Best Instagram Apps for the iPhone

I don’t know why I had such a hard time transitioning from Flickr to Instagram. Even though I love anything tech related, change is still very hard for me. Now that I am exclusively posting photos on Instragram I have come to love the social aspet of it! Who doesn’t love a little pat-on-the-back anyway?

The one thing that baffled me on Instagram in the beginning was all of the amazing pictures people were using with text, collages, and  filters. I soon realized the Instagram app itself is actually quite simple. If you want to kick it up a notch, you need to dual process your images. Here’s a round up of my favorite iPhone apps for when  you want a little “wow factor”:


LensLight (.99) is my favorite app for adding spotlights, light leakes, flares, and even creating the bokeh effect.
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Hipstamatic (1.99) has been around for awhile but still outshines so many other post processing photo apps. With fabulous filters and easy in app social sharing, Hipstagram is by far one of my favorite photo apps for sharing on Instagram.

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PicFrame (.99)  is by far the best app on the market for creating custom collages with your images. With 67 frame options and the ability to add up to 9 images in a single collage, you can turn a few mundane photos into a fabulous collage celebrating any recent event.

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Diptic (.99) is another fabulous multi-photo display app whose rounded collage corners make my heart go pitter patter! With 14 filters, rounded borders, and 52 customizable layouts, there are unlimited options to create your favorite Instagram photos.

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Phonto (free) is a simple user friendly app for adding text to any photo. With more than 200 fonts, Phonto makes it easy to adjust font color, size, and even orientation. Sharing your saved photos on Instagram is also a breeze.

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BubbleFrame (.99) I was so excited when I found BubbleFrame because I have seen so many friends use it on Instagram! BubbleFrame is full of trendy patterns, and allows you to create collages with multiple photos. I especially love that you can also add circular text around your images.

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LabelBox (free) brings ever so popular washi tape to the table with it’s super cute patterns and trendy text. Pattern packs can be purchased in-app for just .99, and with the most recent update, the tape is now movable and will auto-extend to fit your length of typing.

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Pixlr-o-matic (free) is reminiscent of old school dark room days where you can create cool effects with light by hand. This is definately a fabulous app if retro, grunge, and hipster photos are your thing.

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Allright friends! Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite Instagram app for the iPhone? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow Sarah and I on Instagram by searching for Tech4Moms and Natalme.

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Natalie Wright

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