Whether you are a new or existing iPhone (or iPad) user, there is one thing that always comes to mind that is “Which apps should I download to have the best iPhone/iPad experience?”. And of course, you have not come here to see common apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon, or even Netflix. These are the apps that people generally have on their phones. So in this article, I am going to show you a list of the 10+ best must-have apps for iOS & iPadOS in 2021.

In case you are an Android user, then you can also check: Top Must-Have Android Apps

Note: All the apps are in random order so you can choose any app as per your need.

Top 10+ Must-Have Apps for iPhone & iPad (2021)

  1. Color Widgets
  2. Temp Mail
  3. Windscribe VPN
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Google News
  6. PicsArt
  7. Shazam
  8. Spotify
  9. Firefox Focus
  10. LastPass
  11. Zedge

1. Color Widgets

Color Widgets - Top iPhone Widget
Size27 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Also featured in – Best iPhone Widgets

If you want to make your iPhone’s home screen gorgeous, then Color Widgets is one of the best free iPhone Apps you must have. The app has many cool-looking widgets and you can even customize the widget before adding it to your home screen. You can customize things like background photos, fonts, and widget designs.

And to make your iPhone home screen even more gorgeous, Color Widgets also comes with free icon sets. For many users, a free plan would be enough, but if you want to have more stylish widgets, then you can subscribe to their premium plan that will unlock all premium widgets, icon sets, and hundreds of designs.

Download Color Widgets from App Store

ALSO READ: 10 Best Free Weather Apps (iPhone/iPad)

2. Temp Mail

Temp Mail for iPhone & iPad
Size53.5 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

TempMail is another essential app for iPhone & iPad. This app is especially useful when you don’t want to share your personal or work email id with other sites or apps. The app provides a disposable temporary email address, which you can use to sign up for a service that you’re planning to use only once. Later you can go to Inbox to check all the emails you received, including photos or any other attachments.

So with this app, you can keep your real e-mail id safe from spam mails, advertising mails, email hacking, and phishing attempts. You can also generate a new email address instantly without any limitations.

All these features you are getting for free with no registration needed. But if you want, you can also subscribe to their premium plan, which features:

  • Custom email names
  • Multiple mailboxes
  • In-app emails view
  • Premium domains
  • Extended email storage
  • Premium support
  • Ad-free

Download TempMail from App Store

ALSO READ: Top Email Apps for iPhone/iPad

3. Windscribe VPN

Windscribe - Best iOS VPN
Size93.6 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

Also featured in – Best VPN Apps

If you want to make your online activity as secure as possible, then you must have a good VPN app on your device and Windscribe VPN is one of them. The app offers 2 GB of free data per month and if you create your account on Windscribe, then you will get a total of 10 GB/month. And I think this much data would be enough for most users to watch shows from Netflix and Other Streaming Sites Without Your ISP Slowing You Down.

Speaking of ISP, your browser history and web activity will also be secured if your internet service provider does things like selling your data to the highest bidder. Furthermore, the app also has a strict no-logging policy, so your data or browsing history won’t be saved into Windscribe servers.

On the other hand, you can let the app choose the best VPN location or you can manually select from countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, the US, UK, Canada, and more. Also, despite being a free VPN app, it doesn’t show any ads which is a good thing.

Its VPN service can also be used on other platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. In addition to that, you can also run Windscribe VPN on browsers like Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Firefox by downloading extensions. Not only that, you can even set up the VPN on your TV and router.

The Windscribe VPN also has a premium subscription that will give you unlimited data and access to all locations. The price starts at $9 per month but you can bring it down to $4.08/month if you prepay for the entire year.

Download Windscribe VPN from App Store

4. Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office - Essential iPhone App
Size352.9 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

If you want to create a word document, PowerPoint, excel sheet or you want to use any other productivity-related feature, then Microsoft Office is one of the best iOS apps. You can easily create, edit, and share Office documents with others. You can also transfer your files from your iPhone to the computer and vice versa.

The app is not only limited to editing documents but also has many other handy features like:

  • Create, edit, and share notes.
  • Extract text from images.
  • Extract a table from your images into excel.
  • Convert a document into PDF and vice versa.
  • Scan QR code to open files or links.

Download Microsoft Office from App Store

5. Google News

Google News for iPhone and iPad
Size197.3 MB
Ratings (US)4.6

Also featured in – Best News Apps

Do you want to keep track of what’s happening around the world, then Google News is one of the top must-have apps for iPhone & iPad. The app will learn your usage pattern to show you all the relevant news that it thinks you might be interested in. And this feature helps me to stay up-to-date on a wide range of topics like the stock market, technology, sports, politics, and more. You can also save articles of your favorite publisher to read later.

Download Google News from App Store

6. PicsArt

PicsArt - Must-have iPhone Photo Editor
Size159.3 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Also featured in – Best Photo Editing Apps

PicsArt is one of the most popular and useful iPhone & iPad apps for photo editing. The app is very easy to use and will not take much time to explore all the features. You can find all the essential photo editing tools like rotate, crop, contrast, saturation, and much more.

In addition, PicsArt has plenty of effects such as sketch, blur, artistic, glitch, and so on. You also get a dedicated tool “Beautify” to make minor changes on your face like face fix, remove wrinkles, changing skin tone or hair color, etc.

Other features of PicsArt

  • You can find almost any stickers you want.
  • Access to royalty-free images.
  • Minor features like drawing, adding lens flare, shape mask, frame, and so on.

PicsArt also has paid subscriptions known as PicsArt Gold through which you will get access to all the features like unlimited brushes, 100+ filters, video editor, tools, no ads, and many more.

Download PicsArt from App Store

7. Shazam

Shazam - Useful App for iPhone & iPad
Size45.5 MB
Ratings (US)4.9

How many times it has happened with you guys when you are outside and suddenly you heard an awesome song but you have no idea which song it is. That’s why you must have the Shazam app installed on your device. With this app, you can easily identify any songs in seconds.

You can also listen and add the discovered song to Apple Music or Spotify playlists. And the best part is the Shazam is completely free and has no ads.

Download Shazam from App Store

8. Spotify

Spotify - Best Music App for iPad & iPhone
Size143 MB
Ratings (US)4.8
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Also featured in – Best Music Apps

If you want to listen to music for free, then there is no better app than Spotify. You will find almost all your favorite tracks, artist, or album. The app also comes with well-organized playlists, and it keeps updating playlists based on your taste and trending near you.

Even though you will be listening to music for free, it still comes with ads and limited features. So you have to subscribe to their premium plan that features:

  • Ad-free music
  • Download music for free and listen to music offline
  • Extreme audio quality and so on.

Download Spotify from App Store

9. Firefox Focus

Firefox Focus - Free App for iPad & iPhone
Size30 MB
Ratings (US)4.7

Also featured in – Best Web Browsers

Nowadays people are more concerned about their privacy than before. While you are surfing the web, many website trackers try to follow you around from site to site. So that’s why you must have Firefox Focus on your iPhone or iPad.

Firefox is a lightweight web browser built to protect your privacy. It will automatically block all the web trackers along with ads and because of that sites may require fewer data and load faster.

But there are also a few disadvantages like it has no new tab, history tab, themes, and many other general features you see on popular browsers. So every time you browse any site you will not see any option to switch tab instead you will see the delete icon and just by tapping on it will instantly erase your browsing history. Also, if you close the app and open it later, your browser history will not be there.

You can also use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock the app. On the other hand, you can even add Siri shortcuts, such as when you say Siri to “erase and open”, she will erase history and open Firefox Focus.

Download Firefox Focus from App Store

10. LastPass

LastPass - Best iphone & iPad App
Size169.1 MB
Ratings (IN)4.8
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

LastPass is another must-have app for iPad & iPhone in the App Store. If you have accounts on multiple websites or apps, then it really becomes hard to remember each password for different sites/apps. So that’s where the LastPass app comes in. It securely stores your passwords and personal information in a secure vault. So whenever you will open sites and apps, LastPass will autofill your login credentials. Your data is encrypted at the device level with AES-256 encryption.

So all you have to do is remember your LastPass master password and LastPass will autofill logins for you. You can also use LastPass for generating a strong password which you can use when signing up on apps or sites to further reduce the risk of guessing the password by your friends or hackers.

The free plan already offers so many security features, but if you want to get more, then you can subscribe to its premium plan. The premium plan offers:

  • 1 GB encrypted file storage
  • Desktop fingerprint authentication
  • Unlimited sharing of passwords, items, and notes
  • Premium multi-factor authentication like YubiKey
  • Priority tech support

Download LastPass from App Store

11. Zedge

Zedge - Top App for iPhone/iPad
Size18.1 MB
Ratings (US)4.1
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Also featured in – Best Wallpaper Apps

Zedge is one of the most popular iPhone and iPad apps for downloading Full HD or 4K wallpapers for free. The app is quite easy to use, and you can find a wide variety of wallpapers from their categories. You can also search for wallpapers based on the colors, which I think might be useful for many people.

The Zedge also comes with icon sets to further customize the look of your iPhone home screen. It also has Premium wallpapers and video wallpapers, which you can use either by watching Ads or buying Zedge credits. Overall if you always want top-notch wallpapers for your device, then Zedge is one of the must-have iPhone & iPad apps.

Download Zedge from App Store


Well, that’s the end of our list of 10+ free must-have iPhone & iPad apps in 2021. I have been using these apps for a long time and they have been very useful to me. So I hope these apps will also help you to have the best iPhone/iPad experience.

And if you know any iOS or iPadOS app that might be a good fit on this list, then let me know in the comments. Also, share with us your favorite apps from this list.


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