You might be feeling some deja vu right now, and you’re not wrong. All the way back in 2017, I wrote a post about Essential Apps For Bloggers. Since then I’ve discovered so many more new, exciting, and useful apps that have changed the way I write and edit photos. So I decided to update the list with a whole new post dedicated to the best apps out there. All of these apps are available to download on iPhone*.
Photo Editing Apps
VSCO is a pretty standard app for bloggers. It’s an editing app that is useful for choosing filters to brighten up your feed, and keep it consistent if that’s what you want. I can use the same filter to ensure that all the photos on my feed have a similar look. It’s changed a lot since I first started using it, but it’s still a good app.
Afterlight Legacy (free)
I have been using this app to edit my photos for years. When they released the new version of the app (Afterlight 2), they made the original app free. You can use it to add borders, adjust the image, and add dusty or light leak effects to your image. You can create and save your own “fusion” of photo adjustments and effects so that you can edit your photos en masse with minimal effort. Or you can use one of the many filters that the app already provides. I haven’t tried the new app yet, but I’m sure it has all of the same features and more.
This app is best used for making colour, brightness, etc. adjustments to photos. I think the biggest selling point for this (free) app is the ability to download presets. Similar to afterlight, you can press one button to edit your picture just how you like it, without having to individually adjust every single aspect. A lot of bloggers sell their own presets, so that you can edit your photos just like they do! The app is free but the software for laptops/PC isn’t, so it’s a great alternative.
This is a super straightforward app to use that lets you add text to your images. You can use this to create unique instagram stories, as you can play around with the placement of images and text. You can even download and use other fonts from the internet. A word of advice though – make sure that any fonts you use are in the public domain, or authorised for commercial use.
Sparkle Cam (free)
This app does what it says on the tin. It adds sparkles to your pictures to make them pop! It’s free, and does the same job as Kira Kira.
We Heart It (free)
Sometimes I don’t know what type of photo should go with a post topic. I’d go to We Heart It, search some keywords, and see what comes up. I’ll then use any ideas I get from this to inspire my own photos. The website is also very easy to use, but I generally prefer to use the app.
A photo editing app that has every tool you could ever need. It includes filters, grain, selective editing, a healing brush, perspective adjustment, frames, text, and even more! The only risk with this app is over-editing your photos. It’s great for making simple adjustments, but don’t overdo it.
Unfold and Storyluxe (free)
Both of these apps are dedicated to creating exciting layouts for instagram stories. These are the two that I have used, but there are even more on the app store. There are a few layouts included in the free versions, but you have the option to purchase packs of more layouts to make your stories stand out. They are both very similar apps, but they have different layouts so why not try both to see which one suits your style more? There are also loads more on the app store so you can shop around to find a favourite!
Huji is the app that gives your photos an old-school film camera effect. The app itself is free, but you can only take photos through it. You can’t edit any photos you’ve taken outside of the app unless you buy the in-app purchases. I’d recommend that you try out the free features of the app first, and if you like how your photos turn out, you can pay for the full app. It’s definitely worth it in my opinion!
This is an app that is used to remove backgrounds from images, create overlays, and more. There are free alternatives, but this is the best one that I’ve used. The advanced version of this app – Superimpose X – has all of these features and more, but will cost you £4.99. I haven’t yet tried the new version.
Apps For Planning Posts
I absolutely love this app! It lets you organise your Instagram feed and rearrange your posts. It is an absolute life saver as you can edit your photos on there as well as pre-write your captions! It is great for me to see what photo would suit my feed the best and whether it needs to be edited. You can also pay for even more features with a better plan, although I haven’t gotten round to using this yet. If you take Instagram seriously, you need a seriously good planning app just like UNUM.
Buffer is another planning app, which I mostly use for Twitter. You can write out tweets, and schedule them to be uploaded at a specific time and date. Or you can plan a bunch of tweets, and it’ll send out 2 a day between certain times, based on what you choose. Sometimes Twitter can be overwhelming, so it’s nice to be able to step back without sacrificing your tweets or engagement. In the past, I have deleted the Twitter app and tweeted exclusively from the Buffer app. This way I can still keep my followers updated without spending hours upon hours scrolling. Although this isn’t the best thing to do in terms of engagement, it sometimes has to be done for my own wellbeing. The only annoying thing is that you can only schedule a few tweets at a time. If you want to add more, you’ll have to pay extra.
Apps For Writing
This is a keyboard that you install for iPhones. My all-time favourite feature of this app is the flow function. It means that you can type using the cool swipey thing that android keyboards have! Other features include searching for emojis (!!!), a gif keyboad, and saving text to a clipboard. It’s revolutionised the way I draft blog posts on my phone.
It’s quite rare that I properly write full blog posts on my phone, but the WordPress app is still so useful to me. I can bullet point my ideas straight into the app, as well as uploading any media straight from my phone. It also makes it easy for me to see any notifications, and I can read a ton of blogs.
This is a productivity app where you can grow a lil digital tree if you stay on the app for certain amounts of time. If you go off of the app, your tree will die. I used this for exams but it’s also useful for when I’m writing blog posts on my laptop, I won’t get distracted by my phone. Although I still find ways around it, like using Instagram online… Let’s just say that this app is semi-effective. There are many similar variations of this app, so try and find one that helps you.
Apps For $$$
This is the blogger’s side of Like To Know It, where publishers upload their outfit details for their audience to see. There are so many brands that you can link to to earn a small comission from. RewardStyle considers applications from bloggers who have at least four months of consistent content, an engaged and growing audience, original content, and clean editorial design. If you’d like to join, you can message me and I’ll refer you to them!
Takumi is an app where Instagrammers can be selected for advertising campaigns. If you are accepted, then it is great. However, there are very few campaigns on there and they seem to fill up very fast, so I don’t use this app anymore.
This was the first influencer marketing app I used, and the one where I got my first paid gig! It works in the usual way. The problem I had when I used it was that it would take 60 days to receive your money once you cashed out. You could pay 10% of your earnings to get the money in 3 days though!!! Since I have stopped using it, their terms seem to have changed drastically. They retain ownership over your images, withdraw your payment if you archive any posts (even after several years), and pay you in their own cryptocurrency. So I would just say that you need make sure you are aware of what you are signing up for, and what your contractual obligations are.
This app is so easy to use. All you have to do is choose a campaign, upload a selfie, the image and caption are created, and voila! You can upload your sponsored posts to your Instagram feed, Instagram story, or Twitter. The only downside is that the earnings are measly. But it’s better than nothing, and it’s a good starting point for bloggers who don’t have much experience in advertising.
If you haven’t already, take a look at my post about how to make money from sponsored Instagram posts.
The Classic Social Apps
Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and all of the other social apps are really good for sending traffic to your blog. You can also meet some other awesome bloggers on these sites! There are some lovely Facebook blogger groups, and you might be able to find a local one too. I’m sure you all know plenty about these apps so I don’t need to say much more.
Just a note – I have an iPhone and use the App Store, I’m not sure whether these apps are available elsewhere, but I’m sure that there are at least similar ones that you can find. All prices are accurate at the time of writing.
So I think that just about covers most of the apps I use day-to-day when I’m blogging. Are there any others that would be helpful? Let me know by commenting or sending me a message.