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The best photo editing apps for your smartphone

The best photo editing apps for your smartphone


Let’s face it, photo editing apps are life saviors! Quick to install, very reliable and valuable not only for on-the-go projects but for more serious ones, too! For all that time you can’t get to Photoshop or InDesign or whatever other software you’re using, these photo editing apps will replace them just nicely!

All of the photo editing apps on this list I’ve tried and used personally, both for Android and iOS phones. What’s good about them is that you can use them on-the-go and wherever you are at the moment. These photo editing apps provide excellent features and tricks that transform your pics into real art!

No matter if you’re doing something for Social Media, your website, or for the client, every one of them will give you the maximum of help. Just imagine you, for instance, using our Pinhole theme, which is pretty much photo-based. Any of these listed apps will help you pull out the best pics you can for your website, at any moment and in a few steps!

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Without further delay, here are (by my choice) the 14 best photo editing apps for your smartphone.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Love Photoshop? You’ll adore this app of theirs! Adobe Photoshop Express is a quick and easy photo editor app for all on-the-go projects. Whether you need to fix something or work on a new visual – this app will help you. Compatible with both Android and iOS phones and it’s free!

Adobe Photoshop Express on Android 
Adobe Photoshop Express on iOS 

Adobe Spark Post

Another cool and useful app from Adobe is this Spark Post app for iOS phones (soon to be on others). Using it, you’ll get a powerful app for creating stunning graphics. It lets you add text, graphics, various filters and, overall, to create unique and quality content. Also – free!

Adobe Spark Post on iOS

man hands holding a phone and working on photo editing apps


One of the best apps for taking pics as well as editing them. Works as a camera within a phone, using it, you’ll feel like holding a real DLSR camera! Has many features that the initial phone camera doesn’t, very worth trying. Available only for iOS phones and tablets.
Price: $2.99 for iPhone and $4.99 for iPad

Camera+ on iOS


Who hasn’t heard of this multipurpose app, right? Canva (also available for iOS only) is your go-to app for creating literary EVERYTHING you need for your Social Media posting. And some! I’m talking about PPT slides, infographics, covers, geofilters, logos, posters, flyers, invitations and so much more! You don’t need any design knowledge to use Canva or create breathtaking unique visuals. It is a freemium app, meaning the paid feature opens much more features and possibilities, but even the free version has everything you need.

Canva for iOS 


The very first app that comes to our minds when someone mentions selfies. Facetune is an app for editing all those portraits and selfies! Just download it and do all the retouching you need to make face pics like from the magazine covers or runways. Just imagine you have a personal makeup artist and a design mag with you all the time! Or, what Roy Furchgott from the NY Times said: “Facetune helps you look your Hollywood best, even on photos taken on mobile phones.”
Price: $4.54 for Android, $3.99 for iOS

Facetune for Android 
Facetune for iOS


This app isn’t one of those edit/filter ones. Instead, you use it to write on the images, to create those fabulous visuals and quotes, you know, the kind Instagram and Twitter love. Simple to use, you just upload your image, paste the text you want and play with it on the font type, clipart and such. And, if you’re short of inspiration, there’s a ton of predefined captions and sketches to choose from so, happy designing!

Fonta for iOS


This one is a free online design/editing app (a website too) that allows you to create multiple types of visuals. Something similar to Canva or, as BBC once stated, „Photoshop lite.“ Using it, you can not only create great cards, social media visuals, and thumbnails but collages as well. Since it’s free, go ahead and try it out asap.

Fotor for Android
Fotor for iOS


Only the ultimate app everyone must have! For real. Snapseed is, for me, by far the best photo editing app out there! So professional and rich and yet very simple to use – you’re missing a lot if you don’t have it already. A number of tools and filters for photo editing is beyond any imagination, which is why this video will speak for itself:

Snapseed for Android 
Snapseed for iOS


Another app from the must-have category, VSCO is an app for taking and editing pics on the go. Stunning filters and editing tools that will transform any image, however bad might it be! Especially popular among fashion/food/lifestyle bloggers.

VSCO for Android
VSCO for iOS


Photo editing and collage-making app, PicsArt is equipped with various filters, tools, effects, all of which enable you to make stunning pics, visuals, and memes. And for the sake of your ego, you can find your own masterpieces, once you sign up there.

PicsArt for Android 
PicsArt for iOS 


A free photo editor tool that works as a basic camera, photo editor, and collage maker! And did I mention it’s free? And that you can use it through their website, too?  If that’s not enough to persuade you, how about the fact that Pixlr has over 2 million combinations for you to use creatively?

Pixlr for Android 
Pixlr for iOS

hand holding a phone taking a picture

Photo Editor by Aviary

A great graphics editor that transforms your photos and visuals into pieces of art. Also, it has some elements of Photoshop, like working on your portrait photos, improving skin texture and all irregularities you think you might have. On top of that, you can use it to draw onto images, style them using more than 1500 different options and much more. So, go and try it out!

Photo Editor by Aviary for iOS

Photoshop Fix

A photo editor dream for all of you Photoshop lovers out there. Using it, you can quickly do basic edits like lighten, heal, smooth an image and a bit more. You know it, really excellent image retouching tool for on the go.

Photoshop Fix for Android
Photoshop Fix for iOS


The ultimate multipurpose photo/video editing app. Yup, you read it right. This is a GoPro’s app that lets you create truly awesome video visuals in just a few easy steps! Transform your pics into moving art. Add music, captions, transitions and more! You’ll have so much fun, I guarantee! Great app if you’re a vlogger and use one of our themes – Vlog, right?

Quik for Android
Quik for iOS


To make stunning animations in a few seconds, you don’t need any design or coding skills. Add some aesthetic aspects to your blog, website, social networking pages, and other online platforms to make them look more appealing. You have everything you need to amaze your audience with a vast library of ready-to-use materials that don’t require any software or plugins. Instantly bring any design to life. Simple to use!. With features like Graphic Design, Drag and Drop, Royalty-Free Images, PDF Editor, Image Resizer, Free Templates, Background Remover, and more. 22+ million and 60 thousand businesses use Desygner.

Desygner for Android

Do let us know how this article helped you and is there any more apps you would put on the list!


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Ivana Cirkovic

Ivana is a Digital Marketing, PR and Social Media consultant with over nine years experience in the field. She is also a WordPress enthusiast and an active member of WordPress community who lives online almost 24/7. In love with Twitter, WP, photography and NYC.

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