According to Statista, the average daily time Americans will spend on mobile phones will be 4 hours and 39 minutes by 2024. As an antidote to endless scrolling, swiping and shopping, consider giving your loved ones a homemade app made just for them!
When someone’s phone is an extension of themselves, integral to how they engage with the world, an app meets them exactly where they are. With a homemade app, you can give your friends or family a meaningful experience, right there on their device, made just for them.
Apple users with iOS 16.4+ and MacOS Sonoma can save a Safari webpage as a web app on their home screen or dock. Highly interactive webpages featuring dynamic experiences are ideal for this kind of web app, but usually require programming expertise. No-code creative platforms like Hatch remove the technical barriers of coding interactions and animations. Homemade web apps also bypass the restrictions of app stores, don’t have ads, and share no browsing history, cookies, website data, or settings with your browser. See our tutorial on how to turn your Hatch webpage into an app.
As kids, we gave drawings and sculptures to our families and friends. As adults, maybe we’ll knit a scarf or bake a pie. A homemade app can be just as expressive, just as caring, and foster new ways to connect through digital media.
Here are some ideas for making your own personalized homemade apps this holiday season. Each design is free to customize however you like as a registered Hatch user.
Sound on! Give those parents a break with this audio player offering automatic responses to common parenting issues with just a tap button. Click the battery door to customize it with your own messages.
Create a moment for focus and calm with a personalizable jar your recipient can shake in times of stress. Unique gravity effects add a surprise.
Sound on! Let your coworker set the vibe with a mellow, atmospheric audio mixer that features sounds of waves and wind chimes. Customize with new audio clips to create a different auditory experience.
Curate the best music videos to get your friend going any day of the week. This playlist is perfect for inspiration and inside jokes. Customize with YouTube video links, Spotify playlists, and other embeddable content.
Add any address to this personal compass and it will always point in the right direction. Style it with photos, messages, and stickers. Note, this app only works on mobile devices with confirmed location permissions.