Many of the recommended apps are also available on the iPad, in case we decide to focus on this type of tablet, so as to have the same apps on both the phone and the tablet.
Best iPhone appsThe store is truly endless, so we decided to group the various free apps into categories, showing you the apps with the highest ratings, the highest number of downloads or the most innovative apps of the moment, so you always know what to download.
Free calls appLe app to make free phone calls from smartphones and tablets are indispensable because they allow you to make free calls via the Internet even when we travel abroad or when we do not want to affect the minutes included in the operator's offer. These include popular apps such as Skype, Viber and many messaging apps (which we will see in the chapter below).
Messaging appIf WhatsApp is the app that everyone must have on their smartphone to send free messages and also to make calls, we can install others alternative applications for messages and chat, among which we recommend Telegram and Facebook Messenger.
All the apps reported also allow you to make free calls and video calls via the Internet.
Gallery and photo editing appEven though the iPhone gallery app works great, you can get more features by using one of the applications to edit photos on iPhone with Adobe Photoshop (available for free), Snapseed and Fotor.
Since the internal memory space always tends to run out, it is essential to install Google Photos which makes unlimited photo backup (while iCloud only has 5GB of space).
If, on the other hand, we are looking for apps to apply photographic filters without using the PC, we invite you to also read our article on best apps with photo filters.
Camera appThe app for taking photos on the iPhone is very complete, but it can also be changed using one of the best camera apps for iPhone among which, if in doubt and not to be mistaken, it is always worth downloading and installing VSCO.
If we love taking selfies in another article we have collected the best apps to take selfie photos.
Music appThe iPhone has its own app for listening to music (it used to be called iTunes, now it's just Music) that works well for both local music and streaming music.
Obviously we can download valid alternatives, in particular for those who listen to music in streaming; between best apps to listen to music on iPhone and iPad even in streaming Spotify obviously stands out. Do you like YouTube music? In this case we can also download the specific YouTube Music app, as seen in our guide Youtube Music per Playlist, Mixtape e download.
For those who listen to music offline with MP3 files or other audio files, we recommend using Musixmatch, which is also able to view the lyrics of the songs (in Italian, in a foreign language and translated).
In another article, to complete the category, we also saw the best apps to make music and play.
Video appOn iPhones we can view videos with the dedicated system app, but it is not very complete.
Fortunately, we can also download VLC on iPhone, so as to better manage any type of video; other video apps can be found in our guide to best apps to watch videos and movies on iPhone and iPad.
If, on the other hand, we wanted to edit the videos shot with the camera on the fly, we refer you to reading our article on best apps to edit videos.
App streaming onlineNowadays, there are plenty of video streaming platforms and all of them are compatible with iPhones! In fact, we find the inevitable Netflix, but also Amazon Prime Video and Infinity.
Other apps we can view them in our article on app to watch streaming movies.
App browser webSafari is the iPhone's default browser and is very fast and full of features, especially if we use other Apple devices with the same account (iMac, MacBook, iPad etc.).
Sometimes, however, it can be useful to use a different browser, perhaps to keep some searches private, hide some sites or browse anonymously. In particular we have seen the best browsers for iPhone and iPad alternative to Safari, among which obviously the most famous browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Edge stand out.
For those looking for an effective method to browse incognito without leaving a trace, we can also read our guides on how browse incognito on iPhone.
VPN appIf we fear our connection will be intercepted or need to pass filters and status checks, we can use good VPN apps on the iPhone, many of them free and with limitations. Currently the best VPN apps are without a doubt Aloha Browser and ProtonVPN, as also indicated in our guide to Best free and unlimited iPhone VPNs.
Virtual assistants and home automation appOn the iPhone we find Siri as a virtual assistant, quite precise in the answers but with poor integration with home automation devices (at least compared to competitors). To control our devices with your voice even from the iPhone, we recommend that you download the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Google Home apps, so that you always have everything under control, even using voice commands.
Keyboard AppThe default keyboard on the iPhone, very good in itself, can be replaced with an alternative app such as Gboard, the smart keyboard developed by Google. To download other keyboards, please read our article on best apps to change keyboard on iPhone.
App to block phone callsPhonebook management on iPhones works well and there is no need to install different apps.
If, on the other hand, we need to block calls from call centers and annoying calls from iPhones, we must absolutely install the Truecaller app, the best in its category.
We can try other apps to block phone calls and messages in our article on how Block calls from unwanted numbers and unwanted SMS.
Email AppThe Mail app on the iPhone also works quite well, but we can try some excellent alternative apps for popular services like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo! Mail.
In another article, the best apps to read Email on iPhone alternative.
Those who use Gmail as their email account will be able to do the Backup iPhone address book to Gmail in order to keep it stored even if you change your mobile phone.
Maps and navigators appOn the iPhone there is the Apple Maps app to view maps and to get a fast and free navigator, even if not always accurate. On the iPhone, however, we can use the always precise Google Maps, which also works as an offline navigator as seen in the guide to Tricks and secrets of the Google Maps Navigator app on iPhone.
Alternatively we can also download Waze or HERE WeGo, indicated between best navigator apps and maps for iPhone.
Social Network and dating appThis is a fairly obvious category, given that we find on iPhones the official app for every currently active social network: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat and TikTok.
If we are looking for dating apps, we recommend that you read our guide on tinder or the guide to Best dating apps to know who we like near us.
Google appGoogle provides tons of useful and free applications for iPhone. Not only Youtube and Google Maps, Gmail and Chrome, but also many unknowns that really work wonders and that I always recommend to download and install even to those inside the Apple world.
In another article we can view all Google app for iPhone.
App Cloud StorageThe service is integrated on the iPhone iCloud, with 5GB of free space; unfortunately this space tends to end immediately, forcing us to buy a subscription to get more space.
In addition to iCloud, however, it is also possible to use the Google Drive app, Dropbox, Onedrive or the excellent pCloud.
Other iPhone compatible cloud services can be found in our guide Comparison of free Cloud Drive to save files online.
App WidgetAs we have seen i widget su iPhone they are useful for quick information on the lock screen and apps such as Weather, Google Maps and Google News integrate very well and provide a valuable service.
Weather appAmong Best Weather apps for iPhone, we advise you to try 3B Meteo and AccuWeather, among the most accurate to know the rainfall, wind, temperatures for today and for the following days.
Travel, hotel and reviews appAlso in this case we have all the main travel apps and to know the reviews of a place: Tripadvisor, Booking, Skyscanner and Trivago.
In another article we have seen the best app for traveling and going on vacation with iPhone.
Sports scores appThere are really dozens of applications to follow live football matches and other sports and to know the results in real time; the best to download on iPhone are SofaScore and All Goals.
App to track the phoneWe have seen, in this regard, several app to send your position from your mobile or be followed in real time, to which we also added apps with GPS locators to find and "follow" with friends or family and profits app to find your lost or stolen mobile phone.
App to manage iPhoneFor those who do not want to use iTunes or one of the new programs that have taken its place, we can use some alternative programs to manage iPhone and iPad without iTunes on PC.
Among the indispensable apps to connect the iPhone to the PC, we recommend that you also try Pushbullet to receive and send SMS from your computer.
File manager appIn another article we told you about file manager for iPhone and iPad, which also work as a download manager and also support bluetooth connections, Wi-Fi connections and cloud storage, so you can have all your files in one place.
Sync notes and notes appIf we take a lot of notes and notes, we can sync them online for use on other devices as well. The best are Google Keep, OneNote and Evernote, as seen in the article at the best applications for taking notes and notes on a phone.
Documents and Office appFor those who work a lot with office documents, you can use the Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps free on any iPhone. Alternatively we can use the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides app, or the app Polar Office.
For PDFs, just install Adobe Reader or one of the alternative apps in the guide on how Read and Open PDFs with apps on iPhone.
In another article we also showed you the App to scan documents and convert them to PDF.
Best iPhone Apps in other categoriesOn the site we have created numerous other guides for apps on the iPhone, below we can find the complete list:
- App to read the news of the day
- App for painting and drawing
- Applications to check internet traffic thresholds and residual credit
- App for learning English or other languages
- App for parents with babies to help them with babies
- App to check pregnancy of pregnant women
- App to compare prices and save on every purchase or expense
- Apps for workouts, sports, running and fitness
- Remote control app for PC and Mac
- Spy app
- calculator app for android and iphone
- App to watch live football streaming
- App to send your position or be followed in real time
- Best free calling apps
- App to watch TV on mobile
With this great guide we will always have at hand the free applications to install on our iPhone, so as to get quick links to everything we need to make the most of a new smartphone, especially if we come from the Android world.
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