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. They also need to know what your expectations are for responsible, respectful online behavior. Check out our Essential Apps Guide for even more top-rated titles to share with your teen.

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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, Chromebook
(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, Chromebook, 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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Choose Your Own Adventure grows up, goes tech, is great.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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New adventure a bit scarier, still fun, but less satisfying.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Most complex, challenging, and deep of series so far.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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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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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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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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Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2013)
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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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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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Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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LGBTQ-friendly sim navigates teen relationships and drama.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Slick source for blogging; watch out for adult content.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, 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, Windows Phone
(2012)
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Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Powerful social tool, but use privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Slick DIY app features cool projects; supervision required.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
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