The 6 Best Coloring Apps for Adults for 2020

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Ready to take some time for yourself and relax with a digital coloring book? A large selection of apps is available for both smartphones and tablets, allowing you to create multiple masterpieces. But, with so many options, it's hard to know where to start. Don't worry, we’ve got you covered with the following suggestions.

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Best Collection of Predefined Color Palettes: Pigment

Screenshots of Pigment app on iOS
What We Like
  • Immense selection of designs to choose from.

  • Vast array of painting materials and tools.

  • Excellent predefined color palettes.

  • Ability to import your artwork.

What We Don't Like
  • The subscription model is expensive.

  • After the 7-day trial, the system attempts to place you into the most costly (monthly) payment method.

If you’re seeking the best coloring app for adults, then you'll probably do well with Pigment. Pigment is easily our favorite mobile coloring app, with over 3,400 different designs to choose from and a vast array of painting tools and brushes, including pencil, marker, glitter, pastel, sand, oil, and more. Additionally, you can check out the work of other aspiring coloring book artists or import your photos for a customized experience. The app is free for seven days. After that, you may sign up for a subscription for $4.99/week, $9.99/month, or $59.99/year.

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Best Selection of Designs: Colorfy

Screenshots of Colorfy app on iOS.
What We Like
  • Large selection of designs to choose from.

  • Ability to import your artwork.

  • Ability to create custom designs.

  • Fascinating use of augmented reality.

What We Don't Like
  • Small array of painting tools and textures.

  • After the end of the 7-day free trial, the system attempts to place you into the most expensive (weekly) payment method.

If you’re seeking an alternative to our number one pick, Pigment, then you might want to check out Colorfy. Colorfy is very well constructed and features an extensive collection of designs. Additionally, this app adds new content weekly, to keep you interested. You can import your photo for drawing, create custom mandala designs, and compose custom messages. One of the app’s most unique features is its ability to use augmented reality, showing your 2D designs as physical works of art around your home. Use for free or sign up for a subscription.

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Best for painting 3D Objects: Recolor

Screenshots of Recolor app on iOS
What We Like
  • Large selection of designs to choose from.

  • 3D objects to paint for a new experience.

  • "Live colors" feature creates trippy designs.

What We Don't Like
  • The subscription model can be quite expensive if you unlock the full design library.

  • After the free 7-day trial, the system attempts to place you into the most expensive (weekly) payment method.

Another excellent choice for those looking for a quality coloring experience is Recolor. In addition to the large selection of 2D designs, the app offers many 3D objects, taking the experience literally to the next dimension. Recolor stands out because of a fun "live colors" painting brush in which colors that you have painted gradually animate onscreen. Recolor also includes an extensive collection of images. Use for free or sign up for a subscription.

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Best for Getting a New Design Each Day: Color by Number

Screenshots of Color by Number app on iOS
What We Like
  • Large selection of designs to choose from.

  • An active Facebook community that includes exclusive designs.

  • Includes a free version.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads intrude on relaxing with coloring.

  • Some may find the color by numbers system too limiting.

If you're seeking a color by numbers experience, you can’t go wrong with Color by Number. While this app doesn’t offer some of the more advanced features that its competitors include, Color by Number sticks to its goal of being a great digital color by numbers coloring book. It also features a new and exciting design each day. Color by Number includes both free and subscription versions.

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Best for Old-School Graphics: UNICORN

Screenshots of UNICORN app for iOS.
What We Like
  • Retro-style graphics are an exciting new way to color.

  • Easy to follow color by number system.

  • Ability to create your own retro designs from photos.

What We Don't Like
  • Design selection is limited.

If you’re a fan of old-school graphics, then you'll enjoy coloring with UNICORN. All the designs are in retro 8-bit style graphics and range from extremely easy to decently complex, supporting a wide skillset range. The app doesn’t allow for freehand drawing but instead follows a straightforward color-by-number system. Best of all, you can import your own photos to create custom 8-bit artwork. Use for free or take advantage of one of the weekly, monthly, or annual subscription options.

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Best for Beginners: UNICORN Low Poly

Screenshots of LOW POLY app for iOS.
What We Like
  • Color by numbers drag-and-drop system is a fun approach to digital coloring.

  • The app is straightforward for beginners.

  • Fun social video sharing allows you to showcase your creations.

What We Don't Like
  • Design selection is limited and can typically be finished before your trial expires.

UNICORN Low Poly offers low-resolution polygon art in a variety of categories including animals, people, food, objects, robots, and mandalas. The app features a simple drag-and-drop system that allows you to complete polygon images as though they were color by number puzzles. Design collections are limited but offer enough pieces to provide a fun experience. Once finished with each design, you can share a video of its step-by-step completion to your social network of choice. Use for free or pay a fee to remove the ads.