My Most-Used iPad Apps

Here are the apps from my main iPad screen

My iPad allows me to add plenty of apps, but only a few are on my main screen. Here is my present screen.

My main iPad screen

My main iPad screen

Checkpoint – A library of accounting and auditing publications. You must pay for the publications, but Checkpoint provides powerful search capabilities.

OmnifocusA high-end to-do list. It provides contextual lists, including a hotlist (to help me remember the most important things).

Keynote – A slide presentation app. I use Keynote more than Powerpoint. The Keynote background slides are the best. Presentations can be saved to iCloud.

Twitter – A social communication tool. I use it to make short (less than 140 character) posts about my day, usually related to accounting and auditing. My handle: @ChasBHall.

Pandora – Music app. I can pick a channel and listen to whatever type of music I desire. There is a free version, but I pay around $5 per month for the add-free version.

Weather – Weather app. I start my day by checking the weather, and, when I’m going out of town, I check my destination’s weather before I leave.

Gmail – Email app. I use this app for most of my email.

Slack – Group email app. I use this app to communicate with my teams. I mainly use this app to chat with my Quality Control team member. The communications are stored by category (and I can set up whatever categories I like — e.g., XYZ Audit). The basic package that I use is free.

Kindle – Amazon’s book reading app. I buy most of my books from Amazon and read them here. I can highlight phrases in my books that are accessible in my Amazon account–and the highlighted information–for all my books–is searchable and can be copied and pasted.

Holy Bible – You Version Bible app. I start each day with this app. You Version is free and provides several different translations.

Evernote – Storage app. I create “notes” inside Evernote and store whatever I desire. This is my electronic library. I have saved thousands of articles and research. Several different tags can be applied to each note, so you can quickly find the information you need.

1Password – Password storage app. I store almost all of my passwords here (presently over 150). Security experts tell us to use strong, unique passwords. This app allows me to do so.

Reminders – Reminder app. I may need this app the most (especially as I get older). I place to-do items here with time and date–a notification pops up when it’s time to act.

Basecamp – Project management app. I can see all of my current projects with all the steps necessary to complete each one. I can see what my project management teams (e.g., audit teams) have completed.

Stitcher – Podcast app. I listen to podcasts as I walk each morning, gaining valuable insights. My favorite podcast: Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life.

Audible – Audible book app. I listen to books while I’m on the road (or when I am exercising). I have a monthly plan (about $15 per month) that allows me to get one book per month.

Zoom – Online meeting app. I can host online meetings and share information from my screen. Those in the meeting can see me as I talk with them.

Canva – Social media creation app. I use this app to create pictures and slides for sharing in my blog or presentations. I pay about $1 for each picture download, but this is a powerful app that allows your creative side to shine.

Your Thoughts?

What apps do you find most helpful?

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  • Hi Charles,

    My name is Eva and I work for AgileBits, the folks who make 1Password. I wanted to write in and thank you for including 1Password in your list of most used iPad apps.

    Keep on being awesome!

    Eva Schweber
    Good Witch of the Pacific Northwest @ AgileBits

  • Allen says:

    Thanks for the list – it’s always interesting to see what others are using and there are a couple on there that I’m going to have to look into.

    If you haven’t already done so, there’s another app that I’d recommend looking at – Todoist. It’s a task management / to-do list app. The free version works well, but I purchased the premium version ($29/yr) almost immediately.

    By the way, I really appreciate all the postings you do. They’ve helped immensely (especially the SSARS 21 related).

  • Charles Hall says:

    I agree Chuck. The mobile devices are now a necessity (but hey, I enjoy gadgets–so that’s good thing).

  • chuck strand says:

    Years ago I was attending classes on possible uses of the ipad for business use, at break out sessions at the PCPS conference perhaps 10-20 people attended. How quickly it became necessary. The last PCPS conference I was at 850+ participants everyone carried an I-phone I pad or a similar devise. The seminar notes and classes are all on pdf, which you can make notes on , highlight and search. I will look at some of the apps you use that I do not certainly my calculator program is not the best. But my kindle app – the Wiley Books on Audit, Government and non profits such a low price and so much content. And if you do not want to buy them every year they still have a lot of relevance until the AU-c’s become AU’s or until the non profit rules change. But now electronic devises are indispensable tools and not simply personal devises

  • Charles Hall says:

    Allen, I bought the annual license for todoist. This is really nice. Thanks for suggesting.