VR is fast becoming the future of entertainment. While headsets like Oculus VR, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR have entered the market and evolved, we’ve seen a surge in interest for what’s to come. If you want to dabble with it without the expense of utilizing your smartphone you can also download some great free VR apps for Android and iOS to get an idea of how VR is going to revolutionize the virtual world. Here is our list of the 12 best free VR apps for 2021 available for iOS, Android and VR Headset devices.
1. Virtual Speech (Android & iOS)
If you are new to public speaking or looking to prepare yourself for an event with a practice run, Virtual Speech can be a great tool to calm the nerves. The app places you on a virtual stage in front of a virtual crowd allowing you to practice your presentation.
The customisable controls allow you to increase the movements and mannerisms from the crowd, to simulate a distracting environment in which to practice. When you’ve finished, Virtual Speech will analyse your presentation and score you based on your verbal and non-verbal communication.
2. Jaunt (Oculus Go & Samsung Gear VR)
Jaunt VR is to immersive story-driven worlds, like Netflix is to binge-watching. Simply put on the headset and the app transports you to a virtual environment where you can choose from hundreds of virtual reality experiences.
Whether it’s a front seat at a Paul McCartney concert, a 360° fashion photoshoot with Derek Zoolander or maybe you just want to sit back and enjoy some awesome documentaries. Jaunt VR has hours of entertainment for you to feel and enjoy.
3. InCell (Android & iOS)
InCell is what happens when you mix the premise of Fantastic Voyage, with a racing game in a virtual reality world. Recreating the anatomy of human cells in incredible detail, it allows players to travel through inner space to some upbeat soundtracks whilst racing against viruses.
Speeding along capilliaries in a multi-coloured environment, whilst avoiding obstacles in a race against time makes InCell a fun free VR app to pass some time. You also have the option to play it outside virtual mode by switching it off.
4. Within (Android, iOS, PSVR, Oculus, Vive, Gear VR)
Within allows you to view incredible content from VR creators across the globe whilst immersing you in vivid locations with stunning sound. The content spans from incredible tales set in imaginative worlds through to documentaries and current events.
You can view all of Within’s content through a mobile headset (like Google Cardboard), premium headsets (such as PSVR and Oculus) and even without a headset on your mobile phone and desktop.
Just check out The Lego Batman Batmersive Experience as an example of some of the premium content they feature.
5. Fulldive (Android & iOS)
Fulldive VR describes itself as a social all-in-one virtual reality platform with over 1 million 360° videos mainly derived from user-generated content. They also boast an impressive 500 games for endless hours of entertainment.
It’s a neatly packaged app designed with mobile users in mind. The versatility of allowing viewers to move from watching movies in a theatre-like format through to commenting on user-generated content and playing games makes it a decent package.
6. Google Expeditions (Android & iOS)
Expeditions is available under the Education category in Google’s Play Store, however, it’s more fun than education and people of all age groups can equally enjoy it. It allows users to experience the world’s popular destinations, places and go on expeditions.
Currently, the app has around 200 expeditions and the developing team is continuously adding more and more locations. Although the Expeditions app works best with Cardboard or VR gear, you can also enjoy it via 360-degree mode.
7. Google Arts and Culture (Android & iOS)
Google Arts and Culture is quite similar to the Expeditions app mentioned above except it mainly focuses on museums, heritage sites, and historical places. The app is fully compatible with Google Cardboard and there are hundreds of different locations available within it.
Google Arts and Culture has a relatively small user base compared to other VR apps from Google. However, it is considered one of the best free VR apps available in the world right now. As an added bonus, the app shows real-time information about different places and items so you can get useful knowledge on the way.
8. Cardboard Camera (Android & iOS)
Don’t confuse Cardboard Camera with Google Cardboard; these are two different apps developed by Google. As the name suggests, the Cardboard Camera app allows users to take 360-degree pictures via their Android and iOS devices.
The app is extremely easy to use and you don’t even have to create a Google account to use it. Simply download and install the app, and you are good to go. It may take you some time to capture perfect pictures, but it’s well worth the effort for the experience afterward.
9. Discovery VR (Android & iOS)
No list covering the best VR apps would be complete without Discovery VR. Still coming off, our top list for 2019, it’s the official app from the Discovery Channel and it’s available for all Android and iOS devices running Android 4.0+ and iOS 7+ respectively. Unfortunately, you cannot watch all of Discovery’s content on this app but it still has a lot of VR content you can enjoy.
Discovery VR offers a range of videos in different environments allowing users to explore hard to reach places. As this is an early version of the app, we’re hoping for some new features and more content in the upcoming versions.
10. GoPro VR (Android & iOS)
GoPro VR is quite similar to the Discovery VR app except it offers even more diversified content. All of the videos available in the GoPro VR app are captured via GoPro cameras so you can expect mind-blowing quality.
This is the perfect free VR app for people who want to see adventurous videos via Cardboard or VR gear and get the thrill. You can download GoPro VR for free from iTunes and Google Play Store however it’s restricted to some countries. Amazingly, some of the videos available in GoPro VR are even 60 frames per second.
11. YouTube VR (Android)
YouTube is one of the best online resources to get your hands on 360-degree videos for free. Like other Google apps, YouTube VR is available for free too.
In order to enjoy VR videos on YouTube, you can either get a cost-efficient cardboard or go for an expensive Samsung Gear VR. It also allows you to search for videos with your voice, providing a totally hands-free experience.
12. Zombie Shooter VR (Android)
Zombie Shooter VR is still an ol’ favourite on iOS & Android that does exactly what its name suggests – it helps users shoot zombies. It was originally a paid app in its early days. However, the developing team made it free to compete with the fierce competition in the VR ecosystem. There are in-app purchases though should you want to upgrade your experience.
One of the more user-friendly aspects of the game is the controls. All you have to do is look at zombies and it triggers the weapon. This ease of use makes it one of our choices particularly if you’re new to VR and are trying to get used to the sensations.
If you have any other suggestions, we’d love to hear them, so be sure to send your best VR apps into us here.