Being able to automate various tasks is a great way to save you time. Several iOS apps make that possible and simple to do. Whether you just want to be able to automatically share a photo across multiple social networks, or if you want to be able to control devices around your home, there’s an app for that.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best apps for simplifying so many of your day to day tasks.
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1. IF by IFTTT (Free) - IFTTT is almost overwhelmingly comprehensive, offering you plenty of ways to create simple connections between all your favorite apps and devices. The key here is simplicity, ensuring you can easily find a solution to whatever you want to accomplish. Want to automatically save your favorite tweets to Evernote? That's as easy to set up as it is to turn all your smart lightbulbs off when you leave your home.
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2. Workflow ($2.99) - As the name suggests, Workflow likes to make your working life a little simpler. It includes over 200 actions, incorporating various popular apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, AirDrop, Safari and many more. Even better, it'll tie into IFTTT giving you even more options. You can use it to make animated GIFs quickly, as well as download all the images from a site, all at the tap of a button.
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3. Launch Center Pro ($2.99) - Modelling itself on a speed dial mentality, but for apps, Launch Center Pro has been a favorite amongst many iOS users for years. You can use it to set up various shortcuts, making completing a series of tasks so much faster than doing it manually. It incorporates 3D Touch, and the Notification Center, to great effect.
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4. Launcher (Free) - An alternative to Launch Center Pro, Launcher conducts everything through the Notification Center. You can use it to quickly access various shortcuts, without having to worry about loading individual apps. Shortcuts can even be location aware, as well as change according to the time of day. Promising a speedy set up, and an easy way of backing things up to iCloud, it shouldn't take long to speed up your life.
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5. WeMo (Free) - For those wanting to automate their home devices, WeMo is a great starting place. The app works with your WeMo products to make it simple to control everything from the temperature of your slow cooker, to turning on the lights in a room before you enter them. It means you can light up the house, giving the suggestion you're home when you're not, and you can start the coffee maker before you get anywhere near it. It's a useful investment.
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6. Ring Video Doorbell (Free) - In conjunction with a Ring doorbell device, you can use this app to see exactly who's calling round your home. That's pretty useful when you're worried about answering the door at night, but it's even more effective when you're not home, and you want to keep an eye on your property. You can easily communicate with whoever's there, potentially warding off an intruder who thought they'd found an empty home.
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7. Skylark (Free) - Working with your Nest thermostat, Skylark adjusts the temperature at home, depending on if anyone's actually there. By doing so, it'll save you money, through turning off your heater and A/C unit within minutes of everyone leaving. Plus, it'll save you having to adjust things manually, leaving Skylark to do all the hard work for you.
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8. Huemote (Free) - Phillips Hue lights are a great way to give you more control over the lighting in your home. Huemote makes it simple to adjust their brightness, color, and state, all through your iOS device. You can control multiple lights at a time through groups, arranging presets for different times of day and moods. Set up is a breeze, ensuring you'll be tweaking the lighting in no time.
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9. iDevices Connected (Free) - Working alongside the iDevice series of products, as well as iGrills, iDevices Connected makes it simple for you to control and monitor your home from within the app. You can organize products according to their room or zone, allowing you to tweak things to tie into your day's plan. Want to turn your bedroom fan on in the evening, while turning the lights off? It can all be done at a tap of a button.
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10. Alloy ($4.99) - Simplifying launching apps and automating tasks, Alloy makes it just as easy to quickly convert between currencies, as it is to add a watermark to a group of images. It's possible to build your own actions, or use one of the many presets available. It even provides basic support for IFTTT.