The 35 Best iPhone Apps for Seniors in 2021
Best For: Earning cashback on your purchases
Why We Love It: The Ibotta app is free, and it lets you earn cashback on your purchases, whether they are in-store or online. Retailers such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, CVS, Lowe’s, Whole Foods, Kohl’s, Trader Joe’s, Petco, Costco, and many others have partnered with Ibotta to pay customers cashback. You can also use the Ibotta app to pay for your purchases.
Download the app here: Ibotta
Best For: Helping you stay healthy and fit
Why We Love It: MyFitnessPal is an app that you can use to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can track the food you eat, including calories, protein, carbs, fiber, and fat. MyFitnessPal can track your steps and log your exercise. It even connects you to a community of other users so you can share tips and support each other in your fitness goals. This app is free, and a premium version with more features is available for $9.95/month or $49.99/year.
Download the app here: MyFitnessPal
Best For: Cognitive Stimulation
Why We Love It: The Elevate app uses cognitive learning techniques, based on scientific research and neuroscience, that focus on memory improvement, comprehension, focus, and processing through a variety of fun games and activities for any age. Elevate is free to download and use some basic features, and a premium version with more features is available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year If you want to try before you buy, check out their free 14-day trial.
Download the app here: Elevate
4. Pocket Yoga
Best For: Doing yoga exercises at your own pace
Why We Love It: This app features 27 yoga sessions that cover varying levels of difficulty, so you can choose the ones that are best for you and work at your own pace. There are more than 300 pose images that show the correct alignment for the different poses, and you can track your progress within the app and sync across your devices. The Pocket Yoga app is $2.99.
Download the app here: Pocket Yoga
5. WhatsApp Messenger
Best For: Cross-platform messaging
Why We Love It: WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging app that connects you with your family and friends right through your Internet connection. This saves you from using your cellphone’s data plan for your calls, which is especially useful if you’re communicating with people in other countries. You can share photos, videos, and documents, as well as send and receive messages with this free app.
Download the app here: WhatsApp Messenger
6. Magnifying Glass with Light
Best For: Providing magnification with light
Why We Love It: This app is great for viewing small print in dimly lit places, and it’s ideal for reading the text on medicine bottles, books, or menus in dim restaurant lighting. This app features an adjustable magnification from 1.0X to 5.0X. The basic version is free, and more features are available with the premium version for $1.99.
Download the app here: Magnifying Glass with Light
7. AARP Now
Best For: Accessing your AARP benefits
Why We Love It: AARP Now is a free app that turns your membership card into a digital membership. You can access all of your AARP benefits through the app. Your digital membership includes access to news stories, information on events and workshops, and membership discounts. You can also use the AARP Rewards program with this app, which lets you earn rewards points for syncing and using your fitness tracker.
Download the app here: AARP Now
8. Medisafe Medication Management
Best For: Medication reminders
Why We Love It: This app reminds you to take your medications, even if your device is asleep. It also includes a reminder to reorder your prescriptions. This app fully integrates with the HealthKit app, which you can use to track your blood pressure, glucose, pulse, weight, and temperature. You can also share information with your medical providers right through the app. Medisafe Medication Management is free to download and use, and there is a premium version that offers more features for $4.99/month or $39.99/year.
Download the app here: Medisafe
Best For: Connecting with family and friends
Why We Love It: You can enjoy Facebook’s features right from your iPhone with this free app. Connect with your family and friends, share information, post photos, connect with groups, find local events and places of business, and even buy or sell items on the Marketplace. You can find plenty of content to read and watch, including Facebook’s original web television shows.
Download the app here: Facebook
10. Carelinx Senior In-Home Care
Best For: Finding in-home caregivers at affordable rates
Why We Love It: Carelinx provides you with the support you need to find high-quality caregivers to meet your needs. Their advisors will help you interview and hire vetted, in-home caregivers according to your budget. Carelinx’s fees are about 25% less than that of traditional caregiving agencies. You pay for your caregivers’ services, and then Carelinx takes care of any payroll and taxes so you don’t have to worry about those. While the app is free to download, you will pay a 20% service fee on each invoice.
Download the app here: Carelinx: Senior In-Home Care
Best For: Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
Why We Love It: Flip50 is an app that is part of the Flip50 healthy lifestyle program for people age 50 and over. This app helps you stay motivated to manage your weight, maintain an exercise program, and eat healthy foods through weekly plans that are tailored to your specific needs. It includes access to customized menu plans and more than 10,000 fitness facility locations. It’s free to download the app, but there is a monthly membership fee of $34.99. Sometimes there are reduced rates for AARP members.
Download the app here: Flip50
Best For: Producing light from your phone’s flash
Why We Love It: The Flashlight app features a bright flashlight, strobe and pulse modes, an emergency beacon, and battery optimization. It uses the flash on the back of your iPhone to create a bright light. This app is completely free with advertisements, or you can have the ads removed for $0.99.
Download the app here: Flashlight
13. Sky Guide
Best For: Finding stars, constellations, satellites, and planets
Why We Love It: This fun app uses augmented reality (AR) to help you study the stars, constellations, planets, and much more. It features a built-in compass and a database of 2.5 million stars and works with or without Wi-Fi or cell service. You can even use the app to travel into the past to see what the sky looked like at a different time. You just hold your phone up to use the app. The cost is $2.99.
Download the app here: Sky Guide
Best For: Same-day grocery delivery service
Why We Love It: You can use the InstaCart app to order your groceries online and have them delivered to your home from stores right in your own neighborhood. You can choose from thousands of retailers, including Safeway, HEB, Wegmans, Petco, CVS, Publix, Costco, and Aldi. Create your own shopping lists and tag your favorite items to make reordering easier with this free app.
Download the app here: InstaCart
15. DoorDash Food Delivery
Best For: Getting food delivered from your favorite restaurants
Why We Love It: With DoorDash, you can enjoy food from your favorite restaurants without leaving your home. No-contact delivery is also available if you would prefer your delivery driver to leave your order at your door and notify you when it’s there. This free app offers real-time order tracking and no minimum order amounts.
Download the app here: DoorDash Food Delivery
Best For: Discounts and coupons at local businesses
Why We Love It: You can save up to 70% off of your purchase at local businesses and other businesses all over the world with this free app. Choose from restaurants, retail stores, hair salons, exercise studios, hotels, live events, automotive maintenance, and many other businesses. Groupon will even alert you when promo codes are available for discounts near you.
Download the app here: Groupon
Best For: Hiring local contractors and service professionals
Why We Love It: Thumbtack is an app that you can use to find and hire local contractors for projects or chores. You search for the services or projects you need to have done, and it provides you with a list of local contractors who can do the work for you. On Thumbtack, you can find plumbers, photographers, dog walkers, yoga instructors, estate planners, makeup artists, tutors, and many more. Thumbtack is completely free, and you pay your contractors separately for their work rather than from within the app. Contractors pay for the leads they receive.
Download the app here: Thumbtack
18. Audible Audiobooks & Originals
Best For: Purchasing and listening to audiobooks
Why We Love It: Audible lets you choose from a huge selection of audiobooks, including bestsellers, new releases, memoirs, mysteries, romance, and many more. Audible has membership plans available starting at $14.95/month, and for that fee, you get credits that you exchange for audiobooks, a 30% discount on all purchases, risk-free exchanges, and two Audible Originals every month. Audible also offers a free 30-day trial.
Download the app here: Audible
19. Senior MeetMe: Dating over 50
Best For: Online dating
Why We Love It: This app is specifically designed for seniors, and registration is limited to only those who are 45 and older. Senior MeetMe allows you to search through verified profiles of other mature singles to find those who share similar interests with you, and it can help you build meaningful connections with other seniors. While it is free to download this app, there are premium subscription options starting at $7.99/week.
Download the app here: Senior MeetMe: Dating over 50
Best For: Improving your mental health
Why We Love It: This free app tracks your mood and provides tools to help you reduce anxiety and stress, improve your sleep, and learn mindfulness and meditation. It can help you understand the connection between your mood and various lifestyle factors, such as exercise and sleep patterns.
Download the app here: Moodfit
Best For: Finding great deals
Why We Love It: Senior discounts are great. Having to hunt down the places that offer them? Not so much. The Sciddy app doesn’t just keep a list of all the places that offer senior discounts but instead will notify you of American businesses that provide discounts to people who are 50+ years of age. You’ll find discounts for all kinds of services here, including food, home services, entertainment, health, travel, and much more.
Download the app here: Sciddy
22. Find My Phone
Best For: Finding your phone
Why We Love It: How many times have you found yourself searching for your cell phone? Find My Phone is perfect for those circumstances where you just can’t remember where you put it (no judgment). It’s also a good option to have installed in case your phone gets stolen – you can use it to help law enforcement locate your missing device.
Download the app here: Find My Phone
23. Red Panic Button
Best For: Using as an emergency medical alert
Why We Love It: If your friends and family have been nagging you lately to purchase one of those medical alert necklaces that you press for medical attention, this app might be the perfect solution. You don’t have to worry about wearing a cumbersome trinket on your neck in order to stay safe. Instead, you’ll just press a button on your phone and it will send out a message to a list of people on a list that only you get to create. It will also broadcast your location.
Download the app here: Red Panic Button
Best For: Keeping your brain sharp
Why We Love It: Word puzzles can help keep your brain sharp, helping to occupy your time and also ward off the onset of degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. This app is the perfect way to keep your brain sharp and active – but to have fun doing it.
Download the app here: WordBrain
25. Old Time Radio 24
Best For: Listening to your favorite nostalgic songs
Why We Love It: The music of the 1920s to the 1950s is unlike any other – but unfortunately, it’s hard to find local radio stations that play it regularly. Consider installing this app, which will allow you to listen to retro music (and even popular television shows!) from that time period.
Download the app here: Old Time Radio 24
26. Words With Friends
Best For: Playing word games with loved ones
Why We Love It: Chances are, your grandkids have already conned you into downloading this fun app on your phone – but if not, it’s one you need to consider adding to the list of options. Words with Friends will let you keep your mind active by playing word games similar to Scrabble. You’ll be able to stay connected and sharpen that mental acuity all at the same time.
Download the app here: Words with Friends
Best For: Communicating with loved ones face to face
Why We Love It: FaceTime is great, but it doesn’t always work as well as we’d like. Plus, you can’t communicate with somebody who doesn’t have a smartphone. Installing the Skype app will allow you to chat with anybody who has a computer, tablet, or some other device that can access the Internet. You’ll be able to chat with grandkids, friends that live far away, or anybody else you want to see face to face!
Download the app here: Skype
28. NPR One
Best For: Getting direct information and entertainment shows
Why We Love It: If you love listening to NPR in the car or on the go, this is the app for you. It will allow you to listen to NPR (National Public Radio) no matter where you are or what time of day it might be. The app can be programmed to notify you when your favorite programs are on and you can access international programs, too.
Download the app here: NPR One
29. Blood Pressure Monitor
Best For: Monitoring blood pressure and other vital statistics
Why We Love It: Despite the name, this app isn’t just for monitoring your blood pressure. You can also use it to keep track of other vital statistics, like your weight. The beauty of this app is that it will not only keep track of those vitals for you but it will arrange them into a shareable form so that you can easily share them with your doctor.
Download the app here: Blood Pressure Monitor
Best For: Finding fun new recipes
Why We Love It: Do you love cooking – but hate relying on all the same old recipes? If so, Epicurious is the app for you. With Epicurious, you’ll be able to try thousands of different recipes, all arranged by ingredients and type of cuisine. Kitchen boredom – meet your match! Oh, and you can finally kick all those dusty cookbooks to the curb, too.
Download the app here: Epicurious
Best For: Staying abreast of your personal finances
Why We Love It: Mint is the perfect app to help take the guesswork out of personal finances. You can sync all of your bank accounts to a clean interface and set budgets and alerts that will let you know when you’ve gone over on your spending limits (you get to set these). Mint will also let you keep track of spending habits and set savings goals so you can finally stay on top of your finances.
Download the app here: Mint
Best For: Watching your favorite shows
Why We Love It: This is another one that your grandkids have probably already convinced you to download. Netflix will put hundreds of movies, documentaries, and television shows right at your fingertips – all you have to do is install the app. This unfortunately is not a free app, but a subscription is cheap -options start at just $8.99 per month and you may even be able to cut the cable cord for good, too.
Download the app here: Netflix
Best For: Listening to music
Why We Love It: Pandora will let you listen to any kind of music you want with its customizable stations. You can improve the accuracy of your stations by “upvoting” or “downvoting” each song you listen to. There are periodic commercial breaks that will allow you to listen to channels free of charge, but if you’re willing to pay any charge of $4.99 per month you can listen without interruption.
Download the app here: Pandora
34. The Weather Channel
Best For: Keeping track of the forecast
Why We Love It: Don’t get caught without your umbrella ever again! The Weather Channel app is a great way to stay on top of the day’s forecast and what to expect in the future. It also shoots out mobile alerts to let you know if severe weather is on the way – and you can keep track of several different locations all at once.
Download the app here: The Weather Channel
Best For: Getting an idea of what might be ailing you
Why We Love It: Okay, so full disclosure – you definitely need to call your doctor if you feel like you might be sick. However, the WebMD app is a good way to get information about various symptoms and diagnoses, as well as common treatments (so you may be able to save a trip to a crowded doctor’s office for a mild case of the sniffles). Plus, this app will give you access to a Healthy Target feature to let you set goals for eating and exercise so you can start and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Download the app here: WebMDBack to Blog