The 200 Best Free iPhone Apps

One of the best things about owning an iPhone is the amount of good and useful free apps available. But it’s tough to comb through the 200,000+ apps in the App Store to find them, so here is a list of our handpicked 200 best free iPhone apps, in no particular order, loosely grouped by similar apps. Did we miss any? Mention them in the comments and we may add them. Looking for the best free games? Here’s our list.

1. CNN Mobile brings the popular news website to the iPhone. Read breaking news, watch live video of important events, and get breaking news alerts.
2. Google Mobile App lets you do voice searches. Simply speak your search query and Google does the rest. Surprisingly accurate. Also excellent for regular text searches. Open webpages within the app, then return to search results quickly.
3. CNBC Real-Time offers real-time stock quotes (no delay) as well as lots of CNBC’s video content. Track your porfolio, get the latest news, watch clips from CNBC’s best financial shows. One of our choices for best iPhone financial apps.
4. Bloomberg lets you track the markets and your own stocks, view charts, and get the latest news. Our pick for the best iPhone for reading financial news.
5. NYTimes is the New York Times in an iPhone-optimized format. Cool features like downloading and offline reading and tool-bar navigation improve the experience over reading it using the iPhone’s browser.
6. USA TODAY brings the US’s most read newspaper to the iPhone in an optimized format. Maintains the popular News, Money, Life, Sports, Tech, etc, section format. Get local weather too.
7. BBC News provides the latest breaking news from the BBC on your iPhone. Browse stories by geographical location or by categories, including business, tech, sports, etc. Features video with 1-minute headline news.
8. Fluent News Reader aggregates the top stories from the major news services like CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, FOX News, etc. Once downloaded, they are available for offline viewing. Not sure how this is legal, but it’s sweet. Very basic interface makes using the app easy. Great for getting the day’s biggest headlines in a glance.
9. Facebook gives you optimized access to the popular social network. Update your status. Post photos. Catch up with your friends. Includes push notifications for status updates and replies. A must-have for Facebook users.
10. RunKeeper Free is an app that tracks your jogging stats in real time using the iPhone’s GPS. Track distance, speed, calories burned, and even your run’s elevation. Look at your run on Google Maps. Can upload your info to, a free website, for even more powerful features. Our favorite iPhone fitness app.
11. Pandora Radio is a streaming radio app and one of the most popular apps for the iPhone. It creates personalized radio stations based on your taste. The more you rate the songs, the better the music delivered to you is. Surprisingly accurate and easy to use. A must-have for iPhone music lovers. Great way to discover new music or rediscover old favorites.
12. Shazam lets you identify songs playing on the TV, in a store, in the car, etc, just by recording a short clip using your iPhone’s microphone. Buy and download the song right to your iPhone. Surprisingly useful for discovering new music.
13. is an offline dictionary for your iPhone (not Internet connection required). Features over 1 million words. Also has some online features like word pronunciation. Features slick and easy-to-use interface, including recent word look-up and similarly spelled words.
14. Soundhound is a pop-music discovery tool. Browse top music lists, watch music videos, get lyrics, hum a song and the app will identify it, search for music. Lots of curated music info.
15. Navfree USA offers 1.8GB of maps for offline turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance. Auto-rerouting. Day & night modes. Access your music from within the app. Uses OpenStreetMaps.
16. Living Social provides daily deals that save 50% to 90% on restaurants, vacations, teeth whitening, flowers, etc. You’ll never know what the next daily deal will be.
17. GroupOn presents an awesome deal a day. If enough people sign-up to participate in the deal, it’s on! Push notifications tell you the bargain of the day.
18. SHOUTcast Radio gives you access to over 32,000 stations of streaming audio, both professional and amateur. It’s the largest collection of streaming audio on the iPhone, and it’s free.
19. iHeartRadio is basically Clear Channel’s official iPhone radio app (Clear Channel is the largest radio company in the US). Access live streams of 750 of the biggest and most popular local radio stations from around the country. Get access to shows like Ryan Seacrest, Rush Limbaugh, and Dr. Laura.
20. Groups Free lets you create groups of contacts on the iPhone and then send mass emails or text messages to those groups. A nice feature, since the default iPhone contacts apps won’t let you create or edit groups of contacts.
21. FStream is a barebones but powerful radio streaming app with one killer feature: the ability to record live audio within the app. Record your favorite songs and download them off the iPhone to your computer using a home WiFi network. Many preset radio stations within the app with the ability to add a lot more.
22. MenuPages lets you view menus of local restaurants as well as read reviews and get basic info. Call and order food with a single tap. Use GPS to find nearby restaurants (and their menus). Rate and write restaurant reviews within the app.
23. Disney is everything Disney in your pocket. Listen to Disney Radio, play games, add Disney-themed frames to your photos, get Disney news, watch videos. The perfect app for Disney lovers.
24. The Weather Channel brings quick and easy weather forecasts to your iPhone, including 10-day extended forecasts and animated radar. Long our pick for the best iPhone weather app.
25. ESPN ScoreCenter is a slick sports-scores app from ESPN. Quickly scan through the day’s scores. Push notifications can keep you updated on a particular game or your favorite teams in general. Beautiful graphics.
26. Grocery IQ lets you create grocery lists quickly and accurately. Features a database of millions of grocery items so you don’t have type full grocery names. Tons of other features like a barcode scanner to quickly add items to lists, send lists over email, and remember favorites for quick adding.
27. TV Guide Mobile lets you view your local TV listings quickly and easily on your iPhone. Enter in your zip code, choose your cable service provider (or over-the-air signal), and the app will pull up the TV schedule. Customize the listing to only view your favorite channels. Get TV show information. Read up on the latest entertainment news.
28. Crackle offers free streaming movies and TV shows like The Da Vinci Code, Seinfeld, Ghostbusters, and more, all from Sony Entertainment. Unlimited streaming of over 1,000 TV episodes and 100+ movies. You just have to watch the occasional commercial. Sweet app with good content, for free!
29. Yellow Pages brings the famous Yellow Pages business directory to the iPhone. Very simple search interface. Includes business info (telephone, address, etc) as well as driving directions (using Google Maps), quick adding to your iPhone contacts, tap-to-call, and automatic finding of nearby businesses. Simple but powerful. The Yellow Pages in your pocket.
30. lets you test the speed of the wireless data network (EDGE, 3G, and WiFi). Keeps a history to see when and where you get the best speeds.
31. AT&T Mark the Spot lets iPhone users tell AT&T the areas where signals are poor or non-existent, with hopes of one day receiving a remedy. When attempting to send a report and there isn’t a data connection, the app will mark the GPS location and then send the data once you’re back in range of a signal. Help AT&T improve their service. Also shows nearby AT&T WiFi locations.
32. FCC Mobile Broadband Test not only lets users test the upload speed, download speed, and latency of their wireless connection, it also lets the FCC know where signals are weakest in the country.
33. StumbleUpon brings up random recommended Internet content based on your tastes along with the votes of millions of other users. It’s an app that cuts through the noise of the Internet and helps find only the good stuff. One-time account signup required, but you can do it quickly within the app.
34. Flickit lets you upload photos from your iPhone to Flickr. Even supports batch uploading. Keep your Flickr stream updated with your iPhone photos. Take pictures within the app. Even supports geolocation tagging.
35. iQueue Free – Netflix Queue Manager lets you manage your Netflix account while on the go. Features a nice drag-n-drop interface. Search the catalogue, browse the various top lists, add and remove movies from your queue, rearrange, see expected availability of movies, etc.
36. Contacts Fast Add simplifies the process of adding contacts, giving you one screen with first and last name, phone number, and email. A quick way to add a lot of contacts fast.
37. Skype is the most used VOiP app in the world (and on the iPhone). Make free Skype-to-Skype phone calls anywhere in the world. Make calls to regular telephones too (for a fee). Now supports calls over 3G as well as WiFi. Access your iPhone contacts to make calls. Cheap international phone call rates.
38. Discover Mobile gives access to your Discover Card credit account. Check your balance, statements, recent transactions, and pay your bills. Never not know your credit card balance again.
39. American Express lets you access and manage your American Express credit card account. Supports multiple cards. Check your transactions, balance, rewards, and pay off your card.
40. Bank of America – Mobile Banking lets you access your Bank of America accounts. Check balance, pay bills, find ATMs.
41. Citi Mobile gives you access to your Citi bank accounts. Check your balance, pay bills, see transactions, and find nearby ATMs.
42. Chase Mobile offers mobile access to your Chase accounts, including credit cards. Check your balance, pay bills, see transactions, and find nearby ATMs.
43. Wells Fargo Mobile gives you access to your Wells Fargo banking accounts. See your balance, transfer money, pay bills, and find nearby ATMs.
44. Personal Finance syncs all of your banking and investment info together in one place and keeps the info secure using the same encryption technology used by online banks. No need to add your daily transactions, the service fetches the info from the online banks. Get push notifications when you make a big purchase, are low on cash, when your paycheck is deposited, when unusual banking activity is detected. A powerful finance tool.
45. Redbox lets you see what’s available at the Redbox DVD/Blu-ray vending machines near you. Reserve the movie ahead of time before you pick it up. It also helps find all Redbox machines near you.
46. Fandango Movies – Times & Tickets offers easy access to nearby movie and theater listings. Watch trailers. See ratings and read reviews. Buy tickets before you get to the theater.
47. Movies gives you access to Rotten Tomatoes website (a website that gathers movie reviews) as well as movie time listings. You can also watch movie trailers and buy tickets from Manage your Netflix queue within the app.
48. IMDb Movies & TV is an iPhone-optimized version of the popular movie and TV info database. Access the entire careers of actors, directors, etc. You can also find movie showtimes, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, see US TV listings, find latest DVD releases.
49. E! Online helps you keep up with the latest entertainment news. Create personalized celeb pages to get all the latest news on your favorite stars.
50. Betty Crocker Mobile features over 9,000 tried and true recipes available for offline use. Features photos, search by ingredient, favorites, and coupons for General Mills products.
51. Epicurious offers access to over 28,000 professionally tested recipes from cookbooks and magazines such as Bon Appétit and Gourmet. Browse recipes by meals, search by ingredients, and save your favorites.
52. Kindle gives access to your Kindle books, which can now be synched to your Kindle, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read free book samples. Increase the font size for better readability. Dictionary tool for looking up them confusing words.
53. Stanza is one of the most download e-reader apps on the iPhone. Access and download over 50,000 classic books.
54. iBooks is Apple’s official book reader that lets you purchase books from iTunes from directly inside the app (the only app that lets you do so). Bookmark, highlight, and make notes on interesting passages. Change the screen brightness from within the app. Change the font size.
55. Starbucks Card Mobile lets your iPhone replace your Starbucks card in Starbucks Target stores as well as 16 select Starbucks stores in Silicon Valley and Seattle (will be expanding in the future). Check your balance at any time, reload with your credit card. Track stars in the Starbucks reward program. Again, only works in Starbucks in Target stores.
56. Virtual Zippo Lighter is a stand-in for the moments you don’t have a lighter at a concert. Launch this app and lift your iPhone into the air. Freebird, dude, Freebird!
57. Lightsaber Unleashed is a Star Wars lightsaber in your pocket. Features authentic lightsaber sounds as you swing your iPhone around. Fun. Chose various characters form the movies and get the corresponding sounds.
58. Yelp is the Yelp website in your pocket. Find nearby restaurants using the iPhone’s GPS. Browse reviews. Get addresses and phone numbers. Search and filter results by neighborhood, price, food type, etc.
59. OpenTable is a restaurant-reservation assistance tool. See what reservations are open. No need to call, reserve a table within the app. Earn real gift certificates by eating at restaurants.
60. AroundMe is a quick and easy way to find what’s immediately around you. Uses the iPhone’s GPS to discover banks, bars, restaurants, gas stations, theaters, supermarkets, etc.
61. Stubhub gives iPhone-optimized access to Stubhub’s fan-to-fan ticket service. Get last-minute tickets for concerts, sporting events, and theater shos. Features search and various filtering tools.
62. NYTimes The Scoop NYC is a guide to New York City put together by the staff of the New York Times. Features lists of favorite restaurants, bars, etc, of NYTimes writers. Find nearby places using the iPhone’s GPS. Check off the places you’ve visited.
63. AT&T MyWireless Mobile lets you access your AT&T Wireless account, view your minutes and data usage, pay bills, and add or remove features from your monthly bill.
64. Twitter is the official app from Twitter. Beautiful and simple interface gives you full access to all of Twitter’s features.
65. The Onion brings it quirky “news” service to the iPhone. Read the day’s hilarious headlines, listen to audio reports, search the web archive, save up to 25 items for offline viewing, share on Facebook and elsewhere.
66. Opera Mini Web Browser is perhaps the best alternative to the iPhone’s browser. Faster loading thanks to data compression technology. Lowers you data usage. Browser tabs. Synchronize your bookmarks with your desktop browser.
67. To Do’s List offers both a quick way to create to-do lists, but also takes advantage of the iPhone’s local notifications so you can set alerts for when you need to do a specific task. Many other features buried beneath the quick and easy interface. Simple and powerful—a recipe we lile.
68. Amazon Mobile gives you iPhone-optimized access to’s website. Search, filter, add to cart, add to wish lists, and use one-click buying. Experimental feature lets you snap photos of products you want, and Amazon identifies the product and offers you it, or something similar, that’s available on Amazon.
69. Target lets you view the weekly ad circular for Target stores, browse wedding gift registries, find the nearest store using GPS, browse Target’s online store, and check product availability at nearby stores.
70. Red Laser lets you scan barcodes of products and compare prices from online stores. A powerful tool to always get the lowest available price.
71. Lose It! is a weight loss app. Set a goal and establish a daily calorie budget. Record your food and exercise and stay on track. Features foods from major fast food restaurants and major chain restaurants. Tons of advanced features, track nutrients, get motivators sent to you to, set up daily or weekly email reports. Automatically backs up your data online if you choose.
72. Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal is a way to keep track of your daily calorie consumption and track. Set a weight loss goal (1 pound a week, 2 pounds, etc), and use the app to track the calories you consume during the day. Also count calories you burn from exercise. Access to a huge database of foods, including fast food restaurant and brand supermarket products. I’ve used it to lose some weight. Very useful.
73. Dropbox is a simple and easy way to store your documents in the cloud and access them anywhere on any device that supports Dropbox software, like the iPhone. Read documents like pdfs and doc files. Watch videos. Listen to music files. Share and send files via email, text message, or copy and paste links to use in another app. A basic account with 2GB of storage is free.
74. Google Earth lets you navigate the world with a swipe of your finger. View satellite and aerial photography, including high resolution of over a third of the Earth’s landmass. View geolocated Wikipedia articles.
75. AT&T Virtual Receptionist lets you add a free toll-free 888 number to your iPhone and gives you 60 free minutes to use each month (you must use the 888 number at least once every two months to keep it). Lots of useful features for small business owners, like support for receiving faxes (view the fax on your iPhone) and separate voice mail with personalized business greetings. Calls made through app show up as business number on caller ID.
76. Pocket Pond is a interactive fish pond that fits in your pocket. Ripple the water with your finger. Scare away the fish. Enjoy a soothing rainstorm.
77. NASA App gives you access to all of NASA’s wealth of information. View NASA’s Image of the Day, view Mission Orbiter Trackers, read the lastest on NASA missions, and get info on sighting data for the International Space Station.
78. Evernote is a memory aid and flexible note-keeping tool. Type out notes, take pictures, record voice notes, etc. Everything is backed up to Evernote’s servers and can be viewed on other devices like desktop computers, iPads, iPods, etc. Text recognition automatically makes pictures with text in them searchable. Keep your ideas in sync across all your devices.
79. 2Do Lite: A Stunning To Do List is a good-looking to-do app. Chock-full of features. The Lite version is a fully functioning to-do list organizer. Group tasks under projects and checklists. Attach contacts to items in checklists for quick emailing, calling, etc. Add repeating to-dos. Password protect your tasks. And tons of other features. Probably the App Store’s most powerful to-do list app.
80. CNET News brings the best tech news website to the iPhone in a friendly format. Save articles for offline viewing. Share stories via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
81. ReQall is a memory aid, data organizer, and reminder tool, all in one. Save ideas, to-do lists, and voice notes. Organize info by keywords, location, dates, etc.
82. Siri Assistant is a speech recognition app that works like your own personal assistant. Say things like “What movies are opening this weekend” or “Buy Chicago Bulls ticket for tonight” and instantly get the correct results. Sometimes offers better results than Google.
83. Dragon Dictation is like having a secretary taking dictation. Simply speak into the iPhone for up to 20 seconds and your voice will be turned in text. Email, Twitter, or Facebook your text.
84. Google Translate is a language translation app from Google. Speak or copy text and have it translated into dozens of languages. Have the app actually speak the translation for you. Also features a nifty full-screen mode in case you need to show someone translated text.
85. Backgrounds supplies 10,000+ wallpaper backgrounds for your iPhone. Browse by dozens of categories like animals, textures, cars, girls, space, etc.
86. MapQuest 4 Mobile brings free voice turn-by-turn GPS directions to the iPhone. The voice guidance informs you of upcoming turns. Search for hotels, movie theatres, gas stations, and other destinations based on your location.
87. Bing is the official app for the Bing search engine. Features the popular image search, and also general search, Bing’s daily image, speech recognition searches, and daily trivia.
88. DISH Remote lets you control your DISH DVR anywhere. Schedule recordings, search the programming guide for up to 9 days in advance, delete shows you’ve already watched. A must-have for DISH DVR owners.
89. Remote lets you control iTunes on your computer or an Apple TV with your iPhone. Requires a home WiFi network. Browse through songs, playlists, etc, on your iPhone.
90. Touch Mouse turns your iPhone into a touchscreen mouse. Control a Mac or PC. Works great for computers hooked up to TVs.
91. Kayak Flight, Hotel Search is probably the best airline ticket finding service out there right now. Search hundreds of travel sites, find the best prices. Powerful search and results filtering tools.
92. Priceline Hotel Negotiatior lets you bid for a Hotel room and get up to half off on rooms using your iPhone. See winning bids of other customers. Winning Bids Radar lets you see nearby winning-bid deals.
93. Drum Kit Lite features a 6-piece drum kit you can play by tapping with your fingers. Nice touches like blended cymbals and 16-bit stereo drum sounds.
94. TonePad is a fun music-creation tool. Tap in your notes on a 16×16 matrix. Share your creations with friends by uploading and sharing song codes. Songs are saved automatically upon exit.
95. iDaft 2 is a fun musical app that puts you in control of the sound effects for the Daft Punk songs “Harder Better Faster Stronger” and “Technologic.” Use headphones, and it’s indistinguishable from the real thing.
96. Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application is a guitar player’s Swiss army knife. Features a chromatic tuner, chord library, metronome, and support for alternate tunings. Also features guitar lessons in the form of videos.
97. wikiHow: How to and DIY Survival Kit not only gives you access to 75,000 How To articles from WikiHow, it features offline reading for the wikiSurvival Kit for life-or-death situations, including instructions on CPR, Heimlich, treating burns, etc.
98. wikiHow’s Love Survival Kit gives relationship and love advice for all stages of relations, from flirting, to dating, to serious, to breakups.
99. Motor Trend provides you with the latest automative news and trends. Features reviews, photos, videos, vehicle road tests, and spy shots.
100. lets you car shop anywhere. Search for used and new cars. Filter your results by price, model, year, etc. Comes with loan payment calculator.
101. FantasyMonster Lite lets you check up on your Yahoo! Fantasy sports teams. Support for major sports: Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Hockey. Check matchups, transactions, news, lineups. Read and post to the message board. Paid version adds lineup changes.
102. Wikipanion optimizes the Wikipedia experience for your iPhone. Includes nice features like bookmarking, history, in-page searching, Wiktionary dictionary look-up, and font resizing.
103. Air Video Free is a powerful app that lets you watch videos from your home computer everywhere. No need to even convert your videos to an iPhone-compatible format, Air Video does it for you. Requires Air Video desktop software (free, link) too. Free version limits the number of items you can view in a folder.
104. Mobile offers quick and easy photo editing on the iPhone. Crop, straighten, color correct, add effects and borders to your iPhone photos. Works with, which offers free 2GB of storage for your iPhone photos and videos.
105. iHandy Level Free puts a carpenter’s level in your pocket. Never hang a crooked portrait again. Pretty accurate after calibration.
106. Planets is a guide to the night sky for amateur astronomers. Features both 2D and 3D views that display constellations, planets, and sky visibility.
107. Geotimescale is a quick and easy cheat sheet for the Earth’s geologic timescale. Fast access to the names and numerical dates of the eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages of the Earth’s history.
108. Shakespeare is the complete works of Shakespeare in your pocket, for free. Search within the works easily, find famous quotes or specific words. Never be without a little Shakespeare. To be or not to be an awesome iPhone app?
109. AIM (Free Edition) lets you access not only your AIM chat account, but also chat with Facebook friends too. Send and receive messages over Wi-Fi, EDGE, or 3G networks. Manage your Buddy Lists.
110. Yahoo! Messenger gives you access to Yahoo’s instant message service as well as Windows Live messenger. Send messages and photos. Set your status.
111. Meebo brings together all your instant messaging and social networks together in once place, including AOL / AIM, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, Gmail / Google Talk, Facebook, and MySpace. Send and receive messages. Get push notifcations when the app is closed. Send and receive photos.
112. Fring is an award-winning communication and social network Swiss Army knife. Make voice and video calls. Connect to IM services like AIM, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo, etc. Voice calls work over 3G too.
113. Windows Live Messenger is the official app that allows you to connect and chat with you Windows Live Messenger account. Also supports Yahoo! Messenger. Upload photos. View your Hotmail email account.
114. TweetDeck for iPhone gives you full access to your Twitter account. Support for multiple accounts. Get notifications for tweets. Nice features like easy re-tweeting.
115. Twitterrific is one of the better looking Twitter clients out there for the iPhone. Manage multiple accounts, add and remove friends, view conversations as threads, change the look of your theme. Powerful features for a free app. Highly recommended.
116. 5-0 Radio Scanner Lite features police radio and other emergency broadcasts from around the country. The free version offers 50 live feeds.
117. C-SPAN Radio quick and easy access to CSPAN’s streaming audio stations, including the audio from their TV channel. Includes audio for C-SPAN Radio, C-SPAN, and C-SPAN 2.
118. PayPal makes it easy to transfer money to friends and families. Send cash gifts, collect money from a group of people (to pay restaurant check, for example). Features new bump feature that exchanges money by bumping two iPhones together.
119. MasterCard MoneySend lets you transfer money (send, receive) using a participating debit, credit, and prepaid MasterCard card. You can check if you bank/credit union participates using the app. There are fees for transactions, but varies for each bank (check with your bank).
120. SimpleSense is a simple way to check your Adsense account on your iPhone. Never have to enter your username and password again. Never have the iPhone’s browser screw up the Adsense website’s page rendering again.
121. Valentine’s Photo Free is an iPhone-friendly way of adding cute valentine graphics to your photos. Adds hearts and other valentine-themed art to any photo on your iPhone. Save and send.
122. Kitty! Annoy Your Cat is a funny way to annoy your cat with cat sounds. A nice soundboard app that get strong reactions from some cats. Check out YouTube for some funny examples.
123. Blockbuster gives access to your Blockbuster Online account, letting you add and remove movies from your queue rearrange the order, find movies from various lists.
124. Rise&Shine is a useful clock app for the iPhone that shows not only the time but the weather and day & date as well. Landscape and portrait modes. Multiple themes.
125. Concert Vault offers streaming audio of live concert recordings from the world’s biggest acts—for free. Features classic acts like Jimi Hendrix, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, etc. Great for rock nostalgia. Lots of content.
126. vTie – Necktie Guide is a simple but useful app that shows you how to tie a tie. Could be a lifesaver if you’re going to a wedding or other formal affair.
127. Chipotle Ordering lets you preorder your Chipotle before you get there. Skip the line. Pay for it within the app using your credit card. Find the nearest Chipotle using the iPhone’s GPS. View the entire menu. Use secure login to save your credit so you don’t have to keep entering it.
128. Zillow Real Estate Search lets you find and view real estate info like homes for sale and the prices of recently sold homes. Use the iPhone’s GPS to instantly bring up homes for sale in areas you like you are traveling in. Save favorites. Get an idea of what costs where. Invaluable home shopping tool.
129. AAA Roadside utilizes the iPhone’s GPS to make asking for emergency roadside assistance much quicker. View your AAA card inside the app. Call AAA from the app, see nearby AAA repair stations.
130. TMZ keeps you up-to-date on the latest celebrity gossip. Lots of photos and video as well. Did you hear the latest on Lindsay Lohan? OMG!
131. NPR News gives access to everything National Public Radio, including both live streaming radio stations as well as podcasts. Create your own NPR playlist of audio news stories and podcasts within app. Read the latest news. See what live programs are playing on local stations from around the country and listen in.
132. Netflix is the official Netflix app that lets you watch your instant streaming movies on your iPhone. Works on WiFi and 3G. Only bad news is that there is no snail-mail movie queue management features in the app (yet).
133. Diet & Food Tracker by SparkPeople is the official calorie counter from one of the most popular dieting websites out there, SparkPeople. More than 1 million foods in their calorie database. Create and follow diet plans. Track your weight and progress. Only downside is that it requires an Internet connection.
134. ShapeUp Club – Calorie Tracker is a powerful weight loss tool. Track the calories of each food you eat throughout the day. Track calories burned from exercise. Features of 150,000 foods. Track your weight, waist size, and body fat over time. Password protection in case you don’t want people to see how fat you really are.
135. Meet the Press gives access to the Meet the Press podcasts (audio and video) as well as extras for the popular TV show including the post show web extras with expanded roundtable discussions and viewer questions.
136. World of Warcraft Mobile Armory lets you view your WoW character using your iPhone. View character stats, equipment, achievements, etc. Browse any auction house your character has access to. View in-game calendars.
137. Instapaper Free is a simple but powerful reading tool for the iPhone. With a click of a button, take articles from the web, strip away ads and annoying formating, and make them highly readable for the iPhone and iPad. Also makes them available for offline reading. One of our favorite reading apps.
138. SimpleNote is a barebones text editing app whose standout feature is super-simple and easy synching of your notes. Synch notes from the iPhone to the cloud to your desktop and other devices very easily. Simple and powerful: the formula for a great iPhone app.
139. Are You Left Brained or Right Brained? lets you test which of your brain hemispheres is dominating your thinking. Are you left brained, logical and symbolic, or right brained, creative and intuitive? Find out!
140. Bible lets your carry the Bible in your pocket everywhere. Features 41 translations in 22 languages. Powerful search tool. Bookmark favorite passages.
141. Alarm Clock Free turns your iPhone into a clock radio alarm clock where you can create your own playlists to wake up to. Features several colorful themes and a flashlight mode for those late night trips to that bathroom.
142. AOL Radio offers over 350 live radio streams including 150 local CBS radio stations from around the country. Easy to use.
143. PadMapper Apartment Search shows you apartments for rent from Craigslist on Google Maps. Search by price, bedrooms, bathrooms, location, etc. Supports 65 cities.
144. Southwest Airlines is the official app for the Southwest Airlines. Book tickets, check in for flights, view the latest DING! deals, access Rapid Rewards, and make EarlyBird check-ins using the iPhone.
145. Engadget is the official app for the popular tech website. Besides the text articles, you can watch Engadget’s videos within the app as well as tweet and email stories.
146. UPS Mobile lets you track your packages, nickname shipments, create shipping labels, find nearby UPS locations, and estimate shipment costs and delivery times. What can Brown do for you?
147. TextPlus gives you free, unlimited text messages to any phone in the US or Canada.
148. Photobucket lets you upload and backup all of your favorite iPhone photos to the Photobucket website. Support for geotagging.
149. Pizza Hut is a slick app that lets you not only order pizza from Pizza Hut (and WingStreet wings), but access coupons and deals, find nearby Pizza Huts, slap together a pizza with visual tools, and order without a phone call (requires you to register with
150. Mobile lets you find the perfect pet to adopt. Browse through 290,000 pets from over 13,000 shelters and rescue groups. Search by location, breed, age, gender, and pet size. Includes cats, dogs, and other pet categories. Pictures, descriptions, contact, etc, included in the data.
151. Sushipedia is an encyclopedia of sushi. Read up on the types of sushi, see multiple photos for almost every type included in the app, see what’s in season, tag favorites, read interesting facts and history of sushi.
152. Fidelity Investments lets you access your Fidelity brokerage account anywhere. Buy and sell stocks and options. View your second-by-second net worth. Research stocks. Get the latest financial news. View charts.
153. Lucyphone makes sure you never wait on hold again. Find the company in the app’s directory, enter in your call back number, and dial. Once you’re on hold, hang up! LucyPhone will call you back when you’re no longer on hold. The only downside is that you’ll have to maneuver through voice menus as normal.
154. Zipcar lets you quickly find and reserve Zipcars in your area. Honk the horn and even lock and unlock the car door (once you swipe your Zipcar card in car’s scanner). You can also get directions to your Zipcar, extend reservations, and easily call Zipcar representatives for help within the app.
155. Teavana Perfect Tea helps you make the perfect cup of tea. Comes with a tea timer that advises you how long to steep for different types of teas. It even offers unique alert sounds depending on which type of tea you’re steeping. While an advertisement for Teavana teas, comes with lots of useful information, like tea descriptions and how to create your own blends.
156. NBC Nightly News lets you watch the full NBC Nightly News broadcast via WiFi or 3G, or you can watch just the various news segments from the show you find interesting.
157. TripIt – Travel Organizer brings all your travel info into once place in an easy-to-scan list. Just create an account and forward your travel confirmation emails to TripIt, and the app takes care of the rest. The app organizes flight times, hotel check-ins, rental car pickups/drop-offs, etc, all on one screen. Check your flight’s status. Discover nearby points of interest for where you’re staying.
158. MobiQpons uses the iPhone’s GPS to show you coupons for stores near your. You can even view and use the coupons in the app. Simply show the coupon to the cashier, who can scan the barcode right from the screen or type in the coupon code. Push notifications can alert you when there’s a new batch of coupons to browse.
159. TUAW is the official app for The Ultimate Apple Weblog. Get the latest news and tips on everything Apple, including tons of iPhone info.
160. College Football Live! offers live play-by-play coverage for the top college football teams. Personalize the app with your favorite team to get one-touch access to live games, news, and photos. Access the latest polls. Talk smack with other fans during the game.
161. Mixology: Drink Recipes (Free) lets you view over 7,900 drink recipes and 1,300 ingredients. Search by drink categories (martinis, cocktails, etc). Keep a “liquor cabinet” within the app that lets you catalogue all the liquor you own. Learn bartending terminology and techniques.
162. OKCupid gives you access to one of the largest free online dating services out there. With the app you can browse and rate profiles, send and receive messages, get match recommendations, see who’s viewed your profile, and upload pics from your phone.
163. NewEgg Mobile gives iPhone-optimized access to the most popular online computer hardware store. Search for products, get comprehensive product specifications, read over 1.7 millions customer reviews, view product image gallery, buy products using the app.
164. Onion News Network features hilarious videos from the satirical newspaper/news network. Free and full access to archives as well. Great if you need a good laugh.
165. DC Comics lets you download and read comics from the biggest North American comics publisher. Sync between computer, iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
166. Marvel Comics is a way to enjoy some of your favorite Marvel characters and comic book issues on the iPhone, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine. Comics are backed up at as well.
167. Comics features the largest comic library and store. Features Guide View feature that makes reading comics on the iPhone very comfortable. Includes Marvel comics as well.
168. Battery Magic gives you a quick time estimate of battery life left depending on what you’re using your iPhone for. The app also tells you how long it will take to fully charge your iPhone from its current level. Change the look of the app with multiple themes.
169. Fake-A-Call Free fakes a call from your wife, boss, kids, etc. Uses real voices to help keep up a brief fake conversation. Get out of a bad date, boring meeting, or intrusive in-laws who just won’t stop talking. Can’t think of what to say? Choose from 9 scripts that you just need to repeat.
170. LED Light for iPhone 4 Free instantly turns on your iPhone 4’s LED light, creating a flashlight much brighter than using the glow from the iPhone’s screen. Also turns the LED light into a strobe light, with various blinking speed intervals.
171. Converter Plus: Currencies, Units & Calculators converts units including live exchange rates for 167 different currencies (dollars into yen, yen into Euros, etc). Also supports conversions for area, weight, energy, force, length, mass, power, pressure, speed, temperature, volume, bits and bytes. Comes with a standard calculator.
172. Wikipedia Mobile is the official app from Wikipedia. Very simple and fast, the app is open source and supported by a community of developers.
173. Trapster Speed Trap Alerts lets you view and report speed traps on roads. Cool features include real-time communication with other drivers, and color coding to see when the road was last driven down by another driver. Push notifications can alert you of traps even when you aren’t running the app.
174. Private Pics Free lets you protect photos on your iPhone from prying eyes with a password. Free version lets you protect up to 10 photos in a folder (you can have more than one folder). Drag-and-drop to organize photos. View in slideshows. Maintain your privacy
175. State Capitals Study Buddy! helps you learn the state capitals. Colorful interface makes it nice to use. No Internet connection required. Great for kids. App remembers where you left off in case you have to quit suddenly.

176. Gibson Learn & Master Guitaris a Swiss army knife for guitarists. Features a chromatic tuner with alternate tuning settings, a chord library, and free video lessons.
177. CraigsPro Free is the best-looking Craigslist app available. Browse multiple cities at once. Post to Craigslist. Save your favorite postings for fast access later. View full screen photos. Neighborhood filtering for big cities.
178. Instagram is a camera and photo-sharing app that’s been exploding in popularity over the past few months. Features over a dozen image filters to give photos a special look. Share photos on just about any social network (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
179. Google Voice is an official app from Google to access your Google Voice account. Get a real telephone number that can receive and make calls. Listen to voicemail or receive transcripts as email. Send free text messages to US numbers. Make international phone calls at cheap rates. Import contacts from your iPhone contacts.
180. PlainText is a basic but powerful text editor that syncs with the Dropbox cloud service (offers free account). Store your documents on the iPhone and in the cloud. Download your documents anywhere you can access the Internet.
181. Glympse lets you share your location quickly and easily. Share your travels in real-time that can be followed on a map. Perfect for parents wanting to make sure their children arrive at their destination. Lots of nice privacy features as well.
182. Google Places is a quick and easy way to find important places near you (using the iPhone’s GPS and Google Maps). Access reviews from multiple review sites. Use Google’s new Hotpot service to review places, and get recommendations based on your likes.
183. GateGuru shows airport restaurants, shops, and services for over 115 airports around the world. View maps of concourses and gates. View airport security wait times. Access over 20,000 reviews.
184. Boxcar provides push notifications for dozens of online services like Twitter, Facebook, email, etc. Get notifications for Twitter mentions, direct messages, etc. Works with dozens of Twitter apps as well. A great push notification solution for things you didn’t know you could get notifications for.
185. PageOnce – Money & Bills lets you track all your money and bills in once place, and get push notifications when it’s time to pay your bills. Track your frequent flyer miles, credit card reward, mobile phone minutes, and more. Safe and secure. Used by over 3 million people to simplify their daily financial lives.
186. The Official App offers a free iPhone app a day. Download paid apps for free. Sometimes features some great apps too!
187. Find My iPhone is a free service from Apple. Locate your iPhone (or your kids iPhone) anywhere. This app is mainly good for tracking someone else’s iPhone, for example, making sure your kids are at school. Requires an iPhone 4 or newer phone.
188. Foodspotting is a fun and social way to share the food that you eat, and to view real food at restaurants before you buy. Earn points and badges for your culinary explorations.
189. HarvestMark Food Traceability lets you trace your fruits and vegetables back to their source (in other words, where they were grown and harvested). Easily scan in the food using the iPhone’s camera, or type in code from the label.
190. GasBuddy is a quick way to find the cheapest gas prices near you. Just one tap brings up the cheapest prices. You can also report gas prices using the app.
191. On This Day is a good looking app that lets you view historical events, birthdays, and deaths on the current date (or future dates as well). Read Wikipedia articles on the interesting events.
192. E*TRADE Mobile Pro gives you almost complete access and functionality of your e*Trade brokerage account. Trade stocks and options. Get real-time quotes. View your portfolio. Set up and receive push alerts for stock prices.
193. Healthy Recipes – By SparkRecipes lets you view over 190,000 healthy recipes from the popular diet website SparkPeople. Save your favorite recipes for quick viewing. Browse by course type, ethnicity, cooking time, etc. View calories and other nutrition facts for meals.
194. PBS lets you watch PBS programs for free, streamed over 3G or WiFi. Watch popular programs like Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, NOVA, Secrets of the Dead, and more.
195. Mall Maps Mobile provides mall for malls in the US. Find your favorite stores. Discover malls near you easily using GPS. Call stores from the app to find if they have a product you’re interested in. Bookmark your favorite malls maps for fast access.
196. Parking Mate is your all-in-one parking-spot tool. Set a meter to remind you to feed the meter. Use GPS to mark and help find your parking spot. Take a photo of your parking spot to help you remember the location. Add details about your favorite locations like street sweeping dates and other restrictions, then quickly check what spots are “safe” to park in.
197. Thomson Reuters News Pro gives you access to the respected Reuters global news service in an easy-to-browse way.
198. Restaurant Nutrition provides restaurant nutrition info for your favorite chain restaurant foods. See how fat your going to get from eating that yummy food!
199. Paperless Lite: Lists + Checklists is a simple but powerful app for making lists. Create to-do lists, grocery lists, take notes, write story outlines, plan a vacation. Add fun sticker icons to help identify lists (over 300 to choose from). Simple and clean interface makes making a list quick and easy.
200. Weight Watchers Mobile lets you manage your Weight Watchers PointPlus system anywhere. Easy find and calculate PointsPlus values for food. Track and view your weight loss progress in charts. View a daily healthy recipe.

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13 Responses

  1. David says:

    Regarding your recommendation of Opera Mini: there is something that has received very little press during and after the launch of the browser on the iPhone (but wasn’t hidden by the company, since it is the default design of every version of their ‘mobile’ browsing software). Every time you access any piece of data using their software, you are not going to your destination directly (as directly as anything is on the internet). Instead, every packet of data passes through a proxy server run by Opera for potential compression – which means that your data has a middleman standing between you and your source.

    If you’re just searching for something on Google, maybe folks wouldn’t care. But if someone will be using this for banking or other equally sensitive uses, I think people recommending this alternative browser should be pointing out the underlying technology and explaining it in a way so that potential users can make an informed decision – it’s not likely that the folks behind Opera are going to intercept the packets going across their servers and do anything malicious with them, but users should understand the process and be able to decide if they want to place their data in that position to start with.

  2. qwer says:

    This is very USA specific list. I wish you’d mentioned that at the start of the page. You’ve wasted my time

  3. jamie says:

    Great site, i managed to have the brains to figure out how to download the apps without the links. keep clicking Alan you miserable sod.

  4. jamie says:

    from Manchester. UK

  5. bruce says:

    I didn’t realise it required brains to figure out how to use the search function in the iphones app store jamie ;)

  6. Adrian says:

    Our tastes overlap and I got about 80% of these since I first read your list 3 months ago. Thanks for the write-up on each app, you saved me tons of time.

  7. Gregg says:

    Big thanks for putting this list together. It was very helpful and put me in touch with some new apps I had not seen yet and am excited to use. You saved me a lot of time. Thanks again.

  8. Linda says:

    just got my 1st iphone and anxious to put some apps on there… thanks for doing a lot of my leg work..wasn’t sure where to start..

  9. Tony says:

    Fantastic collection of some great apps. Thanks for the work.

  10. ED says:

    Thanks for putting this list together. I live in Switzerland and found the list helpful. Shame to those who complain about it being more US dedicated just because it didn’t work for them. Keep up the good work!

  11. Defying Life says:

    Thanks! Helped me find a lot of apps.

  12. Jim says:

    Thank you for this. I’ve been looking for an app that will allow group testing and emailing and I found it here. Along with Shakespeare, music apps, etcetera.

  13. Shafquat says:

    A great blog. Many a thanks to you to take the trouble to sort out things in a page for lazy guys like me. Tks once again. Plz keep updated.