7 Mobile Apps That Will Help You Discover New Things Without Leaving Home

With the pandemic, we got used to handling many issues from education to shopping from home, and this habit still continues for many of us. We continue to preserve some of the new methods, tools and practices we have acquired, especially to make the time we spend at home quality.

During the pandemic period, many museums such as The Louvre, many theaters and opera houses, and national parks became available for virtual tours. Many colleges including Harvard and Yale have started offering free online courses. 

So it is actually a rare opportunity to do activities to have a good time at home. If you want to avoid spending your whole time on social media, here are 7 mobile apps that can help you to discover new things without leaving home. 

Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture brings many different locations to your mobile device. It allows you to easily reach numerous museums in many different regions. Our readers who want to learn about paintings, ancient temples and different cultures that are of great importance to art history can try the Google Arts & Culture app.

“Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. From the suffragettes who fought for women’s rights, to performing arts at the Paris Opera, to NASA’s archive of stunning images, discover stories about our cultural heritage. It’s your doorway to explore the art, history, people and wonders of our world.”

Using the app, you can tour famous sites and landmarks, visit world-class museums and take guided tours curated by experts, find the museums and exhibitions near you, use Art Selfie feature to discover portraits that look like you, use Art Recogniser feature by pointing your phone camera at artworks to learn about them, try filters based on artifacts from museums, take a photo of yourself and transform it with iconic artworks, and much more! 

Downloaded by millions of users worldwide, Google Arts & Culture app deserves to be at the top of this list. 

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TED is a must-download app with many inspiring, intriguing and curious talks. With thousands of ideas at your fingertips, you can either listen to an inspiring 5-minute talk in between a busy work or check out trending videos and podcasts browsing by topic or selecting from the curators’ picks. 

TED app supports more than 100 languages so you can watch videos with subtitles in your language. It also allows you to download videos to watch offline. 

Via the app, you can get instant inspiration with “Surprise Me!” feature, add talks your list to watch later, sync your videos across all your devices, and sign in to get personalized recommendations based on your preferences. 

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Also Read: The Best Apps for Productivity


It is possible to spend your stay at home by taking online courses from the world’s most reputable universities including Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, Tsinghua, and The Smithsonian. 

edX brings online courses from the world’s best universities and industry-leading companies to your mobile device, making it easy for you to learn something new and build job-relevant skills in today’s fastest growing fields including programming languages, finance, data science, blockchain, robotics, and language learning. 

Using the app, you can find courses in more than 30 subjects, download online courses to watch later, take quizzes and exams to test your knowledge, and reach course handouts. 

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WEBTOON is an app that allows users to present their own stories free of charge in many different types of drawings.When entering the application, you are asked to indicate the genres you like such as romance, science fiction or action, the type of drawing you like among the examples given, and if there is a series you know and love before. According to the choices you make later, the stories you can love are highlighted.

Having a big library of epic sagas, short stories, manga, and daily comic strips, you can access thousands of creator-owned comics anytime, anywhere across 23 genres, including romance, comedy, action, fantasy, and horror.

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Also Read: The Best Comic Book Apps for Android and iPhone

SkyView Light

SkyView Lite allows you to explore the stars, galaxies, planets, satellites, and constellations in the sky beyond what we can see using your phone’s camera. All you have to do is point your phone’s camera towards the sky and follow the directions of the app. 

If you want, you can observe the past or future positions of celestial bodies, or you can make your observations more satisfactory using augmented reality technology. The app allows you to follow the sky track for any object to see it’s exact location in the sky on any date and time. 

Using the app, you can capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks. 

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SketchAR is an AI-based mobile app and a platform for developing creativity through the unique interactive approach of AR drawing, photo editing, and gamification.

Using the app: 

  • Through your smartphone camera, you can see an AR sketch on the surface in front of you. Just take a pencil and follow the virtual lines on the paper step-by-step. 
  • You can turn your photos into illustrations with just one tap
  • You can create your own AR mask in a minute using a unique feature and share it directly to Snapchat.
  • You can share the art you created with millions through automatically created time-lapse videos of your drawing process.

The app also provides courses with drawing lessons and drawing tools with step-by-step guides to improve your artistic skills. 

SketchAR has also entered into the NFT business with its latest features. The platform now allows users to create their art and sell it as NFTs on NFT marketplaces directly.

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Also Read: The Best AR Apps for iPhone


The term FX is a general name given to the visual or sound effects used in movies, TV series and music. FxGuru app offers users successful special effects that they can add to their videos. 

Many visual effects are available for free, such as bombs falling from the sky, a landing UFO or news show. Those who wish can access an even larger library of effects for a fee.

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Written by Maya Robertson


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