So you just got your first iPhone. Now what? Well, one thing that makes the iPhone great is the great ecosystem of apps available to download instantly. One of the first things you should do with your new iPhone is download some of the best free apps that are out on the App Store right now.
I’m personally a fan of free apps because you can easily download them just to test them out. If you don’t like them, simply delete them; leaving behind no traces of the app. There is no reason to hold back.
Without further ado, here is our list of the first 10 free apps anybody should download on their new iPhone. To download these apps, simply click (or touch) the images or locate the links found in the descriptions.
Everybody in the world and their kids and their kid’s dogs have Facebook these days, so the first thing you should do is download Facebook’s iPhone app. It’s recently been updated to be quick and easy to use. The app almost encompasses the entire Facebook experience as if you were accessing it through the web on your computer. And it’s FREE.
With iOS 6 and beyond, Facebook is tightly integrated throughout the operating system. Find it in Settings and give your iPhone your Facebook log-in credentials to enjoy Facebook perks throughout your iPhone. For example, you can publish photos to your Facebook Timeline from the photos app directly with a couple simple clicks (touches).
Basically, this is absolutely the first free app you should download.
As opposed to Facebook, not everyone has a Twitter account, and those that do, fall under one of these categories: talkers or listeners.
“Talkers” tweet and partake in the true social aspect of Twitter while the “listeners” sit back and just skim through their timeline of those they choose to listen to (those they follow).
Whichever kind you are or will be, this app is the best Twitter experience you can get on your iPhone for free. And if you have never used Twitter before, now is the perfect time to try!
Either way, your first mission after you download this app is to find us @SimpleiPhoneNet and hit that ‘follow’ button. 🙂 We routinely tweet tips and tutorials to keep you in the know.
Back in the day you didn’t have to do this but since Google and Apple fight like siblings in the courtroom, we have to go in and download the YouTube app from the App Store (it’s no longer automatically there when you first turn on your iPhone). No worries though. Shouldn’t take too long! 🙂
YouTube is THE place for internet video uploading/consuming. To best enjoy YouTube videos on your iPhone is via this app. Once downloaded, your iPhone will sometimes jump to it when you attempt to watch a video.
Basically, this is the first video-type app you need to download.
I’m sure you will be wanting to listen to some music on your iPhone, right? If you’re like me, you’re probably sick of the music you own because I’ve heard those songs so many times.
Pandora is great because you can listen to a wide range of songs similar to ones you already enjoy. You input an artist you like and Pandora does the rest. You can ‘like’ songs as they play which gives Pandora a better idea of what you enjoy.
This app is totally free. You are able to purchase a certain subscription that will eliminate the commercials but I personally have never minded them so much as to pay to get rid of them.
Pandora should be the first music app you download on your new iPhone.
5. Google Maps
Apple has it’s own maps app preloaded on your iPhone. However, most people agree that Google Maps is the best free maps app you can get.
I’ve personally never had any trouble with Apple’s version of maps but to be safe you might want to get Google’s as well.
Though it should be noted that whenever you call on Siri to show you directions, she will use Apple’s maps and not Google’s. Nevertheless, you can use Google Maps whenever you yourself are looking for directions.
This app should be the first navigational app you download.
6. Facebook Camera
They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Your new iPhone will be your new best camera. Don’t be afraid to take lots of pictures because your iPhone has a great camera built in.
Now what are you planning on doing with all these great pictures? The Facebook Camera app is one of the best free apps to quickly edit and share your photos to your friends and family. You can easily share multiple pictures at one time and it also gives you the ability to ‘tag’ people in your photos so they get notified about the new picture.
A close relative to Facebook Camera is Instagram. This is no mystery ever since Facebook acquired Instagram a few months ago. I give the edge to Facebook Camera because of it’s integration with Facebook, and most people already have a Facebook account as opposed to having to sign up for a new Instagram account.
The same famous books app found on Apple’s iPad can also be downloaded on your iPhone. Therefore, technically you could use your iPhone as an Kindle; read and collect thousands of books on your digital bookshelf all on your iPhone.
Whenever you have downtime while away from home, just pull out your iPhone and crack open a good book in your iBooks app.
You can download free samples of books and even subscribe to many popular magazines.
This app should be your first books/reading app you download on your new iPhone.
8. Find My iPhone
Apple allows you to track your iPhone if it ever becomes missing or stolen. How cool is that? As long as you download Find My iPhone and follow through with the onscreen prompts, you will be fully equipped to locate your iPhone from any computer just by logging in to Apple’s iCloud.com.
This feature has literally lead police to the front door of the criminal many times. The fear of having your iPhone stolen is almost completely a thing of the past. All you have to do is download the app.
This app is available on all Apple devices such as iPod Touches, iPads and Macbooks so be sure to set it up on each of them if you happen to own them.
I can’t even recall how many times I was in need of a little light and my iPhone came through on the clutch. One of the most underrated features of a smartphone in general is the ability to act as a flashlight.
Your new iPhone is equipped with an LED light near the camera lens on the back. There are a couple of apps that can utilize the LED as a flashlight but the best one you can get for free can be found right here: Flashlight.
Also, be sure to have the app easy to find since you’ll need to quickly get to it when you do need it.
Flipboard for iPhone is one of the best ways to consume news tailored specifically for you all packed in a beautifully simple interface.
Once you open the app, you’ll be prompted to pick topics and categories you find interesting. Fliboard will automatically populate your news feed according to your selections.
But that’s not all; it also does social networks. Add your Facebook or Twitter account and Flipboard will populate with articles and photos shared by your friends.
If you’re short on time, check out the Cover Stories tile for staff picks on the most interesting news being shared across the web.
Flipboard describes itself as “Your Social News Magazine” and after using it for a few days you’ll see why. This free app just might be your new go-to source for news.
That wraps up our list of the10 best free apps to download on your new iPhone. There are many others to discover out on the App Store so don’t stop here – feel free to try many others you find.
Just be sure to come on back here and let us know in the comments section below about your favorite free apps!