5 Best IPhone Apps For College Students

POSTED BY Heather Johnson, UPDATED ON March 13th, 2023
Best iPhone Apps For College Students

College students have a lot on their plate, but their days are considerably easier to keep track of things thanks to the iPhone. With its robust ecosystem, the iPhone is an invaluable tool for anyone trying to complete a Master’s or another degree. Below are the 5 best iPhone apps for college students that can really make a difference in their lives:


1. Google Drive

One thing that’s universal about college studies is that there is a lot to keep track of, and it’s increasingly digital. This is truer than ever at the college level when lengthy assignments and in-depth simulations become the rule rather than the exception. In a world where a person’s iPhone is their lifeline for everything else, Google Drive lets it be so in education as well.

With Google Drive, users get several gigabytes of free storage to back up their files and sync them across devices. Users can upload files using their PC or tablet, then access them directly from their iPhone with the Google Drive app. This ensures that the days of leaving a project at home are over.


2. Documents To Go

Students might feel that they’re at a loss with no native support for Microsoft Office on the iPhone. Fortunately, there are a number of third-party solutions that address this shortcoming. Apple offers its own Office-like products, such as Pages and Keynote, but Documents To Go is both more affordable and more versatile.

With advanced features and the ability to edit and save files across multiple platforms, Documents To Go enhances the iPhone and makes it a convenient solution for on-the-go editing and reviewing.


3. GoodReader

Similar to Documents To Go, GoodReader provides support for another file system that lacks native iOS support. Although Adobe has an Acrobat app available on iOS, it is very bare-bones in its functionality.

GoodReader enables users to make notes, bookmark pages, highlight sections, and more. Considering that most case studies at the college level are made available as PDFs, rather than printed documents, GoodReader is an almost essential app to have on one’s iPhone. It’s just like marking in a real binder, only it’s more convenient.


4. Downloads Lite

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, a syllabus or two – there is an almost endless list of things that college students have to download during their tenure. The iPhone is more than capable of handling most of these things, but Apple doesn’t include a file browser to manage to download these things. Because of this, that expensive iPhone is almost rendered useless.

Once again, though, a clever developer renders this limitation a thing of the past. Enter Downloads Lite, a full-fledged iOS download manager. Using this app, iPhone users can go to their school’s resource portal and download as many files as they need. It’s a process that is many times simpler than syncing from iTunes, and it will save users extraordinary amounts of time.


5. Wunderlist 2

For the busy student, sometimes the hardest part of succeeding academically is keeping up with it all. With Wunderlist 2, the to-do list has been reshaped for the modern age. It’s a to-do list that features reminders, sub-tasks, and recurring alerts.

Thanks to the cloud nature of the service, changes iPhone users make to their lists on their iPhones will then sync over to other devices. This makes it ideal for taking notes on the go and ensuring that there will be a reminder later on – regardless of what device the student is using at that moment.

Do you know of any other good iPhone app that could specifically help a college student? Share your knowledge with us in the comments section below!

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