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Top 10 Best Short-Form Video Android Apps – 2021

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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 10 apps that made the cut. One of those apps 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.

Top 10 Best Short-Form Video Android Apps 2021

Below is a quick overview of the top 10 best short-form Android apps for 2021, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

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Download CostIn-app cost (per item)
TikTok$0.99-$99.99
Instagram Reels$0.99-$4.99
byte
Triller$0.99-$99.99
Dubsmash$0.99-$29.99
Likee$0.99-$120
Funimate$1.49-$69.99
Snapchat$0.99-$399.99
Jumprope
YouTube Shorts

Top 10 Best Short-Form Video Android Apps 2021 Downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, 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.

Best Short-Form Video Android App For Most Users

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TikTok

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.4+

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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Best Short-Form Video App Alternative To TikTok

Instagram Reels

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

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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Best Short-Form Video Android App For Vine Fans

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byte

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 5.1+

You can think of byte as a reborn Vine app, kind of. This service does feature some former Vine stars, such as Lance Stewart. This app allows you to upload 16-second videos, though they can be shorter as well, of course. The point is, the maximum length is 16 seconds. So, that’s a lot shorter than what TikTok offers (1 minute), and that’s how byte aims to differentiate.

This app does remind us a lot of Vine. Those of you who remember Vine, probably remember it as the TikTok predecessor. Vine was quite popular for a while, and then it fell off the map, and got shut down. It’s quite interesting how TikTok managed to go above and beyond in terms of popularity, while Vine perished, and it had a similar idea. Well, if you’d like to get that Vine feeling back, try out byte.

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Best Short-Form Video Android App With Emphasis At Music

Triller

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 7.0+

Triller is a short-form video app with a rich selection of filters, and one that is also focused on music quite a bit. Triller 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.

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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Best Short-Form Video Android App For Lip-Syncing

Dubsmash

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 5.0+

If you’re looking for audio-based short-form video content, Dumbsmash is for you. The main appeal of this is the lip-syncing part. Dumbsmash is not all about that, but such videos are most popular on the app. This app does offer a lot of other features as well, and different video styles on top of that. The app allows you to use various stickers, filters, write on top of your videos, and so on.

The tools that it offers can be quite useful, and allow you to create some original content. This app is also quite popular, and many users use it. You can discover new videos and creators in a similar way as you would on TikTok and Instagram. The design of the app does resemble TikTok and Triller, so chances are you’ll like it. The main focus is on the content, while everything else is at the tip of your finger.

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Best Short-Form Video Android App That Doesn’t Limit You To Short Videos

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Likee

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.1+

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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Best Short-Form Video Android App For Special Effects

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Funimate

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 5.0+

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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Best Short-Form Video Android App For Disappearing Videos

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Snapchat

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.4+

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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Best Short-Form Video Android App For How-To Videos

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Jumprope

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 6.0+

If you’re looking for a great source of how-to videos, Jumprope is probably the service for you. Depending on the video, it can be a bit longer than expected, but there are a lot of short-form videos available here. The best of all? Jumprope makes it extremely simple to create a how-to video. It will provide you with a step-by-step template to quickly create and personalize your how-to video.

It has all the features you’d expect, such as mute, trim, speed up, slow down, and so on. Such videos can be shared via the service, or somewhere else, if you’d like. You can quickly export your creations, and share them via other platforms, if you’d like. This app’s design is really simple as well, which is a good thing. Jumprope keeps things simple, easy to use, and yet everything you need is easy to find.

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Best Short-Form Video Android App For YouTube Users

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YouTube Shorts

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Varies with device

YouTube Shorts is YouTube’s way to compete with TikTok. YouTube 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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