Best Mac App For Instagram

Any Instagrammer worth their likes is meticulously picky about camera apps and photo editors, but a knockout account takes even more than good photography. With the apps on this list, you can put together creative layouts, see how new photos will look in your feed, add artsy fonts to your stories, turn live photos into videos — in other words, take your Instagram to a whole new level. Some of the apps offer in-app purchases, others will cost you a few dollars to download, but all are worth your while.

So here are the best apps to up your Insta game

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Simply posting great photos doesn’t cut it — you also need a fantastic feed. And if there’s one app that helps you meet impossible Instagram feed goals, it’s Preview. Connect your account, upload the photos you’re planning to post, and then drag them around until you’re happy with the look. That alone is enough to love Preview, but it has even more helpful features like post scheduling, editing, and hashtag research.

Gemini Photos: An app for those who have too many pics

Getting the perfect shot can take a dozen tries, especially when it’s someone else behind the camera (shout-out to the boyfriends of Instagram). And while taking tons of pics is part of the fun, finding the one you like in all this mess is a nightmare. Gemini Photos suggests you the best shot among several lookalikes and lets you delete all the rest in a few taps. Plus, it helps you get rid of those Insta stories autosaved to your iPhone and other clutter in your Camera Roll.

Layout: A native Insta layout app

Sharing a potpourri of moments from last summer or announcing the winning entries in a photo contest — you always have use for layouts on the Gram. In case you didn’t know, Instagram offers its very own Layout, the best Instagram collage app that lets you mix up to 9 photos in various grids. Save the resulting image to your iPhone and post away!

Lumy: A golden hour calculator app

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  2. 9 apps for Instagram to amp up your images. There’s no denying Instagram has forever changed how people share images on social media. Since the app launched in 2010, Instagram users have shared more than 40 billion photos on the platform, and continue to share another 80 million every day.As you join in, use these apps to enhance your images with filters, text, graphics, and more.
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If you ever tried to catch that bridge at sunrise, when it’s floating in the morning mist, or shoot a portrait on the beach in the glowing sunset light, you know it can be tricky to get the timing right. Lumy is a cute magic hour app that shows you the exact times for the sunrise, the sunset, and the golden hour — in your current location and at this time of the year. It works offline, which comes in handy when you’re on the road and planning your day around the lighting.

Word Swag: An Instagram font generator

The variety of Insta fonts in Stories is underwhelming, but with Word Swag you can design full-blown Instagram posters right on your iPhone. The app features over 60 hand-crafted fonts and 22 filters — all easy to apply to either your own photos or some 1.3 million included backgrounds. So whether you want to post an Insta story, a quote, or a birthday card for a friend, you’ll say it with style.

Unfold: An Instagram Story template app

Speaking of Instagram Stories, you don’t have to limit yourself to default layouts either. Unfold has endless minimalist templates that let you combine several photos or videos with headlines and body text. You can export your creation in high resolution and at just the right aspect ratio, so it's super easy to post a story that stands out from the reel of others.

Momento: An app to post live photos on Instagram

You know how sometimes you take a unique live photo only to discover you can't post it anywhere, because social media apps convert them into regular images? With Momento, you can turn a live a photo into a video or a GIF with added music, text, AR effects, and what not. Moreover, you can shoot stop motion videos — the long-loved genre that had a recent comeback.

Whitagram: A white border Instagram app

Using white borders on Instagram photos can completely transform your feed. And while Instagram offers that feature, it’s very limited — all you can do is add or remove the border, with no control over its color or width. Whitagram, however, allows you to add vertical, horizontal, or all-around borders in several colors and of any width you like. Works best for square photos, but portrait and landscape pics have their own charm.

Now you’re all set to achieve those #InstagramFeedGoals! Try out the apps we recommend in this post, and share it with friends, so they, too, can jazz up their Insta feeds.

Despite Apple and Google’s best efforts to seamlessly keep all photos synced across all devices, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Often, I have a photo on my computer that isn’t on my iPhone, and I want to be able to add nice filters and make tweaks on a bigger screen before posting it on Instagram.

Even though Instagram still doesn’t let users post photos from a computer, several apps exist that not only attempt to duplicate Instagram’s filters, but add others into the mix. Check out these four Mac apps that do just that, so you can edit and get creative right from your desktop.

1. Filters for Photos

Filters for Photos is a brand new Mac app, and it has already become one of the best for adding filters to your photos. Out of the box, it comes with 15 absolutely gorgeous filters.

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All you need to do is import the photo you want to apply a filter to and select your preferred one. You can also adjust the intensity of the filter among some other settings like contrast, depending on which one you choose.

Tip: Unlock 12 additional filters completely free just by subscribing to the newsletter. Filters for Photos prompts you to do this upon opening the app for the first time. It’s a pretty good bargain: just enter your name and email address to survive through some emails every now and then in exchange for a total of 27 filters.

When you’re done, just go to File and choose Export to Photo… to save your updated picture and ready it for Instagram. Even better, take advantage of its support for OS X’s Photos extension. Edit your photos using Filters right within the Photos app and save them immediately.

Filters for Photos is free in the Mac App Store.

2. Instant

Instant is one of the most fun apps I’ve ever installed on my Mac to date. That’s because it acts as a virtual Polaroid camera. You import the photo you want to edit and Instant applies a random filter and even includes a cheesy vintage Polaroid frame and a long developing process. (You can edit this in the Preferences, though.)

As mesmerizing as it is to see your images come to life through Instant, the app also buries plenty of power in its settings. Click the Settings icon on your “developed” image to expand a sidebar with a total of 32 filters. Some mimic the effects of various Polaroid models while others just create really beautiful vintage moments. Plus in the tab over, you can adjust sliders for intensity, vignette, grain and more, and even customize the frame.

Instant is available in the Mac App Store for $4.99.

3. Fotor Photo Editor

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Before filters were called “filters,” most applications actually called them effects. That’s still the case with Fotor Photo Editor, but don’t worry they still look and work like filters. Fotor actually has so many filters, it separates them into categories: classic, lomo, retro, cinematic, mono, disposable, serenity, light leaking and B/W (black and white). Each filter comes with an intensity adjustment as well.

Fotor includes a convenient batch feature for applying one filter — er, effect — to several imported photos at once too. And when you’re done applying them you can check out the plethora of other photo editing options within Fotor for cropping, adjusting, adding borders, tilt-shift, text and more.

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Fotor is free in the Mac App Store.

4. Composure

Composure’s main feature is actually to create and stitch together photo collages, but one section of the app includes an extremely vast selection of filters. You don’t even need to create a photo collage to use them. Just drag and drop a photo into the app, click Filters in the sidebar and choose from the dozens of selections. Plus, Composure features a bulk applicator so with one click of the plus icon on any filter, you can apply that one filter to all the photos you’ve imported.

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Admittedly, these photos aren’t as nice as the ones you’ll find in Filters for Photos or Instant, but they’re a great way to spruce up a boring picture for your Instagram followers. They fit nicely in with Instagram’s own filters as well.

Composure is free in the Mac App Store.

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