We’re as good as an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S – we’ll be there for you! FACT gives you a roundup of our favourite apps to keep you busy…
We’re all the MasterChef’s that we always dreamed of being during quarantine – except that some of us need quick recipes to cook some homemade food. Tasty is your best friend for all types of occasions! An app released by Buzzfeed, Tasty is free, easy to download, and gives you everything that foodie dreams are made of. Depending on your mood for the day, you’ll find recipes for almost everything here.
We’ve been running out of options when it comes to using our time productively. When on most days we love some ‘down’ time with Netflix, we’re always on the hunt for more activities to keep the creative juices flowing. From photography lessons to learning digital illustration, Skillshare, Inc is definitely worth the money. You can use the first month free and see if it fits your preferences before you buy it.
Ellen DeGeneres will forever be the Queen of our heart. To further prove this, she has blessed us with the ultimate app to bring us all together; HeadsUp! – a virtual form of charades. You can try out the free version that comes with basic sets before you go for the premium version. Plus, you have the option to play HeadsUp online with your friends and family and spend some time cheering each other up.
21 Days Challenge
Yes, and yes. This app is the ideal way of motivating you to do something because you know the timer will go off, reminding you about your task for the day. The app revolves around the concept of taking 21 days to develop habits and is believed to be the best way possible to give something new a try. You choose the time you want reminding and the new habit you want to take up. Detox on social media, being more productive or even going without junk food; you’ve ultimately met your challenge.
BetterHelp: Online Counseling & Therapy
Let’s face the reality of life that we are going through a pandemic and admit it when things are getting tough for you. BetterHelp is an app that lets you find a therapist and talk to them like you’re texting a friend. You are paired with different therapists till you find someone that clicks with you. You have options to choose help for yourself as an individual, a couple and even counselling for your child. Several questions will be put forward to help understand you better before matching you with a therapist. If it helps you, you can buy the membership as well.
7 Minute Workout
The fact that we are currently amidst a lockdown means we are not even hitting our usual footstep count. While many people are stepping up their workout routines, we’re just looking for room to fit something in as we walk from the kitchen to the lounger. 7 minute workout is the fix – just pump up the volume of your favourite track and get in a bit of movement. We personally love the Sleepy Time Stretches as we’re taking it slow.
While we are currently living in a period of uncertainty, we must look after our health and well-being by ensuring we get a good nights sleep. Sleep Cycle analyses your sleep and wakes you up at the perfect time to make sure you feel rested. Track your sleep patterns, including how long it took you to fall asleep and how you felt upon awakening – a vital app for getting those 40 winks.
If you’re not aware of the digital streaming service that provides you access to millions of songs, then where have you been? Spotify gives users advert-free music, even when you’re offline, meaning you can listen to your favourite tracks wherever you may be. Create playlists of your favourite songs, discover new music via intuitive recommendations and share your favourites across social media. Music has never been so much fun.
Headspace is your guide to mindfulness and meditation, providing you with the tools and resources to look after your mind. Follow the guided meditations to help combat stress and anxiety or to help you calm down and relax, whether you have 5 minutes of half an hour – there’s something for you. Take things up a notch with ‘move mode’ to train your body and your mind at the same time with exercises to strengthen your mental and physical well-being.
Being stuck at home, it can sometimes feel like we are not using our brains to their maximum capacity. Elevate introduces personal brain training to help you stay sharp, build confidence and boost productivity. Training is conducted with over thirty simple games that use maths, reading, writing, speaking, and listening to help your cognitive training.
We couldn’t compile a list of apps to keep you busy at home and not include Netflix. The streaming giant is currently keeping the world entertained with its releases of new television shows and movies that have the entire world talking. For June we can expect the comedic pairing or Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in The Lovebirds, a new film from Spike Lee called Da 5 Bloods and a new show starring Steve Carell that follows the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services in Space Force.
With so many of us trying to use our time at home effectively, why not attempt to learn a new language with some help from Duolingo. The fun and addictive app offers lessons that adapt to your learning style and all exercises are tailored to help you learn and review vocabulary effectively. So why not learn Arabic, Russian, French or Japanese in preparation for when travel bans are lifted.
Zoom has become the go-to app for many of us in recent months, as we look for effective ways to communicate with our loved ones while spread out across the globe. Zoom allows up to 100 people to meet at the same time and chat with flawless video, crystal clear audio, instant screen sharing, and cross-platform instant messaging. Perfect for that family reunion, quarantine birthday party or that at home business meeting.
What about hosting your own trivia night? Kahoot! allows you to create your own quizzes in minutes. After you are done creating your quiz, the app generates a unique game pin code which you can share with your friends. All they have to do to join your live quiz is add the code via the “Enter Pin” button on the home screen. You can invite up to 10 players per game with the free version of the app, while Kahoot! Plus lets you invite even more people.
If you miss movie night with your friends, then simply download the app Airtime, which lets you stream movies, listen to music and share photos; all while video chatting with your favourite people. Just don’t forget the popcorn.
A little party never hurt anybody! Houseparty is the face-to-face social network where you can connect with all your loved ones. The app makes connecting face to face effortless, alerting you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat so you can jump right into the conversation. The same goes for you opening the app. Houseparty is truly the next best alternative to hanging out in person.
PROJECT FOODIE: GUIDED COOKING
Not all of us are capable of cooking on our own. This is why Project Foodie: Guided Cooking is one of the essential apps you need during quarantine. Learn delicious recipes with obsessively-detailed videos for free.
PSYCH! OUTWIT YOUR FRIENDS
Made by the same company as Heads Up!, Psych! is a Balderdash-like game that you can play on your phone with your friends. Each person creates fake answers to various trivia questions. Those who guess the correct answer among the false ones earn points. You’ll earn points for each player you “psych” into choosing your made-up answers. To play with a group, one player will need to select “start a game” on the home screen and then share the secret game code so others can add it to their app.
EdX brings you the best online courses from the world’s top universities and institutions to your mobile device so that you can learn new skills anytime, anywhere. Whether Harvard, Berkeley or Columbia; dig into the 2,000 classes available through the EdX app. You won’t earn a degree, but you will earn bragging rights for furthering your education while isolating.
Play the world’s number one card game like never before. The UNO app has all-new rules, tournaments, adventures and more. To invite your friends to a match, click on the “social” button on the bottom right of the screen and then click on the yellow “invite friends” button. From there you’ll be able to send invite links to your friends via text or another messenger like WhatsApp. The game also comes with text and talk functions so you can speak to each other through the app while you’re playing.