From Communication to Entertainment: Top Apps to Use During Quarantine
Whether you are self-isolating or bound to staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll spend a lot of time with work and leisure in your own four walls. We have collected a list of apps that will make your life in quarantine much easier and more fun. Check them out below:
Working from Home
When you are fortunate enough to be able to work from home during these times, you might face several challenges.
Communicate With Your Colleagues
Do you want to stay in touch with your colleagues from the US or need a direct line with free chats and calls? Try out TextNow for Android and iOS and secure your own US phone number and voice calls free of charge.
If Skype, Zoom or Hangouts are not working for casual video chatting, give Houseparty a try. The Houseparty app lets you connect with up to eight people and alerts you whenever a friend is using the app. You can join their conversation, play mini-games and hang out whenever you have the time.
Cancel Out Background Noise
Especially when you are not living on your own or have kids around because schools are canceled, those conference calls could be interrupted by noises in the background. To avoid a constant mute/unmute situation, the app Krisp for Mac, Windows, iOS and as a Chrome extension, helps you to cancel out background noises. A huge benefit for your remote team meetings.
Keep Track of Your Tasks
When working from home, time management can be crucial to be able to connect and disconnect from your work. Tools to help balance work and breaks can be found in the form of the app Toggl. Toggl allows you to track your tasks, connect your calendar to sync meetings and offers a handy overview of time spent on tasks.
Time tracking methods such as the Pomodoro technique can even be easily handled with your device’s built-in timer. Focus on one task, set your timer to 25 minutes and have a five-minute break afterward. After 4 turns, schedule a longer break of 15-20 minutes. This allows you to refocus, allocate appropriate time to each task and ensures that you are taking enough breaks.
Keep Yourself Entertained After Work
During these challenging times, keeping busy during the day can be the key to staying sane. Could there be a better opportunity to try out new apps?
You have probably seen videos of music made from colorful pads that DJs and musicians use to create a catchy beat. Ever wondered what you can do with these colorful pads? Drum Pad Machine is the perfect app to start exploring that hobby.
If you need some peace of mind and are looking for an activity to zone out, try virtual coloring apps, such as Happy Color.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was reading more, but you never get around to it, we recommend trying out the app Webtoon. Discover new and renowned artists’ webcomics, such as Lore Olympus, a webcomic that is now being turned into a Netflix series.
If you want to spice up your social media channels or create picture collages for your home or to send to your family, check out PicsArt. PicsArt lets you get creative with collages, filters, and effects for your photos and videos. You can also join the daily photo challenges and put your creativity to the test.
We hope that these apps will help you get through this phase of quarantine. If you would like to recommend more apps which you find helpful in these times, send them to us, and we can add them to Part Two of the Top Apps To Use During Quarantine.