Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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Cozi Family Organizer
- #3 Organization
If you’re like us, you’re juggling work commitments and chores with doctor visits, grocery runs, play dates, and school pick-ups. With Cozi Family Organizer, you can track all of these and more in one app, and because Cozi syncs with your kids’ and partner’s phones (provided they also have the app), you can delegate duties when you need a break. We’ve always found the ad-supported free version of Cozi to be more than ample, but if you have the budget, a $49.99 Cozi Gold membership (available as an in-app purchase) removes the ads, gets you 24/7 customer support to help with technical issues, and upgrades all family members who are using the app to the same ad-free version.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free