How to Edit Your Instagram Photos Better (5 Apps you NEED)

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It’s a question I get more times a day than I can count on my hands and feet – so let’s do this! Here are the apps I use and those I consider to be the best 5 apps to edit your instagram photos!

How to Edit your Instagram Photos: 5 Apps you NEED


Perhaps it is accurate to say that VSCO cam holds the premium position by way of photo editing apps. The community continues to grow its’ user base daily and the hashtag #vscocam has been used more than 99 million times. Its super easy to use and does all the hard work for you. My personal favourite is the T1 filter, but there are many others to choose from.


So with all the simple photo editing apps out there, what’s different about Snapseed? WELL, this app has an incredibly important feature which allows you to edit parts of the photo that require colour correction, instead of changing the entire photo. It is incredibly effective for iphoneography enthusiasts, and best of all its free!

CAMERA+ – $1.99

If you’re serious about using your iPhone or other smart phone device as a camera replacement, be sure to download the camera+ app. This app lets you do things with your camera that aren’t possible with the built-in software. Inside the app you can control the ISO, shutter speed, white balance and more.

MEXTURES – $1.99

Mextures is your go-to for colour popping, fun filters and dramatic effects to your photos. Created by Merek Davis, this app is a small price to pay for great photos in your instagram feed.


If you’re taking lots of landscape photos or photos that look better in horizontal or vertical instead of the 1:1 instagram square, this app is your friend. It will allow you to keep the dimensions of your photo while placing a white (or other) background for the remainder of the square.



It’s also good to note that most of my editing is done inside the instagram app itself. My favourite tweaks are to increase the ‘sun’ dial you see in the centre of the major tools, as well as increasing brightness, saturation, and decreasing highlights to account for the added brightness.


Over to you! What are your favourite apps or tips for editing your instagram photos!?

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    June 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    It is a very nice and interesting post and I enjoy reading it.

    Claire & Laura
    June 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Snapseed is always our go to app, especially the HDR feature! (Lazy, we know!)

    June 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’m always looking for new apps to help make my photos look better on Instagram.

    Lennae xxx

    Misha Gillingham
    June 14, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Thanks for the list, Brooke. DeluxeFX is a great one too! Check it out.

    Amanda Tinney
    June 13, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    PicStitch when you want to collage it. LongExpo when you’re shooting moving objects like flowing water and cars at night. Phonto for adding text. Snapseed is my #1. Excellent list Brooke!

    June 11, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Camera+ is not available in the US. 🙂 Will definitely check out some of the others! Absolutely love your blog!

    June 11, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I use VSCO all of the time! It is by far my favorite since I discovered it a few months back.


    June 11, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I should definitely start using these apps to improve my Instagram! Thanks!

    June 9, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Love these. I’ve recently started using an all clef Priime and LOVE it (maybe even more than VSCOcam ). I also recommend Afterlight!

    Rachel Ang
    June 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I use all of these apps! except mextures! Theyre all super great apps!

    Rachel x

    June 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Great tips! Instagramming is an art 😉

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    Please check it out lovelies xxxx

    June 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Love love love VSCOCAM!

    Backpack Babe
    June 8, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Also, I use Square Ready for all my Instagram photos. SO incredibly useful and quick. 🙂

    Backpack Babe
    June 8, 2015 at 7:39 am

    YESS! <3 Snapseed is amazing of editing and enhancing colors of certain parts of your photo. I used Snapped for all my photos in Greece and it made the water look SO BLUE. It was an absolutely GEM.

    Camera + is definitely one of my favorites though for changing overall saturation, brightness and filters.

    June 8, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Thanks for this! I’m always looking for new good and interesting apps, there’s so much out there to choose from and getting a little advise along the way always helps!

    June 8, 2015 at 5:58 am

    This is a great post. I use vscocam myself and I really love it. I also love to share photos that I’ve taken with “real camera” so that the quality will be better. It takes more time, but it’s totally worth it.

    June 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Nice! 🙂

    Kelly | Endlessly Exploring
    June 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Great list! I absolutely love using VSCOcam and Snapseed to edit my photos. They are probably the two apps that I use the most, as well as the editing tools within Instagram 🙂
    Kelly x

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    June 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Personally I edit my Insta shots using Photoshop Express – it’s free and great for making tweaks to saturation, brightness, highlights, shadows etc! I also like that it’s super simple to use 😀

    June 7, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Love Squareready!! Thanks, this was a great read

    June 7, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I haven’t heard of these! Going to take a look. I use Faded. It gives you lots of options to make your photos look a bit vintage. Thanks!

    June 7, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Haven’t heard if a fair few of these. Looking forward to trying them out. Thanks for the info 🙂

    June 7, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Oh, VscoCam and Snapseed are the best ones! They work perfectly to edit the photos. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day,

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    June 7, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for the suggestions 🙂 I will be downloading some of these for sure, I like to discover new apps as well.Thanks for the tips. If you want to know my favorites, check my post.
    Hope you find there something you like too!


    Rai @araioflight
    June 7, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for this Brooke!
    Of course, too much editing can ruin a good photo.
    Just need to find a good balance… 😉

    June 6, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    cool I always wondered which photo editors were the best. I usually use PhotoWonder but its pretty restrictive

    June 6, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I love Snapseed, but haven’t tried the others. Thanks!

    June 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I really need to improve my photos. I am the worst of photographers but these apps seem to be simple enough even for me. Great tips! Thanks!

    Götz A. Primke
    June 6, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    thanks for those many interesting app-tips. I just had snapseed on my iphone but didn’t use it yet. I just sometimes used LiPix, Flipagram, Cymera and Aviary. But now I will try out also VSCOcam and Squareready. If you like, on instagram follow gap089.

    June 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I use all of this, but one, so thanks for suggesting them!


    June 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Brooke you’re one of my favourite instagramers. I love your feed.
    I also had Snapseed but since the last update it’s not working anymore. Did they change the app again. Is it working?

    x Kate

    June 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    VSCOcam is my favorite app for edit my Instagram photos but I am sure that I don’t use all features in the app, it’s so complete! I don’t like so much Snapseed, I don’t know why but I don’t like the way to edit the photo in this app. Thanks for the advice, I will try the other apps 🙂


    June 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love the VSCO cam so much! One of my friends just recently introduced me to it and now I’m hooked! It took a little bit to get used to though, but totally worth it 🙂

    June 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I just downloaded VSCOCAM, and hate myself for not using it earlier. My pics look 1000x better now. I hate traveling with a nice camera so I’ll have to check out Camera+ as well!

    Tessa Salt
    June 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Ooh I hadn’t heard of Mextures! I love Snapseed, I love how specific the adjustments can be!

    June 6, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Great post Brooke thanks for the tips!

    Can you tell me where your headphones are from? 🙂

    Emma x

    • Brooke Saward
      June 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Just updated the post to include a link 🙂 they’re my fave! I have them in white too!!

    June 6, 2015 at 7:12 am

    i use squareready ALL the time, it’s so easy to use it’s my favourite one!

    Tristan Reposo
    June 6, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Nice! I usually edit my pics using other apps before uploading it to instagram. I do use VSCOCam. I see a lot of established blogger and known writers (not only traveler bloggers/writers) use the #VSCOCAM on their IG accounts. I also love the manual edit on it, since I a heavy adobe photoshop user. But sometimes I manually edit it first transfer it first on my PC edit it… send it to my iPad then upload it via IG…… ugh! the things you do for a quality photo! 😀

    I’m gonna try now those apps you suggested. 😀

    June 6, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I always wondered what the VSCOCAM hashtag was for… haha

    I will check it out. Thanks!