Photo Editing Apps for Instagram

I have two folders on my iPhone dedicated to "photography" and I'd love to share my favourite apps with everyone! All of the apps I've chosen are available for free download with some having in-app purchases. Best of all, they're all user-friendly! Unfortunately, these are all for iOS since I own an iPhone. I hope to share some android-friendly apps in part two. : )

Collage App

For square or rectangular collages, I've been using Photo Collage Free for a while now. I've been trying different collage apps for the past year or so and this has been my favourite so far. All of the side-by-side outfit photos on my Instagram were created using this app.

  • different dimensions
  • rounded or square corners
  • thin or thick borders (my only issue is that you can't get rid of them, so I just make them thin)
  • photo flipping & filters
  • different border colours/designs
Other apps I've used, but deleted: Instaframe (too much going on), InstaCollage Pro (same reason), Pic Collage (great for freestyle collages, but not Instagram-friendly)

Watermark App

There are a lot of watermark apps that aren't available for free, so the one I'm recommending, eZy Watermark lite, is the best free one I've used. The app crashes when I add an image sometimes, but it'll work after 1-2 more tries (if it doesn't, close all other apps first). This could annoy a lot of people, but I have no problem with it since it's a decent free app. Another thing about it is that it doesn't let you save a few watermarks at the same time (ex. I use @jessydust and interchangeably). However, most people only use one watermark so this shouldn't pose as a problem.

  • set resolution and "pen thickness" sizes
  • autograph, text, or image watermarks are allowed
  • change angle, colour, font, opacity of watermark (currently no size change, but it's a good size for me)
Other apps I've used, but deleted: iWaterFree (the app adds its own watermark on top of your image unless you upgrade), PhotoMarkr (only one text size, which is BIG)

Square Photos 

Ever since the new Instagram update a while back, it got a lot hard to upload rectangular photos. Thankfully, there's an app (Squaready) for that.

  • change background colour
  • zoom function
  • crop & centre images
  • flip & rotate images
This was the only app that I've used that specifically squares photos for Instagram; however, I do sometimes use the collage app mentioned above to make my vertical photos fit into a square frame. For those who want to know how I do it, feel free comment below or email me.

Mirror Images

I used to go through a series of steps to create the mirrored image effect for my photos until I discovered Mirrorgram. The app only produces square images, which can be a bit restricting if you want to show an entire rectangular photo. Not all hope is lost though because that issue can be fixed with Squaready (mentioned above).

  • horizontal, vertical, & diagonal mirror
  • blurring/focusing (like on Instagram)
  • filters (only a few require an upgrade)
This was the only app I've used that specifically mirrors images for you; however, I did used to manually flip my photos using another app then put them in side-by-side collages. Not the most efficient way of doing this, but I never knew there was an app for this.

These are all of the "basic editing" apps I use for Instagram. I'll be publishing a part two to this post for more "advanced" ones (such as actual photo editing) soon.

Thanks for reading!

I'd love to know...
Which apps are you using for the features mentioned above? I love checking out new photo editing apps!


  1. thanks for this jessy! i just got an iphone and have been looking into getting different apps for photos. can't wait to try them out - thank you for the review.

    xo P

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    1. That's awesome! Enjoy your new phone : )

  2. Sweet! Going to check out these apps! :) Always looking for new ones!
    Check out Shapely to make your images different shapes! And also #nocrop for those images that are too big to fit into instagram! :)

    1. Thank you for the recommendation, Kar Yan. Gonna check them out right after this message. : )

  3. I love squaready! Definitely going to check out the others too! :) x Laura

    1. Hope you found a new app to use, Laura!

  4. OMG! I needed that mirror app. Thank you for this!

    1. Yay! Glad I was able to help you. Enjoy!

  5. Thanks for the post!! I always love adding new apps to my photography collection! They are so fun to play with eh? Just downloaded Mirrorgram, thanks! Been looking for that option lately. :) I love PhotoWonder, and PuddingCam lately! They have good filter effects. :)

    1. I have two folders on my phone dedicated to them so I guess you could say I'm obsessed. ; ) I'm going to check out those apps you mentioned. Thanks, Tifa!

  6. Love this post! I am always looking for new photo editing apps =)


  7. Great post, I am terrible with the photo apps on my iphone. This just helped me take all the guesswork out of where to look