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

Updated 4 years ago
Published Feb 8th, 2016 12:36PM EST
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Holy moly what a Super Bowl, right?!? Just kidding, it was a pretty awful game, though it was nice to see Manning string together a championship so late in his career. You know what will help you get over how disappointingly boring the game was — aside from the awesome Super Bowl commercials, of course? A sweet list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free.

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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.

Momentum Habit Tracker

BGR exclusive — Premium unlock is typically $4.99, but you can get it for free using one of the following codes, which are each good for 24 hours:

Monday: d8wd2m2

Tuesday: d9wd3m2

Use one of these Authentication Codes to unlock the Premium version for free: d8wd2m2. In the app, tap “I’m already a Premium user” in the Upgrade section, then enter the appropriate code.

Featured in Best New Apps by Apple (Mac), TIME, The Next Web, Macworld and Cult of Mac. “Insanely Great – Such a beautiful and simple app. The best habit tracker on the App Store, hands down.” – App Store review

Momentum is the simple, yet powerful, habit tracker that boosts your willpower and helps you reach your goals.

Check off your habits from your iPhone, Apple Watch or Mac.

Set yourself up for success with:
– Reminders (indispensable until your habits become automatic)
– App badge (shows the number of remaining habits for the day)
– Flexible scheduling (set weekly targets or specific days)

Optimised for the new operating systems:
– OS X El Capitan (Mac)
– iOS 9 (iPhone)
– watchOS2 (Apple Watch)

Utilizes the latest and greatest technologies from Apple:
– iCloud sync with CloudKit
– Swift 2.0
– Today view widget
– Actionable notifications
– Touch ID (iOS)
– Force Touch (OS X)

The free version gives you three free habits. Upgrade to premium for unlimited habits.

Download Momentum Habit Tracker

Live Pictures Cam

Normally $0.99.

Take Live Pictures with ANY iPhone!
Live Pictures Cam works on iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 6 and ofcourse 6s. All you need is iOS9.

Live Pictures can be converted to gif and then shared on social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) and by email.

Photos of a party, landscape, a golf swing, children playing, all come alive as the app captures a living moment rather than just one still frame.

Quick Start
1. Tap red Shoot button
2. Keep Camera Steady (see red progress indicator around button)
3. When finished, photo and clip is saved to your Photo Library

The app automatically saves your Live Pictures to the Camera Roll in your Photos app. To view the live clip, simply hold down your finger on the photo.

+ Choose clip length of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 8 seconds (longer clips result in larger file size)
+ Frame rate options 15 or 25 (higher frame rate makes clip smoother but also increases file size)
+ Flash option
+ Option to take photo at start (default), middle or end of clip

Gif Maker and sharing
+ Tap gif maker icon to convert Live Pictures to gif
+ Share converted gif photos via Facebook, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, email etc.
+ Loop: play gifs over and over in loops
+ Reverse loop: play the gif forward and backward in loops

Download Live Pictures Cam


Normally $0.99.

FutureCalc is an ergonomic calculator, possibly the first of its kind, specifically designed for single-handed use. All buttons are accessible for the thumb without repositioning the phone or supporting it with the other hand.

Other features:

– No equal sign: the results are displayed “on the fly”, so no need for an extra tap.

– Can be flipped for use with either left or right hand: use the FLIP button.

– There is only one CLEAR button: tap once to delete a digit, or double tap to reset the calculator.

– Copy/paste supported: double tap on any of the displayed numbers; the editable number allows copy and paste, while others are only copyable.

– Maximum length for arguments in this version is 16 digits.

– Works on all iPhones starting from 4S. The 6/6S design is adjusted so that the physical size of the buttons is the same.

Enjoy your numbers!

Download FutureCalc


Normally $0.99.

KungfuTaxi reached Top1 in: China, Taiwan,Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy,Uruguay. We also reached Top 20 in 62 countries!
Recommended by itunes in 114 countries around the world!

“Kungfu Taxi” is a unique and exciting game. Created and developed by Keyloft LLC. It is inspired by Chinese painting “Along the River during the Qingming Festival” from Song Dynasty, by Zhang Ze Duan.
Game Features:
- 30 exciting levels and a challenging Endless Mode;
- Multiple scenes and environments;
- Challenges from traps, exploding bombs, rocks, cute zombies and the dangerous animals like Alpacas, Qinchuan bulls and Tibetan mastiffs!;
- Mysterious props provide you all kinds of supports;
- Stylized costumes with special abilities are also available in store;
- Unique Chinese Shan-Shui painting style graphic design;
- Support Retina displays & iPhone 5 “tall” screen.

Download KungfuTaxi


Normally $0.99.

*Nominated as Best Game App, Best educational App, Best App for kids 2015.
*If your using iOS8.0.2, we strongly suggest you to upgrade to the newest version of iOS system for the best result of game quality.
〉〉New Mode –Dark Phantom Night with 50 missions and 2 sedans only for the Night. The night is rather dark and dangerous, are you afraid?〈〈

The first parkour game combining the Chinese shadow play style and game cards!
Together with the two Kongfu drivers, you will be transferred back to the Chinese capital in Song Dynasty to start your adventure!
The famous Chinese ancient painting “The Qingming Festival by the Riverside” as the backdrop.
Beautiful high resolute graphics with Great background music composed by Asian musicians.

Game features:
– 100 missions full of surprises!
– Day and Night modes, various excitements!
– Various challenges coming from five star hotel, cargo ships, camels, vendors, finches, bats and lovely kittens.
– Squat? Jump? Or leap high? Make your own plan.
– Secret equipments will make you stronger!
– Our random treasure cases will bring you surprises all the time!
– You can set your own driver and choose which sedan to use.
– Chinese shadow play style with super delicate multi-layer backdrop.
– Professional Perkin Opera actors as our dubbing actors.
– Unlock the cards, to know more tips about China in Song Dynasty.
– Don’t stop eating bums. They will fuel your energy!
– Support iPhone 6
– Support Game Center

Download KungfuTaxi2

Quick Drafts

Normally $2.99.

Capture and share your ideas with Quick Drafts. Easy, fast and reliable. Quick Drafts is a lightning fast notepad. It offers various ways to handle your notes. You can use them as todo lists, send them via email, iMessage, Facebook or Twitter. You can post them to your calendar, save them to Dropbox and Evernote or forward them to your favorite text editor.

– Beautiful page view: Quickly swipe through your notes like pages in a book.

– Todo lists: Convert any note into a checklist with selectable items.

– Quick capture: Every time you open the app you get a new blank note ready to capture your ideas.

– Export notes to anywhere: Send notes via email, SMS, iMessage, Twitter, Facebook and any app that can receive text on your device.

– Link mode: Capture phone numbers, addresses and URLs and make them tappable links.

– Reminders and alarms: Add notes as alarm events to your calendar or tap the Email Self button to send notes to your email inbox.

– Dropbox: Save your notes to your Dropbox with a single tap. Or append them to a “Quick Drafts Journal” text file that is created in your Dropbox.

– Evernote: With a single tap create a new note in the default Evernote notebook.

– Getting things done (GTD): Use Quick Drafts for your projects, tasks or shopping lists.

– Reliable: Every single character is auto saved the moment you type it. Never lose an idea.

– Landscape mode: For fast two handed typing.

Download Quick Drafts

WiFi Scanner

Normally $0.99.

Entering of complicated WiFi passwords is EASY & FAST now. Just Scan & Copy it in 3 touches using tiny but useful App.

↵ Get WiFi access faster than your friends
↵ Don’t waste your time on entering “3kGrmb5fgDWcYvan”-type passwords
↵ Save your money with WiFi connection in travels

⌘ Offline Wi-Fi password recognizing
⌘ Fast Scan & Copy
⌘ Save ready WiFi passwords
⌘ No garbage in Photos

Download WiFi Scanner


Normally $0.99.

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– Recommended by SSPAI
– Recommended by 36Kr NEXT

Paint your notes with star, in an infinite universe!
With StarNote, you could establish your own knowledge system by the following tools –– constellations, tags, stars and links:

• Establish constellations of notes on the same subject
• Set up connections between notes. You could easily navigating between different points
• Quickly zoom to notes which contain the text or tags you require

By using StarNote, you will always have a clear overview of your knowledge network in terms of an integrated big image. You can discover the deep relationship between the points, which would definitely open up new possibilities.

Download StarNote

Stress & Anxiety Companion

Normally $4.99.

Can an app really make you feel better? We think it can.

The Stress & Anxiety Companion app gives you the tools you need to manage anxious feelings and identify their triggers so they won’t trip you up in the future. It can help build your mental muscles to make you stronger and happier. Some of our features include:


• Re-Breathing: control your breathing with the help of our visual exercises.

• Mindfulness and muscle relaxation recordings to help your muscles relax and ease tension.

• Brain exercises: Quick and fun exercises to interrupt anxious or negative thinking.


• You can’t change what happens, but you can change how you feel about it. Our app helps you reframe negative and anxious thoughts, building your mental muscles so that you can cope much better with life’s ups and downs.

• Our simplified CBT process (it’s short for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a technique that’s helped thousands of people) helps you identify triggers and their associated thoughts, replacing those thoughts with new ones – not just today, but every day.


• Turn your key thoughts and learnings into handy photo cards.

• Share them with your friends and family.


• Our easy to digest Learn section gives you valuable information about all things stress, anxiety and CBT.

Download Stress & Anxiety Companion

Unicode Converter

Normally $0.99.

Unicode Converter enables you to convert Unicode Characters into their Unicode and convert Unicode into their Unicode Characters easily.
Unicode Converter supports UTF-16 encoding and UTF-32 encoding.

Download Unicode Converter


Normally $4.99.

Warning: Lucid dreams are highly addictive!

Have you ever wanted to fly? be famous? get back in time?? In a lucid dream – you can achieve all of those!

Lucid dreams have stimulated the minds of millions, and inspired famous movies like Inception, Vanilla Sky and the Matrix. It is also believed that Lewis Carroll’ Alice in Wonderland is based on his experiences from a lucid dream.

DreamZ is a revolutionary new app that allows you to realize that you are dreaming and control your dream, otherwise known as a Lucid Dream.

How does it work?

As you sleep you go through different phases, ranging from deep sleep to light sleep. The most interesting phase is the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase, in which most dreams occur.

Based on your body movements while you’re asleep, we are able to know the exact sleep phase you are in, using the built-in iPhone’s sensors.

Studies show that during REM, our mind reacts to outside stimulation, such as light, sound or touch, and integrates them into the dream’s content. Most of you probably experience a phone ringing during a dream which gets intertwined inside the dream.

DreamZ utilizes this fact and plays specially made audio cues as soon as you enter an REM sleep phase. After several dreams, our mind learns to connect the specific audio cue with the state of being inside a dream, which greatly increase the chances to gaining awareness inside the dream.

Bottom line – it actually works!

** DreamZ is recommended by top U.S.-licensed doctors on HealthTap **

DreamZ doesn’t use any of the questionable, never-proven methods like “Ambient sounds” or “Alpha waves” that are so common now a days.

DreamZ facilitates advanced algorithms, based on scientific studies that were proved to improve the probability of having lucid dreams.

The same techniques are used today in devices like the NovaDreamer and the REMDreamer. Both very efficient and proven devices, costing $300-$500. This app works in the same way and much cheaper!
Using DreamZ app, you too can experience the ultimate virtual reality of lucid dreams, without paying hundreds of dollars.

If you want to learn more about our technique, come to our website:

Download DreamZ


Normally $1.99.

If you or one of your loved ones is in need of assistance SOS! can help fast! With the tap of a button a siren will sound, and the location will be determined. With the tap of a second button an SMS and / or email can be sent to one or more contacts with the location (address, map link and latitude & longitude). Optionally the entire Alert can be done surreptitiously without the siren sound.

Don’t kill your battery with full-time location sharing. Send a message with the address of your location – no need to drain your battery in case of an emergency!

Download SOS

TranslateSafari 2

Normally $4.99.

TranslateSafari 2 – Translate & Speak Extension for Safari
The app is a Safari extension that translates and speaks aloud the entire web page of Safari app.
A must have app to translate and speak aloud web pages of Safari.

Useful Features
● Translate the entire web page of Safari app
– Support both Bing Translator (40+ languages) and Google Translate (60+ languages) translation services
– Show both original web page and translation
– Display the original text for each translated sentence

● Speak aloud the entire web page of Safari app
– Speak 30+ languages
– Read all unread web pages automatically
– Swipe to control skipping sentences
– Highlight word by word for each speaking sentence
– Speak aloud the clicked web page
– Add favorite web pages with “Starred” to speak aloud later
– With funny bear and human face animations while speaking
– Support useful speaking repeat, pause, speed and pitch options

● Optimize speak functions (Pro)
– Background operation support: keep reading aloud web pages in the background while using another app
– Lock screen support: play, pause, skip a sentence, adjust playback volume and see the sentences list on the lock screen
– Headphone support: play, pause, adjust playback volume and detect headphone plugged and unplugged
● A Safari extension that translates the entire web page
The app provides a Safari extension that translates the entire web page of Safari app.

● Supports both Bing Translator and Google Translate translation services
The app supports both Bing Translator (40+ languages) and Google Translate (60+ languages) translation services.
The service requires the internet connection while translating.

● Display the original text for each translated sentence
The app could display the original text while taping the translated sentence.
Show both original web page and translation. Switch between the translation and original web page (Google Translate, iPad).

● A Safari extension that speaks aloud the entire web page sentence by sentence
The app integrates the system text-to-speech engine, speaks aloud sentence by sentence without internet connecting.
Speak 30+ languages:
Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (China), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Taiwan), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), English (Australia), English (Ireland), English (South Africa), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (South Korea), Norwegian (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Slovak (Slovakia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand) and Turkish (Turkey).
The app supports one system language, you can make in-app purchases to buy extra languages.

● Add favorite web pages with “Starred”
Add favorite web pages with “Starred” to speak aloud later.
You can swipe to mark a starred item as read or unread, and flag or unflag a starred item.

● Read all unread web pages automatically
The app can read all unread starred web pages automatically.

● Swipe to control skipping sentences
You can skip a sentence or all below sentences while in Speak mode.

● Speak aloud the clicked web page
If you click the link on web page while in Speak mode, the app will read the clicked web page automatically.

● Support useful speaking options
Repeat times of the whole article, repeat times of each sentence, speaking pause seconds between sentences, speaking speed, speaking pitch and font size options.

● Speaking face animation

● Highlight words while speaking
The app will highlight word by word for each speaking sentence.

The app requires iOS 8 (or later).

Download TranslateSafari 2

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

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.