More than half of US high school students use Photomath, here’s why


Photomath is used by students across the country, A-West students seem to be almost evenly split on using the app

Photomath: parents love it, teachers hate it, and students cannot seem to live without it. Getting so many students through remote learning last year, the app has seen a massive surge in popularity recently and that number is not seeming to go down anytime soon. With over 220 million downloads worldwide, the app is transforming the way students get help with homework. 

The app was founded 7 years ago by concerned parent, Damir Sabol, struggling to help his students with their homework. The app strives to help students learn and practice solving problems by giving them a step-by-step guide by simply scanning their math problems. 

The official website claims that “Photomath aims to strengthen both comprehension and confidence in today’s students, and we work hard to provide clear, digestible instructions for every problem — because it’s really not about the answer. It’s about the process.” 

Scan, solve, and learn are the three steps advertised on the free app, but many just assume students use it to cheat which could not be further from the truth. The app offers help to solve just about any math problem in a matter of seconds and provides detailed descriptions to help the student get it right the next time. 

In a poll conducted involving 188 A-West students, 49% have stated that they have used the app at least once this school year already. The ease of taking a picture of any problem and getting a guide on how to solve it makes it almost impossible to not want to download the app just to have it as a resource. 

Screenshot taken upon opening the Photomath app

Junior Jolynn Intermil thinks the app is useful in that it “Helps me get the answers fast and actually teaches me how to do them.” 

As for the students that stay away from the app, they still use similar methods to help them understand the content they need to learn rather than just looking up answers. 

Sophomore Skyla Nguyen states, “I usually just ask my siblings for help since they can explain the problem better.” 

This app helped so many high school students survive remote learning and understand concepts they normally would not thanks to the ease and help it provides instantly. Students and parents alike enjoy the app for being a quick and helpful solution to save from hours of stressing out over homework. 

A PR Newswire article found that “Photomath surveyed 1,000 of its users and found that 82% are using Photomath more during the pandemic, and 70% of users said their math confidence has improved because of the app. 77% of parents said they use Photomath at least once a week when helping their kids with homework.” 

It is no wonder an app such as Photomath managed to gain the amount of popularity it did given the features and accessibility it offers to students around the world. The step-by-step guides it provides to almost any math problem imaginable make it tough to beat and clearly stand out against other apps and websites. It is safe to say Photomath is not going anywhere anytime soon.