Nature is all around us. Most people enjoy it that way. There is no digital experience that beats just walking outside and enjoying the sunshine. However, technology can help you enjoy such experiences a little more or help you enjoy them when it’s otherwise not an option. Here are the best nature apps and nature sound apps for Android!
Weather is among the first things people think about when it comes to nature. 1Weather is probably the best weather app right now. It features all the basic stuff like current weather, ten day forecast, a 12-week forecast, and a radar. That helps with planning things like hikes and picnics. The app also includes sunset and sunrise times, moon phases, and weather fun facts. There isn’t much this app doesn’t do. The free version and pro version work the same. The pro version removes the ads from the free version.
AllTrails is one of the better nature apps. It boasts maps of 50,000 trails along with trail reviews, photos, and more. It’s a great way to find a hiking spot near you. The app also features trails that are dog friendly, with wheelchair access, and even kid friendly trails. There are also tracking features, GPS features, and more. The app can get a little expensive. However, the in-app purchases let you download trails for offline use and it also removes ads. It’s not half bad, actually.
Atmosphere: Relaxing Sounds is one of the more solid nature sound apps. It features a variety of sounds, including white noise and tons of nature sounds. It lets you customize your sound by adding elements as you see fit. Thus, you can have just waves and seagulls or trees and rain. You can adjust the intensity of each sound as well. Thus, you can have a light rain or a heavy rain. Like AllTrails, this one can get a little expensive. However, the free version is perfectly good for most.
Fishbrain is one of the best fishing apps available. Fishing is a great way to get into nature and have fun. The app is a sort of social media for anglers. You can check various fishing spots, what’s biting, popular bait options, and information about 130 species of fish. It also lets community members talk to one another. There aren’t many apps like this one out there. It does require a subscription for some of the features. We’re not a huge fan of subscriptions for stuff like this, but it may be worth it for some.
Sometimes the best nature apps are the most simple. Google’s Assistant and Search apps are great for this kind of stuff. You can ask a bunch of questions about things like the sun, moon, various plant or bug species, the weather, nature sounds, and all kinds of other stuff. The Google app in general is fairly useful in almost any situation. Thus, it’s also useful for when you’re not in nature. It does require a web connection to get the best results. This one comes on most Android devices anyway. Why not use it?
Night is a perfectly good time to experience nature. My Moon Phase helps with that. It shows you a lunar calendar with the moon’s various phases. Thus, you can quickly see if the moon is waxing, waning, full, new, or somewhere between. There are plenty of good nature apps for tracking the moon. However, we really liked this one in particular. It also features a colorful, Material Design interface. The developer also updates the app frequently. It’s free with advertising. You can pay $1.99 for the pro version without ads.
Offline Survival Manual is exactly what the name says it is. The app has all kinds of information about nature and surviving in it. It even covers basic first aid, shelter building, and food procurement. This is mostly for people who have to survive in the wild for a while. Thus, it may be a little too in-depth for a simple camping trip. Still, even if you’re not stuck in the wilderness, this is a solid read. It’s also free and open source with no ads or in-app purchases.
Relaxio is a developer on Google Play. It specializes in nature sound apps. Each app has its own theme of sorts. Some of the options include Rain Sounds, Forest Sounds, Nature Sounds, and a few others. Each app uses Material Design. That means they look nice. They also have their own little bits of customization. That way you can get the sounds you want. Each app is free to download with an optional $0.99 in-app purchase to remove ads.
Of course YouTube is one of the best nature apps and also nature sound apps. You can find all kinds of content that deals with nature. That includes explanation videos, tutorial videos, and educational stuff as well. There are plenty of videos of various nature sounds. You can even find 30-minute long videos of time lapse landscape camera shots in 4K and HDR. It’s a bit difficult to find the really good stuff. However, YouTube has those playlist and subscribe buttons for a reason. The service is ad-supported. You can pay $9.99 per month to remove ads, add background playback, and more.
There are a ton of books about nature. That includes educational books as well as entertainment books. We really liked The Hatchet. There are a bunch of eBook platforms to choose from as well. They all basically work the same way. Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook are popular options. There are books about nature than you can read in a lifetime. Some of them are even pretty good. We have a list of the best ebook readers linked up below in case you want to explore those options further.
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