Best OBD2 App For Android in 2019? (Top 5 Reviews & Comparison)

If you like to work on cars, either as a hobby or your profession, chances are that you have heard of the new OBD2 apps that have been introduced.

These apps range in price, capabilities and adaptor requirements, which can make it a little difficult to figure out when you’re looking for the one that will suit your needs.

I decided to do a quick review of the top five OBD2 apps for Android to help you decide.

The only thing that’s universal among all of these apps is that generally, your vehicle must be a 1996 and up model. Read on to find out more about what each app offers.

Comparison Chart

IMAGEPRODUCT
TOP PICK!1. BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool
  • The app includes free updates.
  • The code database is vast.
  • The data is easily stored and shared.
  • App allows you to connect to the BlueDriver sensor
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BUDGET PICK!2. Carista OBD2
  • The app allows users to easily diagnose their fault codes.
  • The app allows drivers to customize features such as sounds and steering in their car.
  • If you purchase the authorized sensor, you receive a one month free trial of the paid services.
  • App offers customization and manufacture defect codes
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3. Torque Pro
  • Graph monitors all vehicle systems.
  • Works on both American and European Vehicles.
  • Torque Lite is available for a free try out.
  • App allows you to run real-time diagnostics of the major operations of your engine
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4. Dash
  • The app is equipped with a sleep mode to avoid vehicle battery drainage.
  • Downloadable reports make storing information easy.
  • Users receive a default email monthly with a compiled data report on their trips and fuel efficiency.
  • Dash diagnoses engine codes and shows sensor data in real time.
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5. HobDrive
  • A free trial is available for those who are interested in finding out more before purchase.
  • While the diagnostics are fairly average, it does a great job of helping plan and track your trips and engine response.
  • App automatically calculates and compiles reports of your trips
  • It supplies custom PIDs for Toyota, Prius, Ford, Ford Hybrid, Chevrolet, Toyota JDM and Mazda as well as some non-OBD2 systems
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Our Recommendations for Android

1. ​BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool

The BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool is one of the OBD2 apps that’s compatible with Android systems. It not only scans your vehicle’s codes, it can help diagnose the problem and offers a suggested fix list.

This app  works with a sensor system that’s sold separately through the website, and each has their own set-up for use.

We give the BlueDriver Bluetooth app a solid 5 star rating for many reasons, the least of which is the affordable sensor price and the fact that the app is free to download and use.

Comparable apps are the Carista OBD, Torque Pro, HobDrive OBD2 and Dash.

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​Image Credit : www.bluedriver.com

  • ​What can You do with it
  • ​Known Problems
  • ​Is There an Additional Cost?
  • Pros/cons overview

PROS

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    ​The app includes free updates.
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    ​The code database is vast.
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    ​The data is easily stored and shared.

CONS

  • ​Only works with one adaptor.
  • ​The app will shut off if your phone does.
  • ​There is no free trial.

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​2. ​​Carista OBD2

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​The Carista OBD2 requires the use of any of the following adapters, sold separately: 

-> ELM327 v1.4 Bluetooth or

-> WiFi adapter

  • ​What can You do with it
  • ​Known Problems
  • ​Is There an Additional Cost?
  • Pros/cons overview

PROS

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    ​The app allows users to easily diagnose their fault codes.
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    ​The app allows drivers to customize features such as sounds and steering in their car.
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    ​If you purchase the authorized sensor, you receive a one month free trial of the paid services.

CONS

  • ​Some data settings may disappear.
  • ​While the customization options are interesting, it doesn’t seem to allow reports to be stored, shared or emailed, or list potential repairs.

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​3. ​​Torque Pro

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​The Torque Pro offers a lot of different features that are geared more to actual diagnostics. While it doesn’t support the Garmin EcoRoute HD Adaptor, a range are compatible and can be found here.

  • ​Scantool.net adapter
  • ​OBDKey
  • ​PLX Devices
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    ​OBDLink
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    ​Bluetooth
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    ​ELM327
  • ​What can You do with it
  • ​Known Problems
  • ​Is There an Additional Cost?
  • Pros/cons overview

PROS

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    ​Graph monitors all vehicle systems.
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    ​Works on both American and European Vehicles.
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    ​Torque Lite is available for a free try out.

CONS

  • ​While it works for Android, some users experience limited access depending on their operating system.
  • ​Some customization data may delete.

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​4. ​​Dash

dash app

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Dash is the only OBD2 reader that has some function without a sensor, however, that function is very limited. Without a sensor, it will show you gas prices and allow you to look up the engine codes. For best diagnostic reading, you’ll need:

  • ​CellAssist Gen 5 Bluetooth v4
  • ​Carista
  • ​OBDLink LX
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    ​Go Point
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    ​VeePeak
features of dash app

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  • ​What can You do with it
  • ​Known Problems
  • ​Is There an Additional Cost?
  • Pros/cons overview

PROS

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    ​The app is equipped with a sleep mode to avoid vehicle battery drainage.
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    ​Downloadable reports make storing information easy.
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    ​Users receive a default email monthly with a compiled data report on their trips and fuel efficiency.

CONS

  • ​No longer supports USB-based OBD adapters.
  • ​Android has different hardware requirements for DASH than iOS.
  • ​You can’t delete trips from your Dash account history.

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​5. ​​HobDrive

hobdrive app

​Image credit : hobdrive.com

The HobDrive is described as a trip analysis sensor. It requires the use of the ELM327 OBD-II adaptor.

  • ​What can You do with it
  • ​Known Problems
  • ​Is There an Additional Cost?
  • Pros/cons overview

PROS

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    ​A free trial is available for those who are interested in finding out more before purchase.
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    ​While the diagnostics are fairly average, it does a great job of helping plan and track your trips and engine response.

CONS

  • ​Limited adapter compatibility.
  • ​Not all vehicles will work with the required adaptor.

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FINAL VERDICT

As you can see, the last two apps listed in this review are more for diagnostics during road trips rather than mechanic work.

Therefore, with the choice between the first three apps, the Bluedriver OBD2 is the clear winner of the best OBD2 app for Android.

While users can benefit from not having to pay for upgrades, updates and subscription terms, the database is frequently updated from the App owners.

The Blue Driver OBD2 app also has a vast database of dtc codes and their explanations, as well as a ‘suggested fix’ option to help you locate the proper part, down to local stores that have it in stock.

When you add this to the fact that it’s compatible with so many vehicles, the Blue Driver OBD2 stands out for its ease of use, available data and customer-friendly database.

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