The Twenty Phone Apps You Need In Your Life

Whether you've got a passion for fashion, or you're a seasoned jetsetter, we've got the app for you

Best phone apps
Best phone apps
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Whether you've got a passion for fashion, or you're a seasoned jetsetter, we've got the app for you

These phone apps will change your life. Guaranteed.

1) XE Currency, free

A so-easy-to-use-you-could-do-it-with-your-eyes-shut calculator that will convert every single world currency. Ideal for a last minute bureau de change dash en route to the airport.

2) Time To Roast, £0.69

A great roast dinner is all about the timings, this Time To Roast app takes off some of the pressure of entertaining by providing guides to beef, lamb, pork, chicken, duck, goose and turkey. Perfect for novice roasters, the app takes you through every step of the process with idiot-proof directions, with timed alarms to keep you on track.

3) Barchick, free

Barchick provides extensive bar listings for cities all over the world. From London to Beirut and Manchester to Mumbai, the app not only gives you night out suggestions but tells you how to get on guest lists, advises you on dress codes and even recommends top cocktails. All bars are categorised by price, theme and distance from your current location.

4) Pocket Yoga, £1.99

Who wouldn't want their own yoga teacher at their beck and call? With this app you will be guided through a choice of 27 different yoga sessions consisting of 150 moves designed by experienced yoga instructors.

5) Fertility Friend, free

A menstrual calendar, a period tracker, an ovulation chart and an advanced fertility chart interpretation tool that are incredibly useful if you're trying to conceive or need to monitor your cycle for health reasons. Once you're pregnant this app can then be used to follow your progress through each trimester.

6) iTorch, free

This app is a must-have come festival season. The LED flash light will make the days of hunting blindly for your tent in a pitch black field a thing of the past. 

7) Uber, free

There's nothing more frustrating than struggling to hail a taxi after a big night out or on the way to an important business meeting. Uber will find you a private driver – in a luxury car – and fast.

8) mySkin, free

Take the free skin assessment and wait for the bespoke recommendations to come flooding in. Picked from over 160,000 products across all brands and retailers, it will make the hunt for your perfect skincare product much less daunting.

9) chicfeed, free

Get your style fix from, which brings the best photos from top style and fashion blogs and puts them in one hub to save you time.You'll get fabulous street style snaps from the likes of The Sartorialist and Face Hunter.

10) Pic Jointer, free for a limited time 

This app offers 64 adjustable layouts so you can arrange your snaps in a variety of gorgeous designs, unique to you. We found it a must-have during fashion week

11) SpaFinder, free

Search for and book treatments, get last minute deals, read reviews and find spas in your local area with this easy-to-use app. 

12) Upper Street Shoe Designer, free

This is a shoe lover's dream. Use this app to design your own luxury shoes, from the type of heel to the sparkling Swarovski crystal embellishments. The bespoke shoes will then be delivered to anywhere in the world up to six weeks later.

13) Airbnb, free

Really popular with regular travellers, this app lets you search through 200,000 listings for holiday properties to rent in more than 30,000 cities and 192 countries. Fancy staying on a private island? You've got it. A rooftop apartment in Manhattan more your scene? No problem.

14) Simply Being - Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence, £0.69

Unwind after a hectic day with this uber relaxing meditation app. Reccommended by health fanatic and model of the moment Miranda Kerr, the app will talk you through your choice of several meditation sessions (the maximum lasting 20 minutes) to help you achieve stillness of the mind. Ideal if you have trouble sleeping.

15) TripIt, free

TripIt is a clever little app that works by syncing up with your calendar collating all your travel plans (think confirmation emails, booking references etc) in one easy-to-access itinerary. It's like having your own personal travel assistant.

16) Bangstyle, free

Browse thousands of hair styles uploaded by stylists, keep your faves in inspiration folders and find great salons in your area.

17) Jetlag Genie, £1.99

We've probably all had the start of a holiday (or the return to work after a long haul trip) ruined by jetlag, so get ahead of the game with this handy app which helps you create a customised plan of action that's based on your specific flight times and sleeping patterns. Handy for the jetset crowd.

18) Instapaper, £2.49

Save and collect articles to browse in your own time. It's ideal for when you spot a great blog piece or lengthy news analysis but don't have time right there and then to read it properly. We like to read our cuttings in the evening with a glass of wine.

19) Skyscanner, free

Find the cheapest flights on over 1,000 airlines in seconds. We couldn't be without this app.

20) Go Try It On, free

Get shopping and style advice by posting your looks on this fashion community app. You'll have reams of inspiration at your fingertips. 

And, your tablet wouldn't be complete without the latest issue of Marie Claire...

21) Marie Claire UK, 30 day free trial for subscribers

Get all of Marie Claire's thought-provoking features and stylish, glamorous and wearable fashion and beauty straight to your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Nook or Google Nexus.

Do you have any other apps that you can't live without? Let us know in the comment box below.