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Top 8 Best Short-Form Video Android Apps – Updated August 2022

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Short-form video content managed to become quite popular in the last couple of years. We’ve been seeing such content for quite some time, and services for it as well, but it was never as popular as it is now. TikTok has a lot to do with why that is. That app has immensely popular at the moment, and it has been that way for a while now. It managed to grow immensely fast, and take its place as the most popular app on the platform, basically. Well, in this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best short-form video apps for Android. These are, at the very least, our picks.

In the list down below, you’ll be able to find 8 apps that made the cut. Several apps of this type got shut down in the last year, like Dumbsmash, so we had to remove them. Another interesting app called ‘byte’ changed ownership, its name, and the entire way it functioned. So, it had to be removed as well.

In any case, one of the apps listed below is TikTok, of course, while you’ve probably heard of some of the others as well. Chances are that some of these apps are completely new to you, though, so feel free to browse, if you’re interested. You’ll be able to find some additional information about each of the apps, along with the requirements, screenshots, and so on.

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Top 8 Best Short-Form Video Android Apps 2022

Below is a quick overview of the top 8 best short-form Android apps for 2022, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

Download CostIn-app cost (per item)
TikTok$0.49-$249.99
Instagram Reels$0.05-$219.99
Triller$0.99-$99.99
Likee$0.49-$120
Funimate$1.49-$69.99
Snapchat$0.99-$399.99
YouTube Shorts
YouCut$2.99-$12.99

Top 8 Best Short-Form Video Android Apps 2022 Downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.

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TikTok

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.49-$249.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

TikTok is, without a doubt, the most popular short-form video app out there. According to many market research companies, it is the most popular Android app period, at least it was in the first half of 2021. Many creators share their short video content via this platform, and it works great for that. You can simply swipe up and down to browse through content, and subscribe to the creators that interest you.

TikTok also has a great ‘For You’ page, that has great suggestions, presuming you’ve been using the app for a while. TikTok will learn what you like, and be great at suggesting content. The design of the app is also spot on. It puts those short videos front and center, and that’s what it’s all about. You can also comment on various videos, like them, share them, and so on. The service is free to use, of course.

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Instagram Reels

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.05-$219.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Instagram launched its very own short-form video service a while back. It’s called Instagram Reels, and it’s a part of the main app. That way, creators have easy access to the tool. As part of it, you can add your own audio, AR effects, timer and countdown, and even speed. Those are some of the standard features, kind of. Other short-form video services have similar offerings, not identical ones, of course.

Reels can be shared with the public, or with your followers, depending on the nature of your account. Do note that Reels are different than Stories, they do not disappear after 24 hours, and have completely different use scenarios. Reels are really easy to create, and are a part of an immensely popular service, so… that does sound like a combination for success. Only time will tell, though. Reels are a great alternative to TikTok, though.

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Triller

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$99.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Triller is a short-form video app with a rich selection of filters, and one that is also focused on music quite a bit. This app managed to become quite popular as well, and it’s kind of a direct competitor to TikTok. Various celebrities do use this app, and the app allows you to access various trending audio tracks for your videos, or use your own music, of course. Whichever suits you best.

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The UI of this app does remind us a lot of TikTok. It has the bottom bar, and the bar on the left with the like, share, and comment buttons. Triller has its own video discovery feature, and it’s called “Trills”. The developers refer to such videos as “Trills”, that is. Triller does have some issues with its functionality, based on the comments in the Play Store. There are some bugs present, so keep that in mind.

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Likee

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.49-$120
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Likee is an app that doesn’t necessarily focus on short-form video content. It is more of a hybrid between TikTok and YouTube, in a way. You can stream live, if you’d like, while longer videos are available. The app does come with a number of tools that will help make your videos more entertaining, and appealing for others. For example, the hair color changer is available, and it’s kind of self-explanatory.

This is just one example, though, as Likee has quite a few such tools that you can use. Tools such as Face Cut, Face Morph, Astral Travel, and so on. Tools like those are the main reason why quite a few people use this app, mostly younger folk, though. Likee also offers great UI design, and is definitely worth trying out if you don’t like TikTok, or if you’re looking for something to use in addition to it. The content sure is different.

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Funimate

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $1.49-$69.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Funimate is… well, it’s mostly a video editor, but it’s also a way to share your video content. It’s mostly considered as a great way to edit your short videos by adding some music on top of them, but this app can do so much more than that. It is a full-fledged video editor, with all the basic, and some advanced features. You can cut, merge, and edit your videos in various ways. The app brings forth a ton of advanced effects, filters, and transitions to boost your videos.

You can fire up this app, edit your content in the way you see fit, and share it via any platform you’d like. The UI in Funimate is excellent. It manages to pack up a ton of features in a really nice-looking UI, and make everything readily available. In-app purchases are available, and you’ll also see some ads, but the app is free to use. If you’re looking for a nice video editor, try out Funimate

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Snapchat

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$399.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Snapchat has been quite popular for a long time. It’s not as popular as it used to be, though, but many people still use it. It’s still a great way to share content. This app has been using the short-form video formula for quite some time now. The thing is, Snapchat’s videos do disappear after a short period of time. It’s a different approach compared to TikTok, Triller, Likee, and some other apps that are listed here.

Snapchat is packed with great stickers and effects. In fact, when you think of animated effects for short videos and images, chances are you’ll think of Snapchat. Snapchat is a great way to chat with your friends by sending them short, kooky videos. It’s also a great way to share such videos with whomever else you want. Snapchat has a different approach to short-form videos, and you may like it.

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YouTube Shorts

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

YouTube Shorts is YouTube’s way to compete with TikTok. The company now allows you to create short-form videos called ‘Shorts’, which are meant to be seen on mobile devices. You can easily create such videos, add music to them, and control their speed as well. Do note that YouTube Shorts still lack some of the features competitors offer, but it will likely keep getting such features moving forward.

This service offers a huge userbase to see such videos, of course, as it’s part of YouTube. YouTube Shorts are growing really fast, and now is the right time to start creating them. There’s lots to see as well, if you’re not a creator. This service doesn’t allow you to create videos longer than 15 seconds. If you’d like to create something like that, you’ll need to use YouTube itself.

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YouCut

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $2.99-$12.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

YouCut is not exactly a platform for posting short-form videos, not at all. It is, however, an excellent video-cutting tool. It’s actually one of the best video editors you can find on Android. For that purpose, it’s an excellent tool for those of you who create short-form video content, that’s for sure. If you prefer to cut your videos on your phone, YouCut can help you out with that.

This app is packed with features. Regardless if you need to do a quick cut/trim, creat a neat transition, or truly go deep and edit your video in a ton of ways, this app has your back. You can add music, various effects, stickers, and text in your videos. There are a ton of options included in the menu, and all of them are neatly customized. We do suggest you use a larger display for more complicated edits, but this app works great in general.

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