Paraphrasing tools and applications are some of the most useful things available for content writers.
Why Are Paraphrasers Useful?
A paraphraser can help you to write phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and even entire articles in a completely different way without changing their meaning. After paraphrasing, the original and rewritten versions of the text do not look similar at all but they share the same meaning.
To the untrained eye, it would seem as if they had been written by two different people. Professional writers and amateurs alike use paraphrasing tools and apps for their work. Students in particular love to use them when making assignments to avoid plagiarism.
Paraphrasers are also used to remove repetitive words and phrases from your work. As we all know, all writers have some kind of crutch words. Even when they try their hardest to not fall back on these crutches, they still find themselves unconsciously doing so.
In this article, we are going to check out five applications for Android and iOS to help you fulfill your paraphrasing needs.
5 Best Paraphrasing Apps for Android & iOS
1. Prepostseo Paraphrasing App (Android)
This is a free application that you can download on Android. It does not have an iOS version.
This application can paraphrase using two modes. However, one of the modes is premium only and costs almost $2 only.
The two modes in question are called “Standard Mode” and “AI Mode (premium only)”.
The standard mode just uses a simple synonym changing technique to replace some words in the text. All the changes are underlined and written in blue. By touching them, you will be able to open a dialogue box that shows some suggestions that can be used to replace them. This adds a personal touch to the end results.
The online paraphrasing tool of Prepostseo has a few more modes on offer as such it provides several more paraphrasing options. It gives us 3 modes to use and they all provide different qualities of paraphrasing.
The only place where the tool loses to the app is in the word count. The app can paraphrase up to 5,000 words while the tool can only check 1,000 (for free and unregistered users).
For Two USD, you can even increase the limit of 5,000 words to 10,000 and unlock the “AI mode” as well.
2. Spin Rewriter Gold (iOS)
Spin Rewriter Gold is a paraphrasing app only available on the Apple App Store. It is a paid application that you can use after getting the “Gold membership” of the Spin Rewriter online tool. This membership costs 97 US dollars for existing customers.
It uses ENL (emulated natural language) semantic spinning technology. ENL is an application of artificial intelligence and machine learning which enables a computer/device to learn a natural language.
Spin Rewriter Gold uses this technology to paraphrase the content. There are two main things that happen when the content is paraphrased using this app:
- Words are replaced with synonyms.
- Paragraph order is switched around.
You can choose to paraphrase only singular sentences or complete paragraphs. However, there does not seem to be an option to spin a whole article.
It has a simple UI and it’s easy to use as well. Since it installs quickly, you will not be waiting too long before you can start paraphrasing.
Following the same trend as the other tools in this list, the Spin Rewriter application is inferior to its online tool version. Nevertheless, iOS users can use this in a situation where they are unable to access their computer and need to rewrite something quickly.
3. Paraphraser.io App (Android & iOS)
This is a paraphrasing application that is available on both Android and IOS. The application looks the same across both platforms and performs the same as well.
It is a completely free application that also does not require you to register. You only need to download it and start using it without any preamble.
Unlike Prepostseo paraphraser, it has three modes and all of them are free. The modes are as follows:
The word limit across all modes is 5,000 characters which is pretty generous for a free application.
The modes are discussed below.
In this mode, the app is focused on making your output text more readable than the original text. It can change both words and phrases in the text but only if they make things easier to read.
We definitely noticed this during our testing of the app. However, there was one small catch. Sometimes the app in its pursuit of readability would slightly alter the meaning of the original text. And that’s not what a paraphraser is supposed to do.
The good thing was that the results were grammatically correct. We had no worries regarding broken and senseless sentences.
This mode is not focused on readability. It only utilizes a simple synonym exchange technique to change some phrases and words here and there.
Since it does not keep readability in mind, the results can sometimes be harder to read than the original. Also, unlike the Fluency mode, the Standard mode can make some grammatical mistakes.
As a result, the output is very mixed. You get some sentences that are really well written and then you have some sentences looking like they were written by a kindergartner.
The Creative mode is actually a paid feature in the Paraphraser.io toolkit. However, it’s available for free in the app. This is great because this is the most powerful mode Paraphraser.io has to offer.
Creative mode focuses on changing the sentence structure and tone as well (on top of changing words and phrases).
The tone changes and structure changes do not distort the original meaning of the text. The only downside to using this mode is that it also makes some grammatical mistakes.
There are no paid options in this app. What you see is what you get. And that pretty much includes three modes, a 5,000-character limit (that amounts to almost 1,000 words, give or take), and advertisements some of which are quite intrusive (covering your entire screen).
4. GradeProof Proofreading & Plagiarism Detection (iOS)
This is an iOS-only application that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The app is mostly paid. However, you can use all of its features for a one-week trial period.
It provides multiple content optimization tools such as a grammar checker, paraphraser, and plagiarism checker.
The application sports a beautiful and intuitive interface. The main menu is in the form of colorful ‘post-it notes’ (the kind that you stick onto your fridge for reminders).
The paraphrasing tool in this application targets individual sentences and then it highlights the parts that can be rephrased or reworded. A list of suggestions is given to the user and they can choose the appropriate replacement.
The final version of the content can be saved to the cloud for easy access from your other devices as well.
The other tools that come with it are just icing on the cake and add more value to the app.
5. Editpad.org Paraphrasing app (Android)
The Editpad paraphrasing app for Android is free-to-use. You also don’t need to register to use it.
Once you start the app, you are taken directly to the paraphrasing window without any preamble. There is a big text box that takes up most of your device’s screen.
There are four buttons that have the following functions:
- Upload a file for paraphrasing.
- Download a paraphrased file.
- Erase all text from the box.
- Confirm the decision to paraphrase the text.
The file formats supported by this app are PDF and DOC. You can create and read both these file types in Microsoft Word, an application that comes bundled with almost all mobile devices.
To use this application, all you have to do is write, paste or upload a file to it and press “Paraphrase”. After a few seconds of delay, the input is changed and parts of the text become bold.
The bold parts are the reworded/rephrased portions. There are no options to edit the results like in some of the other apps.
The quality of the paraphrase is alright, but sometimes it distorts the original meaning quite a bit. So, you have to be careful of that.
One good feature is that you can paraphrase in nine languages e.g., English, Indonesian, French, Spanish, etc., etc. However, if you need even more languages then the online web version of this paraphraser has support for 17 languages.
There are no paid options so you will have to bear the 5,000-character limitations and the occasional full-screen advertisements.
These were five of the best paraphrasing applications available on iOS and Android. Some of the apps were completely free, others were premium only and a few of them had both options available.
You can go through this list and choose the one that is available on the platform you use, and which provides all the features you need.