A very unscientific test I ran on my iPhone phone showed me I had 73 apps. To be precise, it wasn’t a test, it was more like counting. I had to do it several times because I kept running out of fingers and toes. When I decided to do some advanced math, figured out that one pen could equal ten fingers, I finally managed to get past twenty and with a small handfull of pens, I managed to get a good count.
My next step was to identify exactly what these apps were and what they were doing when I wasn’t looking. When I ran the background statistics, I found these unused apps were mostly lying around, sipping coffee, randomly ordering pizza for other people, sending purple texts and taking hundreds of selfies. Not to mention sucking up memory.
The first step then was to identify which apps I really use.
While I’m sure I’m boring, I do use these plain-vanilla Apple versions. Calendar, Contacts, Photos, Safari, Reminders, Health, Messages, Numbers, Facetime, Phone, Camera.
Specialized Apps I Use Regularly
Yes, I Have Others Taking Up Space
The above apps are those I regularly use. The other few get pulled out every now and then but for the most part, the above apps are my main go-to apps.
I do have others such as Kindle, Flipboard, Reeder etc but these are mainly used on my iPad (which will be the subject for another post later) They exist for those rare times I want to read or catchup when I don’t have my iPad with me.
You may have noticed I haven’t mentioned any social media site apps (I have Instagram because my grandchildren’s pictures wind up there on a private account.) and that’s because I don’t bother much with any of them.
I have some fancy photography apps but I rarely do any photo manipulation. That happens on my desktop or (more likely) I don’t do anything but share the raw pics with family and friends.
I do tend to use more apps in the winter when I’m living a city life than when I’m portraying a country mouse on the island but even then I tend to use the above apps more often rather than add apps.
The Picture Is My Home Screen
You can see on the pic above, I have lots of space on my home screen yet for more apps. I do have a second screen but those are the “use-them-once-a-year” apps.
I’m sure your results may vary and I’d be interested in what you find useful.