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The 10 Best Reverse Image Search Apps for iPhone and Android

Search engines make it easy to find information or buy products, but what if you want to identify a picture you have? In these cases, reverse image search comes to the rescue.

This powerful feature allows you to upload an image to search instead of entering text. Let’s take a look at the best reverse image search tools available on your iPhone or Android device.

1. CamFind

CamFind is a basic yet functional reverse image search tool. The next time you want to search for an image, just open up CamFind and take a picture. Once the picture uploads, the app matches it against others on the internet and identifies the object.

After this, have a look at the available results. You can look for related images, shop for the item, watch related videos, search on the web, or go through related posts. Even better, you can set a visual reminder and share your finds with others.

Download: CamFind for iOS | Android (Free)

2. Google Lens

Google Lens initially arrived as a Pixel exclusive; the company later integrated the feature into Google Photos. Now both iOS and Android users can use Google Lens to reverse search images.

On Android, Google Lens is available as a standalone app. iOS users can access Lens within the Google Photos app. Open an image that you’ve taken and tap the Lens icon (second from the right, next to the trash icon).

Google’s visual search engine will analyze the image; the results include a link to the Google image search page.

Download: Google Photos for iOS (Free)
Download: Google Lens for Android (Free)

3. Veracity

Veracity is an intuitive visual search engine app. It lets you choose images from your Camera Roll or Photo Library, plus it can link to your Dropbox account. Veracity offers a basic image editor, but you have to pay to unlock it.

Another downside is that Veracity doesn’t come with an option to share results with others.

Download: Veracity for iOS (Free, premium version available)

4. Reverse Image Search App

Reverse Image Search App provides another minimalist reverse search engine experience. Take images from your Camera Roll or Photo Library to reverse image search via Google Image Search, Yandex Image Search, and Bing Image Search.

You can also crop, rotate images, and save them to your device for free. However, removing ads from Reverse Image Search App requires a small fee.

While this app isn’t available on Android, check out the similar Reverse Image Search for a close experience.

Download: Reverse Image Search App for iOS (Free, premium version available)
Download: Reverse Image Search for Android (Free)

5. Direct Image Search on Google

You can use Google’s direct image search in Safari or Chrome, but it’s a bit complicated. You have to request the desktop site to proceed with the search.

Follow these steps to use Google’s reverse image search function on mobile devices:

  1. Open the Google Images site in your browser.
  2. For Safari on iOS, tap on the aA button at the top-left. Choose Request Desktop Website from the menu.
    1. If you’re using Chrome on iOS, tap the Share icon at the top-right of the screen and scroll down to Request Desktop Site in the list.
  3. For Chrome on Android, tap the three-dot Menu button at the top-right and check the Desktop site box.
  4. Tap the camera icon that appears on the page.
  5. Now you can choose to either upload an image or paste a URL, just like you would on your desktop.

Check out these nifty Google Image Search tricks to master the tool.

Visit: Google Images

6. Photo Sherlock

Photo Sherlock comes with a simplified user interface. The app allows you to reverse search an image directly using your camera. If you prefer, you can also use your Camera Roll to upload pictures.

Once uploaded, you can choose to crop the image to focus on the main element. The app then fetches an image search result from Google.

Download: Photo Sherlock for iOS | Android (Free)

7. TinEye Reverse Image Search

If you don’t want to download a dedicated app, many online tools offer a reverse image search in a mobile-friendly format. TinEye is one such service that lets you search an image by URL or by sharing a file. Once uploaded, the tool crawls the web and adds images to its index.

TinEye lets you sort the results by Best Match, Most Changed, Biggest Image, Newest, and Oldest. Further, you can filter the result across top domains and collections.

Visit: TinEye

8. Reverse Photos Image Search

Reverse Photos Search is another reverse image search web tool. Like others, this one is basic and allows you to upload images from your camera, Photo Library, or other folders.

Once uploaded, the tool will hand your image off to Google Images, where it tries to find a match. This is a simple tool if you don’t want to bother with requesting the desktop Google Images site on your mobile device, but the intrusive ads are unsightly.

Visit: Reverse Photos Search

9. Baidu Image Search

As you may know, Google services are not available in China. Thus, Chinese search engine Baidu takes up the mantle in that region.

If you are in China or want to search for an image that is relevant to China, Baidu’s image search is one of the best options. As you’d expect, the website lets you take a photo or upload it from your library. Baidu also allows you to crop the image before searching.

Visit: Baidu Images

10. Yandex

Yandex is a popular search engine in Russia. Like Google, it offers an image search feature. Upload an image by tapping the camera icon on the search bar. You can also use your camera and search for an image without saving the photo to your library.

Your search results will attempt to identify text in your image and show you similar images.

Visit: Yandex Images

The Importance of Reverse Image Search

Reverse image searching is hugely helpful when you need to look up something you’ve seen but don’t know much about.

Apart from shopping and product discovery, reverse image search has many other uses. You can use it to see if photos are authentic and snuff out fake news. For more like this, we’ve also looked at some apps that help you find clothes by a picture.

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Instagram Launches New Co-Watching Feature For Users Stuck At Home

With more and more of us left housebound by the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, Instagram has launched a way for people to donate to causes and get stickers and a new co-watching feature.


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The 5 Best Alternatives to Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator is a useful app for keeping track of your two-factor authentication (2FA) keys, but it’s by no means the only one. If you feel it lacks a few key features, or you want something more open-source, there are other authenticators available to suit your needs.

Let’s take a look at some Google Authenticator alternatives, and why you might want one to begin with.

Why Replace Google Authenticator?

Google has tried to dip a toe into niches such as social media and gaming, with the latter getting a less-than-stellar score in our Google Stadia review. Google Authenticator, on the other hand, has over 10 million downloads to date, making it one of the most popular 2FA authenticators for Android.

While it is popular, it’s not perfect. Google Authenticator doesn’t ask you to verify your identity when you open the app. It also doesn’t hide the codes away when you open the app: every code is visible from the get-go. This makes it dangerous if someone gets a hold of your unlocked phone, as they can mess with your codes without issue.

Google Authenticator also doesn’t have any backup or phone transfer features. You can tell this is a problem by looking through some of the negative reviews for the app.

Some people have lost their phones and were locked out of their accounts. Others want to transfer the authenticator over to a new phone, only to find that Google Authenticator doesn’t support this.

As you can see, there’s plenty of reason to look for a Google Authenticator alternative. So, let’s break down five of the best, and how they improve upon Google’s formula.

1. Authy

Authy has positioned itself as a top rival to Google Authenticator. Right off the bat, it offers to back up all of your saved accounts, in case you have to wipe the phone or change phones. It does this by encrypting the information and storing it in the cloud.

Authy also distinguishes itself by offering a desktop app, as well as the smartphone version. This means you don’t need to be continuously tied to your phone for codes; instead, you can get your codes directly from your desktop. This is even more useful if you don’t have a smartphone or tablet.

It offers passcode protection, so no-one can just casually access your codes. As such, if someone gets hold of your unlocked phone, they still have the app’s passcode protection to break into before they can see your 2FA codes.

Blacking out any screenshots taken means Authy can stop malicious agents from snapping images of your codes. This may seem like overkill, but as we covered in our ways to protect yourself against keyloggers, malware can take snapshots of your screen to read your data.

Authy describes its aim as finding a solution to “a complex problem—killing passwords.” Whether that will happen or not, nobody knows. As for the case of Authy vs. Google Authenticator, however, Authy is a clear winner.

Download: Authy for Android | iOS (Free)

2. HENNGE OTP

The HENNGE OTP website

HENNGE OTP also offers its users passcode protection to prevent casual snooping The app is compatible with all of the popular services—Google, Facebook, Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, Evernote, and WordPress, to name a few.

The only limitation to this app though is that it is only available for iOS, so Android users are out of luck. If you are an iOS user and want something simple without many bells and whistles, it’s worth trying this app for yourself.

Download: HENNGE OTP for iOS (Free)

3. Sound Login Authenticator

If you want to try something a little more unique, why not log in through sound? No more typing in those pesky codes; just have your phone make a noise, and you’re all signed in.

As is evident by the name of the app, this app relies on sound to generate the one-time codes. It takes a bit of initial setup; you need the app on your phone and the browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, or Opera). Your PC should also have a microphone (we’re dealing with audio, remember?).

When you want to log in, you point your phone to the PC microphone and tap the account on the smartphone screen that you want to access. The app will give off a short ringtone, which transmits the temporary code to the browser extension. This pre-fills the code into the website you’re trying to log into.

As such, this removes the need to quickly type in a 2FA code under a time limit. If you’re a slow typist and need something more comfortable than entering a six-digit code, you may find reprieve with Sound Login.

Download: Sound Login Authenticator for Android | iOS (Free)

4. FreeOTP

The FreeOTP website

If you’re a privacy advocate, you won’t want to touch any 2FA token generator that isn’t open-source. Fortunately, there are apps out there that respect your privacy and use an open-source base, so you can feel confident that companies aren’t harvesting your data.

FreeOTP is developed by Red Hat, an open-source developer that appeared in 1993. You can quickly add a generator with the QR code scanner, or enter your details manually. The app is very lightweight and straightforward, making FreeOTP a fantastic choice if you want a token generator you can trust and nothing more.

Download: FreeOTP for Android | iOS (Free)

5. andOTP

The andOTP logo

If you like the idea of an open-source token generator, but you don’t like FreeOTP’s lack of features, try andOTP instead. It keeps the trustworthy open-source base but adds a heap of useful features on top.

For instance, andOTP can backup your code generators on a server, with different levels of encryption available. You can change the theme if you’re a fan of dark mode. You can lock andOTP behind a password or a PIN code, meaning someone who picks up your phone doesn’t have access to all your codes without being challenged.

Finally, the app has the aptly-named “panic trigger.” If you think your phone is compromised, you can send the app a panic trigger. You can choose what the app does with this trigger; it can either wipe every account, reset the app to default settings, or both.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, andOTP is only available for Android. As such, iOS users who want an open-source solution can stick with FreeOTP for the time being.

Dowload: andOTP for Android (Free)

Choosing Powerful Alternatives to Google

Google Authenticator has a huge number of downloads, but it’s by no means the best. If you’re looking for password-secured app access, backups, and open-source code, you’ll have better luck with the best Google Authenticator alternatives available.

If you’re ready to cut the cord completely, be sure to check out the alternatives to Google Search, News, Docs, and more.

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The 7 Best Apps and Sites to Check Air Quality Anywhere

The air you breathe every day is more toxic than ever as pollution levels continue to rise across the globe. Whether you’re going out for a run or leaving for work, it’s wise to keep tabs on your neighborhood’s air quality so you can take precautions if needed.

Here are the best air quality apps and services that will help you, whether you’re on your computer or phone.

How Is Air Quality Measured?

Several factors determine an area’s air quality. Together, those elements combine to form a near-universal metric called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI for a specific location depends on characteristics like the time, how concentrated the pollutants are, and what kind of pollutants are in the air.

Since there’s a time factor involved, AQI is typically grouped into ranges. Each of those ranges is assigned a descriptor, color code, and standardized public health advisory like Poor, Unhealthy, and others.

Best Air Quality Index Apps for Android and iOS

Let’s first look at the best apps to check air quality on your mobile device while on the go.

1. AirVisual

AirVisual is one of the most comprehensive AQI apps for Android and iOS. In addition to letting you see quality levels, AirVisual offers a range of other features.

One of these is health recommendations, through which the app shows steps you can take to avoid getting sick. These include wearing a mask, closing your windows, or avoiding cycling.

AirVisual can send you alerts when the AQI fluctuates, which you can use as a widget on Android. Plus, you can view an overview of the entire globe to check how other cities compare to yours. To share on social networks, you can take a picture and apply the AirVisual filter on it. This adds details such as the AQI and location onto the image.

Download: AirVisual for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Plume Air Report

Plume is an air pollution checking app for users who want to adjust their outdoor activity sessions based on air quality. It has a sleek interface that shows exactly when you should, for instance, take your dog for a walk. There’s a timeline at the bottom half of the app and a visual at the top that displays the air quality, temperature, and other data.

Tap the upper section to reveal further details such as particle concentration, the best day of the year for air quality, and more. You can even select an activity beforehand and Plume will tell you the best times for it. Like AirVisual, Plume also offers a social image tool, periodic alerts, and a world view.

Download: Plume Air Report for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Sh**t! I Smoke

This little tool takes a unique approach compared to other air quality checking apps. Instead of throwing up the usual array of numbers, Sh**t! I Smoke shows the cigarette equivalent of the air you breathe.

For example, it might say “Shoot! You’ll smoke 2.7 cigarettes today” rather than simply telling you the AQI levels. You can still check those specific metrics by selecting More Details, though. To augment the experience, the app even plays a smoke animation on the right edge of the screen.

Download: Sh**t! I Smoke for Android | iOS (Free)

4. How to Check Air Quality on macOS

Air Mac Menu Bar App

If you want to stay on top of air quality updates while working on a Mac, try an app called Air. It’s a straightforward Mac utility that shows your ZIP code’s air quality in the menu bar. Air automatically determines your location and functions perfectly out of the box.

Plus, its background in the menu bar even adapts to the conditions, such as showing bright red for unhealthy environments. Apart from this, you don’t have many options except for manually choosing a ZIP code. At the time of writing, Air only works in the United States.

Download: Air for macOS (Free)

5. Check Air Quality on a Windows PC

Airqualiter Windows App

On Windows, the best air quality app is Airqualiter. It’s a standard AQI app that displays all the information you’d expect. You can add multiple cities, browse the world view, plan your days with hourly forecasts, and more.

Download: Airqualiter for Windows (Free)

6. Check Air Quality From Your Browser

check air quality in browser

If you don’t want to install a dedicated AQI measurement app, you can check air quality from your browser too. There are a lot of websites that offer a similar set of features without installing anything.

Two you should try are BreezoMeter and Aqicn. Both of them provide largely accurate results. As it turns out, Aqicn actually stems from a social enterprise project called The World Air Quality Index Project.

Visit: BreezoMeter
Visit: Aqicn

7. Get an Air Monitor

For people who live in a highly polluted city, buying an air monitor might be the best option. It offers the most accurate readings and updates by the minute. In addition, you can pair them with a phone to check the quality from wherever you are.

Our review of the Plume Labs Flow 2 found it to be a quality device, so it’s worth a look. For even more options, our guide to the best smart air quality monitors will help you decide which is right for your space.

Breathe in Cleaner and Safer Air

With pollution levels soaring, it’s likely none of these websites and apps brought you good news. To stand the crummy air and avoid getting sick all the time, it’s wise to know what the air is like so you can make the best decisions for your health.

Speaking of air-related devices, make sure to watch out for common air conditioner mistakes to avoid during hot days.

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The 7 Best Free IPTV Apps: How to Watch Live TV on Android

It’s easier than ever to watch on-demand TV shows and movies on your Android device. But what about live TV?

Yes, there are services like Sling and YouTube TV. However, if you know where to look, you don’t need to subscribe to their expensive plans. You can use free IPTV instead; you just need an IPTV app and an IPTV source.

But which is the best IPTV app for Android and Android TV? Keep reading to find out.

What Is an IPTV App?

IPTV apps are a bit like Kodi; they are empty shells that can’t stream any content without some user input. You have the responsibility for adding channels, playlists, and other sources.

Typically, you cannot use the apps to watch Netflix, Hulu, or direct content from other third-party providers. You need to grab an M3U file, which you add to the IPTV app.

1. IPTV Smarters Pro

If you have ever subscribed to a paid IPTV service, there’s a good chance the provider gave you access to a branded version of the IPTV Smarters Pro app. It’s the software of choice among many distributors.

However, you don’t need to rely on a branded version. As long as you have an M3U URL from your provider, you can add it to the app and enjoy all the same features. Better yet, this “white label” version of Smarters Pro can accept multiple logins, while the branded versions typically cannot.

The app supports on-demand movies and TV shows, as well as catch-up channels, if your provider offers them. It even integrates with external video players (like Perfect Player and VLC) if you would rather use their respective interfaces.

IPTV Smarters Pro is great on mobile devices, but really shines on a TV. It’s definitely one of the must-have IPTV apps for Android TV.

Download: IPTV Smarters Pro (Free, premium version available)

2. Lazy IPTV

lazy iptv app android

Lazy IPTV supports M3U playlists in open-view, ZIP, and GZ formats. The app can also read playlists in XSPF (XML Shareable Playlist Format).

Adding new content to Lazy IPTV is easy. You can access media on your local file system, as well as pasting URLs directly from the web or your device’s clipboard. The app works with HTTP and UDP streams and can play videos directly from YouTube and social network VK. There’s also a built-in audio player for internet radio channels.

Importantly for an IPTV app, Lazy IPTV supports electronic program guides (EPGs). It can read XMLTV EPGs saved as open-view, ZIP, or GZ.

From a usability standpoint, Lazy IPTV lets you add favorites, supports nested folders, and allows you to create playlist groups. You can export your playlists if you ever decide to switch to an alternative app. The app’s home screen is also fully customizable, providing the option to add shortcuts to your most-watched channels and change how the content displays.

Lazy IPTV is great for mobile devices. It is less well-suited to the larger screens of Android TV, however.

Download: Lazy IPTV (Free)

3. TiviMate

tivimate channel list

In our opinion, TiviMate is comfortably the best IPTV app for Android TV. It’s not available as a mobile version.

The app supports multiple playlists, renaming of channels and categories, and hidden categories. You can import your own channel logos, customize the order in which channels appear in the TV guide, and take advantage of the search feature (which works for both channel names and currently playing shows).

The free version of TiviMate will suffice for people with one playlist who don’t watch too often. If you’re an IPTV power user, it’s worth upgrading to the pro version. This costs $4.99 per year and allows you to install the app on up to five devices.

Download: TiviMate (Free, subscription available)

4. GSE Smart IPTV

gse android iptv app

GSE Smart IPTV is one of the most popular IPTV apps in the Google Play Store, and for good reason. First, it’s one of the best-designed IPTV apps for Android. Its crisp design and cable TV-like EPG layout make it easy to forget you’re even using an app.

Second, GSE Smart IPTV is available on far more platforms than most of its competitors. You’ll find versions for Android, Android TV, iOS, and Apple TV. The app is also Chromecast-compatible. And remember, you can even install Android apps on Amazon Fire TV devices if you know how to sideload APK files.

Feature-wise, GSE Smart IPTV supports EPG content in the XML, ZIP, and GZ formats. It also offers native parental controls and subtitles (SRT files) support. It can play live streams from HTTP, HSL, M3U8, MMS, RTSP, and RTMP sources. The app is ad-supported and suitable for both Android TV and mobile Android devices.

Download: GSE Smart IPTV (Free, premium version available)

5. Perfect Player IPTV

perfect player iptv app android

Perfect Player IPTV is another hugely popular app. It’s especially popular among Android TV users looking for an alternative to the native Live Channels app.

The app supports M3U and XSPF playlists. And if you want to add an electronic program guide, you can use XMLTV (ZIP, GZ, XZ) and JTV.

There are also a few different decoder options to choose from: Native, Software, Hardware, and Hardware Accelerated. Other features include the ability to watch locally saved content, UDP-to-HTTP proxy server support, and automatic syncing with the desktop version of the app for a consistent experience.

Like GSE Smart IPTV, Perfect Player uses a theme that’s easy on the eyes and draws its design cues from cable and satellite TV EPGs.

Download: Perfect Player IPTV (Free, premium version available)

6. IPTV

The straightforwardly named IPTV app is one of the most-downloaded IPTV apps for Android, with more than 10 million installs.

As you’d expect, you can add both M3U and XSPF playlists to the app. EPG support comes in the form of XMLTV and JTV. If you have a UDP proxy (installed via your local area network), you can use the IPTV app to play multicast streams.

The app offers some customization options too. It can display the channels you’ve added in a list, grid, or tile view, depending which you prefer.

Finally, if you have a dedicated Android set-top box that you use for watching IPTV, it’s worth upgrading to the pro version. It includes a feature that allows the app to auto-start when its host device boots up. The pro version also removes ads and adds a “resume watching” feature that can auto-play your most recently watched channel.

Download: IPTV (Free) | IPTV Pro ($2.99)

7. OTT Navigator

ott navigator iptv app android

OTT Navigator is the biggest IPTV rival to TiviMate on the Android TV platform. Like TiviMate, it is popular among power users.

There is little difference between them; the two apps share a lot of similar features. OTT Navigator supports filters (by channels, categories, genres, seasons, years, favorite channels, rating, and country), customization of channels and categories, and a search tool.

In our view, the TiviMate interface is slightly more modern and the UI is a little more user-friendly, but you might think differently. Make sure you check out both options before deciding on which is the best IPTV app for your needs.

Download: OTT Navigator (Free, in-app purchases available)

What About Free IPTV on Kodi?

In this roundup, we focused on apps that specialize in IPTV. Kodi can play IPTV content, but also does so much more that we didn’t feel it was a fair comparison.

If you prefer to use Kodi, you won’t need to install any third-party Kodi add-ons. M3U playlist support is a native part of the Kodi app—you just need to add the right component. To get up and running, head to Add-ons > My Add-ons > PVR > PVR IPTV Simple Client > Configure. Enter your M3U playlist address when prompted.

To learn more about this topic, check out how to watch free TV on Android TV.

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How to Remove, Change, and Set Default Apps in Android

Chances are that you want certain apps on your Android phone to handle specific actions. This is where default apps come in: they allow you to choose what browser, SMS service, email client, and other apps open when you load related content.

We’ll explain everything you need to know about default apps in Android, including how to adjust your default apps, change how links open, remove default apps, and more.

What Are Default Apps?

If you’re not aware, default apps allow you to choose which apps handle certain actions on your device. For example, you might have multiple Android browsers installed. When you tap on a link without a default set, your phone will ask which browser you’d like to open it with, since you have several apps that can handle it.

There are many categories that work this way, and setting default apps saves you from having to pick which app to use every time. Let’s see what happens when you don’t have a default app set, then we’ll examine how to adjust default apps.

How to Set New Default Apps on Android

When you try to launch something that doesn’t have a default app set, or install a new app that can handle the action, you may see a prompt to select which app to use, as shown below.

If you want to set the suggested app as your default for this action, tap Always to use that app and set it as the default for the future. Choose Just once if you want to use that app without setting it as the default.

To use another app, select it from the list that appears below. That one will appear as the first choice next time you take this action, allowing you to set it as the default if you want.

How to Review and Change Default Apps on Android

On stock Android 10, you’ll find the default apps menu at Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Default apps. This might be slightly different depending on your device or Android version.

Here, you’ll see your current default apps for a variety of categories:

  • Assist app: The smart assistant for voice control, analysis of what’s on your screen, and similar. Examples includes Google Assistant and Alexa.
  • Browser app: Used to open links you tap. Examples include Chrome and Firefox.
  • Caller ID & spam app: Used to identify calls and block spammers. Examples include Google’s Phone app and Truecaller.
  • Home app: Your default launcher that allows you to access and organize apps on your phone. Examples include Pixel Launcher and Nova Launcher.
  • Phone app: Handles making and receiving calls. Examples include Google’s Phone app and Simpler Dialer.
  • SMS app: Allows you to send and manage text messages. Examples include Google’s Messages app and Pulse SMS.

Tap a category to review the apps you have installed for that purpose. If you have more than one installed, select which app you’d like to set as default.

From now on, any applicable content you open will use that app. For instance, if you change your default phone app, it will launch when you tap a phone number on the web.

Keep in mind that there are more categories than these. For example, if you install a third-party camera app, when you use a shortcut to open the camera (like pressing the power button twice on a Pixel phone), your phone will ask you which camera app you’d like to use.

How to Remove Default Android Apps

If you don’t want an app to act as the default for anything, you can clear all default settings for it. To do this, head to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all X apps and select the app you’d like to remove defaults for.

Once you’re on the app page, expand the Advanced section and tap Open by default. If the app is set to default for any action, you’ll see a Clear defaults button at the bottom of the page. Tap this to clear that setting.

The next time you open content that this app used to handle, you can choose which app launches instead.

Choose Default Apps for Opening Links

The above covers the essentials for default apps on Android, but there’s another aspect you should know about: app links.

When you tap a website link and have that service’s app installed, your phone can go to supported URLs in the appropriate app instead of your browser. For example, when you tap a YouTube link, you probably want to watch the video in the YouTube app. This is known as “deep linking” in Android development.

While you can’t change which apps open certain URLs, you can choose whether links open in your browser or the appropriate app.

Change Link Opening Settings

To change how links open in Android, return to the Default apps page you visited earlier. Here, tap Opening links to review these settings.

At the top, you can toggle the Instant apps feature, which allows you to use some apps without actually installing them.

For the moment, we’re interested in the field below, where you’ll see an entry for most apps on your phone. Select one and you’ll see two fields on the Open by default page.

Open supported links allows you to choose whether you want to open compatible URLs in the app. Choose Open in this app to do so, or Don’t open in this app to always open in your browser. Ask every time lets you decide as needed.

If you’re curious which URLS the app can open, tap Supported links to see a list. For instance, YouTube of course opens youtube.com links, as well as youtu.be and m.youtube.com.

Disabling In-App Browsers

There’s one other setting to consider for default link behavior. Many popular apps, including Gmail, Telegram, Twitter, and Slack, include their own in-app browsers. This means that webpages you launch in these apps load in their own browser window instead of the appropriate app or your default browser.

Opening a page using an in-app browser where you’re not logged in to any sites is usually annoying, so we recommend turning these off for best results. The location varies for each app, but you’ll usually find it as a setting named something like Use in-app browser or Open links externally.

For example, in the Twitter app, you’ll find the option at Settings and privacy > Display and sound > Use in-app browser.

Expand Default Apps With Third-Party Solutions

For most people, the built-in default app options in Android are enough. If you’d like to add more functionality, a few apps can help.

Better Open With

This app allows you to set preferred apps that you can override at any time. Launch it and you’ll see a series of categories, like Audio Files, Browser, Dialer, and Emails.

After selecting a category, tap the star next to your preferred app. Use the eye icon to hide any apps you don’t want to use. In the Browser section, you can also use the dropdown box at the top to choose specific settings for sites like YouTube and Twitter.

Now, open a compatible link. When you’re asked to choose an app, select Better Open With and choose Always. Better Open With will show a panel at the bottom with a countdown and list of compatible apps. If you don’t select one before the timer runs out, your preferred app will open.

While this is handy, Better Open With has some issues. At the time of writing, it hasn’t seen an update since June 2018. When launched on Android 10, you’ll see a warning that the app isn’t designed for modern versions of Android. There’s also an ugly black box at the bottom of the app because of this.

Aside from version compatibility, it can’t handle all types of actions either—SMS is a noticeable omission. Still, the app is totally free, so it’s worth a try if you like the idea.

Download: Better Open With (Free)

Open Link With…

Want more control over changing the default app for links? Open Link With… allows you to open links in the proper apps when Android doesn’t do it automatically. This is helpful when a YouTube or Twitter link opens in your browser instead of the corresponding app.

Once installed, launch Open Link With… and walk through the tutorial. At the end, grant the app usage access for best performance. Once that’s done, you won’t need to worry about it again until you want to open a link with another app.

When you do, tap the three-dot Menu button in your browser and choose Share. Select Open Link With… and you’ll see a list of compatible apps for that type of link. Choose Just Once if you want to be asked again next time, or Always to associate that type of link with an app permanently.

While this is similar to the built-in functionality, if you have issues with links opening properly or want to open the same types of content in different apps regularly (maybe you use two different Twitter clients), it’s worth a look.

Download: Open Link With… (Free)

Master Default Apps on Android

Now you know how to take control of your default apps on Android. Most of the time, you should be able to set these and forget about them unless you find a new favorite app. But you have options for more control if the basics don’t get the job done.

Speaking of default apps, why not consider replacing some of the stock apps that came with your phone?

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The 5 Best Android Apps to Reduce Image Size

Practically everyone nowadays uses their phone or tablet to take and store photographs. They are a very useful tool to share your images quickly via social media and messaging apps. Sometimes, an image may be too large to share. You may even wish to only share part of a picture and not the whole thing.

There is a range of apps available that can alter the dimensions of an image, whether that is via cropping or resizing the picture. There are also several apps at your disposal to reduce the actual file size of an image. Read on to discover which apps suit your needs.

1. Pixlr

Pixlr is a very popular photo editor for Android users. Not only can it resize and crop your photos, but it also has a wealth of other handy features available. This is an excellent app for beginners, too. It has a nice user interface that is easy to navigate and the controls are straightforward and simple to use. What’s not to like?

The home screen features a number of options when you launch the app. You can use your camera to take a picture, which you can then edit using one of Pixlr’s many functions. There is an option to edit the existing photos on your device or stored on your cloud. You can create a collage of images that can be customized to get a number of different styles. There are even some decorative elements within the Templates tool.

Once you have selected your image within the app, cropping couldn’t be easier. Opening the “tools” menu offers a range of nifty tricks, with the cropping function being the first to choose from. Selecting the crop tool presents you with a number of options. “Free mode” lets you choose the cropping area, while there are also several aspect ratios to choose from. There are also plenty of effects to play with, so you can customize your snaps.

Download: Pixlr for Android (Free, with premium version available)

2. Adobe Photoshop Express

If you are looking for something a little more advanced, then check out Adobe’s Express version of their world-famous Photoshop app. Designed for editing your pics on the go, this is a great app with bags of functionality. Adobe has provided tonnes of features to give your shots that professional edge, even though the app is mobile-native.

The app allows you to select images from your device, cloud, Lightroom (another Adobe app) or your Adobe asset library. You can also take a picture with the phone camera and edit it there and then. Once you have selected the image you would like to work with, a seemingly limitless range of options will present themselves. Filters, borders, and stickers are all available to add fun-factor to your pics.

The crop tool offers a wide selection of aspect ratios that you can use, some of which are incredibly helpful. There are the “usual suspects”, so you can crop the image to 16:9 or 6:4 for example. Adobe goes one step further than many apps, though. You can choose from “Facebook Page Cover”, “Youtube Channel Art”, and even “Kindle” automatic cropping sizes! With this level of functionality, Adobe Photoshop Express really stands out from the crowd.

Download: Adobe Photoshop Express for Android (Free)

3. Lit Photo Compress and Resize

Lit Photo’s Photo Compress and Resize app is a super-easy way to compress, crop, and resize images. This makes sending photos over email, Whatsapp, or Facebook Messenger, a cinch. The app is great in terms of navigation, with all of the app’s functions displayed upon launch.

As mentioned, there are three main jobs the app can do. Selecting one of the options offers further customization in terms of resizing the image. Compression mode allows you to compress the image in terms of quality, measured by percentage, or by size, measured in megabytes. This reduces the file size.

If you want to change the dimensions of the picture, then you achieve this via the Resize option. Again, this allows various methods of resizing. You can do so via pixel count, which allows you to maintain the aspect ratio or not, depending on what you want to do with the image. Handily, resize also allows you to compress the image within the same option. You can double down on reducing the size of the file in one fell swoop.

Finally, there is the crop tool. This is pretty limited, as it only has five cropping ratios available. However, there are plenty of other ways to crop an image. So, if you can live with only a small selection of auto-crop features, then this is an excellent app.

Download: Lit Photo Compress and Resize for Android (Free, with premium version available)

4. Codenia Image Size

Codenia offers a practical-yet-simple solution to image resizing. The app has plenty of features that you will find in a lot of similar apps. There are plenty of customizable options in the “photo editor” section, which allow you to make various adjustments to the appearance of your picture.

Where Codenia Image Size really shines, though, is its image resizing function. The screen contains all of the information you need alongside the image itself. Below the toolbar at the top of the app screen is a box that contains information about the original image. This details the original dimensions of the pic, the date it was taken, and the dpi.

Below the information box sit the controls for altering the image height and width, up to a maximum of 6000 pixels. You can input the required dimensions yourself or select from preset dimensions, accessed via a pop-up menu. You can also lock the aspect ratio to ensure the image looks the same despite the size change.

Below the pic itself, which sits in the center of the screen, is the information on file size. This is incredibly useful as it lets you see the original file size of the picture and the resulting file size once you have finished editing.

Download: Codenia Image Size for Android (Free, with premium version available)

5. Resize Me

XnView is a well-known PC software developer in computer-user circles. It has been a go-to simple image editor for years and their mobile Resize Me app offers excellent tools for reducing file size. If an easy-to-use image resizing app is on your list of downloads, then this is all you need.

Launching the app allows you to select a photo from your album, take a new one, or batch convert a bunch of snaps. The first two options work in the same way once you have selected or taken a picture. You have options to flip horizontally and vertically, as well as rotating the picture.

Cropping is easy too, with a “free crop” tool present along with a range of preset ratios to crop to. The final option allows you to select the size for saving the picture, presented as a list. The first few options include a percentage value next to the dimensions, so you can see the difference in file size once the reduction is applied.

The batch converter is where the app really stands out, though. With this tool, you simply select a swathe of photos to alter and then select the new dimensions. Very easy and very useful if you want to alter a load of snaps in one go.

Download: Resize Me for Android (Free, with premium version available)

Which Image Resizer Is Right for Your Needs?

A quick flick through the Android app store will reveal a glut of resizing apps. Many of them offer exactly the same thing, so if you select one of the above apps you can save some drive space as well as reducing the size of your images. A great all-rounder will service a number of photo-editing needs.

Are you looking to take your photographs to the next level? Check out the best apps to animate your photos on Android and iPhone.

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How to Run Android Apps and Games on Linux

Want to run Android apps on Linux? How about play Android games? Several options are available, but the one that works the best is Anbox. This is a tool that runs your favorite Android apps on Linux without emulation.

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Here’s how to use Anbox to run Android apps on your Linux PC today.

Meet Anbox, Your “Android in a Box”

Having access to your preferred Android apps and games brings an exciting new dimension of productivity to Linux. Mobile apps are, by design, a lot simpler than those found on desktop operating systems.

This could be just what you’re looking for to improve desktop productivity!

Meanwhile, mobile games are becoming increasingly sophisticated. It makes sense that you might want to continue playing on a different device. This is especially true considering the limited battery life of a phone or tablet.

Several macOS and Windows tools are available for running Android apps (such as Bluestacks) but this isn’t available for Linux.

Instead, Linux users should try Anbox, a free and open source tool to run Android apps on Linux. It’s based on the latest version from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and offers a window-based Android environment.

Anbox uses containers to separate Android from the host operating system, enabling you to run Android games on Linux

That’s not all; Anbox has no limits, so in theory you can run any Android app on Linux. There’s no hardware virtualization either, so Anbox works as well on a laptop or desktop, whatever the system spec.

Which Linux Distros Support Snap?

Although free to use, Anbox comes as a snap package. This means that the binary and any dependencies are included in a single package, easing installation. Unfortunately, it means that your Linux OS cannot use Anbox unless it can unpackage and install snaps.

The snapd service is required to install snaps, and this is compatible with Linux distributions such as:

  • Arch Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo
  • Linux Mint
  • Manjaro
  • openSUSE
  • Solus
  • Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, snapd comes pre-installed from 14.04 onwards. You’ll find full details for your distro at the Snapcraft website.

To install snapd, use the following terminal command:

sudo apt install snapd

Wait until the installation completes before proceeding. Note that while snapd runs or is preinstalled with the above distros, Anbox is official supported on:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerxes)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

Subsequent releases of Ubuntu should also run Anbox. This support means that you’re likely to get better results running Android apps on Ubuntu than other distros.

Installing Anbox on Linux

With the snapd service installed on your Linux PC, you’re ready to install Anbox. Use the following command, which installs everything you need:

snap install --classic anbox-installer && anbox-installer

Enter a password when prompted and the snap package will download.

Shortly after, you’ll see a choice:

  1. Install Anbox
  2. Uninstall Anbox

Setup Anbox to run Android apps on Linux

Should you need to remove the software later, simply re-run the installer command above, and select option 2. In the case of installing Anbox, however, you can proceed with option 1.

Following this, you’ll see a summary of what the installation will do. Take a moment to read through this.

You’ll see that files added from a PPA listed. There should also be a notice that the anbox runtime will autostart when you log into Linux. (This is a software library that enables other software and apps to run.)

Set up Anbox on Linux

If you’re happy with all of this, enter I AGREE and wait for Anbox to install. Once done, follow the instruction to reboot your system before proceeding.

Downloading APK Files to Your Linux PC

With your PC rebooted, you should find Anbox available in your desktop’s menu. Click it to launch— you’ll soon see the Anbox window.

Anbox runs Android apps on Linux

If nothing happens, or you’re stuck on a splash screen with the Starting message, cancel or wait for this to end. Then open a new terminal and enter

anbox session-manager

Next, click the icon in the menu again. A few moments later, Anbox should run. This is a known bug in Ubuntu 16.04-based distributions and shouldn’t affect later distros.

With Anbox running, you’ll see a list of the basic Android apps you can run on Linux, such as Calendar and Email. Simply left click these icons to open them; they’ll appear in new windows that you can resize as required. If you need a browser, the WebView Shell is included.

To add your own apps and games, all you need to do is download (or copy from another device) the appropriate APK files. These are installer files, like DEB files (or snaps) in Linux, or EXE files in Windows.

On Android phones and tables, APK files are available via Google Play on Android… but that doesn’t apply on Anbox.

Installing Android Apps on Linux With Anbox

Because the Anbox implementation of Android is not registered, you won’t be able to access (or install) Google Play. So, how can you run Android apps on Ubuntu and other Linux distros with Anbox?

The answer, therefore, is to download and sideload APKs. You’ll find these via Google Play alternatives, but you can also extract APKs from Google Play.

While Google restricts access to the Play Store to registered Android devices, bypassing this is not piracy. If you already own the APK files, or they’re available freely, it’s okay to run them on unregistered Android devices.

Once you’ve got hold of any APK files you want to install, you’ll need to enable installation from unknown sources. Do this by opening the Settings menu from the apps screen, then find Security. Enable the switch next to Unknown Sources and click OK to accept.

With this done, find your APK files and double-click the first one you want to install. A few moments later, the app or game should be ready, and will run in its own window. Installed games are listed alongside all other Linux apps.

Running Android apps on Linux is that simple!

Now You Can Run Android APKs on Linux

How to run Android apps on Linux

Since Anbox is in the alpha stage, there may be some stability issues. However, it is reassuring to know how simple it is to set up, install, and run Android apps on Linux Ubuntu with Anbox.

To recap:

  1. Confirm your distro supports snap packages.
  2. Install or update the snapd service.
  3. Install Anbox.
  4. Launch Anbox from your Linux desktop.
  5. Download APK files and run them.
  6. Wait as the APK file installs.
  7. Click to run Android apps on your Linux desktop.

Anbox isn’t the only way to run Android apps and games on Linux, but we reckon it will be the most popular within a few years. And to go the other way, check out how to run Linux on your Android device.

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The 6 Best Android Apps for Music Production

Nowadays, music production isn’t limited solely to expensive production studios. It’s now entirely possible to create a complete song using just your smartphone or tablet.

Android has a wide range of apps that can help you achieve your dream of becoming a music producer. This allows you to produce on the fly and gives you plenty of options to hone your production skills.

We’ve pulled together and highlighted several apps that you should install if you’re serious about becoming a music producer.

1. FL Studio Mobile

the FL Studio screen layout with piano roll display

FL Studio is a full-blown DAW (digital audio workstation). This means that you have a complete software-based music studio at your fingertips—excellent news if you want to produce music as you travel or have limited funds. It’s also useful if you don’t have the space for racks filled with hardware.

FL Studio is a powerful application. It comes loaded with instruments, effects, musical loops and samples. This way, you can start making music immediately, regardless of your style. Upon launching the app, you are presented with a blank canvas upon which you “draw” your music. Once completed, this can be saved down as high-quality audio files such as WAV and FLAC.

As mentioned, the app comes with several instruments to get you moving in the right direction. Once you’ve mastered the app’s pre-loaded instrument package, purchase further modules to take your production to the next level. You’ll be sounding like Avicii before you know it!

Download: FL Studio Mobile ($14.99)

2. Ninja Jamm

If you’re after something a little simpler (and perhaps a little more fun) than a full DAW, then Ninja Jamm should be right up your street. The app has been developed by Coldcut, founders of the globally renowned Ninja Tune record label and masters of the “cut-and-paste” sample technique of music production.

As the name suggests, the app is designed for “jamming.” This allows you to learn an easy production processes with music loops and samples from world-renowned artists. You can then move onto creating your own in a full DAW. With Ninja Jamm you can glean an understanding of how loops work in combination with each other.

As it is native to smart devices, you can also use a range of gestures to manipulate the sound. Shaking or tilting your device, for example, adds different effects to the sound, giving you a range of options to customize your jam.

The app features a paid-for version which opens up a host of additional loops and samples, as well as the apps “Share+” option. This allows you to record and save your music as lossless audio, and you can even upload to SoundCloud.

Download: Ninja Jamm (Free, premium version available)

3. Bandcamp

So, you’ve crafted the perfect collection of tracks and you feel like the world needs to hear them. But how are you going to make this happen? In this instance, Bandcamp is your friend. Bandcamp is an online music marketplace that allows artists to upload their music direct to the site. Alongside artwork and liner notes, this gives you a comprehensive digital release without having to deal with publishers and distributors.

You can release music as a free Bandcamp stream, add a “pay what you like” option to your tracks, or give the tracks set prices. This is an excellent way to monetize your music and Bandcamp take only a small percentage from each sale, so you don’t need to worry about receiving micro-payments for simply streaming your music via alternatives such as Spotify or YouTube. All of your releases are fully shareable via social media, and tracks can be embedded using the handy share widget.

Another advantage of Bandcamp is the weekly chart that they release for different genres. No matter what your style, if your music is good enough to be selected, then you could potentially see it shared to the entire Bandcamp userbase. In turn you may see an increase in sales. Bandcamp is becoming an increasingly popular platform and it treats the artists that use the service fairly and respectfully.

Download: Bandcamp (Free)

4. Yousician

If you are thinking of learning a string instrument, want to improve your singing, or fancy a go at playing the piano, then you can’t go wrong with Yousician. The app is great, because it covers everything from the beginner basics right through to professional-level musicianship.

Acting as a digital music tutor, Yousician features a huge tutorial library, songs and exercises that make learning music fun. One really cool feature of the app is the feedback element. The application will listen to you play and will offer constructive criticism on where you need to improve. Then you can go away and work on those tough barre chords or hard-to-reach upper octaves.

The advantage of self-teaching an instrument is that you can do it in your own way. Yousician is perfect for this method of learning as you can pick up your guitar, for example, when you have a spare 30 minutes, and quickly get busy adding new tricks to your repertoire.

Download: Yousician (Free, premium version available)

5. Ultimate Guitar: Chords and Tabs

One exclusively for the axe-wielders out there, Ultimate Guitar is (as you undoubtedly expect) a resource for guitar and bass players. I used this app endlessly when teaching myself to play guitar and found it very useful for learning the songs I wanted to learn. Once you have basic chord shapes nailed down, you’re good to go with learning some actual songs.

The most impressive feature of Ultimate Guitar: Chords and Tabs is the ridiculously vast collection of songs available in their library. Not only that, but it is a community-based app, meaning that other guitarists and bass players will upload chords or tablature, which are then rated for accuracy and quality by other users.

The Pro version of the app boasts a wealth of additional features, including playing along with a backing track, a guitar tuner, and interactive tabs to allow you to learn while the app plays notes at a speed comfortable for you.

Download: Ultimate Guitar: Chords and Tabs (Free, premium version available)

6. Roland ZenBeats

If you are producer, then you are likely to have heard of Roland’s line of famed drums and hardware synths. What you may not have heard of, though, is their Zenbeats app. Zenbeats allows you to create music using a range of sounds made famous by their bassline and drum synthesizers.

The app is available via three payment tiers, each one offering greater degrees of functionality as you progress through price-points. The basic free version has all you need to get started with making music, however. Features include unlimited audio tracks, nine instruments, several effects to manipulate the sound. You can even share your songs!

Roland Zenbeats has a nice, clean user interface, which is easy to navigate and simple to operate. This app is essential if you are looking to make electronic music with an authentic sound; one that comes straight from one of the most recognised names in the industry.

Download: Roland ZenBeats (Free, premium version available)

The Best Apps for Android Music Production

Android has a wide range of music production applications on offer – these are just a few. If you plan to start producing, you’re likely to need some headphones so you can listen to the output from your chosen app and tailor it if required; check out our guide to the best wired headphones to keep your productions sounding crisp and tight.

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The 7 Best Social Media Apps for Travelers

There’s no better way to explore a new location than with advice from people who have lived or traveled there before. Social media apps are fast becoming the best way to connect travelers with these experienced insiders.

While existing social media apps may inspire jealousy in your followers, or enable you to share experiences with friends, they aren’t designed for travelers. Thankfully, there are travel social media apps designed specifically for travelers, and these are the best.

1. Foursquare

Foursquare has been a mainstay of online travel planning for many years. The app offers an incredible number of functions, and allows you to search for nearby attractions based on the distance from your destination or current location, rating, or Foursquare’s personalized estimate of your tastes.

The app also offers you the chance to follow travelers who have similar tastes to your own, read reviews from other travelers, and add your own insights to help fellow travelers in the future.

The ability to create and save your information in a profile means that your preferences, saved locations, and information will always be available to you, whether in the planning stages or in the middle of your trip.

Download: Foursquare for iOS | Android (Free)

2. Trover

Trover is one of the best apps available when looking for travel inspiration. The home screen presents you with many different feeds of beautiful images to view, including a feed of the most popular photos, a feed of the latest images, feeds specific to different locations, and feeds based on hashtags that have been assigned by users.

This app focuses more on the travel experiences of individual users and beautiful photographs than providing in-depth reviews or traveler tips. These functions make Trover ideal for conceptualizing a vacation you hope to take, but another app may be required to turn that trip into a reality.

Download: Trover for iOS | Android (Free)

3. Spotted by Locals

Spotted by Locals offers quirky sightseeing and activity ideas handpicked by real locals. When you have no idea what to do or where to eat, you can browse through a ton of helpful guides for over 70 cities. Since all of the suggestions are written by locals, you can expect to find some non-touristy, hole-in-the-wall destinations.

Just keep in mind that you can’t access a full city guide or save spots unless you pay a fee for each guide. The offline version of the app is also only available if you pay. However, it may be worth it if you’re looking for smart travel planning apps to put a unique spin on your trip.

Download: Spotted by Locals for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. Withlocals

While Spotted by Locals helps you find destinations thanks to guides written by locals, Withlocals connects you with local tour guides. You can use this social travel app to find food tours, walking tours, day trips, night tours, and even bike tours.

When you select a tour you’re interested in, you’ll see a detailed description of the tour along with an itinerary. Scroll down the page to find reviews by other users, and tap Pick Your Local to view each guides’ profile and book your tour. After all, there’s really nothing better than receiving a tour from someone who knows their way around.

Download: Withlocals for iOS | Android (Free)

5. Couchsurfing

The Couchsurfing website and app have been well-used over the past several years by budget-conscious travelers looking for a free place to stay. While the app is entirely free, you can increase your chances of finding a host by paying a fee to verify yourself.

Even if crashing on a stranger’s couch isn’t your preferred style of accommodation, the app can still be a great resource for meeting new people around the world.

Every profile on the website features information about the Couchsurfing hosts, as well as their photo. If you find a host in the area you plan on traveling to, it’s worth sending them a message to see if they’d be willing to meet during your travels.

Download: Couchsurfing for iOS | Android (Free)

6. Travello

Travello is a social media app for travelers and people interested in traveling. When you sign up, you’ll see a feed filled with posts made by people traveling around the world. If you want, you can even connect with the other travelers on the app by commenting on their photos or by messaging them to ask questions.

You can also use Travello to find groups of like-minded travelers. Head to Explore > Groups to find groups such as Solo Travelers, Backpackers Asia, Digital Nomads, Female Travelers, and more.

Once you start traveling, you can start posting your own photos and keeping track of your trips. Make sure you know these key photography tips for beginners before you start posting pictures of the amazing sights you see.

Download: Travello for iOS | Android (Free)

7. TravelBuddy

If you’re looking for a social media app for travel that doubles as a way to find a travel partner, TravelBuddy is for you. The home page presents you with a travel feed that will definitely inspire you to take a vacation. You can also opt to filter posts by location, which can help you find potential sightseeing spots.

To get in touch with a travel buddy, you can hit Find a Buddy on the home page. Simply enter your destination, choose a preferred gender for your buddy, and add your travel dates. TravelBuddy is also a great way to ask locals any questions about your travel destination.

Download: TravelBuddy for iOS | Android (Free)

Social Media Apps Can Improve Your Vacations

You should never be over reliant on technology while traveling. However, while you shouldn’t be glued to your phone the entire trip, these social media apps for travelers can help make your trip better.

Having a few quality social travel apps at your fingertips can improve your experience, and help you find hidden gems throughout your travels. To explore even further, check out these travel apps to help you find unique tourist spots.

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