Top 11 Photo Editor Apps for Android

January 24, 2014

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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.

BeFunky Photo Editor – Tablets

[Price: Free / $2.99Be Funky best photo editor apps for android]
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 Get it on Google Playversion 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.
BeFunky best photo editor apps for Android

Cupslide best photo editor apps for androidCupslice Photo Editor

[Price: Free]
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 Get it on Google Playtools. 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.
Cupslide best photo editor apps for android best photo editor apps for Lab

[Price: Free / $3.99] 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 Get it on Google Playyou 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. best photo editor apps for android

photo editor by aviary best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Editor by Aviary

[Price: Free]
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, Get it on Google Playetc. 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 by aviary best photo editor apps for android

photo editor pro best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Editor Pro

[Price: Free]
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 Get it on Google Playlike 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.
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Photo Effects Pro best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Effects Pro

[Price: Free]
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 Get it on Google Playframes 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.
Photo Effects Pro best photo editor apps for android

Photoshop Touch best photo editing apps for androidPhotoshop Touch for phone

[Price: $4.99]
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 Get it on Google Playsome 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.
Photoshop Touch best photo editing apps for android

PicsArt best photo editing apps for AndroidPicsArt Photo Studio

[Price: Free]
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 Get it on Google Playand 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.
PicsArt best photo editing apps for Android

PicSay best photo editing apps for AndroidPicSay – Photo Editor

[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 Get it on Google Playmore 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.
PicSay best photo editing apps for Android

Rage Comics Photo Editor best photo editing apps for androidRage Comics Photo Editor

[Price: Free]
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 Get it on Google Playthe 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.
Rage Comics Photo Editor best photo editing apps for android

Snapseed best photo editor apps for androidSnapSeed

[Price: Free]
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 Get it on Google Playauto-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.
Snapseed best photo editor apps for android

Wrap up

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!


  • OrozcO

    And Pixlr Express is also free and a good one, lots of filters, frames and more.

  • orozcore

    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.

    • Abdel Aziz Farhi

      Yep i agree. Awesome app that never leaves my phone’s app drawer.

    • Ashish Kumar

      True that, its a very intuitive app #droidbug

    • IncCo

      pretty sure it was always free

    • solan

      agreed….pixlr express is one of the best

    • Muntok

      Pixlr Express,i agree

      blogger Muntok

  • Android Guru

    What about “best video editors”? -____-

    • MasterMuffin

      All of them are bad nuff said

      • Izzul Islam

        true. only edit videos on my desktop though.

  • Izzul Islam

    VSCO Cam?

    • JosephHindy

      That’s more of a camera than a photo editor :)

      • Izzul Islam

        both. cause you could import the pics from your gallery to edit them with filters/effects ;)

      • Jelvin

        Is instagram more of a camera than an editor? VSCO is a hipster clone of Instagram.

  • MasterMuffin

    Photo Editor by dev.macgyver! It’s the first app when you search “photo editor”

    • Nicabod

      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.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Pixlr Express is the only one I use. Get great results!

  • Andrew White

    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.

    • Albin

      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.

  • Kate Kocijevska

    I’m glad that you haven’t missed our Lab, Joseph. Good to see you like it.

  • pedmart

    I like the funny editor apps, any other where I can swap faces, do cut outs or add cut outs?

  • Jayfeather787

    That rage comics photo app looks funny.

  • Kevin Muhirwa

    Pick Express!!!

  • Albin

    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.

    • Asahi0

      I still don’t understand why people love Vignette. I’ve owned it for 2 years and I keep going back to it to understand what I’m missing, but I don’t think I’m missing anything.

      I get the fact that the resultant photos are of very good quality, and the granular control over the effects is welcome, but the UI and User experience is amazingly clunky and frustrating compared to modern editing apps. The fact that you cannot see previews of every option, and you must “apply” and then “undo” EVER SINGLE PROCESS – even the slightest change — is crazy. It just feels horribly dated and counter-intuituve. For a modern editing app to not even employ a single series of usable “sliders” that show the change AS IT HAPPENS is a real head-scratcher. Not to mention the fact that the app itself doesn’t adhere to Android interface aesthetics in the least.

      In short, while I love what Vignette set out to do, I’ve been able to recreate the same effects–and more–using Pixlr Express, Aviary and Snapseed in half the time it takes to use Vignette.

      Again, I understand it produces good results, but the process is just such a turn off. I understand that the initial appeal of the app was its small footprint and great results, but there are just too many better apps available for FREE.

      And for the record, the author is not correct about that last part – the good apps differ in many more ways than simply UI.

  • Kalinushka

    You missed pixlr express – the best photo editing app of all! For shame

  • Mon

    touch retouch !!

  • sam
    • Nicabod

      Indeed, it is! I just posted an extensive and fairly detailed descriptive reply to another nearby post.

  • Data

    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…

  • cheesy strider

    Photo mate r2 is areal photo editor with curves, gradients, and raw file support blows all of the above away IMHO

    • Nicabod

      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!

      • cheesy strider

        If you get the r2 version all of the raw support is built in the add on is for older versions

        • Slim

          Personally I prefer IFace camera its awesome

  • Al-Mothafar M. Al-Hasan

    What about videos editors ?

  • IncCo

    Pixlr Express – The best of them all

  • sam

    Photo Editor Pro is just a licensed clone of aviary and shouldnt’ve been included

    • sol

      true…but there is one thing…the blemish effect is easier to use in photo ed pro than avairy

  • hemanti

    osum list but i think you missed Instafusion app….just try once…it has a very easy and beautiful interface….

  • androw

    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

  • srijan

    i love to use instaglass app to edit my photos…it works wonderfully.

  • srijan

    i use instaglass app to edit my photos…it works wonderfully.

  • Tara James

    Great list but you’re missing one thing, Pixlr Express. In my opinion it is by FAR the best Android photo editing app. I’ve literally had dozens of people think certain photos of mine were done professionally but it’s all because I used that app to perfect them. If you don’t already have it, stop what you’re doing and go RIGHT NOW and download it. You can thank me later.

  • shuvoshri

    hey try photo effects studio effection app….

  • Sneha Kulkarni

    Picosome nice Android app for photo effects.. Check it out Picosome

  • Zeinul Abidin Al-Nouby

    I deeply appreciate this review! Thanks again, AA.

  • Sharon

    Do you recommend Android Photo Editor? I installed it but am having trouble finding it. Do I use it online or on my phone? I’m new at this and am also having trouble getting my photos from my phone to my computer. I do not have wifi. Samsung SCH-1415

  • Carolline

    I used to surf latest mobile apps and use them to judge which is better.
    The Apps you have mentioned here are really Good.
    I would like to add one more – A new Free Photo editing App- Followlife
    You must try it and share your experience.

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