Your phone is your life — you use it for everything from your calendar to your Rolodex to your primary email outlet.
But it could also be so much more than that, if only you have the proper tools in your utility belt.
We’ve put together a list of the most useful apps every modern gentleman should have on his phone.
From showing you how to cook to telling you how to survive in the event of a snakebite, these apps will make any man’s life easier.
Distiller, once the perfect app to tell you what whiskey to drink, has expanded to rum, brandy, tequila, and mezcal.
No matter what your taste, Distiller offers personalized recommendations based on your situation and offers expert tasting notes so you can impress your friends.
You never know when you’re going to need a place to stay — like, right now. With Hotel Tonight on your phone, it’s as easy as opening the app and choosing one of the heavily discounted unsold rooms at your disposal.
When you’re bored and need to pass the time, don’t reach for Candy Crush — that’s not exactly stimulating. Instead, entertain yourself with something a little bit more challenging, like the world’s best crossword puzzle, while you wait for the train.
NYTimes Crossword is available for free on iOS, with some in-app purchases.
With the Weber Grills app, you don’t need to be a grill master for everyone to think you’re one. It tells you how to cook things and how long to cook things, and it’s chock-full of grilling tips you never knew.
Not just another news-curating app, Longform “filters out the internet junk and delivers nothing but smart, in-depth articles” in an effort to not waste your time.
The next time you find yourself with a phone and nothing to do, pull out the app and learn something about the world with a long nonfiction story.
What Distilled does for spirits Delectable does for wines. Take a picture of a wine and see tasting notes, wine experts’ ratings, and more information, including suggestions of other wines with similar taste profiles you might like.
A modern gentleman is always learning, and that includes acquiring new languages.
A quick and easy way to do that is with Duolingo, which provides easy-to-follow lessons that anyone can complete in a spare minute or two. Fluency in one of Duolingo’s 10 languages is only a few taps away.
You don’t need a personal trainer — there’s an app for that.
Just enter your goals and what kind of workout you’d like to do, and a personalized plan will be created for you. Then watch the videos of trainers doing the exercises, which are easy to repeat.
With Dark Sky, you’ll be incredibly prepared by knowing the exact minute it will start raining, how heavy it will be, and how long it will last. It works like magic, and it can even send push notifications when it’s going to rain in your area.
Dark Sky is available on iOS for $3.99.
If you’re a frequent flier, FlightAware is a lifesaver. It tells you everything about your flight: where it is; whether it’s delayed and, if so, why; gate numbers; where it’s coming from; and more. After all, when you’re flying, knowledge is power.
Cocktails Made Easy
OK, if we’re being honest, we don’t know how to make every cocktail ever.
But with Cocktails Made Easy, we don’t need to know — the app has step-by-step instructions for virtually every recipe.
SAS Survival Guide
It’s not every day you need to know how to treat a snakebite, but when it comes time to use that knowledge, you’re going to be glad you downloaded SAS Survival Guide.
Based on a book by the same name written by a British special forces trainer, the app has everything you’d need to know in a life-threatening situation.
The UrbanDaddy app is basically like a mobile on-demand concierge service. You tell it what day it is, what you’re looking for, who you’re with, and what time you want to get there, and it’ll give you the perfect recommendation.
How to Cook Everything
How to Cook Everything promises it will teach you how to cook everything, and it means it. It’s required for a man who is clueless in the kitchen but desires not to be.
How to Cook Everything is available for $9.99 on iOS.