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Get the Most Out of Your Pokémon Go Journey With These Apps

Get the Most Out of Your Pokémon Go Journey With These Apps

Pokémon Go is officially the biggest mobile game in history. If you're a blossoming Pokémon Trainer, then make sure to use these apps on your journey to be the very best!

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

You can't be on your way to becoming the best Pokémon Trainer around without the game, can you?

Pokémon GO

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Pokémon GO

Level up and track

It’s for people who are fans of the Pokémon franchise or like new augmented reality games.

Pokémon Go is the hottest mobile game that has ever hit both iOS and Android devices. In this augmented reality game, players create an avatar and set out on a journey to collect creatures known as Pokémon, which are scattered all throughout the real world. You’ll have to get up off your butt to go to nearby Pokéstops to collect items like Pokéballs and potions to catch and heal your Pokémon after gym battles. Find Pokémon in the area and hunt them down, then try to catch them for your collection. The game is incredibly popular and it brings communities of fans (new and old) together, and is great at encouraging everyone to get out and explore. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to catch ‘em all!

Why we love it

Pokémon is a franchise with a huge history, and this game has done a lot of good since it came out. Not only are people becoming more active, but they are also bonding over their love of Pokémon, and that’s a wonderful thing.

Keep a Personal Pokémon Log

As you go out and explore a ton of new places, keep track of what you've found and where. Your journey to be the very best, like no one ever was, will take you far, and you'll want to make a record of your travels for prosperity. It will also provide a reminder years later about how much time you spent chasing imaginary monsters around, which could be good or bad.

Gauge Your Pokémon Fitness

Ever wonder how many miles you put in trying to catch them all? Now that Pokémon Go is pushing us to get out of the house and find those beasts, these apps will help you keep track of how much more exercise you're getting.

Map My Run - GPS Running & Workout Tracker

Track and map every run with MapMyRun

Map My Run - GPS Running & Workout Tracker

Map My Run - GPS Running & Workout Tracker

For those who want to know every detail about their workout activity

If you love to run or walk, this app is a 'must have'. For every mile you go, you’ll get feedback and stats to help you improve your performance. At the end of your workout, it will give you a map of your workout, along with other helpful information. It syncs to your favorite wearable (including Apple Watch) to allow the most accurate information possible. Want some motivation? You can join a community of more than 40,000 runners. Share your workouts, accept challenges, climb the leader board and even win prizes.

Why we love it

Map My Run is easy to navigate and has all the features and information runners need to stay motivated and improve their workout.

Runkeeper - Track Running with GPS

Runkeeper does more than just track runs

Runkeeper - Track Running with GPS

Pick Your Goals

For those who need an app to track all of their activity and workouts, as well as weight.

As one of the App Store’s longest standing activity trackers, RunKeeper has matured quite nicely, progressively refining its appearance and functionality. Plus, its developers have teamed up with other software and hardware developers, including Pebble. Just to give you some insight, the app features various outdoor activity support, spoken action and stat updates, live tracking on a free to explore plain street map, optional goals input and progress display, as well as multiple social network integration and personal feeds. Basically, it’s an amazing fitness assistant, which is only partially helpful when trekking the more brutal back country.

Why we love it

The interface is simple and easy to understand. It also is a complete tracking app that can also track your weight, walks, cycling, workouts, and more.

Meet Fellow Trainers Online

Pokémon Go has built up a huge community of aspiring trainers, and your fellow players are always around to provide hints, strategies, and hot tips about Pokéstops and how to catch the most elusive of creatures. These apps will help you find new friends and share information to improve your game.

Local Facebook Pokémon Go Groups

Facebook is a valuable source of information when it comes to things around your local community. This also applies to Pokémon Go, especially if you're in big, metropolitan cities. These groups share locations where rare Pokémon were sighted, where spawners are, and the most active locations.

Facebook

The social network to be on to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones

Facebook

Facebook

For those who need to keep in touch with certain people or find new groups.

Since Facebook finally did make their official app universal, I would suggest trying this one first. I think it's quite elegant with its gesture navigation and easy Apple-like photo viewing. Find out where your friends are on the Nearby map; or chat them up with the slick chat feature. It is free, and it does feel the "Facebookiest", so I'd suggest giving it a shot. It isn't perfect, and doesn't have ALL of the features of the website (though I expect frequent updates and added features, if history is any indication), but it's quite nice. If you don't love it, there are plenty of other options, so read on.

Why we love it

Facebook is a quintessential social networking app these days. While the app may not be the best in terms of optimization and bugs, it's still a necessity for most.

Get Around Town for the Gyms and Pokéstops

Want to hit the town to get all of the popular Pokéstops, Gyms, and even rare Pokémon but don't want to Poké' and drive? Get a lift and play without endangering anyone.

Lyft

This app will always be there when you need a lift

Lyft

See your ride history

For those who want to use a modern taxi alternative but don't like Uber.

Lyft is another alternative to traditional cabs and taxis, but it is also an alternative to Uber. Lyft lets users request a ride from wherever they are in the city, and you get information about the driver who is coming to pick you up as well as the car that they are driving, so you won't be able to miss them. The app lets you see if there are even any Lyft drivers available in the area, there are different types of Lyft rides that you can get. Fares in Lyft are typically even cheaper than Uber, and you can even tip the drivers after the ride if they provided good service, which is another thing that sets it apart from Uber (no tips). Lyft is a cheaper and friendlier alternative to both taxis and Uber, so if you want a lift around the city, make sure to use Lyft.

Why we love it

Lyft has a slick app interface and it is super easy to use. Plus the company itself is friendlier than Uber and the fares are cheaper. Plus, you can tip the drivers if they provide good service, which is always nice.

Uber

Forget old cabs and check out the new modernized taxi service

Uber

Find a ride near you ASAP

For responsible adults who would like to save a bit on taxi rides.

Uber allows you to be in control of your taxi ride via your smartphone and smart watch. When you open the app, you'll see the live location of Uber cars near you so you can request for one to pick you up. After being alerted once it arrives, you'll be able to jump into the Uber, get a ride to wherever you're going, and pay the driver securely at your destination. Usually, this is cheaper and more convenient than a traditional taxi. However, it is important to consider that Uber is not supported in all cities, and in many cities where it is supported, concerns have arisen due to lack of regulation. Uber vehicles don't have the same safety features as traditional cabs, and the company is constantly feuding with municipalities over the lack of regulation and establishment as a legitimate taxi company. Keeping that in mind, as long as you're a responsible adult who has a few friends to tag along with you, Uber can be a more fun, convenient, and cost-effective option for travel. Plus, it's not like a regular cab is 100 percent safe, either.

Why we love it

Uber is usually quicker, more convenient, more secure (money-wise), and less expensive than a traditional cab. This all comes from quick access on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Take a Break and Refuel

As you're out and about hunting Pokémon, you'll probably need to take some breaks to recharge both your phone and body. Call a time out and find where you can grab some food while keeping Pokéstops nearby so you can stock up on valuable Pokémon Go items as soon as you're done eating.

Yelp - Nearby Restaurants, Shopping & Services

Know what you’re getting into before going

Yelp - Nearby Restaurants, Shopping & Services

Check before you go

For those who care to check on reviews of places before going.

Yelp is the one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to know if a place is good or bad based on reviews from the community. There is a ton of data in Yelp, which includes basic business information, reviews and the average star rating from users, photos, and filters for finding specific places that meet your criteria for right now (including Pokéstops for Pokémon Go). You can even bookmark places that you may want to check out in the future, leave your own reviews and ratings, check out what your friends recommend, and much more. If you are in search of a new restaurant or want a specific type of shop or even medical center, then Yelp should be one of the first places you look.

Why we love it

If you want to become a smarter shopper or foodie, this is your app. You won’t find a better source for information.