The Best Free Photo Editing Apps for Android

They say a pictures worth a thousand words.... tweak that picture just right and you have yourself a masterpiece. Have a look at some of the best free apps for fast and easy mobile editing to give your photos a little extra lovin before putting them on social media or sending to your long lost grandparents. Here are some of the best free ones available today all of which you can directly download here on ApkJoy!

The Best Free Photo Editing Apps for Android

1 PicsArt Photo Studio

PicsArt Photo Studio Version 9.0.5 APK Download

If you’re looking for the hip grandfathers of Android image editing apps, you’ve found one of the hippest. PicsArt Photo Editor has been around so long that it’s at a quarter billion downloads to date. No that is not a typo. Over 250 million have downloaded and most likely loved this app if they used it. Don’t let its age scare you. On the contrary, if you love the latest and greatest apps on your phone, put this one on there. Its developers keep it very updated and it has over 100 tools for you to use for editing. The fact that it’s been around so long means it has a lot of documentation online that you can learn from to master its features and create gawk-worthy photos for sharing to your audience, friends and family. Among these tools are frames, filters, stickers, as well as draw-on-photo capabilities and animated GIFs. A very top option that had to be on this list.
  • Developer PicsArt
  • Newest Version 9.0.5
  • Publish Date
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2 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 2.3.2 APK Download

If you’re looking for the top editor apps out there for mobile Android devices, look no further than Adobe. Adobe has always put out great softwares and editing tools, and when it comes to photo editing, they’re pretty much the best. They’re the Mercedes Benz of multimedia editing thanks to the likes of several top applications they today possess; Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Express, are among the tops they provide.

Some do the same basic things, but each one has a precise strength and all can be used concurrently. From essential maneuvers like removing red eyes in pictures, to handling massive RAW files from digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, Adobe can do it all. The pros in the industry as well as enthusiasts of all levels use Adobe

. There is one drawback however, to the need to use all Adobe products at any given time: subscriptions to their Creative Cloud platform. But if you have a subscription, you’re good to go. It’s the only way to be able to utilize everything Adobe has for your disposal. It’s no longer a one-time payment physical CD-Rom you will install onto your computer. It’s a cloud-based subscription.
  • Developer Adobe
  • Newest Version 2.3.2
  • Publish Date
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3 Photo Editor Pro

Photo Editor Pro Version 2.42 APK Download

Photo Editor Pro is an app that has been downloaded millions of times. Over 50 million actually. This is no small feat, and if you look at it’s 1 million plus, reviews, you’ll see why exactly it’s being downloaded at such a massive clip. What Photo Editor Pro offers is both tip top filter experience as well as an editor that keeps up with the best of them. And it’s free. This super popular Android photo editing app fave will let you do all the usuals; saturation, temperature, hue, contrast, brightness, blurring and sharpness controls. It’s got stickers galore, filters galore and also unique frames. One feature we like with this one is it’s text overlay ability. If you're looking for a 100% gratis option photo editing app, you won’t be let down with Photo Editor Pro whatsoever.
  • Developer Zentertain
  • Newest Version 2.42
  • Publish Date
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4 Photo Effects Pro

Photo Effects Pro Version 3.3.8 APK Download

Here we have another non-pay photo editing solution for Android that keeps up with the best of them. In fact it is one of the best of them. It has filters (40 plus!), stickers, and all the best effects you want in your photo editing app. One feature that some will consider amazing is that it lets you finger paint! This application’s strengths come in its effects. Its editing capabilities are not the most robust, but its effects stand up with the best of them.
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5 Cupslice Photo Editor

Cupslice Photo Editor Version 2.1.7 APK Download

We can’t ever have enough filters. If you don’t like filters, then that’s ok because Cupslice has other things you might like too, such as its stickers. Cupslice has great filters in case you’re looking for those mixed with up-to-date stickers in one app. Cupslice photo editor does a great job of having unique stickers that are sure to make you happy if you’ve seen all the humdrum stickers being reused out there and want something fresh and new. Along with its solid filters and cool stickers, Cupslice has the usuals necessary for a photo editing app: ability to edit color, temperature, frame, hue, saturation, black/white color, contrasting and cropping. It’s also mom-friendly and easy to use. Not the easiest, but it’s up there with them. And it’s free. That’s the best part. Chances are you will love it, especially given that it’s free.
  • Developer Cupslice
  • Newest Version 2.1.7
  • Publish Date
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6 Snapseed

Snapseed Version 2.17.0.150426010 APK Download

If Google has purchased a tool or software, you know there is something great within it. Such is Snapseed. Many’s personal favorite Android photo editing application is loaded with top-of-the-line one-touch enhancement capabilities. One feature that will make any Android-owning photographer giddy inside is Snapseed’s unique ability to handle RAW images from any DSLR camera. The cherry on top is that this powerful app comes absolutely free without overtaking your Android’s memory or data during use. It’s one of the best, and doesn’t push you to ever make in-app purchases either, because it has none. Snapseed is an amazing app, we recommend you try it if you were going for just one to use.
  • Developer Google Inc.
  • Newest Version 2.17.0.150426010
  • Publish Date
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7 Photo Mate R3

Photo Mate R3 Version 2.4.6 APK Download

Last but most definitely not least is Photo Mate R3. This Android friendly photo editing app is also a photographer’s top choice with its ability to handle RAW files. It has an extensive suite of tools you can use to edit that include all the usuals as well as a lens corrector which features vignette, chromatic aberration and more. If you want cream of the crop, you want Photo Mate R3. Because it’s so good, they’re able to make you purchase at a very affordable price of under $8. You can try for free however, so give it a whirl and if you love it you can thank us later.
  • Developer TS Systems
  • Newest Version 2.4.6
  • Publish Date
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8 Pixlr – Free Photo Editor

Pixlr – Free Photo Editor Version 3.0.3 APK Download

Another aged app that is as nimble as the greatest new Android photo editing apps is this one, Pixlr, AKA Pixlr Express. Where does it excel? If you like to do quick edits, Pixlr is probably your number one choice because you can enhance any photo with a single touch, yet that image ends up looking like a custom professionally tweaked photo. It’s one touch enhancement is top of the line, and on top of that it’s loaded with many great features you’ve come to expect from an app for image editing on your Android. FYI, if you’re looking for filters on Pixlr, you’ll find what you’re looking for, but it won’t be called a filter. They call their filters, “overlays”. It’s a great app we’ve used for a long time and continue to today.
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9 Fotor Photo Editor

Fotor Photo Editor Version 4.4.1.498 APK Download

Fotor photo editor has been around longer than many of the Android photo editing apps on this list. It’s worthy of being on this list as much as the rest due to the fact that it does more, yet is up to date. With extra offerings comes some very slight annoyance to some when it comes to using this one, the necessity to be signed in. Yes, you must type in your credentials before using this one so it is not going to win any speed contests if you happen to be in some random snap picture-edit-publish race. Besides it’s large database of filters (over 100 of them), Fotor includes all the tried and true editing features such as vignette, shadows, highlighting, contrast, saturation adjustment, exposure, RGB and more.
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10 PhotoDirector Photo Editor App

PhotoDirector Photo Editor App Version 5.4.1 APK Download

thought I’d follow up one of the older photo editing app options with one of the newest ones: PhotoDirector. This up and coming application for Android comes in a free and a pro version that will set you back a whopping $5. PhotoDirector allows for some interesting manual adjustments that a more detailed photo editor would love to have. These include the usuals like RGB, white balance, brightness, exposure, contrast and the rest of the editing gang, but the difference with PhotoDirector is that it relies more heavily on your ability to use the gauges to personally customize how your picture will end up looking. So if you’re looking for more than a simple filter > post experience, we highly recommend you take a look at this one.
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11 Aviary Effects: Classic

Aviary Effects: Classic Version 1.2.0 APK Download

Topping out at $9.99, this popular photo editing app is loaded with well-loved features. One thing most top photo editor apps have, including Aviary, is the ability to do single touch enhancements. These are pre-packaged, great looking “looks” that have the capability to be adjusted to your likings. Some of these adjustments include saturation, contrast, temperature, brightness levels, and even general color of the image. One unique factor that comes along with Aviary is its stickers and other useful tools that allow for blemish control and even teeth whitening.
  • Developer Aviary, Inc.
  • Newest Version 1.2.0
  • Publish Date
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12 AirBrush: Easy Photo Editor

AirBrush: Easy Photo Editor Version 3.1.4 APK Download

Love selfies? Then you’ll LOVE AirBrush. This is the king of selfie editing apps you can put onto your Android phone. Super fast edits catered to your selfie allow you to remove any face or skin blemishes on your image. Like the app above, it also features teeth whitening, but additionally it has an eye brightening tool that’s quite unique. It also has its own set of filters and fun stuff to give your picture the look you need. With a 4.8 score in the Google Play Store, this is one photo app worthy of putting onto your phone. It’s also a good one to put on mom’s phone because it’s so simple to use. If you’re a fan of getting the pro version of apps, this one won’t cost you an arm and a leg with a one-time just about $10 payment.
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13 Bonfire Photo Editor Pro

Bonfire Photo Editor Pro Version 2.3.1.78 APK Download

Bonfire Photo Editor is another one very worthy to be on this list of Android compatible photo editing apps. It’s got the good stuff you’re looking for (all the general editing tools we’ve talked about like skin blemish removal filters, filters etc.), but it goes beyond these too. First of all, let’s touch on its filters real quick. It has a massive selection of filters that I bet you’ve never seen! These are what make this app so fun. For example, its “Fancy” filter transforms your picture into a Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece work of art. Let’s stop there as we can go on forever about this app’s cool filters.
  • Developer Hugo Software
  • Newest Version 2.3.1.78
  • Publish Date
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14 Photo Lab Picture Editor FX

Photo Lab Picture Editor FX Version 2.1.25 APK Download

Photo Lab is a very budget friendly image editing app you can put on your Android mobile device. It’s a newish app that has all the filters and frames you will need for a long, long time. Its effects database is robust as well and with all of these combined, you have nearly 700 features to play with. Its massive collection of fun stuff lets you create epic photos you’ll want to show everyone you know. Its free version has some annoying advertisements throughout, but that is nothing new. If these or its watermarks bother you, you can pay less than a hot Starbucks latte to get the pro version for life.
  • Developer VicMan LLC
  • Newest Version 2.1.25
  • Publish Date
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