Best Apps for Kids Age 13–17

The best mobile apps for teens can provide an engaging world of entertainment and enrichment. Our app reviews cover a wide range of teen interests, from arcade games and digital-creation apps to music and social networking. Talk with teens about a price limit on their mobile apps and keep an eye on their multiplayer activities.

Browse Best Apps for Kids Age 13–17

 
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Clever social version of mobile favorite requires Facebook.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
 
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Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
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Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Effective approach to expanding vocab with 40 free words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
 
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Utterly charming adventure story with a dark premise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
 
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Eerie, amusing app captures Poe's spirit but lacks depth.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Fly high on a machine gun while trying not to die.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
 
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Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Video tool built for sharing, collaborating; watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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LEARNING
Curates super-searchable, mobile-friendly learning videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
 
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Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Slow & steady kills the (human) race in disease-design app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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LEARNING
Mind-mapping tool's visual "pop" will engage teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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LEARNING
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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LEARNING
ID tunes instantly -- with iffy lyrics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Intense, game-style vocab practice challenges teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Collaborative video tool lets teens make films together.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2014)
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Top-notch social networking on the go; some issues for kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
 
LEARNING
Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Popular Internet radio app great for discovering new music.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
 
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Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Slick app for blogging on the go; older teens only.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
 
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Superb Scrabble clone; open chat makes it for teens and up.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Great app makes sharing pretty, private photos all too easy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
 
LEARNING
Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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LEARNING
Powerful social tool, but use privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
 
LEARNING
Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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LEARNING
Slick DIY app features cool projects; supervision required.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)

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