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You cannot get Procreate for free legally. Procreate requires a one-time purchase fee of $9.99 and this includes unlimited access to every function of the app with no need for add-ons or any extra costs. 

I’m Carolyn and I have been using Procreate (legally) for over three years to run my own digital illustration business so I can assure you that there is no free and legal way to obtain the app without purchasing it from the Apple app store.

Attempting to find a free version of Procreate anywhere on the internet may result in two different outcomes; getting a virus on your device and/or wasting a lot of your time. So therefore I highly recommend against attempting to illegally download the app for free.

Key Takeaways

  • You cannot get Procreate for free legally.
  • Attempting to download a free version of the app may cause harm to your device.
  • There are free drawing app alternatives.

Why Can’t You Get Procreate For Free

Why isn’t everything in life for free? This state of the art drawing software is used by artists and businesses all over the world and offers a ridiculously high standard of technology to all of its users. There is literally no reason why this app should be free, in my opinion.

But the good news is, unlike other drawing apps, Procreate has an excellent price point. You can download this app on your device for a one-time purchase fee of $12.99. This gives you full, lifetime access to the app and doesn’t offer or require any further add-ons.

They even have an iPhone-compatible version of the app called Procreate Pocket which is half the price, costing only $5.99. This has almost all of the same features as the original app but can be used on your Apple iPhone.

My favorite part about these two amazing apps is that they are both fully functional offline. So you can use all features of the Procreate apps without access to wifi which makes the already affordable price point even more appealing.

Once Upon a Time Procreate Was Available For Free…

Upon a quick Google search, you may see headlines regarding a possible free download of Procreate. These headlines are from 2016 when the Procreate Pocket app for iPhone was first released and the app was available as a free download during their promotional period.

I can confirm that this is no longer the case after the promotion ended on July 28th, 2016. The Procreate Pocket app is however still available for download on the app store at a one-time purchase fee of $4.99.

3 Free Procreate Alternative

If the small purchase fee of $12.99 is out of your budget or you simply want to try a drawing app before taking the plunge, there are other options to look into. Here I have added a small selection of drawing apps that you can download for free and legally.

1. Charcoal

This app is compatible with Apple iPad and is completely free. But as the saying states, you get what you pay for. You will not have the same functions and features as Procreate but it’s a good option if you’re looking for something totally free of charge.

2. ArtRage

ArtRage has a series of cool drawing apps that are available at an affordable price but they also offer this completely free version. They openly describe this as a demo version of their more advanced apps. You can use ArtRage on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. 


This app is more focused on photo editing but also has some interesting artistic tools also. This app is completely free and is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

Pro Tip: Once you have purchased Procreate in the Apple app store, you can use the downloaded app on multiple devices. You just need to ensure you have the same Apple ID on the other compatible device that you wish to use it on.


Here are more questions about getting Procreate for free and legally. 

How much does Procreate cost?

Procreate is available at a one-time purchase fee of $12.99 and Procreate Pocket is available for just $5.99. Both of these apps allow you full access and can be used offline once you have purchased and fully downloaded them on your device.

How to get Procreate 2022 for free?

There’s no way to get it for free. This app does not offer a free version or a free trial so the only way to use it is to purchase and download it on your Apple device. But it is totally worth the money, trust me.

Is Procreate Pocket free?

No. The one-time cost to purchase Procreate Pocket is $5.99 and is available to download on most Apple iPhones.

Is downloading Procreate for free dangerous?

Yes. You may find YouTube videos or links that encourage you to click on a link to download the app for free. These may cause viruses and cause harm to your network or device.

Final Thoughts 

Attempting to find and download free versions of paid apps is highly dangerous for your internet security and you can also risk viruses on your device. So it’s important to do your research before venturing into the deep dark world of illegal downloads.

Hopefully, this article will prevent some of you from experiencing any nasty backlash that comes with attempting to get the Procreate app for free. Although you won’t find this app for free anywhere, I highly recommend making a small investment and purchasing it from the Apple app store, you won’t regret it.

Have you ever tried to find a free version of Procreate? Leave your comments below so we can learn from each other’s research and/or mistakes.