This is a list of some great indie apps for iOS, made by real people, not cooperations!
If apps like Uber, Instagram or Twitter are the Walmarts and MacDonalds of the app world, indie apps are the local shop and burger joint around the corner. They are usually more personal, less greedy and just nicer.
Generally, indie apps are created by an individual developer or small team of people, without a big cooperation behind it. This means, they can focus on delivering a good app, without an evil master plan behind it. They usually don’t track you around the internet and make money by selling your data, but instead make a living by people buying their apps.
If you prefer that, I suggest you take a look at these great indie apps, created by real human beings from all around the world 🌍
one sec by Frederik Riedel
This app will help you stop staring mindlessly at social media.
It’s simple: Whenever you open Instagram, Twitter or other apps, one sec will interrupt you for a quick deep breath. This will give you the time to stop and think if you really want to waste your time scrolling through social media right now.
And my favorite feature: Morning Countdown. Here, you can set it up to completely block certain apps right after waking up. This help me a lot to get up in the morning instead of spending an hour in bed on Twitter.
one sec - fight the algorithm
Fight the social media algorithms and win back control over your phone usage & your subconsciousness! "one sec" uses Shortcuts Automation to toggle a deep breath animation whenever you open one of the configured apps (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube...). This breaks unconcious social media habits short-t...
Countdown & Birthday Widgets by Stefan Liesendahl
Simple and beautiful home-screen widgets that display countdowns to important events and upcoming birthdays. They are highly customizable and come in many different sizes and layouts. My favorite one is the live countdown, even displaying the seconds until the big day!
I always use the countdown to keep track of the days until a big app update 🚀
Countdown App & Widget
Keep an eye on your upcoming events - directly on your Home Screen! Create minimalistic widgets that countdown to the big day. The widgets in Widget Studio are highly customizable and clean-designed, so that nothing distracts your focus from the concert, your best friend's birthday or whatever yo...
Birthday Reminder App & Widget
Keep track of all upcoming birthdays. - Directly from your Home Screen. Import birthdays directly from your contacts, create them manually or have them generated automatically from a CSV file. As easy as pie! Once installed you never have to worry about forgetting a birthday again. So, what do we...
Sessions by Phillip Young
Sessions is packed full of features, but at its heart is a timer, that will keep you focused during work, studying, etc.
You can choose different focus interval, like Pomodoro, and track all your sessions.
If you’ve used it for a while, you’ll get gorgeous charts and graphs and can analyze your sessions.
The app also runs on macOS, and there you can even block apps or websites during your focus sessions.
Session - Pomodoro Focus Timer
- Do you procrastinate and spend your time mindlessly? - have problem with focusing? - often get distracted while trying to focus? - maybe you are burned out because you worked too much and forget to take necessary break? - or, maybe have an ADHD? Session can help you with your focus problem.
Ochi by Michael Tigas
Ochi uses the new Shortcuts automation to block you from using apps & websites, while you're working or studying.
You can set up groups of apps (e.g. social media), start a focus session and Ochi will prevent those apps from opening until the session is done.
With Ochi, you have the total control over your apps. You can schedule apps to be blocked during specific times (e.g. during bedtime) and can automate everything via Apple Shortcuts.
Ochi - Block Apps & Websites
"A great tool if you're looking for a way to become more focused and less distracted." - 9to5Mac, Chance Miller "The design of the iPhone & macOS app is appealing, both simple and colorful." - TechRadar, Daryl Baxter "Ochi lets you create a more focused work environment." - MacStories, John Voorhees...
Tasks by Mustafa Yusuf
This app is a powerhouse of a productivity app. You can super quickly create tasks, but also add tags, priories, due dates, statuses and much more.
Using those properties, you can then create views that display exactly what you need to see.
You can even display your tasks in a Kanban board, like a real product manager 😉
Tasks: To Do Lists & Planner
Things that need to get done don't always have a binary state. They aren't always 'to-do,' and 'done.' That's why you need an app that tracks when you're actually doing something, lets you tag it to suit your needs, and lets you set a priority for individual commitments so nothing falls through the...
Posture Pal by Victoria Petrova & Jordi Bruin
This one is so innovative, cute and helpful! It uses the motion sensors in your AirPods (Pro or Max) to track if you are sitting straight, and then alerts you if you don’t.
On top of all that, a super cute giraffe will follow your posture, and you can see how your posture improves over time.
Jordi also has a lot of other great apps you should definitely check out.
Posture Pal - Improve Stance
Posture Pal helps you improve your neck and shoulder posture by using the motion sensors in your headphones. Improve your neck, shoulder and back posture without having to purchase a separate tracking device. Just use your AirPods*. Start a Posture Session and Posture Pal will keep track if your ne...
MoneyCoach by Perjan Duro
MoneyCoach is a powerful expense tracker, that will help you keep an eye on your spending and save for your big goals.
You can set up budgets for different categories, get reports about your spending, or just see how much is left at the end of the month.
If you are a real pro, you can also import your transactions or use Apple Shortcuts to enter them.
MoneyCoach Budget & Spendings
MoneyCoach is helping millions of people with their financial habits and mindfulness in a super easy and intelligent way. MoneyCoach creates healthy financial habits that reduce your financial stress, increase your financial knowledge, and develop your financial skills. "Apps We Love" - Featured mu...
Orbit by Malin Sundberg & Kai Dombrowski
Orbit is a must-have app for any freelancer. You can easily track the time you've spent on a project, categories it, and also generate invoices to actually get paid in the end.
Of course, the app also runs on macOS (where most of the work probably gets done) and has tones of additional features, like home-screen widgets!
Orbit: Time-based Invoicing
Effortless time tracking & invoicing! Ranked as "the best time tracking & invoicing app" by its developers, Orbit makes keeping track of clients, projects, worked hours, and invoices simple. Orbit's goal is for you to focus on the tasks you want while the app takes care of the rest.
Structured by Leo Mehlig
Disclaimer: I’m Leo, the developer of Structured. Hope you don’t mind the self-plug 😊
Structured is a simple day planner, which is kind of a combination of a calendar and to-do list.
You can schedule tasks throughout your day and see a visual indication of their progress.
Structured can also import your calendar and reminders and alert you about upcoming tasks. Plus, there is a nice home-screen widget.
This is far from a complete list, there are thousands of great indie apps out there, just waiting to be used by you! If you want to look for more indie apps, I can recommend the Indie Apps Catalog by Filip Němeček, where you can find all indie apps on iOS or macOS.