social media toolsDoes your business use Instagram?

Are you looking for apps to help you create unique images and video for your Instagram feed?

In this article, you’ll find 20 apps that make it easy to create and edit outstanding images and videos for Instagram.

Why Instagram Apps?

Instagram recently passed 150 million active users.

To create lasting engagement with those users, you need to share beautiful and targeted content that resonates with your audience.

If you’re not a professional photographer, this can present some difficulties. That’s where image and video apps come in.

Finding the Apps

Most of these apps are available for both iOS and Android. When they aren’t, a link to a similar Android app is listed as a substitute.

#1: Photo Editor by Aviary

Have you ever felt limited by Instagram’s settings? If so, download Photo Editor by Aviary for a complete range of effects and color correctors. Its smart “one-tap auto enhance” will help you render a gorgeous photo.

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Aviary Photo Editor provides a number of useful tools to edit your photos.

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Aviary makes it easy to crop images.

Aviary helps you easily crop images—a feature that Instagram does not currently have.

iPhone | Android

#2: Image Editing With Afterlight

Remember light leaks? Thanks to the Afterlight app’s vintage filters, you can easily recreate those old-timey effects on photos taken with your mobile device.

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Afterlight adds light leaks to your photos.

With filters that complete the package, it’s definitely an app worth buying.

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With Afterlight, you can combine light leaks with original frames.

iPhone | Android (XN Light)

#3: Create Artistic Images With Snapseed

Whether you’re already a mobile photo pro or completely new to it, Snapseed probably sounds familiar. That’s because from redeye reduction and tilt shift to textured filters and straightening, its ranges of tools have long been the best addition to Instagram’s built-in filters.

snapseed app

Snapseed is a favorite of many professional photographers.

snapseed app

Here's a photo of the @Colettestore logo, heightened with Snapseed

Snapseed is a must when you need to make elements of a photo pop, especially when showcasing products or logos in a real-life setting.

iPhone | Android

#4: Slow Camera Shutter Plus

Have you ever wanted to create one of those amazing photos where glowing letters and shapes float in the air at night?

Grab a couple of glow sticks and use the Slow Shutter Cam app to take long-exposure images with your mobile device.

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Get around the limitations of your smartphone lens with Slow Camera Shutter.

The app takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can produce amazing images.

Here’s an example from Mission Bicycle.

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A long-exposure mobile image from Mission Bicycle.

iPhone | Android (LE Cam)

#5: Bokehful

Bokeh is a classic photo effect defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” and Bokehful imitates the effect with your smartphone.

bokehful app

Add a bokeh effect to your photo in two taps.

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Photo by @burberry with a heart-shaped bokeh effect.

While a smartphone lens can’t create a bokeh effect, Bokehful will do the trick. It also comes with more whimsical patterns, like the heart-shaped ones used by Burberry above.

iPhone | Android (Delicious Bokeh)

#6: Tiny Planet Photos App

Tiny Planet has an out-of-nowhere, extreme fisheye–looking effect that turns any mobile image into, well, a tiny planet. The rounded images provide an appreciable dose of originality to your business’ Instagram feed.

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Tiny Planet creates round images of a landscape.

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The Doha Harbor capture by @baffaa.

With Tiny Planet, you can capture landscapes in their entirety, as Baffaa did in the above image of Doha Harbor.

iPhone | Android (Planet Camera)

#7: Add Typography to Your Instagram Photos With Overgram

Do you sometimes wish you could add text to your Instagram photos? Overgram‘s text overlay feature comes with a variety of fonts that match or complement your business image.

overgram app

Add text to any photo with Overgram.

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Photo by @trynitrogram with a text overlay.

Use Overgram to annotate your photos and provide useful information to your followers.

iPhone | Android (PicLab)

#8: Shoot, Tune and Share With Facetune

Does your business show shots of employees and customers in its Instagram feed? Use the Facetune toolbox to correct portraits like a pro photographer and make sure to show everyone in their best light!

facetune app

Retouch skin imperfections and details with Facetune.

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Blemish removal using Facetune.

Facetune helps correct tiny skin imperfections in two swaps and taps.

iPhone | Android (Perfect365)

#9: Combine Multiple Photos With PicFrame

Sometimes the context one image provides for another is important and you’d like to post them next to each other. PicFrame lets you select multiple photos and organize them into a patchwork that posts as a single collage image on Instagram.

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Show several photos at once using PicFrame.

Here’s how the NBA used a patchwork collage.

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Example of a patchwork image collage.

iPhone | Android

#10: CrossProcess

You can never have too many filters. CrossProcess filters let you mimic the color and burned effects of old-school Polaroid cameras.

cross process app

Bring back effects from a bygone era with CrossProcess.

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An image edited with CrossProcess.

iPhone | Android (Little Photo)

#11: Vintagio

In the same category as CrossProcess, Vintagio gives you a range of video filters to tinker with. If you are looking to add a simple sepia effect or 70’s glamour to your video, Vintagio is the answer.

vintagio app

Vintagio provides the simple sepia effect that Instagram does not.

iPhone | Android (Retro Photo Camera)

#12: 8mm Vintage Camera

A bundle of effects for shooting vintage videos, 8mm Vintage Camera lets you add dust, scratches, flickering frames, light leaks and more vintage effects to your films.

A welcome feature is the Instagram import feature. Use it to edit your video outside of the app, and when you’re satisfied with the result, upload it for your Instagram fans.

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The 8mm Vintage Camera app adds video filters.

iPhone | Android (Vintage 8mm Video Camera)

#13: Everlapse

Ever wanted to repurpose your Instagrams? Make a cool video collection of your best Instagram photos and share it on your Instagram feed. Everlapse turns your best Instagram images into a cool video!

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Create photo montages of your past Instagrams with Everlapse.

Check out how Nike uses Everlapse on Instagram.

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Nike—Just do it.

iPhone | Android users: create yours from the website

#14: Average Camera Pro

Have you ever been frustrated to find that a photo taken in the dark isn’t usable? Next time you’re shooting in low light, try Average Camera Pro. This app takes several pictures at once and analyzes them to boost luminosity.

average camera pro app

Do not hesitate to shoot photos in the dark with Average Camera Pro.

Here’s Keith Tharp on Instagram with a Mystic Martini.

average camera pro instagram

Here is an Instagram photo made with Average Camera Pro.

Average Camera Pro is particularly well-suited for nightlife photography and shooting in dimly lit environments.

iPhone | Android (Pro HDR Camera)

#15: Tilt Shift Generator

If Instagram’s tilt shift isn’t enough for your taste, this app will come in handy. Tilt Shift Generator gives a “miniature” effect to your photos, which works especially well on landscapes.

tiltshift generator free app

Tilt Shift Generator is a nice addition to the Instagram tilt shift feature.

In the image below, James Conn captures a KFC restaurant.

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Photo of a KFC restaurant by @jamesconn79.

Tilt Shift Generator is useful for sharing outside views—a shop’s entrance, for example.

iPhone | Android (Awesome Miniature – Tilt Shift)

#16: DXP Free

If you’re looking to give a dreamy, double-exposure vibe to your photos, DXP is the answer. Its 18 compositions and other effects make blending and mixing images a breeze.

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Combine two photos into one with DXP Free.

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Instagram by @freepeople combining two shots.

Like clothing brand Free People, give a mystical feeling to your photos using DXP.

iPhone | Android (Double Photo)

#17: Superimpose

Ever wish your smartphone could get around all the masking and color processing involved in swapping someone’s face onto another body? Wish granted!

Superimpose lets you easily change the background of an image, swap faces and blend images—your imagination is the limit.

superimpose app

Manage professional-looking edits with Superimpose.

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Here is what you can do with Superimpose.

For businesses, this app is a good replacement for a green screen. It’ll let you apply a new background in a few touches.

iPhone | Android (Photo Editor)

#18: Tangent App

Does your Instagram feed need a break from the monotony of traditional images? Tangent lets you choose from 39 shapes and 43 fill patterns to create all kinds of overlays that make your photos more interesting.

tangent app

Tangent transforms your iPhone snaps into trippy works of art – The Next Web.

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Tangent allows you to create a variety of overlays.

Add geometrical shapes to your photos to please your creative-minded followers.


#19: pxl

Break down your images, literally, with pxl. You can choose from 11 pixelation filters or just shake your phone to let the app choose a filter for you!

pxl app

Pixelate your photos for an uncommon look.

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An Instagram of a Coca-Cola bottle modified with pxl.

You can use pxl to blur a product on a photo.

iPhone | Android (Pixelot)

#20: LensFlare

Do your images need a light adjustment? LensFlare comes with over 50 effects to let you create an image that looks like it was shot under the bright sun.

lensflare app

Add lens flare to your mobile photos.

lensflare effect

Here is a selection of uses of the LensFlare app.

LensFlare lets you add a sometimes much-needed bloom effect to your photos.

iPhone | Android (PhotoJus Lens Flare)


This is only a small selection of the free and low-cost image and video apps that are available for Instagram users today. You may not be a professional photographer, but using one or two of them will help you post like one.

What do you think? Which of these apps do you find most interesting? Are you using an app that isn’t listed here? Leave your questions and comments in the box below.

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  • Great list of Instagram apps which should be mandatory to have for
    making amazing and fascinating affects on images in Instagram. I have
    listed all these apps and will use appropriately. Thanks for this
    brilliant compilation.

  • treb072410

    Great post! Thanks for sharing the apps! I really had a great read…

  • Glad you found it helpful

  • Hi, Glad you did!

  • treb072410

    Definitely Thibaut! It is really helpful!..

  • Wendy Gunderson

    I’m so glad you posted this before a long weekend. No way would I ever get any work done if I’d seen this post on a workday!

  • Hah! I guess thanksgiving is indeed the perfect time to try these apps

  • Great work Thibaut! one question I do have is did you ever manage to find an android app that allows you to create video collages? I know there is an iPhone app for this but as far as i’m aware nothings been released on Android.

  • Great collection of Instagram apps @davoult:disqus.

    Found a few I haven’t tried yet.

  • Great list. I would love to try all of this apps soon:) Thanks for sharing this Thibaut!

  • Thank you for putting together such a brilliant list. I’m still trying to understand where Instagram fits into the work I do in the professional services space. I would love to see more lawyers etc. use it without fear of ridicule or worse still. Julian

  • Nice to hear. Hope you’ll have fun trying them.

  • Hi Ravi! Unfortunately I also failed to find one. I’m sure it won’t be long before we find one.

  • Hi @juliansummerhayes:disqus, It’s true that Instagram can be tricky to use in the service industry and B2Bs. I wrote a blogpost with a few ideas to get you started, maybe it can help:

  • Lizard Juice

    Thank you for posting this list. it is sure to come in handy. 🙂

  • Thanks, this is such a comprehensive list, several will be very helpful for me in my fashion business when I’m taking in-store shots of my customers

  • Wow, thanks! I’m starting to really like Instagram myself, but I often feel limited by their color filters to make my visuals look good. Overgram will definitely come in handy! I like to apply text to my photos often. Thanks for tip!

  • Jotpreet Singh

    That is epic. Thank you so muchhhh Thibaut for listing out such epic apps. Definitely looking forward to use them.

  • Are you sugar Nike was using Everlapse? I downloaded it to try it out and I can only share the video flipbook on the app and on Twitter. It didn’t seem to have a way to add music and share on Instagram. Or am I missing something?

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  • Amazing apps to create interactive photos and images. Such image will enhance overall look.

  • Glad to hear. I hope this goes well for you.

  • Yep, Overgram is one of my favorite apps of the lot too. It’s straight to the point and gives good results.

  • Indeed it’s possible they didn’t use Everlapse and made the video with professional editing too and used Instagram’s import feature to upload the video afterwards.

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  • Great shared!! I just downloaded 5 of them already.

  • Whitney Cantlon

    Thank you so much for this fun list of apps! I’ve tried some of them (love Snapseed!), but I’m always on the lookout for new ones. 🙂

  • Another great one is ‘Flipagram’ where you can create videos from your photos, and add music.

  • Denise McCanles

    This is the best!! Than you!

  • lilikins

    so helpful! I often wonder what apps these cool kids are using lol Thanks!

  • Detlev Artelt

    great and useful list…. THX

  • I love Snapseed, which has tilt shift, shadow adjustments, vintage flares, b&w, etc. It’s the main app I use, but thanks for these…I downloaded five so far to check out and have fun with! I’m @tianapix btw 😉

  • Ksenia Ntn

    Could anyone recommend a video app for android that would allow me to re-size the video window (i already shot the video) without cropping half of the image when posting on instagram? Thank you

  • Que

    Great List!

  • Que

    Great List!

  • I’m trying to find a secondary way to post to Instagram, Twitter and a FaceBook PAGE I admin. I’m so sick of logging in and out of accounts. I found this post today and tried Hipstamatic (I already had it) and it could go direct to IG without trying to push it through my iPhone IG app but it can’t post to my FB page, it went to my personal account linked to my FB page instead. Any recommendations? I don’t want to buy any more apps at this point just to try it out. Thanks!!

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  • Dannielle Johns

    Awesome list!! Thanks!!

  • François Lagunas

    I have found a new one, and it’s pretty cool to create Instagram videos: . Video is synced with music, use slow-motion videos from iPhone 5S etc …

  • amy

    thanks for the info! I’ve been using VSCO Cam, Photo Grid and Aviary only before

  • Sukei

    Thank you for this! 🙂

  • srijan

    gre8 post, but i love to use Instaglass App to edit my photos…it works wonderfully…


    great! Im used it!

  • Altamash

    Good job, awesome apps. I want to ask if there is any alternative to tangent app for android? Like adding geometric shapes, except D3lta, that has only a few shapes unlike tangent, fragment and others.

  • shuvoshri

    Effection,one of the best photo effect studio & editor for android!!

  • d.spang

    sooo solid. well deserved google rank

  • Rainbowunnicorn

    Some of these are actually really useful, but i dont really buy them..

  • fera

    Hi Thibaut.. i just like to ask if do you know what kind of video that has a watermarks with a “made with C” i cant read the last word in the video but its start with letter C.. what kind of video apps is that?

  • j r

    I’m looking for a specific app my buddy has on his iPhone it’s called instavideo is there anything on Android like that?

  • Kind of sad that the Android apps are different apps completely & hardly comparable. Why doesn’t anyone support the Android community enough to make nice things? Also, is there such an app that has THEE Instagram filters out of Instagram itself? Sometimes their filters are the best option if you don’t want your photos to look too edited or fake, but then you either can’t use a frame or your white frame will be colored.

  • shayla

    Anyone know what app this is that lets you have a photo in the letters of your captions yet still have a color background?

  • @youtuber_fandomsxx

    I decided to download Tangent because it looked amazing and I thought it would really work wonders for my instagram edits and I absolutely love it!! !orth every penny!! Thank you for the recommendation :D.

  • shon32

    This is very helpful. But would you know of some good text apps for instagram? Im seeing so many businesses put their info on these really cool sheets and the one I use I can’t fit much without the letters getting to small.

  • Tina Schraier

    Thank you !

  • Kate Mitchell

    There are so many cool photo editing apps out there and professional instagrammers probably use at least 4-5 of them regularly – because the more attractive the image the more likes and views you get.

    A new photo decorating app, for ios RainbowLove Greetings helps you create quote images, ecards and postcards with great colorful graphics. Choose from over 250 designs of rainbows, hearts, boho symbols, stars, holiday decor and more to add to your own images.

    Brand new and super unique. Great for colorlovers.

  • Mikayla Allen

    Amazing post! Great resource for social media managers and individuals alike!

  • Kevin Miller

    Thanks for the list! I ca nrecommend 4K Stogram to back up INsta photos of your or yoru firends accounts.

  • Julian

    Camera PROset Ultimate iOS app is excellent. It come with HD camera plus PHOTO & VIDEO editors. It has multiple editing options all packed in one single app which no other app offers. I downloaded and enjoying this app. Out of all bunch of camera apps I have and tested, this is the best.

  • Raquel Ragon

    Surprised the app Enlight wasn’t listed.

  • Sanju Das

    I was looking for some customize app on apple store and then I got to know about this app called Studmonk flashcard which is exactly what i was looking for, I mean I could create my own flashcard through any objects and contents…I think you guys should try once, its very nice ……