Ok, to be honest, I have been spending a ton (and I mean a TON) of time on social media lately since I can’t meet up with friends. So I collaborated a few apps that helped me get through the mentality of being “insane” when being bored and stuck inside for days.
You’ll get to understand what the app is, the features that are involved and a bit of history behind it.
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
6 Best Time Killer Apps for Boredom in 2020
I added TikTok to this list because it’s a great time-waster when you’re bored. Yup, I got those days where I stay up late watching TikToks from 1 am to 4 am (and that’s the story of how my sleep schedule got screwed up).
Many of you at first might think of TikTok as “cringe” for their lip-syncs and dances but it’s mostly used for its Vine-like features and comedic lifestyles (which is the reason why I mostly used this app for).
I use to think TikTok as cringe back then and wouldn’t DARE download it but now that I gave in that “3rd chance” I swear I might have an addiction!
What is TikTok?
It’s one of the most popular used app (of 2020) as well as a great time killer app for short-minute videos. Pretty much the same thing as Vine (which shut down in Jan 2017) and Musical.ly combined. It is owned by ByteDance in China-Beijing.
The history of TikTok
Did you know that this app was once “Musical.ly“? Before TikTok was bought and merged in mid-2018, there were/are popular creators on that app such as BabyAriel, Jacob Sartorius (please don’t make me remember that one song he made *shivers*), Loren Gray, Lisa and Lena. There were probably a few more notable creators that I haven’t mentioned but I never used the Musical.ly app.
Now we got the popular creators such as Charlie D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Zack King, and more that I haven’t listed. Not to mention there are celebrities using this app such as Zion T (one of my favs), Ashley Tisdale, Jason Derulo (wait- what????), and the list goes on.
The content on TikTok
There is plenty of TikTok content for everyone, not just all comedic and lip-syncing. For such, there are cooking TikToks, barista, shopping must-haves, animals (a lot of them actually especially cats and dogs), horror, entrepreneurship, gardening/plants and a bunch more.
Here are features that you need to know when using this time killer app.
- FYP: You know what I like about TikTok? The “for you page” (FYP). This is the front landing page when you open the app. It doesn’t rely on what you search (well you can if you want to look into a specific content) but it allows you to explore creators on the rise, popular content, trends, and anything recommended to you.
- Feature: What I like is the ability to download TikToks to my photo gallery. Don’t worry! It’s not illegal to download because when the video is downloaded, there’s the user’s “copyright” added.
You’re also able to share TikToks anywhere on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Messenger, etc. I don’t use the “GIF” feature anymore since I use TikToks to express my mood lol.
- Music: TikTok is a fantastic way to find new music. Ever since I started using this app, I’ve added a bunch of songs to my playlist like Doja Cat “Say so”, Saint Jhn “Roses” (Imanbek Remix), Melanie Martinez “Play Date”, and the most iconic song by Megan Thee Stallion “Savage”. You can also borrow other user’s music to make it into your own TikTok.
When I’m bored and need to find time killer apps to go on, I mostly go on the YouTube app and watch the videos from my subscription along with random videos that are recommended to me.
What is YouTube?
This is an online video-sharing platform created in November 2006 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. This is the place where anyone can upload their content and share it with others. Google currently owns this video-platform.
The Content on YouTube
It has nearly* (I say nearly because some videos are like really “age-restrictive” and wouldn’t be allowed on YouTube) of variety of videos for everyone of all ages including education, vlogging, humour, kids shows, beauty, fashion, horror, short films, music/music-videos, IT & technology, engineering, documentaries, TV show clips, drama, and gaming.
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The Key YouTube Features
Here are the important features when using this video streaming platform.
- Subscription & Recommendation: With YouTube’s algorithm, they recommend videos based on what you previously watched, liked and your search history.
If you’re interested in watching a creator/s’ content, you can add them to your subscription feed. This is where you’re able to get the latest uploads from that creator. But you MUST have a Google’s account in order to add them to your subscription.
One ISSUE with this is when you turn on the notification for your favs, you won’t get it. Personally, for me, I don’t put on the notification bell because it doesn’t work sometimes. And the other issue is that some of their latest videos won’t show in your subscription feed.
- Playlist: you can watch a bunch of videos from the playlist created by others. You can do this by going to the search bar (first you need to search for a type of video you want to watch or a category) > click on “Filter” > under “Type” you’ll find “Playlist”. This will show you a bunch of playlists filled with related videos.
Not only can you search for other playlist but you can create your own one too. There’s an option to make it public, private or unlisted.
You can check out my previous post on some YouTubers’ to check out.
What is Reddit?
It can be a little intimidating and difficult to navigate at first but you’ll get used to it once you start using it for a few weeks or months.
Note & Disclaimer: that there’s a lot of “uncensored” subreddits out there on Reddit. This includes news, politics, abuse, pornography, violence, hate speech and suicide tips. Consider an example of “NSFW” which you can enable or disable in your settings.
The basic Reddit terms
These terms are what you need to understand when you go on this platform. There are more key terms, not just these ones. If you’re interested in knowing more in-depth about Reddit and want to join, you can read Mashable’s post here (it’s also where I got the source from).
- Subreddit & Users: These are small communities by millions. This help categorises the types of content people are looking for.
When looking for subreddits, they should have the “r/…” before the category. For example “r/pics”.
If you’re looking for the user, they should have a “u/…” before the person’s username. For example “u/unique123”.
- Karma: Users can earn “Reddit karma” for the number of upvotes they get from posts and comments. It influences their value to the community.
> Coins & Rewards – if you think a post or a comment deserves more than an upvote you can pay real currency for “coins” on Reddit. These coins can be used for giving an award to the OP’s post or comment.
- Voting: there’s a system on here where you can interact with the OP (original poster) or a commenter by giving them an upvote or downvote. This can determine the rank of the post (such as “hot”, “top” & “rising”). The more the upvotes it has, the more it will be shown to the homepage. The downvote can subtract 1 upvote or go down into the negatives.
What is Pinterest?
A search engine where you can discover a wide range of visual ideas and inspiration such as recipes, fashion, beauty, home, DIYs and much more. You can learn more about it through my guide on Pinterest Marketing.
Features to Pinterest
Here are the two main things on this platform which are “pins” and “boards”.
- Pins: These are pretty much like “bookmarks”. Let me put it as an example of being like a website on search engines. You can bookmark these websites to save for later. Anyone can create pins and upload them to Pinterest.
Usually those with a personal account like to save those pins and pin visual images from sites like Instagram. On the other hand, business accounts create and upload pins to share their own business, websites/blogs, eCommerce stores and products.
Both personal and business accounts use pins for inspiration, purchases, advice and ideas.
- Boards: Where do you even save your pins without boards? Boards are the place where you can organise your collection of pins to different categories.
Other users can follow your boards (your entire account or a specific board) if you make them public OR you can create private boards called “secret boards”. This is where you can pin “pins” that only you can see (or the person on your account).
- Board Customisation: You can also customise your boards as well. If you want to learn how to do that for free on your phone, check it out here. For the desktop version, check here.
- Group boards: You can join other collaborative boards called “group boards” by contacting the board owner through Pinterest message or their email if mentioned in the board description. If you’re a business account, I wouldn’t recommend joining them at the moment (as of June-July 2020) due to the Pinterest algorithm change to how they work.
If you need simple instructions to create your own boards, you can check out Pinterest’s Help Center here.
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Dear Business Owners
If you’re a business with a website or inspire to make an income through Pinterest, read this. If not, skip to the next part.
I was planning to write my future post on how I grew on Pinterest however that would have to be post phoned to a future date. I have a few helpful tools for you to gain the right audience and traffic you need on Pinterest.
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Her course shares with you on how to grow your Pinterest account, advice on what you SHOULD be focusing on, what you need to know about Pinterest’s Algorithm change and how to bring traffic to your site. If you’re interested in using Pinterest, click here to get the full course.
In the mood for a “WTF” moment? This app has that. What about satisfying ASMR videos? Yep, that got that too. Along with TikTok, this is pretty much one of my time killer apps to go to.
Ok, I wish I found out about NeverThink sooner than later but here we are and plus I’m sharing with you so you also don’t have to miss out on it.
What is NeverThink?
Neverthink is a platform where you can watch thousands of videos without having to figure out what to search for. Pretty much like a TV remote control. These videos are picked out from their staff/team (they’re definitely not robots so you don’t have to worry about that!).
There’s going to be something there for everyone. I’m not going to list all of them because I realised as I’m writing this that there are A LOT of channels (and I mean ALOT). You can check them out for yourself but here are a few of my favourites:
- Learn Something – random educational videos that are actually interesting and can improve brain health.
- Memeternet Explorer – remember those short videos that were uploaded during the early days of YouTube (or Vine)? Well yeah.
- Reddit TV – because I spend time on Reddit daily, I’m actually a fan of the interesting things that people around the world share. You can find the most upvoted Reddit videos here.
- Instant Regret – “do you ever wonder what’s going on inside their head?”
- Foodie – you know I have a deep love for food… well, it’s pretty much satisfying cooking and food videos.
- Time Machine – I love taking a look back at what life was like in the 1920’s to the 1970’s. It gives an interesting perspective of what the world has evolved to now…
- Into the Wild – I don’t think I can survive in the wild but surely watching these videos is pretty interesting.
- Documentaries – Great stories around the world that help me learn about other cultures, history and why things are the way they are.
Features & Specials
You can also watch the videos on YouTube by clicking on the “YouTube logo” on the right corner. This will transfer you to the YT site. There’s also the option to share with others, which is next to the YT icon, as well as you can heart the video if you liked it.
On the top, there should be round icons that are considered “specials”. They are limited channels that involve fewer clips on that said category.
It shows the number of clips before it runs out with the indication on the top-right of the icon. It runs out once you completed watching those channels (don’t worry! You can still replay the clips).
Where to watch videos on NeverThink
There’s going to be times where you don’t have an internet connection with you.
What is Pocket?
Pocket is a great app for you to save websites that you want to read, view or listen for later in offline mode. You can pretty much save content from anywhere whether that be from news sites, blog posts or social platforms.
You’re also able to achieve articles that you have completed reading. This will remove the article from “My List”.
you can change your theme in your settings under the person icon in the far end. The post you save will appear in a simpler form which helps reduce space and faster download (KB/MB).
There’s an option where you’re able to change how you read the post in the settings (3 dots on the bottom right corner).
You can do the following settings:
- Display Settings: it shows the light or dark mode, your device’s brightness, font size and typeface. You are limited to picking typefaces unless you have the premium version of Pocket.
- Switch to Web View: this will transfer you to the actual main website with images (the current one uses the “article view”). However, you will need internet to download the website view.
- Refresh: you will also need the internet for this. It refreshes the article to look for updates on readability or if the post has been changed by the author.
- Favourite: adding articles that you prefer to read sooner. When adding it to your favourites, you will get a yellow icon with a star in the middle under the post title.
- Add Tags: you can add these to organise your articles which makes it easier to find for later.
- Highlight: firstly, you would need to highlight a passage in your article in order for the key points to be shown in the “highlights”. You can do this by holding down on a sentence and the first thing you should see is “highlight”. You can also share that passage to your friends or anywhere else.
- Delete: if you’re not interested in an article, you can remove it from your Pocket list.
- Report Article Problem: if you think an article is faulty, you should be able to report it using this button.
Now you can listen to your articles by tapping on the headphone icon. I don’t use this function because I prefer reading it but if you’re not into reading it or you’re multitasking, then this is for you.
You can also change the speed of the audio on the left side where the “1x” is. The icon on the right with the tick inside the box is the “achieve” post. If you’re done listening to it, you can achieve it.
If you have nothing saved on your “later” list or you haven’t figured out what to save, you can check out their “Discover” tab which is the square icon with the heart in the middle. It is between your home (My List) shown in the image and the bell notification icon.
It shares with you things that others have enjoyed reading, the best of Pocket, what’s popular, and what you might have missed. It’s great because some of the articles on my list are mostly from the discovery tab.
By click on the “Save” icon, it adds it to your list and automatically downloads it for offline.
Restrictions on Downloading Videos
Sadly, you can’t download videos from popular streaming services like YouTube to Pocket’s offline mode due to content restrictions.
Other videos that are also restricted are ones that are saved on your device/s along with movie and TV shows from sites like Netflix, etc.
However, you can still be able to save video links. You can read more about it here.
Which best time killer apps do you use and which ones do you use most often?
I hope I gave you a few ideas that helped you stay inside for long periods.
If you’re interested in more productivity apps, check out the few lists here:
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