With nearly a billion people actively posting, sharing, and tagging each other, Instagram has risen to the top of the social media game. If you’ve been a user since the app’s inception in 2010, then you’ve seen firsthand how it’s grown from a simple online community to a powerful tool that can influence everything from social standing to running a profitable business.
The number of accounts continues to grow as new features continue to be released. And now, getting noticed on Instagram is more challenging than ever.
Fortunately, there are several third-party apps dedicated to making your Instagram posts and stories shine. Whether you need editing help or tools to increase your engagement, these best Instagram apps will take your account to the next level.
When it comes to Instagram, there’s an app for everything.
Looking for unique filters for your photos? Want to add some creativity to your stories? Need something to help you schedule future posts? There’s an app for that — and we’ve rounded up the best ones.
1. VSCO: The most popular photo and video editor
When it comes to high-quality editing apps, VSCO reigns supreme. The free version of the app includes ten aesthetically pleasing presets, as well as access to editing tools like contrast, grain, and blur. You can even create and save custom recipes so that every one of your Instagram photos and videos stays on brand.
VSCO membership comes with over 200 gifts and the app’s video montage feature. You can enjoy a 7-day free trial when you download the app.
VSCO on the App Store
2. Gemini Photos: A photo gallery cleaner for avid Instagramers
Not surprisingly, being active on Instagram requires a lot of photography. So if you’ve ever fallen victim to the dreaded “iPhone Storage Full” alert, get ready to meet your next hero: Gemini Photos.
With the push of a button, this app scans your camera and tracks down every duplicate image, screenshot, and blurry photo taking up space on your iPhone. You can then choose to delete them, making manual photo removal a thing of the past.
Gemini Photos in the App Store
3. A Color Story: A photo and video editor with Instagram feed planning
Easily one of the best new editing apps available, A Color Story offers over 400 filters created by top photographers, as well as mobile effects, advanced editing tools, and the ability to save editing steps as custom filters.
While its editing tools are top-notch, one of the app’s most popular features is the Instagram Grid Preview, which lets you arrange your current and future grid for a cohesive look.
Some of the features and filters are included in the free version of the app, while unlimited access is only available for an annual membership fee of $24.99.
A colorful story in the App Store
4. A design kit: photo design, brushes and text
If you want to add some pizazz to your Instagram posts and stories, A Design Kit is your next favorite app. With unique tools like realistic brushes, modern fonts and tons of fun stickers to choose from, your feed will easily stand out from the rest.
Some features are available in the free version of the app, but all are unlocked when you sign up for a one-year subscription for $23.99.
A design kit in the App Store
5. Boomerang from Instagram: Create engaging mini videos
If you are a big fan of Boomerang feature in Instagram Stories, then you must have Instagram Boomerang app. Instead of using the Instagram Stories camera, you can use the camera with the Boomerang app to make a mini video in seconds.
Free in the app store, Boomerang for Instagram also lets you share directly to Instagram or Facebook.
Boomerang from Instagram on the App Store
6. LifeLapse: One of the best stop motion Instagram apps
Love stop-motion videos but have no idea how to make them? LifeLapse makes creating these eye-catching videos seamless and simple, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro.
This free app not only includes all the tools you need to create a high-quality stop-motion video, but also offers customization options such as sound effects, royalty-free music (in the PRO plan), and filters . In-app purchases include the PRO Plan, which comes with watermark-free videos and additional features.
LifeLapse on the App Store
7. InShot: An Instagram video editor
Ever since Instagram expanded the length of videos allowed on the platform and launched IGTV, videos have become a significant part of a strong social media presence. Thanks to its voiceover features, filter options, and simple editing tools, InShot is one of the best apps for creating Insta-worthy videos.
Most of the app’s features are available with the free version, but InShot Pro Unlimited includes stickers, watermark-free videos, and other extra tools.
InShot on the App Store
8. Clipomatic: Text on videos
The only problem with making videos for Instagram is that so often, people don’t have the sound turned up and lose the sound of the video. Clipomatic solves this annoying problem by using its smart editing feature to turn everything you say in a video into live subtitles.
For a one-time download fee of $4.99, all you have to do is hit record and your words will grace your videos in a stylish font of your choice.
Clipomatic on the App Store
9. Later: Schedule posts for Instagram
If you’ve ever stayed up at night wanting to find a way to schedule your Instagram posts in advance, then Later has you covered.
Free to download in the App Store, this marketing app lets you upload and schedule your posts without that annoying push notification. You can plan your Instagram feed with drag and drop and even tag users and locations in your posts ahead of time.
Later in the App Store
10. Deployment: One of the best Instagram story template apps
While curating great Instagram posts is definitely worth your time, you can’t ignore your stories. With over 200 Instagram Story templates, advanced font tools, and editing features, Unfold is easily one of the best Story apps.
Download it for free in the App Store or upgrade to Unfold+ to access all the app’s features and templates.
Deploy to the App Store
Whether you’re posting to your feed just for fun or seriously looking to grow your followers, using a third-party app can help you elevate your Instagram game in a way the social media platform never could.