The 25 Best Free iPhone Apps of 2019

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There are over 2.2 million apps in the Apple App Store, but only a small fraction of them are worth downloading.

Below, you'll discover some of the most unique and useful iPhone apps you didn't even know you needed. These apps all have stellar user reviews, they're updated frequently and many of them are award winners.

And perhaps best of all, they're all free.

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Edison Mail to Manage Email On The Go

Screenshots of Edison Mail for iOS

What We Like

  • Design custom swipe functions.

  • Subscriptions folder lists all newsletters you're subscribe to; unsubscribe with a tap.

  • Optional thread view for email messages.

What We Don't Like

  • Usage terms include permission to read user emails; default is set to opt-in.

  • Data gathered via app can be shared with third parties.

Edison Mail is a smart email app with a built-in assistant feature designed to help you manage email faster and more effectively while you're on the go. You can build your own custom swipes for the functions you use the most, set up smart notifications, quickly undo sends and unsubscribe with a single tap. You can use it with any IMAP mail account plus most major email providers including Gmail, Hotmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook, Office/Outlook 365, Exchange and AOL.

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Unroll.Me to Unsubscribe Easily

Screenshots of Unroll.Me for iOS

What We Like

  • Allows you to see newsletters you're subscribed to in one place.

  • Daily reminder to check subscriptions you're enrolled in.

What We Don't Like

  • Using it grants access to emails, which can be read.

  • Unsubscribe doesn't work for some newsletters.

Nobody likes having to deal with unwanted or unimportant subscriptions messages in their inbox. Instead of doing it yourself, let Unroll.Me help.

Unroll.Me lets you unsubscribe from all those pesky email subscriptions with one swipe or optionally add the ones you want to keep to your "rollup." You can get a daily rollup email as a reminder to check out your subscriptions for the day or simply open the app to read them right there.

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Documents to Keep Your Files in a Central Hub

Screenshots of Documents for iOS

What We Like

  • Handles all types of file formats, including audio and video.

  • Works well with other Readdle apps, such as Scanner Pro and Spark.

  • Connects to cloud services OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't link directly to an iCloud account.

  • No real downsides or problems with this useful app.

Wouldn't it be great to have a central hub on your iPhone for all your most important files? Documents is an app that makes it possible.

You can import files from your computer, your cloud storage provider or nearby devices and manage them all with folders and color-coded tags. Easily zip or unzip files, share files with others and integrate everything with your iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud account. You'll be able to read, listen, view or annotate files all in one convenient place.

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IFTTT to Automate More Functions

Screenshots of IFTTT for iOS

What We Like

  • User-generated applets save you having to create your own.

  • Works with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa.

  • Easy to use and create applets.

What We Don't Like

  • May take playing with the app a bit to grasp all the ways you can use it.

  • User can only create a single step applet.

IFTTT is a task automation tool you can take advantage of if you use a lot of apps and find yourself spending a lot of time doing repetitive functions manually.

It works with over 600 popular apps so you never have to worry about forgetting to do something or wasting precious time trying to get it done all by yourself.

With IFTTT, you create "applets" that trigger one app to cause an action on another app. For example, an applet could trigger an email the weather forecast in the morning, or it could save favorited Twitter tweets to your Instapaper account.

There are also hundreds of existing applets created by others you can use for yourself. Just use the Discover and Search tabs to see what's available.

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Bear to Make Notetaking Easier

Screenshots of Bear for iOS

What We Like

  • Makes markdown formatting simple, even for those new to it.

  • Connect notes using links.

  • Simple tagging system; create new tags in text using hashtags.

What We Don't Like

  • Only available for Mac and iOS.

  • Some features like syncing between devices requires a paid subscription.

For a note-taking app that balances simplicity with powerful functionality, Bear really takes the cake. This gorgeous little app lets you do everything from jotting down quick notes and drawing sketches, to writing in-depth essays and creating image-based notes.

Easily organize and search all your notes using the app's unique search triggers feature and quickly cross-note your notes to link the ones you want together. There's even an advanced markup editor plus options to export your notes to PDF or Word documents.

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Instapaper to Save Web Links Fast

Screenshots of Instapaper for iOS

What We Like

  • Organize your bookmarked articles with folders.

  • Captures the text of your articles without web clutter.

  • Add notes and highlighting to articles.

  • Adjust fonts and themes to customize your experience.

What We Don't Like

  • Not optimized for handling other media like video.

  • Cannot tag articles.

Don't you hate it when you come across an interesting link while browsing on your phone that you don't have time to look at? Instapaper helps you solve that problem by letting you save web links for later with a few quick taps.

Instapaper will also optimize all of your saved links for mobile reading and viewing, making it much easier to consume on your iPhone. Web page clutter is stripped away so you get just the important content in a clean, newspaper-like tab. You can also organize and sort your links to keep the important ones you think are worth revisiting again and again.

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Moment to Help You Get Better at Putting the iPhone Down

Screenshots of Moment for iOS

What We Like

  • Tools to help you control your screen time.

  • Logs how many times you pick up your phone.

  • Keep track of the apps you use most often.

  • Runs in the background.

What We Don't Like

  • Can drain your battery a bit faster when running in the background.

  • Privacy features have to be disabled to use fully.

Want to become more disciplined about how much time you spend on your iPhone? Moment can give you insights into your screen time habits and help you get better at putting your phone down.

The app runs in the background as it tracks your screen time — providing you with daily, weekly and quarterly stats. Customize your settings to set screen-free time, a daily limit, tiny reminders and certain hours or apps to track. You can even integrate the app with family members to see their screen time data too.

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Cara to Record Daily Health Habits

Screenshots of Cara for iOS

What We Like

  • Track a wide range of gut-related factors, including food, mood, sleep, workouts, and even poops.

  • Connect with Apple Health app to further track and analyze health.

  • In-app chat with experts available.

What We Don't Like

  • No credentials provided for chat experts.

  • Food diary database is not as complete as some other nutrition apps.

There are countless food tracker apps out there, but perhaps none like Cara. Developed by doctors, this app specializes in digestive health by helping its users understand the connection between food and the gut.

The app lets you record your daily health habits through your personal diary (such as meals, snacks, digestive symptoms, mood, stress level, exercise, sleep, pain and medication). The more you use it, the more the app learns about you so that you can gain insight into your digestive health and receive customized tips to prevent digestive discomfort.

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Sworkit to Get Leaner, Fitter, and Stronger

Screenshots of Sworkit for iOS

What We Like

  • Offers a 30-day trial.

  • Video guided workouts.

  • Pre-made and custom designed workouts.

  • Choose curated music playlists on Apple Music and Spotify.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires a subscription to use, which is on the pricier side.

  • Time between exercises is very short, and can be too fast for some.

​Whether you're at the gym, on the road or just at home, Sworkit can be your free personal trainer for almost any type of workout. Just select whether you want to get leaner, fitter or stronger and then set your fitness level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) to find a program.

Workouts include strength, cardio, yoga and stretching with special focus options — such as upper body for strength or full intensity for cardio. Once you've selected a workout, you can take advantage of the customizable timing and interval options before following the video instructions.

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Charity Miles to Give Back to the World

Screenshots of Charity Miles for iOS

What We Like

  • Motivate your cardio workout with charity donations.

  • More than 40 charities available.

  • Very easy to start using.

  • Track total donations you have generated for your charities.

What We Don't Like

  • Charity donation caps each year; once reached, efforts don't generate further donations.

  • Charities are generally very large ones; more smaller and local options would be great.

  • Doesn't offer workout app features such as music or health statistics monitoring.

Giving back to charities that are important to you doesn't have to take a lot of time or money when you use Charity Miles. The more you run, walk or cycle with the app tracking your activity in the background, the more money you earn for the charity of your choice.

Charity Miles is sponsored by organizations that donate money on your behalf, so it's totally free on your part and acts as a great incentive to get moving. You can also select a different charity any time you want to start a new walk, run or bike ride.

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Stop, Breathe & Think to Restore Your Mind/Body Balance

Screenshots of Stop, Breathe & Think for iOS

What We Like

  • Customizable timers.

  • Initial check-in emotion choices are plentiful so you can fine tune your state.

  • Do not need to register to explore and try the app.

What We Don't Like

  • Subscription is a bit pricey.

  • Some formerly free meditations have now been removed behind the paywall.

  • Most meditations tend to be shorter than 20 mins.

Meditation and mindfulness doesn't have to be complicated or overwhelming. With the Stop, Breathe & Think app, you can tell the app how you're feeling and receive suggested guided meditations to help you restore balance to your mind and body.

Using your check-in data on mood and physical sensations, the app will try to match you with what's best for what you're feeling. Alternatively, if you know a guided meditation you want to do already without checking in first, you can skip it and choose the one you want. There are also a few yoga and acupressure videos available for free.

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Debit & Credit to Stick to Your Budget

Screenshots of Debit & Credit for iOS

What We Like

  • Makes recording expenses easy, including geotagging to speed up adding transactions at frequented locations.

  • Data is saved in iCloud account.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't connect directly to your financial accounts.

  • Sharing accounts requires two purchased premium licenses.

When it comes to sticking to a budget, simplicity is best. Debit & Credit is a clean and simple budget app built to track all of your account activity in one convenient place — with the ability to easily switch between accounts too.

Use the app to create a new transaction within seconds, save locations at regular venues for fast recording, schedule transactions for the future, receive reports and even share your account data with other users of the app. Unlike other popular apps such as Mint.com, this one doesn't connect to any of your online bank accounts, so you have full control over all of your transactions as you use it.

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Flipp to Find Great Deals

Screenshots of Flipp for iOS

What We Like

  • Find savings on groceries and manage your list in one app.

  • Printable coupons and interactive circulars for major retailers.

  • Search specific items to locate stores in your area where they are on sale.

  • Huge number of retailers to choose from.

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of a barcode scanner seems like a big missing feature.

  • Some large retailers do not offer coupons on Flipp.

If you're an avid shopping deal hunter, Flipp is for you. This app tracks and updates deals and coupons based on item, brand or category so you can save money every time you go out to shop at your favorite stores.

Search for deals and coupons at popular retailers in your area and use the handy shopping list feature to keep track of what you need. Clip items to your list and you'll be prepared to save when you go to checkout.

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Gumtree to Shop in One Stop

Screenshots of Gumtree for iOS

What We Like

  • Posting ads is generally a simple process.

  • Transactions work with PayPal.

What We Don't Like

  • Significant complaints about customer service quality.

  • Serious problems with scammers and fraud make using the system risky if you're not on guard against them.

  • Not for use in the U.S.

You could download a separate app for finding a local job, buying a car and renting an apartment — or you could just use Gumtree. Gumtree is your one-stop shop for everything local.

The app will use your location to show you local ads in categories that are easy to browse through. Save ads to your favorites so you can visit them later, post an ad yourself within seconds straight from your phone and use the handy messages feature to chat with other users you're interested in doing business with. If you ever want to change your location (or broaden its reach) to see more ads, all you have to do is tell the app the location and distance you want to include in your search.

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BUNZ to Declutter Your Life

Screenshot of BUNZ for iOS

What We Like

  • Focuses on trading items rather than buying and selling with currency.

  • Item trading encourages reuse and environmental sustainability.

What We Don't Like

  • May have limited or no trades available outside of urban areas.

  • Can suffer from issues with racists, misogynists, homophobes, trolls, and the usual dregs of the internet.

Decluttering your home or workspace is easier and more fun than ever with BUNZ — particularly if you're open to trading stuff you want to give away for other people's used items. The app is similar to other local advertising apps, except it strictly involves trading items as opposed to buying or selling them. 

All you have to do is post the items you want to get rid of and let others know what you're looking for. You can use the app to chat about your trade plans with others in your area who are interested and arrange to meet up. To ensure that your safety is a top priority, check out the reviews of the people you're meeting and use the official trade zones in your area to schedule your meet-up.

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Magicplan to Plan Home Renovations

Screenshots of Magicplan for iOS

What We Like

  • Easy to layout your own floor plans.

  • Customize with images, notes, and more.

What We Don't Like

  • It may lack precision some professionals need.

  • Doesn't integrate with other design software.

Whether you're looking to renovate or simply refurnish a room in your home, Magicplan is an app that can help you plan the entire process out before you even start.

Create your own floor plan in as little as a few minutes and customize them with your own photos, objects, annotations, product prices, tasks and taxes so that you can generate a complete project estimate. The app is free to use for creating custom floor plans, but will cost $4 if you'd like to download them as PDF, JPG, PNG, DXF, SVG and CSV files.

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VSCO to Publicly Share Photos

Screenshots of VSCO for iOS

What We Like

  • Sharing to social networks.

  • Great photo filters.

  • Select different points for focus and exposure.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't have a lot of social features like Instagram.

  • To access the full features of VSCO requires a paid subscription, though it's reasonably priced.

Instagram might be the most popular photo sharing app at the moment, but VSCO is another worth trying if picture perfect social sharing is something you really dig. This photo sharing app was designed to help creators reach their fullest creative potential.

Take advantage of the app's unique set of editing and journaling features to share your art with the community. Connect with other creatives as you build your own portfolio of work and get inspired by VSCO's complete preset library, enhanced creative tools and educational features. For mobile photographers who want to take their art above and beyond, VSCO is the app that can help them get there.

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Google Photos to Backup Photos

Screenshots of Google Photos for iOS

What We Like

  • Free backup storage for unlimited photos (up to 16 megapixels in size).

  • Powerful and fast visual searches.

What We Don't Like

  • Face recognition in photos is sometimes inaccurate.

  • No advanced editing features.

  • To get unlimited storage, large images will be downgraded in quality somewhat.

As an iPhone user, you already have the convenience of Apple's iCloud for backing up your photos, but Google Photos still blows iCloud out of the water in terms of overall feature offering (including photo backups too, of course).

You can set automatic backups for unlimited photos (up to 16 megapixels) and videos (1080p HD) completely free. The app's visual search feature also makes finding specific photos and videos faster and easier than you thought possible so you never have to waste time scrolling through hundreds or thousands of files. 

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Lifecake to Privately Share Photos

Screenshots of Lifecake for iOS

What We Like

  • Privately share child and family photos.

  • Notifications when new photos are added.

  • Very easy to use.

  • 10GB of free photo storage space.

What We Don't Like

  • Sharing requires recipients to register to see photos.

  • Annual fee for photo storage beyond 10GB.

If you're a parent or a close family/relative of someone who has young children, you'll want to check out Lifecake — a safe and secure platform for private sharing of family photos. Sometimes, Facebook just isn't really the right place to be sharing those family moments.

Stay in control of who can see your family photos and videos — whether it's grandma who only uses the web or your sister who lives halfway around the world. Travel back in time through your moments to see your kids at any age, send notifications to relatives when new content is added and easily upload anything straight from your iPhone, computer, Facebook, Dropbox, or other platforms.

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OpenTable to Discover New Dining Experiences

Screenshots of OpenTable for iOS

What We Like

  • Find restaurants and get recommendations.

  • Restaurant reviews.

  • Easy to see available reservation times, and easy to reserve without calling the restaurant.

What We Don't Like

  • Points rewards system has become less rewarding recently.

  • Popular restaurants may purposefully not list availability during peak times.

Looking for somewhere great to eat? OpenTable helps you discover thousands of restaurants around the world and lets you make reservations directly through the app.

Catch a glimpse of which restaurants are near you right now, see what's new and hot, get personal recommendations based on your activity, use search filters to find exactly what you're looking for and even earn points to redeem at participating OpenTable restaurants. Don't forget to read the reviews, browse the photos and read the menu to make sure you've really picked a great one.

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Citymapper to Travel the World

Screenshots of Citymapper for iOS

What We Like

  • Compare multiple travel methods, such as walking, bus, rideshare, and others to find the best for you.

  • Travel times, cost, and even "rain safe" details.

  • Offline functionality so you can use it in areas without service.

What We Don't Like

  • Cities can vary in how comprehensive and effective the app is.

  • Arrival times, outages, and delays can be inaccurate at times.

Citymapper is the ultimate travel app you need for getting around major cities across the globe. The app rivals Google Maps for its complete integration of all major transportation methods including bus, streetcar, bike, lines, subway, rail, ferry and popular ride share services like Uber and Carshare.

You can compare all of your transit options in real time to see which one is the fastest and save places for future trips. Set up service alerts to be notified of interruptions, find alternative routes and see all your options on the map whenever you select a transit option. 

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Waze to Find Your Way in the World

Screenshots of Waze for iOS

What We Like

  • Alerts for speed traps, roadway hazards.

  • Maps are clear and easy to understand.

  • Traffic tracking, alerts, and alternate routes.

What We Don't Like

  • Traffic avoidance can be hit-or-miss sometimes.

  • Reporting can be a distraction if driving.

Citymapper is ideal for route planning but Waze is the app you'll need if you want to seriously avoid the unpredictable obstacles that come with driving to any destination. Waze helps you avoid traffic jams, accidents, police traps and more in real time.

The app uses your iPhone's GPS to guide you from your starting point to your destination, automatically rerouting you if it detects poor driving conditions. You can even get parking suggestions to help you save time looking for a good parking spot.

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Tubi TV to Watch Great Shows

Screenshots of Tubi TV for iOS

What We Like

  • Lots of genres and categories for browsing to find the right movie or show.

  • The "Not on Netflix" category.

  • Free to watch.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads at the start and during videos. Ad interruptions can be at awkward places.

  • No filtering options within categories, such as by popularity, date added, or ratings.

If you don't have a Netflix subscription but wouldn't mind watching great shows and flicks on your iPhone, Tubi TV is an entertainment app worth trying out. There are no subscription fees to pay with this one and you'll get access to thousands of hours of content from renowned studios like Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM and others.

Search for a specific title, browse through the categories and check out the reviews pulled from Rotten Tomatoes. You'll find everything from award-winning classics to kid-friendly shows — all available for you to add to your own personal video queue, sync across your account to watch on other devices and pick up where you left off on whatever device you were watching it on.

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SoundCloud to Listen to Great Music

Screenshots of SoundCloud for iOS

What We Like

  • Curated playlists based on activities.

  • Discover new music and artists.

  • Simple-to-use interface.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads and subscription fees have been introduced.

  • Have to listen to an ad after a couple song skips.

  • Some features, like offline listening, are now only available with a paid subscription.

Whether you're looking for a free alternative to a premium Spotify account or just want to see which other music apps are out there, you can count on SoundCloud to be among the best. 120 million tracks from both new and well known artists are available to listen to.

As you listen, SoundCloud will learn about your music taste and make suggestions based on your listening habits. Follow and listen to pre-curated playlists for activities (like studying, sleeping, working out, etc.) or search for something specific to listen to. You never have to worry about pesky ads and can even take your music collection offline so that you always have music to enjoy when you're not connected to the internet.

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Chroma to Color Out Stress

Screenshots of Chroma for iOS

What We Like

  • Use colors, textures, and gradients to color images.

  • Import your own images.

  • Social media sharing of images.

  • Connect with artists.

What We Don't Like

  • Small amount of free content.

  • Hasn't been updated in a year or more.

  • Subscriptions may be a bit pricey for some for coloring book content.

Adult coloring books are a trend in stress relief, but you don't necessarily need a physical book and colored pencils to enjoy some of the benefits. Chroma is an adult coloring book app that uses the power of technology to let you color stroke by stroke with a convenient option to help you stay within the lines.

Use natural coloring tools like pencils, brushes and markers with your own customizable color palette by mixing the colors, textures and gradients that you want. New hand-drawn pages are added daily so you always have something fresh and creative to work on as you sit back and relax.