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5 best Pokemon apps (not games) for Android

Pokemon is mostly known for its games, but there are some apps you can use, too.
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February 28, 2022
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Pokemon revolves heavily around its own game play. There are digital games, the physical card game, and even mobile games. However, there are actually some decent Pokemon apps out there. These apps help you keep track of your physical or digital Pokemon collection,  show you guides for the various digital games, and otherwise help you interact with the game at large.

There aren’t a ton of them but there are some decent options. Here are the best Pokemon apps (not games) for Android!

The best Pokemon apps (not games) for Android

Bulbapedia

Price: Free / Up to $6.99

Bulbapedia screenshot

Bulbapedia is one of the biggest and most successful websites in the Pokemon fandom. It has a metric ton of information about each game, each game’s Pokemon, and various guides and how-to articles. It boasts a collection of 31,000 entries across all games, various walkthroughs and guides, and it works offline. Some other features include a multi-tab mode for viewing multiple guides at once and a history function to quickly recall something you viewed. It’s free to use on its own but you can optionally pay to remove ads and get other features. It’s not bad aside from some intrusive ads and some freezing issues.

dataDex

Price: Free / Up to $2.99

dataDex is among the most competent Pokedex apps on Android. It has everything you’d expect from a Pokedex app. There is detailed information about each Pokemon for every game in the series including the latest four for the Nintendo Switch (Let’s Go Eevee, Let’s Go Pikachu, Sword, and Shield). In addition, the app can tell you where Pokemon are available for capture, what moves they can all learn, a list of all items from each game, and more. The pro version even has a team builder option. The pro version isn’t expensive and it’s free if you use Google Play Pass.

Pokemon Home

Price: Free trial / $2.99 per month / $15.99 per year

Pokemon Home screenshot

Pokemon Home is probably the best for storing your actual Pokemon. It lets you upload Pokemon from most of the recent games and lets you transfer them to other games. There are some limitations. For instance, Sword and Shield don’t have support for all Pokemon. However, it’s a great way to manage your collection otherwise. The app also lets you trade with folks, keep track of the national Pokedex, and even receive Mystery Gifts. There are some limitations, but it’s the best way to swap Pokemon between games.

Reddit

Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year

Reddit screenshot 2021

Reddit is an excellent source of information for Pokemon fans. There are subreddits for the show, the card game, the digital games, the mobile games, and everything between. You can even find forums for wallpapers and other side stuff if you want. There are some bad eggs like most public spaces on the Internet but these are wholly unavoidable. Just try to deal with them as best as you can. In any case, it’s a good place to ask questions, search for info, and get advice about builds, teams, and strategies. The app is free (with ads) or there is a premium subscription option that adds a few extra features. You can also find a lot of walkthroughs, guide videos, and let’s play videos on YouTube and Twitch.

TCG Hub

Price: Free with in-app purchases

TCG Hub screenshot 2021
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TCG Hub is an app for Pokemon card collectors. The Pokemon Company has an official app for this kind of stuff, but it’s honestly not that good. TCG Hub lets you scan your cards in and keep track of them. You can compare your collection to the national Pokedex to see the gaps in your collection. Additionally, the app lets you sync your collection to the cloud, create a wishlist for cards you want, simulate trades, and you can even join the app’s Discord server. All the features are available in the free version and the pro version is entirely optional.


Zedge

Price: Free with in-app purchases / $0.99 per month / $4.99 per year

Zedge is a good spot to help drape your phone in Pokemon extras. There are over 1,000 ringtones and notification tones at the time of this writing along with thousands of Pokemon wallpapers. Of course, you can go further with some other apps, but Zedge is a good spot if you just want to hear your phone say Pikachu when you get a text message. The ads are very obnoxious, but there is a reasonably cheap subscription if you want to get rid of them.


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