Making the decision to go vegan isn’t always an easy one. Veganism is so much more than just a diet change, it’s a full ethical lifestyle change as well. Being vegan means that not only do you choose not to eat meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or animal by-products, it means that you choose not to wear any fur or leather, purchase any brands that test on animals, or support any companies that profit off animal abuse (i.e. animal circuses, SeaWorld, etc.) There are a lot of different things you have to consider when going vegan including what you’re going to eat every day, what brands and household products you choose to purchase, what to order at restaurants, etc. But fortunately for us, there are many tools available to help us make the transition a little easier!

Today I’m sharing several of my favorite smartphone apps that I personally use all the time as a vegan to help with my cruelty-free purchase decisions, where I go to eat, what to order, etc. These are easy to use apps that will make becoming a vegan that much easier!

Here is a list of 10 favorite vegan apps:

1. ABillionVeg

I am obsessed with this App! It allows you to rate and upload your food pictures at restaurants and gives you other user recommendations for food choices at restaurants in the area. Use the app to find plant-based options at the location of your choice and filter the results by cuisines, categories, distance, prices, and ratings! You can easily see where the best vegan restaurant options are in your area and can see what items people rated the highest. I use this all the time when deciding where to eat in my area. There are reviews from over 122 countries around the world, so you can use the app while you’re traveling as well! You can also ping restaurants through the app that don’t have many vegan options to encourage them to offer more vegan food choices.

My favorite part of the app is that for every 10 reviews, ABillionVeg will donate $10 to an animal sanctuary of your choice! They have sanctuaries all over the world that help rehabilitate and save farm animals that would have been otherwise sent to slaughterhouses.

Click HERE to download the app

2. Vegan Wine & Beer

Did you know that not all wine and beer is vegan? Unfortunately, some alcoholic beverages contain processing aids such as milk protein, egg whites, gelatin and fish bladder protein. To find out if the drink you want to buy is vegan, just type in the name of your beverage brand and the app will tell you if it’s vegan or not. They currently have over 1 million beverages listed in their database, so you should be able to check the status of most brands. 

Click HERE to download the app

3. Is It Vegan?

Is It Vegan is a great tool for those who want to check if a food item at the grocery store is vegan or not. All you have to do is scan the bar code on the package of any food or beverage product, and you’ll see whether the product is vegan, vegetarian, or neither. You can also search by specific ingredient if you’re not sure if something is vegan or not. I also like that they donate 25% of their ad revenue to animal rights organizations!

Click HERE to download the app

4. Bunny Free

Bunny Free is an app run by PETA which helps users find out if the item you are buying is cruelty free or not. This app is amazing for deciding if your makeup and household products are vegan. Just type in the company name and they will tell you if the brand tests their products on animals. If so, it also brings you to a link where you can sign a petition to urge the company to go cruelty-free!

Click HERE to download the app

5. Cruelty Free

Another great app for checking if your household items are not tested on animals. They have thousands of items in their database ranging from household items to cosmetics, personal hygiene items, and baby care. Scan the product barcode into the app, or search by name and the app will tell you if the company and/or the product is certified cruelty-free.

Click HERE to download the app

6. Happy Cow

 Another great vegan restaurant app! Perfect for when you’re traveling to new cities and countries. Use the location filter to find the best vegan restaurant options in your area. Search filters by location, vegan, vegetarian, health food stores and more! You can also pin restaurants for future reference which is great for when you want to plan your trips in advance.

Click HERE to download the app

7. PETA

 If you’re an animal activist – this is your app! Get urgent animal rights petitions and breaking news updates sent straight to your notifications. You can take part in urgent alerts, learn about victories happening around the world in real time, and donate to support PETA’s work to help animals around the world.

Click HERE to download the app

8. Air Vegan

Are you a frequent traveler? Then this app is perfect for you! Finding vegan food in airports can sometimes be a difficult task, especially if you’re at an international airport or somewhere where veganism isn’t as common. This app will tell you what terminals you can find vegan food, so you know what to expect before you even arrive. It will also warn you if that airport has minimal vegan options so that you can be prepared to bring your own snacks!

Click HERE to download the app

9. Vegan Pocket

 Not sure if the food item you’re buying at the grocery store is vegan? Scan the barcode into the app and it will tell you if it’s vegan or not! They also offer weekly and monthly meal plans, as well as healthy vegan recipes.

Click HERE to download the app

10. Pinterest

Okay, this one isn’t exactly a vegan app, but it does have an incredible amount of free vegan content available! I use Pinterest for a ton of my daily recipe inspiration and to find FREE vegan related blogs, recipes, activism, and all related topics from users around the world. Save your pictures to boards that you can create and customize to keep all your topics organized. If you are looking for a great place to find a huge amount of free vegan information, I would highly recommend Pinterest!

Click HERE to download the app

What are your favorite vegan apps? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Elena Cuellar

*Please note: This post is not sponsored. All apps listed are ones that I recommend from my own personal use & experience

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