Remember when that Apple slogan, “There’s an app for that,” flooded the airwaves? Well, today there really is an app for almost everything.
Millennials cut their teeth on technology and today are tethered to their smartphones and tablets like never before. They use digital devices for everything from planning their day to meeting people to finding a parking spot in a crowded neighborhood.
Here’s a list of the mobile must-have apps for the millennial generation that make the daily grind easier, more fun, and more efficient.
When you want to get there fast (and who doesn’t?), Waze, the community-based navigation app, shows you the best, real-time route. You can receive traffic alerts, send your location and arrival time to friends, and locate the cheapest gas along your trip.
GPS units are fantastic for navigating to your destination, but once you get there, you’re on your own when it comes to finding parking. The Parker app (currently available in 30 cities) will find available parking spaces, give you real-time rates and hours, allow you to pay for the parking, set a timer when the meter is about to expire, and direct you back to your car.
Play your favorite tunes or discover some new ones on Spotify, a free entertainment app. You can check out the current week’s new songs, albums, or Top 50 as well as create your own playlists. It allows you to listen to music on all your devices, so it’s perfect anytime, whether you’re on the go, at work, or relaxing at home.
Instagram is a mobile app and social platform for sharing photos. It’s a popular way to sneak a peek at other people’s lives — in a good way, of course — and post pictures of everything from your latest vacation to your attempt at creating a seven-layer chocolate cake.
More than 100 million people connect with friends and family every day on Snapchat, an image messaging app in which users send “self-destructing” photos. It’s a fun, free way to stay up on news and catch some serious (or not so serious) face-to-face time with your inner circle.
If you don’t want to drive yourself or if you want to help someone else get where they’re headed, the Uber app is one of the handiest apps out there. Available in 402 citiesat last count, Uber’s rideshare program is a simple, no-cash option that lets you manage your life with fewer hassles — like hunting down a gas station, trying to flag a cab, or dealing with parking headaches.
Whatsapp Messenger puts you in touch with all your friends, without ever having to pay for SMS — instead, you share messages via the same data plan you use for web browsing. This free, real-time message app not only works with BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia, but it allows all of these phones to message each other. Sending messages or video, as well as creating groups, is a snap.
If you’re like the almost 50 percent of young adults who say they have a growing interest in investing, check out this app that lets friends help friends make investment decisions; the app’s tagline is “friends with benefits.” Tip’d Off is a social investing platform that is an easy way to introduce people to trading stocks.
For those looking for a new way to meet people, online dating can be a good choice. Tinder, and other dating apps, have made Internet dating even more efficient by offering a “location-based dating and social discovery application.”
Millennials are all about convenience, staying in touch with friends, and managing daily life with apps that support an always-connected, on-the-go lifestyle. If you’re looking for low-price options to keep your small business connected to the “in crowd,” visit Bluehost — we offer a wide variety of web hosting services to fit any budget.