In the last decade, our mobile devices experienced massive growth. From just having an option to call and text somebody in the past, now we can take pictures, browse the Internet, play very complex games and much more. All from a device that can fit in the palm of our hand.
Wherever we go, we bring our smartphones with us. Since the difference in speed of their processors and the ones that can be found in our notebooks is becoming negligible, they are basically computers that can fit in our pocket. They can be used either as our personal assistant or as a tool for helping us save time and boost our productivity.
In the near future, using our desktop PCs for work will be a thing of a past. Even today we can do almost anything from our iPhones, iPads and Android devices. As they say, there is basically an app for everything.
Never-ending scrolling is the most like scenario when searching for productivity apps available to download. From to-do lists all the way to the calendar and converter apps, there are thousands of apps available online and finding the right ones can be time-consuming. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones!
PDF Converter Ultimate – All In One Converter
With Cometdocs PDF Converter Ultimate, you can quickly and accurately convert files right on your device wherever you are. For example, every time you need to edit some old PDFs, instead of retyping it all over again, with this app you can convert it to over 20 different file types like MS Office files, XPS, Microsoft Publisher (.pub) and many others.
The one cool feature is that you can convert Gmail attachments and files from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive directly from the app which is useful for people who like to keep everything on the cloud. Also, with their industry-leading OCR technology, you can even convert scanned and complex PDFs which is complementary with the Scanner App we mentioned before.
Considering that all conversions are done on the servers, the app won’t drain your device battery. Besides, if you are concerned that your documents can be compromised, don’t be because after the conversion is complete all documents are being deleted from the servers.
This app will help you spend less time doing unimportant things which will allow you to focus on real work. It represents an automated time tracker that will enable you to understand and control your time spent on various devices.
The idea is very simple, the app will track how you spend your time on mobile or desktop computer, and will, later on, help you understand where you spent the majority of your time. If at the end of the day, you realize that most of your time was spent on social media or YouTube videos, you will know that it is the right moment to start managing your time better.
Scanner App – PDF Document Scan
If you scan a lot of documents at your work, then you should definitely have the Scanner App installed on your phone. It allows you to create PDFs or JPGs from any documents only by using your smartphone camera. You can create grayscale, black and white or color scans.
Also, there is no need to crop or resize the image because the Scanner App has a built-in border detection. It has some other neat features like choosing between low, medium, and HD scan quality, multiple page scanning, protection of your documents by locking folders and scans with a password and much more. You can also share scanned documents with various apps and cloud services.
Let’s face it, organizing a meeting with your colleagues is never an easy task. There simply isn’t an easy way to please them all. With that in mind, you can use the Doodle app to make the whole process a little less painful. It will help you find the perfect time that fits all by sending a simple poll to a group of people.
Whoever receives the poll will be able to vote and suggest a time that fits him/her the best. In the end, you will end up with a schedule when your colleagues are free to attend a certain meeting. The best thing is that others don’t need to have the app installed on their device, just send them the poll via SMS, Messenger or WhatsApp and they will be able to vote.
Dashlane Password Manager
Dashlane Password Manager is an app that saves all of your passwords and other sensitive information in one place. There are many apps that are promising the same service, but we would recommend Dashlane because it offers a lot of features, it has a pretty straightforward user interface and it hasn’t been hacked in recent years. The app can automatically log you into websites and apps and can generate strong passwords for you on the go.
You can also store your banking and payment information in the app. It’s safely encrypted and the primary service is free. You can even sync all your logins and data across various devices, but you will need to pay a premium for that. There is a possibility for two-factor authentication which we highly recommend using.
When it comes to team communication, Slack is undoubtedly one of the best apps for the job. It collects all the messages to one centralized place from which they can be accessed and searched. Always-on chat mode allows you to publicly or privately communicate with your colleagues which can come in really handy sometimes.
Transparency is the key with Slack, everything is easily accessible to everyone. Slack can be used to share files, set reminders, compare notes, brainstorm ideas, send questionaries and much, much more. Plenty of other apps can be integrated with Slack making everyday communication even better.
Todoist: Organize your life
Todoist is a “Smart Schedule” app that relies on machine learning in order to recommend the best dates for you to schedule tasks. You can create tasks and subtasks, attach labels, share and debate about items with friends and coworkers. Further, you can access your to-do lists and notes via their website or by an app on any device.
There is also an integration with third-party apps including Slack, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Dropbox, and more. You can even capture and organize tasks the moment they pop into your head by dictating them to the app. It was proclaimed one of the best Google Play apps by Google itself.
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage services on the market right now. It enables you to securely store all your important files such as documents and images in one easily accessible centralized place. It is truly a remarkable app when it comes to document organization and collaborative team working.
You can access your files from various devices and operating systems wherever you are. One of the best features is collaborative working which enables you to work on the same document with your colleagues who are in different locations and time-zones. Further, the app has an offline mode which allows you to view selected files even when you are not connected to the internet.
SwiftKey is one of the best third-party keyboards available on the market which can add a lot of useful features to people who are handling a lot of emails, messaging, and document editing on their phones and tablets. The app learns your writing style in order to give you highly accurate autocorrect, intelligent next-word prediction, and at the same time reducing your keystrokes and getting smarter over time.
You can type in up to two languages at once, without changing any settings. It has support for over 800 emoticons and speedy swipe typing with SwiftKey Flow. It is highly configurable which means you can set the keyboard just how you like it and you can sync your personal typing habits between iOS and Android.
Productivity obviously doesn’t start and end with apps. You will need all kinds of tools to cross out things from your to-do list. This is just a beginning. We believe you will find a great use for all of these apps. Some of them will help you stay organized and the others will make you share and edit your documents faster and better.
If we missed mentioning any of your favorite apps, please let us know in the comments below. You can also mention some of the productivity apps that you frequently use.