The Best Apps to Boost Your Insta-Game

Take your pictures from good to great with the help of these easy apps, just in time for your new iPhone

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With the launch of the new iPhone 11, it’s a perfect time to talk social media. After all, phone cameras are better than ever — the ultra-wide camera lenses are becoming standard for smartphones (and put your old point-and-shoot to shame). So really, there’s no excuse not to take an amazing ‘gram, but if you need a little extra, read on.

Back in the early days of Instagram, life was simple. Remember when you could throw on a few filters and a moody vignette, and have gold? Well, the world of social media has moved on, and it’s not so easy anymore. If you want to earn your likes, it’s all about a well-curated grid, with aesthetically pleasing photos that are expertly edited to look like you effortless. Of course, we love an authentically #nofilter look, but if you like having those Insta-perfect shots, these apps can help you nail the perfect shot.

Keep reading to find the five best apps for making your Instagram pop.


Everyone knows about VSCO, but it’s still worth mentioning. One of the original third-party apps, it’s still one of the most popular. In fact, there are almost two million #vsco posts tagged on Instagram. The free version comes with a number of presets that add an artsy, shot-on-film vibe to your pictures, in addition to more refined editing tools to boost contrast and more. This is one of the easiest apps to have in your arsenal, if you like the gritty vibe.

VSCO is free to download and available for iOS and Android

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Afterlight 2

Afterlight 2 is the grown-up version of VSCO. A lot of professional Instagrammers use it to make their feeds look clean and unified. They have 15 unique editing tools and 27 adjustable filters (including seasonal packs!). It’s easy-to-use and a little addicting. Play around with the presets or make your own. This is a really versatile app that’s worth trying, and can instantly improve the quality of your feed.

Afterlight 2 is free to download and available for iOS and Android

A Color Story

If you’re serious about making your Instagram stand out and developing a unique visual voice, A Color Story is a great app to try. Voted “Best New App” by Apple, it helps create a professional look with just a few clicks and swipes. You can save your favourite presets to make editing even easier, once you’ve found your perfect vibe. We love their grid planning tool, which helps you plan your feed out before you post it, and you can even use it on a desktop.

A Color Story is free to download and available for iOS and Android

A Design Kit

This one is for the small businesses out there (or anyone who wants to get a little more crafty with their images). Developed by the same people behind A Color Story, A Design Kit offers fonts, stickers and brushes to help customise your photos. This is a great tool for making engaging Instagram stories, or just adding a touch of whimsy to some of your posts.

A Design Kit is free to download and available for iOS and Android


We love Canva for stories. It’s slightly less whimsical than A Design Kit but is just as intuitive. You can easily create professional-looking posts with clean graphics and text, they have over 60,000 templates to choose from. Play around with the images and font options until you find a style that suits your personal brand (it’s 2019, everyone has one) and watch your followers start engaging more than ever. Their Instagram offers a lot of helpful tips, and a beautifully laid out grid!

Canva is a free app and is available on iOS and Android

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