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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Angry Birds Friends App Poster Image
Clever social version of mobile favorite requires Facebook.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Animoto: Slideshow Maker App Poster Image
Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2012)
(2017)
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Autodesk Sketchbook App Poster Image
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2013)
(2013)
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Codea App Poster Image
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Evernote App Poster Image
Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Windows app
(2013)
(2019)
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Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey App Poster Image
Incredible interactive story shows teen refugee experience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Ground News App Poster Image
Compare coverage of current events and control for bias.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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Happy Not Perfect: Meditation App Poster Image
Rich resource for adults and teens seeking more mindfulness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Impressions: Face Swap Videos App Poster Image
Easy-to-use deepfake generator with eerie results.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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iPoe - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allen Poe Collection App Poster Image
Eerie, amusing app captures Poe's spirit but lacks depth.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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Jetpack Joyride App Poster Image
Fly high on a machine gun while trying not to die.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Jumprope: How-to Videos App Poster Image
Create and view cool how-tos; some have commercialism.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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The King of Fighters ALLSTAR App Poster Image
This trip down memory lane packs a knockout punch.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Koongya Draw Party App Poster Image
Drawing game is lifted high, but dinged by user content.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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Lifeline... App Poster Image
Choose Your Own Adventure grows up, goes tech, is great.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Lifeline 2 App Poster Image
New adventure a bit scarier, still fun, but less satisfying.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Lifeline: Whiteout App Poster Image
Most complex, challenging, and deep of series so far.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Magisto - Magical Video Editor App Poster Image
Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Noa: Listen to news articles App Poster Image
Listen to multiple news sources; be aware of bias.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Pandora  - Free Music & Radio App Poster Image
Popular Internet radio app great for discovering new music.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Paper by WeTransfer App Poster Image
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Plague Inc. App Poster Image
Slow & steady kills the (human) race in disease-design app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2012)
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Popplet App Poster Image
Mind-mapping tool's visual "pop" will engage teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2014)
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Procreate App Poster Image
Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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Reason Compact - Make Music App Poster Image
Mobile music studio packed with features, lots of pro tips.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2019)
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SoundHound App Poster Image
ID tunes instantly -- with iffy lyrics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Sway: Magic Dance App Poster Image
Fun motion filters transform kids into dance pros.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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Swiipe: News That Knows You App Poster Image
Swipe left, right to read the news you want in clever feed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Village Social App Poster Image
Social tool gives parents oversight and kids some privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Vocabulary.com App Poster Image
Intense, game-style vocab practice challenges teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Alien: Blackout App Poster Image
Sci-fi horror lurks in the shadows with fear and fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Astrologaster App Poster Image
Bawdy sim shoots for the stars but can be slow.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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CreativeLive App Poster Image
Great educational video content for teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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The Elder Scrolls: Blades App Poster Image
Adventure series brings huge violent adventure on the go.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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High School Story App Poster Image
Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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LongStory App Poster Image
LGBTQ-friendly sim navigates teen relationships and drama.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You App Poster Image
Dynamic thriller with themes of privacy, security, freedom.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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Peak - Brain Training App Poster Image
Fun, subscription-based games pricey but engaging.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Shadowgun Legends App Poster Image
Great first-person shooter occasionally misfires.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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Skillshare - Online Learning App Poster Image
Creative and career-oriented lessons for curious older kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Solve the Outbreak App Poster Image
Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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Trivia Crack 2 App Poster Image
Fun trivia lets you test your knowledge at your own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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WhatsApp Messenger App Poster Image
Text, call, and chat with individuals and groups data-free.
Devices: iPhone, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2019)
(2019)
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Winno - Just the Facts App Poster Image
Current events curated by humans; cultivates comparison.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Words With Friends App Poster Image
Superb Scrabble clone; open chat makes it for teens and up.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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1979 Revolution: A Cinematic Adventure Game App Poster Image
Violent, intriguing first-person perspective of revolution.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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ArtStudio - Draw and Paint App Poster Image
Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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eko — You Control The Story App Poster Image
Entertaining interactive videos with mature content and ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Firework: A New Way to Watch App Poster Image
30-second videos with cool features; no comments, likes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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Instagram App Poster Image
Great app makes sharing pretty, private photos all too easy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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WEBTOON - Find Yours App Poster Image
Diverse but mature collection of user-created comics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2020)
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Raid: Shadow Legends App Poster Image
Fantasy action takes heavy investment of time and money.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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The Sims FreePlay App Poster Image
Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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This Is Not a Game by Sam Bee App Poster Image
Smart, snarky trivia for politically minded players.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Threads from Instagram App Poster Image
Fun tool makes it even easier to quickly share pics, status.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Wysa: AI Coach CBT DBT chatbot App Poster Image
Engaging AI chat and wellness tools not for kids in crisis.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Zombies, Run! App Poster Image
Zombie-fueled workout fun, violent; adjust privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Arloon Chemistry App Poster Image
Interact with 3-D chemical compounds, advanced concepts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Call of Duty: Mobile App Poster Image
Violent, bloody shooter is pocket-sized for popular series.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Confide App Poster Image
Privacy-focused messenger secure, but sketchy for kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2013)
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Darkness Rises App Poster Image
Great role-playing game marred by pesky ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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DREAMer's Roadmap App Poster Image
Find scholarships, college info for undocumented students.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Dubsmash App Poster Image
Silly lip-synching, shareable fun for older teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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MeWe Network App Poster Image
Ad-free, interest-based networking with cool features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2014)
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PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage App Poster Image
Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Protanopia App Poster Image
Unique comic book experience, heavy on the violence.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Serial Box App Poster Image
Mostly mature serial stories accessed via audio or text.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Threema App Poster Image
Ultra-secure voice/chat app could keep parents in the dark.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2012)
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Viber App Poster Image
Message or call with stickers, doodle for visual fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2014)
(2014)
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Avakin Life App Poster Image
Vast virtual world has chat with strangers, in-app buys.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Frotz App Poster Image
Text-based games; some mature, but great with guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2017)
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Periscope App Poster Image
Video-streaming tool with big privacy implications.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Sanvello App Poster Image
Find tools, social support from strangers and therapist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Telegram Messenger App Poster Image
Versatile messaging platform for older teens and adults.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Trill Project App Poster Image
Thoughtful, anonymous network offers online support.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2018)
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YouNow: Broadcast, Chat, and Watch Live Video App Poster Image
Live video with major privacy issues, parent concerns.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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