Best Windows Phone Apps 2015

List of Best Windows Phone Apps

Ever since I started using my Windows Phone Lumia, people have been constantly asking me about the apps. What are they like? How many are there?

The good news is, there are a lot. I am still missing a few of my favorite iPhone photography editing apps, but in general, everything I need is there. So here is a list, current for 2015, of all the apps you should get as soon as you get a Windows Phone. They are in alphabetical order, and I left off games because that’s a whole ‘nuther post in itself!



The best Windows Phone Instagram app.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Excellent basic photo editing.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]afterlight


Lots of lovely filters.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Amazon Kindle

Read all your books on your Windows Phone.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]aroundme

Around Me

Check out amenities around you by category.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]batterystatus

Battery Status

Manage battery usage, via a great user interface.[/ezcol_1third_end]

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Cool Tiles Pro

Customize tiles for your favorite apps.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]diptic


Best app to combine multiple photos.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]duolingo


Fun app to learn Spanish, German, French, others.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Find movies and buy tickets.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]flashlight

Flashlight Free!

Something WP is missing but we all need.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]flickrbooth

Flickr Booth

Best Windows Phone app for Flickr.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Mix of blog, newspaper and magazine reader.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]fotor


My favorite overall photo editing app in WP.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]gplus


Best Windows Phone app for Google+.[/ezcol_1third_end]


Here Drive

Best navigation app, with speed control.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]huluplus

Hulu Plus

Better interface than even the iPhone app![/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]instagram


Still in beta, but good. Prefer 6Tag.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Great app to make photos square.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]life360


Cross platform “Find My Friends” alternative.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]metrotube


Best Windows Phone app for YouTube.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Binge on House of Cards all you want![/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]newyorktimes

New York Times

Read limited for free, pay for full access.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]opentable

Open Table

Make restaurant reservations easily.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Manage your account from afar.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]phone2car


Better of the 2 WP Car2Go apps. [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]phonly


Get your Feedly feed with Phonely.[/ezcol_1third_end]


Pin It

Best Pinterest app, with the most features.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]rdio


My favorite music streaming service.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]shazam


Music discovery, if Cortana fails.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Essential business and family connection tool.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]sleep


Mix sounds and rhythms for white noise at night.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]tripadvisor

Trip Advisor

Travel ratings and recommendations.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Excellent travel planning and scheduling tool.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]tweetium


Best twitter app besides the offical one.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]twitter


Official app and better than the iPhone version.[/ezcol_1third_end]



The car service, with WP interface.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]usatoday

USA Today

Great app for general purpose news.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]voicememos

Voice Memos

Best for recording sound and sharing. I tested.[/ezcol_1third_end]



Other fave navigation app, with accident alerts.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]weatherflow

Weather Flow

Gorgeaous app with lots of customizable info.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]yelp


Restaurant rating and discovery app.[/ezcol_1third_end]

As you can tell, there are lots to choose from. Do you have any other Windows Phone apps to suggest?

Note: Microsoft Lumia provided me with a Lumia 1020 in the past. However, all words and opinions are mine. No app creators were involved with the content of this post.

This article has 8 comments

  1. wilderjanie

    Wow, looks like they do have the basics covered.

  2. SomeGadgetGuy

    Terrific list! I would add two apps to it.
    MixRadio is a fantastic music streaming service unique to Windows Phones right now, though it might push to Android later this year as they’ll be splitting off from the Microsoft team.

    I would also throw out a shout to Movie Creator. It’s one of the best mobile video editors on any platform, rivaling what you can do with iMovie, and absolutely stomps anything available on Android. Plus it works on ALL windows devices from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops. Really handy way to quickly slice up some video. I reviewed it here –

    • Aimee

      Juan, thanks for the additions. I didn’t put Mix Radio on since they were coming standard but good point since they are splitting off. I love that app too! And I will check out Movie Creator!

  3. Mike Jacks

    Will check these out. thanks!

  4. Lizz @ Life360

    Thanks so much for including us, Aimee! We’re proud to be able to provide our platform for Windows users, which was an exciting new expansion for us in 2014!

  5. Kate Majers

    I had no idea there were so many!

  6. Kata

    I love this one, now I can put applications to my Lumia. It is really difficult to find applications suited to windows phone. Thank you for sharing this one.

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