xenmaster's gen-z apps

Although I am a few generations removed from kids these days, this is what I imagine they are into. In no particular order.

Alex Ruiz
Alex RuizList by Alex Ruiz, last updated 2021-09-15
  1. TikTok icon

    When it comes to actually creating content, plenty of kids prefer the short form and real expressions of this trendy app. Like what Vine once was, but CCP approved.

    • Social Network
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • iPad
    • ...
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  2. Discord icon

    The group chat alternative for Reddit, this is how people stay in touch in virtual environments.

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Epic Games Store
    • Flathub
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Playstation
    • Xbox
    • Snapcraft
    • ...
    Discord screenshot 1
  3. Twitch icon

    You can watch people Just Chat or stream Fortnite. A fully interactive experience that allows fans to interact with their favourite creators.

    • ...
    The new Twitch design since September 26 2019
  4. Reddit icon

    Kids love it because it is raw and unfiltered and there is a sub for pretty much every topic under the sun (and a few that are not).

    • Social Network
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Tor
    • ...
    Reddit screenshot 1
  5. Instagram icon

    The best way to follow fashion trends and your favorite brands/influencers, you cannot go wrong with Instagram.

    • ...
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  6. Spotify icon

    Why buy albums like your parents did when you can get your entire catalog online? Mix and match to taste and share playlists with friends, adding to the social experience. It is just not the same as classic MTV though. :\

    • Music Streaming Service
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Kindle Fire
    • Playstation
    • Fire TV
    • Xbox
    • ...
    Spotify screenshot 1
  7. YouTube icon

    Gen Z are done with cable - that's for old fogies. The newest and best meme compilations, lo-fi mixes, and kpop videos are on YouTube. Full Stop.

    • Video Streaming App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • KaiOS
    • Fire TV
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Xbox
    • ...
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  8. Snack - Video Dating icon

    TikTok meets Tinder in a way that connects video with the real you rather than pics and a profile statement. Very Z.

    • ...
  9. GIPHY icon

    Best way to get those animated memes onto your mobile chat.

    • ...
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  10. Apple Pay icon

    Better than using those annoying credit cards that their parents use lol. Especially since this works online as well as in more and more stores every day (and no need to worry about paying off balances, paper statements, or interest charges).

    • ...
    Apple Pay screenshot 1
  11. Google Wallet icon

    Same as above, but for android nerds.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Android Wear
    • ...
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  12. VSCO icon

    The app that started the fashion trend. Grab your hydroflask, pastel scrunchies, and mom jeans that look like they were mauled by a wild animal and you have the look down.

    • Camera App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Online
    • Windows
    • ...
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  13. Unfold icon

    A quick and dirty story editor for folks looking to up their Stories game.

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • ...
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  14. Imgur icon

    Where else are kids going to host the images they are posting to Reddit?

    • ...
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  15. Coinbase icon

    Kids today aren't about Wall Street, index funds, or prospectuses (unless you are talkin about meme stocks). Crypto is the wave of the future when it comes to investing!

    • ...
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  16. Animal Crossing icon

    A life simulation, useful for socializing during a pandemic. It also allows people to interact in a less competitive and more cozy environment. Focused on social and less on winning.

    • ...
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  17. Fortnite Battle Royale icon

    One of the hottest games out there, especially when it comes to twitch streaming. I also noticed that celebrities have had virtual concerts on here too, which is super weird.

    • ...
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  18. Roblox icon

    Like Minecraft, but cool.

    • Sandbox Game
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • HTC Vive
    • Kindle Fire
    • Gear VR
    • Xbox
    • Playstation
    • Oculus Rift
    • ...
    Roblox screenshot 1

Any Gen Z kids hanging out here, let me know what I got right and where I've gone wrong. Just keep in mind I need to find my reading glasses before I can read and respond. :D


This list was created by Alex Ruiz Sep 15, 2021 and was last updated Sep 15, 2021. The list has 18 apps.

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István Kása
CommentDec 11, 2022

Yeah,it is still is,to a extent.

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István Kása
CommentNov 12, 2022

You forgot PUBG. Anyway,nice list!

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Alex Ruiz

I'm glad I didn't put Amongus on this list, at any rate. Remember when that was a thing?

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