Thisissand is an app for making and sharing pictures out of sand.

Watch and listen to the sand piling into beautiful layers of sand on the bottom of your screen and get relaxed during the slow and therapeutic process. Once finished, share your creation and become a part of the community!

• Free to download and free to play
• Does not display ads
• Offers you to sign-up, but does not require you to
• Offers you to purchase a Toolkit of special features, but does not require you to

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Thisissand was created in 2008 as a website. It was a school project of a few art students, and to a surprise for the creators it attracted lots of visitors for years to come. In 2012 Thisissand was developed into an app and is still run by an original founder.

Thisissand offers different kinds of tools for choosing the sand color. Originally and still at the moment on Thisissand website, only the essential Color Palette tool is available. For the app, we have developed a few special kinds of tools which we offer in the Toolkit in-app purchase. Just like on the website, the special tools are not at all necessary to enjoy the app, but they're pretty cool and we're happy and thankful for your support if you're willing to try them out!

COLOR PALETTE: Use Color Palette to choose specific colors from a vast swatch of colors. You may choose a solid color, or multiple colors to variate between. Use the intensity slider to adjust how fast the colors change. You may also use the randomize button to get surprising color combos.

COLOR SHIFTER: Color Shifter continuously changes the sand color subtly or dramatically depending on the intensity slider adjustment. Color Shifter often produces rainbow like hues. To set the initial Color Shifter color, choose a color with Color Palette and then select the Color Shifter tool.

COLOR PICKER: With Color Picker, you may pick the sand color from around you using your device camera. It takes a little practice to point your camera and draw at the same time, but in return you get truly unique colors. Try adjusting the color change intensity low in the beginning to keep things under control!

PHOTO SAND: Want to try making a sand version of one of your photos? Photo Sand picks the sand color directly from the photo you've chosen from your camera roll. Try it out and learn the tricks to make abstract and/or photorealistic representations!

MY COLORS: Save your favorite colors in My Colors and access them quickly by long pressing the color button on the sand canvas. Try saving colors from around with Color Picker!

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We highly value your feedback and questions. Ideas and feature requests for example are warmly welcome, even though with our scarce resources we're unfortunately not able to fulfil them very quickly. So please do send us email if you're having trouble with the app or if you have anything else to share with us, thank you! :)

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What’s New

Version 2.4.5

• Performance improvements
• Bugfixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
646 Ratings

646 Ratings

SkiBearz23 ,

Life Changing. Incredible App.

Dear Creators of ThisIsSand,

I discovered your App unintentionally, but I am glad that I did. It allowed me to discover my true passion in life, and what I feel like the purpose of my life is. If this part if my life had never happened, I’m not sure where I’d be today. I am so grateful for all that you have done for me by creating this Application. What this app does for me is not only let me let out the creativity bottled up inside me, but also relieve stress in my creations without frustration. No matter what you do with this App it will automatically be a perfect work of art when you create something, and trust me, this App will not disappoint. There are no words to describe how incredible this App is, and there is no way to articulate my gratefulness. I hope others will understand my admiration for this App and follow my lead in downloading it. Thank you again creators, I hope there will be more like this in the future.

From, Just Another User of ThisIsSand

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for your kind words, we're truly happy to hear you've enjoyed the app so much, that's the best feedback! :)

keno2343 ,

Amazing app! So relaxing! Life changing!

I stumbled upon your app unintentionally late one night. I have generalized anxiety disorder so I find it difficult to sleep due to feeling anxious at night but I started using your app and after I made my creation, I felt totally relaxed. It is a life changer for me. I have used it every night and I find myself more relaxed and able to manage my anxiety so thank you so much for creating it. I enjoy hearing the sound as the sand comes down (it is relaxing) and love seeing the variety of colors that make my creation. I plan on buying the extra tools and accessories that go with the app eventually.

- from another Thisissand user.

BkPatriot1776 ,

Suggestion for an important feature

Overall, the app is nice. A bit limited in what you can make outside of mountain landscapes and abstract aesthetic art, but hey, if you want to actually draw something, there are other apps for that. However, I think it’s missing a very important feature: an undo/eraser tool. Or something similar. One of the biggest frustrations I get when using the app is that I misjudge how fast the colors will change, or I make some other mistake, and I have no way to change it but to completely start over. So I think one or more of the following features would be a big improvement:

1.) a simple undo button that will undo the last continuous stream(s) of sand you put down

2.) a rewind tool that will progressively remove all the sand you put down

3.) a “vacuum” sort of tool, similar to #2 except you can choose exactly what you want to remove

4.) a “blend” or “smudge” tool to smooth out any rough edges you don’t want (for example when I’m making a sky, I sometimes end up with sharp boundaries between colors that I don’t want)

Other than that, the app is solid for what it is, but a bit more control will make it even better.


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49 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
In-App Purchases
  1. Toolkit $1.99
  2. Color Palette $0.99
  3. Color Shifter $0.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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