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Download These 11 Apps and You'll Be a Better Person

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Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 8 September 2017
‘Be the change’ and upgrade yourself and your life with these 11 apps, built to make you a better you.

Remente…

Remente is a free-to-download personal development and mental wellbeing app. Combining psychology with brain and mental training to help users reach their full potential and lead a healthier lifestyle, Remente improves mental wellbeing, mindfulness, stress management and personal or professional relationships by allowing users to track their moods and set long and short-term goals in eight areas: love and relationships; health and fitness; career and education; personal development; family; friends and social life; fun and recreation; and finances.

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Courtesy of Remente

YNAB…

YNAB (You Need A Budget), because you need a budget. The app was created to help users “stop living paycheck to paycheck, get out of debt, and save more money.” The app applies four ‘rules’ to your money: give every dollar a job (prioritize how you’ll use your money); embrace your true expenses; roll with the punches (expect the unexpected); and age your money (don’t spend money that is at least 30 days old). Free for the first 34 days.

Monzo…

Next up is not just another money app, but the money app (and ultimate travel accessory), Monzo. The smartphone-only bank updates your balance instantly, sends intelligent notifications, won’t charge you for transactions or ATM withdrawals when you’re abroad, lets you instantly split a bill or request payments from others via SMS (whether they’re on Monzo or not) and categorizes spending by category to help you track where all your money’s going. Being more organised with your money might not make you a better person in the strictest interpretation of the word, but you’ll have one less excuse for not splitting the bill.

Runtasty…

There are approximately a bajillion healthy eating apps, but Runtasty stands out from the crowd with its specific dietary filters like post-workout, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, meat-eater, dairy-free, low-carb, and high-protein. All recipes include calorie, protein, carbohydrate and fat break down, and available in video format. The app lets you mark your fave recipes so you can make them again and again, and also has helpful kitchen hacks to make your cooking life easier.

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Charles Deluvio on Unsplash | © Charles Deluvio/Unsplash

Waze…

Being late is annoying. Use Waze and get wherever you’re going on time. The world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze lets you “join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and fuel on their daily commute.”

Funnel…

Staying up to date with what’s going on in the world is a vital part of being a productive member of society. Funnel “gives you a clear account of what’s going on in the world from a multitude of sources,” with hourly audio news summaries from outlets like NPR and the Wall Street Journal.

The Great Courses Plus…

Expand your mind with The Great Courses Plus. The app brings more than 8,000 college level videos and lectures to your fingertips for free. Learn “from the top college professors in the world” by streaming video or audio to your device, or downloading and watching them offline later.

The Great Courses
The Great Courses

Mobile Passport…

Travelling through the U.S.? Mobile Passport is here to streamline your journey. Officially authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the app “allows travelers to submit their passport control and customs declaration information via their iPhone or iPad and bypass the regular line to enter the United States, effectively replacing the traditional blue-and-white paper declaration form required of all travelers entering the U.S. by air or sea.” Because a more streamlined traveler is a better traveler.

Sprinkles…

Sprinkles automatically generates witty captions for your pics. Captions are unique to what’s in the picture, and you can choose from hundreds of Emojis, stickers, and face-detecting Smart Stickers fit your face perfectly. Will it make you a better person? Maybe. Will it make you a person with a digital mustache? Definitely.

Microsoft To-Do…

The Microsoft To-Do app is a smart to-do list that makes it easy to plan your day. The app is a tool to help you “increase your productivity and decrease your stress levels by combining intelligent technology and beautiful design to empower you to create a simple daily workflow.” To-Do Suggestions organize your day and help you to complete the most important tasks or chores you need to get done. Helpfully, the app even syncs between your phone and computer.

Filtru…

We’re all better people after a cup of coffee. We’ve even better when it’s good coffee. The Filtru app is a digital coffee timer with helpful brewing methods for all coffee enthusiasts. “Step by step recipes guide you through the best way to prepare your beverage providing pouring intervals, stir and wait instructions.” Sweet.

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