In this day and age, It is said there are smartphone apps for solving just about any problem you may encounter. Just download, install, and you have the essential apps to survive the unexpected.
Smartphone Apps: Using Technology To Your Advantage
A couple of years ago, we posted an article on how to use your smartphone or cellphone as a survival tool. It showed how a broken or dead phone can help you survive. Just a few months back, we proved even a perfectly working phone has the capability to save your life in the most extreme SHTF situations, where there is absolutely nothing else you have on your person at the time. Here are just a few examples.
1. Smartphone Apps for Illumination: Flashlight
One of the most basic needs for survival is having a flashlight. And like most smartphones, you can download “Flashlight” and Brightest Flashlight for Iphone, Ipad, iPod and Android respectively. It’s as good as any modern flashlight!
2. Military Smartphone Apps: U.S. Army Survival Guide
Hesitant to go out in the wilderness because of lack of knowledge? Well, the 1,400-page US Army Survival Guide app will tell you what you need to know and learn. This app will show you how to navigate if you get lost, build shelter, and treat an injury. Just make sure you have enough battery to go a long way. Links: Apple iTunes.
3. Must-have Smartphone Apps: American Red Cross First Aid
Getting injured in the wild is no laughing matter. It could be a matter of life and death. The American Red Cross’s First Aid app gives the user an extensive collection of first aid procedures that can be looked up using your phone. This will give you first aid knowledge such as burns, fevers, heart attacks, and broken bones.
4. Dropbox: Smartphone Apps for Document Safekeeping
One very important part of a disaster kit is your documents such as birth certificates, IDs, alternate routes, etc. Having a hardcopy is good but having a softcopy in your phone is smart. The Dropbox mobile app will do just that!
5. BootPrint Pocket Survival: The Signal Finder of Smartphone Apps
With this app, you wouldn’t have to worry about climbing a tree or move around in search of a signal. It will show you the exact location where your phone had last got a signal. You can even use a compass on your phone so you wouldn’t have to search through the map.
6. Smartphone Apps for Foraging: Wild Edibles App
Do you want to forage like Steve “Wildman” Brill? This is the app for you! The Wild Edibles app provides as much as 8 various images of over 200 wild plants you can locate, identify, harvest, and prepare so you wouldn’t end up killing yourself or getting sick.
7. Prepper Smartphone Apps: The SAS Survival Guide
This app helps you identify safe edible plants and those that aren’t. With 400 pages on survival basics such as where you can find water or how to start a fire to identifying animal tracks and stalking them. This is a great app straight from Brit’s version of Seals!
8. Smartphone Apps for Monitoring: Emergency Radio
In an emergency situation, it pays to be updated in whatever disaster or emergency your area is in. A bush fire, a hurricane, a police pursuit in the highway you’re driving in, and even traffic. This way you get to prepare and anticipate your next move by listening to the emergency radio app.
9. The Homing Device of Smartphone Apps: Guardly Mobile Safety App
In the event you can’t make a call, this app can relay your real-time GPS location and send them to the police or to pre-listed people you want to notify in case of a dire emergency. The app can also send out an extremely loud whistle to determine your location should they be in the area. You will need an internet connection though in order for this app to work. Still, it will keep trying to do so until it gets a connection.
10. Compass and Google Maps: Navigation and Orienteering Smartphone Apps
Downloading an offline map in Google Maps for a region you’re headed to will do wonders for you. You can see your exact location using GPS even without a mobile signal. Here are the steps to do it:
- Search for your destination
- Drag out until you have a view of the whole area
- Flick bar at the bottom and choose “Save map to use offline”
11. Smartphone Apps vs Wild: Bear Essentials
Do you want an app that has been tried and tested by an actual survivor? An earthquake survivor in Haiti used this app which contained a compilation of information from ex-British special forces Bear Grylls. He must’ve been truly glad he downloaded this one when it happened!
12. Proclivus: Knowledgebase of Smartphone Apps
You can have so many apps in your phone that’ll help you with almost every survival or emergency situation you can think of. Proclivus can ease up your jumping of one app to another because it is a compilation of the best survival information you can find on the web. And you don’t have to pay anything to get it!
13. Knots 3D App
Learn a step-by-step process on how to tie more than 80 different types of knots in incredible detail! Since it’s 3 dimensional, you can twist the knots to know how it looks like from different angles. A great way to familiarize yourself by working on the it on your phone too!
Living Survival shows a video of the 25 survival & preparedness apps for iPhone or Android:
With the advancement of technology and constant discoveries of other new ones almost on a daily basis, there’s just so much you can have on your smartphone! If you like to go hiking or outdoors, choose the ones you think you need most based on your location and lifestyle. No one wants to be in a survival situation, it is best to be prepared than regret not having it if it happens.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.