Instagram has gained a lot of popularity over the years and it is now one of the most popular social networks out there. The 500 million active users it has acquired over the past 5 years is proof of the traction it has gained. From casual individuals to businesses, everyone has joined the platform to share their interests using photos and short videos. Instagram offers an official app for Android and iOS, and the apps are pretty good at what they do. While Instagram has added various features like stories out later, it still lacks a good number of features that users have been asking for a long time now.
So, if you are looking to get more from Instagram, you should try a few third-party apps that are specially made to improve your Instagram experience. We list low 10 apps for Instagram you should install:
Hashtags are the key to getting more people to see your image and get noticed. If you don't use the right hashtags for your posts, then it could easily get undermined by other posts with popular keywords. Unfortunately, not everyone is good at finding and adding the right tags, which is where the hashtags app will help you. The free app lets you choose a category to submit to – such as Animals, Nature and Electronics, etc – and shows you all popular hashtags in this category.
You can simply copy the necessary hashtag with a single tap and paste it into Instagram. Of course, the app does not offer all categories, but if you are unable to find a category for your image, you can always email the developers to add it. Hashtags is only available for Android, but iOS users can use TagsForLikes which serves the same purpose.
Available for Android (free)
2. Follower Stats for Instagram
This app is like your personal Instagram dashboard, where you can see detailed activity of your account. It will give you a full report of who you who followed you, who are most interested in your posts, your likes, like-dos and a lot more after. The app comes with a achat in-app $ 4,99which unlocks all features. With the free version, you can only see who has followed you and who has blocked you, which is not much of a deal so you will have to go premium to use this app.
These stats can be of great value to brands looking to market their product, but may not be of much value to individual users. The app's interface is also very intuitive and allows you to complete most tasks directly from the app instead of going to the official Instagram app.
Available for Android (free, full version with $4,99 in-app purchase)
InstaPlace allows you to add automatic and personalized subtitles right on the photos to make them more engaging and informative. It can automatically extract location data and allows you to caption the photo, with the text added by you custom. This lets you tell everyone where you really are and what you're doing without making anyone guess.
The app comes with dozens of skins to spruce up your captions and more can be unlocked through in-app purchases. The Android version is free and comes with $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock all features , but' iOS et Windows Phone version of the application are paid and you can buy it for $ 1,99 et $ 2,49 respectively.
Available on Android (free, full version with $1,99 in-app purchase), iOS ($1,99), and Windows Phone ($2,49)
Selfie is one of the top hashtags on Instagram and every day hundreds of thousands of selfies are uploaded on Instagram. If you are a selfie person then you should definitely try a okay face app. Facetune is one such app that can easily turn a beast into an angel with just a few taps. It is specially designed for the adjusting your face and make your selfies as good as you see in the magazines.
I've tried many similar apps, but by far Facetune offers the best editing prowess of them all. You can whiten teeth, adjust your smile, remove dark circles and beautify your skin, change eye color and size, change hair color, reshape face, add makeup and much more. I'm sure you're going to think all of these edits are going to look fake, but the good news is, Facetune makes sure these edits look natural. Even if you have an okay Face app (some smartphones have one built-in), you should still give Facetune a try for the amazing tools it offers.
Available for Android ($3,99), iOS ($3,99) and Windows Phone ($2,99)
5. Boomerang from Instagram
This is an official app from Instagram that lets you take 10 burst photos in quick succession. It will then stitch all those images and turn them into one looping video forward and backward, similar to a boomerang (video speed can be adjusted). This adds a unique touch to the present that will surely make people laugh or think. You will find better than still images and different from videos.
Boomerang saves motion pictures to your camera roll, so you can share them on your favorite social media channel; including Instagram, of course.
Available for Android and iOS (free)
6. Microsoft Hyperlapse
This is a timelapse video creation application offered by Microsoft. Hyperlapse allows you to record a timelapse video that you can speed up and see the smooth action. For example, you can record sunset or sunrise using Hyperlapse and then see it in action by speeding up the process. You can speed up the video up to 32x the speed and the video is quite stable thanks to Microsoft's own downtime technology.
You can also import videos from your device and put them into timelapse videos. Also, the app interface is very simple, you can easily create a timelapse video with just 2-3 taps.
Available on Android (free)
Snapseed is a professional photo editing application offered by Google that allows you to edit your photos and share them on social networks; including Instagram. Although, Facetune works great for selfies, you will still need a good photo editing app to edit different types of photos. Snapseed offers professional level photo editing functions and all this for free.
Although you can do a lot of advanced modifications using the app, to list some common modifications; it lets you adjust white balance, create depth and vibrancy, sharpen images, crop, rotate, use brushes, add enhancements and use tons of filters. Along with these amazing editing functions, the interface is also very simple and interactive. You can re-edit individual changes without having to undo anything, thanks to its battery-based management system.
Available for Android and iOS (free)
8. Instagram layout
Layout is another great app from Instagram developers which allows you to create amazing photo collages with ease. It lets you create collages from your photos and gives you full control over how you want the collage to look. You can choose up to 9 photos and adjust their position as you wish by dragging them. You can also easily zoom in or zoom in on photos to adjust focus and use filters to make them look attractive.
It also lets you take burst photos right from the app to create collages on the go, and you can save the collages to your phone to share wherever you want.
Available for Android and iOS (free)
9. Repost for Instagram
Very often you can find an amazing photo/video on Instagram and be tempted to share it with your followers. However, Instagram does not make it easy to repost someone else's photo/video on instagram again. If you want to repost Instagram posts, the Repost for Instagram app lets you do that easily while giving credits to the original poster.
You can simply copy the post URL and paste it into Repost for Instagram. The app will let you control where and how you want to credit the original poster and then you can go ahead and repost.
Available for Android and iOS (free with in-app purchases)
Hootsuite is a post scheduler and manager for multiple social media channels, including Instagram. You can schedule a post on instagram and the app will notify you post on Instagram at the specified time. Also, the app brings you notifications mentions about your brand or profile. If someone mentions your brand or talks about it on any social media channel, you'll be notified, so you can take a quick look.
You can manage up to three social media accounts for free but if you want more accounts, you can get the monthly subscription for $8,99 (trial available), which provides support for up to 50 accounts. Overall, its detailed analytics and bulk scheduling features make it perfect for any brand looking to build a social media presence. However, it doesn't really go ahead and view Instagram photos for you and if you don't like that, you can check out other tools that allow Instagram timeline posts.
Available for Android and iOS (free with monthly subscriptions starting at $8,99)