4 Apps That are Essential for This Black Girl Blogger

Hello everyone! On my iPhone 7 (hopefully soon to be iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X), I have a lot of apps. One hundred seven to be exact. I don’t use all of them everyday, but there are some that I swear by and use multiple times a day.

All four of these apps have one thing in common–this black girl wouldn’t be caught dead without them!

Number one – Snapseed

The first one on the list for essential apps is Snapseed!

Developed by Google, this app has over 20 filters and numerous tools to take your photos from iPhone quality to professional quality. I use this photo editing app to edit photos for both this blog and for Instagram as well.

Check out the difference for these two pictures I edited for an upcoming post:

The photo on the left is the original and the one on the right is the edited one. Snapseed did an amazing job of lightening the photo that was taken during the day, but while the lights were off in my room.

It’s free to download at the App Store and Google Play Store.

Number two – Lively

Do you ever get annoyed while using the Live function and like a frame that better than the one your iPhone ended up capturing? If so, Lively is perfect for you.

There’s three options in this app when it comes to Live photos: make a GIF, movie, or save a frame. I always use the save a frame feature and slide through the photo until I find a still that I’m satisfied with.

This a free app, but all of your photos, gifs and movies will come with Lively’s logo at the bottom corner. While I would just crop it out, it started to become tiresome when it would get in the way of a good shot. Plus, when you export the frame, it would usually be in a much lower quality than the initial photo.

A purchase of $2.99 fixed that and now all my Live photo stills look great!

It’s available only on the App Store for obvious reasons.

Number three – MyFitnessPal

I’m currently in the process of trying to lose a bit of weight. While I’m not doing anything too heavy right now, starting in the New Year, I’ll be back in the gym, watching more of my calories to lose the pounds I want to lose. MyFitnessPal is the best app out there to do this!

MyFitnessPal tracks calories, exercises and more. You are able to scan in barcodes in order to pull up the food you’re about to eat in their database, or input your own. Exercise works similarly, but it’s up to you on how calories are tracked. The calories you might have lost is only an estimate. I primarily use this app to track my food calories.

Your daily calorie goal is will be listed right when you go in. Adding or subtracting food will increase or decrease the number of calories you have left to consume that day. You’re also able to add the steps from the iPhone Health app as well and the calories you lost there will be added in for your exercise.

I can’t rave enough about this app. It’s perfect for calorie counting and great on reminders. A must have for anybody wanting to start slimming down, but don’t want an overwhelming fitness app to start with.

You can download MyFitnessPal for free on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Number four – UNUM

This lovely minimalist app is great for Instagram. While it comes with its own filters and such to edit your photos, I don’t use UNUM for that. I use this app for two things: to ensure that my feed is cohesive and to know when to post on Instagram.

Admittedly, my feed isn’t where I want it to be yet, but with UNUM, it’ll soon get that way. You are able to view posts that have already went up, put up as many pictures as you want for future posts and play and move these pictures around to see how you like them.

The other tab shows your Instagram analytics and on what days and times of day it is best for you to post something in order to get the most likes and comments. They’ll also show you your most popular hashtags and what not. Best of all, this app is 100 percent FREE!

You can find this app on the App Store and more recently, the Google Play Store.

These are just four of my favorite apps out of the 107 apps that grace my phone. There are many more apps I love and enjoy and perhaps they’ll be in a future post.

What are some apps you can’t live without? Drop me a comment below and maybe I’ll check them out!

Until next time,

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