Helpful apps for living in Germany

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 or Converter Plus.

German language: Type the English phrase to see and hear the German translation with 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? Use Google Maps for directions and current traffic. To avoid data usage, try the offline maps available from

Money: Keep track of moving expenses, financial goals and upcoming bill payments. 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. Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks allows 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: 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, Zoom or Viber.

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