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Research shows that in 2022, 1.5 trillion photos will be taken, and 91% will be via users’ smartphones (Rise Above Research). That is a lot of pictures, meaning we need the best of the best when keeping our photos safe and secure. And as someone who takes at least ten images a day, here are the six best photo apps you need on your phone for storing, editing, sharing, and of course, creating images – because your photos deserve to be seen by all and not just on a screen!
Six Best Photo Apps for Your Smartphone
I use all six of these photo apps regularly!
BEST APP FOR STORING YOUR PHOTOS
There are a variety of apps you can use when it comes to storing photos. However, the one I use the most is Google Photos. It connects to my Gmail account, and I found that the app is a bit more user-friendly than other storage apps.
Some of the features that I love are the recent and yearly highlights! I always look forward to taking a trip down memory lane and seeing what I was doing that week 5+ years ago! I also like storing my photos in another location besides apple photos; it gives me that sense of security knowing that if something happens to my phone, at least my images are safe!
BEST PHOTO APPS FOR EDITING YOUR PHOTOS
There are two apps that I use the most when it comes to editing my photos. A Color Story and TouchRetouch.
A Color Story is my favorite, and you get a variety of filter packs (they do cost money per pack, but if you are an ACS+ member, you get them free) that fit everyone’s aesthetic. As a personal preference, I don’t overly edit my images. I typically adjust the brightness and contract, then throw on a filter to spice it up, depending on the vibe I’m going for. I recommend this app if you want filters and fun effects for your pictures! Also, if you are an ACS+ member, you have more editing options to take your photos to the next level if you choose to do so!
TouchRetouch is the app I use to remove objects, lines, and even blemishes with their removal tools. You can save a copy or apply those edits directly to the original image (I always recommend you keep a copy of the modifications!) This app is a bit of a learning curve, but editing your photos will be a breeze once you get the hang of it.
BEST APPS FOR SHARING YOUR PHOTOS
When sharing your beautiful images with friends, I recommend VSCO and Dispo.
I’m sure everyone has heard of VSCO and that once popular “VSCO Girl” aesthetic vibe that was all the rage in 2019, but this app is more than that, it is geared toward those who are more creative with their photos and interested in taking their photography to the next level. The vibe is different on this app compared to Instagram, and to be honest, it is refreshing. You do have the option to edit your photos within this app (which is another excellent feature), but I just love sharing my photos with others on a more artistic level.
Dispo is a digital disposable camera! This app is a fun one that might take you back to the days of buying disposable cameras and waiting months to get the photos developed. However, with this app, you don’t have to wait long. In less than 24 hours, you will see your developed photos with that disposable filter vibe! You can create private or public rolls to highlight a recent trip or a night out with friends. However, with this app, you cannot upload previous images, which is why this app is an excellent option for those looking for a different way to take pictures. While I was in NYC last summer, I used this app, and it is always fun to look back and see those quick snapshots while exploring the city!
I’m going to give a shout-out to Instagram here, too! I know that the platform is all about Instagram Reels right now, and video is coming up more and more in my feed, but I still love sharing and seeing images on Instagram.
APPS TO HELP YOU CREATE ART WITH YOUR PHOTOS
Print Studio is the last app I recommend for those interested in easily creating art with their images. This app lets you create photo gifts and decor straight from your device. The options are endless; you can make prints, calendars, wall art + decor, photo books, and more! I’ve created a grid poster in the past using images from my Instagram, which is so much fun seeing your feed on your wall.
We are moving into a new apartment within the next month, and I cannot wait to start decorating the space using this app with our images!
Did your favorite photo app make our list? Let me know if I missed any that you think I need to check out!
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Thanks for sharing such a wonderful types of apps for photo….i Want to tell you that i have also discovered a new and amazing app for photo grids and editing,frames and much more…name of the app is Photo grid Collage…I will suggest all of you to at least try this amazing app at once…link to direct download this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droidframes.photocollage&hl=en
I keep seeing vscocam so maybe I need to see what all the fuss is about. I always use Afterlight, it’s another all-in-one, but has the option to buy some really cool additional effects and such.
Photo mate r2, handyphoto and repix are editors I found to be very usefull or powerful. Camera2, camera360 and a better camera are the additional photo taking apps I use, all have their time and place. Im trying an all android editing this year and along with what you mentioned the above are what I found will let me get close to lightroom /photoshop and onone pc software editing.
Mari Corona says
I downloaded three of those apps yest. Thanks for share:)!!
I just downloaded VSCO Cam! It looks awesome. I really like the idea of before and after. That is something I have always wished could happen!
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful types of apps which is really making my life better
Xiomara @ Parkesdale says
Thanks! One of my favorite is Over for writing text over pictures. My other favorite is Waterlogue. It makes your pictures look like watercolors! So fun.
GiGi Eats says
YES! I am always on the hunt for a GREAT photo editor on my phone, and I have YET to find one! Hopefully one of these work out for me! 🙂
I haven’t heard of the others. I will definitely check those out. My two favorites are Instagram and VSCOCAM.
Thanks for sharing these apps! Just downloaded 3 of them!
Limeade Gal says
Thanks for sharing, I love using picsart, will definitely check out some of the others!
I love this post! Thank you so much for all of these tips and apps! I use a few of them but have some new ones in my arsenal now! Thank you thank you thank you!
Aruna - Young Yoga Masters says
Thanks I’ll check these out. I’ve been trying Pic Lab and it gives a lot I functionality.
Thanks for the list of all these apps!! I’m going to have to check them out 🙂
Love the ideas shared here. The list really huge and it will cover almost everything for any niche. Thanks for the such a lovely post!
Thank you so much for the very informative posts!
Sondra @ Savers4Life says
Great list of apps! I’ll have to check some of these out!
Lori Hil says
Great list, thanks for the share! Technology has made photo editing so much fun!
Thanks for all the recommendations! I just got the Beautiful Mess app which I’m liking so far. It’s simple and fun, which is all I expect 🙂
Madison | Wetherill says
These are some of the best apps! I haven’t ever gotten into Vscocam but I know I need to!
Thanks for the great app recommendations!