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The Best Adult Coloring Apps (Including Free!)

If you are looking for FREE coloring apps for adults, check out my full reviews of the best. Most of these color apps have free pages and colors. You’ll also learn which subscriptions are worth it!

Updated: October 2021 with the latest apps from the Apple Store.

The best coloring apps for adults

When I thought about reviewing adult coloring apps, something came to mind immediately. Adult coloring is supposed to be relaxing, and even an escape from electronic devices. So what is the deal with adult coloring apps? Why use them over an adult coloring book and your pencils?

I’m not going to lie – I was skeptical of adult coloring apps myself. That was until I downloaded all of these to review and gave them an honest go . . . and then I discovered: adult coloring apps ARE relaxing!

Why I Like Adult Coloring Apps

Here are the top things I noticed:

  1. I don’t have to break out the books and colored pencils. Sometimes I just don’t like having supplies everywhere.
  2. It’s a lot less expensive than books and pencils, markers, etc. If you are looking for an inexpensive hobby, ALL of these apps have a free option. Some are better than others which I address in each review.
  3. These apps are perfect for waiting rooms, the line at the DMV, and anytime you are bored and don’t want to be on Facebook or some other app.
  4. They STILL relax me. Yes, it’s on an electronic screen, but I can still zone out.

Free Coloring Apps

Only a few of these apps are truly free (Coloring Book, Coloring Book for Adults), as most color apps in general have in-app purchases. Having said that, a lot of them have free pages that refresh regularly.

However, Happy Color® has 15,000 free pages, so I consider it to be a free app even though there are ads. It is a color by number app.

Things to keep in mind about the “free” portions of these apps:

  • A lot of apps have switched to color by number. It’s like a paint by number, where you tap an area and add a color. That means you won’t necessarily be able to choose the colors that you use. Some of them are still traditional digital coloring.
  • Usually there are new “dailies,” or a new design every single day that you can color. So if you only do one drawing a day, you can probably stick with the free and not get a subscription.
  • Prepare yourself for lots of ads! Watching them to unlock pages, tools, etc. If you commit to free and don’t want a subscription, you’ll have to watch a lot of ads.

Best of the Adult Coloring Apps

After reviewing these adult coloring apps, I like them all – but Pigment and Happy Color® are my DEFINITE front runners (reviews below). I also really like Chroma because of the value for what you get. Take a peek and let me know what you think!

Adult Coloring Apps

I've used every single one of these coloring apps, and they are in order of my preference.

Which of these adult coloring apps are your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Also if you’ve tried some adult coloring apps I didn’t mention, let me know that too.


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I use Lake Coloring a lot. They have several styles and themes and I feel like they have good stuff for adults too.

Hidden Artist

Friday 12th of March 2021

I have just released a new app that is a mix between coloring app and a painting app. It takes a bit of time to get a flow in it, but I can promise you it is rewarding. Give it a shot and delete it if you don't like it. Just search for "Hidden Artist" on the app store.

Gehane Ayad

Sunday 20th of June 2021

@Hidden Artist, I couldn't find your app on Google.

Annalise Saayman

Friday 12th of March 2021

I want to buy colouring pictures for reselling


Tuesday 9th of March 2021

I've been looking for a coloring app to color online using a pen made for that purpose so I can fill in the fine lines. I got a $10 pen set of 3 at Wal-Mart that's supposed to be for coloring and signing docs. I like Mandela's. What am I doing wrong? Its not working on any apps.

Charlene Gordon

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Love pigment but it is way too expensive at the updated price of $5/wk, $10/mo, $60/yr.