My most used apps

apps, iPhone  /   /  By Nafisa Akabor

iphone-appsAbout a month or so ago I deleted a whole bunch of apps on my phone that were taking up unnecessary space.

When you have a 16GB handset that’s used primarily to take photos, you eventually realise how precious space is. I’m now left with a single screen of apps. It did take me a while to get used to not scrolling through home screens out of habit. Weeks later and I don’t regret deleting those apps.

I made the decision based on if I used the app within the last 3 months. I kept the (in)frequently used app like Speedtest because, what if I end up in South Korea one day? 😉

Now that I’ve kept things to a bare minimum, I’d like to share what apps I use most often. This excludes social networks (I don’t even download Facebook on test phones anymore), and messaging apps.


1. FNB – used to buy airtime, data and do banking. Oh and for geopayments (still doesn’t get old).
2. Camera+ – this is the best photo editing app on iOS.
3. Zomato – I like writing restaurant reviews on the app vs. the web since it supports picture uploading.
4. Flipboard – best way to catch up on feeds on a mobile handset.
5. Google Maps – I mostly have a love hate relationship with all navigation apps because they’re all suck at some point.

Care to share your most used apps that are not messaging and social networks?

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  1. Waseem Dawood 11/08/2014 at 14:35 Reply

    What about games? Since my iphone rebirth, i think it’s IMDB, Wikipedia, Livescores, Clash of the Clans, Ster Kinekor. If you’re excluding games then FNB.

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/08/2014 at 14:44 Reply

      I play (Bejewelled) Blitz when I’m super bored. Deleted most of the games because they took up the most space. Also battery life is too precious to waste on games, considering everything else I need to do takes priority (getting work done on my phone).

  2. M Irfaan 11/08/2014 at 16:30 Reply

    I only have a top 4:

    Pocket Casts (by Shifty Jelly)

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/08/2014 at 16:35 Reply

      And I haven’t even tried 3 out of your top 4!

  3. Zeenat Kalla 18/08/2014 at 15:41 Reply

    FNB (do about 90% of my banking here, and do a screenshot of proof of payment)

    My fitness pal
    QuizUp (this is probably somewhat social :))
    My iphone got stolen on saturday, so will have to repopulate it, also it was a 64gb 4S upgraded from a 32GB 3GS, and now i am forced to use an iphone 4 16GB which should be interesting…

    • Nafisa Akabor 18/08/2014 at 15:48 Reply

      Oh no 🙁 Sorry to hear! Downgrading storage is something that you will definitely feel. Hope you back up often though, then technically you would have lost not much.

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