5 of the best photo editing apps for Android

Sure, you can do some basic editing tasks on your phone or tablet already, but downloading additional apps lets you add effects that don’t come as standard, without having to fire up your laptop. Here are five of our fave photo editing apps for Android, many of them free, so you can perfect those holiday photos or daily selfies…

Photo editing apps for Android: Autodesk Pixlr.

Autodesk Pixlr

From graphic design experts Autodesk, this popular app promises to make it look like you’re a photo editing expert even if you’re a complete novice. It comes with all the editing options you’d expect, like cropping and filters, plus options like removing red eye and whitening teeth, and you can preview effects thanks to the Pixlr Live feature.

It’s free to download.

Photo editing apps for Android: Fotor Photo Editor.

Fotor Photo Editor

A simple interface hides an app with a wide range of features, including more than 100 filters and effects that can be stacked on top of each other, a ‘one-tap enhance’ auto-fix, plus the ability to add stickers, frames, and text to photos – and save your favourite options so you can access them easily.

It’s free to download (with in-app purchases).

Photo editing apps for Android: PicSay Pro.

PicSay Pro

Easy to use and hugely popular (boasting more than 10 million downloads), PicSay offers all the basic editing features you’d expect like cropping and straightening, plus filters, tilt shift, and the ability to add speech bubbles and remove red eye.

There’s a free version, but go Pro for £2.99 and you’ll reap all the benefits.

Photo editing apps for Android: Pixlr-o-matic.


If you want an arty effect that out-Instagrams Instagram, this could be the photo editing app for you. Or if you can’t decide on the best look, pick the randomizer tool and the Pixlr-o-matic will automatically select an effect, overlay, and border for your photo. Save to your device’s library to post on Insta, or share to Facebook or Twitter directly from the app.

It’s free to download.

Photo editing apps for Android: Photo Effects Pro.

Photo Effects Pro

As well as the standard effects and filters you’d expect, Photo Effects Pro has lots of fun features, like the ability to ‘finger paint’ on photos or to add and edit memes, and then share straight to Twitter and Facebook.

It’s free to download.

Diane Shipley