These 27 Vegan Apps Will Make Your Life 10x Easier

4.8 Billion people used smartphones in 2016, and that number is only increasing (source).

Smartphones have added a (Mostly!) positive impact to our lives, allowing us ​access to new information in seconds.

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As a vegan, ​​there are a bunch of handy apps out there to improve your everyday ​life. Whether you're looking for a place to eat, wondering whether that pack of oreos has dairy in it, or want some help staying on a healthy diet, there's an app for that.

In this article we'll go over a number of apps for different purposes. We'll not only go over apps that are strictly for vegans, but also general-purpose apps that can still make a vegan smile.

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Eating Out

Happy Cow

Possibly the most famous vegan app, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention HappyCow.

This app allows you to find delicious vegan food wherever you go. It also distinguishes between restaurants that are completely vegetarian and vegan and those with veg-options, so that you have more choices.

HappyCow is also a real lifesaver when traveling. Thanks to its recommendations, I had some of the best vegan food of my life in rural Mexico and I’m not even sweating an upcoming trip to Ecuador!

HappyCow

​Overall, HappyCow is a must-try app!

A great app for all the pre-vegans out there interested in transitioning to a vegan diet.

​D.H.T., 4/16/17

Google Play

VeganXpress

Picture it: you’ve been on the road for hours and you’re starving. You take the next exit you see. Ravenous, you wander into the rest area only to find that it’s all fast food.

Don’t despair!

This app is here to save the day. Just search for any North American chain restaurant and VeganXpress will tell you exactly what menu items are vegan. 

You can also look up popular grocery store items. At $1.99, it’s a steal.

VeganXpress

McDonald’s puts beef fat in the fries so how do you know what you’re getting? It’s been a huge headache for me but this app really makes things easier by letting you know what’s vegan and what’s not.

Newgirl1975

iTunes store

VeggieBeers

Asking if something is vegan can be awkward, especially if it’s at a crowded bar on a Friday night and the bartender is overwhelmed. Don’t be the customer that makes the staff’s life harder.

Instead, check for yourself if your alcoholic drink of choice is vegan. You can also see which ones are vegetarian and gluten-free (spoiler: most of them are not gluten-free, but it’s nice that this app tries).

VeggieBeers

They have a wide range of drinks, from household names like Jack Daniels to more obscure brands, like Rekorderlig. If you drink, this free app is a must.

Awesome and super comprehensive. Of course there are going to be brews not listed on here, but this is amazingly comprehensive, I never have trouble finding something I want to buy when I’m using this app at the liquor store.

Ali S., 1/8/17

Google Play

​Eating In

Veggie Alternatives

This app is essential, especially for any new vegan. Organized by categories of dairy, meat, and other, Veggie Alternatives lists vegan products to replace these staples. It also lists recipes, such as their page on whipped cream.

Even cooler, this app was created by a 15-year-old student from Europe. The 100s of recommendations will help you forget all about animal products.

Veggie Alternatives

A great app for all the pre-vegans out there interested in transitioning to a vegan diet.


D H T., 4/16/17

Google Play

Oh She Glows

This is the app version of the popular vegan recipe blog, Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon.

I am a huge fan of this site - the strawberry chia oat bars were a hit at work. It also includes gluten free and soy free recipes, making it extra useful for those with allergies.

The app is beautifully designed and allows you to check off ingredients as you shop as wells as directions as you cook. 

Oh She Glows

If you want easy access to delicious, healthy recipes, for the low price of $1.99, then this is the app for you!

Brilliant app for tasty meals which are actually good for you. Must for anyone turning veggie/vegan.  

Hansa P., 10/23/17

Google Play

Do Eat Raw

A treasure trove of delicious raw vegan recipes, Do Eat Raw is a fantastic way to break out of your culinary comfort zone.

Going 100% raw is out of reach for most of us, but incorporating more raw foods into your diet is a great way to eat more healthily,  or just to change up your routine.

Do Eat Raw has you covered from the typical smoothies to the unexpected, like crackers and breads. For $1.30 or less, you can get over 300 raw vegan recipes in this mobile “un-cookbook.”

Do Eat Raw

I am struggling to transition to a vegan lifestyle and this makes it so much easier. I was pretty much los[t] when it came to what to eat and making sure I got enough calories and carbs. This helps so much!! Thank you!  


milkshakebake

iTunes Store

Gonutss - Vegan Translator

You’re probably wondering what exactly a “vegan translator” is. Similar to some aforementioned apps, Gonutss gives vegan food product recommendations.

What sets this app apart from the rest is the baking calculator.

Say you want to bake a favorite childhood recipe, but it contains eggs. Simply enter the number of eggs you need and presto! The baking calculator tells you how much of an ingredient you need to replace the eggs for binding. 

Gonutss - Vegan Translator

Best of all, Gonutss gives you lots of substitution options so you’re almost certain to find one you have on hand.

I love this app! It works perfect. There’s so many recipes and food ideas. I found food I didn’t even know was vegan. So glad I found this app.  

A Google user, 10/4/17

Google Play

Tasty Vegan Recipes

We all know and love the Tasty video series from Buzzfeed that pop up on our Facebook feeds and make us instantly crave whatever they cook up. Sadly though, most of the Tasty videos are not vegan.

Fortunately for us, someone compiled all of the vegan Tasty recipes into an app just for our convenience! They even put the description box with ingredients and directions below. While the app does have quite a few ads, it’s still a keeper in my book.

Tasty Vegan Recipes

It could be organized a bit better. Definitely tasty recipes though, so the app does live up to its name.  


Crystaly C., 11/27/17

Google Play

​Shopping

CodeCheck

Not only great for vegans, CodeCheck allows you to scan the barcodes of products and filter them based on your values.

Want to know if the potato chips you grabbed are vegan? What about their supply chain? 

What about your lipstick’s animal testing policy? Or if your face wash has microbeads? Just scan for information about whatever packaged good you’ve been wondering about.

CodeCheck

​"Is It Vegan?"

​This app is a very handy tool for scanning barcodes of food items and being able to quickly gauge how likely a product is of being vegan in-store.

You can search for products in three ways - by using your device's camera as a barcode scanner, by manually entering the barcode alphanumerical value, or by simply typing in the product you want to search.

​When you read the reviews of this app, you'll find out that it isn't perfect. For example, one reviewer mentioned how he scanned a stick of butter and it said it was vegan.

From my experience, I found that it does a good job with popular food items that most new vegans ask "Is that vegan" about.

Give this app and CodeCheck a try and see what works best for you.

Is it vegan?

​ "I LOVE this app!!! Thank you so much it's been a life saver, specially if you are a new Vegan!"

​Twin Mommy, ​03/13/18

Google Play

Vegan Additives

This is another great app, especially for people who have food sensitivities.

Vegan Additives lists whether or not common food additives are vegan (you know, those long chemical-sounding mystery words on the ingredients label). 

This app also gives the chemical breakdown as well as what foods these additives are found in. Did you know that Riboflavin-5’-Sodium Phosphate is vegan? Now you do, thanks to Vegan Additives.

Vegan Additives

Fantastic super handy app!


​Android user, 5/25/17

Google Play  

Cruelty-Free

Cruelty-Free is the app manifestation of the Leaping Bunny Certification, which is one of the highest standards for cruelty-free cosmetics. This app allows you to search cosmetics to see which brands are cruelty-free.

While this is a great tool, remember that “cruelty-free” refers to animal testing and does not necessarily mean that a product is vegan.

For example, Burt’s Bees products contain the Leaping Bunny Certification but are not vegan because they contain beeswax. 

Cruelty-Free

I absolutely love apps that are informative. I am against certain makeup products that are made out of animals. Cruelty to animals is a no no. I love this app A LOT!

CasaKPOP, 10/25/16

Google Play

Thrive Market

By now you’ve likely heard of Thrive Market - the online discount health food store. Through both their website and app, Thrive Market offers a plethora of healthy vegan staples to round out your pantry for cheaper than most health food stores.

Delivered straight to your door, this makes veganism easier for those who do not live close to healthy grocery options.

The app is free, but Thrive Market does have an annual membership fee of $39.

Thrive Market

I received my first order and it was packaged beautifully, nothing was damaged and I received everything I ordered. Thrive Market had dozens of items that I have never seen before. Organic, non-GMO, vegan, etc. I’m beyond happy with the items I ordered.


comtgirl

iTunes Store 

Animal-Free

This award-winning app is an essential for all vegans.

Animal-free is a robust resource guide with nearly every ingredient, vitamin, and mineral known to humanity, neatly divided into two categories: animal ingredients and vegan ingredients.

See an ingredient on a label that you don’t recognize?

Scroll to the first letter of that ingredient on the animal and vegan sides to find out if you can eat it. I guarantee you will learn something about your food from this app.

Animal-Free

Awesome. This helps shed some light on the disgusting disease filled stuff they try to feed people. Very helpful. I definitely see being a vegan in my future. Thank you for creating this app.

Gia H., 8/4/14

Google Play

​Nutrition

21-Day Vegan Kickstart

So you just saw Cowspiracy. Or Vegucated. Or Lucent. Or maybe you were like me and you were a lactose intolerant pescetarian until you visited a farm sanctuary and decided to take the leap and go vegan.

Great! But where do you start? 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has you covered with this app. The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart was created on the idea that it takes 21 days to break a habit.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart

With recipes, nutritional information, and encouragement, this app is a great way to transition.

Bonus: they also have a Spanish version!

They KNOW what’s good and what’s not and are honest about it with a beginner vegan.


Neverkillanimals!

iTunes Store

Cronometer

A standby both inside and outside of the vegan community, Cronometer is a free calorie counter and nutrition tracker.

While eating a vegan diet is often very healthy, it’s important to make sure you are getting enough vitamins, especially when it comes to B12 and calcium.

Cronometer is a great tool to help you keep track of your health. It’s also great to show people who wonder where you get your protein from.

Cronometer

This app is fantastic. Most of the food I’ve scanned is in the database with all nutritional profiles. You can add full recipes...once a recipe is saved you can easily add it by saving it to your favorites. Over the moon.

Danny S., 11/12/17

Google Play  

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen

If you look into vegan nutrition at all, you’ll likely come across the name Dr. Greger almost immediately. The “How Not To Die” author and mastermind behind nutritionfacts.org has been a wealth of plant-based nutritional knowledge for years. 

An advocate for eating a whole foods, plant-based, vegan diet, Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen is an interactive way to keep up with his healthy recommendations. 

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen

Thank you for making this awesome tool available! I love tracking my food throughout the day and seeing where I’m lacking in my diet. I also like that it tells you how big your serving sizes should be.

Kikisumire

iTunes Store  

Four-Eyed Plant Eater

In keeping with the whole-food plant-based theme, Four-Eyed Plant Eater is a welcoming introduction to several vegan outlets.

It’s based on a blog offthe same name and organized by categories like starter guides, recipes, and Facebook Groups.

This unassuming free app has a remarkable number of resources packed into it.

Four-Eyed Plant Eater

This is a game changer for those who want to transition to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle and / or Vegan Lifestyle. So much credible information in one app.

Janayre V., 9/20/17

Google Play 

​Activism

Peta2

The most famous animal rights organization, PETA has created a strong online presence for itself. The Peta2 app is an easy way to stay up to speed with the organization’s efforts.

The app allows you to send messages and sign petitions that will be delivered to companies in order to change their policies.

Each time you complete an action for the animals, you earn points that can be redeemable for shirts, books, posters, buttons, and more.

Peta2

I love how easy and creative it is to save animals on this app!

Anon, 11/29/17

Google Play 

​Charity

Charity Miles

An innovative app, CharityMiles makes your workout go even farther by donating to nonprofits every time your phone tracks your exercise.

Downloading CharityMiles, choosing the ASPCA, and then going for a run, means that not only did you get your cardio in, you also saved animals! Now that’s a win-win.

Charity Miles

So easy to contribute doing something I already do. Great idea and app!

Nate D., 2/28/16

Google Play 

Walk for A Dog

Similar to CharityMiles, Walk for A Dog donates money to local animal shelters while you walk your dog or walk for weight loss.

Another easy, healthy way to save animals.

Walk for A Dog

I am constantly walking my dogs, so using this app is so easy!

Jean E., 10/12/17

Google Play 

Tinbox

If you thought the last two apps were easy, then this one will blow you away. Tinbox is an app that lets you pick a charity and donate one dollar to it every day.

The money comes from large companies who sponsor Tinbox in order to get some good PR. The whole process takes about 20 seconds.

Tinbox

This app is a great way to give back to local communities, the founders have an amazing attitude and it’s great to see so many public companies on board to help support those in need around the world.

​Joshua S. 3/28/16

Google Play 

​Lifestyle

Vegan Life Magazine

This app version of the popular UK magazine has a variety of content for vegans.

From recipes to travel to editorials about farming, this publication discusses veganism with sophistication. The app is free, but the digital subscription is $34.99 a year, although you can get a free trial issue.

Vegan Life Magazine

Black Vegan Tube

This app is a compilation of content from black vegan YouTubers.

These videos are a mix of everything, from meal prepping to comedy to natural beauty tips.

Black Vegan Tube is a great way to find black content creators that may not have been on your radar otherwise.

VeganTube

This app just warmed my soul. I’m over here laughing up a storm at 3am about some yummy goodness on Black Vegan Tube!

​Akiela B., 11/23/17

​Google Play 

Meetup

Do you feel like your non-vegan friends just don’t get why you want to discuss veganism?

Then it’s time to make some vegan friends of your own!

A great site for every niche, Meetup allows you to meet other vegans in your area. Simply search “vegan” in your city.

Meetup

Amazing tool to get connected to what matters most to you within your city.

Wassim M., 11/29/17 

​Google Play 

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