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10 best AI apps for Android and iOS

There are more AI apps than you think.

Published onMay 23, 2024

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AI apps are hitting it off in a big way right now. It started with image generation and has since moved to chat, search, and other areas. Google now has Gemini, while many other modern apps use ChatGPT. But what other AI apps are out there? There were plenty available before the ChatGPT craze and its official app debuted, and we’ll list some of those as well. This is a swiftly growing category, so we’ll likely update this list regularly until some true champions emerge. Here are the best AI apps for Android and iPhone.

The best AI apps for Android

AI Mirror

AI Mirror screenshot 2023

This AI image generator uses images you upload to the service to generate new images with different filters.

What we like:

  • Uses a wide variety of filters to make your images look entirely different.
  • Among the better AI-generated filter apps.
  • While your mileage definitely varies, it made some pretty decent-looking images in our testing.

What we don’t like:

  • The ads are aggressive, sometimes don’t load, and the subscription is fairly expensive.
  • When it works, it works great. When it doesn’t work, it really doesn’t work well. There seems to be no in-between.

AI Mirror is one of the better examples of AI image manipulation. In other words, it uses AI to generate filters for existing photos. During our testing, it worked pretty well most of the time, but the free version has some obnoxious advertising, and the subscription to get rid of them is expensive. Aside from that, it does what it says. You add an image, pick a style, and the idea is redrawn with AI to fit that style. It seems to have some issues with skin tone, and it could do pets better, but this is a young technology, so we hope it gets better sooner rather than later.

We’d also like to mention SuperImage (Google Play) as an AI image upscaler that performs better than any other we tried. However, it’s only available for Android right now.

Ask AI

Ask AI screenshot 2023

This is one of the ChatGPT apps that does the kinds of things you see on the internet all the time.

What we like:

  • Works in most languages.
  • Uses ChatGPT.
  • A rare AI app that has a lifetime license.
  • It actually works really well.

What we don’t like:

  • The premium tiers are expensive.
  • Plenty of features are locked behind the Pro paywall.
  • Like all AI chat apps, some inputs may not generate the expected output, so you may find yourself rephrasing some questions.

When AI chat apps first came out, they were universally bad. So, it was finally nice to stumble onto something that works pretty well. Ask AI runs on ChatGPT-4o and offers the functionality you’d expect. You ask the AI bot a question, and it answers you. That’s about all it does. It’s fun to ask various questions and get the answers. While Ask AI was affordable in its early days, the app has since locked away plenty of features away behind a paywall. Nevertheless, if you really don’t like the official ChatGPT app’s interface, Ask AI is a possible alternative.


Imagine screenshot 2023
An AI image generator that can use little more than words to create images for you.

  • Pricing: Free / $4.99 per week / $38.99 per year / $109.99 once
  • Platforms: iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play)

What we like:

  • The app generated most of the things we asked for without issue.
  • The free version has ads, but they’re not nearly as annoying as some other apps in this space.
  • All of the images appear to be in relatively high quality.

What we don’t like:

  • You have to watch an ad for each image you generate, and the subscriptions are pricy.
  • Sometimes the results aren’t quite what you expect. As an example, I asked for Yoshi (from the Mario universe) with a samurai sword with the Realistic filter. It drew me a Yoshi beanie-style toy with a samurai sword behind it. Technically accurate, but not what I was hoping for.

Imagine is an AI art generator app that works with just words. You tell it what you want to draw, and it’ll remove it for you. We tried over 20 examples, and it executed each one, albeit not necessarily with the expected style. I cite my experience with making samurai Yoshi as an example. The free version is very tolerable. You watch a video ad and are rewarded with one image per ad watch. You can alternatively pay the weekly, yearly, or lifetime prices to avoid the ads. This works surprisingly well and quite quickly compared to many of its competitors. PicSo (Google Play and iOS) also does this well, so you can choose between the two.

Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge Browser screenshot 2023

Microsoft Edge Browser is a great example of a powerful, AI-integrated browser.

What we like:

  • The AI-chat search style actually works pretty well.
  • As a browser, it’s quick, has add-ons like ad blocker, and syncing with the desktop version.
  • We expect Microsoft to improve this technology moving forward continually.

What we don’t like:

  • Moving away from Google Search is a tough ask for many people who are quite comfortable with Google’s ecosystem.
  • There are ads, and you can’t pay your way out of them.

Microsoft Edge is an underrated browser. It works rather well, and it lets you tie into a different ecosystem than Google or Apple. It also leads the pack with its OpenAI-powered Copilot integration, allowing for a more powerful search product baked right into the browser. As you’d expect, you can ask it for something, and it’ll search the web for you. Alternatively, it boasts plenty of other tricks, from web summarizations and image creation tools to other generative AI fare. We expect Microsoft to continue pressing its lead in the AI space, and you can be a part of it with this browser.

Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard screenshot 2023
SwiftKey has long used AI but now packs Copilot smarts to boot.

What we like:

  • It works excellently, with good auto-correction and decent word predictions.
  • There is a data backup system so you can bring what it learns with you to new devices.
  • The app is entirely free, with no in-app purchases.
  • Microsoft Copilot integration is a big win.

What we don’t like:

  • Limited themes and lack of Material You make other keyboards more customizable.
  • It can be a bit clunky to use compared to the relatively smoothness of Gboard.

Microsoft SwiftKey has been using AI for ages to help the typing experience. It uses AI to learn how a person types and then recommends words and auto corrections based on what it knows. The keyboard works well in practice, although we think Gboard is a bit smoother overall. In any case, you won’t see Gemini in Gboard just yet. However, with SwiftKey, you get Copilot baked right in and offers a composition feature, emoji generator, and more.


Nova AI Chatbot screenshot 2023

This ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot competes well with Ask AI. Both do almost the same thing.

  • Pricing: Free / $7.99 per week / $59.99 per year
  • Platforms: iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play)

What we like:

  • It works well and is reasonably quick.
  • The streamlined UI looks nice and makes responses easy to read.
  • Works in most languages and with most questions.

What we don’t like:

  • This is one of the more expensive examples of a ChatGPT-powered chatbot.
  • Some more complex questions may return errors.

Nova is another excellent example of a ChatGPT-powered AI app alongside the previously mentioned Ask AI. It uses ChatGPT-4o to answer user questions, and it does so pretty well. We asked a few dozen different things, and the answers were correct. While we had no problems with it, some other users have reported that overly complex questions may return an error code, which you’ll want to test for. Otherwise, it looks like most AI chatbot apps. It’s just a single conversation box where you ask questions and get answers. The free version is limited, and the premium version is pretty expensive. There is no lifetime access here like there is with Ask AI.

Genie (Google Play and iOS) is also pretty good in this space.


Snapchat screenshot 2021

Snapchat is not only a pioneer in AI-powered image filters, but also now includes a ChatGPT bot for its users.

  • Pricing: Free / $3.99 per month / $39.99 per year (add $3.99 per month for the AI chatbot)
  • Platforms: iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play)

What we like:

  • One of the few apps that can do AI-powered image filters and also a ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot.
  • Hundreds of millions of people use it, making it a popular messaging service on top of its AI capabilities.
  • The filters vary widely and change consistently.

What we don’t like:

  • The added cost doesn’t make it any less expensive than other ChatGPT-powered chatbots.
  • If Snapchat isn’t your thing, then it isn’t your thing. The chatbot won’t change that.

Snapchat is a popular messaging service when you don’t factor in any AI stuff. However, the service has long been a bastion of AI-powered image filters, and the inclusion of its My AI chatbot with ChatGPT puts it ahead of most other benefits in terms of AI usage. By now, most of you know how Snapchat works. You take pictures or videos, send them to friends, and use them to communicate. Many people covert their Snapchat streaks, and the premium version can let you keep them even if you miss a day. We’re sure other services will catch up in the coming months, but for now, Snapchat sits alone at the top of the AI hill regarding messaging.


Socratic by Google screenshot 2022

Socratic by Google uses AI to help people understand their school work better. It’s best used for the K-12 stages of learning.

What we like:

  • A unique use of AI. It lets you take pictures of your homework and then connects you to resources to help you do it.
  • It has a variety of resources for students trying to learn new things.
  • There is support for several types of math, science, history, and literature.

What we don’t like:

  • It’s not powered by a name-brand AI.
  • The iOS version of the app is more consistently updated than the Android version.

Socratic is an excellent educational app from Google. You take a picture of a piece of homework you’re having issues with. The app then finds the resources to help you solve the problem. It aims to help teach you concepts so that it won’t do your homework. You can ask it questions about the subjects it supports, and it’ll use online resources to tell you the answer, much like how today’s ChatGPT bots do it.

Notably, Google Photomath (Google Play and iOS) is an excellent alternative for math homework.


WhatsApp now packs Meta AI smarts.

What we like:

  • WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps in the world. Tons of people use it.
  • Meta AI offers plenty of features, and isn’t too intrusive.
  • It’s widely available in other Meta-owned apps.

What we don’t like:

  • Meta AI has largely replaced traditional search functionality on WhatsApp.
  • Competitors are hot on WhatsApp’s heels.

WhatsApp initially offered several ChatGPT-powered chatbots you can add to your app for the AI chatbot experience. However, WhatsApp owner Meta has since rolled out its AI virtual assistant powered by Llama 3. Called Meta AI, the feature allows users to create images from text using its Imagine generator, a nifty group image edit feature, and Reels discovery. Meta AI is also available on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, but we think it’s pretty impactful for WhatsApp, given its massive global user base.

Notably, plenty of other messaging platforms have rolled out AI features. Viber now offers a chat summarization feature, while Telegram still offers ChatGPT bots.


Wombo Dream screenshot 2023

One of the original AI-generated image apps that does it correctly most of the time.

  • Pricing: Free / $9.99 per month / $89.99 per year / $99.99 once
  • Platforms: iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play)

What we like:

  • It does what it says. You give it an image or some text, and it’ll generate some art for you.
  • There are multiple styles to determine how you want your art to look.
  • Images generated are typically of high quality in terms of metrics like resolution.

What we don’t like:

  • The pro version is among the most expensive, and the free version feels intentionally lackluster to help promote the full version.
  • Like most AI art generators, less specific inquiries may not give you the image you’re looking for.

WOMBO Dream is an AI art generator and was one of the first. We covered it in our best Android apps of 2022 list, and it’s still one of the better examples today. It works like the others on this list. You add an image you already have or give it a text prompt. The app then generates art for you. It has the same general upsides and pitfalls as other apps in this category. Sometimes, you don’t quite get the image you expect when you use specific nouns. The free version is slower and has a bunch of ads as well. If you can get past that, though, this is good for what it aims to do. Plus, it’s a bit older than others, so it’s had time to mature.

Notably, if you’re looking for a Midjourney-powered image generator, Niji Journey (Google Play and iOS) is a fun option for anime fans.

If we missed any AI apps, tell us about them in the comments.

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