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5 Apps You Need to Edit Photos for Instagram

The top 5 apps to edit Instagram photos for Android and iPhone!

Top 5 Apps to Edit Photos for Instagram

According to the latest data, there are over 300 million daily active users on Instagram.  So you need to stand out.  I’ve talked about what you can do to increase your engagement on Instagram here  and how to use hashtags to increase the number of people who see your posts here .  But even if you catch someone’s eye with great use of hashtags or you have increased your engagement on your photos, you still want them to come back. There are a ton of apps to edit photos for Instagram, but guys! It does not have to be hard! There are so many free and easy to use apps out there to help you and to make it easy to have gorgeous, likable photos on Instagram. So today, I’m going to share my favorite apps to edit photos for Instagram.


VSCO is one of the most popular apps out there for mobile editing. And rightly so. The one click filters make it easy to get that popular film look and to customize the filters to make them your own. There are in app purchases involved, but they are worth it. My favorite filter is F2. I use it on almost all of my photos on Instagram.

PS Express- FREE

If you use Photoshop on your desktop or laptop to edit your DSLR photos, then this is the perfect extension for you. With most newer DSLR’s offering wi-fi to automatically transfer your photos to your phone, PS Express is perfect for that quick basic edit for your photos.Personally, I  love the sharpening highlights and temperature slider in this app. And it’s so easy to use

A Color Story- FREE

I like to say that the A Color Story app is what happened with VSCO and Photoshop had a baby.  The  filters are fun and it has CURVES! For those of you familiar with Photoshop, it gives you the ultimate control over editing your photo in the palm of your hand.  Besides the curve tool, my favorite filter here is the snow cones filter in the airy set. It’s perfect for when I want my whites white. Now while this app is free, there is an additional fee for adding most of the filters.

Touch Retouch- $1.99

I’ve talked about the Touch Retouch app previously here. It is a gem I discovered a while ago that I love to use when there is that one pesky distracting element in my photo that I missed when i took the photo. I’ve used it for everything from removing stray leaves on the ground to removing whole people from the photo. And it’s only $1.99. It’s so worth it.

Boomerang for Instagram- FREE

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about this app. Video is becoming so important on all forms of social media and Instagram is certainly no different. Instagram came out with the Boomerang app and it’s a fun way to get started with video on Instagram. It creates mini videos that loop back and forth. Making ordinary everyday moments fun!

What apps to edit photos for Instagram do you use?






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    June 29, 2016 at 9:26 am

    The photos I post on Instagram are usually taken with my DSLR. Of course, when I’m out and about and want to take a quick pic of something, these apps will really come in handy. I need all the help I can get.

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    June 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I don’t use Instagram too much, but I have a friend that is a constantly and is been looking for a good editing site that will help with her Instagram and stuff.

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    June 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I must admit, my instagram photos are rather ‘instant’ and not edited much. It really looks like it, too! I could use an easy way to add some pizazz to them!

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    June 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I am just getting started on Instagram. I definitely will be downloading these apps. My girls say I live in the stone age. I never edit any of my Instagram pics. I will be moving into the 21st century, thanks.

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    June 29, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I run two Instagram accounts – a personal and one for my photography business.
    The images on my personal one probably look like crap. lol
    Thanks for the review on these apps! I’ll be looking in to them!

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    Ellen Christian
    June 29, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I love Instagram. I don’t think I’ve tried any of these but I’ll check it out!

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    Allie D.
    June 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I have plenty of friends who would love to know which are the best apps for editing photos. They are always posting on Instagram. Can’t wait to share this with them.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This is a great list of apps to try. The only one on this list that I’ve heard of is Boomerang, but I haven’t tried it yet. I just downloaded it and can’t wait to try it out.

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    June 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    These sound like good apps to try. I’m so terrible at editing my pics on everything.

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    June 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for this list of apps to preview. I have not used these. I tend to edit all my images using PS on my laptop and them email them to myself to upload to instagram. Guess I’m giving myself too much work!

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    June 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I use VSCO for almost all of my Instagram pictures. It’s a great app and I love that it was free.

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    June 29, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for a great list of apps to use for editing photos for instagram! I will have to try some of these out!

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    Angelic Sinova
    June 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    What a great list of editing apps! Me go to’s for instagram are VSCO and Afterlight (but mainly Afterlight!). I’ll have to check the other apps you listed out.

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    June 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I love finding new ways to make our instagram pictures shine! These are some great possibilities!

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    Liz Mays
    June 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I’m going to have to look into these with my daughter. We share an Instagram account and it would be nice to have better looking photos.

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    June 30, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Such a great list! A Color Story has been amazing for me also – I use Photoshop a lot, and I have the Express version on my iPad, but not my phone! I need to try it out!

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    June 30, 2016 at 3:28 am

    For me i think vsco is enough since it has a lot of beautiful filters. But this list is also helpful. 🙂

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    June 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Wow this is a great list of apps to edit photos for Instagram! I must admit it’s never easy to find ones that work best for my needs, will give some of these a try!

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    Stephanie Pass
    June 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    My photos are usually taken with the DSLR and moved over to dropbox to use on my phone for Instagram. But, this is perfect. I always am looking for good Instagram apps.

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    June 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I never post pictures that i take on my phone because I usually always take pictures with my camera but I will have to check out these apps!!

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    June 30, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I actually don’t have any of these!! I need to download them ASAP!!! Thanks for the rec!!

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    christina aliperti
    July 1, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I never heard of these. I have to try them all now lol. I usually just use the filters on IG.

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    Two boys and a hubby
    July 1, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I have never heard of any of these. I will have to check them out and see if it helps my pictures

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    July 25, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Most of my IG photos are taken with my phone. I need to do better with whipping out the dslr for it

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