Best Free iPad Apps



Best Free iPad AppsThe iPad has become one of the most successful tablet computers in the market since the device was launched by Apple in April 2010. As it runs the same mobile operating system, iOS, as the iPhone, most apps designed for the iPhone would work on the iPad. If optimized, they work even better on the larger screen of the iPad.

In Apple’s App Store, there are now more than 1 million commercial and free iOS apps available for download. But here at Gizmo’s Freeware, we only select the best from the free ones running in full screen on your iPad, while iPhone apps running on the iPad in 1x or 2x mode are excluded from this list.

To install the apps on your device, you might use one of the following ways.

Quick Access to App Store:

  • In iPad's browser, tap a program title on this iPad app list to go the App Store, tap the "FREE" button and then the "INSTALL APP" button. Or
  • In PC's browser, click a program title on this iPad app list to go to iTunes Preview and click "View in iTunes", then download the program within iTunes and sync to your iPad.

+ This plus sign is attached to the logo of an app which is designed for or compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. See also Best Free iPhone Apps.

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This list of Best Free iPad Apps now includes 132 apps in 84 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.

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by George.J on 5. February 2012 - 13:11  (88342)

Jojoyee, consider adding Jetpack Joyride . Game of the Year 2011 for iPad and iPhone. :-)

Gamasutra Mobile Game of 2011 - TUAW Best iPhone Game of 2011 - UGO iOS Game of the Year - George.J Mobile Game of the year :-)

by Jojo Yee on 6. February 2012 - 4:35  (88374)

A good choice George J. Added to the list.

by artsfem (not verified) on 9. February 2012 - 15:57  (88590)

I have been looking all over for a simple music notation app in which I can just jot down musical ideas on manuscript paper by clicking on lines or spaces on a screen and drawing the notes, or by playing notes on a virtual keyboard or even using the text keyboard and having notes appear on MS paper, or by dragging notes to the paper right on the screen. Does anyone know of anything like this?

by v.laurie on 16. February 2012 - 19:32  (88936)

How about PaperPort Notes?

It takes my dictation nicely. Navigation and editing does take some getting used to.


by Jojo Yee on 17. February 2012 - 16:24  (88979)

A good recommendation Vic. It now makes the list go up to 100 apps.

by JohnP (not verified) on 19. February 2012 - 22:39  (89064)

My cellphone messages route to my email as AMR files when I'm travelling. I use Pazera Audio Extractor to convert to MP3 so I can listen to them at my convenience without the expence of calling home. Is there something similar as an iPad APP that converts audio files to other audio files??

by JohnP (not verified) on 25. February 2012 - 0:34  (89414)

CloudOn is only available in North America and a couple of other places. Do you have a second choice office suite that is universally available.

by Wolf (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 19:45  (89867)

The classsic pinball game on your list is not free

by Jojo Yee on 4. March 2012 - 6:23  (89887)

Oops it looks like the app has turned commercial but now we have another choice "Pinball HD Collection" on the list. Thanks for pointing out Wolf.

by JohnP (not verified) on 27. March 2012 - 7:36  (91241)

I'm guessing that after a month waiting there isn't a 2nd best Office suite type App.I'll take a look elsewhere.

by Skinnybloke (not verified) on 4. April 2012 - 10:59  (91635)

It appears that 'Secure my Privacy' and 'Omnicalc' are no longer free.

by Jojo Yee on 4. April 2012 - 15:12  (91642)

Thanks and both are now delisted.

by John III (not verified) on 11. April 2012 - 3:52  (91880)

Where is Flipboard? It's great for RSS.

Flipboard is better than Pulse for much persons.

by wyf88 on 11. April 2012 - 6:35  (91892)

Jojo, I majored in mathematics and I highly recommend Hicalc Calculator as the best calculator on iOS, after comparing many other competitors. The free version lacks some features like base converter and statistics, but its scientific calculator is the most powerful I have seen. I have not found another calculator which can calculate differential, integration, evaluation, summation, product, and even find root for a function! It can be very helpful for learners of calculus. It supports complex number as well. It has many finance formulas inside. Well I don't think I can enumerate all of its features... Just give a try.

by Jojo Yee on 14. April 2012 - 4:39  (92071)

Thanks for your comment John III. Flipboard was added under the Social Networking category. It's now reclassified.

by Jojo Yee on 14. April 2012 - 5:44  (92073)

Very good suggestion wyf88. It's now added to the list.

by Geert on 7. May 2012 - 14:05  (93168)

WordFeud is now iPad compatible.

by Jojo Yee on 12. May 2012 - 7:48  (93385)

A good choice Geert. Added to the list.

by Geoff Sams (not verified) on 21. May 2012 - 17:42  (93804)

For RSS I would have to recommend FeedlerRSS as a nicer cleaner RSS reader more akin to Google Reader which is my preferred style. I found that the other readers didn't really support syncing with Google Reader very well, but this one does.

by mirnohti (not verified) on 7. June 2012 - 2:55  (94520)

Wheee! Just found this site and love-love you already! In advance: thanks so much for all you have here. Wonderful. :-)

by Technogal (not verified) on 13. June 2012 - 2:26  (94768)

I'm really excited about the Dish Remote Access update; released today for the iPad 3. I've been excited to see my HD movies on the beautiful retina display, and it's finally here. I got turned on to some really cool features on the iPad 3 from a high tech buddy of mine who also works with me at Dish. It's amazing how far we've come as a society in such a short amount of time. wyf88, I second your recommendation that Hicalc Calculator is the best out there right now; I’m using it currently and have no plans on changing.

by yashi (not verified) on 21. July 2012 - 7:37  (96468)

Lovely recommendation

by The Stig (not verified) on 15. September 2012 - 4:03  (99282)

Another good app is
It lets you create a jumble word of your facebook friends. Very addictive.

by JohnP (not verified) on 16. September 2012 - 2:48  (99316)

Flex:Player fell over after the latest update a few days ago and now doesn't recognize anything but MP4 files on the iPad even though iTunes will show all the missing video. It might be a good idea to have second best options listed.

by ted smith (not verified) on 17. September 2012 - 15:52  (99388)

I recommend this Timeline Eons app, a graphic representation of the entire natural and human history:

by Mg (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 11:47  (99993)

Pocket says its not available in Australia?

by Viren (not verified) on 5. October 2012 - 18:12  (100342)

There are no email applications listed. I was looking for better email app for ipad.

by Bearymum (not verified) on 19. November 2012 - 9:45  (102547)

Have tried to find live wallpaper for my iPad. Love the koi one on android but can't find similar one for iPad.

by tejas789 on 7. January 2013 - 1:04  (104282)

I just came across this site and found very useful. Thanks for keeping good work and sharing the apps list categorically.
I am looking for apps to manage the files/apps/cookies on my new ipad. (to keep my ipad clean from the junk files and know which apps is consuming how much space).
Appreciate your support in advance.

by ihsxpoys on 3. May 2013 - 14:08  (107444)

I am little surprised that you are missing Wunderlist as a ToDo app. It is fantastic. It is web based and cross platform. Works on all my devices and computers. It also has a beautiful iPad interface.

Another app you seemed to forget about is [edited: commercial app]. This is now my preferred method for blogging.

Oh, yeah and Splashtop for remote control in computers.

Browsers to consider - Mercury Browser is fantastic. Finally Puffin Browser allows flash.

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