Top 10 Augmented Reality Apps for Android and iOS 2021
Augmented Reality (AR) is evolving and finding successful applications in different areas — from social media filters to data visualization and digital training. But what’s so unique about AR technology? AR brings virtual reality into our real world by augmenting the things we see, hear, and feel.
By 2022, more than 3.5 billion people (which is 44% of the world population!) will be using smartphones powered with AR.
So, if you haven’t tried this technology yet, it’s about time to do it today.
We have chosen the best AR apps from different categories that will help you immerse yourself in augmented experiences. Here are the best ten picks for Android and iOS in 2021:
#1 IKEA Place
IKEA Place is a home decor app from IKEA, one of the early adopters of AR app technology. According to Sensor Tower, it’s ranked number two among free apps built using the ARKit platform and is so far the most popular AR app on both platforms. IKEA Place app helps shoppers imagine how different pieces of furniture would look in their homes with the help of 3D images. Why is it so popular? With object scalability of about 98%, it helps avoid the disappointment of buying products that don’t fit into your space and kills the doubt about the color, size, or design.
- True-to-scale 3D products
- 98% accuracy rate
- Catalogue of products, divided into categories
- Search functionality
#2 YouCam Makeup
Love it or not, but there is hardly anyone who didn’t use or at least heard about face tuning — an ability to make up your face without any makeup using an AR app. Selfie retouch and aging apps have revolutionized our passionate photography culture. YouCam Makeup app lets you see how you would look with cosmetics on. To do so, you can use different features for a perfect selfie, including face reshape, skin smoother, teeth whitening, live backgrounds, and many more.
- Advanced retouch tools
- Selfie editor and makeover camera
- Real-time facial detection
Do you know an augmented reality app with 265 million daily active users worldwide? Yes, that’s Snapchat. With over 210 million snaps created daily, Snapchat is a social media app that is famous among people (especially the young generation) for its numerous AR face filters, interactive lenses, and multimedia messages meant to self-destruct in 10 seconds. Besides, Snapchat Stories appeared even before Facebook and Instagram — literally, before it was cool. This communication app mimics face-to-face interaction, the interactions that don’t last long and aren’t stored anywhere.
- Regular updates of filters and masks
- Ability to connect with your friends
- Numerous photo-editing tools
- Shazam feature to identify songs
#4 GIPHY World
If you are tired of Snapchat, you should try GIPHY World. This AR coloring app makes our world more creative and colorful by adding graphics and animated elements to your surroundings. Using it, you can transform your images into cartoon characters, animal structures, and many more.
- Massive collection of AR GIF stickers
- Ease of use
- Video recording
- Ability to share your links with friends
#5 Ink Hunter
Have you been dreaming of having a tattoo but not sure how it will look on you? Having a tattoo is a very serious decision as it will stick with you for life. But don’t worry, now you can have a sneak peek of a tattoo before inking it. How so? Ink Hunter is one of the best AR apps that allows its users to try on virtual tattoos, pick up a sketch, size, and position on any part of their body. This is extremely helpful for those who don’t want to make permanent mistakes. Ink Hunter is one of the most popular and downloaded AR tattoo apps.
- Wide range of tattoo designs to choose from
- Easy-to-follow directions
- Premade and customize sketches
#6 Google Translate
Yep, you read it correctly. Google Translate has got an AR feature as a part of the app’s camera mode, which is extremely useful for translating text. How does it work? You just need to take a photo of the text that needs to be translated, and the app will translate the text right in your photo in real time. If you use Wi-Fi, you can translate into multiple languages, but if you want to use this app offline, you can easily download any language pack you need. Google Translate could become your friend if you are a traveler who isn’t fluent in some language. Using it, you won’t get lost, for sure.
- Support of multiple languages
- Offline and online modes
- Ease of use
Do you have an inner artist and want to accelerate your drawing skills? Then SketchAR is your perfect app! If you simply don’t have enough time for sketching, you can speed up this process with SketchAR. How does it work? It’s used as a virtual tracing — you can easily add a few circles on a paper and then choose an image you want to sketch today. SketchAR will project this image on the paper, and all you need to do is to trace its outline. Sounds like a piece of cake, right? Of course, this AR app can’t replace real training, but it for sure lets you learn lots of drawing techniques. Besides, you will have a lot of fun, too.
- Interactive approach of AR drawing
- Photo editing
- Wide range of drawing tools
#8 Medical Realities
Medical Realities is a handy app with VR and AR technologies and gamified learning techniques for medical training. The users can view various medical procedures and lessons along with medical simulations, instructions, and videos using different VR devices. Medical Realities app is widely used in hospitals, medical courses, and in medical colleges for assessment and training of future specialists. This AR app uses Orca Health’s EyeDecide for eye diagnosis, and Augmedix, Accuvein, and SentiAR for holographic-based interventions.
- Supports Oculus Rift and other VR devices
- Operating theatre in 360-degree view
- Full simulations
- Medical assessment and training
#9 Lens Studio
Lens Studio is a Windows AR studio platform designed for those who want to create AR experiences for Snapchat (mainly Snapchat lenses). Creating experiences is very easy — you need to capture environments with your camera on Snapchat and edit them. You can also upload content for edits, use behavioral script editors without the need to write code yourself, or choose pre-made items and edit them. Once your experience is made, you can share it with your friends on social media or different iOS and Android platforms.
- Suitable for all types of content
- Asset library with numerous templates
- Ability to customize filters
- Creative and unique effects
Roar is an AR content management platform that allows you to create and publish any AR experience in a matter of minutes. You can easily overlay the real world with virtual objects such as sound, video, models, animations, and many others. After it’s done, you can publish the ready AR experience on the web, iOS, or Android platforms. Roar app is very helpful for both marketers and educators. Marketers can use it to create interactive digital versions of products, while educators can take advantage of it to gamify the learning process.
- Supports engagement tracking and analytics
- Real-world augmentation in just a few clicks
- Cloud-enabled platform
- Provides excellent quality of AR experiences
The Wrap Up
AR is a fun technology to play with, but it is still finding its footing in the world of apps. Each year, developers become more familiar with this technology, which results in more experiments.
In our article, we’ve discussed the best augmented reality apps for iPhone or Android. As you can see, there is a whole room of possibilities when it comes to AR app development — you just need to determine your requirements and start working.
If you can’t come up with an AR idea yourself, you can let WeAR Studio get things rolling. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll help you out.