The briefest peek of your iPhone (or tablet) gives away a lot of clues about your lifestyle. Which pigeonhole do you fit into?

Nobody likes to be pigeonholed; most of us would prefer to waft enigmatically through life, surprising people at every turn. But the truth is that you can tell a lot about a person with the briefest of peeks at the apps on their phone. Here, we take a look at what your choice of applications says about you.

FITNESS FREAK


FITBIT
Life is a series of goals – and Fitbit gets you closer to achieving them. It tells you how many steps you took yesterday, how much you slept, how many calories you ate and burned and what your heart rate looks like, all of which is information that you hold dear.

STRAVA
You don’t just want to go for a run or a ride, you want to track yourself as you do so. Strava collates key statistics relating to your activities, lets you set personal challenges and connects you to fellow athletes.

DARK SKY
You obviously need weather reports that promise up-to-the-minute accuracy if you are going to go for a run, get on your bike or hit the court.

BABOLAT PLAY
Evaluating and analysing your tennis game has never been easier. In fact, it is increasingly obvious that you could have gone pro. Best of all, you get to compare your stats with your friends in the Babolat community.

WORDS WITH FRIENDS
Adrenalin junkies need distraction even when stationary, so you sharpen your wit and expand your vocab with the world’s most popular mobile word game.

HEADSPACE
It takes time and effort to unwind from all that exercise; guided meditation in the comfort of your bedroom is the best way forward.

NEWSHOUND


TWITTER
Yes, you love to read your friend’s tuppence-worth and Stephen Fry’s commentary is often good for a laugh. But, admit it, you check Twitter several times an hour because it is your favourite way of hearing about, digesting and analysing the world’s breaking news stories.

BBC NEWS
A tried, tested and trusted source created by a global team of professional journalists.

FACEBOOK
Honestly, people post really thought-provoking articles every now and then.

TUNEINRADIO
From time to time, it can be refreshing to listen to the headlines instead of simply swiping at them. Get those headphones on.

THE TIMES, GUARDIAN & TELEGRAPH
You cling on to the broadsheets in their most compact form, mainly so that you can say to the older generation: “I read in The Times/Guardian/Telegraph that…”.

BUZZFEED
It remains on your phone because you downloaded it in the early days, but you frequently complain that there isn’t enough news on it, while chuckling at its latest silly list.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY


ASOS
This vast online clothes retailer caters for every occasion, trend and budget. The app’s flawless layout helps you spend money like it’s going out of fashion, right?

MAIL ONLINE
Bursting with essential nuggets about celebrities, royals and parties, this app is updated daily with over 800 new stories and thousands of photos. You’d have no chat without it.

LE SALON
The modern world is so cool: you can get party-ready nails at your home in London with the mere swipe of your thumb.

SNAPCHAT
You’re all about laughing and living in the moment, so Snapchat’s self-erasing photo messages and hilarious face filters are a lifeline.

INSTAGRAM
No day is complete without a quick scroll through the lives of others on Instagram. You’re way too busy to see everyone in person – so you stay abreast of their news, views and eating habits via this social media giahttps://www.uber.com/en-GB/nt.

UBER
Teetering heels and public transport are a bad combination. Fact. And the tap of an app is infinitely preferable to a long wait on the street for a taxi or a frustrating call to a mini-cab company.

WORKING MOTHER


AMAZON
Your Prime account is among your dearest possessions. Its next-day delivery service means that you can arrange a birthday party/fill a stocking/buy your husband an anniversary present on your journey home.

OCADO
Only the young and idle have time for real-life supermarkets these days.

NET-A-PORTER
The app is as pretty as the clothes it delivers and the packaging they come in. Kick-ass meetings require kick-ass designer threads. Plus, the idea of delivery that very day (if you order before 2 p.m) gives you a thrill.

FIND IPHONE
How else are you going to find your phone when your toddler’s hidden it – while it’s on silent mode, naturally – behind the sofa? Also useful for tracking your husband and teenagers.

WHATSAPP
When you can’t be at Sports Day, the nanny’s flurry of progress reports and triumphant snaps is a bearable second-best.

LAID-BACK LAD


SPOTIFY
If you’re going to use headphones as a fashion accessory, you need an app that gives you access to a million songs, too.

SHAZAM
This genius creation lets you identify the song you’re listening to and its lyrics. It’s like magic.

NETFLIX
Not only does Netflix offer original series, movies and documentaries, it also recommends the TV shows and movies it thinks you’d like best. Why does anybody bother with a TV licence or Sky subscription anymore?

TINDER
You may find your match – as 10 billion people have – but even if you don’t, swiping left is a ridiculously good pastime.

DOMINO'S
You can order a large Pepperoni Passion in 30 seconds. What’s not to love?

GREAT BIG GEEK


BLOOMBERG
Knowledge is power – and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep on top of your investments at all times. Excellent viewing from your bedroom, your bathroom and the cafeteria queue at work.

VIVINO
You never let a good bottle of wine pass you by. This natty little wine identification app tells you all you need to know about the plonk you’re drinking. It will even indicate how generous – or mean – your guests have been.

SPENDOMETER
Sticking to your monthly budget is like a religion to you; logging your cash flow, tracking your finances on a night out and viewing your spending reports all give you untold pleasure.

August 2017