5 apps I put on my mother’s phone and tablet

One of the best things about my work is the fact that I always hear about new gadgets and apps that can help you, my listeners. But, as I get these new tools, I also enjoy sharing them with my family.

Recently, I shared with you an app that I started using my moms, Ian and Barry, in case of emergencies. This is called Medical ID. Click here if you missed Why I think it’s so important for you to start using it.

My mom loves getting recommendations from me on apps she might enjoy using. That’s why I’ve put together this short list of five apps she put on her smartphone and tablet. I think you’ll really enjoy them too!

1. Crossword Classic

We all know that puzzles and games can keep your mind sharp for longer. So make sure you leave time somewhere in your day for one of the most famous brain-expanders: the crossword puzzle.

Crossword Classic for iOS lets you play all the newspaper online crosswords on your phone or tablet! New crossword puzzles are available daily and the app can track your progress. It will also prompt you if you are stuck or have a tip-of-the-tongue moment.

For Android users, fix your crossword with the Crossword app.

2. Pill Reminder

If you take more than one pill a day, keeping track of which pill you take and when can be tough, even with a fancy pill outfit holder. But don’t worry, there’s an app that can help you or a family member keep everything straight and organized.

Pill Reminders app helps you manage medicines and refills and also helps you keep track of doctor’s appointments. The app also stores your notes after each drug intake and organizes them in your “history table” for reference.

For Android users, don’t worry, check out Medisafe.

3. magnifying glass

Even if you’re not a spy, a magnifying glass is still something great. You never know when you’ll need to read tiny print on a document, tiny instructions in a cookbook, subtle writing on a computer part, or some equally inconvenient text. Unfortunately, you just might not have a magnifying glass lying around. However, you probably have a smartphone within arm’s reach.

It takes just the right app to turn your smartphone or tablet into a magnifying glass. I recommend Magnifying Glass for iPad gadgets and Magnificent Magnifier HD for Android users. Both apps have a zoom feature as standard but the iPad version has added exposure control, rotation, and freeze framing. These apps are definitely a lot more versatile than your average magnifying glass!

4. Big Calculator

Despite the iPhone’s larger screen size and the iPad’s larger display, you know it’s not always easy to read the small print on those screens. Luckily, there are a few ways to make your Apple Display easier to read. If you want to make your text bigger and bolder, here’s how to do it: Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Larger Text >> Larger Accessibility Size. Then, move the slider to adjust the size of the font. To make the text bold, tap the Bold Text button.

But what about the calculator? If you need big numbers to figure out all the math, check out Jumbo Calculator. This iOS calculator is fun with its own Money Mode, supports color themes, automatic decimal points as well as all the basic functions you would expect from a calculator. And did I mention it has bigger buttons?

For the Android equivalent, you can check out Fat Finger Calculator.

5. Bagme! Sticky Pro

The sticky note was a brilliant invention. They are very simple but surprisingly useful! You can turn any surface into a bulletin board of ideas or reminders – even your phone or tablet. iOS users can do all this and more with BUGME! Sticky Pro App.

This app creates fully customizable, virtual sticky notes that you can share with friends. You can also set alarms and reminders for each note, then drag and drop them onto the virtual corkboard. This is a fun and functional app that I am sure you will use every day.

Meanwhile, Android users can check out Sticky Notes! Application.

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