If you can play a guitar, you are instantly a 100% cooler. This is a scientific fact. What’s not cool? An out of tune guitar is definitely not cool. This is where the 5 best guitar tuner apps for Android can really help you up your game. I’m not a musician by any means and I don’t even play any instrument, so I will be only listing the apps which are recommended by actual musicians. I visited the National College of Arts for the 10 best guitar apps a few months back and thankfully I still have the numbers saved.
Tuning a guitar is very important from what I hear and obviously you will know the importance too. The simplest point is that an out of tune guitar will sound horrible. Especially if you play an electric guitar and let a power chord ring out, you will immediately know something is terribly off.
The best guitar turner apps for Android try to help you in not only tuning your guitar with ease but with the learning. If you tune your guitar before every jam, it will boost your hearing skills faster than ever. So in short, if you are new to playing guitars, you should always keep an Android guitar tuner app handy.
Note: The apps were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone. An acoustic guitar was used during the testing. I matched the sound the apps made with the ones coming out of my guitar. I think this is what the app is supposed to help you with. Once again, I’m just a humble app tester not a musician. Please don’t execute me in the comments.
1. GuitarTuna – Free with In-app Purchases
The Big Tuna
GuitarTuna is the best app there is for tuning your guitar. Right off the bat, the app is made to impress you with its interface and utility. I was thoroughly impressed by how the app presented itself. The developers have out done themselves with the easy to use user interface. The way you can seamlessly change things within the app is the result of a good app design.
The app was recommended by a music professor at the college because it comes with some advanced features for expert players. The app comes with professional accuracy which can be turned on in the settings tab. The app is actually recommended by guitar teachers to beginners and it shows. From alternative tuning sets to mini games which allow you to learn guitar, GuitarTuna is the real Rockstar of the best guitar tuner apps for Android list.
In-app Purchases: $1.99 – $12.99 per item
An incredible looking and feeling interface.
Comes with award winning audio technology.
Includes Metronome and chord library.
The app not only works for acoustic and electric guitars but also for mandolin, violin, cello, balalaika, ukulele and even banjo. This guitar tuner for Android is a true string tuner.
2. gStrings – Free with In-app Purchases
The Plain Plan
Coming from the top guitar tuner app for Android, gString feels bland. I mean the interface is a simple one screen which fails to visually impress at any level, especially if you compare it to GuitarTuna. So why is the app number second you may ask, well it gets the job done really well. Using the microphone of your Android device, the app actually makes some really fine sounding tunes.
I was impressed how accurate the app was. GuitarTuna can sometimes register background noise and kind of mess the tunings (not that drastic though) but this app really went the extra mile in only listening to my guitar plucks.
In-app Purchases: $3.00 per item
Straight forward and serious interface.
Orchestra tuning is available.
Comes with a variable range nonlinear scale.
The app comes with microphone sensitivity setup which can be accessed easily. This enables you to fine tune the microphone of your Android device. If it is too sensitive, tone it down a notch so that background noise is completely filtered.
One suggestion is that you keep your smartphone on a table and hold the guitar near the microphone. Not aggressively close, just close enough that the device has no trouble listening to it. If it is an electric guitar hold it a little further.
3. PitchLab Guitar Tuner – Free with In-app purchases
PitchLab is flashy and it also has a ton of options for you to play with. The interface is kind of excruciatingly techno. You will either love it or hate it but thankfully the app itself provides some interesting utilities to tune your guitar. One of the best things about the app is its ability to visualize sound in multiple ways. If you like standard tuners with their pins and whatnot, they are here and if you like something accurate like chromatic ribbons, well they are here too.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $2.99 per item
Comes with radial and waterfall strobes.
Fine tuning and responsiveness is top notch.
Slide fingers horizontally to change modes.
This Android tuner for guitars comes with complete databases of mainstream string instruments including violins, fiddles, banjo among few.
4. Chromatic Guitar Tuner – Free
Old School Schooling
Chromatic Guitar Tuner app allows you to tune your acoustic or electric guitar with high level of ease and precision. The all doesn’t leave everything on you though; it can automatically determine the string deviation and tells you in which direction you need to tune it. This is an amazing feature for those who are just starting out. The app also comes with a tuning fork which can generate tones from 1 hertz to 22050 hertz. This is one of the best looking guitar tuner apps for Android as well and the quality doesn’t stop at visuals too.
A great looking home screen.
The directional instructions are a life saver.
The app can detect any pitch or note.
This is the only completely free guitar tuner app for Android. This means there are no ads whatsoever and the app doesn’t even come with any kind of in-app purchases. I highly recommend this app just because it doesn’t bother us with pesky ads.
5. Full Guitar Tuner – Free and $2.20
Horrible Yet Useful
5.A Free Version
Full Guitar Tuner has a misleading name, at least in the case of the free app. The app has an interface which is probably designed by a 5 year old kid using MS Paint. That’s right; this is how terrible the interface is. I mean seriously man? I will make a better interface for free, just shoot me an email. Now that I have gotten the ill taste of looking at the app from my system, the app itself is accurate. You might have become tired of me saying that a lot. If it were any other music app for Android, I wouldn’t even list it in the top 20 apps. But this app makes it fairly easy to tune your guitar hence deserves a pat on the back.
Simple interface with nothing fancy.
Press the number of the string to tune it.
The app can also automatically detect the strings.
The app supports a lot of strumming instruments and can also tune them with ease.
5.B Paid Version
The paid version of the app comes with something called “Sond Tone”. I assume the developer wanted to say sound tone or something. But if you follow the link you can actually see the hilarious wording pasted on a screenshot by using (I can bet) MS Paint again. This feature generates a tone for you to copy on your guitar.
Now you know which apps will help you in tuning your guitar. This way you don’t have to hand your guitar to any of the “pros” to tune it for you. By using the apps you will begin to have a feel of your instrument and its sound. With practice you will eventually be able to tune the guitar without any of these apps. These apps have made me excited to play my own guitar which I dusted off from the attic for this article. If you have any tips for a total newbie like me, feel free to sound off in the comments below.