10 apps to cure boredom during quarantine

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WSPN’s Rebeca Kamens-Gil lists 10 apps that you can download to help you stay entertained during quarantine, from cooking to group video chatting. If you are looking for something new to do on your phone, keep on reading!

Rebeca Kamens-Gil

As the pandemic carries on, we are all stuck in our houses with only so much to do. Without being able to socialize and our only source of communication being technology, quarantine has us all bored out of our minds. If you’re looking to maximize the use of your device and take advantage of all this free time, check out the following apps!

Netflix:
Entertainment

If you’re looking for something new to watch, you can download Netflix on any device with a screen. It provides tons of TV shows and movies of all different genres, from action and comedy to crime. This streaming service is sure to entertain you for hours at a time (even when you have other responsibilities) and keep you relaxed and excited. The price of a monthly subscription ranges from $8.99 to $12.99.

Duolingo:
Education

With all the free time that you ought to have during quarantine, it might be a good time to learn a new language! Duolingo offers you free courses in over 30 different languages, each intended to teach you a new language in three months. All you have to do is set up a profile and participate in the daily lessons, and then you can put your skills to use!

Peloton:
Health & Fitness

Being stuck inside the house can make you extremely restless, so why not put that energy to good use with exercise? Peloton is a mobile app with over 10 workout types to fulfill all your fitness needs and tons of different videos to stream. Regardless of your abilities and experience, there are workouts for everyone that will help you challenge yourself and achieve your goals. The first 30 days are free, after which it costs $12.99 per month.

DoorDash:
Food & Drink

If you’re craving takeout food but are not able to leave your house to get it, use DoorDash! This app takes your orders online and gives you an estimate of when you will receive them. A driver or “Dasher” will drop it off at your home, where you can then enjoy your meal in comfort and safety.

HouseParty:
Social Networking

It’s so difficult not being able to see your friends for such a long period of time, but it’s important to stay connected through technology. HouseParty allows you to video chat with up to eight people at a time in a “room,” so you and all your friends can feel like you’re together again. Just download the app, create your profile and you can go enjoy each other’s company.

Calm:
Health & Fitness

With the COVID-19 pandemic persisting, it can be a very stressful and uncertain time for us all. It is so important to take care of your mental health during these difficult times, and Calm is the perfect app to go about it! It is filled with different types of meditations to ease your anxiety at any time of the day and targets the things you want to improve. The yearly cost is $69.99 after your free seven-day trial is over.

TikTok:
Entertainment

If you’re finding yourself bored and in need of a new source of entertainment, TikTok is the perfect app for you. TikTok is growing in popularity and brings together creators from all around the world to make short videos of all types. In addition to it being wildly entertaining and addictive to watch the app’s content, you are able to create your own content and share it with your friends as well!

Food Network Kitchen:
Food & Drink

Being stuck in quarantine has given us tons of free time to explore new hobbies and skills, so why not give cooking a try? Regardless of your previous experience, the Food Network Kitchen app is the perfect way to improve in the kitchen as it includes step-by-step tutorials by Food Network chefs and even allows you to ask questions. In addition to learning new recipes and perfecting your craft, you are able to stream your favorite episodes. Get the initial 60 days free, after which the subscription costs $4.99 a month or $39.99 a year.

Spotify:
Music

No matter who you are or what you’re doing, music will always be a great source of enjoyment. Spotify has every song you could possibly think of with awesome features that let you favorite the songs and artists you like. The app also keeps track of what you listen to the most in order to give you recommendations. In addition to having pre-made playlists you can listen to, it allows you to create your own with your favorite songs for every mood and place. A subscription to Spotify Premium costs $9.99 monthly, but there is a free version as well!

New York Times:
Magazines & Newspapers

It is so important to stay informed during this scary and chaotic time, which is why you should download the New York Times app! Here at WHS, we all have free subscriptions to the newspaper which gives us complete access to everything and keeps us up to date on the world around us. The New York Times is heavily covering the coronavirus so that you can be the safest and most prepared as possible during the pandemic.