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11 best photo editing apps on Android

Update: Two apps added

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 months ago

Smartphone camera technology has all but replaced point-and-shoot digital cameras with comparable performance and some extra help from apps. Speaking of which, we're here to help you make your favorite photos look even better with our list of the 11 best photo editing apps on Android.

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With these great Android photo editing apps you don't even have to take perfect photos. / © ANDROIDPIT

Adobe Photoshop Express: the fast and easy

Adobe Photoshop Express is a great all-around photoshopping app for Android. Photos on your smartphone are easily modified with just a few swipes on a simple interface. It gives you the feel of the PC Adobe Photoshop on your mobile device.

The absolute basics like rotation, cropping, red-eye removal and flipping are very easy to perform within the app. There is easy blemish-removal that rids your photos of pesky spots of dirt or dust. You can quickly control the color and overall appearance of your photos with options for adjusting highlights, shading, shadows, contrast and many more.

If you are a bit more advanced in your photoshopping, you can take advantage of the professional design features. These are surprisingly easy-to-use. You can filter your photos to get some quality effects like dawn, mosiac, vivid and fish eye. Overall, it’s a powerful tool, capable of handling large file sizes.

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Adobe Photoshop Express gives you the quality of the PC version on mobile. / © ANDROIDPIT
Adobe Photoshop Express Install on Google Play

AirBrush: the selfie perfector

AirBrush is any selfie fan's best friend. If you want those selfies to really shine then you should get the AirBrush app. This app is perfect for optimizing selfies for Facebook, Twitter or your favorite dating apps.

AirBrush has only a few functions but executes them well. There is a smoother to rid your photo of skin bumps and a blemish remover to cover embarrassing acne. If you've had a cup or two too much coffee recently, you can swipe your teeth a little whiter. The concealer clears up bags under your eyes, in case you didn’t sleep well the night before.

If you are a first timer at selfie editing, the app gives you a series of easy-to-follow tutorials to get you started. There are about 10 videos, and each gives you a thorough but quick introduction to each of the app's features. Once you've watched these and toyed around a little, your selfies should be looking picture perfect.

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Optimize your selfies for your social media and dating apps. / © ANDROIDPIT
AirBrush - Best Selfie Editor Install on Google Play

PhotoDirector: the ultimate

When a massive multimedia software company like Cyberlink delivers a photo editing app to Android, you're going to want to pay attention. PhotoDirector is a kind of multi-purpose photo editor.

You can quickly and easily add overlays to your images, and get creative with effects and different photos styles. Or, you can step things up a notch and make use of PhotoDirector's more advanced features, such as RGB curves and HSL tools.

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PhotoDirector has a range of basic and advanced photo editing options. / © ANDROIDPIT
PhotoDirector Photo Editor App Install on Google Play

Photo Editor by dev.macgyver: the closest to a desktop experience 

It may not be very pretty, but Photo Editor perhaps comes closest offering the variety of options that could compete with GIMP or Photoshop. This is one of the very few apps that offers the ability to edit EXIF data and it packs superb perspective and curve adjustment tools.

It's free to use, but it does have ads. The good news is that it is updated very regularly, so even if you find a tool that it's lacking, it could well arrive at any moment.

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A desktop-worthy array of options from Photo Editor.  / © ANDROIDPIT
Photo Editor Install on Google Play

Photo Editor by Lidow: the fast and fun

Photo Editor by Lidow is a quick and fun photo-editing app that saves you the hassle of trying to figure out millions of options, filters and settings. It's definitely less complex than many of the other photo editing apps on this list, but that's part of its charm. It offers a handful of fun, easy-to-use features that can be applied in seconds.

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Photo Editor by Lidow is simple, quick and fun. / © ANDROIDPIT
Lidow:selfie collage mirror Install on Google Play

VSCO Cam: the Android favorite

VSCO Cam is one of the most-downloaded photo applications on Android. Combining a dedicated camera app, solid editing features, and its own Instagram-like user-uploads page, it is a photographers' dream. One of the beautiful things about VSCO Cam is how it provides an easy one-click fix for photos in the form of basic filters, while offering further options deeper in the app for those who want to get their hands dirty. 

VSCO Cam's minimal interface makes it easy to grasp, but its professional grade features ensure it has the scope that more serious photo fanatics require. It's an astounding package – some of VSCO Cam's editing dials are the most comfortable and usable on Android, providing those subtle improvements that excite an image without looking garish. Even better, it's free to download.   

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VSCO Cam's interface is simple, but incredibly efficient. / © ANDROIDPIT
VSCO Install on Google Play

Pho.to Lab: the framer

What Pho.to Lab lacks in serious editing tools it more that makes up for with the amount of customization it gives you: photo frames, landscapes, colors, effects, stickers, icons, filters and more are included to spice up your pics.

It's definitely one of the less professional photo-editing apps on our list – it can't compete with the likes of PhotoShop or Snapseed for in-depth photo-fixing – but it's great for a bit of fun, and it has a huge amount of variety. 

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Pho.to Lab is filled with simple pleasures. / © VicMan LLC
Photo Lab PRO Photo Editor! Install on Google Play

Snapseed: the experienced

Snapseed was developed by the professionals from Nik Software and is ideal for touching up your photos. Brightness, contrast, and saturation are among the standard tasks that it can do, and if you’re lucky, the automatic correction will get it all for you in one fell swoop.

Fine adjustments can be achieved with some touch-gestures if you want a more physical feel, and you can even choose to edit and customize a selection within your photo. 

Snapseed is known primarily for its filters: with Retrolux, Vintage, Tilt Shift, Grunge, Drama and other cool effects, and it's free of charge with no ads.

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Snapseed offers image correction and artistic filters. / © Nik Software, Inc.
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Image editing with Snapseed. / © Nik Software, Inc.
Snapseed Install on Google Play

Cymera: the portrait photographer

Although you can technically use Cymera for any type of photo, it really excels at portraits. You can take photos directly within the app or import them from your gallery, and Cymera offers seven different lenses and four different recording modes to instantly improve snaps.

More than 20 filters, decorations, portrait features, and realistic make-up effects are available, and images can be shared among Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr directly from the app. Cymera is free, but not free of advertising: a small, but manageable banner is displayed on the bottom of the screen.

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I dialed up my 'smile' (left), added some color, slimmed myself down, sharpened it, and voila! / © ANDROIDPIT
Cymera - Selfie & Photo Editor Install on Google Play

Aviary Photo Editor: 1, 2, 3, meme!

Besides the standard functions for rotating, cropping, correcting, and auto-enhancing, Aviary Photo Editor also has focus functions (tilt-shift), text input, cosmetic corrections (red eye, make-up) and a meme generator. All of your photos can be shared across the most popular social media apps too.

The Aviary Photo Editor offers some in-app purchases for added effects, frames, and stickers, but is otherwise free with no ads.

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Left: In-app purchases for additional effects. Right: Meme photos made easy. / © ANDROIDPIT
Photo Editor by Aviary Install on Google Play

PicsArt: the all-rounder

PicsArt is one of the most popular free photo editors available and an all-round solution: an image editor with effects, a camera app, drawing tool, and a social platform. In addition, the app features an excellent design program for editing photos with filters and decorations.

Finished masterpieces can also be shared on most popular social platforms in addition to text messaging and e-mail. Also, much like Instagram, PicsArt has an internal social network in which you can share your creations.

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Frame creation with PicsArt. / © PicsArt
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Partial coloring with PicsArt. / © PicsArt
PicsArt Photo Studio Install on Google Play

So, what do you think is the best Android photo editing app? Let us know in the comments below.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • What about Levipic? For me its the best one. Especially because of the map geo tag feature.

  • Check Digit Grove Photo Editor App in google play store... This one is free , completely offline and has lots of cool futures with no ads.

  • Fotofunia I'd a nice app for using your images in Lots of different scenarios

  • I am using Myxer for about 3 years, This is just a lovely app for me.
    I am still spreading this word. You can also download this app from techwebi.com

  • I use photo editor by dev.macgyver and photo editor by aviary. These offer the types of things I like to tweak in my photos.

  • Sherwin 2 months ago Link to comment

    Why do you feel Mixx isn't a part of this list?

  • anshul 2 months ago Link to comment

    Great apps!

  • Caroline 2 months ago Link to comment

    Cool, love it :D

  • I personally use picsart and snapseed is also good.Photoshop express is not in halfway to the PC photoshop

  • Raj Tyagi 3 months ago Link to comment

    Nice editor

  • Hi everyone. Dies anyone know which is the best photo editing app that keep the original size of the photo when u uploaded it to fb? Thanks

  • It's there an app that will change pixels/size of an existing photo and allow you to create a new image from 2 separate existing images? I've not had luck with the 'collage' features. Thanks!

  • Mũ Rơm 3 months ago Link to comment

    This tool is a kool photo editor, kool cropper. You can create a lot of kool images.
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dauroi.photoeditor

  • Albert 3 months ago Link to comment

    No doubt these apps are out standing. excellent features has been introduced in these apps i really appreciate all team of these apps. Today i am using Photex Pro : Text on Photos is one of the best app.An extremely user friendly interface.
    Enjoy your latest event Valentines Day ( 14 February) with Photex Pro by designing the cards of the event..:)..

  • These apps are all outdated. They were published years ago. I have been playing with Bonfire Photo Editor since the Christmas holidays. Heavily enhanced by artificial intelligence, it can deliver amazing results like automatic retouch, smartly oil paining. etc. One issue about it is that it requires a powerful device like Galaxy S6 to run smoothly.

  • nice sharing and one most important thing of these apps is that they are totally free and everyone can use that

  • Thanks , could you do few tutorials on editing

  • rick 5 months ago Link to comment

    i have all of them, plus 20 others, super photo, fx, filters, pro studio,to name a couple more great ones.

  • Nice hair. I'm digging it.

  • I was using Pixlr for any kind of editing task and quite happy with it. But as Adobe Lightroom is now free to use so going to try that as well!

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