10 Smartphone Apps to Make You Smarter

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The jury’s still out on whether brain-training apps work. But there are several smartphone apps that can make you smarter, even if they’re not specifically designed to work your brain. Here are 10 of our favorites.

1. 2048.

This addicting game has you slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them until you get to 2048. It’s perfect for math lovers and even better for anyone who’s resorted to calculating the tip on their phone. In addition to refreshing your math skills, 2048 also improves your strategic problem-solving skills. Free on iOS and Android.

2. DuoLingo.

Knowing more than one language is great for your brain, and DuoLingo is one of the best ways to learn. This free app gamifies the language-learning process and has earned several accolades for its methods and ease of use. Plus, there’s no ads either! Free on iOS and Android.

3. Jeopardy!

The TV show Jeopardy! has captured audiences for good reason. After all, playing trivia games forces us to recall knowledge we might otherwise have forgotten and constantly teaches us new information. Now, you can play Jeopardy! on your phone, either alone or with your family and friends. But be forewarned, the app version is multiple choice. $1.99 on iOS and Android.

4. HeadSpace.

Practicing meditation does wonders for your stress levels, relationships and anxiety. But it also can be intimidating to beginners. Headspace makes it easy by providing 10 guided mindfulness activities for beginners that are just 10 minutes long. And if you want more, you can buy several hours’ worth of guided meditations within the app. Free on iOS and Android.

5. 94%.

94% asks users to come up with 94% of the answers others gave to prompts like “something you eat with your hands.” Some are easy – but others are ridiculously hard. Learning is all about making new connections, and 94% is a great way to help your brain do that. And since some of the prompts are photos instead of phrases, you’ll improve your observation skills too! Free on iOS and Android

6. TempleRun.

TempleRun is a fast-paced game in which you must swipe and tilt your phone to help your runner avoid various booby traps. Doesn’t sound like it’d be good for your brain? In fact, playing TempleRun can actually improve your hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and fine motor skills. Free on iOS and Android.

7. StumbleUpon.

Learning new things is essential to keep your brain in tip-top shape – but where do you get all your new information? If the answer is social media, try downloading StumbleUpon instead. With this app, you can create a list of your favorite topics and “stumble upon” curated content that’s tailored to you. Free on iOS and Android

8. InstaPaper.

Reading is great for your brain – and while most people say this about books, it applies equally to all those articles you see on the Internet every day. Unfortunately, reading long-form journalism in the middle of the workday isn’t great for your productivity. Instapaper allows you to save all those interesting links, so you can read them on your own time. Free on iOS and Android.

9. Meetup.

Social interaction is one of the most complicated things your brain does, so it makes sense that friendship is great for your health. Sadly, it’s a lot harder to make friends once you’re out of school. Keep your social circle and brain active by using Meetup, which allows you to connect with people who have similar interests in your city. Free on iOS and Android.

10. Muse.

Muse is a brain-sensing headband that reads what’s happening in your brain as you meditate. The companion app then translates that information for you, telling you exactly what to do to focus and relax. At $299, Muse is definitely an investment – but one that’s gotten rave reviews from everyone from The New York Times to The Huffington Post. And at least the app is free! Free on iOS and Android

Liked this? Check out 7 Brain Games to Try!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

 

The jury’s still out on whether brain-training apps work. But there are several smartphone apps that can make you smarter, even if they’re not specifically designed to work your brain. Here are 10 of our favorites.

1. 2048.

This addicting game has you slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them until you get to 2048. It’s perfect for math lovers and even better for anyone who’s resorted to calculating the tip on their phone. In addition to refreshing your math skills, 2048 also improves your strategic problem-solving skills. Free on iOS and Android.

2. DuoLingo.

Knowing more than one language is great for your brain, and DuoLingo is one of the best ways to learn. This free app gamifies the language-learning process and has earned several accolades for its methods and ease of use. Plus, there’s no ads either! Free on iOS and Android.

3. Jeopardy!

The TV show Jeopardy! has captured audiences for good reason. After all, playing trivia games forces us to recall knowledge we might otherwise have forgotten and constantly teaches us new information. Now, you can play Jeopardy! on your phone, either alone or with your family and friends. But be forewarned, the app version is multiple choice. $1.99 on iOS and Android.

4. HeadSpace.

Practicing meditation does wonders for your stress levels, relationships and anxiety. But it also can be intimidating to beginners. Headspace makes it easy by providing 10 guided mindfulness activities for beginners that are just 10 minutes long. And if you want more, you can buy several hours’ worth of guided meditations within the app. Free on iOS and Android.

5. 94%.

94% asks users to come up with 94% of the answers others gave to prompts like “something you eat with your hands.” Some are easy – but others are ridiculously hard. Learning is all about making new connections, and 94% is a great way to help your brain do that. And since some of the prompts are photos instead of phrases, you’ll improve your observation skills too! Free on iOS and Android

6. TempleRun.

TempleRun is a fast-paced game in which you must swipe and tilt your phone to help your runner avoid various booby traps. Doesn’t sound like it’d be good for your brain? In fact, playing TempleRun can actually improve your hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and fine motor skills. Free on iOS and Android.

7. StumbleUpon.

Learning new things is essential to keep your brain in tip-top shape – but where do you get all your new information? If the answer is social media, try downloading StumbleUpon instead. With this app, you can create a list of your favorite topics and “stumble upon” curated content that’s tailored to you. Free on iOS and Android

8. InstaPaper.

Reading is great for your brain – and while most people say this about books, it applies equally to all those articles you see on the Internet every day. Unfortunately, reading long-form journalism in the middle of the workday isn’t great for your productivity. Instapaper allows you to save all those interesting links, so you can read them on your own time. Free on iOS and Android.

9. Meetup.

Social interaction is one of the most complicated things your brain does, so it makes sense that friendship is great for your health. Sadly, it’s a lot harder to make friends once you’re out of school. Keep your social circle and brain active by using Meetup, which allows you to connect with people who have similar interests in your city. Free on iOS and Android.

10. Muse.

Muse is a brain-sensing headband that reads what’s happening in your brain as you meditate. The companion app then translates that information for you, telling you exactly what to do to focus and relax. At $299, Muse is definitely an investment – but one that’s gotten rave reviews from everyone from The New York Times to The Huffington Post. And at least the app is free! Free on iOS and Android

Liked this? Check out 7 Brain Games to Try!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

 

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