Parents' Guide to

PictureThis - Plant Identifier

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Snap pics, learn facts using plant resource with potential.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 14+

Best plant ID app

I haven't tried the free version, so I don't know about the social media requirements. The premium version is well worth the $30/year if you are really interested in getting the best IDs. I've tried many plant ID apps. This is by far the best.

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Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 6+

Great app, but some users are confused…

I think people who are talking about the cost, payment, and charges are just confused on how to get to the free part. I have used this app many times over a 2 year period and have never given them any credit card information or been charged a dime. When the screen pops up that tells about the free trial I NEVER click “continue”. I always click “cancel” in the top right corner on my iPhone. It is an “X” on android devices. I really enjoy using the app and it has proven helpful many times. I only gave 4 stars because I feel that the free trial screen causes confusion and people to give payment information that they do not have to give to use the free version of the app.

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Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (14):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Apps claiming to identify plants are sprouting up everywhere, and this one works fairly well. PictureThis - Plant Identifier shares a lot of great information about plants, which is educational and helpful. For kids and adults with an interest in science, gardening, and horticulture, this app is a valuable tool, but unfortunately with requirements such as social sharing on Facebook, logging in to an account, and watching irrelevant ads being required to use it for free, it's not great for young kids to use on their own. Also, given that there's a community within the app where users can like and comment on pictures, there's limited opportunity for users to interact with strangers. Since you have to subscribe to remove the ads and be able to identify more plants, it might not be worth it for all families. But if you're avid hikers, campers, or gardeners and don't mind if the app occasionally can't identify a plant, it might be worth a try.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Science: biology, ecosystems and the environment, life cycle, plants, Hobbies: gardening
  • Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (premium $1.99/month; $19.99/year;)
  • Release date: September 13, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Science and Nature
  • Publisher: Glority LLC
  • Version: 1.16
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 16, 2021

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