5 Best Animation Apps for Android – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

Creating an animation is a great way to add some life to an otherwise lifeless drawing. Advances in digital tools have made animating incredibly easy and convenient for professionals and beginners alike.

While the market for dedicated drawing tablets may seem enticing, nothing beats the convenience of simply pulling out your phone and drawing on the screen. Unfortunately, there aren’t many popular options on the Play Store when it comes to apps that allow you to create animations.

Regardless, we’ve tested a bunch of animation apps for Android and rounded up some of the best ones that you can use for free.

1. Animation switch

With over a million downloads, Animation Desk is one of the best animation apps for Android that you can try. It has everything that makes an animation app great – a clean interface, a fair amount of options, and a handful of ways to export the finished animation.

Animation Desk has a few brushes to choose from and an intuitive color palette that you can customize to your liking. Navigating between frames is easy, and the onion skin toggle is just a tap away. You can set the number of frames for your animations if the default 24fps option isn’t enough for you.


Once you’re done, you can use the app to export your animation as a video file or PDF. You can also export individual frames as images. The premium subscription upgrades your cloud storage to 1TB, adds support for color-coded onion skin drawings, and unlocks GIF exports.

Downloads: Animation Desk (free, subscription available)

2. Draw cartoons 2

To create an animation that lasts a few seconds, you still have to manually draw several frames. On a smaller screen, this can be even more difficult. If you’re looking for an app that can do basic animations without spending a lot of time and effort, you’ll love Draw Cartoons 2.

The app has an extensive library of objects and characters with a skeleton-based model that you can move to create quick animations. You can also create your own characters and add the same skeleton functionality to make animating things ten times easier.

Draw Cartoons 2 is clearly aimed at the youngest, but we still had fun testing the app. In addition to animating scenes, you can add voice-overs and music, and export the finished product as a video file.

Downloads: Draw Cartoons 2 (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. Stop Motion Studio

Another way to create animation is by using stop motion recording. If you prefer using real props to tell a story, Stop Motion Studio will be a great companion app.

Although you don’t need a dedicated app to take a series of photos and place them one by one to create a movie, this app makes the whole process seamless. A well-known overlay mode lets you position your props in line with your previous image.

The app also offers a wide variety of filters and editing tools that you can use to take your animation to the next level. For those who are passionate, tools like green screen and rotoscoping can open up a whole new world of possibilities, even with limited props.

Other notable features include a time interval mode that takes pictures automatically, a fully manual mode for adjusting things like ISO and white balance, and the ability to use a second phone as a remote control to take pictures.

Downloads: Stop Motion Studio (Free in-app purchases available)

4. Stick knot

If you like the idea of ​​animating with moving joints and parts, give Stick Nodes a shot. This animation app is a one stop shop for all stick figure fans out there.

It has all the animation features you can think of and then some. You can add or edit stick figures using the extensive library and even connect two or more objects to make animation much easier. Stick Nodes has a surprising number of power-user controls and effects that you can add to the rather basic-looking stick figures.

With the Pro version of the app, you can add blur, glow, and other compelling effects to your drawings. Regardless, the free version of the app comes with unobtrusive ads and doesn’t ask you to upgrade to the Pro version.

The extensive list of options and menus can get a little confusing on smaller phones. This is the only complaint we have with the app, which is also disguised as an appreciation for the sheer number of features it has. If you want to create powerful stick figure animations, but also don’t want to spend ages drawing them all by hand, Stick Nodes is one of the best options out there.

Downloads: Stick Nodes (free, premium version available)

5. FlipaClip

What better way to end a list with an app that has no equal when it comes to creating animations on Android? FlipaClip is the gold standard and what every other digital drawing app should aspire to.

Not only do you get a plethora of options like brushes, grids, a ruler, onion skins and more, FlipaClip goes one step further and comes with an impressive library of sound effects. Despite being a paid feature, using sound effects in simple animations can take them to new heights.

FlipaClip is one of the best S Pen apps if you have a supported Samsung device. The app lets you use pressure sensitivity to add depth to your drawings. You can import video onto your canvas and create animations that complement existing footage.

Our favorite thing about FlipaClip is simply its beautiful design and ease of use. First-time users even get a handy tutorial video that explains all of the app’s options. We recommend FlipaClip to anyone serious about taking animation to the next level with just an Android phone.

Downloads: FlipaClip (free, in-app purchases available)

Create animations on the go

We’ve covered a modest array of animation apps, each with something up their sleeve. Now it’s up to you to decide which one best suits your needs.

While it’s true that nothing beats a dedicated animation setup with multiple screens and a drawing tablet, it’s nice to see how much you can achieve with your phone. Photo and video animation on the go has come so far thanks to creative apps like these.

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