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Give Mom a Smartphone Makeover

Don’t have a lot to spend on Mother’s Day? Don’t worry – give your Mom (or sister, or aunt, or best friend) a phone makeover by installing a few apps that will make her life a little easier and give her a much-needed break.

With a little help from the Google Play team, we searched through over 1 million apps to handpick some just for Mom. Whether she’s in the mood for a workout or just looking to sit back and relax, these apps will put her on the right track!


Help Mom take the break she deserves. The Headspace app offers a guided daily meditation session and reminders throughout her day to keep her calm and focused.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Get Things Done

With Remember the Milk Mom will always have her to-do lists and most important tasks for the day with her. This app will help her get organized with priorities, due dates, time estimates and tags to keep all of her tasks in order.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Keep in Touch

Group messaging or video chat with the whole family! You can easily turn a conversation into a video chat for up to 10 people with the Google Hangouts app, even on mobile.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Whip Up a Gourmet Meal

With more than 250,000 recipes, BigOven has something for everyone. Mom can search for recipes by course or a specific ingredient or browse the most popular recipes. It can also help her use up leftovers - enter three ingredients in the fridge or pantry and get a bunch of ideas.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Sneak in Some Exercise

The Moves app will help keep Mom healthy and active. She can track her day’s walking, cycling and running and set fitness goals based on her activity.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Take a Beauty Break

A mirror app lets Mom check her lipstick on the go. On iPhone try Mirror, and on Android try Clean Mirror HD.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Learn Something New

The Duolingo app makes it fun and easy to learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and more!

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

Pass the Time

Candy Crush is so 2013. Load the new Farm Heroes Saga on Mom’s phone to keep her on trend and give her something to do the next time she’s waiting in line.

Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, Android

All Her Questions...Answered!

Voice search is three times faster than typing, making multitasking easy for mom. Download the free Google Search app and get your Mom to try asking it to set an alarm, book a calendar appointment, or when a particular store opens. It can even compare different food and drink, for example, try asking “wine versus beer.” With Google Now included, your Mom also has her very own personal assistant!

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