Pokemon are very much all about the way they play. There are digital games, a physical card game, and even mobile games. However, there are actually some decent Pokemon apps out there. These apps help you keep track of your physical or digital Pokemon collection, show you guides for different digital games, and otherwise help you interact with the game in general.
There aren’t many of them but there are some decent options. Here are the best Pokemon apps (not games) for Android!
Price: Free / Up to $6.99
Bulbapedia is one of the biggest and most successful Pokemon fandom websites. Contains a metric ton of information about each game, each game’s Pokemon, various guides and how-to articles. It features a collection of 31,000 entries in all games, various guides and instructions, and works offline. Some of the other features include multiple tabs to view multiple directories simultaneously and a history function to quickly recall something you’ve seen. It’s free to use on its own but you can optionally pay to remove ads and get other features. It’s not bad apart from some intrusive ads and some freezing issues.
Price: Free / Up to $2.99
DataDex is among the most efficient Pokedex apps on Android. It contains everything you’d expect from a Pokedex app. There is detailed information about each Pokemon for every game in the series including the latest four games for the Nintendo Switch (Let’s Go Eevee, Let’s Go Pikachu, Sword and Shield). Additionally, the app can tell you where Pokemon are available to capture, which moves they can learn all of, a list of all the items from each game, and more. The pro version has a team building option. The pro version is not very expensive and it is free if you use Google Play Pass.
Price: Free trial / $2.99 per month / $15.99 per year
Pokemon Home is probably the best one for storing your actual Pokemon. It lets you download Pokemon from most of the modern games and lets you transfer it to other games. There are some limitations. For example, Sword and Shield doesn’t have support for all Pokemon. However, it is a great way to manage your collection in another way. The app also lets you trade with people, keep track of the national pokedex, and even receive Mystery Gifts. There are some limitations, but it is the best way to exchange Pokemon between games.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year
Reddit is an excellent source of information for Pokemon fans. There are subreddits for show, card game, digital games, mobile games, and everything in between. You can even find forums for wallpapers and other side items if you want. There are some bad eggs like most public places on the internet but are totally inevitable. Just try to treat them as best you can. In any case, it is a good place to ask questions, find information, and get advice on structures, teams, and strategies. The app is free (with ads) or there is a premium subscription option that adds some extra features. You can also find lots of instructions, how-to videos and let’s play YouTube and Twitch videos.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
TCG Hub is an app for Pokemon card collectors. Pokemon has an official app for this kind of thing, but frankly it’s not that good. TCG Hub lets you scan and track your cards. You can compare your range with the national pokedex range to see the gaps in your range. In addition to that, the app allows you to sync your group with the cloud, create a wish list for the cards you want, simulate trades, and you can even join the app’s Discord server. All features are available in the free version and the pro version is completely optional.
Bonus: 1000+ Poke Wallpapers by Fans
1000+ Poke Wallpapers by Fans is, well, a wallpaper app. It features about 1,000 Pokemon-inspired wallpapers from fan submissions and other sources. The app tries to give credit whenever possible, and some wallpapers are specific to this app only. Some of the other features include the ability to change wallpapers automatically, the ability to save wallpapers, and more. Some designs are legitimately fine and most of them should work on most devices. There are even some AMOLED compatible devices. The app is completely free with ads. If this one isn’t doing it for you, there are at least ten other people on the Play Store and maybe a couple of subreddits for it.