The Image Editing Apps That Will Take Your Instagram Feed to the Next Level

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Recently I’ve been receiving a few emails from readers asking “how can I get noticed on Instagram?”. In all honestly I’m probably one of the worst people to ask, because compared to other fashion and beauty bloggers I have a modest Instagram following and don’t really enjoy taking photos. But a handful of editing Apps do make the process a lot easier for a novice like me. Here’s everything I have on my iPhone to aid my Insta-game…

UPDATE: Since this post went live in February 2015 both Instagram and image editing trends have changed. So I have updated this article to bring the information up-to-date and include a new App I recommend. 


Snapseed Best Photo Editing Apps

Snapseed is my favourite editing App and before uploading anything to Instagram I always give it a quick once over. There are loads of different functions, but I mainly stick to the “Tune Image” menu and adjust with the brightness, contrast, shadows and warmth. It couldn’t be easier to use if it tried! It’s free to download on iPhone and Android.

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Facetune Best Editing Apps Instagram Selfies

I don’t use Facetune that often, but it’s a godsend in certain situations. You can sharpen details without altering the whole image (perfect if you want to accentuate a print or text) and you’re also able to whiten teeth and smooth skin if you’re posting a selfie. Downloads are £2.99 and it’s available on iPhone and Android.

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VSCOcam Instagram Apps

Are you always noticing the #VSCO tag on Instagram and wondering what it is? Before another blogger introduced me to this App I thought it was something to do with Victoria’s Secret (#clueless). VSCOcam has a selection of subtle filters which you can make more or less intense and it also offers basic editing tools (which, to be honest, are much better on Snapseed). It’s free (although you have to pay for certain filters) on iPhone and Android.

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Whitagram The Best Editing Apps for Instagram

Unlike the other Apps on this list Whitagram doesn’t offer a wide variety of services, but what it does do it’s really good at. Upload a photo and it will place it centrally inside a white (or coloured) square so it’s fit for Instagram. Perfect if you don’t want to crop your images down to 1×1. The App is free and it’s available on iPhone and Android. Update: This isn’t as relevant now that Instagram have changed their settings and images no longer have to be a square.

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Afterlight App Instagram Editing

Afterlight is similar to Snapseed, so people either fall into one camp or the other. Personally, I prefer the latter, but Afterlight is a great all-rounder. It offers a wide selection of filters (captain, much like valencia, instantly makes you like you’re having a good skin day), basic editing functions and a tool that’s similar to Whitagram. Downloads are 79p on iPhone and Android.

Usefulness Rating:☆☆☆

Updated: A Beautiful Mess

Best Editing Apps Instagram

Created by lifestyle blogger Elsie Larson, A Beautiful Mess offers a host of impressive array editing options perfect for bloggers. You can place filters, text and illustrations over your photos, create an image collage, or place text over patterned backgrounds or block colour. It costs 79p to download, and is currently only compatible with iPhones.

Usefulness Rating:☆☆☆☆

Which Apps do you use for Instagram? Any extra tips and tricks are welcomed in the comments section below…

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  1. Lola Byatt says:

    i mainly rely on snapseed. i tried vscocam but i couldn’t figure out how to work it. i am so envious of people having better cameras tbh, i still have my iphone4s…practically vintage!

  2. I don’t really use apps to enhance my insta pics, but I clearly should! I’m very tempted to get started on vscocam as so many people rave about it! Thanks for such a useful post. xxx

  3. Geneva says:

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit that despite using VSCO for over 6 months now, I hadn’t figured out how to get a white frame to preserve the aspect. Just got whitagram, thanks for the tip!

  4. Totally live by VSCO! Use it for almost all of our posts!

  5. NGOC LAN says:

    Wow!! Thank you so much for introducing so many great aps. I really like the VSCO cam. I like the faded photos made by that ap.

  6. Sed Bona says:

    Love this round-up! I’ve been addicted to VSCOcam for over a year but have always been looking for a post-processing app to help with Selfies!

    Thanks for the tips!

    Sed Bona

  7. Lauren says:

    Love this list!

    I recently posted a similar list, Top iPhone App Roundup on my blog here:


  8. Divya says:

    I always use Afterlight for all my Instagrams!

  9. Rio Thompson says:

    Great post, I think I’ve done pretty ok without any of these apps, but will download them all now!

  10. So according to your review as well as my requirements I would go for SnapSeed and VSCOcam. Both are free to use and pretty good as a photo editor app.

  11. DreamInLace says:

    I’m with you in that Instagram isn’t exactly my favorite social media to use. But, Afterlight and VSCO Cam definitely help me out. You can actually use Afterlight to create a white box like Whiteagram. Not sure if you know that but it can be done in the border section…just something useful to be able to drop needing an extra app 🙂

    xoxo – Kelly

  12. I don’t use any one of this. I think Instagram self is a photo editing App. As you share this list and I got a look, now I can try some of this for checking. If I fill any one is better then Instagram then I will use or I can take your advice which one will be the best form the above.

  13. Thanks for sharing some excellent photo editing apps. It will be useful for the active Instagram users. I was looking for very simple and pretty good photo editor app for my photo editing purpose. Hope that SnapSeed will be better for me.

  14. Zoe Jackson says:

    I was looking for this type of post. Though I was used SnapSeed several time. But I don’t use others apps. Hope to use the apps very soon for my personal use.

  15. Takri says:

    Thanks for contributing your important time to post such an interesting
    & useful collection.It would be knowledgeable & resources are
    always of great need to everyone. Please keep continue sharing.

  16. Nasrin says:

    An excellent article. these tools have create our life so easy.

  17. shaifuddin says:

    All of this photo editing apps really helpful. I am really learn some new tips, Thank you for posting this nice article, keep posting.

  18. As a new Instagram user, this apps will help me to post my own photos after editing. Thank you for sharing this excellent article.

  19. Jeni says:

    You should have include Pixlr here as well. I just love to use Pixlr, its really easy to use and all types of editing are available there!

  20. Neck Joint says:

    An Excellent Idea these tools have create wounder ful blog post

  21. Nice app. This is really use-able. But if you also use Photoshop services that would be helpful to deliver excellent quality.

  22. Pretty cool apps.These app has many interesting features Thanks for sharing

  23. Sapon says:

    I am really learn some new tips thanks for posting.

  24. These apps are so nice for instagram photo editing.Thanks

  25. this is very positive apps for Instagram photo editing.

  26. annie says:

    Thanks as always for the great suggestions. Nice share. All of these 6 free photo editing apps are good. I’ve used all of these tools coincidentally however, I’ve found Whitagram
    the most amazing one. Have a great day.

  27. Sophie Sarah says:

    The Instagram photo editing apps that I can’t ever see. Actually awesome apps to become Instagram feed at the next level.

  28. Sapon says:

    It goes without saying that Instagram users will get a clear idea about the apps. You don’t need to go back and forth in this regard if you read this article.

  29. cartips says:

    Hi guys,
    Really great apps tips. Your excellent informations helpful for me.

  30. Expert Clipping says:

    this is very positive apps for Instagram photo editing.

  31. RobertD says:

    Nice list. I’m glad you mentioned FaceTune, such a great app to get rid of skin imperfections.
    I would also recommend giving PhotoMarks a try. It’s an iPhone watermarking app, that lets you add text comments and logos to your photos.

  32. Sila says:

    This is great list . Actually Whitagram awesome apps.


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