Here are the first two screens on my iPhone:
The routine tasks I perform on my iPhone almost every day are:
1) I read my email every morning before I get on the computer. It's easier to delete the emails I don't want on my phone. One glance and I can delete it. It takes more time to delete them in Gmail on the computer. The ones I save in this first read I can respond to using Gmail later in the day. This is purely for time efficiency.
When I'm away from my computer, I can also reply if necessary on my phone.
2) I can read my Feedly news and blog reader when I'm watching TV or am away from the computer. Again, it's a time efficiency thing - I read 300-400 feed items a day and I find I can check 100 on my phone in 15 minutes while it takes 30-45 minutes on my computer.
3) Facebook - it's more time efficient to read my page, the pages of my Family, the Group pages, and the general newsfeed on my phone than on the computer. I can comment too. I can also upload photos directly from my phone to Facebook.
4) Twitter - I check Twitter several times a day.
5) Calendar is indispensable - it tells me before I know I have something planned, as long as I have put in the best notification time. It syncs to all of my devices.
6) Google+ - I can check my Google+ feed, plus Communities, and respond if necessary. I do this only once or twice a day.
Other mobile apps I use occasionally, not every day:
7) Photos - I take all of my photos on the iPhone, and using iCloud they add themselves to my computer's files when I put the phone next to the computer. The camera is good enough to take photos at repositories of book or periodical pages, or of microfilm images.
8) RootsMagic - I try to keep the file updated so that I always have my family tree in my pocket, with notes and images.
9) Ancestry - I have one of my trees synced and can add records from Hints when I'm bored or away from my computer. I can also search Ancestry for my tree people.
10) MyHeritage - I have one of my trees synced and can add Record Matches to my tree people when I'm bored or away from my computer. I can also search MyHeritage for my tree people.
11) FamilySearch - I can see what information is in person profiles in the FamilySearch Family Tree.
12) RootsTech or SCGS or FGS or NGS apps - I use the conference apps to select classes and tell me what classes I need to attend when at the conference.
13) Evernote - I use Evernote occasionally to add thoughts or notes to myself when away from my computer.
14) FindAGrave and BillionGraves - I use these apps occasionally to find a cemetery, or to see if a cemetery photo or memorial are already available. I have not used them to take gravestone photos yet, or upload them to the websites.
15) CamScanner - I have the free app, and have used it on occasion. I probably should use it more at repositories to correct parallax problems.
16) 23andMe - I added this some time ago, in hopes it would show me DNA matches, but it only deals with health questions. Oh well.
17) I have Pinterest and Instagram synced to my accounts, but don't use them much.
18) iBooks - I added quite a few PDF or MSWord documents to this somehow and can see some of the QuickGuide type of documents when I'm away from the computer.
19) Dropbox - I have quite a few documents in my Dropbox and can access them when I'm away from the computer. I have some reference books and conference syllabi here.
20) Google Maps - I can use Google Maps to find details about places my ancestors lived, or get directions to an address, check traffic, find a place to eat, etc.
So, I can use my iPhone for many genealogy and family history related tasks. I don't use all of them every day or even week, but I could use them when I need them.
The iPhone fits in my pocket and goes with me everywhere I go. I also have a Samsung Galaxy tablet with almost all of the same apps, but I don't use it as much because I don't carry it with me everywhere. One thing I do use the tablet for is to serve as a hotspot when I can't get free wifi (like at a library or at a hotel).
I love my iPhone - I just wish the type was larger. It's not easy to read sometimes.
What other apps should I be using for genealogy and family history? What are your favorite mobile apps?
Copyright (c) 2016, Randall J. Seaver