10 Must-Have Apps That Celebrities Use and Love
Pretty much everyone has a smartphone, which means they’re all downloading and using apps from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store. We’ve truly reached the point where there’s an app for everything. (But we can think of a few fictional apps we still wish existed in real life.) Whether you love mobile games, social networks, or photography apps, it’s pretty easy to get addicted to your smartphone.
Smartphones are distracting not only to us mere mortals, but also to musicians, actors, YouTube stars, and other A-listers. Paparazzi routinely capture photos of celebrities glued to their smartphones. So naturally, we’re pretty curious about which apps our favorite celebrities are using. Fortunately, their social media profiles often give us insight into the apps they’re obsessing over.
Unsurprisingly, many of your favorite A-listers are using the same apps the whole internet is excited about. And Wired’s Peter Rubin made some pretty hilarious guesses at a few celebrities’ most-used apps. We don’t have any way of knowing all of the apps celebrities really have on their phones. But we do know at least a few of the apps that they use and love. Read on to check out some of the celebrity-endorsed apps you should have on your phone.
If Bitmoji‘s popularity in the App Store is any indication, plenty of us like creating cartoon avatars we can insert into stickers and send to our friends. And many celebrities like the app, too. Steven Tweedie reported for Inc. that Victoria Beckham, Zach Braff, Lena Dunham, and Seth Rogen used the app to create their own emoji.
E! News reported Jennifer Aniston used the app to create an avatar. And it’s not just her own avatar that she created with Bitmoji. She told the publication, “I like to make people’s Bitmojis.” Also, a Bitmoji spokesperson told Fortune no celebrities have been paid to use the app. “It’s all been on their own organic free will,” she said.
2. Face Swap Live
If you want an incredibly silly, celebrity-endorsed app, you can’t go wrong with Face Swap Live. The app lets you switch faces with a friend or a photo. Joseph Lamour reported for MTV News that everyone loved the app, which could “turn you into a talking celebrity.” (That’s because the app switches the faces right in the camera’s video feed and lets users record videos with the swapped faces.)
Celebrities, including YouTube stars Jenna Marbles and PewDiePie, plus Sia and Kylie Jenner, were quick to post their Face Swap Live creations. Some even encouraged their fans to share their Face Swaps online.
We all need to take some time out from our busy lives to relax and clear our heads. And plenty of people, celebrities included, are turning to an app called Headspace to do just that. David Pierson reported for the LA Times that the app, co-founded by Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, enables users to “listen to meditation guides for topics as varied as anxiety and relationships.”
Headspace is a buzzed-about app in many circles. That includes circles of Hollywood A-listers. Pierson noted Headspace “counts celebrities Jessica Alba, Jared Leto, and Ryan Seacrest among its investors, not to mention Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Watson, and Zach Braff among its fans.”
Hundreds of millions of people use Instagram on iOS and Android. So it’s no surprise some of those are celebrities, using the platform to provide their fans with a behind-the-scenes look at their lives.
Refinery29 recently compiled a list of the most interesting celebrities on Instagram. List author Morgan Baila recommended following celebs, including Aziz Ansari, Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss, Jaden Smith, Chrissy Teigen, and Kanye West.
If you want to up your game with the selfies you post to Instagram and other social networks, you’ll definitely want to try out Perfect365. This app enables you to try on hundreds of virtual looks by overlaying them on your photos.
Seventeen reported the Kardashian-Jenner family use the app for their selfies. Apparently, “Kim Kardashian was the first one to discover the app, and then got all of her siblings to download it,” according to Seventeen.
Raya bills itself as a private network for people in creative industries. But Nylon and other publications realized what it really is: a “secret dating app for celebrities” or a “so-called Tinder for Illuminati.”
Just after its launch, it was pretty tough to secure an invite to join Raya. That still seems to be the case, though the app is pretty easy to find on the app store. Nylon noted you have to fit a few criteria to join Raya. You have to “have a cool and/or creative occupation” and “have a significant Instagram following.” Plus, you have to “have other friends on Raya who can recommend you.”
And Nylon also claimed you have to “be hot” and “maybe be magical.” If you can gain membership to the platform, you’ll probably encounter some famous people. Think Rivers Cuomo, John Cusack, Cara Delevingne, Ruby Rose, Elijah Wood, and Zedd.
It’s no surprise celebrities love Snapchat. Popsugar recently compiled a list of more than 90 celebrities you should follow on Snapchat. The star-studded list features some obvious names, such as Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, and Nick Jonas. Plus, it includes some unexpected names, such as Luke Bryan, Chelsea Handler, and Dwayne Johnson. Allure has a Snapchat tutorial from Kylie Jenner if you’re new to the platform.
Online dating isn’t just for regular people. Celebrities use popular dating apps, such as Tinder, too. Taryn Hillin reported for Fusion that Tinder decided to introduce verified profiles, so when “notable public figures, celebrities, and athletes appear in your recommendations, you’ll know it’s for real.”
Ranker put together a list of celebrities who use Tinder. A-listers who have been known to use the app at one time or another include Andy Cohen, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Hilary Duff.
If you love keeping up with what celebrities are doing, then you need to download WhoSay. The platform invites A-listers to post photos and videos to share with their fans. Many celebrities use the app to offer fans an inside look at what they’re doing and to promote their work.
As Nicole Laporte reported for Fast Company, celebrities who use WhoSay include Caitlyn Jenner, Eva Longoria, and Tom Hanks. The app enables them to post items across social media, as well as to syndicated outlets, such as The Huffington Post and People.com.
10. Wine n Dine
Wine n Dine is a food-focused app that promises to help you find “the best food on the menu” at more than 6,000 restaurants around the world. The app helps you figure out which specific dishes to try at restaurants. And it’s not only regular people who are using the app to let others know which dishes are great.
As Eden Univer reported for Du Jour, A-listers love Wine n Dine, too. Some of the celebrities who have shared photos of their favorite meals on the app include Carmelo Anthony, Scott Disick, and Joe Jonas.