I love apps and I am not ashamed to admit it. Apparently, I love them a little more than some people because I have hundreds of them on my devices. Today I am sharing seven very useful apps for Windows Phone users. I use all of these on my Nokia Lumia Icon phone provided to me as a #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Ambassador.
With the Battery Saver app from Microsoft you can manage your battery in your phone a bit more. The app is free. The “usage” tab shows you what is allowed to run in the background and a bar indicates how much battery power it uses. To adjust any of the apps listed just tap on it and you can turn it off or on and you can also check if you want to allow the app to run in the background even when battery saver is on. The settings tab will show you a percentage of remaining battery life along with life bar, estimated time remaining and how long since you last charged the phone. You can also turn on the battery saver feature here.
This app is part of the Windows Phone operating system so there is no need to download Data Sense as it should already by on your phone. You can easily keep track of how much of your mobile data plan is being consumed. Set your current data plan limit and then view what percentage of data versus Wi-Fi you are using on your device, see how much each app is using on both, even map out nearby Wi-Fi locations. In the settings you can adjust your data limit and what day of the month it resets and opt to restrict background data usage all the time or when roaming.
We need to all learn not to be distracted by our phones when we are driving, but we also use our phones for navigation, music, and more while we drive. The Car Dash app has won some Nokia awards even. This lets you easily have a “dock mode” when you are in your car and have access only to the important features you need and to make those easier to control. The display is nice and large which I find incredibly helpful. You can quickly store your frequent destinations and phone contacts. If you have an NFC enabled dock, you can program Car Dash to launch when it touches that NFC dock automatically. Within the settings page you can change quite a bit to suit your individual needs. This is also a free app.
Do you ever wish you could copy some text from your computer to see it instantly on your phone? Well the Kopy app lets you do just that and also send text from your phone to your computer. While you can use OneDrive documents, emails, etc. to send information back and forth, sometimes you just have a little short something you want instantly on the other device and that is where Kopy comes in handy. You can create an account to use or also use as a one-time event. Another free app. The screen shot below shows the app on my desktop and a screenshot of Kopy on my phone is on top of that in the center also.
Sometimes we wish the icons for certain apps were a different color or looked a bit different. The Hot Tiles! app gives you the power to customize tiles for your apps, setting shortcuts, webpage shortcuts, groups, and even make tiles that do nothing but look pretty. Simply open the app, select the type of tile you want to create and pick the perfect icon or color to match your own personal style. This app is 99¢ but worth the price.
My Verizon Mobile
I am including this app, although specific to Verizon customers, because I actually use it fairly often and find the My Verizon app incredibly useful. I can easily get a summary of my plans usage, view and pay bills, see my current plans and devices, make changes to my account, and add on or remove features. This app is free for Verizon customers and will come preinstalled on your Verizon Windows Phone.
This is another app that is built into your Windows Phone. The Storage Sense app allows you to see how much of your phone’s storage space is already being used and to easily change the default destination of where you save tings like music, photos, and apps. I honestly do not worry about storage space on my Nokia Icon and I have a lot on it – there is still plenty of space!
Did you find out about any new Windows Phone apps you would like to try today or about using some of the built in apps? Which do you think would be most useful to you?[signoff]
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