Its that time of the year, when a billion people, for an entire month, try to abstain from food, drink, and other distractions from sunrise to sunset, and try to get closer to their Creator. Many people try to finish one reading of the Holy Quran during Ramadan, which translates to one parah a day.
We are attempting that this month too, and hence felt the need to settle down with the perfect Quran app on our Android smartphone. We found that there were many, many, many options, both free and paid.
Here is our list of the best Quran apps for Android devices. We have split them by the three basic activities you would do. ie: Reading in Arabic, Listening to the Arabic for memorization, and reading the translation in your language of choice.
Possibly the most well known Quran app out there. It is available for iOS and Android devices. It is easily the most feature rich, boasting of capabilities such as
- A wide wide selection of translations and transliterations, from different English translations, to other languages like Urdu, Bangla, French etc.
- Wide rang of reciters to listen to
- Quranic Supplications Tabs
- Easy downloading and management of audio files of the different reciters. You can even move your library to your microSD card.
- Gapless playback of audio files, ability to group by verses for memorisation, ability to repeat same verses a set number of times.
With all these features, it really seems like the perfect app. Why would anyone need to look at anything else right? Sadly, it has one flaw, which is that it isn’t too great for simply *reading* the Arabic of the Quran for long periods of time. This is because it shows each verse on a different line, and there is no way to change that. This provides for a somewhat disjointed reading experience.
Secondly, the app displays different font sizes for different screen resolutions. For example, on a QVGA or qHD phone, the font is nice and large. In fact, even on 720p displays the font is readable. However, as you go to a 1080p screen phone, the font size becomes way too small to read comfortably. This is despite using the Zoom In option they provide.
Take for example, the display above. From left to right, you see an unbranded 4.5″ QVGA phone, the 4.3″ qHD Moto E, the 720p 5.5″ Galaxy Note II, the 1080p 5.5″ Gionee E7 and the 5.2″ 1080p LG G2. Notice how small the text is on the 1080p screen phones?
Here are the Note II and E7 side by side. Display size is the same, but one has 720p while the other has a resolution of 1080p.
While the text is crisp on both displays, it is too small to comfortably read on the 1080p E7. We shudder to think how it will look on the QHD LG G3. Further, we have told Guided Ways, the devs behind iQuran, of this problem before, to no response. Kind of bumming out.
Here is a more stark example. An 800×480 screen next to a 1920×1080 screen.
iQuran Pro used to cost $6.99, but they have reduced the price to $1.99. There is also a Lite version available for free, with limited features.
If you like listening to different Tajweeds and translations, this is a must buy. However, for pure reading, this isn’t our app of choice.
Download: iQuran Pro, iQuran Lite
Bayan Quran is great for reading Quran for long periods of time. Its not feature packed: there is no translation or tajweed rules. It does however, have audio. This needs to be streamed online each time though.
We especially like the Landscape Mode. Text is rendered nice and big.
You get a pleasant looking animation while swiping between pages too.
The app is free and is great for devices with higher resolutions.
Download: Bayan Quran
Another good option for simply reading.It is quite feature packed:
– Gapless audio playback
– Ayah bookmarking & share
– Ibn Katheer and Saady Tafsir
– Audio recitations are available for streaming and downloading
– night mode & audio repeat
You can change the text to White on Black too.
Download: Quran Android
We found this on the Amazon App Store. At $4.99, it is quite pricey. However, the UI is visually very impressive. Text is extremely crisp. Tajweed rules are present. The page animations are pretty but don’t slow it down. Great for tablet devices. The only flaw is that you cannot switch to landscape mode.
Download: Holy Quran Uthmanic Version
A lot of people in the Indian subcontinent have grown up reading Quran in the 13 Line format and find anything else too jarring. This app is for them
It isn’t the most optimal way to read, but is good for phablet devices and tablets.
Download: 13 Line Quran
Download: Al Quran
There you have it. We stick to iQuran Pro and Bayan Quran. What do you use to read Quran on your Android devices? Do let us know. And a (belated) Ramadan Mubarak to you!