What are the best filter apps for Instagram?

asked by roma Jelinskaite
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9 solutions
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    #1Afterlight

    Afterlight
    Afterlight is a free image editing app with a simple design to help users enhance their photos with its powerful tools, filters, textures, and frames. Some of its features can also be bought which is not available in the free version. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with-in app purchases.

    Ann Holland
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Go from novice to pro with this intuitive, user friendly photo editing app called Afterlight. A simple design, paired with powerful and snappy tools, will give you the look you want in seconds. My biggest gripe with it is that it does not allow for use in landscape mode."
  2. 13

    #2Layout

    Layout

    Layout is a free photography application being offered by Instagram. It is capable of making collages of up to 9 photos at a time and features a built-in Photo Booth. Layout is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Jorge Luis Aguilar
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A wonderful little way to change up how your Instagram looks and how people look in it. Fun app and would definitely keep the website more interesting"
  3. 8

    #3Snapseed

    Snapseed

    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.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christina Ferguson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I like how there are many interesting filters in this app. I am a person that loves taking pictures so this app is a good match for me. I like how its really intuitive and also easy to use, I have used this app to edit more than 20 pictures and it doesnt get old."
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    #4Camera+ Legacy

    Camera+ Legacy

    Camera+ is an app for iOS devices that features tools like Touch Exposure & Focus, Digital Zoom, Horizon Level, and Clarity. It also has different shooting modes, scene modes, and effects to help users in adjusting their photos.

    Apps

    iOS

    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Devansh Mehta
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Instagram has its own filters, but the camera doesn't allow for much other photo manipulation. That is where Camera+ comes in. It has tons of features and makes editing photos painless. The best part is that you can share to multiple platforms. I love this app and don't think I will ever replace it."
  2. 8

    #5Hyperlapse

    Hyperlapse
    This free video app that's available only for iOS devices. Using Hyperlapse from Instagram, users can capture time-lapse videos even in motion. It has an automatic stabilization tool feature and allows users to speed up their videos 12x faster.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Jessica Guerrero
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Hyperlapse is great for Instagram stories or short videos. The stabilization tool is useful to counteract against camera shake. There's better filter apps for static pictures though. "
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    #6VSCO

    VSCO
    VSCO is a mobile application developed by Visual Supply Company for taking photos, editing them with a variety of settings and filters, and sharing them. Users can join a creative community with no public followers, likes, or comments. 
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Susan Myers
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " VSCO is an app for taking photos, editing them, and sharing them in a variety of ways."
  4. 1

    #7InstaMerge

    InstaMerge

    InstaMerge: Merge Videos & Edit is a video editing app that can record HD videos, trim, crop, merge, and combine for a video story or post on Instagram. InstaMerge has over a hundred different filters, effects, and music to choose from.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Stephanie Briggs
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "Instamerge is a free video editing app with a simple design that helps you enhance your videos. You can merge multiple video clips, add themes, filters, effects, and choose your favorite music. It's the easiest way to take your videos to the next level and make beautiful artistic montages."
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    #8Boomerang

    Boomerang

    Boomerang from Instagram is a free video app available on Android and iOS devices that lets users create mini videos that loop back and forth. It allows you to share your videos on Facebook and Instagram or download it on your camera roll.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Anna Ray
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a great idea for an app, the only problem is you cant use your pre-recorded videos you already have, you have to record it through the app itself. A little flawed but worth a look if Instagram is your thing."
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    #9RNI Films

    RNI Films

    RNI Films features a number of filters you can users can utilize for their photos, on top of adjustment tools like brightness, contrast, color, crop & rotate, and clarity for altering. The app also supports photos in RAW format.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Zoe Korn
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "Like this app, there are a lot of qualitative fiters free and some paid if you want"

Summary

Best What are the best filter apps for Instagram
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AfterlightApps 14 Free
2LayoutApps 13 Free
3Snapseed Apps 8 Free
4Camera+ LegacyApps 8 Paid
5HyperlapseApps 8 Free
6VSCO Apps 5 Free
7InstaMergeApps 1 Free
8BoomerangApps 1 Free
9RNI FilmsApps 1 Free
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