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15 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:15PM EST
Best Free iPhone Apps

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BGR has become the go-to spot for tech news over the past 10 years, and now we’re also the authority on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Dozens upon dozens of apps go on sale in the iOS App Store each day, and it’s quite time consuming to go through them all and separate the deals from the duds. That’s why we do it for you — and we just put together our biggest list of the week for hump day.

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.


Normally $0.99.

Browse, find and share animated GIFs in seconds! Track GIFs in our Today View widget to keep up-to-date with new GIFs.

getGIF for iOS allows you to easily browse through millions of GIFs…
• See trending and popular GIFs from across the web.
• Favorite GIFs to view them later (these sync across devices using iCloud).
• Search for a particular #tag like #wow, #fail, #colton haynes, #deal with it.
• Track any #tag in our Today View widget for the iOS 8 Notification Center.
• Browse categories to find the perfect GIF (from categories such as celebrities, emotions, reactions, memes, music, etc.)
• Share an animated GIF to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and by iMessage and email and via third party share extensions (eg. Flipboard, Pintrest, Evernote, Pocket, Instapaper).
• Copy the GIF’s link to share via other methods.
• Works on any iOS 8 device (iPhones and iPads).

**To install the Today View widget, drag down from the top of your iOS device’s screen to open the Notification Center, go to “Today” then scroll to the bottom and tap on the “Edit” button. From there you can add the getGIF widget.**

getGIF is powered by Giphy.

Download getGIF

Draw Calendar

Normally $1.99.

Draw Calendar takes the timeless tradition of writing on a planner, whiteboard, or wall calendar, and brings it to life on iOS. The app is a fun and unique spin on traditional calendar apps, and stands as proof that keeping a schedule or staying organized can actually be fun. Free yourself from the shackles of tedious data entry, and instead plan out your day with handwriting and doodles. Markup, sketch, and get in touch with your creative side while still remaining incredibly productive.

• Plan your day by sketching!
• Clean and stylish interface
• Entries are synced to all your iOS devices

If you are tired of traditional calendar apps, give Draw Calendar a try. We think you are going to love it!

Download Draw Calendar


Normally $1.99.

Email, but not as you know it.

Boxyn is an instant messaging interface to your existing email account, allowing you to quickly and easily reply with short messages and share links & images.

No signups, no account, no SPAM, message anyone with an email account!

Works with any IMAP enabled email account, including Hotmail, Gmail, Office365, Yahoo, Exchange, Internet providers and more.

Boxyn only shows emails from people in your address book and others you choose to see, eliminating spam from your mobile email experience.

Get notified about emails you care about, not sales offers, newsletters and junk.

Frees you from the formalities of email, giving it a natural conversational feel.

Boxyn turns multi recipient emails into group conversations

Instant messaging for businesses and enterprises on your existing email server! Removes the cost and complexity of installing, deploying and maintaining another service

Download Boxyn


Normally $2.99.

Lists is a fun and colorful little task and checklist app. A lot of todo apps are pretty intense, but sometimes the easiest way to get stuff done is to keep things light and easy. If you need a productivity tool that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Lists is your app! It’s perfect for condensing and focusing in on the 10 or so things that actually matter, and getting them done. All lists and items you create in the app are synced in real-time to all of your devices, and are available offline.

Download Lists

Emoji Hunting

Normally $1.99.

The first and only hunting game where you can hunt all your favorite emoji animals!

Shoot and kill small game emoji animals such as rabbits, squirrels, chickens, boars and snakes. Even hunt all the big game animals such as leopards, tigers, bears bulls and elephants.

Unlock new weapons and levels by completing tasks in the game. Start off with a pistol and make your way up to a fully automatic scoped machine gun!

Hunt emoji animals in over 10 different locations from the mountains, to the jungle, to the plains of Africa.

It’s hunting season, do you have what it takes to be a trophy hunter?

Download Emoji Hunting

Front Flash

Normally $1.99.

Satisfy your selfie craving even in the dark!

‣ “Used this app at a birthday party tonight and it works fantastically. Took selfies with it all night, in a dark room and photos came out great. Great app!” – GLouBu

‣ “Really simple and easy to use app. But that’s all you need! Snap a picture in low light with the touch of your finger anywhere on the screen. I love it! Great camera app!.” – MrMikeG

‣ “This app does exactly what it promises! Now the photos I take with my front camera in the dark look so great! :)” – thechampishere93

〉Take self-portraits in low-light using the front camera
〉Tap anywhere on the screen to take a picture
〉Can also be used as a mirror
〉Share with your friends

Perfect for those times when you want to take a selfie in bed, but usually can’t since it’s pitch black.

It creates a virtual flash by setting the screen brightness to max and turning the screen white while the picture is being taken. The brightness will reset back when you close the app.

Download Front Flash


Normally $2.99.

◆◆ Now, over 700,000 people are using Tunable, the visual toolkit for musicians. ◆◆

“The best tuner on iOS and a pitch-perfect bargain for any musician.” — MacLife
“A versatile swiss army knife of music apps” — Gizmodo
“Tunable shows musicians what pitch-perfect means as they play.” — Engadget
“Tunable doesn’t just tell you how you sound — it shows you.” — FastCoDesign

Tunable is a chromatic tuner, tone/chord generator, metronome, and recorder that helps you learn to play steadily, in tune, and on beat. Featuring a unique “tuning history” display for visualizing pitch over time, Tunable is the perfect toolkit for beginning to professional musicians.

◆ Learn to play in tune with sustained pitch history
Visualize how steadily you play or sing. As notes are held out, a white line draws how steady the pitch is. The straighter the line, the more consistent the pitch.

◆ Improve your ear with tone and chord generator
Need a reference tone or chord? Use the tone and chord generator to play and sustain chords with various tone options. Choose from different temperaments to hear how they compare.

◆ Keep tempo with an accurate and simple metronome
See the pulse with a visual metronome. View subdivision and current beat, with a large display and visual flash.

◆ Record and share
Record your practice and performances. Add reverb for a professional sound. Share recordings through e-mail, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more.

◆ Overview

• Large, colorful tuning indicator clearly shows when in tune (green fills the screen)
• Clear, visual tuner with note, octave, cents (+-), and frequency (hz) display
• Tuning history to see how well you’re sustaining notes over time
• Especially suited for wind instruments and strings with note detection from Tuba to Piccolo (24hz to 15khz+)
• Horizontal and vertical tuning displays
• Adjustable A=440 reference tone
• Change between equal, just, pythagorean, and 18 other tuning temperaments

Tone and Chord Generator
• Chromatic Tone Generator with multiple tone options and sustain
• Play and sustain chords
• Auto Octave rounding for easy note access

• Large number display with visual flash to see the downbeat, subdivision, and pulse
• Adjust tempo, beats per measure, and subdivision
• See tempo markings to quickly jump between standard tempos
• Tempo Tap (tap metronome center to set a tempo)
• Continues to play when screen is locked or in the background

• Record and save unlimited recordings
• Share recordings through e-mail, SoundCloud, DropBox, and more

• Highly accurate and responsive
• Transpose notes to any instrument
• AppleTV/AirPlay mirroring to an HDMI projector or TV on iPad2, iPhone4S, iPhone5
• Background Audio enables the metronome to continue playing when the screen is locked or closed.
• Dark and light themes

Tunable is especially great for wind and string instruments including:

• Guitar, Ukelele
• Piccolo, Flute
• Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon
• Eb, Bb/A Soprano Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
• Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone
• Trumpet and Cornet
• French Horn
• Tenor and Bass Trombone
• Euphonium and Tuba
• Violin, Viola, Chello, and Bass

Download Tunable

System Monitor

Normally $0.99.

Take a deep dive into your iPhone/iPad to see whats going on inside.

System Monitor App provides a unique Dashboard view for for all of iOS devices, that has been completely redesigned for iOS8 with its great look and feel, and ease of use.

** Note: As of iOS 9.x, the Process view has been removed from the App, in line with the security improvements made on iOS 9.

The app monitors MEMORY USAGE, BATTERY LIFE, Used Space, and device information. GREAT visuals like Dashboard view, LED indicator, 3D BAR charts, battery charging animation, LED flashing charger, battery health check, provides you a rich visual views of your iOS device internals, like you have never seen before.

$$ Over a million satisfied users of our apps $$

## Few of our user TESTIMONIALS ##
$ Way cool
This is a terrific system tracker.
– Macquest

$ Definitely get this App.!
Love the cool dashboard. Tells you what’s going on in the Apple brain in your iPad or iPhone. This App rules.
– Battyguy

$ Simple App !
Great tool! Helps to keep your standby time ridiculously long and device running smoothly.
– Spader1969.

$ I have tried many products like this one and so far I keep coming back to this one.
– Markeith3000

$ System Max
The best and easiest app out there for really knowing what’s happening in this little box.
– by Dkievit

Download System Monitor


Normally $1.99.

Ananda helps you concentrate, focus and work with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds.

-Enhance your brainwaves
Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus,concentrate or brainstorm. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind.

-Discover a new ambiance every time
Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda.
Main Features

– 3 Binaural programs
– Relaxation
– Restorative Sleep
– Power Nap
– Short description and benefits of every binaural program
– High quality nature and peaceful sounds
– Choose the sounds you prefer
– Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session
– Simple and minimalist design
– Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app

Download now and let us know how Ananda Focus & Attention helps you in your daily activities.

Download Ananda


Normally $1.99.

√ HDR photography for most difficult lightings.
• You can adjust the input pictures, such as fusion.
• You can save input pictures taken for HDR separately and load them later

√ Manual controls over exposure, focus, white balance and colour tint, and many more.
• 4 Preset programs, 2 lens programs ( macro and long shot ), 2 shutter programs ( low light and fast subjects ).

√ Video recording with ability to pause.
• You can also merge your videos from the photo library.

Other Camera features :
√ Timer with consequent number of shots and warning flash.
√ Camera burst mode captures up to 30 frames per second in 1920 x 1080 pixel.
• You can make collage photos out of your videos.
√ Stabilizer ( anti shake ).
√ Live preview.

Other Editing features :

√ Professionally designed artistic color effects.
• 29 color effects, you can adjust :
– Intensity
– Gradient
– Basic adjustments
– Vignette.
• For some effects you can also adjust :
– Tint color
– Bleach intensity.

√ Basic Adjustments :
– Basic adjustments do not use RGB methods so adjusting one will not affect others.
– Image quality does not degrade as user stacks or undos since this does not use compressed JPEGs for stacking history modifications.
• Shadows
• Brightness
• Exposure
• Contrast
• Fade
• Hue
• Grain
• Saturation
• Vignette
– You can adjust center, radius and color of the vignette.
• Sharpness.

√ Colorize
• Mono Color
• Radial black and white
– Ideal for applying lens vignette.
• blends include :
– Shadows ( screen )
– Midtones ( Soft light )
– Highlights
– Overlay
– Exclusion
– Hard light
– Darken
– Lighten
– Difference
– Negation
– Multiply
– Dodge
– Burn
• Posterize

√ Lenses
• Dept of field
• Tilt shift vertical and horizontal.
• Bulge
• Pinch

√ Borders
• 25 borders combinations.

√ Adding GPS information to pictures and view picture detail data.
√ Crop and rotate picture.
√ Quick and fast one place shoot and edit.
√ Very low battery consumption when editing pictures.

Sharing :
√ Instagram, Twitter, Facebook*, Flickr*, Email and many more.
* Facebook and Flickr sharing requires their relative apps be installed on your device.

Download CameXtra+HDR

Supermarket Mania

Normally $2.99.

The immersive free-to-play version, Supermarket Mania® Journey, is already live! Don’t miss out!

Running a grocery store can be a lot of fun! Help Nikki keep five stores stocked to the rafters with the provisions customers want. Nikki must stay on her stylish toes as she reloads shelves and cleans up spills because her big business rival is out to shut her down and will show no mercy. If you work fast and hard, and please the demanding customers that enter through your doors, you’ll earn enough money to upgrade your establishments and show your adversary what a little hometown pluck can do!
Run five distinct stores through 50 manic yet fun-filled stock-‘til-you-drop levels, stock over a dozen of products to sell, serve seven types of hard-to-please customers, and earn enough money to purchase over 20 accessories and upgrades that will help you turn your enterprise into success.

● 50 Levels in Story Mode
● Endless Shift Mode with Global Leader Board and extra bonuses
● Five Shops
● Seven types of customers
● Over a dozen products to sell
● Over 20 accessories and upgrades for your shop
● Hours of fun!
● iPhone 6+ support

Game available in: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian

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Download Supermarket Mania

Draw Pad Pro 2

Normally $1.99.

Draw Pad Pro² is a simple yet powerful way to capture your thoughts, notes, and ideas. With a beautiful and clean interface designed for iOS 9, the app is a joy to use and easy to learn. Underneath the simplicity, Draw Pad Pro² packs powerful features. Each stroke you make is synced in real time to all your devices. Your work is organized into notebooks, with the ability to add titles to each page.

• Robust drawing engine
• Beautiful iOS 9 design
• Cloud Syncing to all your devices
• Notebooks Galore

Give Draw Pad Pro² a try today. We think you’ll love it!

Download Draw Pad Pro 2

Best Album

Normally $1.99.

Best Album is an application that allows you to manage your web albums on Picasa from your iPhone/iPad much more easily and comfortably than ever before. With this application, you can view and manage all your albums (photos/videos) uploaded onto Picasa any time. Use this application to enjoy your precious memories with your friends and family!

■ Upload photos stored on your iPhone/iPad in one single operation, and using any size of your choice!

Best Album allows you to upload the photos on your device onto Picasa in one single operation. Exif information stored in your photos is always preserved, regardless of the size you choose when performing the upload. If your photos contain location information, you can also verify these on a map after the upload.

■ Powerful caching

Best Album can download all of your Picasa photos automatically. After downloading them, they are cached on your device, so you can view them all even when offline. You can also upload all the photos on your camera roll using Best Album; you can then delete the photos on your camera roll to lighten up the load on your iPhone/iPad.

■ Includes an image processing editor offering high level of functionality

Best Album includes an editor offering high level of functionality that allows you to perform a variety of editing operations such as rotation, cutting out, adding effects, etc. You can do everything you want just with this one application! (You can also choose to “Save As” a new image, or to “Save and Overwrite”.)

■Plus many other useful functionality

– Configure multiple Picasa accounts
– Configure your friends’ Picasa accounts

– View, create, edit, delete, send by e-mail
– Sort by date, name, and using the same order as used on the web
– Set an album cover of your choice
– Search

– View, upload, move, save, delete
– View, edit tags
– View Exif information
– Sort by date, name, and using the same order as used on the web
– Display on a map (links to a MAP application)
– AirPlay

– Play, upload
– AirPlay

– Upload including Exif information
– Specify image size (can choose from 8 different sizes)
– Upload multiple photos simultaneously
– Upload backgrounds

– Specify image size (can choose from 4 different sizes)
– Automatic download

– Set caching per album to on/off
(Cached data can be viewed off line)

– Full support for high resolution displays on the iPhone4/4S, iPhone5, iPad
– Landscape (sideways view) support
– Disable editing functionality
– Full screen mode
– Passcode locking

Download Best Album Premium

Normally $6.99.

MIX.DJ Premium – The Global DJ Network

Stream 100k+ of exclusive DJ mixes in 1 click.

Deep-house, hip-hop, reggae, techno, disco, soul music and much more !

No advertising nowhere
No jingles and audio tags in the music player
Interactive player
Unlimited music streaming
Unlimited upload space
Connect with your premium account from any device
Fastlane support

And much more…

~ This service is not authorized for professional use or use in public spaces.
~ We suggest using this application with a WiFi connection. If you choose to use it via your mobile data plan, please check your contract carefully with your service provider to avoid unexpected bandwidth charges.

Download Premium

Habit – 21 day routine

Normally $0.99.

Cultivate Life Transforming Habits in 21 Days

This application helps you stick to a certain activity for 21-days – every day continuously.

How it works:
– Create a 21 day activity to make or break a habit
– Checkin every day for 21 days.
– We will notify you every day for 21 days
– Track your progress
**Make sure,you are fully committed.**

– Highly effective in getting good habits in place.
– Great way to try new things.

1. One at a time gives good result.
2. You can skip a payment by uninstall and reinstalling the app,(i.e. lie to yourself). 21habit works on the honor system. Your choice.

Download Habit – 21 day routine

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.