7 Apps to Help You Win at Life This Year
Looking to crush your work goals, eat home-cooked meals and still have time for a glass of wine? With more than a million apps available, we sifted through the riffraff to find the gems that will help streamline your life (and even introduce you to your new favorite rosé).
When You Want to Channel Your Inner Julia Child: Tasty
You’re always promising yourself you’re going to start cooking more. But what if it was actually fun? Download Tasty for more than 3,000 step-by-step recipes along with personalized recommendations for your next meal. Think of it as a cooking coach, offering all types of dishes based on ingredients, difficulty, speed and cuisine type. And get this: The app even keeps your phone “awake,” so you don’t have to constantly touch it as you’re cooking (because no one likes a greasy screen). Available on iOS and Android
When You’re Always Curious: Google Lens
Constantly picking up your phone to google something? (Same.) That’s why this might be the coolest app ever. With a few swipes, find out what plant is in your friend’s apartment, what kind of dog you saw at happy hour or even what building you’re standing in front of. You’ll also be able to take a photo of just about anything—from clothes to furniture—and have Google Lens show you similar-looking items. It’s basically a search engine for your camera. The downside?It’s only available on Android.
When You’re Looking to Branch Out from Your Usual Sauvignon Blanc: Hello Vino
Hello Vino is like having a sommelier at your fingertips. It tells you how to pronounce virtually every type of wine (so you don’t feel clueless at restaurants), and the review function gives you immediate input on any bottle you choose. Plus, it uses your unique taste preferences to offer personalized wine recommendations for your next dinner party or solo Netflix sesh. Available on iOS and Android
WHEN YOU NEED HELP TRACKING YOUR RECEIPTS: GENIUS SCAN
Does anyone even own a scanner anymore? Think of this as a compact PDF scanner in your pocket. We know what you’re thinking: Can’t I just take a photo? Genius Scan is designed specifically for text, so it automatically straightens, corrects for bad lighting and enhances legibility. It also simplifies merging pages into one document and exporting to the cloud. It’s a great tool for keeping track of expenses (say, during a group bachelorette weekend), and you’ll never have to worry about misplacing a receipt or an important doc again. Available on iOS and Android
When Your Brain Needs a Rest: Calm
You’ve heard your friends and family rave about the benefits of meditation (it’s worth noting they have a point), but you have no idea where to start. Download Calm, a convenient app that’ll give you access to more than a hundred guided meditations to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and sleep better. Plus, the app includes Calm Body, guided video lessons focused on mindful movement and gentle stretching. Available on iOS and Android
When You Want to Prioritize Your Health (Like a Celebrity): Centr
Wouldn’t it be nice to work out with world-class trainers, eat healthy (and delicious) meals and get expert tips to stay motivated? Famously fit couple Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky think so. That’s why they’re launching an app jam-packed with everything from daily workout videos to meal plans, recipe collections and confidence-building hacks. It launches globally in February, but if you sign up in advance you’ll receive a 20 percent lifetime discount. centr.com
When You Need to Get Your Finances in Check: You Need a Budget
You Need a Budget is the financial adviser we never knew we needed (or could even have). The app syncs your bank accounts with your credit cards to determine your spending patterns and help set a (debt-free) budget that works for you. It also analyzes patterns and makes customized recommendations. Best of all, it’s super easy to use. Available on iOS and Android