9 Best Instagram Alternative Apps

Last Updated: April 15, 2016

People have been looking for Instagram alternatives for quite long now. Some of them are not happy with the privacy policy changes of the service, some have just lost their interest in the app since Facebook acquired it, and finally there are some who just want to try out something fresh and new for their photography skills. Well, we’ve got you covered and brought you some apps that are definitely way more powerful than Instagram when it comes to real photography. Below we have the 9 Best Instagram Alternative apps for you.

Best Instagram Alternatives

1. Flickr


The best alternative to Instagram if you’re making the switch. Flickr offers a lot of features that you won’t find in any other photo app on any platform. The best thing about Flickr is the fact that you get 1000 GB (1 TB) of cloud storage for free, no subscription or purchase required at all. All your camera photos and videos are stored privately on the cloud so you have plenty of storage space on your smartphone. Flickr lets you tweak your photos and add the touch of creativity to your images. There are hundreds of different filters that you can apply, crop your photos, and share your creations with the whole Flickr community or just your loved ones.

Developer: Yahoo

Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 8.0 or Higher

Availability: Android, iOS (Free)

2. Snapseed


Get ready to add the touch of brilliance and professionalism to your photos in a snap. Snapseed has been recently acquired by Google and this amazing photo editing app gives you the power to add, retouch, or completely enhance your photos with just a touch. You don’t need expensive desktop softwares anymore to give your photos that professional look because Snapseed will let you take your photo quality to the perfection for free on your smartphone. Snapseed provides a plethora of different tools for your photos that you won’t find on any other photo editing apps, from the hipster look to the vintage, it has you covered.

Developer: Google

Compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher, iOS 8.0 or Higher

Availability: Android, iOS (Free)

3. Pixlr


Pixlr is actually the elder and better brother of Pixlr-o-Matic app because it offers a wide range of different tools and features for your photography than its sibling. Pixlr lets you easily fine tune any image with just a few taps on your phone. The app is very user friendly even newbies can give their photos a complete makeover with this simple app. Best thing is the feature that lets you apply all these effects to your photos in real-time which means that you don’t even have to capture the image to preview the effects instead you can preview them directly when using the camera so you know how to shoot the perfect photograph on your phone. Auto-fix feature handles all the things for you and gives your photos a sharp look without you having to put in any manual work at all. You can also share your photos with your friends via social media directly from the app.

Developer: Autodesk

Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 7.1 or Higher

Availability: Android, iOS (Free)

4. Camera360 Ultimate


With nearly 400 million users from around the world, Camera360 Ultimate is definitely the ultimate photo editing and sharing app available for modern smartphones. This is the completely free app without any ads or in-app purchases. One of the most powerful photography apps with more than 200 different features and tools to give your photos that unique and awesome look. Gives you ample cloud storage to save your photos so you can access from anywhere in the world with just an active internet connection and also save you quite some storage space on your smartphone. The simple design gives you a smooth and lightning fast experience when using this app.

Developer: PinGuo

Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 7.0 or Higher

Availability: Android, iOS (Free)

5. Camera+


No matter if you’re a professional photographer or just an average person who has never shot a photo before because Camera+ will let you shoot amazing looking photos easily. This app will help you click the most beautiful and fine-tuned photos on your phone and you don’t even have to do any manual work because Camera+ will automatically adjust your photos to the perfection. The all new clarity feature will add light and brighten up your dark photos to give them a new life. You can also sync all the photos with your iCloud account so the photos that you have taken on your iPhone can be later edited on your iPad as long as you have an internet connection. Hundreds of different image filters will give you the ability to make your photos look extra cool and share them with your friends via social media channels.

Developer: Tap Tap Tap

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS Paid ($2.99)

6. Hipstamatic Classic


Hipstamatic is the most popular and the most loved app for the iOS platform. This app lets you turn your photos into brilliant masterpieces with just a single tap. Add the flashiest filters to your photos for a modern look or add those grungy vintage filters to give your photos a retro look, choice is all yours. Hipstamatic has plenty of different photography apps that include DSPO, Cinamatic, Tintype, Incredibooth, Swankolab, and Oggl. Oggl is actually a social network for like-minded photographers from all around the world so you can share your creative work and also watch what others are doing in the world of creative photography. Your photos will become your identity on the Hipstamatic network.

Developer: Hipstamatic

Compatibility: iOS 6.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS Paid ($1.99)

7. Adobe Photoshop Express


The good old Adobe Photoshop; the software that completely transforms each photo is now available for you on the go. You don’t need to fire up the full-fledged software when you can use the all new and lightweight Adobe Photoshop Express app to add flair to your photographs with just a touch. You don’t have to learn photoshop anymore because this handy app will edit, fix, and enhance your photos almost automatically and you can still share them with your loved ones and boast about your photography skills. The app provides you with the option for one-touch fix on all your photos which will completely transform your photos from average to best with just a single touch. The app also offers extra features but you will have to make in-app purchases to avail these extra features such as noise reduction, defog, and much more.

Developer: Adobe

Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 or higher, iOS 7.0 or Higher, Windows Phones 8.1

Availability: Android, iOS, Windows Phone (Free with in-app purchases)

8. Retrica


If you’re a fan of vintage photography and want all your photographs to pop out from the crowd then Retrica is the perfect app to help you do so. The app offers more than 100 filters that can be previewed in real time when using your camera so you know which filter to apply and how to take your shot. All effects can be added to your photos with just a touch of the button and you can even create beautiful collages for the best memories of your life. You can also add the Retrica watermark to your photos if you want everyone to know that you’re using this app for such beautiful and trendy photos. Retrica is the perfect app if you take a lot of selfies, it makes your selfies stand out from the crowd.

Developer: Venticake

Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 6.0 or Higher

Availability: Android, iOS (Free with in-app purchases)

9. PicsArt Photo Studio


PicsArt is the global community of creative photographers and artists where everyone shows their talents and shares their creative masterpieces. This app provides hundreds of different tools and features for photo editing that makes it one of the solid photography apps available on the market. It also lets you add some stickers or texts over your image to make it more unique and deliver your message in a trendy new way. You can share your creative work with the community or just share it with your close ones via your Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and more. A complete drawing toolset will let you perform the most amazing artistic touches on your photographs as if they were taken from a high-end professional camera. PicsArt is the one stop shop for all your creative photography needs.

Developer: PicsArt

Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 7.0 or Higher, Windows Phone 8.1

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone (Free)

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If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram alternative or just a decent way to enhance your photography skills on your mobile device then the above mentioned apps will definitely come in handy. If you have any other Instagram Alternatives that you would like to be included in the list then don’t forget to mention them in the comments below.