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

AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Clever social version of mobile favorite requires Facebook.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Effective approach to expanding vocab with 40 free words.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Top-notch social networking on the go; some issues for kids.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Utterly charming adventure story with a dark premise.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Slick DIY app features cool projects; supervision required.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Eerie, amusing app captures Poe's spirit but lacks depth.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fly high on a machine gun while trying not to die.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Video tool built for sharing, collaborating; watch privacy.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Curates super-searchable, mobile-friendly learning videos.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Popular Internet radio app great for discovering new music.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2014)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Slow & steady kills the (human) race in disease-design app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Mind-mapping tool's visual "pop" will engage teens.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
csm_app
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
ID tunes instantly -- with iffy lyrics.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Intense, game-style vocab practice challenges teens.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Collaborative video tool lets teens make films together.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2014)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Slick app for blogging on the go; older teens only.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Superb Scrabble clone; open chat makes it for teens and up.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great app makes sharing pretty, private photos all too easy.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Powerful social tool, but use privacy settings.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)

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