Getting Bored? Here Are 10 Mobile Apps That Can Help You Pass Free Time


Mobile apps have supplemented every aspect of our lives. From staying connected to friends and ordering food, to monitoring our health and managing our financing and business, there is a handy app for everything. Consequently, in early 2018, mobile apps accounted for almost half of the global internet traffic.

Majority of us also reach for our phones when we need to kill some time while stuck in a long commute, suffering from a bout of sleeplessness, or just because we are bored.

Here is an all-inclusive list of some of the most addictive and creative apps that will keep you occupied for hours:

  1. Flow Free

Flow free compels you to exercise your mind and keep it sharp by introducing challenges with increasing difficulty with each subsequent level. In this simple yet brilliant app, you have to connect matching colored dots with pipes on a board. However, if the pipes end up crossing or overlapping, they will break! Once you cover the board, you will move onto the next level. As easy as it sounds, the game can be a head-scratcher in the later levels.

  1. Duo Lingo

If mindless gaming is not your forte, and you like to be productive even in your spare time, Duo Lingo is the app for you. It helps you learn new languages including German, French, Spanish, and almost 20 others. The app integrates competitive exercises, insightful lessons, and regular challenges that enhance the learning process while also making it fun. Download the app, free of cost, if you want to impress your social circle by flaunting a new dialect.

  1. StumbleUpon

Are you an avid reader? Do you like to read everything from directions on the shampoo bottles to back of the cereal box? Have your forgotten your paperback at home while going on a road trip? Then download StumbleUpon, the perfect app for people looking to have a quick read. The app inquires about your interests and finds articles, news, memes, and so on, from around the web that you may find interesting.

  1. 2048

Wall Street Journal describes the gaming app, 2048, as “almost like Candy Crush for math geeks.” The highly addictive game is based on elementary math that keeps your mind agile and alert, while helping you pass free time. You have to calculate and swipe tiles on a four by four grid, to reach the number 2048, without being eliminated from the game.

  1. Paperama

Indulge your artistic side with Paperama, an origami app that allows you to conjure vibrant figures from simple paper sheets, virtually. The app hosts brilliant 3D aesthetics with folding effects that feel lifelike. The digital origami may not be as challenging and require as much precision as the real-life origami. However, it imparts the same sense of accomplishment one feels after forming a complicated paper figurine. Paperama allows you to enjoy the paper-folding art with almost 70 puzzles and secret hints in case you are unsure about your next move.

  1. Tender

Are you a true foodie at heart with a passion for cooking delicious food? Tender is an app inspired by Tinder, but it provides you with a plethora of innovative and tasty recipes shared by people from around the globe, instead of pictures of random people. It targets young people under the age of 30 who have a passion for cooking and trying out new recipes. You can swipe right to save a recipe in your “Cookbook,” or left to discard it. The app also has a built-in filter that can help you narrow your range so you can find an appealing recipe as quickly as possible.

  1. AirG Buzz

AirG Buzz is your one-stop app for all the juicy celebrity gossip and latest entertainment headlines. The spam free app provides you with candid highlights without the jargon and keeps you informed about the hottest news from the exciting world of Hollywood. With a super sleek yet simple interface, the app will keep you occupied for quite a while, and if you run out of time, you can always save the interesting news to peruse later.

  1. 9GAG

9GAG is a widely popular online forum, and its latest foray into the software app is bound to keep you compelled and hooked for ages. The app has an endless timeline of funny images, rib-tickling memes, and hilarious internet jokes, along with often-humorous comments from the community members.

  1. QuizUp

QuizUp is a fantastic app for information junkies and challenge-seekers. The trivia-game app covers topics for every interest, from mathematics, history, economy, to celebrities, The Simpsons and so on. You can also healthy competition with friends or with like-minded strangers from around the globe, in real-time. With numerous quizzes and a chance to compete with other people, the app is perfect to get your brain wheels churning.

  1. Words with Friends

Engage in a virtual competition with friends while sharpening your vocabulary, with the app Words with Friends.  It is like digital Scrabble that allows you to challenge friends or play with random opponents. Just like Scrabble, you receive a set of letters that you have to use to create words and earn points. You also get additional points for occupying certain colored tiles.

Wrapping up – Engaging and innovative mobile apps can be a lifesaver for times when you have absolutely nothing to do. The list above encompasses all sorts of apps that will appeal to people with varied interests. However, it is definitely not exhaustive so share your suggestions in the comments!

Author Alma Causey is a Freelance writer by day and sports fan by night. She writes about tech education and health-related issues. Live simply, give generously, watch football and a technology lover.

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