What are the best background blur apps for iPhone?

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    AfterFocus is a photo-editor app for Android and iOS devices in which you can blur the background of your images by choosing and selecting what part of it you want it to be blurred. Fast sharing options included.

    iOS, Android


    Brandon Sullivan
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "AfterFocus is one of the best (and cheapest) apps on the market for those who need to create background blur in their photos. It has maintained a 4 star review average on the iTunes store, and has an easy to use interface that works seamlessly with the iPhone's many photo-editing features. For only 99 cents, AfterFocus is a steal."
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    Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google that will upgrade your regular photos, with lots of filters and special effects. It has 29 tools like healing, brush, structure, HDR, etc.


    Android, iOS


    Sara Zepeda
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "Snapseed is an awesome photo editing app. I've tried others, but none have offered as many unique options as this app. The simple options, like crop and filters, are available, but it also has a really effective blur effect that creates beautiful portraits."
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    #3Bokeh Lens

    Bokeh Lens
    Bokeh Lens is an easy-to-use free app for iOS in which you can edit any photo from your gallery to have a bokeh effect or a blurred background. The area selection is manual and features several zoom options.



    John Santos
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "While it isn't quiet the same as taking a photo with a nice DSLR camera to get this effect this app does a pretty reasonable job of achieving this look with just your phone camera. If you don't have one of the newer dual camera phones designed to do this try this app."


Did you know that the Japanese term for blur is bokeh? This term is a common photography jargon in which the lens produces out-of-focus parts. Mike Johnston who is the editor of Photo Techniques magazine popularized it in 1997. His reason? For the correct pronunciation of English speakers.

There’s also a difference of bokeh – the good and the bad. Based on Photography Life, a good bokeh should appear soft and creamy with no hard edges. Smooth round of circles is also a factor for it. Macro and telephoto are some lenses that create a blurry background. Moreover, soap-bubble bokeh emerged through Hugo Meyer & Co. Through innovation, this is now possible since Meyer Optic USA Inc. released Trioplan f2.9/50 lens in 2015. But bokeh is not achieved only in photography. Nowadays, phones can now recreate it using photo effects. There are now apps to blur the background of a photo. In fact, iPhone launched its portrait mode in 2016 that blurs the background. Other phone models which are now producing bokeh are Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Vivo, and Honor 9 Lite. But don’t worry if you don’t have these phones since there are alternatives like apps that blur out the background of a photo. Feel free to try photo blur apps and share if there’s a difference from using a camera or a phone.

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    FabFocus is a premium app for iOS devices in which you can add blur, depth and bokeh effects to the photos you select from your gallery. The app features a built-in body recognition.



    Brenda Medina
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "If you need a background blurring app for your iPhone, FabFocus is the best option for that. It is a premium app that allows you to not only blur, but also add depth and other effects to any photos from your gallery. I really like using this app for blurring my background and I'm sure you'd enjoy it too!"
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    #5Filterstorm Neue

    Filterstorm Neue

    Filterstorm Neue provides users with editing tools they can use to modify photos such as Clarity, Close, Curves, Hue. Saturation, Temperature, Color Blending, etc. It also comes with features you can use for effects, masking, and blending.




    Jordan Lane
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Filterstorm Neue is the best way to add that blur flare to all of your photos and much more."
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    #6Depth Effects

    Depth Effects
    Depth Effects is a premium app for iOS that allows you to have portrait mode on your iPhone device. It features bokeh effects and DLSR-mode for any picture you select from your gallery.



    Randy Pearson
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "I am always taking pictures of my friends and me when we are out. I love to add effects to really make the pictures standout. While on the hunt for new effects I came across Depth Effects for iOS and have been using it nonstop for the last two weeks. If you are like me and love to dress your photos up download Depth Effects and give it a shot."
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    #7Tadaa SLR

    Tadaa SLR
    Tadaa SLR is a pad app for iOS devices in which you can add a powerful effect to your regular camera. Just shoot, focus and get bokeh and depth of field effects as simple as it seems.



    Stephen Grant
    Written on September 24, 2018
    "This is a pretty neat app for the bokeh effect however i found it a little too pricey considered theat these are the only features of the app, if added more features i might rate higher"
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    #8Big Lens

    Big Lens
    Big Lens is a paid app for iOS that gives an upgrade to the regular camera, adding blur effects, depth of field and lots of tools that adjust different parameters in order to get a professional result. This app is being offered by Reallusion Inc.



    Hao Cao
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "I love putting blurs in the background of photos that I have taken. I've tried many different apps for this purpose and found that "Big Lens" works the best on my iPhone. It has lots of different features but is very easy to use and creates the perfect image!"
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    #9Blur Image Background

    Blur Image Background
    Blur Image Background is a free app for Android devices in which you will find useful tools for blurring the undesired background of the pics of your choice. Includes automatic photo filters.



    Philip Grant
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "Blur Image Background a somewhat above-average pick for this particular category. This app. is rated as generally functionally effective and moderately useful. However, while simple and easy to use, this app. does lack some user controls and settings. Overall, this particular app. has been moderately well rated by users in this particular iOS segment."


Best What are the best background blur apps for iPhone
1AfterFocusApps 23 Free
2Snapseed Apps 21 Free
3Bokeh LensApps 14 Paid
4FabFocusApps 14 Paid
5Filterstorm NeueApps 12 Paid
6Depth EffectsApps 10 Paid
7Tadaa SLRApps 10 Paid
8Big LensApps 9 Paid
9Blur Image BackgroundApps 0 Free

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