Mobile devices are the most popular cameras on the planet. People carry mobile devices at all times. They weigh less than typical cameras and fit right in your pocket. Many people take many photos with their mobile devices. It stands to reason that one would need a good photo editor app as well. There are a bunch of great ones for iPhone and iPad, but only a few are truly great. Here are the best photo editor apps for iPhone and iPad. Unless otherwise stated, all apps are available for both iPhone and iPad. You can also find the best photo editors for Android by clicking here!


Adobe Lightroom CC, various Photoshop apps
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $52.99 per month
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Adobe has some of the most popular photo editor apps for iPhone and iPad. Some popular options include Adobe Lightroom CC, Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Express, and a few others. They range from simple edits like filters and red eye removal to hardcore RAW editing and color correction. We recommend Lightroom CC for the serious mobile photographer. The Photoshop apps swing at a more casual audience. You can't really go wrong either way, though. The apps are free and integrate with the desktop version for those with Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions.
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Adobe Lightroom CC, various Photoshop apps

Autodesk Pixlr
Price: Free / $1.99
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Autodesk Pixlr is one of the older photo editor apps for iPhone and iPad. It sits in a weird space competitively. There are things like effects, filters, fun tricks (like blur effects), and such that appeal to the social media crowd. However, it also has layers, various editing tools, and some other stuff for more serious work. It bridges the gap between pro and casual. Those needing something more powerful still need Adobe apps and those who want more filters need something more social oriented like PicsArt. However, those who want a little bit of both have this and that's fine.
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Autodesk Pixlr

Aviary Photo Editor
Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Aviary Photo Editor is a popular, casual photo editor app on iTunes. It features a variety of editing options like teeth whitening, crop, rotate, contrast, brightness, saturation, and more. You also get stickers, filters, frames, overlays, and other fun stuff. It's definitely best for social media style posts rather than serious photography. It even has some less common adjustments like warmth, highlights, shadows, and vignettes. The app gives you all of its core functions for free. The in-app purchases are additional filter packs if you want them. They are optional.
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Aviary Photo Editor

BeFunky Photo Editor
Price: Free with in-app purchases
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BeFunky is a quick and neat photo editor. It has a variety of basic editing tools along with some extra features. That includes a blemish fixer, a collage function, a bunch of photo effects and overlays, and even some simple stuff like frames. This sits in the same ballpark as photo editor apps like Audodesk's Pixlr, VSCO, Polarr, and similar apps. It's good enough for social with enough features to attract the attention of some serious photographers. The base app is completely free with in-app purchases for additional filter and effect packs.
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BeFunky Photo Editor

Enlight
Price: $3.99
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Enlight is an interesting photo editor on iTunes. It has a lot of popular and powerful controls. They include controls for tone, color, and detail along with various filters, black and white photography options, drawing support, and some other neat stuff. We especially liked the photo mixer feature. It puts two photos together for a double exposure effect. In any case, this app has a ton of power user features. It's not quite as powerful as something like Adobe Lightroom. However, this also only costs $3.99 once and that's a decent deal for what you get here.
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Enlight

Pic Collage
Price: Free / $1.99 / In-app purchases
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Pic Collage is a popular and effective photo editor. It's not for serious photography. This one makes good looking collages without a ton of effort. It features various layouts and tons of templates to choose from. Additionally, there are stickers, backgrounds, handwriting support, and more. It's excellent for social media posts and printing photos for things like frames. The app lets you do everything for free but with ads and watermarks. You can remove ads and watermarks for $1.99. You unlock more stickers, backgrounds, and theme packs with the additional in-app purchases.
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Pic Collage


PicsArt Photo Editor and Collage
Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $47.99 per year
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PicsArt is one of the most popular photo editor apps for iPhone and iPad. It has a ton of features. However, none of them are great for professional photography. This works best for social media types, casual types, and people like that. The app includes various stickers, text, frames, and collage features. Additionally, it supports drawing, some really basic photo editing features, and more. There are in-app purchases for various accessory packs. There is also a monthly subscription that unlocks everything. It doesn't seem worth it to us, but your needs may be different.
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PicsArt Photo Editor and Collage

Polarr Photo Editor
Price: Free / $2.49 per month / $23.99 per year / Varies
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Polarr is another excellent photo editor on iOS. It fills the same role as Autodesk's Pixlr. It has a bunch of filters and effects for the social media crowd. However, it also includes more powerful stuff like layers, various blending modes, various masks and adjustments, and more. The UI is a little difficult to learn at first. However, it simply provides more tools than most competitors. Adobe apps still reign supreme, but this is definitely better than most. The app has a subscription cost as well as single costs for some features. That part is a little convoluted, though.
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Polarr Photo Editor

VSCO
Price: Free / $19.99 per year
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VSCO is a fairly popular and powerful editing tool. It works for both photo and video, although its video support is only average comparatively. The app features a variety of editing tools, including a list of presets that help turn normal photos into better looking photos more quickly. There are also tips and tricks, a community element, and some additional stuff. The app runs for $19.99 per year for all of the features. The free version is still okay but if you go this route, go pro or try a different app.
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VSCO

Snapseed
Price: Free
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Snapseed is arguably the best free photo editor for iOS devices. It features more than two dozen optimization and editing tools along with filters, RAW file support, image tuning, and the basic stuff like crop and rotate. You can even save styles for faster application in future photos and the app includes photography tips and tricks. It's actually fairly powerful for both serious and casual use cases. Like we said, this one is completely free with no in-app purchases or advertisements. Thanks, Google!
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Snapseed

If we missed any great photo editor apps for iPhone or iPad, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to see more DGiT app lists!

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