The Ultimate List Of iPhone Apps
(Updated 2018 Edition)
Your Apple iPhone is over a million times more powerful than the Super Computers that sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960’s and 70’s. Think about that for a second.
That’s a lot of power.
Unfortunately, many older adults (and even some younger ones) don’t get the full value out of their iPhone simply because they don’t know what apps are available to them. As of January 2017, 2.2 million mobile apps were available in the Apple App Store for download on various iOS devices.
That’s a lot of apps.
If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps in the App Store, you are not alone. The high number of apps available makes it a chore to sift through the noise.
And don’t leave it to Apple to help you out. They're still not giving you a manual. And the App Store is still cluttered with so many app that are irrelevant to you and me.
Technology is moving so fast, how are you supposed to keep up?
That's where Touch Screen Genius come in. We've put together The Ultimate List of iPhone Apps for Seniors as a quick reference guide to the App Store for anyone over 50. You will probably want to bookmark this page and come back to it often.
Not interested in every App Store category? Use the Quick Navigation above to jump to the appropriate section.
What you will learn on this page
Our Favorite iPhone Apps
Total 2017 Mobile App Downloads
Of All Apps Downloaded are Games
Our Favorite iPhone Apps for Seniors Broken Down by Category
How did we come up with our list?
While our process was anything but scientific, we literally left no stone unturned when curating our list. We consulted prominent iPhone bloggers, downloaded and tested dozens (hundreds?) of apps from the App Store, and read nearly every review on the apps we tested.
The result is the list below you here. Hundreds of man hours doing what we love, making today's touchscreen technology accessible to seniors worldwide.
Zooming into each App Store category
Communications and Messaging
Communications and messaging is at the heart of your iPhone. It’s probably the reason you purchased an iPhone in the first place…staying in contact with our loved ones, both near and far.
But HOW we stay in contact is the real question. Sure, there are the Messages or FaceTime apps that come standard with your iPhone, but these apps only really shine when you are communicating with someone who is part of the apple ecosystem. What about staying in touch with our Android and Windows brothers and sisters.
These apps all give you an additional way to communicate with just about anyone on the planet, regardless of the technology THEY use.
Our Top Pick
Facebook's Messenger App
Facebook’s Messenger service is now offered as a standalone app, enabling you to chat with your Facebook friends and anyone in your contacts with the app installed, without having to be signed into Facebook.
We recommend this app for the sheer volume of messaging that happens via Facebook. With billions of people now on the Facebook platform, chances are high that the person you want to message with is on it.
The only thing that is a little frustrating about the messaging functionality is that it is now longer included as part of the Facebook app. You must download the separate Messenger app to use this feature.
Skype Messaging App
Want to video chat with your grandkids who only have an inexpensive Android phone? Check out Skype.
Skype has been around for a long time and is now owned by Microsoft. In fact, Skype is now used by over 250 million people worldwide, making it hard to pass up as a great, free communication platform for your iPhone.
Also, since Skype now offers free international voice and video calls, it’s definitely worth having on your iPhone.
WhatsApp is a great choice for anyone that doesn’t have unlimited texting and spends a lot of time connected to Wi-Fi, letting you send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages.
WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection to lets you message and call friends and family, so you don't have to pay for every message or call.
There are no subscription fees to use WhatsApp.
iOS Essentials and Utilities
While this category may not garner as much attention and fanfare as something like games or video streaming, getting your iPhone outfitted with the best iOS essentials and utilities is one of the best ways to make sure you're getting the most out of your device, something many older adults struggle with.
Our picks listed below were tested and vetted specifically for the older generation and are easy to use and extremely functional.
Our Top Pick
We absolutely love Google Chrome and feel it is a huge upgrade from the iPhone's default browser Safari. This is especially useful if you are using Google Chrome on your other devices (computer, iPad, etc.) since this app lets you sync your history and bookmarks across all devices. As we get older, this feature becomes a necessity since remembering web addresses can be really tough.
Plus, Google's search bar autocomplete feature is baked right in so the app will actually make intuitive suggestions to help you search faster and easier.
Google For iPhone
If you are a senior who is already a part of the Google ecosystem (meaning you use Gmail or Google Docs), this app is for you.
Want to find nearby restaurants or track a package using your voice? Well, the official Google app allows users to have full-fledged conversations with their iPhone.
It’s just like Siri, except that Google For iPhone connects with your Google accounts.
This seems like a feature that should be baked into your iPhone, but alas, it is not. And for a lot of iPhone users over 50 years old, a call recording app is a must.
Whether you need to record a call just to help you remember what was said, or you think you may be getting scammed over the phone, TapeACall streamlines the process, so all you need to do is open the app or dial the associated number before or during a call.
The app creates a second line, which records your conversation once you go to conference mode. Afterwards, you’re provided a visual voicemail-type list that’s easy to navigate through. If you pay a little extra, the app will even transcribe the audio for you.
Are you tired of getting hassled by telemarketers and scammers? Are you afraid to pick up the phone if it’s from a number you don’t recognize?
Telemarketers and scammers have made it painful to pick up a call, but RoboKiller, winner of the FTC's anti-robocall competition, gives you your phone back.
But the best part of RoboKiller is that you can finally give telemarketers, spammers, and scammers a taste of their own medicine. The app will purposefully waste their time, and then record it so you can play it back for friends and family later on.
Find My iPhone
Have you ever worried about what would happen if you left your pricey iPhone on the table at a restaurant or in the back seat of a taxi cab (or Uber)? That is why you need the Find My iPhone app.
If you misplace your iPhone, the Find My iPhone app will let you use any iOS device to find it and protect your data.
Simply install this free app, open it, and sign in with the Apple ID you use for iCloud. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map, remotely lock it, play a sound, display a message, or erase all the data on it.
Social media is no longer just for teenagers and college kids. Seniors, retirees, and empty nesters are flocking to various social media platforms in droves as a way to stay connected to friends and family both near and far.
The key to social media apps for older adults is going where the masses are. That's the draw. And while they may seem complicated, they really aren't...especially when you have us here at Touch Screen Genius to help guide you.
Our Top Pick
It may not be the most well-known social media app for seniors, but Instagram is still the best social network for sharing and viewing photos.
Plus, with Instagram, you leave behind most of the "fake news" and politics that infect other social media sites. It's filled with the one thing seniors love...pictures.
And since Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps for individuals under 30, you can almost be guaranteed your kids and grandkids are already on there posting tons of pictures of their daily lives.
Facebook is the elephant in the room when it comes to social media apps for seniors (or anyone on the planet for that matter). You may be already using Facebook on your computer, but if you want to make it "Facebook Official," you should download the app.
I probably don't need to go into too much detail as to why you should be using Facebook to keep up with friends and family, both near and far.
But the real reason Facebook is a must have for every nearly every senior is that many other social apps and websites connect through Facebook to acquire vital information for authentication and use.
Still think YouTube is just a silly website for your grandkids to watch cat videos? Well, you couldn't be more wrong. The most popular video website has useful information (think DIY, cooking, and product research) for iPhone users of any age.
YouTube used to come with your iPhone, but with iOS 6, Apple removed it. Sure, you can watch YouTube videos in the Safari web browser but the user experience is far from the best.
Luckily, the app makes watching YouTube videos a breeze, and is a fantastic addition to your iPhone and a must have for every senior.
Food, Diet, and Eating Out
Whether you're searching for delicious, easy recipes, a way to track your calories and activities, or simply looking for the best place to get a burrito in rural Wisconsin, your iPhone has you covered. Check out our top Food, Diet, and Eating Out iPhone apps for seniors.
Our Top Pick
You've probably seen BuzzFeed's Tasty Recipes in your Facebook news feed. You may even have saved or shared one of their video recipes so you could come back to it later.
Well, now you can take your new cooking coach with you right on your iPhone.
This app boasts over 2000 Tasty recipes right at your fingertips. Plus, an all-new Step-By-Step instruction mode, a ‘My Recipes’ page which serves as your very own mobile cookbook, and an innovative search tool that allows you to filter by any ingredients, cuisine and social occasion you’re in the mood for!
Tasty recipes is a "must-have" if you are looking for delicious, easy recipes.
Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, change your habits, or simply start a new diet, you’ll love MyFitnessPal.
As we get older, what we put into our bodies matters more and more. Did you know that successful MyFitnessPal users eat 7% more raw fruit, 10% more almonds, and 11% more yogurt than the average user? It's those types of diet changes that can make a huge impact on your overall health.
MyFitnessPal has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more. Check out for yourself why MyFitnessPal is the world's most popular health and fitness app.
No matter your age, you can take advantage of crowd-sourced reviews and recommendations using Yelp as your local guide for finding the perfect place to eat, shop, drink, relax, or explore.
One of our favorite features with this app is to sort restaurants by distance and then check out pictures and menus without ever leaving the app.
And if you're thinking Yelp is only good for finding food options, you can also find trusted reviews on doctors, movers, even contractors and handymen.
Health and Fitness
As we age, our health and fitness needs to take top priority if we want to get the most out of our golden years. Fortunately, the iPhone has you covered with health and fitness app designed specifically for seniors.
Our Top Pick
Instant Heart Rate+ HR Monitor
Instant Heart Rate+ HR Monitor is our favorite health and fitness iPhone app for seniors simply because of how simple, yet powerful it is. With this app you can use your iPhone to find out your heart rate in less than 10 seconds.
You DON’T need a dedicated heart rate monitor to check your pulse. And you don't need to take a trip down to the pharmacy either. Download Instant Heart Rate today and use your camera’s flash to see how healthy you are!
With over 35 million users, the award-winning Instant Heart Rate app is continuously rated as the world’s best mobile heart rate measurement app and is trusted by Stanford’s leading cardiologists for use in clinical trials.
Medisafe Pill Reminder
Never forget to take your meds and pills again with the MUST HAVE pill reminder ranked #1 by pharmacists and physicians in independent tests.
This app is a must have for any older adult who is regularly taking medications. With Medisafe you won't put yourself or your loved ones at risk by missing a dosage -- or taking a double dose because nobody tracked it.
Medisafe is free to download and use but the premium upgrade option gives you some great options such as "Medfriend" supporters and unlimited family and friend profiles.
While this app is not specifically designed for seniors, we think yoga is one of the best forms of exercise for the older generations because it's low impact yet very effective for your health. And Daily Yoga is the best yoga app in the app store for seniors of any age.
Voted "Best Yoga App" for four years in a row, Daily Yoga offers plans for true beginners all the way up to yoga masters.
This app not only helps seniors get started with yoga, but it's intuitive features help you stay with yoga every day, which provides amazing health benefits for your mind and body.
Anyone over the age of about 40 knows that eyesight quickly begins to deteriorate with age. But with this magnifying glass app, you can turn your iPhone into a state-of the-art magnifying glass.
With this app you can adjust the zoom level (2x, 4x, 8x, etc.) and use the entire screen for easy viewing. And now, with the front-facing camera, you can use BigMagnify as a front facing mirror. The app even allows you to use the iPhone's flash feature as a torch for viewing and magnifying in low light situations.
Best Gaming Apps For Seniors
The Gaming category is the most popular iOS a category (by volume) in the App Store making up a whopping 25% of total iPhone app downloads.
But with that many apps, how is the more mature iPhone user supposed to wade through all of the junk. Are all of these apps simply immature children’s games or is there something in there you should be excited about?
Our picks in the best gaming apps for seniors categories are both useful for your brain (ie., may be able to help keep dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay) and offer you the ability to connect with friends and loved ones.
This “cognitive pick-me-up” can be used throughout the day to for a good mental workout.
Oh, and did we mention how addictive and fun it is?
Our Top Pick
Elevate - Brain Training
With over 80,000 five star reviews in the App Store, Elevate is a brain training program designed to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. Each person is provided with a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results.
The more you train with Elevate, the more you’ll improve critical cognitive skills that are proven to boost productivity, earning power, and self-confidence. Users who train at least 3 times per week have reported dramatic gains and increased confidence.
Words With Friends 2
Much like the old board game Scrabble, Words with Friends is the most popular mobile word game in the iOS App Store (perhaps the world!). This fun, free, social word game that lets you connect with friends and family while expanding your vocabulary and sharpening your wit.
And, if you a really good player, you can use the app to find the best opponent for you by browsing players’ profiles in Community Match.
But the real fun comes from playing against family and friends. This is a great app to play against a grown child or grandchild who lives far away.
It’s just one more way the iPhone can help you stay more connected.
If you’re like many older folks, you enjoy the excitement of classic word games. You may even find yourself occasionally throwing a word search book in the cart at the grocery store. If this is you, Word Connect is for you.
Word Connect is both simple and addictive, with over a half million positive App Store customer ratings proving this fact. And now with over 2,300 levels, this is a game you’ll probably never grow tired of.
Music and your iPhone is like a match made in heaven. And if you lump them all together, there are probably no fewer than a zillion different music apps in the iOS App Store.
Of course, those aren’t exact numbers, but based on our own independent research, we estimate that the number is somewhere between a zillion and a jillion.
So as an iPhone user, you have access to just about any type of music program imaginable, from Internet radio and streaming apps to guitar tuners and portable DJ stations.
Unfortunately, though, your smartphone has a limited amount of space. You can’t download the entire zillion apps — as of yet, anyway — so we’ve dug up the best music apps available on the iPhone for seniors.
Our Top Pick
Pandora is the best overall music app for seniors because it gives you a personalized music experience that continually evolves with your tastes.
With Pandora you create radio stations and playlists based from your favorite songs, artists or genres and then the app takes over, playing similar songs and artists. You have the ability to skip songs you dislike and rate them with a thumbs up/thumbs down feature for a more personalized experience.
Some seniors have used this app to soothe their grandchildren when rocking them to sleep or entertain them while playing.
Over time, the app will "learn" your music preferences giving you a great user experience.
Want to listen to a specific song artist or album? Want to do it for free in exchange for a little advertising? If that's you, Spotify is your app.
You can pay for Spotify's premium service which gives you ad free music and many of other bonuses, but unlike most apps if you don't pay for it (like me) the app still works wonderfully. It has tons of songs and very up to date!
This app is great for seniors looking to listen to a specific song. Plus, there are tons of albums from the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's.
If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber and love music, the Amazon Music app may become your new favorite. This hidden benefit of your Prime subscription gets little fanfare but it can be worth the price of the Prime subscription alone.
The benefit for Prime subscribers is that it works just like the paid version of Spotify, except that it's included with your Prime membership. You can listen to tens of millions of songs for free with no advertising.
News, Weather, and Podcasts
As we get older, world events become more and more interesting and relevant to us. But finding the right news source is often more difficult than finding a parking space on a weekend at Costco. Luckily, we have curated the best of the best iPhone news and podcast apps for seniors. Take a look...
Our Top Pick
AARP Now App
Catch up on the latest news in just a few minutes with the AARP Now App. This app features daily stories written with you and your mobile lifestyle in mind.
Explore hundreds of events near you, from career workshops and movie showings, to kid-friendly events. Plus, you can quickly register for them right from your phone.
Not an AARP member? Not a problem. Non-members can still use the app and get a taste of what AARP has to offer. Plus, the AARP Now App makes joining easy. All it takes is a couple taps.
Apple News App
Having trouble finding the news stories that interest you without all the extra garbage that comes with the major news sites? News collects all the stories you want to read — so you no longer need to move from app to app to stay informed.
And with the For You tab, it’s easier than ever to find the stories that matter most to you.
News also features breaking news notifications and subscriptions to some of your favorite publications.
Dark Sky Weather
Are you a senior who is still using the default weather app on your iPhone? You owe it to yourself to check out Dark Sky Weather.
Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance, so you’re free to walk the dog or run out to lunch and know you’ll stay dry. You can also explore the most beautiful weather animation you’ve ever seen, both forward in time or back.
Using GPS, Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-by-minute predictions for the next hour and hour-by-hour forecasts for the next day and week.
This is the weather app for the future and a must have for seniors looking for the best and most advanced weather app on the iPhone.
Overcast: Podcast Player
Sure, there is an adequate podcast app that comes native with your iPhone. But if you want to take your podcast enjoyment to the next level, look no further than Overcast.
This powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists will help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.
Any senior who enjoys podcasts should have this app.
Travel and Transportation
As we get older, we still have place to go, people to see, and life to lead. But limited mobility, the inability drive, or the struggle of finding your way around an unfamiliar city prevents many seniors from getting out as often as they would like.
Fortunately, there's an app for that! Whether you're looking for the best ride-sharing app or need help with translations while traveling in a foreign country, Touch Screen Genius' best travel and transportation iPhone apps for seniors has you covered.
Our Top Pick
Yes, Uber is operated via drivers using their personal vehicles. And yes, it is a “newfangled” option that requires a little bit of tech savvy. However, this shouldn’t deter seniors from taking advantage of the service.
The huge upside is that there's no need to park or wait for a taxi or a bus. With Uber, you simply tap to request a ride and a car shows up a few minutes later (the app alerts you when it arrives so there's not need to wait on the curb in the weather).
The app uses your location so the driver knows where to pick you up. And you’ll see your driver’s picture, vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.
The best part is that no money changes hands in the car, it's all handled by the app. No awkward tipping in the car. Plus, Uber is usually MUCH cheaper than a taxi and way more convenient than the bus.
App In The Air
Whether you're a frequent business traveler or a retiree going on your first big vacation, you NEED this app on your iPhone.
The award winning App In The Air iPhone app is your personal flying assistant that keeps you up-to-date with your flight: real time status, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile with all your flights logged.
And, one of our favorite parts is that the app works seamlessly offline. Gate changes and flight status updates are delivered via SMS text messages so there are never any data roaming charges.
Seriously, this app does it all from tracking frequent flyer points to helping you get better seats. You can even track your relatives' flights.
CityMapper is an award winning travel navigation app that the New York Times called, "...quite simply the best travel app to be introduced yet."
CityMapper covers everything you need to navigate around the world's major metropolitan areas including: real-time departures, transit maps, line status and real-time disruption alerts, Uber integration, bike routing and live bike share info, and constant updates. Everything you need -- and may not even realize you need -- to manage your life in the city.
Go ahead and forget out the default Maps app or even Google Maps because CityMapper eats them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
iTranslate is the leading translation and dictionary app that allows you to easily translate text, websites, or start voice-to-voice conversations in over 100 languages.
Plus the new Offline Mode allows you to use iTranslate abroad without ever having to pay expensive roaming charges.
iTranslate works in over 100 languages and includes real time voice translation so you don't waste you precious travel time typing. This is a must have iPhone app for seniors who plan to travel abroad.
Despite having a screen significantly smaller than today's modern television sets, your iPhone makes a great video streaming device that you can use virtually anywhere (which is why it's really catching on with the over 50 crowd and why many of today's seniors absolutely love it).
But the iTunes movie and TV store can get expensive in a hurry, making it cost-prohibitive for those on a fixed income. That's why we've put together our favorite video streaming apps for seniors that are free or comparatively low cost.
Our Top Pick
Crackle - Movies & TV
Crackle is our favorite movie and TV app for seniors because it allows you to enjoy blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and exclusive Crackle Originals within a rotating slate of premium content.
Download the app and dive into Crackle Originals or choose from a wide library of action, drama and comedy movies and TV. All on-demand, without subscription, and completely free.
Please note: This app features Nielsen’s proprietary measurement software, which will allow you to contribute to market research.
If you haven't heard of Netflix by now, you've probably been living under a rock. And while we don't recommend signing up for the subscription service simply to use it on your iPhone (streaming plans start at a meager $7.99 per month), if you're already using it at home, using the iPhone app won't cost you any more.
But we feel the Netflix iPhone app offers a lot of value for seniors. You can easily tap into your favorite TV shows and movies anytime you find yourself waiting for just about anything. From the airport to the doctor's office, you're only a click away from some great entertainment.
And the "smart" functionality of the app allows you to pick up a TV show or movie you've paused on another device right where you left off.
Comparing Hulu to Netflix is a lot like comparing the Amazon Kindle app to the Barnes and Noble Nook app (see below).
Both allow you to steam a great (often completely different) selection of movies and television shows. The major difference is that the Hulu library is filled with current episodes from current seasons of TV shows. This feature has allowed many of the over 50 crowd to become part of the growing number of "cable cutters," those that forego a pricey cable TV subscriptions saving up to $150 a month.
While the same caveats we gave above apply here, many seniors are opting for the Hulu / Netflix combo (which can be had for under $20 a month combined), saying goodbye to expensive cable packages, and having the option to watch plenty of media at home and on the go using iPhones or iPads.
One of the best parts about owning an iPhone is that you never have to worry about who's winning the big game. Whether you're at your granddaughter's piano recital or at bridge club with you're wife, these sports apps put the latest news, schedules, and statistics just a tap away, accompanied with hi-resolution pictures, podcasts and sometimes, even live-streamed video of the action.
Our Top Pick
theScore: Sports News & Scores
theScore is the best app available for or real-time scores, stats, alerts, and news from NFL Football, MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, NCAA Football, NHL Hockey and all major sports and competitions!
The iPhone app allows you to build a personalized ‘Favorites’ feed of content from your top football, hockey, baseball, and basketball teams, players and leagues, as well as every major competition.
Bottom Line: You get results, alerts, stats, and videos are on your phone in an instant. theScore is lightning fast, loaded with stats, and totally customizable.
ESPN: Live Sports & Scores
While the ESPN app claims to be the top sports app on the market, it comes in second place on our list of iPhone Sports apps for seniors.
The app gives you up-to-the-minute scores and the latest news, live video and audio streaming across ESPN’s networks, and loads of video highlights.
You can also sign in and personalize the ESPN App to get alerts about scores and news from all of your favorite teams and leagues.
Bleacher Report: Sports News
The Bleacher Report: Sports News app can be a little hit and miss but no list of iPhone sports apps for seniors would be complete without it. The app has a steady user base of individuals who absolutely love it and a small faction who say it doesn't live up to the hype.
While we would argue that it's not up there with theScore, it is a solid app and definitely deserves a spot on our list.
Our favorite feature is the apps ability for you to pick the teams you love and get real-time streams with hand-picked alerts so you know your team's news first. This can save a lot of time scavenging the Internet for sporting news.
When you think of shopping apps for your iPhone, Amazon and eBay probably instinctively pop into your head. And while those are obvious (and excellent) choices for our shopping apps for seniors category, there is so much more being offered by developers in the App Store.
In fact, these other apps are so incredible, we didn’t include any of the traditional shopping in our list.
It’s not like those apps are bad, it’s just that these are so good.
Our Top Pick
Out of all the apps we’ve featured in this guide, AnyList is our absolute favorite and is an app we use almost every day.
Designed by a couple of ex-Apple employees, AnyList was primarily designed as a grocery shopping list app but it’s uses go much further than that. If you need to create any kind of list (and share it with another user), AnyList is for you.
Of course, all of this great functionality is available on the free version but this is one of the few apps that has made me WANT to upgrade to the paid version with even more features including Apple Watch compatibility.
Coupon Sherpa: Free Coupons, Shopping, Local Deals
Coupon Sherpa is the digital equivalent of walking around the store with piles and piles of coupon circulars in the palm of your hand.
Coupon Sherpa will completely change your shopping experience with access to thousands of in-store, local, online and grocery coupons for your favorite retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and shops. Just present the coupon you want to use to the cashier and they will scan it directly from your mobile device.
No cutting, clipping or printing is ever necessary for in-store and online coupons.
Receipt Hog - Get Paid To Shop
Receipt Hog is a fun and easy way to turn your everyday receipts into real cash and rewards!
HOW IT WORKS:
1) Take pictures of your receipts from any store, restaurant or cafe...
2) Earn Receipt Hog rewards like coins, spins at the virtual slot machine, and sweepstakes prizes...
3) Cash out with PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Cha-ching!
The Receipt Hog app lets you join a community of people who get paid for uploading pictures of their receipts for market research. And the best part is, they’ve already paid out over $2.5 million.
Anything that pays you back for things you normally buy anyway is great in my book!
Any newer iPhone takes great pictures, so why is an additional camera app necessary? The truth is, for most iPhone users (seniors or millennials) they’re not.
BUT (and this a BIG but), a good camera or editing app can amplify your iPhone picture taking experience.
And, if we’re being honest here, the iPhone is by far the best camera we’ve ever used in our entire life. We might as well get the absolute best pictures.
Our Top Pick
Camera+ is not a new app. In fact, it was winning App Of The Year awards as far back as 2011. And for good reason. Camera+ is one of the most fully featured and supported camera apps on the market today.
With features like touch exposure and focus, a variety of shooting modes, digital zoom, scene modes, effects, and more, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who has barely touched a camera before.
Camera+ will make you love taking pictures.
Facebook Moments: Private Shared Albums
Facebook Moments is a great gallery app and a convenient way to share and receive photos with Facebook friends without having to text, message, or email them.
After you grant access to the app, Moments will compile your photos into what it calls “moments.” Once your moments are created, suggestions on who you would like to share them with will be made depending on the individuals identified within the pictures.
Just because you’re not a teenager doesn’t mean you don’t want to present the best possible image of yourself online. And in today’s high-tech world, that begins with taking a good selfie.
If you’re unhappy with your selfie, maybe it’s not your camera’s fault. Maybe it’s you.
With Facetune, you can whiten teeth, erase blemishes, and fix any subtle imperfections that may be driving you crazy.
Payments and Money Management
While many seniors have spent most of their lives managing their finances through traditional banking channels, many tech-savvy seniors are using their phones as a way of bridging the gap to digital banking and money management.
Two of our favorite payment and money management apps that seniors are finding both useful and easy to use are below. Both are free for your iPhone and use the highest levels of encryption and security.
Our Top Pick
Mint: Personal Finance & Money
Mint, created and owned by Intuit (of TurboTax fame) can help you track your spending a create a sensible budget. But it’s also much more powerful than that.
Mint can also analyze your spending habits and make suggestions for areas where you can save each month. The app securely connects to your all your accounts, from bank accounts to mutual funds to IRAs and 401ks, and can monitor all of your credit card and banking purchases.
Mint’s Overview section offers account totals, monthly budget totals, budget alerts, and spending broken down by category.
PayPal Cash Wallet
The PayPal app allows you to easily send and receive money from friends and family members.
If you are familiar with the PayPal service, rest assured, the PayPal app takes the experience to a new level. The simplicity and ease of use of the web-based version are amplified in the app. The user-interface is also very senior-friendly.
Dating Apps For Seniors
Meeting people online is a great way to find your soulmate, no matter what your age, and some iPhone apps can make this exciting adventure even easier.
But, if you find the popular dating apps like Tinder to be the electronic equivalent of hanging out at a college bar, you’re in the right place.
Just as there are better places to meet that special someone in the real world, there are better apps to help the more mature crowd find their soulmate.
*As is so often the case online, there are plenty of scammers with fake profiles in the online dating world. The better apps (like the ones we mention here) seem to have a good handle on how to deal with these intrudes and keep them from ruining the experience for others. You should always be cautious when meeting someone online.
Our Top Pick
eHarmony Dating App
eHarmony is one app on the list I can almost guarantee you’ve heard of. That’s mostly because eHarmony is more than just an app, it’s a full featured web service that has been advertising through television for years. Chances are you’ve seen their ads.
But, if you’re serious about finding a relationship, we highly recommend eHarmony. While the subscription service can be pricey for some, the robust feature set and high likelihood of finding a compatible match make it a must have for those looking for true love in their golden years.
Silver - Senior Dating App
If we were to describe Silver as anything, it would be that it’s pretty much the exact opposite of one of our other honorable mentions in this list, Senior People Meet.
Silver believes “Love Has No Age Limitation” and really tries to offer a high-quality, safe, and secure dating app for its client base, men and women over the age of 50.
While it’s definitely not perfect, Silver is one of the better iPhone dating apps for seniors in the App Store today.
Senior People Meet
Senior People Meet touts itself as the largest subscription dating site for seniors over 50. This app allows you to flirt, message, and meet local single senior men and women.
The app works similarly to Tinder in that you can swipe right or left based on how attractive you find the person in the picture.
While we hope you’ve “matured” a bit more than that as you’ve gotten older, these types of apps can be a good source of light-hearted fun.
Once more the iPhone shines as a marvel of technological innovation, especially to us older folks who remember the days before computers and technology.
The iPhone exemplifies this with its selection of reading apps for seniors. After all, you can only carry a couple of printed books comfortably, while your iPhone can pack hundreds or thousands into something that weighs just a few ounces.
Even better, e-book apps for the iPhone can add images, interactive features, electronics notes, and more.
When looking for the best iPhone reading apps for seniors, we looked for a good selection of modern and classic titles, ease of use, and a well-defined user interface.
Our Top Pick
Amazon is the elephant in the room when it comes to the intersection of reading and technology. You probably know that the Kindle rules the e-book reader world. But, what you may not know is that you can get the Kindle virtually anywhere else, including your iPhone.
Kindle features one of the largest literary selections in the world, and you can even subscribe to Kindle Unlimited to read as many as you want for $10 a month.
Okay, I can hear it already. You’re asking, “What’s the difference between Amazon’s Kindle app and Barnes & Noble’s Nook app?”
Honestly, not a whole lot…
…except that Nook offers over 1 million free titles. So, yeah, there is that.
Audible Audible Books
If you prefer listening to books over reading them, Audible is a clear choice.
Audible has over 180,000 titles that you can download for offline play. The intuitive Audible iPhone app is easy for seniors to navigate with big buttons and clear navigation. The app allows you to speed up or slow down the narration speed to fit your preferred listening experience.
Audible offers both a monthly subscription service, as well as the ability to purchase and download audio books ala carte.
Wrapping It Up
If you've made it this far into this guide (over 7,000 words!) then you must be really interested in getting the most out of your iPhone.
You now know everything there is to know about 51 of best iPhone apps for seniors across 16 different App Store categories, from dating and photography to sports and social media.
Is there a favorite app you would like to have seen featured here? Let us know in the comment section below!