Helpful apps for living in Germany

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

Get organized, learn the language and make yourself at home with these tablet and smartphone apps. 

Conversions: Monitor your spending with the XE Currency app, which calculates euro prices in U.S. dollars. Change metric measurements to the imperial system with ConvertPad, Converter Plus or Convert Any Unit Free

German language: Type the English phrase to see and hear the German translation with iTranslate or Voice Translator. The Word Lens feature of Google Translate simultaneously translates menus, signs and paperwork. 

Have fun and learn German quickly with Duolingo, Learn German by MindSnacks and German Free 24/7 Language Learning. As your skills advance, graduate to Learn German — 3,400 Words, German Verbs Trainer, German Gender of Nouns Trainer or German Class Lite. Learn German for Kids and Learn German Baby Flash Cards are great options for children. 

GPS: Not ready to invest in a GPS for your car? A number of map apps are available that provide the same service for much less. MotionX GPS Drive and Google Maps are both highly rated for directions and current traffic. To avoid data usage, try the offline maps available from

Internet locator: While waiting for home Internet, look on Free Wi-Fi Finder for area businesses offering Wi-Fi to customers. 

Money: Keep track of moving expenses, financial goals and upcoming bill payments. Personal Finance supports advanced fiscal planning. Mint Bills & Money reminds you of pending bills and shows current bank account and credit card balances. 

Download your local banking institution’s app to make deposits, pay bills and transfer funds. Service Credit Union, Community Bank and Andrews Federal Credit Union have apps. 

News: For the most important news affecting your family — as well as sports, classifieds, DODEA updates and entertainment — download the Stars and Stripes mobile and tablet apps, and purchase a digital access subscription. 

Organization: Get an organizational app to prioritize your to-do list and remember the small stuff. Errands To-Do List and Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks allow you to create agendas for every aspect of life, keeping you on track after your PCS. 

Sleep: Jet lag and stress hinder restorative shuteye. To ensure you get enough rest, try a relaxation app like Relax & Sleep Well or peaceful sound app, such as Sleep Pillow Sounds

Traffic: Check Road Information Germany or Via Michelin before heading out. For weather, traffic, road conditions and school news, use the AFN Europe app. 

Transportation: Wherever you are in Germany, use the Esso Fuel Finder app to locate stations. DB Navigator is a lifesaver as you learn to ride the German train system. 

Video chat: You won’t feel so far away when you chat with friends and family via FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, ooVoo or Viber.

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