15 of the best photo editing apps for your phone14 min read

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

You must have known by now that your phone now packs a pretty hefty camera? There certainly is still a place for SLRs and mini DLSR’s but devices such as the iPhone have all but replaced the standard digital camera. I agree that sometimes the quality of photographs taken on phones don’t always hold up when compared to those from a digital camera but only needing to carry one device around (rather than two) makes up for this. With the influx of photographs taken on mobile devices, here is a list of the best photo editing apps available for your phone.

Photo editing apps



Photo editing apps

Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.

Download Prisma

Apple App Store
Google Play

Adobe Photoshop Express

Free. Does have in-app purchases to unlock everything

Join millions of creative folks who trust Adobe Photoshop Express for fast, powerful, and advanced editing on mobile devices. Now, try-out the #1 user-requested feature: COLLAGES. Adobe Photoshop Express Collages helps you create studio-caliber layouts in 5-7 taps.


• Access images on your mobile device, Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Facebook, and now Google Photos.

•New Adobe-only features like “Intelligent Layout” and “Style Transfer” help you automatically create stunning share-worthy collages in a single tap.


•Pick any photo in the collage, and manually edit it however you like:

– Hold and drag to swap photo position, pinch to zoom in or out, or drag the handles to resize.

– Double tap to pan and zoom.

– Adjust/fix a single image, and apply any look.

– Change border thickness and colour.

– Undo and try again

•Easily save and print your collage or even text / email the file.

•1-tap share with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and WhatsApp.

•Download and start designing unique collages immediately – all free.

Easily save and print your collage or even text / email the file. 1-tap share with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and WhatsApp. Download and start designing unique collages immediately – all free.

Download Adobe Photoshop Express

Apple App Store
Google Play

AutoDesk Pixlr

Free. You can pay to remove adverts.

Unlock your creativity with Pixlr – the free photo editor! Capture any moment and make it beautiful with over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and filters. Once you’re done, share your finished work directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or your other favourite social networks!


• Create photo collages with a variety of choices for layout, background, and spacing.

• Balance out colour in one easy click with Auto Fix.

• Layer multiple photos and blend them together to get a unique look, using Double Exposure.

• Stylize your image to look like a pencil drawing, an ink sketch, a poster, and more.

• Make your selfies beautiful with simple tools to remove blemishes and red-eyes or to whiten your teeth.

• Focus on one colour with Colour Splash or add impact with Focal Blur.

• Choose from a pool of effect packs to give your image the look and feel you want.

• Adjust the mood of the photo with overlays – amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades.

• Mask your photo with captions or overlay it with text. Choose from a variety of fonts.

• Finish off your editing process with the right border – pick a style that suits you.

• Keep things fresh with our growing catalogue of additional effects, overlays, and border packs.

• Keep track of your favourite effects and overlays with the Favourites button.

• Resize images quickly and easily after editing.

• Share your photo directly with friends through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Download AutoDesk Pixlr

Apple App Store
Google Play



Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.

Touch Exposure & Focus – Set exposure separately from focus. You can now easily control how light or dark your shots come out.

Shooting Modes – Use the Stabilizer to steady your iPhone and get the sharpest photos you can. There are countless uses for the Timer including taking the highest-quality self-portraits. Capture all the action by using Burst to take rapid streams of shots.

Digital Zoom – Up to 6× zoom with advanced digital processing provides you with quality that simply blows away the competition.

Front Flash – How many times have you wanted to take a pic of yourself in a dark room but couldn’t. Well, now you can!

Horizon Level – Use the Horizon Level to eliminate taking crooked shots.

Clarity – Clarity is one of the biggest breakthroughs to happen to image processing in a long time. Clarity analyzes your photos and makes several intelligent adjustments that magically bring out details and breathe life into dull photos. With Clarity, you’ll stop throwing out bad photos… you’ll be amazed to see what it can do to photos that you’d typically consider unusable, like shots that came out too dark.

Scene Modes – Most modern digital cameras all have scene modes to help you get the best photos for your particular situation. With Camera+, you get to choose from several scene modes including Food, Sunset, Night, Portrait, Beach, and many more.

Effects – Professional photographer, Lisa Bettany created a slew of stunningly beautiful effects. Make your photos shimmer with “HDR”… get down and dirty with “Grunge”… fill your pics with emotion and despair with “So Emo”. And this is just the tip of the iceberg… there are dozens of 1-touch effects for you to experiment with.

Lightbox – All the pics you take in Camera+ go in the innovative Lightbox where you can quickly and easily skim through them and get rid of bad shots. You save only the photos you’re satisfied with so that your camera roll stays neat and clean.

Download Camera+

Apple App Store


Free. In-app purchases are available for unlock all features

Darkroom makes it easier and faster than ever to capture the perfect look for your photos. Skip the import process and start editing in our refreshingly simple interface. Make, edit, and share filters with the Pro Kit (In-App Purchase) using powerful yet easy to use tools.

Pro Kit Features:

• Curves — Capture the perfect tone with the easiest to use and most accurate Curves editor on iOS

• Color — Create emotion by adjusting the hue, saturation, and luminance of each color separately

• Filter Sharing – Create, Edit, then Share your filters with the community. All filters link back to your Instagram account so you get followers as your filters spread!

• Tone — For the first time, a split tone tool that gives you access to the entire color spectrum.

Download Darkroom

Apple App Store



Every photo could use a touch up. That’s why magazines use expensive and complicated tools like Photoshop to make people look their best. But now, there’s Facetune! Facetune provides easy-to-use, powerful tools (previously reserved only for the pros) to perfect every photo or selfie, making each one look like it came straight out of a high-fashion magazine. Now you can be sure that all your portraits show only the best version of you – whether you’ll be using them for your professional profile or simply sharing online with friends.

Download FaceTune

Apple App Store
Google Play

Font Candy

Free. In-app purchases are available for unlock all features

You choose from a curated collection of fonts or add your own to overlay beautiful text on your photos. Get creative and add intricate designs using shapes, symbols, or emojis. Whether you are looking to create some amazing artwork, celebrate a special occasion, make the next #trending meme, or design a custom iPhone case Font Candy is for you!

Download Font Candy

Apple App Store



Upload, access, organize, edit, and share your photos from any device, from anywhere in the world.

• Put your free 1000GB to work – auto-upload all your photos and videos to your Flickr camera roll. They’ll be private, until you choose to share them!

• Camera roll in the cloud – instant access to your entire Flickr collection, so you can free up your phone for everything else.

• Organization and sharing, simplified – browse with ease, select and organize hundreds of photos with one gesture, and share in seconds.

• Unleash your creativity – edit your photos, add filters, crop images and more, directly from the camera roll. And if you change your mind, just revert the changes!

• Engage with friends, family and explore the Flickr community – there are millions of groups and billions of photos out there to discover.

Download Flickr

Apple App Store
Google Play



Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments. Follow your friends and family to see what they’re up to, and discover accounts from all over the world that are sharing things you love. Join the community of over 500 million people and express yourself by sharing all the moments of your day––the highlights and everything in between, too.

Use Instagram to:

* Post photos and videos you want to keep on your profile grid. Edit them with filters and creative tools and combine multiple clips into one video.

* Share multiple photos and videos (as many as you want!) to your story. Bring them to life with text and drawing tools. They disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed.

* Go live to connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, live stories disappear.

* Send disappearing photos and videos, text messages and posts from your feed to groups and friends with Instagram Direct.

* Watch stories and live videos from the people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed.

* Discover stories, photos and videos you might like and follow new accounts on the Explore tab.

* Enable Handoff to switch between your Apple Watch and your iPhone.

Download Instagram

Apple App Store
Google Play


Free. In-app purchases are available for unlock all features

Add gorgeous, film-inspired tones to your photos in seconds. Adjust crop, exposure, sharpness, vibrance & vignette for lovelier photos. Includes the Litely Starter pack; 9 gorgeous, professionally-crafted presets.


• Browse 66 additional presets in the shop, with new packs arriving in future updates.

• Finger-friendly, drag-anywhere interface. Fewer taps. Quicker edits. • Full-screen editing with gyroscope support for panoramic photos.

• Smart Adjustments for perfect composition, exposure, sharpness & vibrance.

• Custom Vignetting! Pinch to darken the corners of your photos for better focus & light.

• Two-finger tap for Before & After.

• Non-destructive editing. Change or undo any adjustment at any time, in any order. Your original photo is always preserved.

Download Litely

Apple App Store


Free. In-app purchases are available for unlock all features

Millions use PicsArt because it offers hundreds of filters for pictures, collage layouts and powerful photo editing tools (picture blending, filters, picture cropping, add text and more), 1000s of free clipart packs, fonts, stickers, emojis, collage templates – integrated into a powerful photo editor, and it’s free! PicsArt’s photo editor, collage maker, clipart and drawing tools are the best way to transform your photos into works of art and to express your creativity with the world.

Step up your photo editing game with PicsArt, make awesome pictures and collages and join the movement to go beyond the filter!

Download PicsArt

Apple App Store
Google Play


Free. In-app purchases are available for unlock all features

Using Repix couldn’t be more simple – all of the tools are easily available at your fingertips and all editing happens in real-time. Use the brushes to freely edit your photos with stunning effects and apply some of the world’s most beautifully designed filters and borders. Repix gives your photos the look you want in seconds!


– 28+ handcrafted effect brushes to edit any part of your photo with a finger. Use the Decoration, Effect, Color and Artistic brushes to add unique touch to your photos

– 16 carefully designed filters

– 11+ beautiful frames gives a final touch to your photos

– Super smooth cropping tool with 6 presets

– Fast and robust adjustments tool let you easily bring out the best in your photos

– Zero-friction design: ability to switch between tools without extra steps

– Direct access to all the albums as well as photos in Facebook

– Studio-grade technology and intuitive interface to inspire new levels of creativity

– Direct share your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Email or Tumblr using #repix

Download Repix

Apple App Store
Google Play


Free. In-app purchases are available for unlock all features. There is also a subscription service available

Create – Shoot and edit your images with our superior mobile presets and advanced camera controls. Publish images and journals, or curate others to your VSCO profile.

Discover – Explore content from the people you follow, curated work from the community, and exclusive editorial content from VSCO Originals.

Download VSCO

Apple App Store
Google Play

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom


Create stunning images in seconds with tools that range from simple one-tap presets to powerful advanced adjustments.

• Capture photos using the DNG file format using the in-app camera, streamlining shoot to share. Apply Photoshop magic with five specially formulated shoot-through presets, which can be previewed and applied at capture and then adjusted afterward with full non-destructive capabilities.

• Import, edit and sync the raw photos you take with your camera. (Paid Feature)

• Local Adjustments lets you selectively apply Exposure, Brightness, Clarity, and other adjustments to a specific part of a photo. (Paid Feature)

• Experiment freely with edits, and revert to the original at any time, with just one tap.

• Simplify your editing process and get consistent looks in your photos by copying your favorite edits across photos.

• Share photos any way you want: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more. Join the community by using #lightroom.

Download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Apple App Store
Google Play

Photo Mate R3


Organize your images! Photo Mate offers a photo library where you can filter and sort all your files based on metadata like camera, aperture or ISO as well as custom ratings, labels and keywords. The library can handle jpg as well as almost any camera-raw format. You can rate, label and keyword your images and Photo Mate generates universal XMP-Sidefiles which are also compatible with desktop programs. You can also edit IPTC-Information like Title and Description.

View your images! Photo Mate offers a solution to view your images along with all important exif-information like exposure, aperture or ISO. Furthermore, you can view and rate images side-by-side so you can pick the best images from your selection. The app supports all common formats like jpg, png, psd as well as Canon Raw (cr2), Nikon Raw (nef), Sony raw (arw), Adobe DNG, Panasonic Raw (rw2), Olympus raw (orf) and a lot more!

Develop and edit your images! Photo Mate offers a non-destructive editing solution. You can decode and edit raw-files like cr2, nef, arw, rw2 and more to have full control over whitebalance and exposure, as well as post-process any jpg images.

You may use all common editing tools like Exposure, Contrast, Lights, Shadows, Clarity, Vibrance or even Lens-Based adjustments. Photo Mate also comes with a Lens-Collection so you can auto-correct distortion, vignetting or chromatic aberration. If you want to fine-tune your image, you may use Curves or Layer-Based adjustments like Gradient, Brush, Lasso or even Threshold-Based!

Download Photo Mate R3

Google Play

More photo editing apps

Do you think something was left off the list? Do you have any photo editing apps that you think should be showcased? Please leave a comment with the app names below and I can include them in the next list of photo editing apps.

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

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