[Top 10 Best] FREE Photo Editing Apps For Android To Use In 2020
There are three types of photo editors on Android. There are some that try to rival desktop photo editors in power like Adobe Lightroom CC. The second type is a lighter editor like Snapseed that does the basics and tries to do the work for you. Finally, we have the social media filter photo editors that don’t do much but add some fun effects.
There are enough of all three of those options to make one’s head spin so we made a list of the best photo editors for Android. Please note, none of these have the power that something like Gimp, Lightroom, or Photoshop has. For more serious photo editing, you’ll still need a computer and one of the best photo editors on those platforms as well!
Price: Free / Up to $52.99 per month
Adobe has released a plethora of editing tools over the last couple of years. Included are some of the best photo editor apps available. Some of the options include Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Photoshop Mix, and Adobe Lightroom. Each one has a variety of features to help you do things. You’ll be able to do simple stuff like removing red-eye to editing RAW files taken by your smartphone or DSLR camera.
Adobe Lightroom especially gets updated rather frequently with new features. The only potential caveat is that some require an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to use all of the features. Those who already use Adobe CC should just get these since they’re included with a CC subscription anyway. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $19.99 per year
AirBrush is an excellent option for editing photos of people. It features a lot of people-focused features such as pimple removal, skin smoothing, red eye removal, and a teeth and eye brightener function. There is also a bokeh mode to turn any photo into one with a blurry background.
In addition, the app comes with a separate camera function that lets you edit the photo before you take it. Thus, you can get your selfie framed up in the camera and then apply edits before taking the final product. There is a subscription for some of the more advanced features, but you do get a 7-day free trial to try it before you spend anything.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
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Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $59.99 once
Enlight Pixaloop is a neat photography app with some pretty cool tricks. It turns static photos into GIF style images with some simple swipes and taps. The effect works best with things like water or clouds, but there are plenty of other examples of use as well.
Some additional features include adding elements that weren’t there before and overlays that can add to the ambiance of a photo. This won’t get the red-eye out or crop your photo.
However, the ability to add some extra effects is kind of neat. The only real downside is Enlight is super expensive with a $3.99 per month subscription or a single $59.99 price tag. However, we do appreciate that we can buy the app in full if we want to. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
Fotor 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. The only downside is that the app makes you log in to use it and it’s one of the more expensive photo editor apps. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
InShot Photo Editor Pro
Price: Free / $7.99 per year
InShot Photo Editor Pro is a fairly decent editor. This is a new style editor with tons of things like filters, stickers, and other such effects. The app houses all of these effects in a store-style layout and you can pick and choose the ones you want to download. Of course, some of them are only available on the pro subscription so prepare for that. In any case, it does actually edit some photos.
You can do things like retouch photos, cut things out of the image, and it covers the other basics like cropping and such. We think the $7.99 per year subscription is relatively reasonable as long as you use the app consistently. Plus, the developer has a bunch of other photo and video editor apps in the Play Store. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
LightX Photo Editor
Price: Free / $0.99
LightX is one of the upcoming photo editor apps. It had rousing success on iOS. There are quite a few decent features as well. It has a background changer tool, color splash effects, and a range of slider tools like color balance, levels, and curve.
You can even merge photos. There are also blur features, photo collages, shape manipulation, and stickers. It’s still in beta. That means there are bugs. However, it should eventually be among the top five or so photo editors out there. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
PhotoDirector Photo Editor
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $17.99
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. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
Photo Effects Pro
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. It’s free to download and use which makes it great for those on a budget. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
Photo Lab Picture Editor
Price: Free / $9.99
Photo Lab isn’t among the most popular photo editor apps. The app manages to do quite well, though. 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. You can try the free one first before purchasing the pro version. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!
Price: Free / $5.99
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. There are also plenty of other photo tools by PicsArt. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!