40 Mobile Apps Onboarding Designs for Your Inspiration

This onboarding design is part of of a presentation for an app called Bemyspot which appears to be shopping app that rewards you for selfies, discovering new spots and social sharings. It is designed by Rosario Sarracino and Ivan Paudice.

Here is a smart use of icons on walkthrough screens. Green highlights on illustrations with greyed out portions look great. Designed by Nitesh Chandora.

The onboarding screens describes an app that is fast, mobile, and friendly with appropriate illustrations that get the message across. Designed by Wayne Baryshev.

Check out these smooth illustrations and animated onboarding screens by Virgil Pana for inspiration. It’s designed with an education institution in mind.

Drawn and designed by Anandu Sivan, here are some funny and creative illustrations on the tutorial screen of an app. It doesn’t say however what sort of app it is but the illustrations deserve a highlight.


A walkthrough screen for an app which finds identical photos on your computer and phone and removes them. This creation by Tetiana Zahorska plays with the white on bold background color approach.


I like the human illustrations and different background colors used in this onboarding app by Melvin Johnson. This will probably stay a concept since it became too fun for its original purpose, as mentioned by the designer.


Speaking about colors, these onboarding screen by Dux Nguyen are amazingly bright and colorful. They clearly show that you can play games with your friends and chat with this app.


George Gao chose grey as the running color theme for these onboarding designs. The mascot is a nice touch, and it makes an appearance on every design for continuity.


These illustrations by Ivy Mukherjee are funny and creative, however, the wordings are a bit small and difficult to read. This however is the perfect example to show why well-done illustrations play a major role in the onboarding experience.


"May the force be with you!" An onboarding screens where the planets get a makeover; inspired by Star Wars, created by Anton Chandra.


The very first thing users see when downloading an app these days is an onboarding screen. An onboarding screen is like a walkthrough, aimed to introduce what an app does to a user and of course how to use it. Thta’s the simplest way of describing it. Designing it however is a totally different thing.


These illustrations are similar to the orbital stylings of Ghani Pradita but are adopted throughout all the onboarding designs. These designs are by Faiz Al-Qurni.


This is one more onboarding screen with awesomely minimalistic illustrations with a green-eco theme going on. Navigation buttons are placed at the bottom of the screen for convenience. Designed by Martin Strba.


But let’s take a look at these 40 examples of onboarding screen designs from creatives from all over the world then you can tell me in the comments whether or not you are on board with the onboarding screen idea.


These are onboarding screens for budget hotel apps. Blue and white seem like a safe but still relevant color combination for a hotel booking app. This is designed by Muhammad Watsik Dzawinnuha.


We finally see an onboarding screen design for e-Commerce, an industry that probably needs this type of design most. These are created by Katya Dihich to aid in the shopping process.


The onboarding illustrations for what seems to be a travel app features sceneries on the same rounded mountainous background. Designer Anggit Yuniar Pradito has a few more onboarding design ideas in his portfolio.


In a few line illustrations Aika explains what you can do with this travel app. You can slide the screens or close them with the X.


Sasha Gorosh produced an engaging and fun onboarding screen inspired by Space travel. The illustrations are simple and can get you "on board" in no time.


Such playful illustrations will definitely make the onboarding experience more enjoyable. As you may have already guessed, these screens are made for a florist app. A nice color scheme and design by Jocelyn Crankshaw.


These funny screens encourages you to find some food. I love the way illustrations are connected on both screens in a step-by-step way. This is designed by Syafrizal Wardhana.


Sometimes illustrations can take a secondary role in delivering instructions, like how Carlos Ramos does it. These drawings are smaller but still detailed.


The chat bubbles and the globe on the illustrations are drawn quite detailed. I can imagine how great it would look as an animation inside any discovery app. Nice work by Ghani Pradita.


This is an onboarding design for a lock screen but which fits for a weather or travel app as well. Brilliant use of colors. The designer Xiu Yuan has more oriental designs in her portfolio.


Jinyi Fu shows you how to pair colors and bold illustrations. It probably is still a work in progress because it lacks the text to give meaning to the drawings.


A greeting screen designed by Anggit Yuniar Pradito, this one shows a successful booking and isn’t afraid of using more than just one or two colors. Simple and minimalistic.


These are onboarding designs for an international calling app by Ivy Mukherjee. The bright green color scheme reminds me of WhatsApp.


A clean and funny onboarding screen designs by Anwar Hossain Rubel for a travel app. I like the watercolored clouds on the background and colorful dots which add something magical to the design.


The layout, gradient, illustrations and use of color in this design is amazing. The CTA button is highlighted in orange which looks strangely awesome upon a deep blue background. A nice design by Murat Gursoy.


Each image on these screens is placed into postage stamps which alludes to the service it provides: delivery. Anastasiia Andriichuk understands that humor goes a long way as shown by astronauts and hot air balloons doing the deliveries.


Here is one more onboarding screen design created by Anton Chandra. Anton has a space inspiration thing going on in his designs, including this one.


These colorful screens for the ModMom app is pretty much the most welcoming of all the designs featured on this post. The funny background illustrations also help. Stunning work by Staci Carpenter.


These onboarding screens are my favourite. I love the use of illustrations and the color scheme here. They look minimalistic, detached, yet still meaningful. Designed by Mariusz Onichowski.


These illustrations show different places to visit around the world. It looks like a concept of onboarding for a travel guide app. Brief descriptions of the locations add to the allure. Another great piece by Anton Chandra.


I love the use of outline buttons here by Wenhui Yu. The designs looks light and minimalistic, in spite of the general use of bright colors and clever illustrations.


An onboarding screen needs to be designed in the most simple, welcoming and user-friendly way possible. Onboarding screens like empty state pages created to inform and educate users. Not every app needs an onboarding screen although I think onboarding screens save users from the frustration of having to figure out on their own that new app they are trying out.


These cute little people were drawn to show you the app’s possibilities and features. They look pretty cute, in serious working mode, bu still cute.


Ray Martin created these for a social app. The use of gradient onboarding screens for the app called Vue gives off a stunning effect. Sometimes we just have to be brave with color choices.


These onboarding screen were made for sea transport app. I think that day and night in the designs shows that this transportation company works 24/7. The influence of Material Design is strong int his one, by Ivan Bjelajac.


These onboarding screens seem to have their own personality. Each screen is highlighted with different colors and a person-centric illustration. The designer, Min had fun with this project.


A recipe app with fun possibilities, the onboarding designs here created by Eva Hoefer really drive home the idea of how to use this app.


Another Wenhui Yu creation, this one uses photographs insead of illustrations. It’s for a fun fashion app for teenagers and the designer nailed it.


Top 5 Android Emulators For Your Desktop

Genymotion is known for its quick boot and high performance for running HD games. Offering latest Android releases quickly is one of the best feature of Genymotion apart from delivering fast performance and offering over 3K hardware configurations to run or test apps in multiple hardware scenarios.

[Download: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux]

You can multi-task between PC/iMac and Android apps using an emulator on your desktop. You can simply run and switch between a few desktop apps while running mobile apps on your emulator. Some of the emulators even support a drag-and-drop feature that eases the task of moving text or data between your PC/Mac/Linux and the emulator.

The emulator integrates well with PCs and iMacs to give the ultimate gaming experience with native graphics support and easy multitasking between different apps or games like a native Android. Compared to other such emulators, it offers more compatibility support for apps and games, and avails a bigger Android interface than any phone or tablet.

Advantages of Android Emulators

Android Emulators let you enjoy all of Android without leaving a hole in your pocket. Nonetheless not all emulators are created equal; they vary in terms of features and specifications.

[Download: Windows, Mac OS X]

1. Run stock Android on a PC, Mac Or Linux

You can also play Android games on your PC or iMac. With Android emulators, you no longer need high-priced smartphones to enjoy your favorite HD games because you can easily enjoy most of those games on your desktop without spending single penny from your pocket. These emulators offer good support for most of apps and games, and a few even offer joystick or phone support for gaming control.

2. Select any Android version, past or present

You can select any Android version (Lollipop, Marshmallow or classic Gingerbread). Since the emulator is just a software running on your system, you’re open to select and use any Android release.

3. You can select any hardware specification

An Android emulator lets you run Android on a Windows, Mac or Linux. This allows you to gain access to Android features and apps without needing to buy an Android device, which is great news for people who don’t really want to buy a new Android device just for testing the app or any other product they are developing.

You can choose any hardware specification – like that of Google Nexus 5 or 6 (smartphones), Samsung Galaxy S5 or S6 (smartphones), Google Nexus 7 or 9 (tablets), etc. The only limitation is the power level of your desktop machine, for example, if it has 4 GB RAM then you can’t allot 3 GB for the emulator.

The emulator replicates a full-featured Android and is basically the same as Android Emulator with exception to performance – Xamarin Android Player runs faster than the default emulator by Google. It offers beautifully designed interface like Genymotion’s and good support for most of Play Store’s apps and games.

4. Bricking isn’t a total loss

BlueStacks, one of the first few third-party Android emulators, supports camera and microphone integrations for making voice and video calls via VoIP apps like WhatsApp, Skype and others. Its features include drag-and-drop support between desktop and emulator for file sharing, sync between desktop emulator and an actual Android device, localizations, Android-on-TV capability and many more.

All you need to do (in most situations) is to delete all the device’s files and create a new emulator device from scratch. You also don’t have to worry about hardware damage like those brought about from dropping the device or getting it wet.

5. Use Android’s social apps while working on Desktops

In this post, we will be briefly touching on the usages and advantages of Android Emulators then detailing the top 5 Android Emulators you can try out.

6. Play high-end games

Which emulator are you going to download? Did we miss your favourite Android Emulator? Kindly let us know via the comments section below.

7. Multi-task between PC/iMac and Android apps

Let’s look at the advantages first to sort of give you an idea of what you can expect from an emulator.

5 Best Android Emulators

The standard requirements for running Android Emulators are dual-core Intel or an AMD processor with virtualization support, 4 GB of RAM and 10 GB of disk space, though less powered ones can run older Android versions (there’s something for everyone).

BlueStacks (Free)

Like any other software, an Android emulator can be easily downloaded and installed, then configured to boot up an emulator instance (which is something like a Chrome or Firefox browser tab).


Genymotion is a premium offering for primarily Android developers, but it is also suitable for users and gamers with the intention to run Android apps or games on PCs or iMacs. The emulator supports webcam and microphone, like BlueStacks and Andy, for making audio or video calls using WhatsApp, Skype and other VoIP apps. Its paid version offers a reset button for if or when you brick the emulator.

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Andy (Free)

[Download: Windows, OS X]


Coming directly from the Android team, this emulator offers new Android releases faster than any other emulator in the market and even avails pre-release versions for enthusiasts eager to have hands-on experience with the newest trial features. Though this emulator is not as user-friendly as others, it works well for running mobile apps on desktops, and it’s also available for Linux.

If you are determined to get yourself an Android emulator, here are the best 5 picks in the field.

Genymotion (Free | $136/year)

Xamarin Android Player includes a native user interface for desktops and lets you run and test apps efficiently. With a primary focus for developers, Xamarin is actually easily usable by laypersons who want to try out Android’s new features, run apps or play high-end games. It avails features such as network and hardware simulation, native-like Android experience and lots more.


Perhaps the most attractive reason to get Android on your desktop is that you can use Android’s social apps (eg WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook’s Messenger) like you would on your Android device. You can chat, make voice or video calls with Skype, edit your next blogpost, work on a spreadsheet and coding all at the same time.

[Download: Windows, OS X]

Xamarin Android Player (Free)

Andy gives you easy sync between your desktop (running Andy) and an Android device. It also allows you to easily access the desktop’s filesystem (yes, all office party photos and videos) and allows you to forget storage limitation notifications. Its other features include support for camera and microphone for audio and video calls and desktop push notifications about new messages or events.


[Download: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux]

Because it’s a software running as a virtual hardware on your system, any damage the emulator experiences, e.g. bricking, will not be of total loss (to you), except for maybe the data inside the emulator’s memory.

Android Emulator (Free)

Android Emulator is the de facto emulator offering from Google. It mimics Android with a set of software and hardware configuration. The emulator lets you run and test apps by using AVDs (techno-fancy name for emulator device). With this emulator, you can enjoy multimedia, use multiple services, customize the emulator dashboard, access the network, run apps and play games on your PC, Mac or Linux.


You’re also never restricted to use the factory version provided by the device’s manufacturer (since there is no physical device) having to wait for an OTA update for the latest Android version to be made available by the manufacturer. Just pick the version you want once it is made available.

You can experience Google’s stock version of Android using Android Emulators – whether it’s hacking the developer options, switching quick toggles, playing its Flappy Bird game or testing self-developed apps. It’s a good platform to check out the original Android OS in cases where your device manufacturer is one of those that provide a custom Android instead.

You can even choose a customized hardware specification using preferred values for processor, RAM, storage and more. You can create separate emulators for different scenarios, for example, high-end games may require more RAM and data keeping will require more storage.

Andy supports multi-touch on touch-supported devices running Windows 8 and above. It also supports high-end graphics and Xbox/PS controllers, allowing you to play popular games your way yet without any (real) Android device. To take fun to the next level, Andy even lets you use your phone as a remote control for playing games on the big screen (of your computer) without sacrificing the multi-touch or gyro elements (of your phone).

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How to Get Bold, Italic, Strikethrough on Your WhatsApp

Formatting finally comes to WhatsApp Messenger. You can now type your replies in bold, italic or even strikethrough your replies to friends. If you have updated to the latest WhatsApp version, you probably can see something like this:

whatsapp formatting

To bold your material, use asterisks like so *This is bold.* and use underscore for italic _this is italic_ and for strikethrough use tilde like ~this is strikethrough~.

If you must have want this, what you can do is grab it from APK mirror. The feature, along with a few other features are available in the 2.12.535 version and the 2.12.560 version. Also, if you look forward to more new (but which may not be stable yet) features like these, you can sign up to be a beta tester here.

Why Is It Not Working on My Android?

[H/T: Android Police]

There are reports by Android users who have updated to the latest WhatsApp version but have yet to see the formatting feature take effect. If you are on version 2.12.556, sorry, no luck, you won’t be seeing this in your WhatsApp.

10 Free Photography Android Apps For Great Selfies

Mirror Image lets you perform mirror and reflection actions on your photos. You can use reflection in any direction and repeat it in varying styles in the photos. The app also lets you add photo frames, create photo grids and collages, them share them on social media easily. There are 60 frames and 40 filters you can use and its built-in photo editor allows tuning brightness, contrast, tint, warmth, and saturation of the images.

Here are 10 awesome and free photography tools for Android users. Appease the photographer inside of you and just get one of these apps to make the photo-taking adventure a lot more fun and a lot less frustrating.

InstaBeauty fixes shabby-looking selfies just with a single tap with its “Beauty Camera” tool. Take a selfie with image presets and filters, fine-tune the snap with easy tools such as the “Slim Face”, “Blemish”, and “Big-Eyes". The app also recreates collages from your pictures, lets you capture video with adjusted filters, and takes multiple speed shots in one go. Sharing requires only a few taps.

PicsArt Photo Studio

YouCam has real-time filter features as well as post-click touch-up features that help you get the best shots instantly. It smooths out skin, and blots wrinkles, acne and age lines too. Reshaper tools lets you change the shape of your face, eyes, even eyelids (single or double) in the way that you want. You can even "slim" down a body right on the app.

picsart photo studio


PicsArt packs a punch in basic and creative editing tools. You can crop, adjust perspectives and use tools for motion and curves, and on top of that create collages with built-in templates, and work with custom clipart tools. PicsArt lets you add borders, frames, and masks to images. There is also an option to generate animated GIFs and videos in the app as well.




YouCam Perfect

If you love taking selfies, the you know that you don’t always look 100% for the camera all the time. That’s when photography apps that let you touch up on the less-than-perfect parts of your face or body, come in handy

youcam perfect


Certain filters also help you tell better stories with your photos, helping to set the right mood and atmosphere. And of course, who doesn’t love photo-editing tools that get the job done in one or two taps?


YouCam Makeup

InstaMag lets you spread out your favourite pics in “Magazine”, “Music Book”, and “Modern” styles. Loaded with over 300 design styles to choose from, this app lets you add editable text with a single tap and drag to reposition it. The app can also help you choose the best layouts for you. Plus, there is a “Manga Style” to adopt, to make use of space creatively with text bubbles, stickers and screen tones.

FotoRus helps make awesome selfie collages on your smartphone easily. You can make the collages in square, portrait, landscape, and strip formats. A valuable addition in the feature set is the “Secret Album”, which hides selected photos that you don’t want anyone to see. Post-click editing features include the capability to remove blemishes, whiten skin, and blot eye-bags. Its “PIP Camera” tool lets you take the most flattering profile shots.

youcam makeup

Mirror Image

YouCam Makeup is a makeover and hairstyle studio app that fixes up your shots in real-time with the “Makeup Cam". "Try on" different looks and makeup, change your hair color or opt for special photo effects to glam your picture up before you click snap. You can also share the pics with others on social networks, and its “Beauty Circle” community keeps you posted on the latest fashion trends and makeup tips.

mirror image

Slideshow Maker

Retrica is popular for its retro styling options and features and hence the name. If you have pictures that would look better with an artistic touch, this app is to look for. Photos can be previewed under more than 100 filter settings. Add a logo or use the real-time collage maker (more than 20 layouts available) to edit a string of photos together.

slideshow maker


Want an easy way to create a slideshow? This app lets you select photos and make a video slideshow from your photo gallery super easily. It comes with over 100 stickers, lets you include a soundtrack in the video, add text to the slides, or filters to enhance your photos, plus sharing functionality. You can also modify your video later if you want to make changes.



Boomerang is an app from Instagram, which lets you record short videos and share them with friends and family. Tap twice on the record button to start shooting videos. You can even capture a video selfie with your front camera. The app will generate a fun slideshow video of 10 photos (in burst) that loop back and forth. You can then share your captures easily on Instagram and Facebook.


How to Manage Your Android Smartphone From Desktop

Airdroid is one of the most popularly known Mobile to PC apps out there and it comes with a plethora of features. These features include being able to show notification from incoming calls or messages, as well as app notifications from messaging apps like Whatsapp. Getting an Airdroid account allows you to find your phone.

Apart from that Airdroid also works well when transferring files between phone and PC, and also lets the desktop link to the phone’s camera. A cool feature it has is AirMirror, which allows you to run your Android app right from your PC with the same interface on your smartphone (but this requires root acess on your Android).

Web PC Suite enables you to see and stream your photos, music, videos, documents, APK, and other kind of files from your Android to PC, via WiFi or personal hotspot. The interface functions via drag-and-drop.

Mighty Text is created for those who still text via SMS for reasons we will not explore here. But basically, with Mighty Text, you can send or receive SMS or MMS on your PC using your current phone number, or send an SMS from your Gmail account. The app comes with a PowerView which lets you carry multiple conservations in one go.

1. Airmore

Mobizen lets you access and transfer files between your Android and your computer, and lets you access all multimedia files on your phone, including contacts and calls. Mobizen also allows you to share music to your speakers and photos and videos to your larger desktop screen, record your Android screen (minus the rooting), and use your Android from your computer screen.

How to Use

  1. Install the app for Android or iOS. Open the app.
  2. Open Airmore Web on your PC browser, and scan the QR code displayed. Click "Accept" on your mobile.
  3. Alternatively, connection can be made via IP or code or mobile hotspot connection as well.

Connect Me works with Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS and even Smart TVs. The app also lets you send ringtones, clipboard data, APK files or push URLs to your phone. With root access, you can even take screenshots of your phone.

2. Connect Me

Apart from being able to transfer large files from mobile to desktop, it also allows us to better manage the files and materials in our mobile. A few of these apps even gives us access to the phone’s camera, or to take mobile screenshots from the desktop.

How to Use

  1. Install the app and open it.
  2. Using your home WiFi, visit the web address shown on the app or login to web.gomo.com on your PC’s browser. Click ‘OK’ on your phone to connect.
  3. Alternatively, you can connect your PC to your phone’s WiFi with a name generated by the app. Open the URL shown on your phone with your PC browser.
connect me

There is a Pro version of this app gives you extra features such as to send and reply to text messages via email, changing the themes, block numbers, create templates and signatures as well as schedulling messages.

3. Airdroid

With Airmore, you can connect your Android to Mac, or iOS to PC as well. For troubleshooting help, check out their help page. Airmore lets you manage all files both on phone memory and SD card, and of course, transfering files between phone and PC is easy.

How to Use

  1. Install Airdroid, and open the app.
  2. Open Airdroid Web and scan the QR code to connect.
  3. Alternatively, you can download the desktop app for Windows or Mac OS X. Starting the app on the desktop will launch the app on your mobile.

If you use an FTP client, commands such as copy, delete or download files exist on the default FTP client application. You won’t find these commands on the browser however. Basically, this app can do fast, secure and efficient transfers but you will have to do it without a user interface.

4. Web PC Suite

It is probably easier to manage a ton of media, such as our photos, videos and music on the desktop. This is where tools like what you see in this post comes to play.

How to Use

  1. Download the app and open it.
  2. Go to the website and scan the QR code there. Alternatively, you can login via your account as well.
web pc suite

The app also notifies users of incoming app notification to their phone, and allow these notifications to be dismissed on the PC. The app also has syncing abilities for photos and videos, and you can add filters to your photos right on the PC.

5. Mighty Text

Web PC Suite works across a wide range of desktop, mobile and tablet platforms bridging transfers between Android, iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Blackberry with PC, OS X and Linux.

How to Use

  1. On the installation page, insert your Android phone number to get the app sent to your phone.
  2. Install the plugin or extension for your favorite browser. To send text from Gmail, get the required extension on the same page.
  3. Launch the Web App to start using.
mighty text

Xender is great app to transfer everything from files, photos, music, videos to apps between two Android phones or from Android to a PC, Mac or iOS devices. The Connect PC mode allows users to see the all the files found in their phone, from apps, photos, videos, music and even files from your phone storage.

Xender’s phone to phone transfers incur no data usage, and supports file transfers between iOS and Android devices seamlessly. Two cool features Xender has is that you can create a group of up to 4 devices, and regularly share your files to the same group, and it is a great app to replicate your phone: you can transfer everything you need from your old phone to your new phone seamlessly.

6. Xender

WiFi File Transfer does what the rest of the apps in this list do, but in a relatively traditional way. With this small app you can browse all of the files and folders on your Android via WiFi by FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

How to Use

  1. On your PC browser, open web.xender.com.
  2. Download and open the app on your mobile.
  3. Tap on the Transfer button and choose which device to transfer to.
  4. If you choose Mac or PC, you will need to choose to scan QR code on your mobile. Scan the code to connect.

No matter how advanced your smartphone is, multi-tasking on it is a living nightmare. We are limited by the small screen on a smartphone or tablet and its insistence on allowing us to use only a single app at any viewing.

7. Mobizen

Most importantly, we can do all this without being limited by the different desktop OS. Let’s check out the tools you can use to manage your Android from your desktop.

How to Use

  1. Install the application on your Android. There are two options: one for Samsung devices and the other is for non-Samsung devices.
  2. Get the browser plug-in.
  3. Log in both the Android app and the web app.
  4. You will receive a 6 digit pin that you need to input in the Android app to connect.

Airmore is an app that allows you to stream videos, photos and your music collection on your smartphone. Photos are organized by day or month to make it easy to download or delete. With Airmore, you can also manage contacts, send multiple messages at once to your contacts or even make a call (note that you cannot end the call directly from your desktop).

8. WiFi File Transfer

You can be connected in several ways: WIFI, USB or even 3G / LTE connection. For the fastest connection, USB connection is the best. The app runs very slowly when I connect via WiFi. Mobizen also comes with a "Find my Device" feature to help you locate your phone, which would be helpful if their over the air connection is better.

How to Use

  1. Download the app.
  2. Ensure your Android and PC are on the same WiFi network.
  3. Open the application and click "Start Service".
  4. Copy and paste the URL address displayed in the app, into your FTP client application, or Windows Explorer (if you are using windows) or simply open the URL in the browser. You will find all the files on your Android.
wifi file transfer

ConnectMe allows you to stream any video or any other media saved on your phone. You can even link to the phone camera and watch the feed from the desktop. On top of that, you can send SMS and making phone calls with ease without touch your phone. It will even notify you when someone calls you or sends you a message.