When you move to Mexico, you’ll be introduced to a new way of doing things. And with that territory even comes learning about new apps in Mexico that will make your life easier. Most of these apps operate on both iOS and Android, but I include the link to the app store to make things easier.
*This page is best experienced with your cell phone since it has links to the app itself.
Google translate has the greatest advantage in that not only does it help you translate actual live text from Spanish to English. Meaning you can hover the app over a label in Spanish and as long as the text is legible it will translate to English! It also works inside many apps, so you can translate inside of WhatsApp and Youtube. You can also type a phrase in English and the app will translate it into Spanish. Making it super convenient for you when you are starting to learn Spanish and need it right then and there! Available on iOS and Android.
WhatsApp is the most common messaging app in Mexico. Most people tend to use WhatsApp because cell phone carriers typically didn’t include unlimited texting in Mexico. WhatsApp uses your data plan, so you will need to either get a SIM card to avoid data roaming charges or have a plan in Mexico that has unlimited data. Plus, WhatsApp is FREE. WhatsApp is available in both iOS and Android
Waze is one of the best apps in Mexico to get around or get directions to a place. I have used Google Maps and Waze, and various other map apps in Mexico to get around. I keep coming back to Waze because it tends to always be the most up-to-date app with the best routes and actual-time estimates are correct. Plus, it gives you great alternatives when roads are closed. Waze is available in both iOS and Android
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If you don’t have the best cell coverage in Mexico and you want to have access to a map, maps.me lets you download most maps. It’s a great backup in case your GPS doesn’t pick up a cell signal.
available in both iOS and Android
Wise.com not only lets you check today’s exchange rates from a foreign currency to Mexican pesos, but I have found it to be the most inexpensive way of getting money from my U.S. bank account into my Mexican bank account. I use it a lot! Plus, they have a great app that has an easy-to-use interface. Available on iOS and Android
With Remitly you can also send money worldwide. The difference with Remitly is that the recipient in Mexico can opt to pick up their cash at a participating partner. Such as Oxxo, banks, and Coppel stores. Available in iOS and Android.
Duo Lingo is a great app in Mexico that teaches you conversational Spanish from your phone or tablet. It even has feedback on your pronunciation which can make it less intimidating to practice your Spanish skills. Duolingo teaches you a few words each day and puts them into a sentence with images to help you fully comprehend what you are learning. It’s available on both iOS and Android
Rappi is one of many full-service apps in Mexico that connects you to different retailers in your local area where you can order everything from booze, dinner, groceries to medications, flowers, and so much more! In most cities in Mexico, Rappi has a fee-based model that charges you a small fee depending on the service you have hired. Input your address, and Rappi will tell you what is available nearby for delivery. Available on both iOS and Android
Uber the most popular ride sharing app is available in almost every city in Mexico with some caveats. A lot of cities in Mexico have put in regulations that don’t allow Uber to pick you up at airports or bus stations in an effort to support taxi drivers. To use it, you connect a credit card to your profile and when you ask for a ride Uber will connect you to drivers nearby. You can see the fee Uber charges before accepting a ride, and don’t worry you don’t need to carry cash. Uber is available on iOS and Android
Didi is a strong competitor to Uber in Mexico. Also a ride-sharing app in Mexico that connects you to drivers nearby, Didi is available throughout Mexico. Didi is available on iOS and Android
La Comer is a chain of grocery stores throughout Mexico. Their app allows you to buy groceries online, get them delivered, and even saves your previous orders. Although their app is only in Spanish, it is extremely convenient to order groceries and keep track of previous purchases in a single app. Particularly during Covid, as La Comer offers home delivery in almost every state. Available on both iOS and Android
Rome2Rio is a fantastic app that takes a lot of the guess work out of finding transportation options. Think of it like Expedia but for getting around.
You input a starting city in Mexico and an end city, and boom. Rome2Rio will give you various transportation options and in most cases even give you a breakdown of their cost with direct links to book. This app is available on both iOS and Android.
What do you think? Were you familiar with these apps already? What about other apps that you think should be on this list? Comment and let me know!
Units Plus Pro
Ever go to the tortilleria or carniceria and need to quickly determine what is 1/2 lb of tortillas or ham? That’s why I recommend the Units Plus app for iPhone or Android.
Even if you’re driving and need to know how fast 80km/h is in miles. This app will help you! As long as you have an internet connection, you can quickly convert any unit of measurement on your phone.
Convert values between commonly used units in an easy and efficient way.
This was an excellent article! I did not know about half of these apps. Thank you for taking the time to share this information. looking forward to relocating to Mexico this year.
Mariana Lange says
Hi Steve! Glad it was helpful to you.
Let me know if there are any that are missing?
indriver app… you put in ride and suggest a rate. Drivers counter offer or not and a rate is agreed upon. cash paid upon drop off. Clean rides, and lot of English speakers. It’s where the drivers who left uber went when uber went sour for them due to excessive “takes” and “taxi cartel” pressure.
Mariana Lange says
I’ve never personally used it.
I’ll add it on here
Great information. And most of the APPS I am aware of and some I wasn’t but I will download them. One APP that isn’t on this list that I think is invaluable is EXPAT-911. It is and emergency APP for English speakers in Mexico. If an emergency arises and they speak little or no Spanish they can go to EXPAT-911 and get an English speaking person to send the right responders to your location. Fire, Ambulance or Police. And with GPS they can track your location. Great APP.
Mariana Lange says
That service no longer exists. Be careful giving them your money
Dianna Winkfield says
Can you suggest a real estate professional in the Yucatan/Progreso area?
Mariana Lange says
Yes – we have a great recommendation. If you’d like access to our recommended contacts and all of our information about rentals and real estate in Mexico, you first have to purchase our Mexico Relocation Guide
Hi Mariana, I sold my car today and booked an Airbnb in Puerto Vallarta for myself and my daughter. The plan is to fall in love with Mexico and get temporary residency at first. Can you tell me how much monthly retirement income I should be receiving before taxes to qualify? I also need that info for a digital nomad working remotely. Thanks in advance.
Mariana Lange says
You need to receive at least $2700 USD NET income that’s after taxes. That would qualify you for temporary residency at some consulates. A lot of consulates require $3000 USD net or more