Apps and iPhone Hacks you Need for 2018

I pretty much have my entire life on my phone, so I’m always searching for new apps to help organize my life! The CINCteam and I put our heads together and came up with the list of the best apps and iPhone hacks you need to organize and maximize 2018!


Money is always tricky, especially when it comes to managing a family. No matter how many accounts you have, whether you have kids or not, being on top of your finances is a win for everyone! These two apps are loved and used by everyone in the office:

1. Venmo

I’m sure I’ve talked about this app before, and trust me when I say I don’t know how I lived without it! Hooked up to your bank account, this app is an easy and safe way to transfer money between friends or coworkers. Splitting the check has never been so easy and you generally see that payment transfer in your bank account the very next day!  Talk about speedy!

2. Acorns

Acorns is basically an app that invests your spare change into stocks! Say you spend $3.50 on coffee – the app will round up to the nearest dollar and invest it! This app was introduced to me by one of the girls on the CINCTeam, and just from round-ups, she’s gotten over $200!

As much as I love my nice Leica camera – my iPhoneX takes some really great photos but when it comes to the photography apps I use- there’s a long list. Of course, there are the staples like VSCO or Snapseed but these are some of my other favorites:


This app is great for planning your Instagram feed! You can preload captions, and easily move photos around to see what looks best. If you’re super into making your feed look 💯 then this is the app for you!

2. Halide

I’ve heard so much about this app recently and it’s so much fun to play around with. Essentially, it turns your iPhone camera into a pseudo DSLR! You can pretty much control all the settings as if you were shooting manually on an actual camera!


I travel so much for work, so by now, I’ve got all of my travel apps down! I wouldn’t be able to travel without them!

1. Download Whatever Airline App You’re Traveling That Trip

I usually fly Delta, but no matter what airline I end up on- I ALWAYS download that airline’s app before I take off. Everything from having a digital copy of my boarding pass, to my itinerary, and even flight updates right in the palm of my hand takes SO much stress away from traveling.

2. Sky Scanner

This app is great if you want to book inexpensive flights! It gives you tons of options and you can always find a super affordable flight to wherever you want to jet off to!

3. Yelp

Yelp is great both when you’re traveling and when you’re at home. Finding great spots to eat, grab some coffee and everything in between with tons of reviews and pictures is so handy when you travel! You can even ‘save’ your favorite spots by bookmarking them!


Like I said before, pretty much my entire life is on my phone- so keeping everything organized is super important to me. These apps help keep me organized, and well, sane!

1. Trello

This app takes organization to a whole new level. It helps break everything down into different lists and boards and it’s super user-friendly. You can even connect it to the desktop version so you can have all your lists on your phone and your laptop!

2. Slack

The CINCteam and I use this on the daily to communicate on updates and all moving projects! It helps keep all of our conversations between the different teams in separate threads. We even have a separate thread specifically for funny memes and pictures titled “Shits and Giggles.”  You have to be able to laugh with your coworkers sometimes, right?


When it comes to iPhone hacks, there are tons of little tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your phone! Here are my favorites:

1. Low Power Mode
So when your phone hits 20% battery, you’ll get a pop up to go into low power mode, right? Well did you know you can have your phone on low power mode all day? If you go to your Settings Tab -> Battery -> and click ‘Low Power Mode’ your phone battery will last so much longer!

2. Adjust Brightness When Taking Photos 
If you’re taking a photo and the lighting gets blown out, or it’s too dark- press and hold the screen until the little square pops up with the sunshine next to it. Then, with your finger still pressing down, drag up and down to play around with the lighting!

3. Take a Photo While Filming 
I just found out about this not too long ago and my mind was blown! When you’re filming a video- there’s a small little circle that appears to the left of the record button- if you click it, it takes a photo while you’re filming!

4. Sync it All Up! 
The last hack isn’t really a hack, but I decided to include it because it really makes my life easier. If you haven’t already, be sure to activate your iCloud and sync up your laptop and your phone! This saves me so much time transferring everything from one device to another!

What are your favorite phone apps and hacks you swear by this year? I want to know! Leave a comment below and have a great day!



  • I appreciate your efforts for providing information. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Blu says:

    I had no idea that that’s what Acorn does! I just thought it was another money app! Downloading it!

  • Daniel says:

    Thank you for taking the time to provide such an informative and helpful post.

  • Estrella says:

    The low power mode tip was the most helpful! Really saved my phone. Thank you!

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  • Ife says:

    Wow, amazing wealth of information in this post. I just bought Halide because i’m all about great Photography!

    This was awesome!

  • ada says:

    this is an amazing and insightful post. i didnt know about the Halide app, i am definitely going to download it. i also use the Preview app to organize my Instagram posts.

  • get into pc says:

    look at this, very creative, i am a big fan of your work, please keep it up, but you post very less often,
    big love, xoxo
    cathy williams

  • NAty says:

    thanks for sharring! these are are amazing!


  • Sarah says:

    Yesterday my new Iphone arrived from and your recommendations fit perfectly. I’ll download some of your featured apps right now. Many Thanks.

  • Nikki says:

    I did not know about taking a photo while recording! Mindblowing!

    Thanks for sharing!


  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for all of these great app recommendations and hacks! I honestly didn’t know about taking a photo when recording a video, so this is great! 😀 <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  • K says:

    Lovely I like to edit my photos thank for tips

  • Vivian says:

    UNUM is my FAVE IG planning app!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


  • Lauren Will says:

    Great tips! Definitely going to check out the app “Halide” you recommended! Thanks for the great post! xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Great hacks and tips! There are so many apps that i’ve never heard of before that I’m going to try now. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Shloka says:

    Such great suggestions for apps! Sounds like 2018 is going to be so well organised!


  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Emma says:

    Oh my gosh I’ve never heard of Halide! I need to check it out because that sounds awesome. Great roundup of tips and tricks!

    Emma | Seeking the South

  • Kay Nguyen says:

    i love venmo and yelp, I are so useful whether I’m traveling or not! Thanks for sharing <3

  • Jeana Lim says:

    Could you share what brand that red card case is on the top photo? Just went through and downloaded some of the Instagram apps. I’ve been using Zelle through Bank of America and it’s super easy with transferring money. I am kind of excited to try the Apple send money feature on the phone as well.

  • Marshalee says:

    Thank you for these tips! I just download most of them to use starting today.

  • Jae says:

    My fiance uses Venmo with his colleagues all the time and always tells me how convenient it is! I also cannot live without Yelp – I literally search every single food place on there to read reviews.

  • Jessika says:

    These are great tips.

    I also use CANVA for all my blog, insta-stories, Pinterest pics and more – it’s the best!

  • love most of these apps and so glad to be introduced to new ones! I totally keep my phone on low battery mode! Such a great tip! x

    chevrons & éclairs

  • Lucrezia says:

    Wow really cool! Check my last post 🙂

  • LENA says:

    VSCO is def a staple of mines. Thanks for your app tips! Much needed! Great post!


  • Great list of useful apps, Halide sounds great! I use Sky Scanner all the time, it’s amazing!

  • Mariane says:

    Such great tips! Need to download several of these 🙂 <3

  • Natali says:

    I use Yelp and Slack all the time!


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