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Top Free iPhone Apps

Updated on April 19, 2012
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Whether you are a new or seasoned iPhone user, new Apps are always being developed. Here are some of the top free iPhone Apps. I have listed the Top 10 Free iPhone Apps that everyone, in my opinion, must have. Listing only 10 free apps would be an injustice, so you will also find a list of other amazing free iPhone apps that were worth mentioning.

The Apple iPhone made its debut June 29, 2007 and is now on it's fifth generation, the iPhone 4s. An iPhone can function as a phone, laptop and MP3 player with the capcity to make calls, send texts, take photo's, record video, receive voice mail, surf the internet, access email and play media. The App Store is where you go to personalize your iPhone. There are numerous free and paid Apps available in categories including:

  • Books
  • Business
  • Catalogs
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Games
  • Health and Fitness
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Navigation
  • News
  • Newsstand
  • Photo and Video
  • Productivity
  • Reference
  • Social Networking
  • Sports
  • Travel
  • Utilities
  • Weather

There are over 5000,000 Apps available today. IPhone users have downloaded over 15 billion Apps! So where do you start? Many paid Apps have a free limited version. Before purchasing an App, consider trying out the free version first. I have been an iPhone user since the day it debuted in June 2007. Here are some of the best free iPhone Apps that every user should have. Remember to update your phone before downloading Apps because some of the newer Apps require the newest iOS (internal operating system).

Top 10 Must Have Free Apps:

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By Nuance Communications | Source

1. Dragon Dictation

This is a must have for iPhone users with earlier models, Dragon Dictation allows you to speak whatever you wish to type on your phone. Making it hands free. Dictate texts, emails, notes. status updates and more. Amazingly, Dragon Dictations supports many languages.

By OMGPOP, Inc. | Source

2. Draw Something (free)

Draw Something is a very popular, social drawing and guessing game along the lines of Pictionary. Guaranteed to give you hours of fun and much to laugh about. Connect with opponents through Facebook, user name, e-main address, or choose a random opponent. For 99¢, upgrade to the Ad free version.

By Facebook, Inc.
By Facebook, Inc. | Source

3. Facebook (free)

The Facebook App enables you to keep up to date on your friend's activities and also to keep your followers updated while you are out and about. Upload photos, update your status, comment, send a message, check-in and more.

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By Apple, inc. | Source

4. Find My iPhone (free)

If you have ever lost or had you iPhone stolen, you know how devastating that can be. With Find My iPhone just use your Apple ID and log into the App from another iPhone or iPad and you can locate, lock, or message your device. You also have the option to remotely erase the data on your missing iPhone.

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By Groupon, Inc. | Source

5. Groupon (free)

Get deals of 50% or more off of dining, activities, spa services, shopping, travel, fitness, home and auto services and much more. The Groupon Now feature provides immediate deals, giving this App an edge over other discount Apps.

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6. (free) is a free App that helps you manage your money, track spending, and create a budget. Link all of your accounts and keep track of everything all in one place. categorizes your transactions allowing you keep organized, and keep track of where you are spending your money.

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By Pandora Media, Inc. | Source

7. Pandora (free)

With Pandora you can personalize your listening experience. Just select an artist or song and Pandora will create a station with similar music. Tweak Pandora's picks by marking songs with thumbs up or thumbs down. With Pandora on your iPhone, you can take your favorite music on the go.

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By coldbrewlabs | Source

8. Pinterest (free)

Pinterest is one of the hottest new social media platforms where you pin things that you find pretty or interesting to your board. Members follow eachother and explore interests. This mobile App makes browsing and pinning quite simple.

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By Zentertain Ltd. | Source

9. Ringtone Maker (free)

With Ringtone Maker, no more paying for ringtones. Turn any of your songs into a ringtone. iOS 5 users can also create: Alert, Calendar, Mail, Reminder, Text, and Tweet tones. There is no limit to the number of tones you can make. It does take a few steps to get the created tones to your Sound list, but it's not difficult.

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App Store Search

10. Your Bank's App (free)

Nothing beats having the ability to: view your account, check balances, pay bills, make transfers, and locate ATM's at the palm of your hand. Major banks ensure the security of the mobile App. Conveniently check your balance prior to making purchases and potentially avoid overdraft fees. Wondering if your income tax refund has been deposited? Be able to check right from your smart phone.

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More of the Best Free iPhone Apps

When it comes to free Apps a list of 10 is just not enough! Here are some more suggestions of my favorite free Apps.

· AccuWeather for iPhone (free)

Accurate weather reports for millions of locations around the world. View forecasts in many views from hourly to 15-day, satellite to Google maps.

· Adobe Photoshop Express (free)

Perform basic editing features right from your phone. With Adobe Photoshop Express you can also adjust color, apply filters, effects and boarders.

· Dinner Spinner (free)

Choose dish type, ingredient, and cook time and gain access to top rated recipes meeting the selected criteria. With over 40,000 recipes, there is no other App like it. For $2.99 upgrade to the ad free version, and have the ability to store your favorite recipe's in a virtual recipe box, search specific ingredients and much more.

· Color Splash (free)

This amazing App enables you to turn your photos black and white, and select specific details to leave in color. What a terrific App creating such unique photos.

· Craigslist (free)

The Craigslist App provides mobile friendly Craigslist posting and viewing with many conveniences. For $1.99 upgrade to CraigslistPro+ and be notified of newly posted items that match your search.

· (free)

In my opinion, the most easy and convenient mobile English dictionary and thesaurus all in one. This App features audio pronunciation, spelling suggestions, word history and origin and so much more.

· Domino's Pizza (free)

The most convenient and easy way to order your favorite pizza.

· Flashlight (free)

Bright and convenient flashlight. Features a multi-frequency strobe mode, compass, and SOS signal. For 99¢, reserve your battery life with the ad free version.

· Gas Buddy (free)

Find the cheapest gas in your area. Report gas prices and keep your fellow Gas Buddy users in the know on gas deals and rip-offs; and also earn points toward prize give aways.

· Google Translate (free)

Translate words and phrases between over 60 languages! Some languages allow voice you to speak and listen to text.

· iBooks (free)

Download and read your favorite books, some of which are illustrated, or enhanced. There is a fee for downloading books, but each book has a free sample which you can preview prior to purchasing. This App is currently rated higher than other book reader Apps.

· iHandy Level (free)

What a handy tool for everyone. So many uses ranging from home decoration and aligning pictures, to measuring angles and framing a wall. The possibilities are endless.

· LivingSocial (free)

Save 50% or more on dining, shopping, spas, travel and more. Certificates are provided the next business day.

· (free)

One of the best calorie counters available on the iPhone. Use this App to help maintain a successful diet.

· Netflix (free)

If you are currently Netflix member (memberships starting at $7.99/month), download the Netflix App and enable movie streaming right on your iPhone.

· Red Laser (free)

Scan various types of barcodes and Red Laser displays the prices available from various online and local sources allowing you to shop smarter.

· Scramble (free)

Compete against your friends to find as many words as you can in 2 minutes. Earn coins and use them to freeze time, reorient the board, or get a hint. Upgrade to the ad free version and earn coins twice as fast for $1.99.

· Shazam (free)

Identify unknown songs by tagging, or allowing your phone to listen to about 10 seconds of the song. Shazam then identifies the song and gives you the option to buy the song on iTunes, watch it on YouTube and much more. LyricPlay now displays the lyrics of your tagged song as it plays.

· Voxer Walkie-Talkie (free)

Turn your iPhone into a walkie talkie. This App reminds me of the chirp feature that made Nextel phones popular years ago. Loads of fun.

· WebMD (free)

Check your symptoms, learn about drugs and treatments, get information of first aid, and look up local health listings.

· Wikipanion (free)

Ad free convenience of searching Wikipedia in the palm of your hand.

· Words With Friends (free)

Basically a highly addictive word game similar to Scrabble. Play with your friends or a random opponent. For 99¢, upgrade to the ad free version.

· Yelp (free)

Easily search nearby businesses, read reviews, make reservations, check-in on Facebook and more.


Apps can be fun, practical, educational, social and so much more. If you know of any free apps that you think belong on this list please share. Who wouldn't love to learn about an amazing free app?


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    • aDayInMyLife1 profile image

      Amanda S 5 years ago from CA

      @Lady_E thanks. An iPhone can be as amazing and useful as you make it. So many new Apps are always being made. I always try and keep an eye out for what's out there. So glad you found this helpful.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Wow... there's so many of them, I can't keep up. I will have to Bookmark this Hub.


    • aDayInMyLife1 profile image

      Amanda S 5 years ago from CA

      @goodlady thank you so much. Great suggestions. So glad you enjoyed.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Fantasticly useful. We also have Whatsapp. (seful if you're on the go). And there's Airbnb if you're looking for a place to stay anywhere in the world.



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      Amanda S 5 years ago from CA

      @ladeda so glad I could be of assistance. Feel free to list any Apps that you think deserve a spot on the Best list. Thank you for your comment.

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      ladeda 5 years ago

      Great advice. You mention a few apps that I hadn't even heard of before and they sound helpful. I'll have to check them out!