Ah, 2015 is drawing to a close in a few short weeks, and it鈥檚 time for us to wax nostalgic鈥 about our smartphone apps. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android or something else entirely, likely your smartphone is something that has seen you through every day of this year. Some are totally brand spankin鈥 new while others are apps that have gotten a serious facelift in 2015 鈥 but all are revolutionary. There鈥檚 everything from a groundbreaking dating app to a long-awaited iOS browser. Without further ado, here are the 25 best apps of 2015 for your smartphone.


1.聽Companion: This app is what will give you and the people who care about you peace of mind after a night out. When you鈥檙e walking home at night, just set your route in the app and select your emergency contacts. The app will check in with you periodically on your walk home, and if you don鈥檛 respond, it鈥檒l reach out to your emergency contacts to let them know something is wrong. There鈥檚 also an easy way to contact 911 just in case. Safety first.

DL It:聽Free on Android and iOS


2.聽Gett: It鈥檚 easy to see that 2015 is the year of the ride-sharing, car-ordering app. Gett was introduced just this year, and while it鈥檚 still not as big as its competitors, those who are in the know certainly feel like they have a financially savvy way of getting around. The best part is Gett doesn鈥檛 have surge pricing, and you also get $10 if you refer a friend.

DL It:聽 Free on Android聽and聽iOS


3.聽DSCO: VSCO has long been the photo editing app of choice for the cool kids, so imagine how excited people got when they came out with their own nifty GIF-maker. DSCO (pronounced 鈥渄isco.鈥 Clever, eh?) not only allows you to create moving images, but it also comes pre-loaded with VSCO鈥檚 world famous filters.

DL It:聽Free on iOS


4.聽DreamLab:聽DreamLab is an app that allows you to do some good without really doing anything at all. During times when you鈥檙e idle (generally when you鈥檙e asleep, hence the name), you鈥檙e allowing research labs to utilize your smartphone鈥檚 processing power for treatment research on聽illnesses like breast cancer. You can even select which causes you鈥檇 like your phone to contribute to.

DL It:聽Free on聽Android


5.聽Tastemade: Tastemade is the app for millennial foodies in the know. This popular site鈥檚 mobile app is your go-to source for the best recipes, restaurant recs and other food-related content from all around the world.

DL It:聽Free on Android and iOS


6.聽Google Keep: Google Keep is the app that wants to help you organize, streamline and stay your most efficient. You can聽share, edit and collaborate on notes with people on multiple devices. Plus, you can get the app to save location-specific reminders that will pop up when you鈥檙e in a聽particular place. Awesome, huh?

DL It:聽Free on iOS聽and聽Android


7.聽Pool: Pool makes it a breeze to share, or 鈥減ool,鈥 your photos with your pals after an event. Not only will it categorize photos by event, but you can pick and choose which pics from your pals you鈥檇 like to save to your phone, then discard the rest. You know this will come in handy during聽wedding season.

DL It:聽Free聽on iOS and Android


8.聽Input: Input is like a personal assistant right at your fingertips. You can issue commands like scheduling appointments, reminders, payments and more directly into the app and Input will carry out these tasks for you. So efficient.

DL It:聽Free on iOS


9.聽Focus:聽Focus not only wants to make sure you don鈥檛 get lost when you鈥檙e driving, but it also wants to get you to your destination in one piece. It provides you with turn-by-turn directions, down to the second, making sure you鈥檙e not looking at your phone as you drive. When you pick it up, the app will remind you to put it down and keep the phone out of your hand.

DL It:聽$9.99 on iOS


10.聽Walc: When you give directions, you hardly ever do it in yards or meters. Rather, you talk in terms of聽landmarks. Walc is the first walking navigation app that does the same thing, giving you turn-by-turn directions based on what you see rather than distance traveled.

DL It:聽Free on iOS聽and Android


11.聽Penny: Part of adulting is having a hold on your finances, right? Penny is the easiest way you can handle that. Just link the app to your bank account and it will track your spending, send your graphs of you finance trends, remind you about payments you have due and more. All in all, it鈥檚 like having your own personal finance coach.

DL It:聽Free on Android and iOS


12.聽Teleport: You can literally bring your friends to you with Teleport. All you have to do is send your friend a hangout request and, if you buddy聽accepts, Teleport will send an Uber to her聽address (so long as it鈥檚 within a 100-mile radius)聽and bring her to your location.

DL It:聽Free on iOS


13.聽Faceparty: Faceparty is one of the best GIF-making apps we鈥檝e seen all year (and believe you me, we鈥檝e seen plenty). You take four moving or still images and pop them into the four-squared Faceparty template, then upload to your socials. It鈥檚 an easy and awesome upgrade to your Instagram.

DL It:聽Free聽on iOS


14. Yahoo Mail: Yahoo Mail has been around for some time now (18 years!), but their brand new app landed in App Stores just this year and proved that Yahoo Mail is still on top of their game. Not only did the app do away with the password (they use push notification prompts to identify you), but the app also has a page solely for your attachments and images.

DL It:聽Free on iOS聽and Android


15.聽Receipt Donkey: Receipt Donkey is a must for anyone who needs to expense for work. Rather than hanging on to all your hard copies, you can snap a pic of your receipt and hang onto it for a later date. Efficient + life-changing.

DL It:聽Free on iOS

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16.聽Plot Guru: We know your phone is in your hand 24/7, even when you鈥檙e watching Netflix anyway, so you might as well try out Plot Guru to make your screen(s) time even more fun. It鈥檚 a trivia game that allows you to guess what the next聽plot twist of popular TV shows is going to be. You can even play along with your friends.

DL It:聽Free on iOS


17.聽Free Time 2: Rather than telling you all the things you have to do in a day (which it does too), Free Time 2 keeps track of all the time you have open.聽Now, rather than looking at your schedule and feeling overwhelmed, you can take a sigh of relief. Ahhhh.

DL It:聽$1.99 on iOS


18.聽Photoshop聽Fix: Here鈥檚 the app that is literally Photoshop on your phone. You鈥檒l have capabilities like liquify, spot healing and several other Photoshop features聽right at your fingertips. Now your photos聽can look super polished straight from your iPhone. Plus, the app links up to your Photoshop on your computer, so you can seamlessly go from editing a photo on聽your phone to your laptop.

DL It:聽Free on iOS


19.聽SoundCloud Pulse:聽SoundCloud has been a many a music-lover鈥檚 fave site to discover artists on the rise, share their own work and more for some time now. Imagine how thrilled we were when they finally released SoundCloud Pulse for Android. The app gives you access to new music and your fave tunes,聽and also lets you manage your account.

DL It:聽Free on Android


20.聽Firefox: Ahh, how long people have waited for the Firefox iOS app (lucky Android users have had it for awhile聽now). The Firefox mobile browser can allow you to surf privately, provide intelligent suggestions for search and even directly聽sync聽bookmarks from your desktop version.

DL It:聽Free on iOS聽and Android


21.聽Shooty Skies: This is possibly one of the most addictive games of 2015. You fly your various avatars, doing exactly what the name suggests: Shoot at stuff flying at you in the sky. You鈥檒l be surprised how much time you can waste on this game for reals.

DL It:聽Free on iOS


22.聽Compra: Being budget conscious is always a good look. This Android app helps you keep track of all the things you need (or want) to buy. Plus,聽you can input max and minimum prices you expect to spend on each item, so you can stay on track financially. Compra will keep your bank account right where you want it to be.

DL It:聽Free on Android


23.聽YouTube Music: YouTube Music gives you access to not only the hottest music videos ATM, but also the video streaming site鈥檚 massive music video catalogue, so you can find your next fave artist. The app also allows you to cast music videos onto a TV screen, so your house parties never have to be dull again.

DL It:聽Free on iOS and Android


24.聽Swiftkey Neural Alpha: Swiftykey Neural Alpha is one of the best intelligent predictive keyboards out there 鈥 and sadly it鈥檚 only for Android at the moment. They actually use artificial intelligence to suggest the next thing you plan on typing, which certainly is helpful.

DL It:聽Free on Android

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25.聽Blue Apron: Blue Apron is truly a revelation. This app is used in tandem聽with the grocery ordering service. Blue Apron will send you a box with all the ingredients you need to cook up a particular recipe. The accompanying app will walk you through the steps for cooking + allow you to manage your account.

DL It:聽Free on iOS

What apps could you not live without this year? Tweet them to us聽@BritandCo!