An average of 70,000,000 photos are posted to Instagram every single day. If those were actual print photos on the standard 10.5 millimeter photo paper, they’d stack up to be 83 times times taller than Mount Everest. That’s a lot of family photo albums.
If you want to catch the attention of your Instagram Community, you’ll need to create images that stand out. Here are some of the latest and greatest third party Instagram apps that can help you create picture perfect photos and videos!
Types of Instagram Apps
For your convenience, we’ve split the Instagram apps up into these categories:
- Instagram Photo Editing Apps
- Instagram Photo Design Apps
- Instagram Photo Resizing Apps
- Instagram Photo Collage Apps
- Instagram Video Editing Apps
- Instagram Video Design Apps
- Instagram Video Resizing Apps
- IFTTT Formulas for Instagram
Instagram Engagement Apps
As your Instagram community grows and you find yourself sharing more content, you’ll need a way to effectively respond to all of the Instagrammers engaging with your brand on the network.
1. Sprout Social (Desktop)
From Sprout’s web app, users can easily respond to comments posted on all of their Instagram images and videos. Sprout allows users to manage Instagram engagement with followers and commenters in an efficient way, while providing the users with context through thumbnail images and comment history.
Bonus: Sprout’s Sent Messages Report measures the performance of individual posts on Instagram, giving you valuable information on what type of content resonates with your audience–including a nifty Engagement Score.
Instagram Photo Editing Apps
Have you ever taken the perfect photo that, for whatever reason, just didn’t look right? You look fantastic, your hair is behaving and your eyes are actually open. Everything is perfect…except for that guy photo-bombing in the background.
Luckily there are some great free photo editing apps available for cleaning up all of your pics before sending them to the Instagram.
2. BeFunky (Desktop)
BeFunky is an incredibly robust web-based photo editing tool that you can use to clean up all of your pictures. The full suite of editing tools includes the ability to crop, resize, tilt, soften, sharpen and much more. The most convenient part about the tool is that you don’t have to sign up to use the free version.
3. PicMonkey (Desktop)
PicMonkey is a fantastic tool for editing all of your images, Instagram or otherwise. The first option you’ll see is to do an entire photo edit, which includes: cropping, resizing, coloring and more. You can also choose to quickly “touch up” your image, which includes the ability to whiten teeth, remove wrinkles, reduce shine and more.
4. Photoshop Express (Desktop & Mobile)
The web-based version of Photoshop seems to have all of the bells and whistles of the desktop application. The free version of the tool is somewhat limited, but you can always upgrade to the full version of the tool at an additional cost.
Instagram Photo Design Apps
These photo design tools are more for customizing Instagram images than actually editing them. You can add effects to the pictures you already have, or you can even make entirely new photos from scratch!
5. Canva – (Desktop & iPad)
Canva is an amazing online photo design tool with an emphasis on creating and customizing social media images. The platform has a built-in Instagram post template that will make it easy to create new photos or edit the ones you already have.
6. InstaEdit+ (Mobile)
The “Fast Photo Effects Maker for Instagram” InstaEdit+ is a highly reviewed mobile application for giving your Instagram photos some character. The app boasts over 100 different filters and effects to choose from.
7. Framatic (Mobile)
Framatic is another highly rated Instagram app for sprucing up your images. It’s free to use, but includes some in-app purchases that could be worth the money. The app has 36 adjustable layouts, 32 vintage Instagram borders and 92 effects to apply to photos.
Instagram Photo Resizing Apps
When the perfect Kodak moment strikes you don’t always use your Instagram app. A lot of the time people default to pulling up their phone’s camera when taking photos, and since Instagram requires images 640px by 640px, you’ll have to resize those shots. These Instagram apps were built to help you resize those photos.
8. Landscape by Sprout Social (Desktop)
Landscape is a social media image resizing tool created by Sprout Social. Upload any photo that you’d like to share to Instagram, choose which post size you’d like to create, then guide the croping and quickly download your new optimized image.
9. Square Sized (Mobile)
This highly rated app is used by over five million people worldwide. The tool is used to post entire photos to Instagram without having to scale it down to the normal square size.
10. No Crop (Mobile)
As the name suggests, this application allows Instagrammers to post full size photos to Instagram. It’s currently rated with 3.5 stars and has over two million users.
Instagram Photo Collage Apps
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a collage is worth several. Collages are an extremely popular way to share multiple photos at one time in a beautiful, well-designed manner. Here are three great tools that you can use for creating your own Instagram collages.
11. Layout from Instagram (Mobile)
Layout is a newer app from Instagram that lets you create collages of up to nine photos at a time. These photos can come from your camera roll, or can be taken on the spot with the built-in Photo Booth. Layout also has a handful of creative tools, like the Instagram filters, for making your collages even more unique.
12. LiPix (Mobile)
LiPix is a social tool currently being used by over 40 million people across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr. The application boasts 90 adjustable templates, 54 different borders and 20 photo effects.
Instagram Video Editing Apps
Instagram Videos can only last three to 15 seconds, and with a lot of content to fit in a small window you’ll want to make sure that they’re perfect before you post them. Here are the tools that will help you do just that.
13. Video Editor For Vine, Instagram (Mobile)
This Instagram app allows you to upload any video from your Camera Roll or Photo Library to edit. The editing features include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, shadows and much more. You can also add music or voice to your videos.
14. VStudio (Mobile)
This 4.5 star application has a number of free tools to edit your Vine and Instagram videos. These tool include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure and more. You can also choose from over 80 different filters to use.
15. AvFX (Mobile)
AvFX is another solid video editing tool for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Like the other apps mentioned, AvFX has the ability to record videos, add filters, add music and add voice overs.
Instagram Video Design Apps
Sometimes you want to give your videos a bit of design flare to stick out from the crowd.
16. Hyperlapse (Mobile)
Hyperlapse is an incredibly fun tool created by Instagram. It allows you to take time lapse videos, even while you’re in motion. The built in stabilization technology is what gives those using Hyperlapse the freedom to move around while they direct, which is a huge advantage of the tool.
17. PicFlow (Mobile)
PicFlow is a tool used for turning your photos into video slideshows. All you have to do is upload all of the photos you’d like to include to the app, arrange your perfect order and then tap and hold each photo for however long you’d like it to appear in the slideshow.
Instagram Video Resizing Apps
When inspiration strikes, you often won’t have time to make sure that your video subject is completely centered. That’s why, similar to your Instagram photos, videos sometimes need to be cropped as well. We’ve showcased one great tool with this capability.
18. Crop Video Square (Mobile)
The Square Video Editor makes it quick and easy to adjust video position, to resize and rotate videos, and to fill with background colors. One key feature that Crop Video Square touts is the ability to pinch to crop and zoom.
IFTTT Formulas for Instagram
IFTTT–short for “if this then that”–is a tool that uses “recipes” to connect products and applications. For instance, you can set a recipe to email you a daily digest of Instagram Photos posted in your area. There are thousands of different recipes that can save marketers tons of time, but here are some of the best for Instagram.
This IFTTT formula will pull all of the Instagram photos with a specific hashtag into a Slack channel. So if you use Slack, this is a quick and easy way to find the photos you’re mentioned in, which you can then go on to share with your followers.
This is an incredibly efficient way to share your Instagram photos to Twitter, which is a great source of content for Tweets.
This formula provides another quick and easy way to re-purpose your Instagram content on your other social networks. Automatically pull your Instagrams into a Facebook album, so fans without Instagram can peruse your photos.
Instagram is a burgeoning social media network that your brand should definitely be taking advantage of. Even if you’re not ready to dive into all of these apps, you should seriously consider using Instagram for business.
Michael Patterson: Michael enjoys writing about all things social media, and his insights can be found on Adweek's SocialTimes, Social Media Today and Social Media Examiner. When he isn't pouring over blog posts he can usually be found exploring Chicago's unique neighborhoods and breweries.