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
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Draw Something Free
- #3 Family Fun
Combining the most addictive elements of classic board games like Scrabble and Pictionary, Draw Something Free challenges you to quickly sketch a word or concept while other players race to spell out the image you’re drawing. You can compete against your social network, but for families where all the kids have a smartphone, it’s also a great spin on family game night (or day, or morning — it’s addictive enough that you’ll drop whatever you’re doing anytime). The free edition is ad-supported, but for $2.99 (via either the iTunes Store or Google Play Store), you can graduate to a version of the game with ads removed.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free