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Let's see the 9 best educational mobile apps available on App store. The listed apps are top grossing apps in USA, published by USA iOS app developers. (as of June 2017)

 

 

1 ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy

It's a number #1 iOS learning app for kids ages between 2 to 8. 

Best Educational Mobile app on app store 2017

ABCmouse teaches stuff through more than 8500 interactive learning activities like reading, games, songs, puzzles, animations etc. All these activities can be tracked by App's progress tracker. 

The app provides a completely safe environment to your kids. No third party apps can contact you kids through the app, so no accidental touches on ads. For that, you have to pay premium pricing.

Pricing: 
Offers 2 membership options - $7.99/month or $79.99/year (as of June 2017).

ABCMouse is one of the largest content rich apps under Education category in App Store. See more details at http://www.abcmouse.com

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 254.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Age of Learning, Inc.
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

2 Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic! offers unlimited access to over 20,000 high-quality children's books library. Books are suitable for kids of age 12 and under. It also offers audiobooks and educational videos. 

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Epic! has 2 version, accessible via single App. 

I. For Home

Price: $7.99 per month

This service is free for the first month. It also supports up to 4 children profiles per subscription. 
Each profile or child (out of those 4 profiles) will receive a recommendation based on their interest, reading level etc. 

II. For Educators

Epic! is free, in US & Canada, for elementary school teachers and librarian. So, they can have tons of children's education materials into every classroom. Really useful features for the schools of North America. I wish they can provide this feature to other countries as well, in near future.

This is an award winning the educational app for iOS. It's been literally known as "Netflix for Kid's books". The mobile app includes a huge variety of fiction and non-fiction 15,000+ books from top publishers like Scholastic, Nat Geo, Macmillan, HarperCollins etc. 

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 158.3 MB
  • Language: English, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller: Epic! Creations Inc.
  • Rating: Rated 4+, Made for Ages 6-8
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

3 Mathway - Math Problem Solver

Mathway has solved billions of math problems of the world, from basic algebra to most complex calculus. The Education app quickly solves your most tricky math problems. 

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Mathway is your personal math tutor which resides in your smartphone. So far the best math solver available on iOS app store.

Mathway covers wide variety of math problems like,

  • Algebra, Pre-algebra & Linear Algebra
  • Calculus & Precalculus
  • Statistics
  • Basic Math and Finite Math 
  • Trigonometry
  • Chemistry Problems
  • etc.

How does the app work?

You can get instant step-by-step solutions to your problem by just typing your problem (see the image) or simply take a picture of your math problem.
Voila, and you will get install solutions for all levels of math problems.

Their tagline says, Got a Math Problem? Just ask Mathway

Check out what CNET & Lifehack says about the math educational app,

"If you've got some math problems that need solving, check out Mathway. This tool will show you how it reached its answer, letting you learn from the process." - CNET

"Mathway is an irreplaceable tool when it comes to problem solving. The app helps you do your maths homework. Not only does it do your assignment for you, it teaches you how to do it right. All you have to do is put the equation in and press the Enter button." - Lifehack

This is one of the best Educational app for maths in App store right now.

Price:
It's free to download the app. Mathway will give answers to your problems for free of charge. 
But for step by step solutions, you have to pay $19.99/month of $79.99/month.

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 89.9 MB
  • Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Seller: Mathway, LLC
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

4 Learn Languages with Rosetta Stone

One of the best language learning mobile apps available in App store. It's an award-winning app with no flashcards and textbooks. The app has amazing speech recognition technology.

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The App's UI is very immersive. It offers fun and interactive language lessons which leverage pictures, sounds, and text.

It offers 24 languages. The content is designed expertly, very engaging and you can go on your pace. The App provide a quick reference of common phrases, immersive stories, and access to audio lessons on the go.

Check out what CNN, WSJ and TechCrunch say about Rosetta Stone's language learning App.

“If you’re serious about learning a language, Rosetta Stone is well worth your money.” Macworld, July 27, 2016. 
“The gold standard.” – CNN
“Rosetta Stone may be the next best thing to living in a country.” – The Wall Street Journal
“The approach to learning languages works.” – TechCrunch

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 169.5 MB
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

5 Lumosity - Brain Training

Lumosity is the ultimate Brain Training App. As per the developers, 85 Millions people are using their app. 

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The Brain Training App Challenge your brain with cognitive games, you can play 30+ brain workout games in the app. The app will train your memory, attention span, and cognitive abilities. 

The game also analyzes your gameplay and provide results on your game strengths, weaknesses and cognitive patterns. 

App team consists of Scientists and designers, and they are also working with 40+ universities worldwide for research purpose - helping them explore new areas of cognition.

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 205.0 MB
  • Language: English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Seller: Lumos Labs, Inc.
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

6 Peak - Brain Training

The Content of the Peak Mobile App is developed by Neuroscience experts. It's a perfect educational mobile app to challenge and improve your cognitive abilities.

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Peak App is the gym for your mind and it provides a different tool to keep your brain in shape. Specialized daily workouts to keep your mind active, focused and to improve memory skill.

Features:

  • 40 Fun games to exercise your brain
  • Train with Coach to track your progress
  • Built by neuroscientist and game experts
  • Designed activities to relax your games
  • Track your review and performances by tracker

Pricing:

The Brain Training App education app charges $4.99/month or $34.99/year.

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 243.0 MB
  • Language: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller: Brainbow
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

7 Udemy Online Courses - Learn Anything, Anywhere

Udemy is a global marketplace for online learning, where anyone can learn and teach new skills/courses. More than 14 million people have learned things from Udemy and 42,000 plus courses are available by expert instructors. 

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Features:

  • 12,000 + topics
  • 42,000 + courses are available
  • Free & Premium Courses are available on the platform
  • Self-paced learning
  • On-demand access
  • Ask questions to instructor or other students and get quick responses
  • Viewing/Learning courses are not limited to via app only. The Web, Apple TV are also there.
  • Example Courses: IT & Software, Marketing, Data Science, Design, Web development course, Music, Business and Finance, Languages etc.

In short, it is one of the biggest platforms out there on App Store to learn new skills and courses. That's why included in the list of one of the best educational apps in App Store.

Check out what Venture Beat says about The App.

"Udemy’s iOS app turns your phone into a 24-hour classroom" - Venture Beat

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 64.3 MB
  • Language: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
  • Seller: Udemy
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
 

8 Elevate - Brain Training and Games

Elevate is a brain training iOS app, designed to improve your memory, math skills, concentration, brain processing speed etc. The App was rewarded by Apple as App of the year!

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Features:

  • 40+ games to improve memory and cognitive abilities
  • Performance tracking of each user
  • Personalized daily brain workout with games and activities
  • Adaptive Challenging difficulties

Check out what CNET & Washington post said about Elevate educational app.

CNET
“Elevate comes out ahead” in the battle of the brain training apps.

Washington Post
Elevate is a “cognitive pick-me-up” with games that are “good for mental breaks throughout the workday.”

iPhone App Details:

  • Size: 187.3 MB
  • Language: Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Seller: Elevate, Inc.
  • Rating: Rated 4+
  • Family Sharing: Yes
  • Requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

That's why it is one of the best educational app available in App Store.

 

9 Chegg: Textbook Rental

Chegg is a multi-functional education mobile app which provides services like Textbook rental, homework help, 2.5 million step-by-step textbook solutions. 

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Features:

  • Save huge amount of Money on books by renting books from Chegg. You can search books by ISBN, author, title, and barcode with the app. Very useful I must say. Get free access to ebook while your hardcopy of the book is on the way.
  • Massive library of 2.5 millions books
  • Need home with a problem in homework? Snap a picture and submit to the app and subject expert will reply it withing few hours. 
  • 24/7 online tutors are available who can help with your subject and homework

Pricing: $14.95 per month

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NOGGIN - Preschool Shows & Educational Kids Videos

Noggin is free to download an educational mobile app from Nickelodeon. 

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Your kids can watch, with any ads, hundreds of full episodes of award-winning kids shows like The Backyardigans, Blue's Clues, Yo Gabba Gabba etc.

iOS App Details:

  • Size: 70.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Nickelodeon
 

Speakaboos Reading App: Stories & Songs for Kids

The app simply motivates your kids to read. Speakaboos offers 200+ interactive stories (fairy tales, fables etc) and songs. 

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The app is very engaging which promotes an active participation of your kid and also let you know your kid's progress via reporting. In short, one of the best educational reading apps for your kid.

iOS App details:

  • Size: 73.0 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Speakaboos

So, that was our list of 9 best educational apps available in App store. Next, we'll publish the list of best kids educational apps. Let us know in the comment section if we are missing any good educational iPhone mobile app. 

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