26 Ways to Outsource Your Life All from Your Phone
The A-to-Z guide every app that gives you a break
These days, we all have personal assistants. They’re just called by another name: your phone. Thanks to apps, we can outsource tasks completely--everything from cleaning and grocery shopping to buying movie tickets and finding a parking spot.
Here’s our A-to-Z guide to better living with a little digital savvy. Now you can get back to the important stuff. Like binge-watching Netflix.
“A” is for ArcLight Cinemas
From the coolest arty flicks to blockbuster hits, you’ll want to see them at your local ArcLight--and now you can book tickets and pick seats on the go.
“B” is for BestParking
Having a hard time finding parking, but don’t want to spend top dollar? Compare prices for all available parking in your area with this app.
“C” is for Coachella
Yup, there’s an app that lets you plan out what stage you want to be at when. Because to fit in seeing crazy-different acts like Sufjan Stevens and Guns N’ Roses, you really have to plan ahead to strategize the best path through all those flower-crown-wearing girls.
“D” is for DrinkControl
This $4.99 app keeps track of how many drinks (and their costs and calories) you’ve had at any one time or even all week. No judgments, and you’re the only one who has to know.
“E” is for Entrain
Sleep scientists have figured out how to hack your circadian rhythms, so you don’t have to feel jet-lagged ever again.
“F” is for 5 Every Day
This app recommends five interesting things to do every day, curated by local artists, musicians and designers. You also might just call it, "the get-cooler-instantly app."
“G” is for Grubhub
Just type in “tacos,” and it lets you know where the closest ones are that you can get delivered, and it lets you store payment info. Mmm.
“H” is for Happify
Ever feel like everyone’s more smiley than you are? Get with the joyful program with games and suggestions that de-stress and relax you.
“I” is for Instacart
OK, you’re willing to make dinner. But nobody can convince you to go grocery shopping. You don’t have to--Instacart will bring everything on your list in as little as an hour.
“J” is for Jewel Fever
Because Candy Crush is old news, play this sparkly stacking game.
“K” is for KCRW
Never miss the end of a story when you get out of your car again, because this lets you live-stream what’s on the radio.
"L" is for Los Angeles, CA Real Estate
Because sometimes it's fun to visit all the open houses in your neighborhood on weekends, and here they all are.
“M” is for Mousewait
All you grown-up Disneyland lovers can’t resist a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. This app gives you up-to-the-moment wait times for rides and tells you how crowded the park is, in case you want to plan your excursion for another day.
“N” is for Nest
Never get off the couch again if you use this app, which lets you remotely control your home temperature.
“O” is for Omvana
Guided meditations from 3 to 60 minutes, as well as customizable background music, make this great for meditators at all levels.
“P” is for Postmates
Want someone to go to Trader Joe’s and pick out your groceries, then deliver them? Tap Postmates, already.
“Q” is for Quench – Your Hydration Coach
Wonder if you’re getting enough water before, during and after your workout? Here’s your answer.
"R" is for Rover
Registered dog sitters are poised to mind your beloved pet while you're away. They even send you photos of the little guy having fun without you.
“S” is for Secret Stairs Silverlake
This $1.99 app includes hillside trails around this east side neighborhood; if you’re listening to music, the GPS functionality pauses the tunes to tell you fun historical facts.
“T” is for TaskRabbit
Need a picture hung, a tub scrubbed, a storage unit cleaned out? This outfit is made of up men and women who are happy to do it for you, like the helpful big sister or brother you never had…or did but who wouldn’t ever help you move.
“U” is for Urbansitter
Need a last-minute babysitter? This app gives you a photo, reviews--and the gold standard, how many times they’ve been asked back by families.
“V” is for Venmo
A group dinner is all fun and games until the check comes. But now, splitting the bill has never been easier; just send your friends cash with a couple buttons.
“W” is for Washio
Tap the app and your dry cleaning and/or laundry is picked up, then returned within 24 hours, washed and separated.
“X” is for XE Currency App
You’re traveling anywhere from Cabo to Cortona and you can’t quite figure out how much that handicraft or Prada bag costs in U.S. currency. This exchange rate calculator clears all that up.
“Y” is for Yogaworks
Want to know when a class starts at one of 16 studios around town? Want to buy classes without waiting in line? Om, yes, you can with this app.
“Z” for Zeel
Yup, managing your outsourced staff is a full-time job. So treat yourself to an on-demand massage from a therapist that will come to your home in as little as an hour.