//Instagram Users Love These Top-Rated Photo Editing Apps

Instagram Users Love These Top-Rated Photo Editing Apps

This year marked Instagram’s tenth birthday. After just a decade, the social media platform has over 1 billion active users, 500 million of which use Instagram Stories daily. Additionally, one-half of the aforementioned accounts follow at least one business. Considering all of these stats, you’re going to really need to level up your Instagram game if you want to get noticed. Here’s a curated list of user-friendly apps to strengthen your Instagram strategy overnight.

For Instagram Posts

Use these apps to filter, crop, or add effects to your Instagram photos without being limited to what Instagram has to offer.


Lightroom on a mobile phone is an excellent place to perfect a photo for posting to Instagram. Use a photo you add to Lightroom or a photo you shoot with the Lightroom in-app camera.

Lightroom is a great tool for beginners since it has plenty of presets (filters) to help you edit photos on your phone. You can choose a collection that includes a selection of different presets. This way you don’t have to use the same preset for each photo but you will still have a cohesive theme for your Instagram page.

Price: Free with optional paid features.


Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.

Snapseed is very user-friendly. In addition to standard features like filters, brightness, crop and rotate, Snapseed has advanced features for white balance, double exposure, lens blur, contrast, and perspective.

Price: Free.

A Color Story

A Color Story focuses on fresh photos and video, on-trend editing styles, and colors that pop.

Edit your pics with 400+ filters, 100+ effects, and 20+ tools. A Color Story also gives you the ability to save your favorite adjustments into a custom filter.

Price: Free with optional paid features.


PicsArt is an all-in-one photo and video editor on mobile with impressive photo effects, drawing tools, image editor, collage maker, sticker maker, camera, photo filters, video editor, free image library, face editor with face swap, Beautify tools, and more! Unleash your creativity in one of the most popular apps with over 1 billion downloads to date.

This app can be used to edit photos and videos. Besides filters, it has face editing features like teeth whitening, detail adjustment and you can even change your background. The colorize effect allows you to choose which parts of your photo to filter.

Price: Free.

Square No Crop

Create awesome no crop square photos that will blast your instagram account easily and quickly.

Use this app to resize your photo to a square for Instagram sharing. Although instagram doesn’t require square photos anymore you are still limited on the size of the length of your photo. Use this app to transform your photo into an Instagram square.

Price: .99 for unlimited shares and saves.

For Instagram Stories

Try these apps to create more polished stories. Start with user-friendly templates, then get creative by adding animation, fonts, stickers and effects.


Create stories collage for Instagram. Express your thoughts into beautiful and elegant stories without design skills. Choose a designed template then customize with more than 100 fonts & 80 icons.

Price: Free, or you can upgrade to Instories Pro.


Unfold is the toolkit for storytellers. Create, edit and share beautiful stories with templates, text, fonts and filters. Create stories by choosing from 200+ stunning templates. Use our advanced text tools with new fonts and get creative with background colors, textures, stickers and more.

Price: Free with optional paid features.

Adobe Spark

Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories. Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark.

Price: Free, with optional subscription features.


Create beautiful designs & professional graphics in seconds.

Price: Free with optional paid features.


Up your social media game, with eye-popping Instagram Story templates, Facebook posts, banners, logos, and more.

Price: Free with optional paid features.

There is, of course, more to Instagram than just choosing the right filter. Content, angles, background, all-around aesthetic — it’s all relevant to making your instagram stand out. But these apps will give you a nice head start.

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