Apps that help you organize better

Take advantage of apps to organize data better, not have the hassle of remembering numerous passwords and perhaps even have something that can sync to-read bookmarks


Evernote’s new version, dubbed Evernote 8.0, is now rolling out for iOS devices. Photo: iStockphoto
Evernote’s new version, dubbed Evernote 8.0, is now rolling out for iOS devices. Photo: iStockphoto

With technology at our disposal, it is only sensible we take advantage of a variety of apps to organize our data better, not have the hassle of remembering numerous passwords and perhaps even have something that can sync our to-read bookmarks on all our computing devices.

Evernote

Free (optional in-app purchases from Rs120)

Android, iOS, web

By far the most popular note-taking app, Evernote is now finally overhauling the app with new design and features. The new version, dubbed Evernote 8.0 is now rolling out for iOS devices.

For starters, you will immediately notice the minimalist layout, which now puts your notes in the centre of the experience, and navigation options such as new notes, search and shortcuts are at the bottom of the screen.

Starting off with a new note, if you suddenly have a brilliant idea, is now quicker. There are enhanced styling options for your notes, such as text size and text colour.

LastPass

Free

Android and iOS

This is an app for everyone who uses the “forgot password” options across multiple websites quite regularly.

You can use the LastPass Vault app to store the login details of the various online accounts you may have, including emails, shopping websites, etc.

The Form Fill feature comes in handy, if you allow Last Pass to fill in the relevant data that it has, while you may be filling in some details online on a web browser, such as email addresses, for example.

The app has a built-in password generator, which can generate more powerful options for any of your accounts.

Google Smart Lock

Free

Android, Chrome browser, Chrome OS

This is Google’s smart solution for saving and syncing your login details for various websites and apps.

On an Android phone, Smart Lock is already built-in—all you need to do is go to Settings>Search and type in “Smart Lock” and set it up.

Once done, you can accumulate passwords from the Chrome web browser and also from apps installed on your phone, including Netflix.

This means that when you do sign into a new Android phone with the same Google account, you’ll be able to skip the individual app login screens and get access to the data.

You can manage the synced data on passwords.google.com and have the option of not saving any particular app or website’s data on Smart Lock.

Simpler

Free

Android and iOS

Many times, we don’t realize but we end up with duplicate contacts in the phonebook.

This often happens when a friend or family member gets a new phone number, and we forget to delete the old one when saving the new contact details.

Later one day, confusion ensues.

Simpler is a free app that will scan through your contacts list on the phone, identify the duplicates and suggest merging them to reduce clutter and confusion.

It can back up the contacts as well, which makes it easier to get them back in case you change your phone.

Users can also save the backup to their cloud storage accounts on Dropbox and Google Drive.

Pocket

Free ($4.99 per month for Premium)

Android, iOS, web

A lot of us read a lot, on the web browser on the PC, tablet and even the phone.

However, we cannot finish all the reading every time we embark on the journey.

The ability to bookmark links is what makes apps such as Pocket very relevant for a lot of users.

Irrespective of what browser or app you may be using, sharing a link for saving to your Pocket account is a one-tap process.

For most cases, the free version should work well. But power users might want to upgrade to the Premium subscription, which includes benefits such as an ad-free app experience and a copy of your bookmarks available offline.

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