for every dish, drink, and dessert that you can think of. If you enjoy taking photos of your food and loved ones, then you should have the Darkroom app where photography is only half of the equation. Editing is the most important part of the app where it lets you edit your photos without a fee. There is a monthly feature if you want additional features.
In the end, you should be mindful of the time spent on your phone and apps. Yes, our phones can offer us great entertainment but make sure that you are not wasting too much of your time on apps. Technology should be there to serve us not to distract us from living our lives and chasing our goals.