Your phone is an essential companion when you Work at home. The apps can help you with everything from video conferencing and communication to exercise, relaxation and race recovery. Here are the apps we recommend.
Video conferencing applications
The biggest change when working from home is that you no longer have in-person conversations with your colleagues. But just because you can’t get to the office doesn’t mean you won’t need to attend meetings and group calls.
A professional videoconferencing application can make this easier. You can start with the one you probably already know, like Skype (iPhone, Android). It allows you to accept and make calls directly from your phone.
Team communication applications
When you work from home eight hours a day, you can’t just rely on video calls and emails for communication. To stay in touch with your colleagues throughout the day, you need a better system than WhatsApp group chat.
Fortunately, there are specialized team communication apps available for all platforms, and they have been tested in combat by remote workers for years. If you are just starting out, we recommend Slack (iPhone, Android). This is what we use here on How-To Geek.
If your company is paying for a Microsoft subscription, you can try Microsoft teams ((iPhone, Android). Its functionality is similar to that of Slack. You can configure multiple channels and notifications, send personal messages, attach documents, etc.
Group video calling apps
When you have finished your work day (and need to set strict guidelines for your work hours), you will want to keep in touch with your close friends and family. How can you do this when you can’t go out? Again, video calls to the rescue!
If some of your friends have Android phones, check out Houseparty (iPhone, Android). This unique video calling application allows you to create multiple rooms with your friends. You can start a call with the available person.
You can also set common social hours with your friends on Houseparty. Choose a time, perhaps during lunch or after dinner, at which you can all meet in the app and chat. You can also use alternatives, like Skype or Google Hangouts.
You can get stressed out if you watch, read or listen to the news all day. However, checking twice a day to see how the world is going is a good idea. There are several ways you can do this.
First, choose a reliable source for national news and download its app (you can deactivate the notifications if you want). Anything from the New York Times (iPhone, Android), Google News (iPhone, Android) or Reuters News (iPhone, Android) it will be fine.
Then, if your local news source has an app, download it. Otherwise, you can use an RSS reader and add their website to your favorite RSS application. This way you can also quickly check important local news without getting lost in your Twitter feed.
Just because you can’t go to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit! In fact, if you work from home and don’t get around as much, it is even more important to exercise.
Being at home all day can be stressful, even if you are surrounded by family. However, you can use this time to build a meditation routine or use it to reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
Some meditations only take 10 minutes a day! To get started, check out Headspace (iPhone, Android), which offers free basic courses now. You can also try Calm (iPhone, Android), which offers relaxing music, sleep sequences and a variety of guided meditation packs.
You can also try mindfulness meditation for free via Smiling Mind (iPhone, Android). We recommend his Mindfulness Foundations course. It’s a great way for beginners to learn more about mindfulness. Just follow the program.
Relaxing music apps
Need downtime? Maybe you can take a nap. If you need help falling asleep, you can try an app with relaxing music.
Relax melodies (iPhone, Android) is one of the most popular. It has a huge collection of nature, autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) and water sounds, as well as white noise and meditation music. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, or just want to play some relaxing music while you work, this is for you!
White noise + (iPhone), on the other hand, is a highly customizable ambient sound application. You can mix and match multiple white sounds, such as wind, rain, or a river, to create the perfect background noise for you.
Grocery delivery apps
If you want, you can order take away lunch and dinner while you are working from home. However, it will age quite quickly. If you don’t want to go shopping, it’s best to order your groceries and have them delivered to your front door.
There are a few apps that can help you out here. Of course, you can still use the Amazon or Walmart apps, but if you want fast delivery, try the Amazon Prime Now app (iPhone, Android). You can get the products and groceries delivered from your favorite local store in two hours.
If you live in North America, the best option is Instacart (iPhone, Android). It is available in all major cities in the United States and supports more than 20,000 retailers. You can order groceries, produce, beer, wine and many other household items. You pay online and your groceries are delivered in about an hour.
Your local grocery store may also use other applications. Check with them to find out.
When working from home, the best gift you and your family can give yourself is a healthy, homemade meal. Now that you save time on the commute and can’t go out to eat, now is the perfect time to learn how to cook.
Of course, you can keep it simple and just make sandwiches or salads. Or, you can use a cooking app to discover awesome recipes.
If you’re new to cooking, check out Yummly (iPhone, Android). This all-in-one cooking app contains over 2 million recipes with step-by-step instructions and even a shopping list function. You can research and explore the things you want to do, create lists of things to buy, and then prepare the dish. The app also has a very simple interface with photos and text instructions.
With cooking stories (iPhone, Android), you can be part of a cooking community. You can browse thousands of recipes uploaded by others on the app or share your own. This app is beautiful to watch, you can even watch the recipe videos in HD.
If this is your first time working from home, the transition can be difficult. Be sure to check out our tips for staying productive while you Work at home.