Before social distancing made hosting karaoke nights complicated, a karaoke party was a fun way to socialize. Thanks to karaoke apps, it’s now possible to have some version of the same fun without ever leaving your house.

We’ve compiled a list of the best karaoke apps for iPhone and iPad so you can enjoy this entertaining pastime with other karaoke enthusiasts. 

1. Yokee

Yokee is a free karaoke app that lets you and your friends sing from its endless catalog of music videos. You can sing your version of your favorite songs, add special effects, listen to your friends’ performances and share your performance with them. 

The app doesn’t limit you to just English, so you can sing songs in many languages from a large library of videos and songs. Plus, you can search for songs by artist, genre or themes, and more. 

If you want to record and create music clips with video using Yokee’s cool video themes, you can pay a weekly, monthly or annual subscription for Yokee’s VIP song catalog.

2. Smule

With Smule, you can sing and make music with your close friends and fans from all over the world. The karaoke app offers more than 10 million songs across multiple genres. 

You can start a Sing Live to sing and perform live with friends or other music fans and polish your vocals with studio effects to sound like a pro.

Smule also allows you to record your vocals, add visual effects, add video and apply filters to make your recording look professional. You can also add effects like smoke, fireflies or bubbles if you want to make your recording really stand out. 

When you’re done creating your video, you can share it with friends on social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp or post it on Smule’s global platform to get discovered.

Smule also has a karaoke game, which you can use for virtual parties and find out who’s the king or queen of karaoke among your friends.

3. StarMaker 

This karaoke app for iPhone and iPad is free to use and comes with ads, but you can make an in-app purchase to remove ads and access more songs from the StarMaker library. If you want to add songs from your own music library to your karaoke app, StarMaker is a good choice. 

You can enable live streaming so that others can watch you perform live as though you were in a concert. You can record songs, share videos or music from your phone. 

A unique feature that sets StarMaker karaoke app apart is ´Take the Mic´, which offers an open stage where you compete with friends or other users to sing the lyrics provided on the card. StarMaker also offers vocal guidance, and singing tips, audio effects and video filters you can use to edit your recordings. 

The app has a pretty impressive music selection that’s updated regularly with popular hits. The app also “learns” your music tastes and recommends songs based on your preferences. 

4. KaraFun

The karaoke app offers a large collection of karaoke songs instantly on your iPhone or iPad, and you can add any track to your Favorites list. 

Once you sign up for a KaraFun account, you can access full-length songs that you can use to test out the app, while the rest of the songs are available in demo mode. If you like the songs, you can subscribe to KaraFun directly from the app to access the entire catalog of full-length tracks and unlock special features.

You can also turn on the lead vocals feature if you need a professional singer to back you up at first, and then turn it back off once you feel more confident about the song. 

KaraFun works with any AirPlay compatible device, but you can also connect it directly to any TV or video-projector to create your own powerful karaoke machine. If you don’t have an internet connection, you can sync your favorite music offline and use KaraFun’s offline mode to keep the karaoke party going.

5. The Voice

The Voice is one of the best karaoke apps for iPad with a good collection of songs that you can sing by yourself, with friends or duet with singers from all over the world. 

You can record your favorite songs with the app’s amazing visual and voice effects, share your videos with a large supportive community, and watch amazing covers from other singers. 

The more songs you sing, the more songs you unlock within the app. You can also email the support team if you can’t find a karaoke song you like. 

Take Karaoke Fun to a Whole New Level

Download any of these karaoke apps for iPhone or iPad and enjoy karaoke even in the middle of a lockdown. Don’t have an iPhone or iPad? Set up a Zoom meeting and have a virtual karaoke with you karaoke friends.

Do you have a favorite karaoke app? Tell us about it in the comment section.