MS Paint is an iconic Windows app that simply refuses to die. In the age of Photoshop and Canva, MS Paint continues to win hearts for its simplicity and ease of use. You won’t believe it but I still use it to resize images. Why? Because I am done by the time Photoshop is ready to work. That’s why several TW readers came to us asking for a suitable MS Paint like app for Android phones.
We went through some options and found these six apps that do justice to the OG. We are looking to emulate features such as easy to use, some basic drawing, stretching, resizing, copying parts of images and pasting them, etc. Also, Microsoft never released an MS Paint app for Android, so anyone claiming different is lying through the teeth. Don’t fall for malware apps. That said, let’s begin.
Microsoft Paint App for Android
Paintastic comes with a number of paintbrushes in different shapes and styles to choose from. There are quite a few effects to explore like blur, outline, emboss, and even neon. Don’t like the brush? You can change its shape, size, thickness, and more. Note that the undo option can only go 5 paces back.
There are a number of shapes to choose from which makes it easy to place pre-defined objects into your paintings and sketches. Colors can easily be chosen with gradients. Other tools include a selection tool to move and play around with images and objects, filters, and effects.
Paintastic is ad-supported and comes with an in-app purchase that will remove all ads and unlock all shapes for $5.99.
Download Paintastic: Android
2. Paint for Android
Paint for Android is closer to the original MS Paint on Windows in terms of layout but doesn’t have as many features as the previous one.
Only basic shapes like circle and square among others are there. There is a paintbrush and an eraser to remove your mess. You can quickly add text if you want. The fill-in color option will remind you of the former. Paint for Android is ad-supported but otherwise, completely free.
Don’t forget to save your work before hitting the back button. The app will not ask you to save the image before exiting. The ads can be a little annoying but there is a workaround. Simply disable Wi-Fi and mobile Internet before launching the app. That should take care of it.
Download Paint for Android: Android
3. Pocket Paint
Pocket Paint is for Android what MS Paint is for Windows. It’s free with no in-app purchases or ads. It is so simple to use, you would be amazed why you never found it before. There is a blank canvas waiting for you to be filled. A set of tools in the bottom bar.
There is a paint brush where you can control the thickness and color, an eraser, a line, a bunch of basic shapes, and an option to select and fill color of your choice. Remember when I said I use MS Paint to resize images. Pocket Paint got that covered too. There is also a stamp and hand tool though not many of you would be using it, I guess.
Pocket is probably the best MS Paint app for Android in every way possible without the bells and whistles of the more advanced apps that I will share below.
Download Pocket Paint: Android
Enough with the basics. Time to dive a little deeper. SketchBook is a great option if you love to sketch. One thing that MS Paint lacked and quite a few people seemed to complain about it. There are so many pencil options with shapes, thickness, stroke, tones, and texture that its a sketchers dream come true.
I like the ability to touch lightly and draw a faded line or press hard to draw a darker line. Its touch-and-press sensitive. There are so many brushes and pencils to choose from. Then you can flip, rotate, and stretch the image or objects individually. The list of tools goes on and I wish Autodesk had a guide or something on it.
It took me sometime to find the ellipse tool which makes it easy to move the pivot with 2 fingers. It comes with a straight and a curved ruler that you can move around. Useful for precision. For artists that are obsessed with perfection, there is the symmetry option with a button to lock it.
The fact that SketchBook is completely free and devoid of any ads seems very generous of the team behind it. SketchBook is ideal for those who like sketching more than painting and need more options than what MS Paint like apps for Android have to offer. That doesn’t mean it’s not colorful. There are enough painting brushes to keep you happy and stroking.
Download SketchBook: Android
The only other app that I am going to share in the sketch and paint category is Sketch. Generic name but what can we do? How is it any different? Apart from all the pencils, brushes, and tools, it comes with a social element. Create an account and share your works of art with the world right inside the app. It has an active community of sketch artists and painters. as has become the norm with most apps, it follows a Twitter style layout with an option to follow and share.
Apart from what we saw in SketchBook, there were some new and interesting brush options here like glitter, cracks, and splash. There are plenty of avatar and sticker categories to mess around with and if you aren’t happy with the content, there is an option to upload your own data. I think of Sketch not as a competition, but another tool in an sketch artists’ arsenal.
Unlike SketchBook, Sketch is ad-supported and follows the freemium model. In-app purchases begin at $0.99.
Download Sketch: Android
6. MediBang Paint
One of the issues with MS Paint was that it was limited to a single platform. In the world of cloud storage, that’s like committing a cybercrime. MediBang Paint is available on both Android and iOS as well as for Windows and macOS. With an active community of artists who like to share informative tutorials on how to create art, especially manga art it seems, MediBang has seemed to hit all the right chords or brushes! There are over 90 to choose from.
Focused on comic book fans and artists, MediBang comes with an easy to use interface with a number of tools at your disposal. What I like is the ability to create your own shortcut menu of tools and brushes that you use frequently. Cool. There is no dearth of readymade scenes like a cityscape, comic book fonts, and other addons for painting your masterpiece. Another cool feature is the ability to work with layers.
MediBang follows the tried and tested freemium model with an ad-supported version and an in-app purchase of $7.99 that removes ads and unlocks more tools and brushes.
Download MediBang Paint: Android
MS Paint Apps for Android
If you are looking for a true substitute, Pocket Paint will keep you happy with an easy to use UI and set of features that go well with its name. If you want something more, Paint for Android and Paintastic are both great options and its mostly a matter of personal taste and preference between the two of them.
If you have a sketch artist hidden somewhere inside you, check out Sketch. If that artist is craving for attention and needs an audience, go for SketchBook. Finally, if cloud storage and multi-platform support is need of the hour, MediBang is the perfect alternative.
Which one are you using and why? Share in the comments below.