Best Photo Editing Apps for iPhone and Android

Until one time, advanced photo editing was limited to desktop computers. Today, thanks to impressive performance improvements in mobile devices and apps that take advantage of that capacity, not only do you capture high-quality photos on your phone, but you can also edit them directly on the same device, with much of the control you’d find on a machine.

There’s no shortage of photo editing applications to choose from on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. We have different guides for the best Android and iOS camera software, but we’ve gathered the best editing tools available on both platforms here. Whatever mobile OS you like, these are the apps you can count on.


Snapseed is one of the most popular photo editing apps available on the iPhone. Why? For what? Because it is user friendly, even if it provides a strong set of editing tools. Install and use is completely free too! This photo editor app is suitable for beginners as well as professional photographers with an iPhone.

You can easily improve light, color, and sharpness with the Snapseed software. And images can be blurred, rotated and straightened. You can edit some parts of your image through selective tools and brushes. And the Tool for Healing is useful for removing objects from your images. The Portrait device is suitable for making flawless portrait pictures with smooth skin and sparkling eyes.

Snapseed also features a set of filters in your images to create different moods. Filters make it easy to convert your pictures to black and white, or create a textured retro look. If you’re new to iPhone photography, the first Photo Editor feature you use should be Snapseed. With this app, you’ll be able to create beautiful edits which will enhance your photos dramatically.

Snapseed is available in the App Store for FREE. Unlike many other photo editing devices, there are no extra in-app purchases for which to pay.

Adobe Photoshop Express

If you just want to give your picture a little punch quickly, Photoshop Express is your app. It offers a range of “Looks,” which are single-tap filters with a simple force control to change the effect strength. While some looks are a bit outlandish, most of them have subtle, flattering effects which obviously don’t make your picture look too processed.

There are 11 additional manual editing devices, such as lighting, defog and highlights changes, each with a preview of the thumbnails so you can see what to expect before you apply an effect. Both of them are based on the same processing algorithms as those used in Photoshop’s complete version, so consistency is top notch.

Another strength is cropping: this is done elegantly with sensitive controls and useful presets, like 16:9 widescreen and Facebook cover, for different picture sizes. Blemish removal, reduction of the red-eye and different frames complete the line-up.

You can find Photoshop Express limiting if you want to explore complex artistic transformations. But if you just want to keep things simple and pep your pics for sharing, it’s an excellent choice with its smooth interface and superior processing power.

AutoDesk Pixlr

AutoDesk Pixlr is a free photo editing software with over 2 million effects, overlays, and filter combinations. You can make photo collages using Pixlr with different layout, background, and spacing options. There is a function of Auto Fix which balances out color. And it can layer and mix multiple photos together.

With pencil drawings and ink sketches, the images can be stylised. You should erase blemishes, red eyes and white teeth to improve the selfies. And you can add captions and overlay text to images.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom has become the gold standard among professionals for digital photo-management and editing. Thankfully, due to its simplified interface and fantastic syncing features, it doesn’t take a pro to handle or edit images in the cloud-based version, Lightroom CC. Available on both Android and iOS, Adobe Lightroom CC is a full-featured photo manager and editor, complete with RAW photo support, filters, exposure changes, watermarking, and so much more. It’s free to download and edit images in, but if you want the option to synchronize your photos across devices and use the premium features, you’ll need to fork out for Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan, which costs $10 a month and also gives you access to Photoshop and Lightroom Classic on your laptop.

And while Lightroom CC makes the list for photo editing, the app also has a built-in camera that can do more than your regular camera app with features such as long exposures and more sophisticated instruments.


VSCO (pronounced visco) is yet another impressive photo editing app. It’s actually one of the best iPhone apps for photo filters. The large collection of VSCO filters helps you to create a classic movie look in your iPhone photos. These filters are ideal to add a vintage look to your images.

VSCO filters are discreet in comparison to other devices where the filters can be overpowering. Many of them try beautifully understated edits with a smooth, faded look. The intensity of the filters can be modified according to your taste. And you can use VSCO’s editing tools to fine-tune light or colour.

VSCO App Store is FREE to download. It comes with 10 free filter presets and a set of tools for photo editing. Through subscribing to VSCO X membership ($19.99 a year), you can access the full range of over 130 filters as well as additional editing tools.

CyberLink PhotoDirector

PhotoDirector fits somewhere between the free quick-fix apps and the more sophisticated pro-image editors, offering you more resources and modifications without the layer-based complexities of the latter. If you are more interested in getting the most out of your images than in turning them into compositions, there are some fantastic features you can find here. PhotoDirector has fantastic, pro-level tools to change tonal curves, contrast and color and a particularly powerful dehaze option.

You can also eliminate blemishes and repair problem areas by cloning, and you can choose from a large gallery of monochrome, decorative, and vintage camera effects. PhotoDirector has its own tool for applying convincing’ bokeh’ focus blur effects to images, plus a fascinating blender that functions like a basic version of a Photoshop adjustment layer, enabling you to change the tones and colors in your picture by combining an overlay with different blending modes.

PhotoDirector also goes big on fun sticker, frame and slightly cheesy scene effects, which can turn a snap into a fun arty project, if all that sounds a little grim. The one drawback is that some of those apps, filters, and effects are paid for bonuses, either individually or through an annual subscription. Yet, the app isn’t overly pushy to endorse these, and when you get so much for free it’s hard to complain. If you’re searching for something more than Snapseed deals, then PhotoDirector is worth downloading.

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