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Navigate life in Hong Kong with the help of these apps

It’s no secret that many of us heavily rely on technology to both connect us to the digital world, but also to maximise productivity and efficiency. Social media apps aside, there are countless of smartphone widgets that can help us to simplify both our personal and professional lives, whether they’re running in the background or used daily. Navigate Hong Kong’s notorious hustle and bustle with our favourite Hong Kong apps, perfect for city dwellers.

The best Hong Kong apps:

Hong Kong Apps
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TakeTaxi – Hong Kong Taxi Translator

A handy app for those unable to speak the lingo, TakeTaxi enables you to type in any address in English where it will then translate it into Cantonese so that you may easily show the taxi driver where you’re trying to go.

Available on the App store

iAM Smart

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of government forms in recent months, you’re not alone. From vaccination records to government subsidies to simply renewing vehicle licenses, the iAM Smart platform conveniently consolidates all of your info into one simple application. Make form-filling a cinch with functions like ID authentication, form-filling and digital signing.

Available on the App Store

Carousel

Essentially a trading platform, Carousel encourages users to buy and sell all kinds of pre-owned items. Differentiating from larger, globalised platforms like Depop, Carousel also allows its users to offer goods for sale such as properties, cars and services.

Available on the App Store

PayMe

Developed by HSBC, PayMe is a virtual payment platform that permits users with local phone numbers and bank accounts to pay and transfer money to friends, family and businesses, all within the mobile app. The app must be linked to a local bank account or a credit card to be used.

Available on the App Store

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City Mapper

Global app City Mapper provides public transport options between any two locations across the city, displaying all available timings and routes. For those who are cost-conscious, the app also provides an estimated fee for your travels, enabling you to compare which public transport is best on your wallet.

Available on the App Store

Happy Not Perfect

Integrated with Apple HealthKit, this app is great for those who want to combat stress. Features include a daily happiness workout, sleep wind-down, and daily affirmations, among others. Endorsed by both scientists and experts, Happy Not Perfect is the perfect app to stay balanced, practice mindfulness and be happy.

Available on the App Store

Genius Scan

Tired of having to type and input your paper notes onto a computer? Genius Scan alleviates that work for you, scanning any document or paper into a digital copy. Rather than taking a photo, the app will deal with all the tedious issues such as lighting, text and the angle of the document.

Available on the App Store

EWG’s Food Scores

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released an app that highlights the harmful fungicides and pesticides usually found in non-organic fresh produce. Such ingredients can cause serious symptoms which can lead to life-threatening illnesses later on. The app rates more than 80,000 foods designed to encourage customers to pursue a healthier and smarter shopping experience.

Available on the App Store  

BeautyFact

Launched in August 2021, BeautyFact is a beauty checking tool designed for beauty, skincare, hair and nail products. Analysing the ingredients and chemicals of such products, the app reports the toxicity level of cosmetic ingredients along with cleaner, sustainable beauty alternatives for customers. The app also provides content on beauty knowledge and does weekly product reviews.

Available on the App Store

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OpenRice

Tired of eating at the same conventional restaurants? OpenRice is Hong Kong’s hugely popular food and restaurant guide, offering you a range of options based on your favourite cuisine, location and budget. It also features reviews and photos of the restaurant, submitted by Hongkongers themselves, as well as the ability to make a booking at the restaurant.

Available on the App Store

Co-Star

Utilising NASA data and professional astrologers, your horoscope-aligned future has never looked clearer. Features include personality analysis, planet-by-planet compatibility and the map of the sky at your exact time, the scale of insight is hyper-personalised to all aspects of your life.

Available on the App Store

C25K

A running app for beginners and experts alike, each running plan is carefully designed with audio coaches echoing in the background. The typical programme is eight weeks long, with a commitment to getting on your feet three times a week that alternates between walking and running. It’s a great way to build endurance and unwind from hectic days.

Available on the App Store

Sleep Cycle

Insomniacs and late-night workers should definitely download this app. Not only does it track your sleep, but it reports on the best time to snooze and even finds your perfect wake up window, so you wake refreshed — minus the grogginess.

Available on the App Store

Ticketflap

Want to know what’s happening in the city? Ticketflap features new and upcoming events in Hong Kong. If you are unable to make an event, the app also enables users to list and sell their tickets or vouchers.

Available on the App Store

MyObservatory

This app is your very own personalised weather report, providing temperature, relative humidity and rainfall based on each user’s specified location. Keeping you up-to-date on rainstorm, lightning and typhoon warnings, MyObservatory will effectively help you in planning your day.

Available on the App Store

GOGOX

Founded in Hong Kong in 2013, formerly known as GOGOVAN, GOGOX simplifies the everyday delivery needs and experience of both customers and drivers by providing door-to-door deliveries and courier services. Ranging from instant, same-day or four-hour delivery, users are able to tailor the delivery period to their own preferences, eliminating all the regular agonies associated with courier services.

Available on the App Store

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My Impact

Hong Kong-based NGO EcoDrive launched the ‘My Impact’ app to encourage users to reduce single-use plastic. The app tracks users’ consumption as well as their efforts to reduce, recycle and reuse. Through the “Community” feature, users can join in on beach clean-ups and campaigns, and also receive education on the long-term impact of single-use plastic consumption.

Available on the App Store

Water For Free

All around Hong Kong are several public water fountains and dispensers. Water For Free helps you locate these by placing all the locations onto one map on the platform. On a mission to increase Hong Kong’s awareness of plastic waste pollution, the app also has functions for users to recommend new water fountain locations.

Available on the App Store

Jima Caller ID

Annoyed with endless junk calls? Jima Caller ID is an app curated to alleviate cold calls. It blocks spam, only showcasing calls that can be identified and even offers a blacklist that allows users to include additional numbers to block.

Available on the App Store

Bravera

This fitness tracker goes one step beyond most, turning exercises such as walks into rewards that you can redeem with local businesses and international partners. The more points you earn by doing outdoor activities, the more reward coupons you are entitled to. Reward partners include LifeHub, Cafe 8, Tuck Shop, ZeroYet100, Retykle and more.

Available on the App Store

HK Movie

With 11 different cinemas to choose from, HK Movie enhances users’ experience by displaying showtime schedules of movies, featuring movie trailers and purchasing movie tickets all within one easy platform.

Available on the App Store

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TANYA PARMANAND

Despite pursuing a career in Law, Tanya has always been interested in journalism seen by writing on social activism, lifestyle and culture in Hong Kong. If she’s not writing or in court, you can catch her reading the latest book on her Kindle whilst sipping her latest matcha latte find.