To be perfectly, honest, an app list like this is difficult. Mechanics generally have a work-space that has everything they need. That includes tools, lifts, flashlights, and stuff like that. There aren’t a lot of use cases for Android apps in a mechanic shop. It is still one of the few industries where you get to do most of it by hand and there isn’t a lot a smartphone can do. There are a few, though, and we have that list for you here. Here are the best mechanic apps for Android!
We have apps that help mechanics directly with the act of fixing cars. Of course, you can also use things like your phone’s flash as a flashlight and other obvious things like that. However, we’re gonna stick to the script with this one.
AutoCodes is a reference tool for mechanics. It lists over 50,000 OBDII(OBD2) codes for a variety of makes and models. This is useful for those with tools that don’t list the whole description of the code. It can also help you figure out parts and other information. There are even some videos for reference on some of them. Of course, you need to provide your own OBDII scanner and obtain the codes before this app is useful. However, it is free with no in-app purchases. It does have ads, but they’re not bad.
Car Scanner ELM OBD2
Price: Free / Up to $5.49
Car Scanner ELM OBD2 is a scanner app. It connects to OBD2 scanners over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and spits out the codes it sends. It’s also useful for a variety of purposes and other things. It even allows you to customize some of the codes for better and more accurate information. It worked in our testing and we didn’t see any serious stability problems aside from restarting the app every now and then. People seem to really like this one. Most of its features come for free. The full version goes for $5.49 or you can get it for free if you use Google Play Pass.
Price: Free / $4.95
Torque is another car scanner app. This one is fairly simple. It connects to a scanner device via Bluetooth. You can then see the scan codes on your phone. It features full OBD-II support. The app can take measurements of things like engine fault codes, performance data, and more. The app is also customizable. You do still need to buy the Bluetooth car scanner yourself. However, this app works quite well displaying those codes.
Price: Free / Classes vary
We’re reaching a little bit with this one. Udemy is an online learning platform with a ton of different courses. Some of those courses involve auto mechanics. Mechanics generally know how cars work. However, taking the occasional course can keep the brain sharp. Courses are relatively inexpensive, although some can climb as high as $50. The app lets you watch video lectures and view the instructor’s various files. It’s good for what it is, even if it’s not what you normally think of when it comes to mechanic apps.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube is another excellent resource for mechanics. There are a ton of tips and tricks videos, tutorials, and walk-through videos for auto mechanics. Mechanics probably won’t need the ones that show the basic stuff like changing oil. However, there are dozens of tutorials on rebuilding engines from scratch. It can be fairly helpful. YouTube is free to use with advertising. You can remove the ads and get a few extra features if you pick up YouTube Premium for $12.99 per month. Reddit is another excellent source of information and you can talk with other mechanics about problems on a variety of subreddits.
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