Best stylus for Android phones and tablets 2024

Having some truly gorgeous displays, today's tablets and smartphones are designed for your fingers to navigate through menus, type, select, and do much more. But you can also use the best stylus for Android phones and tablets to do all of that. A stylus offers better precision, particularly with tasks like coloring, jotting down digital notes, or selecting items in detailed digital documents. They're also beneficial for those with large hands, fingers, and/or thumbs who find it difficult to manipulate small items on the screen(s) of their device(s).

The absolute best option for a Samsung Galaxy device is an S Pen Pro, but if you're looking for an alternative or have a tablet or smartphone from another brand, there are quite a few excellent styli worth considering too. If your device is compatible with USI 2.0 standard, like a Chromebook or Chrome OS tablet for instance, you can use any of the best USI 2.0 stylus options as well.

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The best stylus for Android runs the full gamut of options and features. If you have a Samsung Galaxy tablet, laptop, or a smartphone such as the Galaxy Z Fold 5, you'll want to stick with Samsung's own excellent S Pen Pro. Keep in mind that a universal stylus will work for the basic tasks on a Samsung mobile device too, but you won't get all the smart features that Samsung has built into the S Pen Pro.

For other tabs like the Google Pixel Tablet, the best pick is a USI 2.0 stylus, as long as your tablet supports the standard. Our favorite USI 2.0 stylus is the Penoval USI 2.0 Stylus Pen as it offers a wide array of features in an attractive design.

If you're looking for a stylus that's a jack-of-all-trades and can work with Android tablets and smartphones from other brands, along with any of Apple's offerings, we'd recommend the Adonit Dash 4 or the KECOW Active Stylus Pen, which even comes with a bunch of replacement tips. The latter works as both an active and a capacitive stylus, so if you run out of charge you can flip it and continue writing.

When it comes to price, especially if you want to buy a stylus for everyone in your family or to have one handy everywhere you go, the homEdge Stylus Pen set can't be beaten. You get 20 styli for a super-low price, enough to share with everyone. And they are compatible with any device that has a capacitive touch screen. The biggest trade-off is accuracy, but that's to be expected at such a low price.

Namerah Saud Fatmi
Editor — Accessories, speakers, and tablets

Namerah enjoys geeking out over accessories, gadgets, and all sorts of smart tech. She spends her time guzzling coffee, writing, casual gaming, and cuddling with her furry best friends. Find her on Twitter @NamerahS.

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