What’s On My Home Screen?

Jan 27, 2019

Hey friends. I thought this might be a cool post, hopefully you do too. I’m going to show you what my home screen on my phone looks like and go through some of the most important apps I use. Hopefully this could help show you some apps that might help you!

So first off, here’s my home screen.

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So I have an iPhone X 64GB in Space Gray and it’s great, it does everything I need and I’m a big fan of it. I wish the battery life was just a little better but I do use my phone a lot so I can’t complain.

Most of these apps you probably all recognize; LinkedIn, Facebook, instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Google Maps, Waze, Uber.


I keep most/all of my social media on my home page because I use them a lot. I run a company, Focus Forward Media with a partner and we do video production, photography, and social media for companies. So I am managing our Instagram, our Twitter, our Facebook, as well as my own and some of our clients.

LinkedIn I keep up front because I’m trying to be more active there, I think of it as the Facebook of Business. It can be an effective way to interact with people you might want to do business with or see business news/headlines, connect with new people, etc.

Dropbox I keep up front because it’s how I get social media content to my phone. If I create a graphic I put it into Dropbox from my Mac and then take it from the Dropbox app on my phone. It’s where I put my photos too. Super helpful.

Nuzzel – Nuzzel is a news app I really like. It can log in to your Twitter or FB and it pulls headlines from top news sites, headlines from big accounts you follow and links to articles you might be interested in. From Nuzzel you can then share the article right to your Twitter or Facebook without leaving the app. It’s a great source in finding news so I’m a big fan of it.


The email app I’m using at the moment is ‘Email – Edison Mail’ I’m very picky with my email app. I use to use the Gmail App, and then switched to the iOS mail app. I liked the gmail app but it got to be too much for me and I wanted something simpler; hence going to the iOS mail app. It was very clean, very basic, and sort of text based in my opinion, which I liked. But after a while, especially after iOS 12, there came to be bugs with the notifications. For example, I would get a notification 10 minutes after I got an email even though that account was set to ‘push’ notifications. Another thing that annoyed me was I would get a notification for an email, I would swipe to open that email, but the email app would open in another account inbox. Then I’d have to navigate to that inbox for that email. So I did some research and found the Edison Email App. It’s actually very similar in look to the iOS mail app; it’s very clean and simple. It’s a bit more organized, faster, and the notifications work great. If you’re looking for a new email app I would recommend it! It can organize your emails into travel, packages (for deliveries), bills and receipts, subscriptions, entertainment, and security. It’s pretty sweet.


Sometimes I’ll do a quick edit of a photo on my phone and the Lightroom mobile app is awesome. It has all the tools you need to edit on the go and more. If you’re a photographer and like to edit while traveling, it’s a great app and if you have an Adobe subscription, you can get it very easy.


Foursquare is a cool app that can help you find places to eat and things to do in your area. I keep it to occasionally look for a new restaurant or bar, or to write reviews myself. If you like to review places, it’s a cool app because it can keep track of where you’re going and will prompt you to review places you’ve been. With every review you get points, levels, etc. it’s cool, check it out.


My GPS choice varies. I use to use Waze almost all the time, but often times now when I open it there’s bugs or it takes forever to load, or it says it can’t find the place I’m looking for/there’s no connection when I have no problem with service. So I’ve been using Google Maps more lately. I still use Waze sometimes but not as often. What’s your GPS of choice? I have almost never used Apple Maps because I hear it’s terrible but if any of you use it or love it, let me know, would love to hear your thoughts.


Lastly, my mobile browser choice is Google Chrome as opposed to Safari. I’m curious to hear your thoughts, leave a comment here or shoot me an email on why you use one or the other (mike@mikeneilan.com). I don’t have anything against Safari actually, i just prefer Chrome and have been using it on desktop forever so naturally I use it on my phone. Any benefits to Safari over Chrome? Or vice versa? Let me know.


What’s on your home screen? Did this post help you find some new apps or make you think about your apps? Let me know. If you have any questions for me, my email is mike@mikeneilan.com

If you or someone you know is looking for a portrait photographer or is looking for wedding video/photo, send them my way, I’d be happy to talk with them.

Thanks for reading, have a great day.