8 Apps That Changed Our Lives In 2014

We’ve seen a number of great apps roll off the conveyor belt this year. Apps that have helped us get fit, keep us entertained, get organised and become even more sociable(online that is).

Let’s take a look at the ones that have really changed our lives in 2014, or at least helped us to…whether we liked it or not


Spotify is a game changer when it comes to music, but until 2014 it was only available on home computers. With the arrival of the new free app, we can now listen to free music on our smartphones.

We can search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build our own music collections. Get inspired with personal recommendations, and discover readymade playlists for just about everything.

We already loved Spotify, but now we love it even more.


The Minecraft craze blew up in 2014. This very simple yet addictive game has, and still is changing peoples’ lives – some would say for the worse, but players of the game would argue for the better. It’s a game that you never get bored of. A creative outlet where people spend hours building structures that they could never make in real life.

Low effort games like these help to reduce all kinds of stress and help to aid depression, so it has helped people in that sense. Mainly, it’s just a great game that passes hours of time and provides a good source of entertainment for free.


Before THAT scandal, Snapchat was revolutionary. It provided users with somewhere to send all the random pictures that didn’t quite qualify for a Facebook post.

On Snapchat you can send as many selfies as you like – pictures of where you are, what you’re up to, and who you’re with, without feeling like you’re clogging up someone’s news feed. It’s quick, instant and fun, and it allows you to keep in touch and share every last thing with your bestie, on the go.

However, what the Snapchat hacking scandal revealed was how unsafe we actually are online. This violation of privacy is what changed our lives this year. It has taught people a lesson, and made us realise that we’re not as safe online as we first thought.


Who doesn’t love watching back-to-back episodes of ‘House of cards’ or ‘Orange is the new black’. Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes online, but previously it was never available on a mobile device, until 2014.

Now, no matter where you are – if you’re waiting for a bus, on a long journey or even on the toilet. You can catch up on the latest episodes of your favourite TV shows. Life-changing!

Mobile-banking apps

Mobile banking has become huge this year. There are tonnes of apps for this, but most banks rolled out their own mobile banking apps this year.

The arrival of these apps means that transferring money no longer has to be an arduous process. You can simply do it from the comfort of your chair. It also means that you can borrow or pay back you friends with a simple click of a button. These mobile-banking apps have made our lives so much easier.


This app has really whipped us into shape this year, in relation to our work life or student life anyway.  Essentially Evernote is an extension of our brain, and helps us to keep organised and on task. It’s our Personal Assistant that we now couldn’t live without.

You have to get to know it to appreciate how subversively effective it is, but it really has been valuable and has even reached cult status in places such as Silicon Valley and Tokyo. Inventor of Evernote, Libin describes it as “a ubiquitous platform for lifetime productivity.” We love you Evernote!


One of the most common wants in life is to learn another language, but classes have always been expensive, and not many people can find the time. When Duolingo crashed into the market, that all changed as we learned that the key to learning another language was literally at our fingertips.

Duolingo gives us the opportunity to learn a variety of languages for free on our smartphones. It has given people the opportunity to pursue their dreams and better themselves. Duolingo has definitely enriched our lives.

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor has taken 2014 by storm. The app is extremely handy for people who love to travel. It allows travellers to check reviews for hotels, destinations and events.You can also write reviews to help out other travellers and check what attractions are in the area.

The life-changing element in this is that you no longer have to worry about the quality of your holidays, as you can book with confidence by reading the reviews provided by others. It’s a community where people enjoy helping out impressive businesses as well as other travellers.