Essential rules for making the best use of today’s app technology

Mobile phones, tablets and apps have become a staple of 21st century living. Apps can make life better, but how do you choose the best and make them work for you?

Three simple tips for choosing the best apps

Apps are designed for a myriad of things, from accessing news and weather to better organizing workflow, social media or playing games. But their apparent ease and promise of time-saving can backfire when your phone blows up with clutter or apps become redundant.

Follow these rules when it comes to choosing the best apps for you:

First rule: Do you really need it? Avoid fads and evaluate your needs. Read up, compare reviews, download and try it out. If it’s not of value, ditch the app. Be careful with free apps since they don’t always offer all the functions you want. If you buy apps, make sure they are worth the expense.

Second Rule: Resist cool looks and style and focus on the interface and experience. Choose apps that can be personalized get used more, and offer a customized experience you’ll come back to. Also, make sure critical apps sync up (like Dropbox, Evernote and Google Calendar) to avoid forever switching between them. Dual purpose apps like the Genuine Xerox Scan app scans supply labels for Xerox authenticity and tallies your Genuine Xerox Rewards points.

Third Rule: Keep it easy and engaging. If an app requires too much work to install, access and use, it may not be worth it. Above all, stick to those that reduce hassle and make your life more convenient.

And finally, when you know what kind of app you want, make sure you follow some simple guidelines to get those that are the most reliable and long-lasting:

  • Make sure the developer is established and won’t close up shop once you’ve fallen in love with their tool. Apply the same standard to freeware.
  • Opt for apps with great customer support, and think twice about the companies you are supporting by your usage.
  • Pony up and pay for the best apps that will increase your productivity, help cut costs, enhance your leisure time or even achieve your goals.

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Managing Apps

For those that remember what file cabinets are, the same principles apply to managing and organizing your apps. Regularly cleaning out (uninstalling in this case) and creating shortcuts for ready access is key. Steps are different depending on your device but timely purging app and cache data to free up storage (and/or to curtail apps that act up) is important. Remember to keep apps updated just like you do with your print driver to get the very latest technology and security.  

The app revolution

Apps go broader than just mobile devices. Your office printer can and should meet today’s changing needs both in the office and on-the-go. Our new VersaLink® printers’ touch screen is app-driven and task-specific, allowing you to customize it to fit your business preferences by placing the apps used most front and center. Apps like Xerox® Easy Translator are a touch away, and the new Vision-e Voice app uses voice recognition to let you tell your printer exactly what to do. The Xerox App Gallery offers an ever-evolving gallery of apps — including those from third-party developers — that let you add, delete, or swap tools in your own custom app gallery.

See how it works

Watch how productivity apps let you customize your workplace

Time to get your business connected

If you’re not using a mobile app for your business, it’s time to step up your game.

Customers are more apt to come back when they have the constant touch of push promotions like app coupons and announcements, loyalty programs designed just for them, and instant online transactions.

If you think getting an app built is both costly and difficult, think again. Numerous companies are making the creating and testing of mobile apps affordable and accessible with templates that let business owners build their own, host them and collect the data they generate.

So, here’s the thing, mobile connectivity and apps are here to stay. You can join in the revolution easily and start enjoying the benefits in both your work time and free time. At both home and the office or on the go, Xerox® ConnectKey® Technology-enabled devices offer a myriad of apps to make your life easier and your time better spent.

What to do next

Discover how Xerox ConnectKey and Apps can help your business. Learn more about Xerox ConnectKey Apps or contact your reseller for a free consultation today.