Explain Everything Basics is an iPad- and iPhone-only version of Explain Everything where creations are saved locally on the device. It DOES NOT include: online collaboration with voice chat, cloud-based video rendering, online video hosting, dedicated cloud storage, and group management.

Explain Everything Basics was designed for schools with iOS-only deployments. It is also intended for those who may need to exclusively purchase it via Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP), those with internet access challenges, or both.

The other app on the App Store, Explain Everything Whiteboard, is the complete whiteboard platform with online features. It includes all the elements of Explain Everything Basics plus: online collaboration with voice chat, cloud-based video rendering, online video hosting, dedicated cloud storage, and group management.

To try Explain Everything Whiteboard for free, please search for it on the App Store or use this link:

Learn about the differences between the two versions in the short video:

Explain Everything Basics is featured by Apple on the Teaching Tools site: and has easy integration with Apple Schoolwork.


Explain Everything Basics’ wide array of creative tools, recording, and its infinite canvas makes it a perfect companion for teachers, students, thinkers and everyone who wants to express themselves better.


Express your ideas creatively even if you don’t feel creative. Capture every experience and use any kind of media to tell your story: images, videos, PDF documents, PPT presentations, websites, and more.


Share authentic moments as explainer videos, animated stories, or simply as plain, live whiteboarding with your narration. Or create a GIF, image, or document if you’d like. With Explain Everything Basics you can create what is most compelling for your audience and inspire them.

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What’s New

Version 6.6.6

• Insert 3D Models from Sketchfab
Add high-quality, community-made 3D models to your canvas via the new integration with Sketchfab. You can find it in Add Media > 3D Objects. Once you add a model, you can select it with the Hand Tool and then rotate it.
NOTE: A Sketchfab account is required in order to use the integration and download 3D models. Not every model is free to download and any purchases made are managed by Sketchfab.

•More Document Page Locking Options
When importing a document, you can now lock movement attributes of its pages. This way, you can control pages’ ability to move on the canvas before you add them. You can later change that with the Inspector.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.7K Ratings

5.7K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

A terrific interactive whiteboard and screencasting app, Explain Everything is perfect for making instructional videos that clearly demonstrate concepts. Annotate, manipulate, and add narration to documents, photos, and videos, creating visual presentations you can easily share. Instructors can use this powerful app to explain everything from math equations to football plays, or they can task students with producing their own projects to show to the class.

jbelian ,

Loved it before, love it now

I teach at the graduate level, and long before the pandemic, I tried every app I could find for use as a virtual whiteboard. I can’t judge its more advanced capabilities compared to other apps, because I just use it exactly like I would use a physical whiteboard: I write, draw, erase, and write again. This app does those things in a very straightforward manner and gives me the same choices that markers do - I pick the color, I pick the thickness, and that’s about all the fancy my brain can handle in the middle of class. I prefer live whiteboards over “presentation slides” because students seem to learn more from words that I write in front of them in real-time than they do from pre-prepared presentation slides. When education went online for the pandemic, I stuck with what already worked. It still works.

Developer Response ,

Hi - thank you for sharing your opinion! We really appreciate it and we are happy to hear that Explain Everything helps you in this difficult time!

Thailand-Amulets ,

Excellent app you can use this in so many ways

This app was the best interactive whiteboard ever. I bought the paid version. Suddenly it became an unpaid version and asked me for monthly subscriptions!!!!! Greedy sods%
MAY THIS COMPANY FALL INTO OBLIVION FOR THEIR GREED quote the company “Explain EDU is the original Explain Everything app, created back in 2011 for iOS systems only. It is available as a one-time purchase and features the whiteboarding tools you know and love. After the one-time payment, you do not need to subscribe to keep using it. However, please note that it does not have all the features of Explain Everything Whiteboard.“
One time payment? LIARS!!!!!

Developer Response ,

Hi, we are very sorry to hear that you've experienced such a problem! Please rest assured that no subscription is required to access the features of Explain EDU. You should not receive any pop-ups saying that you need to subscribe in order to use the app. Please contact us at and help us to fix this issue.

App Privacy

The developer, Explain Everything sp. z o.o., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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