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11 Jul 2018

8 helpful smartphone apps you should teach your parents about

List of essential apps every parent should use

Smartphones have made our lives extremely easy thanks to a number of apps that enable us to do almost everything with a few taps.

However, these apps could be confusing and overwhelming for some of our parents. But a little guidance can help them make the most of their smartphones.

Here are 8 apps everyone should teach their parents to make their lives easier.

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List of essential apps every parent should use
Healthcare apps are a must for every parent

Healthcare apps

Healthcare apps are a must for every parent

Healthcare apps are among the essential ones for your parents. There are dozens of them available, but Practo and 1mg are really useful.

Practo lets users chat with doctors, order medicines, book appointments/lab-tests, set reminders. It also provides health tips/articles and stores health-records digitally.

1mg offers an online pharmacy with medicines, health/fitness supplements apart from medical consultations, lab-tests, doctor appointments among other services.

Banking apps

One should have the net-banking app of their bank

Almost all banks, both public and private, have now launched their "Net Banking" apps.

These apps provide nearly all banking services, including funds transfers, bill payments, statements, checkbook requests, investments, loan applications, etc.

Having the app of the bank they hold an account with is essential for parents.

They can benefit from the ease of Internet Banking and save time without visiting the bank.

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Do recharges, pay bills conveniently with these apps

Digital payments

Do recharges, pay bills conveniently with these apps

Digital payments apps like Paytm, Freecharge, and PhonePe can really make your parents' lives easier. They can do prepaid mobile, DTH, or metro card recharges, and pay postpaid mobile bills and electricity/water/gas bills, etc.

Also, these apps enable them to make payments to offline merchants, receive funds, and transfer money anytime.

Paytm also offers movie tickets, bus/train/flight tickets, and online shopping on its platform.

Online shopping

Shop online and get orders delivered to the doorstep

Online shopping apps need no introduction. Apps of e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart are extremely useful for parents as they can order almost anything from books to groceries, electronic items, personal care/healthcare products, clothes, furniture, etc.

They can also avail various offers and discounts. They only need to provide their address and make the payment online or at the time of delivery.

Travel comfortably and book cabs conveniently using ride-hailing apps

App-based cab services

Travel comfortably and book cabs conveniently using ride-hailing apps

Uber and Ola Cabs offer app-based cab services, which can be useful for your parents when they want to travel from one place to another within a city or for outstation trips, too.

They can book autos, cabs, or share a ride. They can choose to "ride now" or "later", confirm payment option, and book a comfortable ride without stepping out of the house.

Ordering food

One can order food with just a few taps on-the-screen

Food delivery apps like Zomato, Swiggy, UberEATS, and Foodpanda can help our parents order food anytime and save time and energy. They can view menus and also read restaurant reviews.

They can order food from their favorite restaurants from the comfort of their home simply by providing their address.

These apps have several payment options, including credit/debit cards, net-banking, mobile-wallets, and even cash-on-delivery.

UrbanClap app, the one-stop destination for local services

UrbanClap

UrbanClap app, the one-stop destination for local services

UrbanClap is the largest mobile marketplace for local and home services in India.

Its mobile app caters to customers' service needs at their doorsteps by providing housekeeping services, personal care services, as well as professional services.

Your parents can hire professionals - from cleaners to plumbers, electricians, carpenters, pest controllers, mobile/appliance repairers, photographers, interior designers, fitness trainers, beauticians, etc. - as per their requirement.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has also become an essential smartphone app

Today, most children are living away from their parents in different cities and even countries.

Although they can always talk on the phone, nothing can compare to face-to-face conversations. And, WhatsApp can do just that. Its video calling feature lets them "see" their children, other family members or friends for free.

WhatsApp also offers free messaging, voice calling, group chats, photo/video/document sharing, etc.

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