The 5 Best Santa Apps for 2021

Download Santa apps to bring the Christmas cheer to your smartphone or tablet

One of the best ways to digitally prepare for the Christmas season is to explore fun Santa apps available for iOS and Android devices. Some let you talk to Santa Claus personally, while others can turn your iPhone into your very own naughty or nice detector. We reviewed Santa Apps to find the best ones for your iPhone and Android.

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Best Santa Claus Calling App: Message From Santa!

Message from Santa app on Android device
What We Like
  • User-friendly.

  • High-quality audio and video messages from Santa.

  • Simulated SMS for instant replies.

What We Don't Like
  • Internet connection required.

  • Some connectivity issues.

  • Videos ads in the free version.

Message From Santa! is a Christmas app for iOS and Android smart devices that lets kids call Santa for real. (Well, almost for real.)

This Santa app features a built-in mobile phone feature that allows children to call Santa's voicemail, leave a message, check what he's up to, and check if he thinks they're naughty or nice. No real phone calls are made, but the app looks and works well enough that it will likely trick, or at the least entertain, younger true believers into thinking they're about to call Santa in real life.

While this Santa app creates the illusion of making phone calls and sending text messages to the North Pole, no actual communication takes place. Everything happens within the app.

Some of the audio changes depending on the time of day a call is made. Parents can enter personal information into the app to make it sound like Santa knows who he's talking to. In addition to the audio features, message From Santa! also provides three video messages from Santa Claus and an elf, which are incredibly well-made and free to use.

A premium upgrade is needed to remove the video ads and to use custom names in Santa phone calls. Still, the app is fairly satisfying when used for free.

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Coolest Santa Tracking App: Santa Tracker and Status Check

Santa Tracker and Status Check app
What We Like
  • Sci-fi design sets it apart.

  • Fun Santa stats.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • Ad-heavy.

  • Limited functionality.

  • Drains the battery.

Santa tracking apps are some of the most-popular Christmas apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. There's no denying the simple joy in watching where Santa Claus is in real time on Christmas Eve. While most apps begin their tracking feature a day or two before the big day, Santa Tracker and Status Check let you detect where Santa is all year round.

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In addition to the real-time GPS location of Santa and some cool stats showing how far he is from your current location, this Christmas app also gives you a futuristic scan of Santa's body and a cool countdown clock for Christmas Eve. The app can also be loaded on an Apple TV, which is a nice bonus.

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Best Catching Santa Video Game: Santa Spy Cam 3

Santa Spy Cam 3 app on iPhone.

What We Like
  • High-quality costumes and actors.

  • Easy to shoot and edit.

  • Offers tips for parents.

What We Don't Like
  • No way to take a photo within the app.

  • Limited support.

  • Sometimes freezes.

Santa Spy Cam 3 is one of many catching Santa apps that lets adults and children create photographs and videos that show them catching Santa Claus and his elves on film during their Christmas Eve trip. This app features a large library of high-quality footage of actors dressed up as the popular Christmas characters that can be placed over whatever you choose to film.

The characters can be resized to match the objects' scale on the screen, and the film recording process is straightforward to use. The only major downsides are the photo option, which requires an image to be imported from your phone or tablet's library rather than shot live, and the fact that all but one of the character options need to be unlocked with a one-off payment.

Still, the free option is fun, and the $1.99 upgrade won't break the bank for those looking to shoot a collection of Christmas films to show the relatives.

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Best Santa App for Kids: Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2

Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2 Santa video game app on iOS and Android.

What We Like
  • A variety of activities.

  • Cute graphics.

  • Easy-to-understand gameplay.

What We Don't Like
  • Tiered levels may frustrate junior players.

  • Lots of ads.

  • Older kids may find it boring.

Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2 is a special Christmas spin-off of the other Sweet Baby Girl iOS and Android apps, focusing on Santa Claus and the North Pole. Players are tasked with decorating Santa's Workshop in the North Pole and can complete activities such as decorating the Christmas tree, carving ice sculptures, and designing Santa's outfit.

The interaction with Santa is particularly engaging. It allows younger players to explore their creativity by choosing from various hats, shirts, pants, shoes, and beard styles for Santa Claus to wear.

Some mini-games require payment to unlock, but there's more than enough to keep free players entertained. With the number of games to play, Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2 feels like several Santa apps rolled into one.

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Best Free Santa's Helper App: Find The Scout Elves App

Find the Scout Elves app
What We Like
  • Engaging graphics.

  • Several levels.

  • No ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes slow to respond.

  • Levels might frustrate young players.

  • Limited functionality.

Whether you have an Elf on the Shelf in your home or not, kids will have fun helping Santa keep track of his Scout Elves with this app. The app features a message from Santa about special training. Kids play a game to train to become expert Scout Elf spotters and earn training certificates for each level. They can also win special badges and collect special hidden bonuses throughout each level.

While kids are busy looking for elves, Parents can check out ideas for their own Elf on the Shelf as well as crafts, printables, and recipes.

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