15 best Photo Editor Apps for Android

by: Joe HindyFebruary 23, 2016
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Thanks to the vast improvements made to smartphone cameras, mobile photo editing is more popular than ever. Everyone wants to add those little tweaks to make their photos really pop and there are a metric ton of apps that can do just that. Searching for photo editor apps in the Google Play Store will return enough results to make your head spin so we’ve put together a list of the best photo editor apps for Android.


bonfire best photo editor apps for androidBonfire Photo Editor Pro

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Bonfire Photo Editor is an increasingly popular photo editor with a few fun features. It has the very basics which include filters along with basic editing tools. What makes Bonfire a lot of fun, though, is the sheer number of filters that it supports. It comes with your usual stuff like black and white, HDR, etc but it also comes with some unique ones such as Fancy, a filter that turns your photos into watercolor. It does have some basic editing tools, like skin smoothing and blemish removal as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

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adobe lightroom best photo editor apps for androidAdobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Express

[Price: Free / Free with in-app purchases]
Adobe has vastly improved their mobile offerings over the last year with Lightroom and Photoshop Express leading the charge in the photo editing apps department. They’re both more powerful than average and they both also sync to the desktop variants as long as you use the Adobe Creative Cloud. Individually, Lightroom can be used to adjust photos with a slew of one-touch adjustments while Photoshop Express lets you do the basics like add filters, crop, as well as an auto-fix function that helps smooth out the rough edges. They’re both pretty decent and must haves for serious photography. Download Lightroom using the button below and click here to download Photoshop Express.

Get it now on Google Play!

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airbrush best photo editor apps for androidAirBrush

[Price: Free]
AirBrush is a great photo editing app if you take a lot of selfies. It specializes in quick fixes and edits made to face and skin including a blemish remover, teeth whitening, a function to make eyes look brighter, reshaping tools, and, of course, plenty of filters to add some pizzazz. It’s quite easy to use and has managed an incredible 4.8 rating in the Google Play Store. Most of the tools are one-click which makes all of it exceptionally easy to use as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

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cupslice best photo editor apps for androidCupslice

[Price: Free]
Cupslice is another photo editor that relies heavily on things like filters to deliver a good experience. On top of filters, the app features a ton of stickers and the developers try hard to keep up with the latest trends so your stickers are usually up to date. The filters can also be customized to give the look you want. There are also some basic photo editing tools such as crop, frames, hue and saturation adjustment, black and white, collages, and brightness and contrast settings.

Get it now on Google Play!


fotor best photo editor apps for androidFotor Photo Editor

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Fotor is a long time member of this list and there are many blogs and lists that list Fotor as a must have option. We agree. It’s has a lot more actual editing tools than most and includes the ability to enhance photos with a one-tap tool for your convenience. Some of the other tools include crop, rotate, brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, vignetting, shadow, highlights, temperature, tint, RGB, and, if those aren’t working, there are over 100 filters for you to choose from. It’s definitely worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!


photodirector best photo editor apps for androidPhotoDirector

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
PhotoDirector is a newer entrant (comparatively speaking) into the photo editing space on Android and this one is pretty good. Like Fotor, this one focuses a lot more on manual enhancements rather than filters and you have access to HSL sliders, RGB color channels, white balance, and more to properly edit your photos. There are also sliders for tone, brightness, darkness, exposure, and contrast for more in-depth editing. It’s more powerful than most and should be good for those who want something other than filters.

Get it now on Google Play!

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aviary best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Editor by Aviary

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Photo Editor by Aviary is another long time popular photo editor with a good set of features and reliability. Like most, it features a one-touch enhance mode in case you’re feeling lazy today but it also comes with a variety of manual adjustments to let you do things like adjust the color, brightness, temperature, contrast, saturation, and more. This one also comes with stickers, filters, and cosmetic tools such as red eye fixing, blemish remover, and teeth whitener.

Get it now on Google Play!

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photo editor pro best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Editor Pro

[Price: Free]
Photo Editor Pro is a very popular option that has garnered more than 50 million downloads and well over one million reviews to date. It’s a good mix between a modern “filter editor” and a regular editor and has plenty of features that support both types of editing. You’ll find stuff like sharpen and blur modes, temperature control, as well as saturation, hue, contrast, and brightness controls. You’ll also find stickers, frames, filters, and you can even add text to images to create your own memes. It’s a good middle of the road option depending on what you need.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Photo Effects Pro best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Effects Pro

[Price: Free]
Photo Effects Pro is definitely an editor for those who like to play with filters, effects, stickers, and things like that. It boasts more than 40 filters and effects as well as the ability to add text, stickers, and frames as well. An unusual feature Photo Effects Pro has is the ability to finger paint on your photo to make it something unique that you make. There is a small selection of photo editing tools, but you’re definitely getting this one for the effects.

Get it now on Google Play!

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photo lab pro best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Lab Pro

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Photo Lab Pro isn’t as well known as most but it seems to know how to pack in the features. It boasts over 640 filters, frames, and effects for you to play with which makes it among the largest collections available to consumers. With this one, you can create montages, lightly edit photos, stitch together effects to create some unique photos to share with friends. There is a free version with advertising and watermarks. If you want to try the free one first, you can download it here.

Get it now on Google Play!


photo mate r2 best photo editing apps for androidPhoto Mate R3

[Price: Free / $8.99]
Photo Mate R3 is the spiritual successor to Photo Mate R2 which was one of the best photo editors on the list. It’s still rather new so do expect it to evolve and get better over time. For now, you’ll have access to a fairly strong suite of editing tools, including all of the basics. It also has native support for RAW files which is great for photographers. The app also comes with a Lens Collection so you can fix lens issues including vignetting, distortion, and chromatic aberration. This is about as pro as it gets on Android. You can try it for free or buy the pro version as an in-app purchase.

Get it now on Google Play!

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picsart best photo editor apps for androidPicsArt Photo Studio

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
PicsArt has been around for a very long time and has accumulated over 250 million downloads to date. Thankfully, the developers have done a decent job updating the app to keep it modern. You’ll find a lot of the usual stuff including the light editing tools as well as filters, text, stickers, and collages. It boasts over 100 editing tools as well as a community of creative people to share stuff with. You can also use this app to generate animated gifs and even draw stuff on your photos. It’s a strong option with a lot of features.

Get it now on Google Play!


autodesk pixlr best photo editor apps for androidPixlr

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pixlr by AutoDesk, also known as Pixlr Express, is a powerful photo editor and one that our readers have recommended to us time and time again. It has one of the best one-touch enhance tools that we’ve seen and it also includes a ton of other features and tools that you can use. It does have filters, although it cleverly disguises them as “overlays” and also includes cosmetic editing tools like blemish removers and teeth whiteners. It’s a solid all around option with a little something for everybody.

Get it now on Google Play!


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

[Price: Free]
Yes, this really exists. Memes and jokes are all the rage these days (pun intended) and the use of this app lets you engage with the tomfoolery on a more frequent basis. The app comes with 30 stickers that show off the most popular Rage Comic meme faces which you can add to any photo for a comedic effect. It doesn’t really do much aside from that although it does include some filters and effects for extra functionality. It’s funny, it’s goofy, and it’s completely free so why not?

Get it now on Google Play!

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Snapseed best photo editor apps for androidSnapseed

[Price: Free]
Last and certainly not least is Snapseed. This unique photo editor was scooped up by Google a few years ago and has since turned into one of the premiere photo editing apps for Android. It has support for RAW photos which will please photographers greatly. You can also tune the image using a variety of sliders and one-touch enhance tools. There are also some filters as well if you’re into that. It’s deceptively light and simple for how powerful it is and it’s entirely free with no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


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  • 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.

      • asd

        gadadasasd

    • Ashish Kumar

      True that, its a very intuitive app #droidbug

      Droid-bug.blogspot.com

    • IncCo

      pretty sure it was always free

    • solan

      agreed….pixlr express is one of the best

    • Muntok

      Pixlr Express,i agree

      blogger Muntok

    • My vote also go for Pixlr, its quite rich with all the features and as an android user I am happy with it’s performance as well.

  • 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.

      ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/windows/

      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 Pho.to 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?

    • Stephen W.

      I use one called MomentCam and its honestly in the top five of most used apps on my tablet. There are two options 1. Put your face and/or friends’ onto 1000’s of predrawn comics that are updated daily. You can either use existing photos or take a pic in app. You then can adjust most face features and add jewelry or masks. Once I’ve finished adjustments I save the file or sometimes share to other clouds. I then import the pic to PicsArt for adjustments and adding color. I have a S Note and the stylus makes all the difference in fine detail. I highly recommend it if you are droid. Don’t bother Apple cause your version is ultra limited …haha

      The 2nd option are emoticons!! I have had too many laughs with these. I use my phone and you can text directly from app. Theres one for every emotion and holiday. Give it a shot …you will thank me.

      Btw.. you seriouly do have to login for daily additions. If you miss that days then you could potentially never get that batch.

  • 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

    • Usha Kiran

      autodesk pixlr IS pixlr express..

      and it’s on the list man…

      • Kalinushka

        It wasn’t in the original article posted a year ago man. Chill out. They obviously rewrote it.

  • 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…

    • Usha Kiran

      autodesk pixlr IS pixlr express..
      and it’s on the list

  • 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 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photowa

  • 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

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    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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  • Prashant Kumar

    where is the top first ???????? PiXlr express…………….

  • mhjkjk457

    I am looking for a simple way to resize an image and absolutely none have that feature!!!

    • sensorsweep

      it’s beyond frustrating.. the only app i’ve found (or at least found and kept) has been QuickPic (click for google play link).. if you’re unfamiliar it’s more of a photo gallery app to replace the stock android gallery, but with a few extra bells and whistles.

  • Stephan

    You should try CutoutCam. It’s free and has a quite unique approach to image editing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.microtrash.cutoutcam

  • Fred J Morgan (Jeff)

    Same that the real editors are bypassed. Instead you list gimmick apps. Those supporting stamps, premade filters, and gizmos like focus better served with specific apps like afterfocus…
    When looking for apps photographers can use the gimmicks used by all or actually take control using better apps which puts creativity in the users hands and not in the premade filter makers hands…
    You would think with everyone looking for Adobe style apps without the outrageous cost this site would feature outstanding apps instead of a popularity contest.

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  • Lunasmith

    Want to change your Facebook profile pic…… then try our new Android app….. Photo Grid Collage for free!!! It is one of the free apps for making photo collages. Download photo grid for free from Google play store on your Android phone and change your Facebook profile picture!!. To download this app please visit on the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droidframes.photocollage&hl=en

  • Lunasmith

    PicSay is a great app for photo editor i have used it…and I have a new app for you guys to collage and edit photos…named Photo Grid Collage…and if you want to try this app then please follow the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droidframes.photocollage&hl=en

  • Anxhelo Iljazi

    Camera360 , photo studio pro are also good ones

  • Will

    I find it interesting that you think PicsArt isn’t in-depth. It’s the only free app in your list to offer Photoshop like tools (Clone tool, layers, blur brush, etc).

  • nakama.bbit

    I use vscom … Very good filters…the kind that you can print.

  • bookman603

    I like A Better Editor & Effects, that I use along eith its partner app, A Better Camera.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    I’ve tried several, but always go back to pixlr. Pixlr Express.

  • James Eka

    Snapseed and pic art is all that is needed

  • …. H & M….

    What about VSCO Cam, Afterlight and Touch Retouch?

  • playingwithplato

    PicSay Pro is the best, Android or any smartphone o.s. You can actually isolate a layer, via hand selection, and apply filters/correction to just it, a la Photoshop, and then integrate that layer into the original. Can you even do this with mobile “P.S.”? Or any mobile photo editor?

  • dcdttu

    PicSay is, by far, the best editor out there. The UI is a little Gingerbread, but what it can do is solid. They REALLY need to consider a Material makeover. Also, Mix (the editing app) is pretty good for simple filters and blur effects.

  • Gabriela Lamberti

    PhotoDirector is also a great app with Photoshop features.

  • Tom

    The article overlooks a FANTASTIC mail client for Microsoft Exchange and also for any service that allows ActiveSync, such as Hotmail/Outlook.com. It’s called Nine. I’ve been using it since it was a very new app and it is very actively developed by programmers who really know their stuff and have done a great job. It’s well worth the $10.

  • Shubham Kawale

    VSCO cam is a great app too.

  • What is your opinion on Afterlight? I noticed it wasn’t on this post…

  • StevenGlenn

    Bonfire Photo Editor, it’s cool. It requires OpenGL ES 3.0 support:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gogoinv.bonfire.android

  • Gameiva

    wow…These effects are just amazing…i made some photo editing apps with almost similar features very easily from this website..it was pretty cool.. http://goo.gl/qMFk32

  • Dmitry

    How are you actually taking your photos? I’m running a quick survey to understand this, and it only takes two minutes.

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  • priya singh

    All these apps are really easy to use. All you have to do is select the right app as per your requirement. I want to suggest you one more app which is named as “ collage maker Free “.

  • priya singh

    These all are awesome apps! But, I want to suggest one more app Collage Maker Free . It is also really nice and free collage maker.

  • Zlambe

    Fragment for Android (and iOS, I believe) is great for making your photos look more interesting.

  • Saadan Saady

    fantasia painter is best app even better than all of given above

  • facutopa

    Where is VSCO?!

  • Marcello Romani

    Hi, I’ve tried a few of the apps here (excellent list, btw), but is there any (free) app you know of that allows one photo to be “put” on top of another? Not like full-featured level support, but just -say- a PNG on top of a picture.

    Thanks!

  • Abu Farhan Ansari

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  • Paulo Patez

    Check out this color edition app.

    oBee Color Editor.
    It performs complex color detection algorithms to replace color on photos. It can also perform the color replacing on the camera stream in REALTIME!

    You can make a Color Splash effect without the need to use your finger as a brush to paint on the photo, just tap the color you want to preserve.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oBeetle.oBee

  • WOW bro!! these apps are awesome. Long time ago, I also made a post on this topic and coincidently, I also had a few of these apps. Youu can check them here. http://techandfilmmaking.com/top-5-photo-editing-apps-for-android/ :D

  • Muhammad Shahid

    PS touch is the best App for editing. if you have PS touch so you dont need any editor for your mobile

  • Photofan

    Hey Joe! All in all good list of best photo editing apps, however, a better research should be done around some of the apps out there….. PicsArt is not only a collage maker, bro, It is all in one, there are plenty of photo editing tools – from tilt shift to lasso, and this tools work quite profi for even people like you :) you can simply try them. mmmm…. also a social art community where you can share your photo edits, follow talented artists and photographers, and a Daily Journal to learn how to use the all in one photo editor…and not just simply a collage maker with “some” editing tools…. unbelievable…there are tons of masks, photo effects, lens flare, everything to boost creativity and make the editing pleasure… go for it try yourself and then write a proper review.. what you have written now is… sorry but not professional bullshit…

  • soumik

    best video blending app in appstore is vidblend app. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1033820297

  • Incredible that Photo Editor by dev.macgyver isn’t even listed, that thing is the closest thing to Adobe Photoshop/GIMP we have on Android.

  • Jade Vallejo

    Have been using Snapseed, Pixlr and PicsayPro.

  • Kay9

    I like Repix. If it wasn’t for the high price, I would have purchased it on my android as well. It allows you to touch up different parts of the picture in different ways. But its definitely limited.

  • Hac

    I use photo wonder from Baidu and camera360 for funny selfie :D

  • Brandon

    I’m surprises Polarr isn’t on this list

  • todos barcelona

    handy photo the best in android of all history photo editing

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  • MaximumOvertroll

    so are there any photo editing apps that actually edit photos rather than a bunch of glorified instagram filters? something with actual tools that let you actually edit the picture?

    • JosephHindy

      Not really, Android (and Android devices) aren’t powerful enough for that kind of stuff yet. However, Photoshop Express does come close.

      • MaximumOvertroll

        arent powerful enough? the fastest most powerful phones available run android.

        • JosephHindy

          Phones can’t run Photoshop or Gimp.