Top 16 Photo Editor Apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJanuary 16, 2015
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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.

adobe lightroom mobile best photo editor apps for AndroidAdobe Lightroom mobile

[Price: Free app but requires Creative Cloud subscription]
Adobe recently released their iconic Lightroom application to Android. It allows for editing of RAW image format and the ability to enhance photos with a range of presets and tools. The app is a 30-day trial but those who have a Creative Cloud subscription can keep using it after the trial. You can also sync with desktop versions of Lightroom. We wish it’d been available for non-Creative Cloud users but if you happen to be one, this is a must have application.
Get it on Google Play
adobe lightroom mobile best photo editor apps for Android


autodesk pixlr best photo editor apps for androidAutodesk Pixlr

[Price: Free]
Autodesk Pixlr is a highly rated and popular photo editor app and one that was highly recommended by our readers. There are a host of editing options including red-eye removal, a whiten teeth option, a one-click enhance tool, borders, filters, and you can even preview effects using the Pixlr Live feature. Of course, there is also the range of basic tools like crop and rotate. It’s a solid editor with a lot of options and it’s from Autodesk, a big name in graphic design.
Get it on Google Play
best photo editor apps for android


Be Funky best photo editor apps for androidBeFunky Photo Editor – Tablets

[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.

Related: Best photo editing apps for Android tablets.

Get it on Google Play
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 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.
Get it on Google Play
Cupslide best photo editor apps for android


Fotor best photo editor apps for AndroidFotor Photo Editor

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Fotor Photo Editor a deceptively in-depth photo editor with quite a few features. Included is a one-tap enhance, scenes to adjust your photo based on the conditions where you took it, filters and effects which can be stacked on one another, and a host of other basic and pseudo-advanced editing tools to enhance the photo yourself. There are even text, stickers, and frames for people who like those sorts of things. It’s all wrapped up in a colorful and simple interface that helps make things a bit easier.
Get it on Google Play


pho.do best photo editor apps for androidPho.to Lab

[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.
Get it on Google Play
pho.do 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, 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.
Get it on Google Play
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 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. It’s great for people who want to keep it simple and don’t need many advanced editing tools such as those who plan on posting images to social media like Instagram. Again, there’s nothing overly special about it but it is still very solid for the features that it offers.
Get it on Google Play
photo editor pro best photo editor apps for android


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 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.
Get it on Google Play
Photo Effects Pro best photo editor apps for android


photo mate r2 best photo editor apps for androidPhoto Mate R2

[Price: $9.49]
Photo Mate R2 was a recommendation for our readers and it turns out that it’s great for those who work with RAW images. It’s compatible with most camera variants including Nikon NEF, Canon CR2, Sony ARW, Pentax PEF, and others. It gives the user most control and you can use various tools, layers, and editing to lightly edit and enhance your RAW photos. It’s fairly expensive at $9.49 but most who have bought it have found that it’s worth it. Especially for those who work exclusively in RAW.
Get it on Google Play


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 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.
Get it on Google Play
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 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.
Get it on Google Play
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 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.
Get it on Google Play
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 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.
Get it on Google Play
Rage Comics Photo Editor best photo editing apps for android


Shift best photo editor apps for androidShift

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Shift is a newer photo editor that had a rough start but is improving immensely. Most of the issues with the app revolved around its egregious advertising but developers have added a way to get rid of them via in app purchases. Shift is an interesting photo editor because instead of adding pre-made filters, this app lets you make your own filters using a variety of effects and tools that you can then save for later. It’s not nearly as advanced as most of these other editors so don’t go into it expecting too much. For filter fans, it’s a must-try app that can be a lot of fun.
Get it on Google Play


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 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.
Get it on Google Play
Snapseed best photo editor apps for android

If there are any great photo editor apps for Android that we happened to miss, leave a comment and let us know!

  • 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

    • http://www.clippingpathindia.com/image-manipulation.html Jannatul Ferdous

      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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  • 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.

  • http://www.sciencesofa.co.uk/ Ben Silverman

    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

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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!

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