Best Chess Apps | Top Chess Apps for Android and IOS

Being a regular online chess player I have used many chess apps and honestly the best of all is Yes Lichess is totally free and everything but aesthetically and in terms of UI/UX is way ahead.

Whichever app you choose just make sure that the phone operates fine and don’t hang. That’s all you need to play online chess.

In this blog, we will review the top chess apps for Android and IOS based on the number of visitors they receive and our experience of those apps.


This chess app is by far the most used chess app in the world. The user interface is awesome and the app provides all the features that you can use from the very beginner to the most advanced levels and improve your game.

Although playing chess is totally free on this app, there are certain limitations for which you have to buy a paid account. e.g. you are only allowed to solve 5 rated puzzles a day, play one game of puzzle battle against an opponent and play 1 game of puzzle rush.

Chess lessons on this app are also not always free. When you sign up, they let you solve a few lessons for free but as time passes, that number is also reduced to 1 free lesson per day.

This app also allows you to analyze your games with an engine and 1 game analysis per day is free with all the features e.g. game accuracy with a default depth of 18. For anything above this level of analysis, you need a paid account.

The only thing very useful and totally free on this app is playing chess and there is no limitation on it. But that’s not the case with tournaments on this platform. Nearly half of the tournaments are only for premium members and free account holders are not allowed to play them.

App Performance of

This app runs fine both on android and IOS. Rarely there is a delay due to system updates and the update usually lasts no more than a minute. Mostly the delay time is like a refresh button, it happens in a second.

The game servers are good but sometimes the game does glitch in some parts of the world. I haven’t experienced anything bad in recent times but there are some issues with the Desktop version.

A while ago, my games were getting abandoned without me disconnecting or internet loss and when I contacted their technical support. They recommended me to switch from Mozilla to Google Chrome, and of course, I didn’t follow their instructions but somehow Desktop is doing fine and I haven’t experienced any such game abandonment in the last few months.

Visitors on

As far as analytics are concerned, the site and app of this chess game have seen a remarkable rise in the number of visitors recently.

According to similarweb, total visits on have risen to 180.2M in March 2024. On average a user stays on site for 14 minutes and 46 seconds and it is the 128th most visited site in the world in last month.

2. Lichess

Lichess is the only app that comes close to rivaling Everything they offer is free and faster but somehow the UI is not that good looking.

Also, their rating system is a bit vague. If you are 1500 rated on, you surely will be around 1800 on lichess.

The resources although they provide are all free, free puzzles, free studies everything free. Their servers are faster and the overall gaming experience is 2nd to none.

But the thing is, they are fairly new in comparison to, which is already a very established site and are putting a lot of money in UI, something that if lichess fixes will make them a great rival…

If you are a beginner wanting to use all the chess resources for free, this is your app. You can work on all the basic chess strategy, solving puzzles and analyze games for free on lichess.

App Performance of Lichess

The android app is awesome. I have used it myself and unlike, the pre-moving during the game won’t take a minimum of 0.1 seconds.

That is good but at the same time, they don’t allow you to pre-move more than once. Which I think is not good for the game because flagging your opponent is considered a skill in online chess even by top Grandmasters like Daniel Naroditsky and Anish Giri.

I’m sure IOS will be giving the same experience. If they are already there, it means their app is good because getting approved on IOS is not an easy task for any app.

Visitors on Lichess

80.5M visits were recorded on lichess in the month of March. Although a very huge number, this is still low in comparison to

They were the 287th most visited site in the world in the month of March.

Although lichess is 2nd most famous chess app, they are also 3rd in overall Board and Card games category behind and

Other Chess Apps

In the presence of and lichess, other apps and sites that offer to play and learning chess are very small.

Some of them are doing a great effort to get in this league of top sites and apps e.g. chess24 is potentially going to be a huge platform but they have major server down issues going on at the moment.

Their main platform ambassador is Magnus Carlsen, the 5 times world champion of chess.

Other than chess24, I don’t see any big rivals at the moment.

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