Coloring is one way for you to relax and have time for yourself especially when you’ve had consistently busy days, or weeks, at work. Think of it as a way to distress and relax. You don’t have to think about anything just let your hands wander with the crayons. Definitely, coloring activities aren’t just for kids nowadays. If you paid your neighborhood bookstore a visit, you’ll find that there are all sorts of coloring books for adults nowadays.

However, if you’re tired from all the work stress, you may forget to bring along your coloring book and coloring materials with you. On top of that, this might be quite messy because they tend to scatter around your table and leave color marks. So if you’re still keen on distressing through a coloring activity, you may want to check out these apps for their stunning pictures and designs. They’ll fit right in your pocket so you can color the blues away.

Here are 7 best coloring apps for Android and iOS:

1. Coloring

The Coloring app is an adult coloring book that contains over eight hundred photos that you can color and be creative with. You can choose from 63 free pictures of flowers, animals, and sea creatures. These images were expertly selected to give a relaxing feeling.

With this app, you can just tap or paint with strokes to fill the picture with unlimited colors to choose from and a variation of brushes to use. You wouldn’t need to worry about making a mistake as you can just undo your most recent action or rub out unwanted parts. You can also use the color pipette to color match and use the left handed mode if you’re a leftie. It has no time limit so take all of the time you need to fill out the picture.

The app has in-app purchases so you can purchase more packs and save your creations to your phone gallery.


2. Pigment – Adult Coloring Book


Pigment is another coloring book app which is suited for adults on the go. You can relax and unwind easily with just the use of your mobile phone. Choose from its huge collection of different designs that’s updated from to time. It also has different painting tools and brushes that you can use from pencil, marker, glitter, pastel, sand, oil, and many others. In addition, you can check out and view the works of other artists and import your photos if you want to customize.

The app has stunning color palettes that you can choose from and different modes whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

You can get this app for $4.99 per week after the seven days free trial.


3. Toonia Colorbook

Toonia Colorbook 

The Toonia Colorbook is a coloring book app for kids, most especially toddlers. With this app, you can help your kids build up their concentration, motor skills, creative thinking and hand-eye coordination.

The app contains over a hundred sixty coloring pages with different designs and themes. With each theme, it has over a hundred stunning colors and patterns for your children to choose from and combine with other colors however they like.

The app also works with multiple users at the same time; you can have your child and their friends do the coloring together without any mess at all. So if you have an iPAD, this is perfect for you. This app is exclusively available via the iTunes App Store for iOS devices.


4. Colorish: Mandala for Adults


The Colorish app is another coloring app that can be used by both adults and kids. This app is good for family bonding when parents and kids use the app together for coloring different designs.

The app contains different pictures to paint with themes like the Mandala, floral, animals, and many others. With the app, you can zoom in and pan to the picture’s different parts so you won’t have to worry about the tiny parts on the picture. The Colorish app is an educational app that helps you improve your creativity and imagination as well as your attention and concentration. It also helps you calm down and relax after a long and stressful day. This is definitely a quiet activity you can do at home or at work.


5. Colorfly: Coloring Games


Colorfly is also a coloring app for adults and kids. This app has beautifully illustrated pictures and a wide variation of color palettes, you can create stunning pieces of artworks.

The app is simple and easy to use; you will only need to tap your fingers on your mobile phones to choose over different colors from the palette and fill in the pictures. You can also personalize your color palettes and hand-pick your favorites from a wide variation of choices. You can also save your works and share them to family and friends. It’s easy to zoom in and out around the picture with just a single pinch and edit them or revisit them later when you have the time.


6. Recolor – Coloring Book


The Recolor – Coloring Book is another great app to use for when you just want to take some time to rest and relax your mind. It has a vast collection of 2D designs and 3D objects which takes your experience to a whole new level.

The app’s unique feature is its live colors painting brush which animates onscreen as you gradually use it for painting. It also has a broad collection of different pictures with different designs. On the app, you can also import your photos for more personalized projects.

You can get the app for free or for a $7.99 subscription for a week.


7. Happy Color – Color by Number

Happy Color

Relive the time in your younger days when you had to follow the numbers on your coloring book. This time, you won’t need a book and a crayon. You just have to download this app and color by the number.

This app is free to use although there are some ads that’ll pop up here and there. If you want an ad free experience, you can actually opt to subscribe for $4.99. The Happy Color app has a lot of variety of designs for you to choose from and it updates its designs everyday so you’ll have many more options. Now, you can color by number digitally right on your phone and even join in its Facebook community that includes exclusive designs. Color like a pro with Happy Color now.


Bottom Line

Coloring activities are perfect for anyone who just wants to take it slow for a few moments. It’s great because you can stop and get back to it anytime you want. You’ll be the one to decide on the outcome of all your coloring activities.

Once you’re done, save them on your phone or share them via social media. One of the great things about different coloring apps is that they’re all different. They have similar tools but they have different effects and design templates. Download a few titles so you can get a good feel of how they are.