Photo editing on Android is still in the stages where you can do only the most basic edits. However, apps are coming out all the time that add more and more functionality and mobile photographers have more options than ever before when it comes to editing photos on your Android device. In this list we’ll explore the best photo editor apps for Android.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
First on our list is a fun little photo editor called BeFunky. In this simple editor, you have access to dozens of effects and editing tools, including filters, sharpen, and exposure, among others. Where this app really shines is how much you can edit. With this you can literally add unlimited affects to your photos so you can make them look however you want. It’s widely popular and highly rated. There is also a free version you can check out to see if it’s for you before picking up the paid version. The version we have linked is the tablet version, there is also a version for just phones.
Cupslice is a photo editor with a little more tact and polish, even if the features aren’t as heavy as some of these others. It comes with over 50 effects to start along with your basic editing tools. It also includes a number of stickers you can add to photos and that number gets updated every week. It’s a nice, simple app that should suit the needs of most people.
[Price: Free / $3.99]
Pho.to Lab is our first really heavily-featured app on the list. It comes with over 500 frames for your photos if you enjoy frames. It also comes with a myriad of backgrounds, photo filters, collage features, and even the popular human-to-animal montage that turns your face into an animal’s face. The free version has watermarks and advertisements whereas the paid version does not, so you can at least give it a shot and see if you like it before you buy it. It has a metric ton of things you can add to photos, even if the actual editing features are pretty basic.
Photo Editor by Aviary stands out on our list because it has a slightly more composed set of actual editing features. There are still things like stickers, filters, and the like, but the app has extra tools for editing including things like fixing red-eye, whitening teeth, etc. It’s a fairly solid app overall although it won’t have that appeal for fans of Instagram-style filters as it will for people who want just a good looking photo.
Photo Editor Pro is a very solid photo editor app even if there’s nothing over-the-top about it. It features a one-touch enhance feature, filters, frames, and the basic photo improvement tools like color balance, crop, and rotate. Again, there’s nothing overly special about it, but it is a solid option for people who just need to do a little touching up here and there.
Photo Effects Pro has a few more fun features than many of these other ones. For instance, you can insert meme pictures to make funny pictures, finger paint on the photo like you can with S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 3, and of course the standard tools, filters, and frames features. It’s another very solid (and totally free) offering that should fill the needs of most people. It also boasts that it only uses the internet to share photos.
With a name like Photoshop, you expect greatness right? Well, before you get your hopes up too high, you should know that this isn’t nearly as powerful as the desktop application. You can do some of the basic Photoshop things like working with layers. However, It’s mixed in with more conventional mobile photo editing features like filters and mild adjustments like color correction. There are some cool features like camera fill and compatibility with desktop Photoshop using the Adobe Creative Cloud. So if you’re a big fan of Adobe products, this app should be useful.
When it comes to photo editing features that focus around things like collages, there are few apps that are better than PicsArt. It does focus primarily on collages and, thus, has a bunch of features for that. However, there are still the basic photo editing things like filters, controls, and adjustments along with some unusual features like finger-painting and stickers. It’s a solid free app and a must-have for collage fans. However, if you’re looking for something a little more in depth, you may want to try something else.
[Price: Free / $3.99]
With well over ten million downloads, it’s pretty clear that PicSay is among the most popular on our list. It offers the basic features that you’ve seen us talk about a multitude of times already and that’s what you get with the free version. In the paid version, you get additional content like more filters and more actual features like pressure-sensitive drawing, removing red-eye, and others. It’s a solid and vastly popular option that’s worth checking out.
We all know why this is here. Rage Comics and memes are hilarious. This is essentially just a photo editor with sticker and text features. It includes over 300 meme faces. It doesn’t have any of the other features these other apps have, but it is definitely the funniest one on the list. If you’re looking for something more serious, you should pick of these other apps but if you’re down for a laugh, this can help do that.
If you’re a fan of Google and want to use only Google apps, we recommend using Snapseed as your photo editor. While the photos app on Google+ has its own small editor, Snapseed is owned by Google and it is, without question, a whole lot better than the Google+ photos app. With this app you can auto-tune and auto-correct images quickly if need be. There are also the standard filters, adjustment features, and frames. It’s a fun and solid app that’s perfect for Google fans.
Photo editing is still coming into its own on Android, so most of these apps have features that are very similar to one another. This isn’t a lack of ingenuity but rather a temporary ceiling in the genre itself. As the platform expands and becomes more complex, we’re sure more vibrant and robust photo editing will be available but for right now, if you’re looking for something more complex and in-depth like Gimp or Photoshop, you’ll have to keep using Gimp and Photoshop because there is nothing quite like that on Android just yet. As always if there’s a great app we happened to miss, let us know in the comments!
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And Pixlr Express is also free and a good one, lots of filters, frames and more.
Pixlr Express is also a good one, with lots of filters, frames, effects and more. Now even better because is Free before you have to pay for it.
Yep i agree. Awesome app that never leaves my phone’s app drawer.
True that, its a very intuitive app #droidbug
pretty sure it was always free
What about “best video editors”? -____-
All of them are bad nuff said
true. only edit videos on my desktop though.
That’s more of a camera than a photo editor :)
both. cause you could import the pics from your gallery to edit them with filters/effects ;)
Photo Editor by dev.macgyver! It’s the first app when you search “photo editor”
It has probably all the basic functions, well done, that serious amateurs might need. Has multilevel undo and redo, freely choosable source* and destination subdirectories (workflow!), and much else to like.*See the little triangle below the image.
Pixlr Express is the only one I use. Get great results!
I’m very much the novice when it comes to this ‘artform’, a medium of self expression that is still considered by some as just too easy to be taken seriously.
Before the digital age specific outcomes often required planning for that great shot as well as extensive experience in the darkroom. Now though, a mirriade of apps and effects are easily attained.
I have suprised myself several times lately producing some amazing images, good enough for the living room wall.
In fact you or I could photograph a portion of the ‘carpet’, apply a number of effects and arrive at something quite interesting.
To say Android photo apps have a way to go compared to ‘photoshop’ or ‘gimp’……hmmm!
The former is very expensive (Windows based) and the latter is a Linux specific program which is free.
Although it isn’t promoted, GIMP has a Windows version of 2.8 that has recently become very stable.
I replaced an older version of PShop Elements with it (also to get rid of Java, required for PShop products). It’s great product with a lot of filters and third party enhancements.
I’m glad that you haven’t missed our Pho.to Lab, Joseph. Good to see you like it.
I like the funny editor apps, any other where I can swap faces, do cut outs or add cut outs?
That rage comics photo app looks funny.
I started with Pixlr Express but Vignette is the only one I’ve bought and actually use, for the enhanced camera controls, though the editing and filters seem to hold their own with Pixlr and the rest. The writer ends correctly noting that most of these things are pretty much the same, apart from GUI.
You missed pixlr express – the best photo editing app of all! For shame
touch retouch !!
This is the one:
Indeed, it is! I just posted an extensive and fairly detailed descriptive reply to another nearby post.
I’ve only ever used Pixlr Express and haven’t even considered alternatives because it gets the job done for me. That is why I’m shocked it’s not even on the list :-O I must be missing a lot…
Photo mate r2 is areal photo editor with curves, gradients, and raw file support blows all of the above away IMHO
Just had a look at Google Play, and will buy it.. Have beun using Photo Editor by dev.mcgyver, quite good, but /this/ one — egad! A related download provides lots of Raw file support. Lots to learn about, looks seriously professional. Thanks much for the tip!
If you get the r2 version all of the raw support is built in the add on is for older versions
What about videos editors ?
Pixlr Express – The best of them all
Photo Editor Pro is just a licensed clone of aviary and shouldnt’ve been included
osum list but i think you missed Instafusion app….just try once…it has a very easy and beautiful interface….
i need a photo viewer with editor that alow me draw on pictures i am using books pictures to study from it so i need brush or what ether to make high lines about important things