Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
44 / 50
Tic Tac Toe Free
- #6 Family Fun
Some games never go out of style, even if they get a lot more fun to play on our iPad. We like Tic Tac Toe Free’s retro chalkboard design and one-player option (a lifesaver in grocery lines), as well as the ability to undo moves before we regret them. Recent updates and integration with Apple’s Game Center have also added network play, so when we get tired of beating the kids, we can compete against up to 16 challengers from our Game Center friends list or face-off against random opponents. In-game advertisements allow this one to be free (the ad-free version is $1.99), but the game’s developers have done a nice job of pushing the ads out of view.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free