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!