Redditors Recommend 20 Useful Free iPhone Apps

August 12, 2021 2:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

So you have an iPhone but have a skinny budget. Are there free iPhone apps that are really useful? According to an article on Mashable, there are 20 useful free iPhone apps recommended by Redditors that make up a wide selection that will be the envy of everyone.

Bring Out the Free iPhone Apps

Are you ready to see an impressive lineup for useful free iPhone apps. Select Redditors share their favorite apps that fall in the different categories of adventure apps, sleep apps, education apps, sleep apps, mental health apps, food apps, you guessed it, sleeeep apppppps. Let’s get started beginning with AllTrails.

1. AllTrails

According to Redditor Wookiepuke, AllTrails was one of his all-time favorites when he did his review several years back. Impressive were the listed 50,000 trails that were included in the app. Now that number has exploded to include over 50+ countries, the top 50 parks, and over 200,000 trail info, maps, detailed reviews, and photos managed by millions of hikers, campers, and nature lovers.

2. Khan Academy

Next recommendation comes from Redditor Colgate_and_OJ for Khan Academy. The Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners (all learners for all ages) to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Subjects tackled are math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content. The major focus is on skill mastery to help learners establish strong foundations.

Let’s look at Mealime next.

3. Mealime

Redditor theblartist pointed out that Mealime is fabulous as a meal planning/recipe app. Choose what kind of diet you want (classic, low carb, paleo etc). Then pick what foods you like or dislike, along with the allergies you have. The app offers a multitude of recipes. If you find one you like, make your selection. From that selection, you are then given a grocery list you can shop from.

4. Tunity

Redditor mike-mag suggested Tunity as his choice. Let’s look at why he liked Tunity. This app lets you scan any live tv and hear the audio. He was pleased that he could wait in the airport with his headphones on and listen to whatever sports game was playing at the bar. So, this free iPhone app allows you to hear any live muted TV. You simply scan the TV with the camera in the app, and let Tunity do its magic: identify the channel and the exact timing of what you’re watching, and streams the synchronized audio to your headphones or bluetooth speaker.

5. Libby

Did I mention that Redditor awkwardlyonfire has a favorite called Libby? Libby functions as an e-library. He mentions, “free e-books and audiobooks, you connect with your library-card and it’s brilliant!” You will like this one; borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from your public library; and it’s free! Powered by OverDrive, access Libby via your computer with a Windows 10 operating system, Apple devices (iOS 9.0 or newer), and Android devices (4.4 or newer).

6. AirDroid

Get ready to share files with AirDroid. This includes the ability to “share photos, videos, audios, or any files with your friends and across screens.” Do you have a spare 10 seconds? According to Redditor RODjij, that’s all it takes to connect your phone to PCs and transfer using wireless. AirDroid Personal is available for iOS, Windows, Mac OS X, and Android.

7. InsightTimer

InsightTimer was mentioned by a Redditor; however, the post was deleted. But that’s okay. We can fill in the gaps. This app is represented as the #1 app for sleep, anxiety and stress.

Insight Timer publishes the world’s largest collection of free guided meditations, with over 100,000 titles in over 200 categories.

Insight Timer is free and accessible to everyone through the app and the website. You can download the app for iOS and for Android, and register for a free account.

8. Clue Period & Cycle Tracker

Clue Period & Cycle Tracker is for the women out there. Clue allows users to track their menstrual cycles and log information about their symptoms to learn more about their menstrual health. Clue also uses that information to make predictions about the user’s period cycle — when it will hit, along with likely symptoms and their severity.

Redditor annabear used Clue to plan their Valentine’s weekend vacation. She didn’t want to have her period in the way when she was on vacation. She said the app worked like a charm.

Developed for the iPhone and iPod touch both having an iOS of 12.0 or later, it is definitely a woman’s best friend.

9. Shazam

Shazam, recommended by Redditor DunkyChamelion, commented that not knowing the name of a song does not have to happen anymore. Find the name of any song and artist in seconds. Listen and add to Apple Music or Spotify playlists. Follow along with time-synced lyrics. Watch music videos from Apple Music or YouTube. Discover the most Shazamed tracks of the week around the world with Shazam charts.

10. Photomath

Posting in Reddit was Mattiusdagrub8. This person’s favorite app for being useful and free for the iPhone was Photomath. Photomath is a mobile application. Use your camera to scan and recognize mathematical equations. You will not be lost because you will get step-by-step explanations onscreen. It is available for free on both Android and iOS.

11. DuoLingo

DuoLingo is like Khan Academy in that it is an educational app that presents free and easy lessons to help users learn a new language. Duolingo was founded in 2011 by Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker and launched in 2012. You definitely can’t count it out as a useful free iPhone app.

Duolingo’s team works together to make language learning fun, free, and effective for anyone who wants to learn, wherever they are. Redditor icollectcorpses is responsible for this free iPhone ap

We’re starting on the downward spiral of presenting useful free iPhone apps. Next up is SkyView Lite.

12. SkyView Lite

Another education app we don’t want to miss mentioning is SkyView Lite as recommended by Redditor evilive. Per the writeup as presented by this Redditor, SkyView uses your phone’s camera and places all planetary bodies over the top as you look around. Stars, planets, satellites, constellations and more – all visible and searchable with directional guides to spot. If you like astronomy, you will like this app.

13. Waze

Mashable’s writeup says, “Redditor Cazmae’s recommendation is short and sweet, but a worthy inclusion nevertheless. If you haven’t heard of it already, Waze is a navigation app that calculates routes, gives directions, and encourages its users to report accidents and obstacles so as to enhance everyone’s experience.”

14. iNaturalist

Redditor mmmmwhu condenses his feedback on iNaturalist so that it is short but useful. The writer says, “You can take pictures of living things and it can suggest what species it might be.” But iNaturalist is so much more. You can track your sightings and maintain life lists in the cloud, connect with experts who can identify the organism you saw, help scientists and resource managers understand when and where you saw the organisms, and become a citizen scientist. Now, I would say that’s quite a lot for a useful, free iPhone app.

15. Radio Garden Live

Do you like to listen to music on the radio but do not necessarily just want to listen to stations in your area? Redditor karlotomic points out that now you can listen to radio stations all over the world just by listening to Radio Garden Live. This is just another example of an extraordinary and unique free iPhone app.

16. Too Good To Go

As Redditor JohnTheBaptiste1 points out, Too Good To Go is potentially a great money saver. We all want to save money, right? More than that, Too Good To Go also provides a bit of social good. The app allows participating restaurants and stores to sell food (that would otherwise go to waste) at a cheap price for users to purchase. The app allows you to find participating stores/restaurants in your area and place orders for pickup.

17. Google Arts & Culture

If you like Arts or History, Google Arts & Culture is a logical choice for a free app. Redditor yokayla explains that Google joined forces with art galleries and museums all over the world to take high quality high definition pictures of a wide array of pieces. The selections portrayed are paintings, sculptures, posters, historical artifacts, and more. Start your adventure by exploring by movement, historical events, specific color, artist, to name a few.

Let’s close out our review of 20 useful free iPhone apps by looking at some sleep apps starting with A Soft Murmur. I haven’t thought extensively on why you would want to get this app, but it certainly seems like it would be useful to some users.

18. A Soft Murmur

A Soft Murmur is an online background noise generator designed to help you relax, focus, and tune out unpleasant sounds from your environment. Redditor Jay_Diddly loves this free app. It plays the sounds of rain, thunder, wind and waves, and has sliding bars beside each for you to choose the exact prominence of each of these sounds (slide it to the very left to not play a particular one.)

Okay, we have 2 more free apps for the iPhone.

19. Sleep Cycle – Sleep Tracker

Another sleep app that is free is Sleep Cycle – Sleep Tracker. According to Redditor Happypepik, your sleep quality can be tracked. Not only that, you can also set your alarm clock at a specified time to wake you up. You need to have an iOS of 11.2 or later in order to use this app. Oh, one more thing. Get a detailed analysis of your bedtime patterns.

And the last useful free iPhone app we are going to review is Alarmy.

20. Alarmy

Redditor Dahhhkness guarantees that if you have trouble getting up in the morning, there is a solution – even if your iPhone screams at you to get up and go take a picture of your microwave.


Our review only covered a small amount of free iPhone apps that were recommended by Redditors. We hope you find one that you want to try. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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