There are android apps out there for pretty much everything right now. So it is no surprise there are plenty of apps available on the Google Playstore to explore your creative drawing skills. All you need is a smartphone to download all these apps to draw. You can draw using your fingers or a stylus if your phone supports such a device. Drawing on larger tablets would literally feel the same as drawing on a paper canvas.No more need for expensive brushes, paints, and canvases.  Here we list the top ten best Android drawing apps all you casual doodlers and professional artists alike. The top apps on the list are ordered according to the personal preferences of the author and it may differ for you. So do check them all out.

List of best android drawing apps smartphones

MediBang Paint – drawing



MeiBang is the most popular and highly-rated app available on the Google Playstore for drawing artists. Also, it is free to use. It features a lot of cool features like a variety of brushes,pre-made backgrounds, and other resources.

This android drawing app offers the service of saving your artworks in a cloud sharing platform so that you can access it on multiple devices. It also has a PC version. You have to register with the app to access the cloud services. Even if you are drawing with your fingers, the lines appear sharp. Over eight hundred and fifty tones and over one hundred brushes are free to use in the app.

You can create comics. The app provides a lot of comic book fonts. This app scores point for being simple to use and highly user-friendly.

SketchBook – draw and paint

After trying out many apps of this genre, this sketchbook app is definitely a close contender for the best app for drawing currently available on the Playstore. There is a wide variety of brushes available for you to try.

This free app offers so many settings and tools to create the best artwork. The new perspective guide feature added to the app is very helpful. The reason is putting this app in second position rather than first is because after using it for some time, the app crashed for me and deleted a lot of layers I was working on. Apart from that based on the features made available by the app developers, this app truly deserves an A plus.

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PaperDraw: Paint Draw Sketchbook


The Paperdraw app is a very decent app for artists to explore their creative freedom. It does come with some genuinely good features and that too for free of charge. It has a good selection of paint brushes to pick from.

The features provided are pretty standard and what you would expect from such an app. The reason it is down in the third position on the list is that it does come with a few bugs. The lack of a bin button in case you accidentally delete your piece that you had been working on for hours is pretty frustrating.

Also, the undo, redo button doesn’t perform well. They undo and redo the tasks in some random order than the order you drew them. It may be a minor bug that will be sorted out soon in the next update. But do check this app out for the simple and easy UI.


ibis Paint X

drawing app for android

With over 2100 materials, over 700 fonts, which provides 142 brushes, 46 screen tones,37 filters, 27 blending modes, the ibis Paint X is one of the most popular and highly rated apps available on the Google Playstore for drawing.

It uses OpenGL technology to offer a smooth drawing experience. This app offers a smooth drawing up to 60fps. It also has a premium membership version that offers an ad-free experience in addition to Prime Materials, Prime Fonts, Tone Curve filter, Gradation Map filter, etc.

Again the reason this app is down at the fourth place on the list is that it contains a few bugs after every update. It crashes from time to time. It deserves a higher place if it was purely based on features offered.

Sketch – Draw & Paint

sketching app for android

An official sketch app coming from the juggernauts of the field that is Sony is sure to raise expectations. And, it delivers. It is one of the best apps hands down. The only reason I put it down here is because of the others above suited my preferences more. But you may like this better than anything else.

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You can draw and share your work with the online features. Also, you can get inspired by the fellow creators on the app. It allows you to back up your artwork and access it from another device. It has a lot of cool editing tools in addition to your regular brushes, pen, and pencil. You can draw with your finger or use a stylus.

You can share your work with the world and use hashtags so that it reaches all parts of the world to users with similar styles and interests.

ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook

ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook

A fairly decent app among best android drawing apps with good features and relatively low-performance issues, the Airflow app is certainly an app you should check out to see if it suits your style. It features over eighty paintbrushes and a handful of tools like a smudge, fills and an eraser.

You can use the digital pens to turn your smartphone or tablet into a canvas with this app. A lot of the available features are free. However, some really cool features are available only for premium users. It canvases up to 6144×6144 with fifty layers. With the Palm rejection feature added, you would no longer have to worry about accidentally zooming the canvas while drawing.

Infinite Painter

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With one of the most advanced painting engines for drawing on smartphones and tablets, the Infinite Painter app features over 160 types of brushes. You can draw three-dimensional cityscapes with various perspective guides.

It has a simple user interface with advanced features that can transform multiple layers together. The reason it is so down on our list is that it does come with some problems. Minor glitches appear here and there while using the app.

Artecture Draw, Sketch, Paint

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A fairly basic app that is loved by everyone from casual doodlers to professional artists, this app provides thirty unique tools to draw. It is completely ad-free and has a simple user interface. It includes all the basic tools like pencils, marker pens up to glitter tube and far brush to try and explore the creative artist inside you.

Every feature is available for free with no ads. It contains no in-app purchases and you wouldn’t have to log in either. Simplicity is the reason you should give this app a try. The autosave option has some minor bugs and also adding in a few features like a blending stick with the pencils would make this app near perfect. Kudos to the developers.

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Pixel Studio – Pixel art editor, GIF animation

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If it didn’t use up all my memory and crashed midway, I would have put this app as no 1.Unless you own a high-end phone, using this app would be a hard task. With a lot of features, this app does do the trick for you as an artist. It uses advanced pixel art and supports large canvas sizes. Some of the amazing features involve drawing shapes, symmetry drawing, pixel pen tool and more.

The system requirement of 2GB RAM or more is not a problem these days since more android phones do come with these specifications. But in reality, the app takes up so much of your memory. But you cannot complain about it with all the incredible features.


Adobe Illustrator Draw

best android drawing apps

The big-name player in the area of video and photo editing, you would think an app from Adobe would make at least a top-three spot on our list. But unlike its PC counterparts like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, the Adobe illustrator draws doesn’t quite make the cut. The iOS version is far better than the Android version of this app. So if you want, check that out.

Some pretty basic features like rotation are missing from the app. Although it is a vector app, you cant manipulate the vector. Also once you merge a layer you will not be able to undo it.

Adding to that, the few bugs that cause the app to crash once in a while is also a major problem. I am including this in the list because sooner or later I wish Adobe would fix these problems and elevate it to the quality that we know Adobe can deliver.


We’ve covered all kinds of drawing apps in this post, you can checkout Pixpa’s shortlist of 36+ best drawing and art apps if you want to know more of such apps.

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