My App Defaults, 2023 edition

A list of the apps I chose as defaults for mutiple categories.

In a similar fashion to or the Rob Knight created a list of people's blog posts going over their default apps. I love this kind of repositories that encourages discovering other personal blog posts, so I figured Iโ€™d jump on the bandwagon.

You can find more details info on my Uses page but here is compact list of default apps as of now (the end of 2023):

  • โœ‰๏ธ Mail Client: ๏ฃฟ Mail
  • ๐Ÿ“ฌ Mail Server: ๏ฃฟ iCloud with custom domain, Gmail
  • ๐Ÿ“ Notes: ๏ฃฟ Notes, Craft
  • โœ… To-Do: Things
  • ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿป iPhone Photo Shooting: iOS Camera
  • ๐ŸŒ… Photo Management: ๏ฃฟ Photos
  • ๐Ÿ“† Calendar: ๏ฃฟ Calendar
  • โ˜๏ธ Cloud file storage: ๏ฃฟ iCloud Drive
  • ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Backups: ๏ฃฟ Time Machine
  • ๐Ÿ“ฐ RSS: Reeder 5
  • ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ RSS Service: Reeder iCloud Feeds
  • ๐Ÿ“‡ Contacts: ๏ฃฟ Contacts
  • ๐Ÿงญ Browser: Safari and Chrome for
  • ๐Ÿ—ฏ๏ธ Chat: ๏ฃฟ Message, WhatsApp, Discord
  • ๐Ÿ“– Bookmarks: ๏ฃฟ Safari
  • ๐Ÿ“ฅ Read It Later: ๏ฃฟ Safari Reading List
  • โŒจ๏ธ Word Processing: Craft, Bear
  • ๐Ÿงฎ Spreadsheets: Google Sheets
  • ๐Ÿ”€ Presentations: Figma, Google Slides
  • ๐Ÿ›’ Shopping Lists: ๏ฃฟ Reminders
  • ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Meal Planning: Foodnoms
  • ๐Ÿ’ธ Budgeting & Personal Finance: Notion, Chronicle for Bills
  • ๐Ÿ“ฃ News: Mastodon, X
  • ๐ŸŽถ Music: ๏ฃฟ Music and Marvis Pro
  • ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Podcasts: Pocket Casts
  • ๐Ÿ” Password Management: ๏ฃฟ iCloud Keychain and Secrets for quick access for frequently used and Credit Cards

Now, here are a few categories I want to add myself:

  • ๐ŸŒค๏ธ Weather: Apple Weather and Carrot for the widgets with Feels Like
  • ๐Ÿ“ฆ Package Tracking: Parcel
  • ๐Ÿ“บ TV/Movie tracking: Apple TV App, Sequel, TV Forecast
  • ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ Workout Tracker: Hevy
  • ๐Ÿ˜ Mastodon: Mona
  • ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ Journal: Dayย One
  • โฒ๏ธ Countdowns: Countdowns (LOL)

Read more app default posts

As you see, I try to use Appleโ€™s apps as much as possible, but there are some categories that 3rd party apps offer crucial functionality I need or I enjoy using more. Check my Uses page to check the apps I use in more detail.

Do you use similar apps as I do? Feel free to share your list!