10 Best Vegan Apps for 2020

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These useful vegan apps will make vegan living a breeze. From restaurant finders to recipe libraries, these handy tools are must-haves.

It goes without saying that a smartphone isn’t complete without an app or ten. This is especially true if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, or if you’re thinking about adopting a plant-based lifestyle. After all, from restaurant finders to ingredients databases, there are certain apps that can add major value to your everyday life.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of the best vegan apps of 2020. These apps double as handy tools, whether you’re a veteran vegan or simply like to eat the occassional vegan dish. Each one is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play, unless otherwise specified. Happy downloading!

1. Is It Vegan?

Cost: Free | iPhone + Android

If you’re transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet, you likely spend a lot of time reading ingredient labels at the grocery store. However, with the Is It Vegan? app, you can easily determine what’s in your food. Just scan a product’s UPC code and the app will tell you if it’s vegan, vegetarian, or none of the above. Talk about a serious time saver.

2. Cruelty Cutter

Cost: Free | iPhone + Android

Cruelty Cutter is another barcode scanning app that can make vegan shopping a breeze. But instead of reporting on food and drinks, it provides info on the animal testing status of personal care items, along with cosmetics and household products.

3. Vegaholic

Cost: $0.99 | iPhone

Did you know that alcohol isn’t always vegan- or vegetarian-friendly? Some wines are made with gelatin or animal proteins (like egg), while some beer are filtered with fish bladders. Play it safe and use the Vegaholic app—which is only available on the Apple App Store—to make sure your booze is free of animal products.

4. Happy Cow

Cost: $3.99 | iPhone + Android

There’s nothing worse than trekking to a restaurant, only to find zero vegan or vegetarian dishes. Instead of endlessly scrolling through menus, use the Happy Cow app to find a vegan restaurant near you. With more than 7,300 listings in 100+ countries, this handy tool is especially perfect for road trips and vacations.

5. Vanilla Bean

Cost: Free | iPhone + Android

Like Happy Cow, Vanilla Bean helps you find vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. It also labels each restaurant based on other dietary features, like gluten-free, organic, and lactose-free. And with more than 35,000 establishments in their directory, you’re sure to find something you love with this app.

6. AirVegan

Cost: $1.99 | iPhone

If you’re an avid traveler, you’ll want to download AirVegan. This app lists airport eateries with vegan options, which you can search according to location. It can save a lot of time, especially if you have a short layover.

7. Gonutss

Cost: Free | iPhone + Android

With Gonutss, you can find vegan alternatives to practically any food product. The app, which also has a website version, lists raw ingredients and store-bought items so you can explore your optoins. You can also further your search based on factors like gluten-free, sugar-free, and organic.

Bonus: The app even has a baking calculator to help you bake egg-free.

8. Food Monster

Cost: Free trial, $1.99/month for a subscription | iPhone

Food Monster is an app by One Green Planet, one of the top platforms for concious living. The app features more than 15,000 plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, and meatless recipes. No matter your dietary lifestyle, we think you’ll love this app.

10. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Cost: Free | iPhone + Android

Aspiring and new vegans, this one is for you. Created by the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is an app that guides you through the transition into vegan eating. The tool not only includes an easy-to-follow menu, but tips and recipes from nutrition experts too.

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