The Best Kids' Apps of the Decade (2010–2019)

In 10 short years, smartphones went from being a luxury item to a worldwide necessity. By 2019, nearly every kid and teen was growing up in a household with at least one mobile device -- and that means a lot of apps! Both Apple and Android phone users have a seemingly endless supply of apps to help them with everything from learning sounds and letters to solving calculus problems. With so many to choose from, it was no small task to pick the 10 most affecting kids' apps of the decade. This list contains some of the best educational apps ever released, some of the most popular mobile games ever developed, and some of the most game-changing leaps in web and mobile technology. They're not all flawless (who can forget the controversies around Pokemon Go?), but they are groundbreaking and built to last in an ever-changing tech landscape. So check out our 10 favorites of the past 10 years, ordered here by age rating. For more outstanding media picks from 2010–2019, try our lists of the Best Kids' TV Shows of the Decade and the Best Kids' Video Games of the Decade.

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HOMER Learn & Grow

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Khan Academy

age 5+

Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.

URL: https://www.khanacademy.org (2013)
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Toca Hair Salon 3

age 5+

Creative free-styling continues with more options, features.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Angry Birds

age 7+

Popular knock-down-blocks app pits birds against pigs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Monument Valley

age 7+

Beautiful, brain-twisting puzzle game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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Bejeweled 2

age 8+

Nicely revamped puzzle game is a gem for parents and kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Duolingo

age 11+

Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2014)
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Five Nights at Freddy's

age 12+

Terrifying psychological thriller is too much for kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Pokémon GO

age 13+

Exciting, active game marred by privacy and safety issues.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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