Apps I like…that aren’t Twitter. 

As you may know, I’m taking a break from Twitter at the moment. In addition, Twitter has made some changes to its Terms and Conditions, taking effect from October, that means it can sell your photos or other content to third parties and you don’t get a penny. And I really don’t like that. So may leave it for good at that stage. 

One of the reasons I use Twitter is to distract myself from the constant physical pain I’m in. Plus to keep in contact with online friends. So, if I leave Twitter, I need other things that do these things. I have therefore put together a load of apps on my iPhone and iPad that I find useful and thought I’d share them with you. So, in no particular order, here are my current favourite apps:


I probably don’t need to say very much about this. Where would we be without YouTube. Whether it’s to learn a new skill or delve into a special interest, YouTube is so incredibly useful to me. 


Not really an app for distraction, but still one I use daily. It was recommended to me by my cardiologist. Who now recommends it instead of ordering holter monitors. It works in conjunction with a device I bought on Amazon that measures heart rate but, more importantly for me, also does an EKG. Hopefully it will help us figure out what’s going on with my heart. It’s not cheap, the device cost well over €100 but seeing an EKG costs me €30 in the clinic, it should work out cheaper in the end. And more importantly I can use it at home. 


This allows me to order my favourite takeout with literally one click. Invaluable for days where I can barely move, let alone cook. 


I find colouring really helps distract me from pain. However I can no longer colour using paper and pencils as my hands hurt too much. This colouring app does the trick nicely. It’s free but I’ve decided to buy the membership as then I get new images daily and will never run out. My daughter uses it too and it allows her to be creative without adding to her pain. 

Pokémon Go:

I like to use this when out and about. But it also kinda works from home. It’s so much fun and I have to admit I’m quite addicted to it. I don’t partake in any battles though or anything that involves interacting with others. I just quietly try to catch wild Pokemon and build up a collection. 

Tetris Blitz:

Tetris was the first game I got addicted to. This version is faster paced and kind of extreme but I still like it. I do play it with the sound off however as the music is kind of loud and annoying. 


I only just downloaded this app but so far so good. I wanted a way to message my friends from Twitter after I leave. So, if you want to keep in touch with me via Telegram Messenger, my username is @autisticzebra 


I wrote before about how much I love UfYH when I wrote a review of the book based on the same website. The app is very easy to use and helps me so much with doing the housework. And it’s got a very handy timer too, to help me pace myself and not do too much at once. 


I don’t use the laptop very often, so find this app essential for writing this blog. It’s very user friendly and I love it. 


This is my go-to place for getting stock photos for my blog. I can get some for free, or pay for others. But so far I haven’t spent too much money and it’s worked out really well. 


I love my kindle app. It allows me instant access to thousands of books. And since I’m such a bookworm, I don’t know where I’d be without it. 


The best part of this weather app is it’s MinuteCast feature. This tells me, down to the minute, when it’s going to stop raining! It’s surprisingly accurate. I use it to plan when I leave the house as I find rain very hard to handle when I’m not feeling well. And since it rains so much here, I use it every day. 

Bloons TD 5:

This is a fun game involving balloon-popping, dart-throwing monkeys. Surprisingly addictive and great for distracting me from pain. 

Minecraft PE:

Minecraft Pocket Edition is fantastic as it allows me to play Minecraft in bed. I can also play it with the kids in multiplayer mode. Perfect family fun. 


Another game I mostly play with the kids. It’s more like a platform with thousands of player-made games. I like playing the Pokemon games in it the most. 

Crossy Road:

Why did the chicken cross the road? This is a fun game where you unlock various characters and try to collect coins while crossing the road without getting run over.  Highly addictive!

So, there you have it. Many useful and entertaining apps that aren’t Twitter! 


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