Smartphones connect us like never before and allow us access to vast amounts of information. Did you know, you can even download maps which will allow you to navigate using GPS - without a network connection? It's crazy how far mobile technology has come! It's in our pockets - so let's use it!
With this said, how do we know what apps and services will benefit us out of the millions available? Worry no more! Here are the top 10 recommended apps we think you should download on your smartphone.
UKSN Recommended Apps
As used by search and rescue teams across the UK, ViewRanger puts maps, route guides and GPS navigation features at your fingertips!
or search ViewRanger on the app store
What3words is a really simple way to talk about location. They have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. For example ///filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
What2Words is now used by most local emergency services in the UK.
or search What3words on the app store
The FREE British Red Cross Emergency app can help you deal with emergencies. You can also set up emergency alerts for your area. This includes severe weather warnings!
https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/free-emergency-apps or search Emergency on the app store
The app is a step-by-step guide on how the public can act to stay safe and save lives of the injured. It provides clear and simple direction on how to prioritise the injured, how to deal with life-threatening bleeding, and how to communicate with the 999 services in a structured way using the mnemonics SLIDE and MIST.
or search CitizenAid on the app store
From Weather forecasts to tidal information, Windy is the number one weather app! We also use their handy integration tools in the UKSN Threat Centre!
or search Windy on the app store
Bridgefy is an offline messaging app that lets you communicate with friends and family when you don't have access to Internet, by simply turning on your Bluetooth antenna. Ideal for music festivals, sports stadiums, rural communities, natural disasters, etc.
or search Bridgefy on the app store
Zello is the highest rated push-to-talk app, connecting 140 Million users globally, empowering frontline workers, teams, and communities through instant and crystal-clear voice messaging. Zello is also used by UKSN and we have a variety of UKSN channels available for members!
or search Zello on the app store
Grow Your Own
The RHS Grow Your Own app is full of down-to-earth advice to help everyone grow fresh, healthy fruit, vegetables and herbs.
or search Grow Your own on the app store
Too Good To Go
Save money and rescuing delicious, unsold food from local cafes, stores and restaurants.
or search Too Good To Go on the app store
Olio connect neighbours with each other and Food Waste Hero volunteers with local businesses, to share food (and other things) rather than chuck them away.
or search Olio on the app store