Useful Mobile Phone Apps for Clients with Brain Injury

Useful mobile-phone apps (adapted from the book ‘Living Beyond Brain Injury’; Hall, 2014)

Mobile-phone apps are constantly being developed and updated. The best way to find a range of up-to-date apps is by typing ‘reminders’ into the search field of your app store. Some examples of useful apps:

  • Alarmed: a mobile-phone alarm prompt system that provides a range of alerts including nagging alerts.
  • Notes: provides sticky notes and reminders on your phone as well as ways to group and organise your notes (eg recipes, holidays and work sections).
  • Pillboxie: provides reminders to take medication.
  • Future me: sends reminders at the time and date of your choice.
  • Evernote: puts notes, ideas and images in one place. Includes voice reminders.
  • Siri (IPhone device): Provides reminders which can be set at a particular time or when you arrive at a particular location (e.g. hold down the home button on your iPhone and say “when I get home remind me to take the bins out” and when you get home Siri will remind you).  Siri can also set you up a shopping list (hold down button and say “Siri please add X to my shopping list”).
  • ShopShop: shopping list app
  • CanPlan: Provides a support for planning activities. Can input sequences of activity and associated photo to go with each step. Can be used to plan cooking and provide simple steps to follow.
  • AlarmGPS: Provides an alarm when get to a particular destination.
  • ICalenMob: Electronic diary with alarm reminders. Synchs with googlemail diary.
  • iPromptU: App to increase emotional self awareness and management of problematic behaviours driven by negative mood states. At specific times the app asks: what you are feeling? What does that make you feel like doing? How might that cause problems? How might that emotionally driven behaviour be useful? How can you choose more intelligent behaviour experiencing the same emotion?
  • LocateMeNow: Finds your current location and address.
  • Breathe2Relax: Helps facilitate relaxing breathing as a stress management tool.
  • Dragon Dictation: Voice recognition app that allows users to speak and see their words on the screen.
  • Just money personal budget: app that helps monitor your budget
  • YNAB: helps you budget and save.  Users divide money into separate pots such as rent or groceries, when they get paid, every pound is accounted for.  If you over or under spend in an area you can move money to another pot. Its focus is on planning ahead with budgeting, setting limits and saving.  It costs £35 a year.
  • Wally: budgeting app where you track what comes in, what you have saved and what you have budgeted.  It has a smartphone location service to track where you are spending money.  It can also photograph your receipts to update your spending.  Notifications will remind you of upcoming payments and when you have reached a savings goal.
  • Good budget: another envelope budgeting app where you divide your money into different pots.  Envelopes and balances can be synched between different devices and other people – can be used to work out household budget with other 1/2.
  • First Bus: App helps you plan your journeys, providing ‘next bus’ times for all bus services throughout Great Britain, including real time info where available.
  • LastPass:  An app which can help you automatically generate, save and enter passwords
  • Notability: App for to taking notes recording messages or  lectures, providing audio feedback and more.  It has multitasking which enables you to take notes while you research, read a text book, or watch a lecture.
  • ATracker: tracks time taken doing activities; can provide activity monitoring diary for fatigue or pain management.
  • Big oven: App to plan meals and choose a recipe, make up a shopping list of ingredients and synchronises between phone, iPad and computer.
  • www.chipolo.net – app that is linked to GPS tracker for items.  You can ring your keys and ring your phone even silent.  You can also see where you have parked your car or you where you lost your keys on a map.  If your bike is not where you last left it you can ask to be notified when it is found.  When any user of chipolo comes into range of bike you will be notified.
  • http://www.thetrackr-uk.co.uk – Another app linked to GPS tackers.  The TrackR app lets you know where your valuables are located on map.  If you are on your way out the door the app will let you know if you have left something behind.
  • Pill Logger – meds tracker: this is an app for android phones which helps you monitor medication and remind you when to take it.
  • Pill monitor: this is an app for the iPhone which helps you monitor medication and remind you when to take it.
  • Below are mobile phone apps which control data on mobile phones.  Can be useful for controlling mobile phone use in adolescent teens with brain injury (e.g. phone use too close to bed time and during nights which can affect sleep):
  • http://www.phonesheriff.com/index.html