Everyone downloaded TikTok in the last year. There are many other apps for Android and iOS that are worth your time.

These are the top apps that Mashable staff used in 2021, regardless of whether we needed to relax, work or just get out and about.

Best app for new homeowners

Angi (iOS, Android)

Angi was launched in March 2021. However, it may be familiar to others. The app, formerly known as Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor connects users with local contractors and home services like plumbing, landscaping, and electricity. Angi makes it easy to find contractors. You can also see reviews and ratings from local professionals. Angi charges contractors for every bid they make on a project.

— Brian Koerber, Culture Editor

 

The best app to reject algorithms and put your faith in human DJs

KCRW (iOS, Android)

Each city believes its local radio station has the best reputation in the world. L.A. may be right. KCRW DJs play live shows and are music supervisors for TV and movies.

With the KCRW app, everyone can listen to KCRW programs for free. What do you get? KCRW’s app also features the “Eclectic24” channel. This channel is not influenced by record labels’ money, as the DJs explain on air.

Although the app is familiar for some time, it was made compatible with Apple CarPlay in spring 2018.

— Rachel Kraus, Reporter

The best app to scan documents

Stack (Android)

Is it possible for someone of certain ages to still own a home scanner/printer? The best ones are too expensive to justify their limited usage, while the cheaper ones are less efficient and more susceptible to failure.

Let’s all give thanks to Google for making our Android phones more productive and putting the power, of a scanner, in a handy app called Stack. Scans can be as easy as simply pointing your smartphone at a document, and taking a photo. Stack will convert your image to PDF and provide tools to crop and sharpen it. This app is a Google app and is seamlessly integrated into your GSuite services. You can share, upload, label, and label the scanned doc in just a few clicks.

— Joseph Volpe Deputy Tech Editor

The best app to take a break from the phone

Forest (iOS, Android)

Forest is an oldie but a greatie. It helps people to become less dependent on their smartphones. is still my favorite productivity app. Forest will lock your screen for the desired amount of time you need to focus. A virtual tree will then grow in your app. You can unlock your phone screen once the tree is complete. Additionally, you will earn coins which you can save to plant trees in Africa through a partnership with the non-profit Trees for the Future.

— Nicole Gallucci, Assistant Culture Editor

Best app for getting some rest

White Noise Lite (iOS, Android)

White Noise Light is my only favorite app. It plays white noises, which are for me an AC-like sound that help you sleep. It has been a blessing in a year of strange rest, when it was hard to find good sleep. It’s a simple and effective tool for getting a better night of sleep if you are a light sleeper.

— Tim Marcin, Reporter

 

The best app to practice self-care

Aloe Bud ( iOS )

Since 2018, I have been using Aloe Bud. It is the only app that makes self-care seem less daunting. You can set reminders daily to hydrate, eat a snack, exercise, and other things. It also encourages you check-in through your personal dashboard every time you do an activity.

It can be easy to forget about taking care of yourself in a world that has most people working at their desks for the majority of our lives. Aloe Bud’s gentle and positive nudges make it less judgemental than other self-care apps. The cherry on top is its retro look.

— Brenda Stolyar, Reporter

Yosemite is more beautiful than your couch. Credit: LA Times via Getty Images

The best app to enjoy the great outdoors

National Park Service ( iOS and Android).

The National Park Service app now has information on over 400 parks across the U.S. and allows you to reserve campsites when they are available. You can also access it offline so that you can access visitor guides and maps in remote areas without a cell phone signal, for more visit Venostech.com!


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