If you're anything like me, your phone storage is perpetually full and the concept of having apps sounds like a fantastical luxury that will never be attainable. You're constantly deleting pictures and media-heavy group chat threads just so you have enough storage to snap a pic. And in order to upgrade your OS, you literally have to spend hours deleting every possible non-essential just to fit it in. But, word of warning: you're seriously missing on so many amazing apps geared for women that will not only enhance your mobile experience, but make your life a whole lot easier, safer, and more beautiful.
So take the time to back up your phone and make some storage room, because it's totally worth it. You don't actually need to keep all 3,000 pictures of your dog on your phone. Save some to the Cloud, upload some to a Google Drive, or put them on your computer. You're going to wish you did this long ago once you see what you've been missing out on. Phones are meant to have apps! Apps are meant to make your life easier.
These are some of the best female-centric apps that you didn't know you needed until now:
Clue tracks your period, your mood and your fertility. If you can't seem to remember when your period is coming or you're trying to get pregnant, this app is going to come in handy.
bSafe lets you set up a network with your emergency contacts that allows you to easily share your location with them, send them emergency alerts, and share audio and video from your phone when you've determined a safety issue.
Evernote allows you to stay organized and acts essentially as a low-key personal assistant. The more you use it, the more you get out of it.
Audible will keep you well-read. If you don't have time to read books, that doesn't mean you can't work around it. Listen to books on tape while you're in transit, at the gym, or bustling around at home.
SitOrSquat is going to be your new best friend. I can't believe this is a real app but I'm so happy that it is. Ever find yourself running around the city looking for a safe and clean place to pee? This app will direct you to the closest bathroom.
Mint will help you keep your finances in order. It will help you save, plan, and understand where all your money goes.
Priv is an on-demand beauty service that brings the glam to your home. Whether you're looking for a makeover for a night out, a massage, a yoga instructor, a manicure, or a spray tan, they have a technician who can come to your home ASAP.
SleepCycle will help you sleep better — and it will also help you be awake better. It analyzes your sleep cycle and wakes you up when you're in the right place in your cycle to wake up.
Watch Over Me will literally do just that. If you're feeling unsafe, you can share your location with a selected list of trusted friends or family for peace of mind and security.
HealthTap lets you access a database of doctors for a preliminary check-up. While you should always schedule an in-person appointment if you're worried about a health issue, this is a great start that might help to put your mind at ease when you're obsessing over WebMD.
Lyft isn't free, but it's often the safest option. If you need to go somewhere late at night or in an area you're not familiar with, always opt for a safe ride with Lyft. Call a car from inside a safe place and wait to go outside until you see your driver.
See? Apps can make your life easier — so go ahead and make room for them. You'll be glad that you did.