Remember that game that was so popular last year that you downloaded, played a few times, and forgot? Or that ‘super app’ that was supposed to make your life better, but that you haven’t used in six months? Apps like this take up space on your mobile device and if you get rid of them right now, you won’t even notice.
On the other hand, there are a handful of apps that can literally save your life in certain situations, by offering assistance in genuine emergencies, helping you navigate life or while you’re travelling or driving. In this article we’ll look at the top 10 apps that can literally help save your life as well as others.
If you’ve had an injury over the weekend when your doctor’s office was closed or had a sick child in the middle of the night, you know how useful solid medical advice can be. The WebMD app allows you to choose the part of the body which is causing the pain, select your symptoms, and learn what could be ailing you. It also provides information about medications, first aid, pill identification, and even lets you find the closest medical provider based on your location. This free app from one of the most well-known names in health information is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire.
Getting around is easy with a built in GPS, but there are some things that it can’t tell you. Waze bills itself as ‘the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app’. As you and every others Waze user drives around, the collective information is available to everyone – accidents, traffic, speed traps, cheap gas, and other things. And it still has all the features that other map apps have like voice guided navigation, live maps, and advice for avoiding adverse road conditions. This app even learns the places you frequent, your commuting hours, and the routes you prefer to take. This free directional app is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.
- MeetingMogul (formerly Conferencia)
This app is a one touch conference call dialer created by Folio3 Software Inc., but it is much more than just a ‘conference call app’. If you spend a lot of time driving, MeetingMogul can literally be a life saver.The app automatically pulls all your meetings and conference calls from your calendars and shows you all your upcoming appointments in a single place with reminders and alerts for upcoming meetings and calls. And if you’re driving, you use it’s one touch dialing and messaging features to quickly and easily dial into conference calls, alert people if you’re running late and record voice notes with a single tap.It also offers a number of other useful features that simplify the meeting experience on mobile devices, like the ability customizing the dialing sequence, taking collaborative notes alongside others in a meeting and creating favorites from your most frequently dialed conference bridges so you can setup new conference calls with just a few taps on your smartphone.The app is free to use and isavailable for both iOS and Android devices.
- American Red Cross First Aid App
Hopefully you’ll never be in the position of needing to save another person’s life, but if you are, this app is a real life saver. With step by step instructions for many common first aid scenarios, the Red Cross First Aid app can prepare you and assist you in the event that someone near you needs emergency help. Its integration with the 911 system means that you can call for assistance at any time. Videos, animations, quizzes, and other informational content comes preloaded so that you can access it all with or without network coverage. This free app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Being in an unfamiliar city means you have to spend a lot of time finding things – ATMs, coffee shops, and restaurants. With AroundMe, finding all these things and many more is simple and easy. By identifying your position, the app allows you to search for what you need, in your hometown or around the world. The free version of this app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
- iOnRoad Augmented Driving Pro
Staying safe while you drive requires vigilance, but you still can’t control what other drivers are doing. iOnRoad Augmented Driving Pro takes advantage of smartphone technology to turn your mobile device into an amazing driver’s safety tool. Using the built-in GPS, sensors, and camera on your device, this life saving app can alert you when your vehicle is approaching danger. An alarm if the vehicle in front of you brakes too quickly or if you begin to swerve off the road, even when the app running the background. The app can also help you locate your car in a packed parking lot. Both free and paid versions of this app are available for Android devices and a paid version is available for the iPhone.
- Google Translate
Traveling abroad can be an exhilarating adventure, but if you don’t speak the language it can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. With the Google Translate app, you will be able to communicate with anyone, regardless of language barriers. This life saving app allows you to simply speak and it then translates for you in 90 languages. With it you can ask directions, order a meal, or tell a taxi driver where to take you. Or you can even use the app to translate signs, menus and other text. The app’s features are available offline as well so you can use it with or without network coverage. This free app is available for Android and iOS devices.
- Ultimate Car Dock
Using your phone while driving can compromise your road safety. To help you drive more safely, there are apps like Ultimate Car Dock. With this life saving app, you can turn your Android smartphone into a car mode device. The full voice recognition feature allows you to keep your hands free from texting, checking the GPS, or searching for music so that you can focus on driving. It will read your emails or texts to you and offers app recognition for up to 30 apps. This life saving app is available for free for Android devices, but offers in app purchases.
Helping others who are in need is great, but what if something happens to you? The In Case of Emergency (ICE) app stores all your critical information – a list of emergency contacts, medical conditions, allergies, medication you are taking, insurance information, your doctor’s information, and special instructions to care for you in the event that you have a medical emergency. This life saving app is great for anyone who has medical issues such as a heart condition, diabetes, epilepsy, or other conditions that might leave you incapacitated. This app is available for Android devices for $3.99.
- A Friend Asks
In recent years, the issue of mental health has become more and more prominent. But how many people can recognize the signs of a mental health crisis or that someone they love is contemplating suicide? Created by the suicide prevention group the Jason Foundation, the A Friend Asks app gives you a list of warning signs, some things to do or not to do, along with resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This free life saving app is available for Android and iOS devices.
Apps help you to be productive and can allow you to have fun and relax, but they can also help offer vital assistance and even save lives. Having these apps on your mobile device could save a life, maybe you’re own or your friend’s or that of someone around you.