Whether you’re brushing up on a hobby you used to love or starting afresh with a language, skill, or instrument, there are thousands of apps available to help you develop a few new interests. From coding to crafts and everything in-between, with the right app your smartphone can do it all. Ready to get started? Keep reading to explore some of our top picks for apps that can teach you something new.

Yousician

Available for: iOS, Android
Cost: free, with optional in-app purchases

Yousician is your one-stop shop for learning a whole host of musical instruments, including guitar and bass, ukulele, piano and voice. There are lessons available for every level, and a huge selection of music to choose from, so regardless of how selective your taste is, there’ll be something you’re keen to learn.

With smart software to demonstrate chord progressions for guitarists, and a similar programme that lays out the keyboard for pianists, Yousician enables you uniquely to track your improvement. You’ll have access to many of these features using the free version, but upgrade to premium for added benefits like a personal music tutor, or the choice to learn several instruments at once.

Duolingo

Available for: iOS, Android
Cost: free, with optional in-app purchases

Offering over 90 different courses available in 23 languages, Duolingo is a great choice for anyone looking to learn a new language. You might just want to pick up a few key phrases for a holiday, or perhaps you’re aiming to be completely fluent – either way, Duolingo is the place to start.

The simple, user friendly interface is just one of the things that makes it so popular; you’ll also get to enjoy personalised exercises that are tailored to the way you learn, and earn virtual coins, which can unlock new levels. Keeping tabs on your progress is easy too, as Duolingo awards you a fluency score, which increases as you make your way through the different tasks.

LinkedIn Learning

Available for: iOS, Android
Cost: 30-day free trial, £24.98 pcm thereafter

An outgrowth from the professional networking platform, the LinkedIn Learning app is a career development hub for thousands of different courses and training programmes, on everything from graphic design and copywriting to project management skills and human resources.

You can save the courses that you’re interested in, so they’re easy to find, and set yourself a goal to outline how much time you want to put aside per week. Being optimised for mobile, these courses are designed with convenience in mind, and ideal if you want to fill your commute with something productive or while away a long train journey. If you already have a LinkedIn account, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial, which will provide you with 5 credits for 5 different courses. After this, you can pay a monthly fee of £24.99 or save 40% and pay £179.88 for a full year.

Kitchen Stories

Available for: iOS, Android
Cost: free, with optional in-app purchases

Winner of both the Apple and Google Design Award, Kitchen Stories is one of the best free cooking apps out there. Enjoy the huge selection of delicious recipes, with different categories like international cuisine, everyday food and special occasion. The app also caters for different diets and cooking styles, which includes veggie, vegan and low carb dishes.

Kitchen Stories makes cooking accessible for every different skill level; there are how-to videos for basic tasks, like ‘how to cut green onions’ and ‘how to peel ginger’, as well as complex recipes if you’re a more confident cook. You can even convert measurements from metric to imperial with the flick of a switch, so the ingredients list is easy to get right. With functions to save, like and comment on different recipes, the app has a fun social media feel to it – and if you fancy yourself a food blogger, you can even upload dishes of your own.

SoloLearn

Available for: iOS, Android
Cost: free, with optional in-app purchases

Known for being the coding app with the greatest collection of free content up for grabs, SoloLearn is a brilliant resource for anyone who wants to learn the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and a whole host of other programming languages.

As well as learning about the theory of coding and coding concepts, you’ll be part of a wider community of learners and experts, so you can chat with other users as you go through the exercises. With 24/7 peer support, personalised content based on your skill level and the free mobile code editor, you’ll be able write and run code on your smartphone in no time.

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