What can I do with an app?


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What can I do with an app?

Friends sharing their smartphone to view the weather forecast

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There are millions of apps for smartphones and tablets, and they can do tens of thousands of different things. In this course, we'll see what some of those things are.

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A typical smartphone with a selection of apps

Apps for everything

With more than five million mobile apps to choose from, there really is an app for just about anything you might want to know or do on a smartphone or tablet.

What is an app?

There are millions of apps to entertain, inform, organise and help you get things done. On the next slide, there is a video to see just some of them in action.

On the next slide, click the ‘play’ button on the video to watch it. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

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Apps to entertain you

Catch up with TV shows on apps such as ABC iView and SBS On Demand. Listen to local radio programs with ABC Listen and SBS Radio, or explore radio stations from all around the world with the TuneIn app.

Some apps for catching up on television programs
A smartphone screen showing a map with directions plotted out

Apps for information

Want to get around? The Google Maps app will give you directions. The Opal Travel app will tell you which NSW public transport options to catch, when they arrive and depart, how much they cost and if they are delayed.

Apps for important services

Lots of government services are available with apps, including Express Plus Medicare and myGov Access.

You can manage your bank accounts and pay bills with apps from all the major banks.

An example of a Government app called 'MyGov'
Two shopping apps on a mobile phone screen

Shopping apps

Apps from favourite department stores, bookshops, supermarkets, pharmacies and more make it easy to buy what you need from your smartphone or tablet. All you need is an account and a credit card or linked bank account, and most shopping apps take care of the rest, including delivery to your home.

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eSafety tip: apps that keep your credit card details

Many shopping apps offer to keep your credit card details securely on record in your account settings. This is to make it easier for you to use them next time. But you don't have to agree to this. You can choose to enter your credit card details for each purchase, if you prefer. You can always change this in your settings if you change your mind later.

Apps for phone calls, social media and video chatting

Apps to keep you connected

On a smartphone, even making and receiving calls uses an app. Other apps that are great for connecting include the SMS messaging app, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and email.

You can make video and voice calls using Skype or FaceTime, and explore the internet with your phone or tablet's web browser app.

Apps to keep you up to date

Did you know that the Calendar app on a smartphone can remind you of birthdays, important appointments and even daily tasks, such as taking medication? You can even set repeat reminders, so you never need to worry about forgetting an important date or event.

A close up of a calendar app showing Janet's birthday reminder
An app of a clock on a smartphone screen

Apps to check the time

The Clock app on your phone can be incredibly helpful. It can wake you up in the morning, countdown cooking times and provide international time zone information for calling friends and family overseas.

Apps for everyday fun

The number and type of game apps is endless. There are card games, strategy games, word games, chess, arcade games and more. Whatever your taste, you're sure to find something amusing.

An app to play a game of Solitaire


Well done! You've come to the end of the What can I do with an app? activity. You've learned that the things you can do with an app are nearly endless. An app can help you find your way around, obtain government services, entertain yourself and communicate. And so much more.

Next up, we'll find out how and where you get apps in the Where do I get apps? activity.