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6 Instagram Alternatives for Android, iOS, and (in some cases) Windows Phone

With Instagram's recent change to their terms of service, and then the subsequent 180 on their decision, many people have begun looking for alternatives to the social imaging and filtering app. I've taken the time to procure a list of 6 good Instagram alternative apps.


Flickr has been in the photo sharing game for a long time, and recent updates to their app have now added filtering options. Flickr provides 15 different filters, and also provides the very cool option of applying a license to your photo right from the app. This means you control who owns and can use your photos. Flickr social network is used by a lot of people too, so if you are looking to get into the social side of photo sharing, this is a good option. 

Flickr is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and more:



StreamZoo is a feature-packed photo filtering, bordering, and editting app, that throws in some gameplay elements to make it more fun to use. It provides 14 filters and 15 borders that you can apply to your photos, and you can also do things such as crop, rotate, contrast-adjust, etc., as well. For doing all of this, StreamZoo rewards you with points and badges. In addition, StreamZoo also offers an activity stream in which you can mention people and include #hashtags. It can be quite addictive!

StreamZoo is available for Android and iOS:


PixlrPixlr-O-Matic and/or Pixlr Express

Pixlr-O-Matic and Pixlr Exress are both focused soley on applying effects to your photos, so there is no social networking back-end with these apps. However, they offer more effects and permutations than any other app I've seen: Pixlr-O-Matic has more than 100 effects, 280 overlays and almost 200 different borders (that's more than 5 million permutations), while Pixlr Express has more than 600 effects available. If you're not concerned with a back-end social network, or you're sharing your photos to other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ anyhow, this is probably your best option.

Pixlr-O-Matic and Pixlr Express are both available for Android and iOS:



Hipster is a lot like Instagram, with features such as 20 filters and border that you can apply to your photos, photo-captioning, geo-tagging, and a social back-end. If you're evaluating an Instagram alternative, Hipster is worth checking out.

Hipster is available for Android and iOS:



Snapseed is another good alternative to Instagram, with filters and border effects, as well as the ability to crop, rotate/straighten, tune, auto-correct your photo and more. Its social back-end is Google+ which will be good for some, and not-so-good for others. It also features a unique interface which some people love, and other people aren't too keen on. In your hunt for an Instagram alternative, I recommend you check Snapseed out.

Snapseed is available for Android and iOS:



EyeEm is a bit of a unique player in the field of social photo apps. It offers the usual filtering effects, 14 at the time of this writing, but its greater strength is its social back-end. As you use the app and connect with people, it will "get to know you" and fill your feed with images that you prefer to view. EyeEm's user community are also fairly passionate about photography, so you'll find your feed filled more with good photos and less with cheeseburgers. Another good feature of the app is that it doesn't require you to crop down your photos to share them, so you share the photo as you intend it to be seen.

EyeEm is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone: