6 Apps You Need for Your Business Trip to Indonesia

Going on a business trip to Indonesia? Here are some apps you may need when going around the country.

1. Messaging App: WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is the no. 1 most used app in Indonesia, with 19 out of 20 Indonesians using the app. This makes it the most popular messaging platform in the country. You can use WhatsApp in Indonesia for messaging and calling, and stay connected with your colleagues and clients without worrying about international text or call charges. All you need is mobile data or Wi-FI connection to make calls or send texts.

Download WhatsApp on App Store, or Google Play.

2. Getting Around: Gojek / Grab

Gojek and Grab are popular ride-hailing apps in Indonesia, offering a convenient way to book rides for your meetings with clients. With Gojek, you can also order food delivery using GoFood and have it delivered to your location. Gojek also offers GoSend for parcel delivery, GoMart for grocery shopping, and GoTix for purchasing tickets for movies or events.

Similarly, Grab provides a seamless ride-booking experience along with a variety of additional services. In addition to ride-hailing, Grab offers GrabFood for food delivery, GrabExpress for parcel delivery, and GrabMart for grocery shopping. You can also use GrabPay to pay for your rides and other services conveniently. Grab also extends its services to hotel booking (GrabHotel), flight booking (GrabFlights), and insurance services (GrabInsure).

With both apps, you can easily navigate through the city and enjoy a hassle-free experience during your business trip in Indonesia.

Download Grab on App Store, or Google Play.

Download Gojek on App Store, or Google Play.

3. Mobile Payment: OVO

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If you are looking for a cashless way to make payments in Indonesia, you can download OVO.

Indonesia has introduced a national QR code standard for payments called QRIS (Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard, pronounced as "kris"), allowing merchants to accept payments through a single QR code.

OVO is one of Indonesia's leading mobile payment apps that supports QRIS, making it convenient for users to make cashless transactions at merchants that accept QRIS payments. OVO users can simply scan the QR code displayed at the merchant's store to make a payment, eliminating the need for cash transactions. However, it is important to note that you will need an Indonesian number, and a basic understanding of Bahasa Indonesia to navigate the app.

Here's how to use the app:

  1. Download the OVO App: Go to the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) and download the OVO app.
  2. Create an Account: Open the app and follow the instructions to create an account. You'll need to provide your mobile number and email address.
  3. Add Funds: Once your account is set up, you'll need to add funds to your OVO wallet. You can do this by linking your bank account, using a debit or credit card.
  4. Scan QR Code: To make a payment, simply open the OVO app and scan the QR code displayed at the merchant's store. Enter the amount you wish to pay and confirm the transaction.
  5. Receive Confirmation: You'll receive a confirmation of your payment on the app and via SMS.
  6. Track Transactions: You can track your transactions and view your OVO balance in the app.

4. Maps: Google Maps / Waze

Google maps and waze

When it comes to going around in Indonesia, Google Maps and Waze are your go-to apps. Google Maps provides comprehensive maps, live traffic updates, and turn-by-turn directions to help you navigate efficiently. It also offers features like offline maps, street view, and real-time location sharing.

Waze, on the other hand, focuses on community-based updates, allowing users to report accidents, traffic jams, and other hazards to help others avoid delays. It also provides alerts for speed limits, speed cameras, and police presence.

Download Google Maps on App Store, or Google Play.

Download Waze on App Store, or Google Play.

5. Text Translator: Google Translate

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When making a trip to Indonesia, it is important to know the local language. Some of the locals might not be fluent in English, and if you're not fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, Google Translate can be a lifesaver. The app helps you translate text or speech, making communication easier during your trip whether you are asking for directions, or striking a conversation with the locals.

If you need a document translator, try Bluente's Blu Translate tool.

Download Google Translate on App Store, or Google Play.

6. Business Communications: Bluente

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Client meetings and presentations will definitely be an important part of your business trip. Learn industry terms and concepts in Bahasa Indonesia before your presentation and meetings, to connect better with your clients and close your next deal. The app offers industry glossaries, word lists classified by industry sectors and operations, and learning courses for you to practice listening, reading, and writing Bahasa Indonesia terms.

Find out more about the app's list of courses here.

Download Bluente on App Store, or Google Play.

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