My Favourite Apps For Instagram

My Favourite Apps For Instagram - A Girl & Grey

My Favourite Apps For Instagram - A Girl & Grey

Let’s talk about apps for a sec, shall we?

For a while I used to avoid downloading a bunch of apps because I like my phone to be as accessible as possible. The thought of a million apps filling up my screen kinda stressed me out… like how would I ever find the Clue app to log my cycle changes? [lol]

But then I started downloading a few apps here and there after seeing how it transformed peoples instagram photos, and I quickly realised that a collection of great apps can really change the quality and individuality of your content.

Here are my favourite apps for instagram at the moment. I’d love for you to leave me your favourite apps in the comments so I can try them out too!


Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Ever wondered how people get those custom paint strokes on their images? It’s most likely with Adobe Photoshop Sketch. I love using this app to add a squiggle of pink paint in the corner of an image, or using the custom brush heads to write a word or two in my own handwriting.



This is basically the free equivalent of FaceTune. I use Airbrush to soften the contours of my face when I upload selfies, and I also love using it to lighten areas of images if I’m feeling too lazy to use Photoshop.


A Color Story

I will admit that I don’t use A Color Story nearly as much as any of these other apps, but I do love that the editing tools include curves and clarity. There’s also a multitude of filters you can access directly through the app to really make your images pop.



I’ve only recently downloaded Darkr, but it’s basically your best friend for creating super moody B&W shots. The layout of the app basically encourages you to learn proper Darkroom practices, which is fun and quirky but also slightly bothersome, but I do love what it does for B&W imagery.



Huji kind of blew up on instagram earlier this year, which saw everyone uploading images with it’s iconic disposable camera filter to their feed. The colours the app creates on an image don’t necessarily suit my instagram feed, but I do love to play around with the app when I’m out exploring. It makes the photo feel more special, and I love that it burns the date on the image itself.



If I make videos for my instagram feed or stories on my iPhone, you can bet that I edited them in InShot. The app is the best iPhone video editor I’ve used, and I love resizing my videos in the app to display with a white border around them on my stories. It just makes the format look better, in my opinion.



After using a bunch of different apps to plan my feed, I’ve settled on Later. I like that it shows a feed preview, but I also love that it’s accessible from your desktop computer AND iPhone AND iPad, etc. Sometimes I like to sit down at my computer and write instagram captions – it just feels nicer somehow, so Later has been great for doing that.


Adobe Lightroom CC

I already use Lightroom to edit all of my blog images, so downloading and utilising the app for my instagram feed just made perfect sense. It takes a little while to get used to all of the different buttons and settings, but once you figure it out your photos will never look better.



Another recent download, I found Lomograph because I was interested in creating more vintage looking photographs from my phone. Lomograph has filters that resemble dust and distortion, as well as light leaks and lens blur. It’s perfect for anyone looking to incorporate a more vintage style into their feed.



Polarr is another app I’ve downloaded recently. I mainly downloaded it because it has a multitude of overlays you can use for your imagery, like clouds, sun flares, and even snow. I figure it’ll be a great addition to my arsenal when I want to start creating some more outdoorsy content.



I first downloaded Snapseed because I saw Lauren Conrad had recommended it on her blog, but it kind of sat there doing nothing for a few months. Recently though, I’ve been teaching myself how to properly use the app, and I’m really impressed. Snapped can feel quite intimidating as there are SO MANY OPTIONS for photo editing and tweaking, but once you get used to it, editing photos on the app becomes a fun and exciting process. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try if you’ve been wanting to!



I think Unfold is my favourite app for instagram EVER. If you’ve ever wondered how people make fun instagram stories with different layouts and backgrounds and texts, this app is it. I use it multiple times a day – I just love how it makes the process of creating interesting imagery really easy.



If Later doesn’t work for you, I’d recommend UNUM. You can’t use it from your computer, however it’s a seamless interface for organising and planning your instagram feed. I love the aesthetic and simplicity of this app, so much so that I’m still yet to delete it from my phone – just in case.



I feel like everyone was obsessed with VSCO a few years ago, and now the hype has died down. I’m not sure why, because I still find it to be a fun and useful app! I mainly use it for presets if I’m feeling bored with my images and need a little inspiration, which is why it’s a great app for photography beginners. I really learnt a lot about aesthetic from playing around with VSCO.


What are your favourite apps for instagram? Don’t forget to leave them in the comments below!


  1. April 12, 2019 / 6:29 am

    I used to love VSCO as well but find myself using it less and less. I’m not sure why – the filters are awesome! I used to have the paid service but it recently just expired. Might subscribe again to be honest.

    • Sharni
      April 13, 2019 / 4:16 pm

      I’ve only ever used the free filters on the VSCO app, but I really like scrolling through them to get inspiration for how I can transform photos, if that makes sense? I then take my photos to Photoshop or Lightroom and try and mimic the colour patterns, etc. It’s just a fab tool for inspiration, in my opinion! xo

  2. Ashley
    September 26, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    Thank you for this post! I’m new to blogging and trying to figure out how to take better photos – and absolutely love your Instagram aesthetic! Xx

    • Sharni
      April 13, 2019 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks Ashley! I’m so sorry – I’ve only just seen your comment! I hope you’re having fun with blogging xo

    • Sharni
      September 20, 2018 / 10:57 am

      Once you figure out how to use it, it’s such a useful app! xo

    • Sharni
      September 20, 2018 / 10:56 am

      I love the desktop version of the app! It’s so handy seeing all of your scheduled content spaced out. xo

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