As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we’re not here forever.

Although we’re living longer than we ever have before, it’s only natural that we think about our mortality and how we make the most of our time.

Understandably, many of us want to preserve memories and pass down knowledge and traditions to our kids and grandkids.

And as the expression goes, there’s an app for that.

Many, in fact.

The following is a look at a few worthy “time capsule” downloads to consider for your smartphone or tablet.

StoryCatcher Lite (Free; iOS)

Available exclusively for iPhone and iPad, StoryCatcher Lite offers a simple way to create and share video stories. Point the phone’s camera lens at a loved one, tap record, and begin to ask questions. Not sure where to start? The app provides some suggested starter questions. As the documentarian, you can also collect written stories by email and by importing photos (with the option to add captions). If you want to cough up $4.99 for StoryCatcher Pro, you’ll have the option to dress up your captured memories in one of nine different themes (only one for the free version). Once you’re done, share it privately (via email or to Dropbox) or publicly (to YouTube or Facebook) right from within the app.


Life’s Time Capsule (From $4/month; Android/iOS/macOS)

Quite simply, Life’s Time Capsule is a one-stop source for organizing, editing and storing your life’s most precious memories – whether it’s through videos, photos (and photo slideshows), audio recordings, and journal entries. After the free 10-day trial, this Android, iOS or macOS app includes up to 50 gigabytes (50GB) of cloud storage, with a security guarantee of your data, for $4/month, or a family plan offering up to 100GB of storage for $8/month.

Since it’s in the cloud, these digital moments can be accessed by anyone you give permission to, anywhere in the world, on virtually any Internet-connected device. The app is easy to use, even for those less than tech-savvy.

Safe Beyond (From $4/month; Android/iOS)

While not everyone will like the idea behind SafeBeyond, the app and online service allows you to send messages to loved ones, posthumously.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Whether the message contains video, audio or written messages, the platform allows you to select whom the content is sent to, when, and how – after you’re gone.

In fact, the app offers an optional location- or event-based trigger of a message, such as when a loved one visits a family’s country home or on a 50th birthday, as examples. This digital legacy management service also has practical applications, such as ensuring the private and secure transition of your online account passwords to your loved ones.