Most people have smartphones these days. Some older generation members still resist getting them, but as time passes, the number of people who don’t have cell phones should continue to dwindle. Already many individuals no longer have landlines.
If you have a smartphone, it makes sense you would look around to see what kind of apps you might want to use. There are some particular app categories that you should know about, and we’ll talk about them in this article. If you are not using any of them yet, now might be the time to check them out.
Food Delivery Apps
Food delivery apps have exploded since the pandemic started a couple of years ago. Ones like GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash dominate the landscape, but there are many others out there as well.
These apps are easy to install. You don’t need to know about multi-factor authentication or other complex IT concepts to find them in the App Store or the Google Play Store. After you locate them, it usually takes only a few seconds to install them on your phone.
Once you have them, you can start looking around at all the local restaurants. You are sure to find national fast-food chains like Burger King or McDonald’s, but you might also discover hidden treasures like Indian, Ethiopian, or Thai restaurants near you.
You might sample some cuisines you have never tried before. The only problem some people have with food delivery apps is that they sometimes charge exorbitant fees. You have access to many different eateries, but the delivery cost makes this option prohibitive if you are trying to conserve money. If you’re short on cash, shopping at a grocery store can be the way to go.
Grocery Store Apps
That leads us to grocery store apps, the next category worth discussing. The pandemic continues, and some individuals want to avoid grocery store shopping, especially if they have an immunocompromised condition.
If you don’t want to head to the grocery store to shop in person, you can install a local grocery store app instead. Your local grocery store might be Wegman’s, Kroger, Aldi, or many others, depending on where you are in the country.
You can order whatever food you need on the app, and you can either have the store deliver it, or else you can go pick it up via the contactless pickup option. You just open the vehicle’s back door, and the grocery store worker loads it in.
The only issue with these apps is that you will usually have to pay a fee to have the store deliver the groceries to you. Some apps will also charge you a nominal fee if you want the store employees to shop for you and you want to do contactless pickup.
Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are pretty popular now as well. You can order an Uber or Lyft in nearly any city, though you will not be able to find a rideshare program in most rural areas.
Assuming you live in a city, you can download the app to your phone and get a ride to the grocery store, a doctor’s appointment, a friend’s house, a bar, etc. You will have to pay for that, but it’s worth it, especially if you don’t drive or don’t have a vehicle.
If you’ve ingested alcohol and want a ride home, a rideshare app is your best friend. Be on the lookout for surge pricing if you’re trying to catch a ride during rush hour, though. You must also wear a mask if you want to ride with Lyft or Uber, so be ready for that.
Telehealth apps have many different functions that you will probably enjoy. There are ones for hospitals or hospital chains. Your doctor might use one if you want to set up a telehealth appointment instead of going to see them in person.
You can use a telehealth app to pay for your doctor’s appointment or prescription. You can refill your prescription through the portal and then pick it up at the pharmacy. In some cases, you can order your prescription through the app, and then the pharmacy will deliver it to you.
You might use the telehealth app to get a specialist’s name, address, and phone number if you have a medical problem. The more you explore these handy apps, the more you can learn how to do with them.
Hello, My name is Shari & I am a writer for the ‘Outlook AppIns’ blog. I’m a CSIT graduate & I’ve been working in the IT industry for 3 years.