In a techy city like Portland, it’s no surprise that many residents rely on a number of apps to enhance their lives — and in some cases, help them get from point A to point B. In addition to the obvious apps such as Lyft or Instagram, these apps should be on every Portlander’s phone.
Whether you’re searching for the best happy hour deals or curious about weather conditions on a nearby hiking trail, there’s an app for that. These essential apps will enhance your everyday life in Portland, in both fun and functional ways!
The Explore Local app believes “supporting locally owned businesses is crucial in developing a strong local economy. Unlike national corporations, local businesses regularly purchase from other local retailers, farms, and service providers.” And we couldn’t agree more! Discover the best local shops, restaurants, bars and other attractions with this completely free app.
Let the Portland Travel & City Guide be your companion as you explore Portland, whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’ve lived here for years and want to learn more about new hotspots. The app is divided into four distinct categories, including What to See, Where to Eat, Where to Shop, and Nightlife Places.
If you want a more honest opinion about local places from people who have visited them again and again (instead of that angry Yelper who had a bad experience the one time they went!), the MagoGuide Portland app is for you. Discover the best restaurants, bars, shops and other destinations on this easy-to-use app with a helpful map tool.
With so many locations throughout the region and events on the calendar, it’s hard to keep up with all that is happening at McMenamins. Now you can find the nearest location, see food menus, find out what beers and ciders are on tap, explore events and live music, and much more — all on the McMenamins app.
Track down the best bars in town with the Portland Bar Finder App, a new app that shares the best watering holes in the city. You can view bars by quadrant, store your favorites to view later, and plan your next bar crawl adventure.
OregonLive created an easy-to-use guide to craft beer in both Portland and the rest of Oregon. The app features more than 800 beers and hundreds of breweries and taprooms, plus a dozen bar crawls. You can even discover local deals, discover new Oregon-made beers, and take notes on your favorites as you try them!
The relatively new KOIN 6 app helps you stay informed with the latest local news, weather and sports, no matter where you are. The app features live streaming video of newscasts, interactive animated local radar and forecasts, breaking news, severe weather and closing alerts, and much more.
The new KGW app has a modernized look and feel that complements what you see during their broadcasts, making it easier for you to follow your favorite topics, check the local forecast, and watch live video at your convenience.
The Oregonian has several apps available on both the App Store and Google Play, including OregonLive.com, featuring the latest news, sports news, and U.S. breaking news. Plus, view daily weather updates, watch videos, and set up notifications for breaking news and other alerts.
With the Portland Business Journal app, you’ll receive the latest news as it happens related to every industry, from healthcare to banking. This enhanced digital version of the paper is simpler than ever, allowing you to see and share snippets of stories whenever and wherever you’d like.
Know what weather you can expect throughout the day the moment you wake up. KGW created the Portland Weather App, which features the Portland area forecast for the morning, noon, evening and night from meteorologists Matt Zaffino, Rod Hill, Joe Raineri and Chris McGinness. Check out hourly forecasts, severe weather alerts, and radar and satellite images wherever you are.
PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar and WES
Those who use public transportation on a regular basis swear by the PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar and WES app to get around the city. In fact, it won the “Best in Show” at the CivicApps.org awards! This easy-to-use app features TriMet’s live tracking data with arrival times, and allows you to bookmark frequently used stops, see recently accessed stops, and gives details about arrivals that are en route.
No more searching your seat cushion for quarters for parking meters! The Parking Kitty mobile makes your parking experience extremely simple. Simply park, pay from the app, and be on your way. Plus, you can extend your parking session to the maximum time limit from the restaurant, bar or theater.
This is your companion for maneuvering the city on Portland’s bike share system, BIKETOWN. The app allows you to purchase a membership, find and reserve bikes, manage your account, and more. Exploring the city on two wheels just got easier!
Yet another well-made app from KGW! Their Portland Traffic app provides live speed maps, crash incident reports, ODOT traffic cameras for all major metro routes, and updated gas prices in the Portland Metro/Vancouver area. You can also submit traffic jam photos and video to help inform other users about road conditions.
Avid Blazers fans will love the Portland Trail Blazers app. You’ll find game footage, pre-game interviews, information about getting to the Moda Center, the season schedule, information about players, and of course, your tickets.
This free app showcases the rich and diverse collection of public art on display throughout the metro. The map view shows the exact location of more than 600 works of art, from historic statues and fountains to photography and murals. Each listing includes an image, description, and an artists’ statement to enhance your self-guided art tour.
Explore the rest of our amazing state with the free Oregon Travel Guide app, which offers complete and up-to-date city guides for Portland, Eugene, Bend, Salem, and other destinations. Each guide includes major monuments, restaurants, bars and pubs, and more. Plus, the app (and the map!) works offline in case you lose service.
No matter where you live in the country, AllTrails is a helpful app to have. But in the outdoorsy city of Portland, it’s even more useful. AllTrails has the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps, and extensive details about more than 100,000 trails, so you can stay informed whether you are hiking, biking or running.
In 2019, local developer Arlo Leach created a mobile app to help with the issue of overcrowding in the hiking world. Much like a traffic app has information about crashes and construction, TrailCheck offers up-to-date information about the status of area trails. Users can submit information about parking lot conditions, trailhead congestion, local weather, or other information about the current status of the trail.
Managing your energy usage just got easier. The PGE app allows you to see how your energy use changes each month, make a payment, report power outages, and more. Existing customers may easily login with their account and new users can quickly sign up for access on the go!
Whether you’re actively searching for a home or you’re just curious about the local market, the Hasson app is your guide to Portland Metro real estate. The app syncs with your HomeTracker account so you can search for homes on the go, create and view saved searches, share listings with your agent, and much more. Plus, the new Augmented Reality feature lets you hold your phone’s camera down a street to pull up detailed information about homes on the market.
What are your favorite apps?
Let us know which app(s) you can’t live without — whether or not it’s on this list!