Apps to become smarter

23 Apps That Will Make You Smarter

Having fun with the apps installed on your smart phone is very common but some apps are developed with the aim of ‘Fun & Learn’. I have provided you with 23 such apps to become smarter, resourceful & better than before. To make it even easier I have categorized the applications to be smart into 5 major categories. To make the best use of this post (that is to use apps and become smarter) try to use at least 1 or 2 applications from each of the category.

Aptitude Building Apps to Become Smarter:

These applications will help you to upgrade your smartness, develop your aptitude as these smart apps mainly focus on problem-solving ability.

1. Elevate

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This is a perfect example of what all elements a brain train app should have. This app mainly works on your processing, concentration, brevity and mathematical skills. It also allows you to develop logic. This app records your scores in different activities and provides you with a daily report.

Download: Android | iOS

2. Lumosity – An App to Become Smart

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This app that will make you smarter is much similar to elevate, it provides almost all the same features like processing, concentration, quantitative skills and language skill but both the apps differ a lot in their in-app purchases.

Download: Android | iOS

3. Brainwell Mind & Brain Trainer

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This app is specially designed for kids, it provides more than 50 games developed scientifically to make kids smarter by providing them with the exercises mainly relating to mathematics and logic.

Download: Android | iOS

4. Peak

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This app challenges your focus and vision and tries to improve you hand eye coordination as well. This app is similar to lumosity and elevate but again it differs when it comes to in-app purchases.

Download: Android | iOS

5. Vocabulary Builder 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

If you are preparing for exams like GMAT, GRE, TOFEL or CAT or some similar competitive exams where you need vocabulary then this app can help you develop the basics. It provides you with different words daily and also tests you on daily basis along with tracking your performance. It provides three different levels for building vocab.

Download: Android |iOS

6. Volt 

There is not much difference between Volt and Vocabulary builder as they fall under the same category. Most of the times people keep one of the two in their devices, but I would heavily recommend that instead of going for one, keep both. That way you would be able to learn twice as much.

Download: Android

Awareness & Knowledge Apps to Become Smarter:

Here’s a bunch of applications which will allow you to stay updated with current affairs and will also provide you recommendations about important reading stuff.

7. TED 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This is undoubtedly the best application for anyone who stays curious, who likes to know about new and innovative things happening in this world. This app basically provides many TED talks in one app. The ‘Surprise Me’ feature of this app is great, it provides you with famous random videos according to the time you are ready to invest in watching a video.

Download: Android | iOS

8. Flipboard

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This app is nothing but a magazine which you can customize according to your choices. It includes almost all the happening news and blogs. If you have read my previous articles I have mentioned this app a few times but this isn’t my personal bias towards this app, it is actually that good.

Don’t forget to follow us on Flipboard @TrendingUs

Download: Android | iOS

9. Feedly 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

Almost similar to flipboard but this app is completely based on RSS feeds whereas with flipboard you have to upload your stuff yourself. Basically if you are a reader both the apps are same to you, it’s just the matter that which one do you like to use more based on user experiences.

Download: Android | iOS

10. Inshorts 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

If you like news to be short and precise and just want to take an overview of the happening then download this app right now. What this app does is it provides you with news in 50 to 60 words and if you really are interested in knowing more about the same then you can always visit it source. One of my personal favourites it saves me a lot of time and at the same time allows me to keep myself updated.

Download: Android | iOS

11. Goodreads 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

First of all it is owned by Jeff Bezos, so you know that how cool it is. Now coming on to the services this application provides. It an application provides the best reviews for novels. According to me these are the most honest and transparent reviews you’ll ever get on internet. So don’t think much just download this app if you are a regular reader.

Download: Android | iOS

12. GK Current Affair SSC-IBPS-IAS 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This is an India specific app so all the information you’ll get in the app will mainly related to Indian current affairs. This an application developed by Onlinetyari which mainly focuses on improving your general knowledge if you are preparing for some exams which test your GK then this app might help you build the base. It also provides E-pubs and PDF for further reading.

Download: Android

E-Learning Apps to Become Smarter:

As the name suggests the following category will comprise of applications which help you in learning online and the good thing is that many good courses available for free which definitely are worth trying.

13. Coursera 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

A very famous portal for online learning, it provides you 1000+ courses in variety for subjects. Many big names such as Harvard Business School, Indian School of Business etc also put up their courses time to time, if you are lucky enough sometimes they also launch free courses. There are many courses which provide education and if you like the course then you can pay and move on to learn the advance material which provides you with certifications as well.

Download: Android | iOS

14. Udemy

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

Udemy and Coursera are almost similar on the basis of their concepts still there are few differences. Udemy also provides a certificate for completing every course and the number of courses available for free are comparatively higher (many times not every time). So if you are new to e-learning I would suggest you to begin with free courses and then move on to paid ones.

Download: Android | iOS

15. Udacity 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

Again it provides online courses but mainly focuses on technological courses. Great courses are available and many are available at low-cost while some are available for free as well. The major announcement which Google made recently is that it would provide its basic courses for free.

Download: Android | iOS

16. Khan Academy 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

Khan academy is very different from the above mentioned apps focusing on various courses whereas this app tries to teach online. It has videos that teach different concepts of Economics, Mathematics, Trigonometry, Biology, Physics etc. So if you are in school or you are pursuing graduation this might be of great help.

Download: Android | iOS

Games to Become Smarter (I know you like them):

This is the part where actually ‘fun and learn’ concept gets realized. Make sure you try out each and every one of these mentioned below.

17. 2048 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

A simple mathematical game which will increase your strategic thinking and also make you more organized as a person. The challenge in this game is to reach to the number 2048 just by adding tile in the power of 2. But in my opinion, the real challenge of this game is to reach 4096 (a level above normal). Do check out this game even if you don’t find it amazing by the description.

Download: Android | iOS

18. QuizUp 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This is a game which has quiz on virtually every topic, you can challenge your friends or play online with random people both the ways it is fun and I am 100% sure once you start to win this games will become an addiction.

Download: Android | iOS

19. Stock Trainer 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This is my favourite from this lot. What stock trainer does is that it provides real market data and fluctuations if you are new to stock trading or just want to learn how to trade in stocks then this a great application for you. I would recommend you to have a basic idea about how trading takes place in your country to make this game more interesting.

Download: Android

20. Sudoku 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

Yes it is very well-known that sudoku is something that will definitely make you a more logical thinker and also increase your memory. But many people face problems in solving sudoku itself. So this app allows you to start from very easy puzzles and also teaches you how to solve it if you are unaware of the rules.

Download: Android

21. Fit Brain Trainer

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

This is a brain train app presented as game and it focuses on you memory and problem solving. It provides 12 games which will help you becoming smarter.

Download: Android | iOS

Language Learning Apps to Be Smart:

If you think that learning a new language is difficult for you, then these are the apps you need to surely try.

22. Duolingo

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

As the category suggests, Duolingo allows you to learn languages completely free it provides many languages to choose from and most of the popular languages are available on this platform. It also provides specialized apps for certain languages.

Download: Android | iOS

23. Learn Languages: Rosetta Stone 

23 Apps that Will Make You Smarter

Almost similar to duolingo but it provides 24 languages to learn from and according to some users it’s more pictorial as compared to duolingo. Although I prefer duolingo, some also choose this one.

Download: Android | iOS

How I use apps to become smarter

I have personally used many self-help related apps for a reasonable amount of time and after filtering I was able to cut them down to final 23. As suggested by the readers that installing 23 apps isn’t a viable option and it becomes difficult to decide which apps to download. So what I would suggest is that you can go for a mix of all the four types of apps (Aptitude, Awareness, Games & Languages) a perfect mix would be to keep at least two apps in your smartphone from the first three categories and if you are looking to learn a few more then you can also go for the last one.

So quickly download these apps and become smarter!

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18 thoughts on “23 Apps That Will Make You Smarter

  1. I actually loved the blog, and the list of applications mentioned here are damn good and I have used almost all of them, but still I am not able to figure out that why haven’t you added applications like Google Keep or Evernote?

    1. See there are two kind of applications when you are talking about self help genre.
      1. These make you smarter.
      2. These make you productive.

      Now coming directly to your question applications like keep or evernote are the once that make you more productive and more efficient and they might also save your lot of time. But they do not make you smarter, so that is why I have not included them in the list.

  2. What Combination of these apps would you suggest for a person to have in his phone as it isn’t possible for every user to have evey application.

  3. Why have you included apps like duolingo and rosetta stone in thus article?? Learning languages doesn’t make you smarter according to me.

    1. Sapan you are allowed to have your opinion but the thing is that learning languages allows you to know more things and “Smart People Know Things”.

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