If you’re a silver surfer or know somebody who is, you’ll know that the Internet is a wonderful thing. But are you getting the most from it?
We’ve put together our pick of the top 10 FREE apps for seniors, or anybody interested in unlocking the potential of their smartphone or tablet.
Good question. Apps (applications) can help with all kinds of everyday tasks, as well as promote positive lifestyle changes, such as:
Visit the App Store if you have an iPhone/iPad, or the Google Play store if you are using a different device, and download these free apps to try for yourself!
Never pay for an album again! Spotify puts tens of millions of songs at your fingertips. Search for your favourite artists, albums, and songs and listen to them for free. Create your own playlists quickly and easily, and discover a world of new music.
The free version does play adverts occasionally, but if you like the service (over 50 million people already do) you can subscribe for £9.99 a month which removes adverts and gives you a whole host of premium features.
See what the world is watching. The official YouTube app gives you easy access to millions of videos. Search music, entertainment, news, tutorials, sport, and much more.
Subscribe to your favourite channels, edit and upload videos, join the discussion with comments, all from inside the app! Whether you want to look for top gardening tips, watch the latest movie trailers, or see a concert from 1978, you’ll find it on the YouTube app.
Skype is the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch with others across the globe. Make long-distance calls, instant message, or video call friends and family members at the touch of a button.
Calls to mobile phones or landlines do carry a small fee, but if you are calling another Skype user and are connected to the Internet, you don’t have to pay a penny.
If you love Scrabble, this is the app for you. Words with Friends allows you to play your favourite word building game against real people all over the world.
Connect and chat with friends, and join 20 million others who are also using this app. Best of all? It’s free to download and start playing.
Stay up to date with the news that matters most to you. This user-friendly app allows you to catch up on the latest top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology, sport, and more.
You can even watch the BBC news channel live, and personalise the news categories to suit your interests. See a story you like? You can share news stories by email, Facebook and Twitter, straight from the app.
Feed your curiosity and expand your knowledge with TED Talks. Explore more than 2,000 talks from visionaries, experts, and scientists on topics ranging from psychology to nature to technology and more.
Discover inspiring, funny, or jaw-dropping talks to listen to on the bus, or bookmark interesting talks to listen to later. TED is an example of the very best content the Internet has to offer.
This simple app turns your phone or tablet camera into a handy magnifying glass, perfect for help reading small print no matter where you are.
As well as making it easy to zoom into things that are difficult to see or read, it also provides a handy light, turning the camera flash into a torch that is easy to switch on and off. Download it today and try it out!
WebMD helps you to make positive decisions and improve your health with unlimited access to physician-reviewed information and tools.
Select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms and learn about potential conditions. Search an extensive database of information on drugs, and get access to life-saving first aid information.
You can even find and get directions to local physicians, hospitals and pharmacies no matter where you are.
The aging process often affects memory, frustrating those who make the effort to stay mentally active. This handy memory-improvement app helps to keep your mind sharp with hundreds of games and puzzles to enjoy.
Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity is proven to benefit memory and help your brain to store information.
Indulge in more than 30,000 recipes that have been carefully compiled from the very best cooking websites, so you don’t have to. Epicurious also gives you access to reviews, tips, and pictures from other users who have tried each recipe.
You can also sync your shopping list for quick retrieval at the supermarket and use the Smart Kitchen Timer to see how long it takes to cook chicken, salmon, and 40+ other food items.
Did you find any of these apps useful? Or discover any other interesting apps you’d like to share? Leave a comment and let us know!