f you're ready to take your photo editing skills (and your Instagram feed!) to the next level, check out the best photo editor apps for your smartphone. These mobile editors are easy-to-use, come packed with fun filters and effects, and can transform even the most amateur of selfies into works of art.


PicsArt is an app that lets you edit photos and add filters to them. It is available for iOS and Android devices, so it doesn't matter if you use Apple or Android. There are two versions of the PicsArt app: one that's free to download and use, but has limited functionality; and another paid version with more features.

The first version allows you to make basic edits like cropping, adding text or effects using filters or stickers (like emojis), adding frames around your photo(s), turning photos into sketches or drawings by using different brushes, adding music from the library of over 40 million songs on SoundCloud to your photo slideshow, sharing directly via social media platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, or Instagram.

The second version has all these functions in addition to having access to advanced editing tools such as crop & rotate tool (rotate using compass mode), blur effect tool (smudge brush), magnifying glass tool (zoom), clone stamp tool (duplicate parts of your image), healing brush tool( remove blemishes/spots).


Snapseed is a free photo editor available on both Android and iOS devices. It has some great features for beginners, but it's also flexible enough for advanced users to play around with.

If you're just starting out with photo editing, Snapseed is an excellent app to get you started. Its interface is simple and easy to navigate, and its tools are powerful enough for even the most novice userÔÇöbut still powerful enough to keep seasoned editors interested in what they can do with it. You can use the very basic tools that come with the app or download them from other third party sources online if they're not included in your version of Snapseed (this is how I got all my presets).

As far as batch editing goes, this works really well too! You can select multiple photos at once by tapping on them one after another (like in any other program), then apply effects or filters by tapping on either of those options below where it says "selected."

Adobe Photoshop Camera 

Adobe Photoshop Camera is a free photo editor app for Android and iOS. The Adobe Photoshop Camera app allows you to edit photos in a variety of ways, including applying filters and effects, adjusting color levels and more. There are over 100 filters available in the app, so there are plenty of options at your disposal when editing your photos!


Pixlr is a free online photo editor that offers a wide range of editing tools, including filters and effects. As an online tool, it's not quite as advanced as Photoshop or even some of the free desktop tools I'll cover later in this article (for example, there are no advanced features like layers), but it still has more than enough features to make it worth trying out if you're looking for something simple and straightforward.

Pixlr has a lot of options for sharing your photos once you're done editing themÔÇöit can upload them directly to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram; or save them as files on your computer or mobile device; or send them via email as attachments; or even print them out using AirPrint technology if you have compatible printers at home


Instagram is one of the most popular photo editing apps for both Android and iOS. It's available for free in the App Store and Google Play, so you can download it on any device with a camera. If you're already a member of Instagram, this is definitely an app worth downloading because it has some great tools for making your photos look even better.

If you're new to Instagram, it can be helpful to know how to use the app effectively before diving right in. Here are some tips:

  • To edit your photo, open up your camera roll or take a new picture with your deviceÔÇÖs built-in camera (or import an existing image from elsewhere), then tap the filter button at the bottom of your screen (it looks like two overlapping circles).
  • Tap on one of these filters to see how it affects your image by tapping on ÔÇťApplyÔÇŁ or ÔÇťRemove Filter" depending on whether or not you want that effect applied after all. If there's an option for lightening/darkening an area within a specific filter like ÔÇťHeather" then tap that area before applying it so that only certain parts get altered rather than completely changing everything about what was originally there!

There are a lot of options out there, but these five apps stand out as some of the best. If you're looking for something more powerful than your phone's built-in camera app, any one of these apps will do the trick.

If you want to watch and learn more about how to use photo editing apps,

check out this class Magic of Photo Apps! Turn Digital Photos into Works of Art.

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