The 100 Best iPhone Apps for 2019

With 2 million titles available in Apple’s App Store, it’s tough to know which ones are worth your time. We’ve been testing and rating iOS apps for more than a decade, and these are our top picks in a dozen key categories.


You may have the latest and greatest iPhone XS Max, but what good is it without awesome iOS apps? Not much good at all. Even if you don’t have Apple’s new top-of-the line device, a major reason for owning an iPhone is the wealth of apps available for the platform. The question is, which ones should you install? We’ve got you covered. The experts here at PCMag have tested a vast number of apps, sorting the good from the bad, to come up with this massive list of the 100 best iPhone apps.

If 100 apps are too many for your attention span, check out our much shorter and sweeter 12 must-have iPhone apps. There you’ll find essential and well-known apps, some of which you may be surprised not to see here—since we needed to make room to fit as many deserving apps as possible in the top 100.

The apps included here will run just fine on the past few generations of iPhones, large or small. However, if you have an iPhone X or later, some apps let you do new, different things. The newer models include better cameras, and their Face ID makes a difference for some apps. Inside the new phones’ guts, the newer processors make some things possible They also make many activities feel much zippier.

Our favorite apps cover a range of activities, including photo editing, social networking, messaging, getting organized, and staying healthy. There’s even one that helps you fill your gas tank cheaply. We’ve broken this list into relevant categories, so you can browse just the app types that most interest you. Each app name is linked to its page on the App Store, and if we have a review of it, it’s linked in the text.

In the past, this list also featured the coolest video games the App Store had to offer. But the App Store gaming scene has become so robust that we decided it deserved its own separate, expanded list. If iPhone gaming is your passion, check out our feature covering the 50 Best iPhone Games.

Be sure to revisit this page from time to time. Cool new apps arrive on the App Store all the time, so we update this list when we make new discoveries. Have you become enthralled with an app we failed to mention? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and we might add your suggestion during our next update. We didn’t foret Android users either; we have a separate roundup of the 100 best Android apps as well.

iPhone App Categories:

Best iPhone Communication Apps
Best iPhone Education & Reference Apps
Best iPhone Entertainment Apps
Best iPhone Finance Apps
Best iPhone Food & Travel Apps
Best iPhone Health & Fitness Apps
Best iPhone Lifestyle Apps
Best iPhone Photo & Video Apps
Best iPhone Productivity Apps
Best iPhone Security Apps
Best iPhone Social Networking Apps
Best iPhone Utility Apps

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December 26, 2018 1:48PM EST

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