The best free photo editing mobile apps

With thousands of photo editing mobile apps available, you really are spoilt for choice. Capturing the perfect photograph seems more important than ever, whether it be a selfie or scenic landscape, the pressure is truly on. The days of trying to find the right editing app are over as we’ve listed our top 5 best apps - and even better, they’re free! 

Last updated: 6th Sep 2019 at 3:28pm

Snapseed | VSCO Cam | Pixlr | Instagram | Adobe Photoshop Express 

Snapseed 

Tested by both beginners and professional photographers, this app offers different levels of complexity. If you are new to the game, don’t worry as Snapseed features several professional grade pre-sets and editing tools to help you get started. 

The variety of tools and filters (29 to be precise) doesn’t stop there as you can even create your own filters. To be able to access such variety and complexity for no cost at all places this app at the top of the rankings. 

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VSCO Cam 

VSCO cam is now a free photo editor app for Android and Apple users. The variety of filters are interesting and can be argued by some that they’re better than those featured on Instagram.

Practice makes perfect with this app as there are so many different tools to adjust.  VSCO is ideal for those who indulge in more scenic photographs and with a little bit of editing you can turn what was once described as a ‘basic’ photo into a beautiful professional snap.

Download from the Apple store here

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Pixlr 

Most editing apps only allow one function, however Pixlr combines a camera app, collage maker and photo editor. This lightweight app contains a variety of different elements for absolutely no cost at all. 

Primarily designed as an internet-based photo editing tool, there is a mobile app that provides the same functionality. The simplicity of Pixlr is a real selling point as it includes many tools for quick fixes so that you can make any minor adjustments on the go. If you aren’t experienced in photo editing, then this is the ideal place to start.

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Instagram 

Instagram is taking the world by storm; you can spend hours experimenting with many different editing tools to find the right one. The filters featured on this app are extremely popular and with up to 25 filters to play around with you can completely change your image.

As well as editing your photos, you can share them with the Instagram community which is yet another feature that Instagram lovers indulge in. This social media platform is the place to be uploading photos - so whichever app you use to edit photos, you’ll more than likely going to want to upload them to Instagram.

Download from the Apple store here

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Adobe Photoshop Express 

The main attraction of this tool is the selection of smart filters - these filters automatically correct issues found in the photo such as exposure problems. You can upload a photo from your device or use an image from your Adobe Creative Cloud, and away you go!

Before getting started, you will need to sign up for a free Adobe ID account. Photoshop can often be described as complex for beginners, whereas this express mobile version is clear and easy to navigate. The multiple tutorials available for assistance make this app clear and user friendly. Despite being free, there are more advanced features that do require Creative Cloud membership which does come at a cost.

Download from Apple store here

Download from Google Play here

Readily available on mobile devices, editing photos has never been easier. From teeth whitening to removing blemishes, you have the power. Despite all these selfie editors allowing us to magically edit ourselves, let’s not forget that there is nothing wrong with embracing our natural features. However, if you want some amazing editing features to produce a perfect selfie or high-quality photography then one of these apps will be your new best friend.

So, you’ve got the right photo editors but looking for the right phone to capture them? Check out our top 5 best camera phones here.

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