10 best VR apps for Google Cardboard

by: Joe HindySeptember 4, 2016

best google cardboard apps and vr apps
VR is starting to become a big deal. The proliferation of headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and others have solidified the platform’s popularity. However, none of them can even come close to the affordability of Google Cardboard. Anyone who has managed to pick one up over the last couple of years are no doubt looking for some awesome apps to put on there and use. Here are the best VR apps for Google Cardboard. These should tide us all over until Google Daydream comes out during autumn 2016.

aaa vr cinema best vr apps for google cardboardAAA VR Cinema

[Price: Free]
AAA VR Cinema is a VR video player that allows you to play locally stored content on your device. It’s quite easy to use. You’ll put the video on your device then use this app to play it while wearing Google Cardboard. It features 180-degree and 360-degree video support, head tracking, support for NAS, and features included to remove drift issues that can come with watching longer videos. It’s completely free if you want to try it out.

Download now on Google Play!

aaa vr cinema best vr apps for google cardboard

cardboard best vr apps for google cardboardCardboard

[Price: Free]
Google’s Cardboard app is one of the must-have VR apps for Google Cardboard owners. It comes with a few VR experiences, including Google Earth, a tour through Versailles, a built-in video player, photo sphere, and more. More importantly, it has a directory of VR apps and games that makes finding new stuff a lot easier. Of course, it’s also used to actually set your Google Cardboard. You’ll likely download it on your own, but we’re going to recommend that you keep it installed.

Download now on Google Play!

cardboard best vr apps for google cardboard

cardboard camera best vr apps for google cardboardCardboard Camera

[Price: Free]
Cardboard Camera is another one of those must-have VR apps that can be a lot of fun. This app’s focus is to take VR pictures that you can then, obviously, view in VR. It’s ridiculously easy to use and Google doesn’t require you to sign up for any accounts or anything ridiculous to get started. You just download, open, and go. It takes a bit to get used to and your first few VR photos aren’t going to be amazing, but it’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.

Download now on Google Play!

Cardboard Camera best vr apps for google cardboard

expeditions best vr apps for androidExpeditions

[Price: Free]
Expeditions is an education oriented app that is meant to be used in a classroom environment. However, it can be used just about anywhere that you want. The app has over 200 expeditions that you can immerse yourself in. You’ll be able to check out various destinations, landmarks, landforms, waterscapes, and tons of other places. There is a 360-degree mode that works without Cardboard if you need it to and the app is fairly easy to use. It’s also completely free, which is nice.

Download now on Google Play!

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fulldive vr best vr apps for google cardboardFulldive VR

[Price: Free]
Fulldive VR calls itself a VR navigation platform. What that means exactly is that the app will help you find and view tons of VR content from around the web. It has support for VR video from YouTube, a VR video player built in, and even a VR browser to view online content. There is also a camera, photo gallery, and a market place to take VR images and surf for more VR apps and games. It’s definitely one of those VR apps that are worth checking out. It is free to download.

Download now on Google Play!

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google arts and culture best vr apps for google cardboardGoogle Arts and Culture

[Price: Free]
Google Arts and Culture is a fun little app that only received its Google Cardboard support earlier this year. It is a tour-style app that lets you view all kinds of stuff. There are tours available for hundreds of museums, heritage sites, and landmarks all around the world. You can also view individual pieces of artwork and view items based on things like color and time period. Everything has a little bit of information about it so you can learn more about the world around you. It’s completely free and one of those VR apps that all Google Cardboard owners should have.

Download now on Google Play!

google street view best vr apps for google cardboardGoogle Street View

[Price: Free]
Google Street View is an old friend of Google Maps and it was updated not long ago to support VR content. It works essentially as it always has, which has provided people with 360-degree views of various roads, addresses, landmarks, and other places. With the VR update, you can also use your Google Cardboard to look at all of that stuff. On top of that, you can view content posted by other people and provide your own content if you need to. It’s a fun way to experience the world and probably the best way to experience Google Street View.

Download now on Google Play!

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titans of space best vr apps for google cardboardTitans of Space

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Titans of Space is one of the most popular VR apps for Google Cardboard. It features a VR tour through our solar system so you can see everything and how it works. On top of that, you can compare the sizes of planets, roam around freely, learn more about various planetary bodies (including voice narration), and more. There is even a nice little soundtrack to enjoy while you traverse the cosmos. The app and most of its features are completely free. If you want the voice narration, you can buy it as a DLC for $2.99.

Download now on Google Play!

titans of space best vr apps for google cardboard

var's vr video player best vr apps for google cardboardVaR’s VR Video Player

[Price: Free]
VaR’s VR Video Player is, as you’d expect, a video player for VR content. With over one million installs, it’s also among the most popular VR apps out there. It features the ability to play a variety of VR video content, including 180-degree and 360-degree videos. You can play videos off of a website if you have the streaming address or over a LAN connection if you need it. On top of that, there are VR controls so you can pick and choose which videos you want to watch without leaving your Cardboard. It’s worth a shot and it’s completely free.

Download now on Google Play!

vars vr video player best vr apps for google cardboard

youtube best vr apps for google cardboardYouTube

[Price: Free]
Of course, the venerable YouTube is one of the great VR apps to have in your arsenal. It is one of the largest sources of VR content on the Internet. There are tons of videos and channels you can follow that provide everything from entertainment to educational video for you to watch. It’s been one of the few platforms where VR has really taken off and there really is a lot of stuff there if you want to check it out. It is free or you can grab the YouTube Red subscription for $9.99/month and remove the advertising if you want.

Download now on Google Play!

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  • KapteinStein

    Where’s the vr porn?

  • Igor Leahu

    Why wasn’t Google Spotlight Stories mentioned? It’s from Google and it should be optimized for most devices out there.

    • sri charan

      It isn’t available for many devices and also only available in few countries…

  • Craig Picton

    How about the north face app, tis a short film but gives great insight into what vr can do

  • Matthew Hughes
  • sjesudasan

    Can anyone who owns a google cardboard comment on whether it can be worn for two to three hours for watching movies without any irritation or fatigue in our eyes? I want to buy one but only for viewing movies with it…

    • Letiliscus

      no way. You have to hold it with your hands the whole time and it’s uncomfortable mostly around your nose. I didn’t experience any fatigue of the eyes, though, but maybe that’s because I usually don’t wear it for too long.

      • DevilKANAN

        Mine came with a strap that can hold it around my head, so I don’t have to hold it. There’s no irritation on the eyes, I’ve used it to watch 2 hour long movies but after some time, it starts to feel heavy on the nose.

    • Bao Nguyen

      Try Gear VR instead. Google Cardboard is like an introduction to VR but really give VR a bad name, the difference between Google Cardboard & GearVR is like day and night. I wouldn’t recommend neither for intensive movie session though, half an hour then rest for 10 minutes may be.

      • Cloaked9000

        If anything, both of them are an introduction to VR :P

        • Bao Nguyen

          Well you’re not wrong. But Google Cardboard is only good enough for you to know what’s VR about, while with Gear you get to experience the real (although early-stage) VR that’s on par with Oculus DK2. Suddenly now we have a valid reason to pursuit 4-8k screen on a smartphone with 1TB of storage to store all those HD 360 videos.

          • Cloaked9000

            Yeah, I’ve got a Cardboard and a friend has a Gear VR, the Gear VR is a real step up. And yeah, it wasn’t long ago that people were laughing at Samsung for wanting 8k screens, funny how things play out.

      • Hubson

        like day and night….. like 4$ and 100$

    • kljkljkljjkl

      Noo you need a real vr headset. Probably $50 on amazon/ebay. Or the gear vr for $80 ebay/$100 retail.

  • There are viewers you can get for LG phones on Ebay for $15 bucks. Basically plastic housings that fit phones up to 5.5″ I got one and all the google cardboard aps work with it. You don’t have to hold it on your head. There are straps. Most of the content out there are short clips or demos but you can immediately see the potential. Can’t wait for PlayStation VR.

  • Diego Garcia

    Thanks for the list. I got a nice viewer, but I definitely need a controller for it. Bought one for 14.50 (free shipping with Amazon Prime), so I’ll be able to get the best phone VR experience possible. 45 bucks total invested, not bad for screwing around with VR. :-)

  • kevin cancemi

    Try “Darkness Roller Coaster VR”

  • Jordan

    Check out “RPWA-2050”

  • stooit

    Check out Emoji Samurai VR. Like fruit ninja but less fruit, more emojis.

  • Glen Foster

    YouTube is not good for cardboard if you have prescription glasses. Doubled vision is no fun.

  • vygo

    try 3AM VR or Wait for your girlfriend VR :)

  • Teresa Allan

    take my picture off your site or i will sue! the lady with the blonde hair just about to rip up a scratch card.

    • STEVE

      Good luck with that!
      Not knowing how images in public domain work.
      Unless you took the image you do not own the copyright.

      • Lindle

        I think she’s trolling. The only thing I see that fits that description is her profile pic :))

  • bubbletrouble

    I tried Fulldive VR and it was great! Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Thank you guys… thanks….

  • Cetar Badai

    If you interested in VR Tower Defense Game try “Trinitaria VR”