You may have the latest and greatest iPhone 11 Pro, but what good is it without some awesome iOS apps? Not much good at all. Even if you don’t have Apple’s new top-of-the-line device, a major reason for owning an iPhone is the wealth of top-notch apps available for the platform, now at more than 2 million and counting. The question is, which ones should you install? We’ve got you covered. The experts here at PCMag have tested a vast number of apps, separating the good from the bad, to come up with this list of the 100 best iPhone apps.
If 100 apps are too many for your attention span, check out our much shorter and sweeter 12 must-have iPhone apps. There you’ll find essential and well-known apps.
The apps included here will run just fine on the past few generations of iPhones, large or small. However, if you have one of the newer phone models, some apps let you do new, different things. New iPhones include better cameras, Face ID, and more-powerful AR capabilities. Inside the new phones’ guts, the newer processors also make many activities feel much zippier.
Our favorite apps cover a range of activities, including photo editing, social networking, messaging, getting organized, and staying healthy. There’s even one that helps you fill your gas tank cheaply. We’ve broken this list into 12 relevant categories, so you can browse just the app types that most interest you using the links below. Each app name is linked to its page on the App Store; if we have a review of the app, that’s linked in the description text.
In the past, this list also featured the coolest video games the App Store had to offer. The iPhone gaming scene has become so robust that we decided it deserved its own separate, expanded list: Check out our feature covering the 50 Best iPhone Games. The selection is sure to be beefed up even further with the upcoming Apple Arcade streaming game service.
Be sure to revisit this page from time to time. Cool new apps arrive on the App Store all the time, so we update this list as we make new discoveries. Have you become enthralled with an app we failed to mention? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and we might add your suggestion during our next update. We didn’t forget Android users either; we have a separate roundup of the 100 best Android apps as well.
Best iPhone Communication Apps
Whatever your take on the social network of record, its messaging app is without equal. You don’t need a phone number to use Facebook Messenger, you can use it on any device without the need for your phone to be present as it must with WhatsApp. It works on every platform, unlike iMessage. It also has many cool features, like audio calling and video chatting with AR masks, stickers, and even mobile payments. You can even play games through it with your contacts. Oh, and all of that’s free.
Google’s email app is a wonderful communication tool. Like our other Editors’ Choice, Microsoft Outlook, it now lets you read mail accounts from Hotmail, Yahoo, and others via IMAP. It doesn’t integrate your calendar the way Outlook for iPhone does, but Gmail does make your entire email database easier to deal with than the preinstalled Apple Mail app. It’s smooth and fast, and even gives you five seconds to undo sending.
Microsoft Outlook’s light and flexible mobile email app supports nearly every email account you might have, includes an integrated calendar, and provides a Focused inbox that shows you only important messages. Frequently updated, the app includes an ancillary Apple Watch app and supports 3D Touch. Unlike the rest of Office Mobile, the Outlook iPhone app is totally free.
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