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10 Popular Apps for Teens

With hundreds of mobile apps flooding the market every day, it is difficult for the parents to know which apps the kids are spending their time on. Teenagers, today, use a lot of apps to connect, curate, and share their life updates in a variety of ways. They always look forward to trying new apps that are trending in the app store. While some apps are for fun, others are for learning, and some encourage art, dance, and other hobbies.                            

Variety of learning apps are available in the market designed to cover both general and specialized topics. Here we have compiled a list of 10 most popular apps for teens. These apps have numerous social and educational benefits for teenagers. With the right app, your child can excel in his/her studies while still having fun. Further, the below list can make the parents and teachers aware of the features of such apps.

YouTube

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

First in our list is a famous video-sharing platform – YouTube. It is one of the most popular apps used by 85% of teenagers. Teens can quickly create an account on YouTube and post their own content, or watch others' videos and leave likes and comments. YouTube also allows them to stream and watch live broadcasts. 

Beyond the music and gaming videos, YouTube is a vast library of multiple channels that can help teens learn practically anything. Especially during the worldwide lockdown, they can use it as an educational platform that offers them quality content curated by professionals. So, whether the teens are studying for an exam or just learning a new skill, YouTube is a free and handy resource for all. 

Age: 18+, or 13 with parent permission 

Cost: Free


TED

( iPhone, iPad )

If your teen is interested in learning from some of the top minds in the world, then Ted is the perfect teen site. It brings together videos from innovative professionals in fields of technology, business, psychology, education, and science. All lectures have intriguing presentations, informative and funny talks, and revolutionary ideas from remarkable minds.

The teens can access these videos for free, bookmark them, and download them for later view. Further, the app also suggests them playlists on your preferred topics and duration. In short, teens can easily learn something new by browsing through numerous categories.  

Age: 13+

Cost: Free



Instagram

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Instagram, a popular photo-sharing teenager app, has left Facebook behind as every teenager prefers it over any other application for socialization. From exchanging text messages, clicking photographs, and sharing stories to following your friends, family, celebrities, and brands, Instagram has got everything under one shelf.  

Teenagers can use this application for learning various photography skills. Some of the experts share their works and tutorials on this platform. They can easily follow them and learn from them. There are few users who also share educational and other skill-specific infographics. Teens can make maximum use of them.

Age: 13+

Cost: Free 



WhatsApp Messenger

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

WhatsApp is one of the most leading teen texting apps. This instant message app is popular for having private conversations with anyone in the world. WhatsApp allows its users to share unlimited text messages, videos, photographs, documents, contacts, GIFs, and audio clips, etc. Besides, it also has a video chat feature through which teenagers can easily interact with their friends, family, and teachers. 

Whatsapp has played a significant role for teenagers during the current pandemic. From attending online classes to sharing notes and online assignments, this teenager app has helped students keeping up their studies with teachers.

Age: 13+

Cost: Free 


Evernote

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Are you looking for a note-taking and productivity app for your teen? Then, Evernote is the best choice. Evernote is an excellent tool to organize personal and professional projects. It allows teenagers to save photos, lists, webpages, links, audio, and video and syncs them across multiple devices, such as mobile, PC, laptop, etc.

For teen students, Evernote is a productivity game-changer as it helps them to organize all the coursework, notes, syllabus, and assignment sheets in one place. Further, the tool allows them to create separate notebooks for each class and also record audio lectures to complement the written notes. 

Age: 16+

Cost: Basic Version – Free, Premium Version - $7.99 per month, Business Premium - $14.99 per month


Pinterest

( iPhone, iPad )

Pinterest is another photo-sharing social app for teens used for searching and creating a collection of anything and everything. It is one of those teenage apps where the users share their photos as well as pin others' content. According to research, about 25 per cent of teen girls use these sites to share and collect inspiration. They often use the app to look for ideas and tips for hairstyles, skincare, fashion, and lifestyle, etc. Teens can even buy items on Pinterest and can share their pins on other teenager sites, like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. 

Teenagers can follow other students and teachers and also watch educational videos, infographics, captions, creative ideas, and other exciting stuff on the platform. Teachers and students can also organize web sources, folders, and files via Pinterest boards based on unit, subject, and projects. Not only this, but Pinterest also allows them to share content ideas and host events. 

Age:13+

Cost: Free  


Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Duolingo is another most popular apps for teens when it comes to learning different languages. Duolingo is used by teenagers to teach new skills and to better the existing ones. Spanish, French, English, and German, etc. are the languages that are available on the app.

Duolingo has made learning new languages easy and fun. The app's goal is to teach you a language in a fun and entertaining way for 5 to 15 minutes a day. Plus, the app is user-friendly as it offers excellent instructions for young language enthusiasts. Its language program enables users to learn at their own speed and time. 

Besides, Duolingo also has a reward system in which teen users can earn experience or XP points as per individual lessons, skill tests, and quizzes. 

Age: 13+

Cost: Free


30/30

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

30/30 is an excellent time management app designed to help teenagers boost productivity through task timing. If your teen struggles with distractions while studying, then 30/30 app is a must. This app provides a structured balance between work and free time, making it easier for students to focus on the given task without procrastinating. 

Through this tool, teenagers can work for 30 minutes on a single activity without any distractions. Moreover, parents can also enforce a 30-minute break time. However, these settings are adjustable and can be changed accordingly. 

Teenagers can create their to-do lists, due dates, or class schedule in a colour-coded criterion. All in all, 30/30 can help students get through the projects quickly without having to complete them in one go.

Age: 16+

Cost: Free 


Lumosity: Daily Brain Games

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Next, in our list of popular apps for teens is a brain training app – Lumosity. Developed by Lumos Labs, this is a useful app to build skills and train your teen's mind. Lumosity has more than 50 brain-training games designed with the help of neuroscientists and game developers. These games are based on common and neuropsychological tasks that intend to improve the teenagers' cognitive skills. In short, it helps your child learn new things, solve problems faster, increase his/her retention, improve memory, and more. 

Furthermore, the app has also added a 'Mindfulness' category comprising of meditation sessions ranging from one minute to several more minutes long. 

Age: 18+, or 13 with parent permission 

Cost: Free. For full access - $11.99 per month, $59.99 per year. 


Udemy

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Udemy is a great learning platform for teenagers who want to develop new skills and improve existing ones. From digital marketing and web development to guitar lessons and personal development, Udemy has a wide array of course videos curated by industry experts.

Teens can view any course video and study materials on Udemy's website or app. However, while the app is free to download, teens have to pay for each course they want to access.

Besides, since anyone can upload a course on Udemy, it is advisable to invest in courses with high ratings and maximum views to avoid wasting your money and your teen's valuable time. 

Age: 18+

Cost: Free to download. One-time fee for any course, which is priced between $20 to $200. 


To sum up, teenagers have access to multiple applications nowadays. This can become challenging for the parents and teachers to gauge on what apps they are flocking to. Thus, the above list of educational teens sites can not only help the students develop new skills but also provide the parents and teachers with insights related to such apps. If teens use these apps respectfully and with a little parental guidance, they can protect themselves from dangerous threats and also make their school life little easier.