Discover smartphone and tablet apps that will make managing your busy family a bit easier. Use optional mobile apps to improve communication, stay organized, and more easily juggle a wide range of responsibilities.
This episode of Featured App of the Week focuses on ways to use your Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, or Android-based mobile device as a powerful family management and organizational tool.
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Featured App of the Week – Episode #30
Welcome to the 30th episode of the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich.
Did you know that many of the apps that come pre-installed on your Apple iPhone and iPad, including Notes, Reminders, Photos, and Calendar, allow you to easily share data with other people?
In fact, using the built-in data sharing functionality, you can collaborate on the creation and updating of notes, scheduled appointments, and lists, for example.
There are several ways to do this. If you want to share app-specific data with family members, have one person set up an iCloud Family Sharing account, which is free, and then invite other family members to join. This can be done from Settings.
Once you do this, you can create family lists, notes, photo albums, and a color-coded calendar that all of your invited family members will have access to from their own computers and mobile devices.
As you create a new event or appointment within the family calendar, for example, all of your family members will see it. However, all of your other calendars and non-shared app-specific data will remain private.
Thus, everyone in the family will see scheduled family events, like dinners, soccer games, or music recitals, but your work-related appointments will remain separate and private.
When using the Reminders or Notes app, you’re able to create family-oriented to-do lists or shopping lists that everyone in the family can then add to in real-time. This allows everyone to add what grocery items they’d like purchased when one person goes to the supermarket, for example.
If you do not have iCloud Family Sharing activated, to share specific app-related data, with one or more other people, start by creating a new list using the Reminders or Notes app.
Next, click on the Add People icon that’s displayed in the top-right corner of the screen. If there’s no App People icon, click on the More icon and then choose the App People option.
Once you choose the Add People option, tap on how you’d like to share the app’s content, in this case a list, with others. Your options include via text message, email, or social media.
The app will create an invitation, and then ask you to provide the email addresses for the people you want to share the list or content with. When you do this, and the recipients of the invitation accept it, not only will they be able to view the app content, but they’ll be able to edit and update it. In real-time, everyone associated with that content will then see those changes or updates, as long as everyone’s device is connected to the Internet.
Using the sharing feature built into apps like Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and Photos allows people to share selected content with specific other people, while keeping everything else private. These real-time collaboration tools can be used by families to stay in contact and exchange information.
Beyond the apps that come preinstalled with your smartphone or tablet’s operating system, that have app-specific data sharing functionality built-in, there are a wide range of optional notetaking, list making, and family management apps available from the App Store and Google Play Store. These allow families to easily share and exchange all sorts of information with ease.
For example, available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smartphones and tablets is an app called Cozi Family Organizer.
The app allows family members to share color-coded scheduling information, to-do lists, various types of reminders, as well as family-member-specific chore lists, for example.
Cozi Family Organizer is a free app, however, a premium, subscription-based, and ad-free version of the app is available for $29.99 per year. This paid version includes some additional features, such as themes, birthday reminders, and the ability to customize notifications.
What’s nice about the Cozi Family Organizer app is that it was designed from the ground up to accommodate the needs for families and even extended families to stay in touch.
Using this app, parents can keep track of their own schedules, as well as the unique schedules of each of their spouse, partner, and/or children. If you’re a caregiver for an older parent, for example, you can use the app to manage their schedule and needs as well.
The Cozy Family Organizer app allows for weekly agenda emails to be emailed to family members, but those family members can also view and update calendars and lists in real-time from their respective mobile devices.
For parents who need to manage their families, juggle work, and handle pet care or other responsibilities, the Cozi Family Organizer is just one tool available that can help you stay better organized, better manage your time, and effectively communicate with family members while everyone is on the go.
Other optional apps that serve as family organizers include: Family Organizer by Sunflower, Life Sorted Family Organizer, and Family Wall – Family Organizer. These are also subscription-based apps available from the App Store and Google Play Store.
Your smartphone or tablet is an extremely powerful device. When used with the right selection of mobile apps, that can be customized to meet the needs of you and your family, these devices can become powerful and easy-to-use organizational, time management, and communication tools that’ll help you and your family members juggle the many tasks and responsibilities associated with your respective lives.
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As always, a listing of the mobile apps and services featured within this episode can be found within the podcast’s Episode Notes, and a text-based transcript is available from www.FeaturedAppPodcast.com.
Until next time, I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.