There really are apps for everything… and Santa is no exception. We’ve picked three that spread a little festive cheer and should keep your digital youngsters entertained…
Get a video call from Santa
It looks like Father Christmas has joined the thousands of us with smartphones and embraced video calling. In fact iPhone users can get their own video call from Santa with the help of the Video Call Santa app (free from the Apple app store). Just press Call Santa for your call to begin.
Obviously, as Santa is very busy at this time of year, it’s a pre-recorded message and while we think it’s likely to convince younger children that they’re talking to Santa, the odd pauses in the conversation could cause older children to suspect something’s up. As this is a free app it’s worth noting that you do have to put up with a handful of adverts for gaming apps, but these never pop up during a call – just before or after – and can be skipped after a few seconds. There’s also a section in the app just for parents (which requires a pin code to enter) where you can see a recording of the video call – just to check the children aren’t telling fibs about how naughty or nice they’ve been!
If you’ve got an Android smartphone, the free Video Santa app offers the same experience (although there’s no recording function) and you can even schedule a time to get Santa to call you.
NORAD Santa tracker
When it comes to Christmas Eve, we’re all wondering just when will Santa get here? In years gone by there was no way of knowing, but now, thanks to Google and NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), it’s possible to use your smartphone to track St Nick’s progress from the comfort of your armchair.
The NORAD Santa Tracker app is available free for both Apple devices running iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets. On Christmas Eve, Father Christmas’ location will be displayed on a 3D map of the world whenever you open the app. Until then, there are games you can play, as well as take a trip to the North Pole to see Santa’s home and even read up on NORAD’s Santa Files.
Naughty or nice list
Want to know if Father Christmas thinks you’ve been naughty or nice? Santa’s Naughty or Nice Scan-O-Matic free app for iPhone will soon tell you. Open the app, hold your phone up to someone and press Scan. Alternatively use the Finger Print scanner. Press the double-headed arrow icon to the left of the screen, and then Place your finger on the pad and press and hold while it scans you and displays the result on a meter at the top of the screen. (Hint: where you tap the reset button determines whether you’re naughty or nice.) It’s also available for devices running Google Android, just search for Santa’s Naughty/Nice Scanner in the Google Play app store.
Via: Good Housekeeping UK