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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- #9 Organization
It’s always smart to back up personal files in case of a crash, and with Dropbox on your mobile gadget, you can enure everything from family photos to your workout playlist is in safekeeping. Just move files to the Dropbox folder on your tablet or phone, and voila — Dropbox instantly backs up your data to its servers. Downloading the app earns you 2GB of free Dropbox space (enough for around 3,000 smartphone photos). Plus, because you can also download Dropbox to multiple PCs, you can sync files across all of your devices. Additional storage is available to purchase, but you can earn free gigabytes by referring friends and connecting Dropbox to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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