Whether you’re a seasoned plant-based pro or just dipping your toes into the world of cruelty-free living, these best vegan apps will make your life easier.
With a third of people in the UK interested in becoming vegan, support for veganism is growing. And because of this growing interest, it’s safe to say that embarking on a vegan lifestyle has never been easier. This is in part thanks to a growing number of apps designed to support plant-based living. However, the choices in the app store can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to know whether you’re downloading something genuinely helpful or a dud.
To help you out, I’ve taken a look at the best vegan apps out there that cater to various aspects of your plant-based journey. From finding the perfect vegan-friendly restaurant to scanning product barcodes for cruelty-free options, these apps are your digital allies in living a sustainable and compassionate life.
The Best Vegan Apps To Know
Here are seven of the best vegan apps out there that I’ve found. I’ve also included pricing information and details on where you can download the apps. Use the quick links to jump to each section, or keep scrolling for the full post:
💷 £3.99 one-time fixed fee on Apple / Free on Google Play
I’ve previously featured the Happy Cow App in my guide to the best sustainable living apps and for good reason. Trusted by over 2 million people, this seriously useful app allows you to find the best vegan cafes, restaurants, shops and takeaways near you, rated by its community of users. You can filter these by budget to find cheap eats, higher-end places for a special meal, and everything in between.
Active in 180+ countries, and with over 156,000 listings, and 1.4 million user reviews of restaurants and cafes (complete with photos), this app helps you to live a plant-based lifestyle, even when you are travelling.
💷 Free – with entirely optional ways to financially support the site
📱 Available on the Barnivore website only
Before exploring a plant-based diet, I assumed all alcohol was vegan-friendly, except drinks that contained dairy or honey. However, then I learned that many beers, wines and spirits include animal ingredients in their products, or they might use them in the processing and filtration stages. Here brands use things like isinglass (derived from fish bladders), gelatin, egg whites, or sea shells to capture impurities.
Whilst animal ingredients are easier to spot in the ingredients list, brands don’t need to label what they filter their drinks with.
To help you out, the Barnivore Vegan Alcohol Directory provides comprehensive information on the vegan status of over 58,000 alcoholic beverages. These are checked and often double or triple-checked by the Barnivore community to ensure accuracy.
As an entirely reader-supported site, it’s not a vegan app as such (developing apps is expensive!). However, it is such a useful resource that it would be remiss of me not to mention it here. To get around the lack of an app, I’ve added the page to the home screen of my phone so that I can access it at your fingertips. I recommend you do the same!
If you’ve very recently gone vegan, then Cowculator is a great motivational tool to help you keep going. This very simple free app shows you the impact you’ve made by going vegan.
All you need to do is input the date you went vegan. The app will then keep a running tally of how much carbon dioxide you’ve saved, as well as how many animal lives, square metres of forest, litres of water, and kilograms of grain you have avoided.
As an added touch, Cowculator will even celebrate your “veganniversary” with you – the anniversary of the date that you switched to a plant-based diet.
Want to make sure the products you buy are cruelty-free (by the way, here’s the difference between vegan and cruelty-free – they don’t always mean the same thing)? Cruelty-Cutter is an incredibly useful free app that allows you to scan the barcode of a product to immediately find out if a product is cruelty-free or not – from shampoo to vegan-friendly vitamins, and a whole lot more.
If the product isn’t cruelty-free, it then provides you with cruelty-free alternatives.
Boasting every company certified by either Leaping Bunny or PETA’s Cruelty-Free Programs, Cruelty-Cutter describes itself as the most up-to-date and vigilant cruelty-free list on the market.
However, my one area of concern is that it does include companies that are not certified by Leaping Bunny or PETA. Cruelty-Cutter says these inclusions are from smaller cruelty-free companies that haven’t yet been able to afford to be certified by Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Cruelty-Cutter says “We are rigorous in evaluating these companies. We independently research their practices as well as directly request statements from them, and compare to other cruelty-free authorities when available”. I’d say it’s always worth double-checking any results you’re not sure about.
💷 Free (with the option to upgrade to an ad-free version)
I’ve been on a mission to find a good affordable app that allows you to scan an item and immediately find out if it’s vegan or not. I’ve tried a few. One free app didn’t find anything I scanned. And another app that I downloaded was so hugely expensive (£4.99 per week!) that I didn’t go any further with it.
Finally, I came across iVegan. This app says it has more than 1 million products in its database and works with UK supermarket products. I gave the free version a go and found it had a pretty good hit rate at identifying vegan foods (health and beauty products not so much).
The ads on the free version are hugely annoying and intrusive. You have to watch a 30-second full-screen advert after each scan before you can do another scan. Not so useful if you’re trying to find products on a supermarket shelf. However, at £1.29 for an ad-free monthly subscription, it’s good value compared to its competitors.
💷 Free (with the option to upgrade to access premium features)
If you’re single and want to meet someone who shares similar values to you, then have a look at Veggly. As the only dating app solely for vegans and vegetarians, it looks like a fun and easy way to meet like-minded souls.
With 1 million users across the globe, it’s not quite as big as some of the more mainstream dating apps. This means unless you’re in a big city, it might be hard to find a match. However, it might be fun to try alongside the mainstream apps.
Another useful app to have in your pocket is Reddit. Whilst not specifically a vegan app, the Vegan UK subreddit has, at the time of writing, 54K members. Here members share all their UK plant-based resources, recommendations, and new vegan finds. This makes it invaluable in supporting your plant-based living journey. And if you’ve got a question, you can post it to the group.
As well as the Vegan UK subreddit, there are heaps of other plant-based communities you can join via the app. These include:
- Vegan – a 1.4 million strong global community of vegans.
- Vegan Recipes – a 500K group sharing their favourite vegan recipes.
- Eat Cheap & Vegan – devoted to going vegan on a budget.
- Vegan Fitness – a handy space to discuss vegan fitness, bodybuilding and health.
- Vegan Baking – a place to share vegan baking recipes and tips on ingredients.
- Vegan Activism – where you can join a community of animal rights activists.
- Vegan Travel – devoted to bringing information on where and how to eat vegan while travelling.
- Accidentally Vegan – a group to share products that are unintentionally vegan.
- Vegan Beauty – a group to help you veganise your beauty routine.
💷 Free to download and then £24.99 a year to access content
Finally, if you’re looking for a vegan recipe app, try Deliciously Ella. Ella Mills, author of the fastest-selling vegan cookbook of all time, has put together this handy app with over 1000 delicious plant-based meals – from midweek meals to one-pot wonders, batch cooking ideas and more. You can access these on the mobile app, or your tablet, computer or TV – wherever you prefer to access recipes.
However, it’s more than just a recipe app. As well as recipes, there are over 300 on-demand guided wellness classes. This includes yoga, pilates, barre and cardio classes. Plus you get 15% off all Deliciously Ella products. It’s these added features that make this app really good value.
If you don’t want to pay upfront, you can pay a monthly fee of £3.99 to access all the recipes and classes.
The Bottom Line
If you need a pocket pal to help you live vegan, then these vegan apps will see you right. From recipes that will inspire you, and handy apps that will keep you on the right path to apps that will help you find community and even find love, if you’re looking, these are the ones to download today.