A look inside my cell phone! iPhone hacks, favorite apps, secret texts + more!

iphone hacks, best apps, secret texts and more...so many good things!!

Hi. My name is Jordan, and I'm a phone addict. Hi Jordan. *Kind of joking, kind of not.*

This year I have been trying to find better balance with my phone. It's just so dang hard because it is my EVERYTHING! My journal, my brain, my doctor, my babysitter (not kidding here, watch the video to see how I use it as a nanny cam!). For this week's Live Q&A y'all asked to see inside our phones. Well, Freebs, YOU ASK, WE DELIVA! We are not only showing you our favorite apps that save time, money, and sanity, but also show you some of our favorite iPhone hacks, and a few other tricks that we keep up our sleeves. (And no, this post isn't sponsored!)

All the while, I'm working extra hard to continue to find balance between my phone and real life ?. So watch all the tips we share in the video below, then keep scrolling to see a few ways that I'm working to UNPLUG more and find balance with that dang, beautiful, handheld pile of treasure.

Before we get to the video, don't forget that I post new videos every Thursday on my YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook because every Tuesday we sit down to answer your questions – L-I-V-E. It's always a party.

Alright already. Let's get to the goods!

Check out the video online or click and watch below:

Here are some products mentioned in the video:

  • I swear by my Popsocket! I have tried the rings and the loppy cases, but the Popsocket is the way to go!
  • Nano Mount (which I talked about in my Car Hacks post) is so useful in your car.

iphone hacks, best apps, secret texts and more...so many good things!!

Our Favorite Apps:

Additional favorites we failed to mention in the video…

  • Flipp app – amazing grocery app!
  • Ebates – I always shop through this app to get CASH BACK on purchases!
  • Shazam – I use this almost daily. When I hear a song playing that I love, I push SHAZAM and it tells me the song, artist, and where I can find the song.
  • BYUTV – I love BYUTV because all the programming is family-friendly. We usually stream the shows right from the app to watch on the go.
  • Costco app – I use it when I shop at Costco. Shows you the deals, sales, and rebates right on your phone!
  • Sing-Along app – If you are LDS, this is my favorite app to keep my kids occupied while playing primary songs. Works great if you work in the nursery on Sundays!
  • Uber – the only way I do transportation any more when I'm traveling!

iPhone hacks you need in your life:

  • Text Replacement – stop typing the same things every day! This saves your sanity.
  • Timer – all you need is 5, 10, or 15 minutes to power through SO MUCH. See my speed cleaning posts and videos for proof and tips!
  • Alarms – set an alarm for EVERYTHING! But don't set the alarm for when you need to BE somewhere, set it early. (I try to follow my “rule of 3's” [I'll post more about this later] and try to set an alarm for 30 minutes early, 3 days early, and 3 weeks early.
  • Quickly see photos and attachments from a text chain – click the “i” button in the top right hand corner of text messages and you can see all the images shared in that conversation. You're welcome.
  • See more of my favorite iPhone hacks in my iPhone hacks for moms post!

iphone hacks, best apps, secret texts and more...so many good things!!

So there you have it! Hopefully those are a few tips to make your phone more productive in your life. What are your favorite apps? There were SO MANY I missed in the video, so be sure to share yours below!

Now if you don't mind, I need to go lose myself for hours in a rip-roaring game of Sudoku…

…just kidding.


  1. AvatarTraci Rivard says

    Hi guys. Thanks for all the info you share! Love your family! Here’s something that will change your life… better than popsock or whatever that thing on the back of your phone is. Try loopycase! http://www.loopycase.com
    It will change your life

  2. AvatarRachel says

    Awesome video! Check out the app “Things” it’s awesome to do list thing, One of my favorite features that you can make some reoccur every day, week, month, on certain dates, x number of days after the last time you do it.

  3. AvatarLydia says

    Loved this one! You all mentioned Audible. Have you heard of Overdrive? It’s an app/website for borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, some videos, and read along books for kids. It’s free through a lot of public libraries. It is amazing! I made a goal to read 52 books in 2017 and easily accomplished it, in large part by listening to audiobooks FOR FREE on Overdrive.

  4. AvatarTonks says

    Awesome video! Just wanted to share that I use my reminders app for food storage. I just put the expiration date far enough out to remind me that I need to start using up that item. It’s worked great for me. But then, I use the reminders app for everything, so…

  5. AvatarTosha Mack says

    SANTA’s BAG!! My favorite app. It keeps track of recipients (my 6 kids, plus more) , the gifts you want to buy them, where to buy them, how much they cost, their budget, if it’s a stocking stuffer, if it’s an online order. You can Look up your list by store, by recipient, by gift. You can even check off the list if it is purchased, wrapped and given. Plus you can set a reminder of where you are hiding it (yes I’ve forgotten before). Can you tell I love this app! I use it year round! When I get an idea for a gift it goes on the list! Plus you can secure it with a passcode! Best app for list makers and gift givers.

  6. AvatarJen Lehmann says

    Wasn’t a huge fan of Evernote….but I use Google keep. I can still link it between me and my fiance so he can add things to the grocery and Costco list.

  7. AvatarMary Tadros says

    All these hacks have come in handy especially the Ebates app! My mother and sister always instilled being frugal in me since I was 4 years old! 30 years later I love all the tips and apps to save money especially since I’m getting my MBA to further my HR career and we all know student loans are a pain! All that and starting to plan the next step of my life, getting engaged to my boyfriend it helps to save as much as you can. Also love the Costco App especially since we have a large family and I am an auntie of 8! Thank you for all you do! Bless you!

  8. AvatarLauren Williams says

    I watched this live! You guys crack me up! Love the tips! It’s always great to hear what other people use for the phones without trying a bunch of different apps until you find lone you like.

  9. AvatarMelissa says

    Love the Amazon app but it gets me in trouble! Oops sorry hon, I spent our mortgage payment on lots of cool stuff! ? I’m going to check out some of your faves!

  10. AvatarCandace says

    I mainly watched this for my husband because he is the tech guy and wishes I used my phone more to its full potential to be efficient.? I think it helped a little ?

  11. AvatarJonna Metsäkylä says

    This was very interesting video and made me use google doc and other google options. Blog posts I havent red. I have found blogs layout hard for me, but here’s a job for me after I have wathed almoust all youtube videos?

  12. AvatarSabrina Maki says

    Loved this! Thanks for all the recommendations- I’m downloading Evernote as we speak and I’m sure I’ll check out more!

  13. AvatarBre says

    I was pretty proud of myself because I’m already using almost all the apps you mentioned…and for that magnet mount, my boyfriend just bought us them for Christmas and he is always raving how awesome they are literally every time we get into the truck, haha!

  14. AvatarKristina Gilmore says

    I watched this video forever ago and have been trying to get used to the different apps you love. It is so fun to find some that people already recommend so you don’t waste time trying other ones only to have them fail. So far, I’m loving it!! Thanks for taking the time to do this ☺️☺️

  15. AvatarCeleste says

    You should get the price scanner app!! I heard about it from themelashow on YouTube but you can go and scan an item on your phone and it shows you the prices of it on different sites to let you know quickly if buying it at say Costco is the best deal for it!

  16. AvatarTina says

    Alarms all the way! Those and reminders rule my life haha.

    Do find Ebates to be better than other cash back apps like Ibotta? Just trying to find a couple of the best, without downloading ten thousand apps on my phone lol!

  17. AvatarCarlee says

    This was such a good idea for a Q and A! Loved hearing about what apps you like and so many for deals and cash back. Also, pop socket, where have you been all my phone life??

  18. AvatarKaila Casados says

    My favorite app right now is Ellen’s Slots!! ?? Such a productive app. I’ve used my timer so much more on my iPhone since I started doing the 10-15 min cleaning tip! My Apple Calendar is my life & FaceTime is how I communicate with pretty much everyone (well the ones I call on a daily).

  19. AvatarCrissy says

    Great post with new apps for me to check out. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t know about the Costco one and that they had their sales.
    My go to apps besides some of the ones you already posted are:
    Walmart grocery pick up app – so much easier to stick to my budget when I order online and don’t wander the aisles.
    YNAB – great budgeting app where I have applied many of your ideas.
    Dropbox – have scanned all my important documents so they are always at my fingertips so they are always at my fingertips and safe in case something happens to our home. They include things like bills, taxes, prescriptions, birth certificates, photos, home videos, etc.
    FamZoo – a way that we have found to allow our kids to manage their own money and have their own “credit/debit” cards.
    LDS.org – love that I can keep all my gospel related stuff here. I love using the notes and tag within this app and that it will sync to all my devices.
    Kids in mind – great app for checking if movies are appropriate.

    Ok I have a lot more but my post is already way too long. ?

  20. AvatarPatti says

    I’ve started using your alarm system and putting names with it. So like at 2:00p, I title the alarm “15 minutes tidy”. Total game changer!! Seriously, best idea ever!

  21. AvatarKim S says

    Great tips! I love Ebates & so glad they made an app! I also love Chickfila & Starbucks. Love apps that earn rewards.

  22. AvatarKristi Kearney says

    Already downloaded a few of these. Is the Chatbooks freebie code still valid? I’ve been wanting to try them. Thanks for all the info!

  23. AvatarTiffany says

    I started using the text replacement after I watched this. I feel like I type my email in 50 times a day. Now I have a shortcut for it!!

  24. AvatarJulianne says

    I feel like you and Target de twins. I don’t just walk around target with a list. Target tells me what I need and I get it. You’re supposed to save me money Jordan but I keep buying your hacks!!! Haha these are great though!

  25. AvatarLaura yanez says

    Stopped using my paper calendar now use the google one. Things are so much better organized and I love the reminders.

  26. AvatarDiana Burk says

    I am so glad to find that you write a blog post with your Q&A Tuesday’s! I am going through all of these apps to see what I am missing out on. Thanks for all you share!

  27. AvatarShaub Whipple says

    Loved this post! I read it a couple months back and ever since our calendars have been synced and I haven’t forgotten anything (important) ?

  28. AvatarMolly Jolley says

    Thanks for sharing after I read this I downloaded some apps for the food places we eat often and totally got free food. Thanks again. Love all your posts

  29. AvatarLori Fulp says

    Great ideas on apps. I have a android but use several of the same apps. I’m going to check out some of the others you mentioned. It is hard to find a healthy balance for everything. I’m working on that too!

  30. AvatarAli says

    Wonderful post! I’m always searching for functional, easy to use apps and often struggle with phone ‘clutter.’ How often do you reevaluate the apps on your phone?

  31. AvatarErika Hoffenreich says

    Hacks are the best, especially when they are about phones. Thanks for the tips for my relatively new iPhone!

  32. AvatarRaechal says

    So many helpful tips and tricks! I set a million alarms on my phone too! Mom brain is real! If I don’t set myself reminders I forget everything!

  33. AvatarApril B says

    There are a few apps I didn’t know about that would totally be useful! Thank you. I love to use my phones built in note app to keep lists of everything. YW activities that come to mind, passwords (I can lock it up), book suggestions, a note page for my most shopped at stores and a list at each of what I need next time I’m there, etc.

  34. AvatarKim says

    I need to try Evernote and the Cafe Rio app! Thanks for sharing. Love reading your posts and the videos are always awesome!

  35. AvatarAshley Phelps says

    I am a huge fan of ibotta app coupons.com app and Walmart saver! I save so much money over and above what I am already saving

  36. AvatarRachell says

    I’ve wondered about chatbooks for a long time. Thanks for the tip.
    Of course I have the Target app, but how did I not know Costco had one!?

  37. AvatarJanelle says

    I love the “Picniic” calendar app!! It’s a shared calendar that I find to be more user friendly than Google Cal, iCal, etc.

  38. AvatarPhoebe says

    Sometimes it feels like you need to share a calendar invitatio for date nights ?. Evernote is great. I’ve also used Bear, which integrates with a few other apps to share notes.

  39. AvatarCarrie Christensen says

    Thanks for all the great tips. I love my pop socket and have started using Day One Journaling app and the McDonald’s app as a result of watching this. Great stuff here.

  40. AvatarMeghan Childres says

    My favorite is the google calendar app! Now my husband and I can keep track with each other’s schedules. Thank you!

  41. AvatarBrooke says

    Using your phone calendar for scheduling and your notebook as your to do book makes so much sense. I’ve tried to make written planners work for me but it never lasts long. I’m going to switch over to using just my calendar app for scheduling. Thanks for the tip!

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