I got a confession to make: I’m addicted to devices and technology. With technology allows me to overcome the isolation of my disabilities and be apart of the world. I have as the moment of writing this post 4 kindles, 2 phones, a stack of old laptops, a wireless mouse, and a flat screen tv I often double as a monitor. So yeah, I love technology and switching from my old flip phones to smartphones has been one of the best decisions I made.
I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek of what’s on my phone and other devices right now. Hopefully, with this post, you find out a little more about me and find some new awesome apps to download.
Back in the day, I used to manually download my music and copy and transfer them manually from all my devices. It was such a freaking pain to do. However, the most I found Spotify, I was completely done. Spotify is free, but to get the most of it you should totally upgrade to premium. It’s only $9.99 a month, and if you have a family who loves music as much as mine does you can upgrade to a family plan that is only $14.99 a month. It’s such a saving.
With premium, you can download music for offline use (which comes in handy because I have zero data), you can use any device connected to Spotify as a remote for other devices playing music. Spotify also expanded to podcasts, so you can not only listen to your music but podcasts as well. The final thing is that my playlists and music library are synced to a cloud. They are the same no matter what device I am on, and when you have as many devices as I have that is a blessing.
If you are interested in what I’m currently listening to you can follow me on Spotify.
Netflix and chill anyone? I use Netflix frequently to binge my favorite tv shows or to watch a good movie. My long-distance partner Starr and I have movie nights using the Rabbit App where we watch movies together and they all sync up. Netflix has become even more convenient because you download a lot of their content to your devices for offline watching.
Netflix is great when watching binging seasons of more current stuff, For me, however, I use Hulu to watch my old shows such as Highlander, Stargate SG-1, and Silk Stalkings. Hulu is also a great way to keep week to week with shows that I watch week to week. I used to watch ‘Shadowhunters’ and ‘Midnight Texas’ every week Hulu and you can do that with most shows that are out right now.
Twitter is the first thing I open when I wake up to get the news. It’s my go-to social media platform, and I’m rarely on Facebook anymore. I get to sound off on my feelings and since I tend to rant on several topics it’s the place to get my opinions out there for the world to see. I got about 5 accounts and I sometimes manage them through TweetDeck, but I much prefer the app. I can switch between accounts easily with no fuss.
5. Podcast Addict
I love Podcasts! I have been addicted to them since I discovered them several years ago. I’m a political animal and I tend to keep up to date on politics, news, and other niches by using the Podcast Addict app. I have used other podcast catcher apps, but for this is the most effective app and the most customizable. You can find more about the fat podcasts that I listen to here.
6. Voice Aloud Reader
I read a lot of fanfic. I know it’s a shocker, but I read more fanfic than original books. I’m always on the archive of our own (it’s my third most visited site) searching for fic. Part of my disability makes it hard for me to read from a screen for a long time and if I do I get a headache. With text aloud, I can read any webpage on my device just by using the share buttons, it also supports ePub, DOC, HTML, TXT, and RTF formats as well. The thing is I love the most about it is that I change the color and background of the text from black on white text to black on white text. Makes it easier to read, especially if you want to read alone (they have a highlight option as well). I actually use this more my default kindle reader app. Also, if you want more bang for your buck, invest in buying Text To Speech voices so it doesn’t sound so mechanical. I use Ivona voice (which is, unfortunately, defunct now) but there are so many other TTS voices to use.
7. Es Explorer
ES Explorer is a file manager app, but it’s more than that actually. It’s like swiss army knife of phone apps. The program has its own music player, file extractor for zip files, manages your device’s storage. and so much more. This program has become so integral in operating my phone that I actually installed it on all of my kindles as well. If you have an older kindle as I do, E.S. Explorer almost always works with those as well.
8. Facebook Messenger
I’m always on Facebook messenger but I’m barely on Facebook. It’s a strange dichotomy, I admit it. All of my friends are on facebook, so it’s most convenient to talk to them I talk to my partner on it all the time and it’s available to all major devices including kindle. Facebook messenger also has Facetime and you can actually make calls from messenger. My friends have a group chat that we talk about everything from fanfic, family, movies, tv shows, politics, social justice stuff, and everything inbetween. It’s constantly on and we are often just throwing out messages to each other at all hours of the day and night.
9. Music Folder Player
I listen to podcasts, but I also listen to podfics (fanfic audiobooks) and original audiobooks. It’s another way for me to consume media in a pain-free way. When I’m sick, I just lay in bed all day and listen to podfics all day. I don’t have to open my eyes and stare into the tv, I can just sit and listen. I also listen to audiobooks to help me fall asleep at night. Who says just because you are an adult that you can’t bedtime stories?
I currently have a lot going on in my life. From maintaining this blog taking care of my family, my writing, and don’t get me started on all the stuff I have to do to launch my business. I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s hard to do that with my disabilities and chronic pain. I have weekly a todo list and what keeps me on task for the week is todoist. It’s a todo app that you can use on android, apple, or desktop. I can label tasks and color code them, I can get reminders, I also can set daily goals (although it’s hit and miss with me), and they can sync to any device.
And those are my 10 must-have apps! What apps do you use the most? Let me know down in the comments!