Are you looking for the best app for editing photos? Well, there are tons of great photo editing apps available on the Apple App Store, and more & more powerful photo editor apps are added every month. So it might become difficult for you to choose the right app, so in this article, I have handpicked the list of 10 best apps for photo editing in 2021 for iOS and iPadOS.

And if you are also an Android user, then I would recommend you to check – 10 Best Android Apps for Photo Editing

Note: All the apps are in random order so you can choose any picture editing app as per your need.

10 Best Free Photo Editing Apps for iPhone & iPad (2021)

  1. PicsArt
  2. Snapseed
  3. YouCam Perfect
  4. Focus
  5. Motionleap
  6. Polish
  7. Photo Lab
  8. Pixlr
  9. Bazaart
  10. Fotor

1. PicsArtPicsArt - Top Photo Editor App iPhone/iPad

Size150 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginUS

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PicsArt is one of the most popular and top photo editing apps for iPhone & iPad. The app is very easy to use and will not take much time to explore all the features. You can find all the essential photo editing tools like rotate, crop, contrast, saturation, and much more.

In addition, PicsArt has plenty of effects such as sketch, blur, artistic, glitch, and so on. You also get a dedicated tool “Beautify” to make minor changes on your face like face fix, remove wrinkles, changing skin tone or hair color, etc.

Other features of PicsArt

  • You can find almost any stickers you want.
  • Access to royalty-free images.
  • Minor features like drawing, adding lens flare, shape mask, frame, and so on.

PicsArt also has paid subscriptions known as PicsArt Gold through which you will get access to all the features like unlimited brushes, 100+ filters, video editor, tools, no ads, and many more.

Download PicsArt from App Store

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2. Snapseed

Snapseed - Free Photo Editing App (iPad/iPhone)

Size95 MB
Ratings (IN)4.2
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginUS

Snapseed is a free photo editor app for iPhone and iPad developed by Google and has many advanced features. But first, let’s talk about UI. The app interface is clean, all tools are easy to access, and comes with no ads.

As for the editing part, you get a few basic filters to enhance your photo and have tools such as crop, rotate, brush, frames, text, lens blur, and so on. Furthermore, you can also edit RAW photos and later can be saved in JPG format.

But what made me use Snapseed a lot is its healing tool. With just one tap you can remove any object, text, or watermark from the background. On most of the photo editor apps, this feature comes under the premium plan, but in Snapseed you get it for free.

Download Snapseed from App Store

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3. YouCam Perfect

YouCam Perfect - Best Photo Editing App iPhone

Size170 MB
Ratings (US)4.8
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginTaiwan

YouCam Perfect is another best app to edit photos on iPad & iPhone, and it comes with all sorts of effects like portrait, galaxy, food, scenery, and many more. I also come with an InstaFit tool through which you can fit your photo for a post on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and many more including the option to change the background.

The app also comes with free background remover tool, and it works just as good as Snapseed.

But what makes this app super cool is the Beautify tool. It has features like face shaper, teeth whitener, change skin tone, acne remover, and lots more which work excellently. Other common features are collage, rotate, crop, magic brush, frame, text, stickers, mosaic, etc.

Overall, YouCam Perfect is a great app for beginners and provides many features for free. You can also try their premium version, which will unlock more advanced features.

Download YouCam Perfect from App Store

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4. Focus

Focus - iPhone

Size87 MB
Ratings (CA)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
Origin

If you are still using an old iPhone with no portrait/bokeh mode or don’t have DSLR to get a blur effect, then you should seriously consider the Focus app. It uses the AI to calculate the depth of the field and adds a bokeh effect to any image.

You can also adjust the amount of blur you want to have in the background of the photo. And just like most of the photo editing apps here also you will find some common tools like brightness, contrast, saturation, HDR, and many more.

Download Focus from App Store

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5. Motionleap

Motionleap - iPad/iPhone

Size219 MB
Ratings (US)4.8
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginIsrael

If you want to create a moving photo, then you should seriously consider the Motionleap app. This app can convert any pictures into an animated picture with few taps. It has features like:

  1. Animate: Here you can choose which part of the photo to be animated and which part to be excluded including the speed of the animations. You can also set an animation in Boomerang style, just like you have seen on Instagram.
  2. Sky: If your photo has a sky in the background, then you will love this feature. It has plenty of animated skies templates that you can use to change the background of the sky to cloudy, rainbow, sunset, storm, and many more.
  3. Effects: It has a few animated effects which you can use on the photos.
  4. Elements: Motionleap has a huge collection of animated elements that you can use to make your photos more lively.

Pixaloop - iPhone (gif)

There are a few other features you can use like overlays, sound effects, camera FX, and filters. Although to access all the features of the Motionleap you have to subscribe to their Pro Plan. Overall, Motionleap is the best app for creating animated images that will make your Instagram post stand out from others.

Download Motionleap from App Store

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6. Polish

Polish - iPhone

Size87 MB
Ratings (AU)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginUS

Polish a free photo editing app for iOS that comes with all the usual tools and filters. There are plenty of filters to choose from and few filters are free and some come under the pro plan.

And just like the YouCam Perfect app, Polish also comes with a fit tool to fit your photo for a post or story on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and so on. On top of that, you can change the background, add a border, and change the image position.

Besides that, it also has a tool to erase the background by using AI or manual methods. After that, you can use it as a sticker or customize its background along with the border.

Download Polish from App Store

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7. Photo Lab

Photo Lab - iPhone & iPad

Size120 MB
Ratings (GB)4.5
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginBritish Virgin Islands

Photo Lab has a vast collection of photo effects having over 900 effects that include face montages, makeovers, GIF animations, art backgrounds, and lots more. The app is quite easy to use and is highly customizable, and most of the editing will be done by the app itself.

But before you install this app, let me inform you it comes with a watermark, and to remove it, you have to join their pro plan.

Download Photo Lab from App Store

8. Pixlr

Pixlr - iPhone

Size139 MB
Ratings (US)3.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginChina

Pixlr is another best app for Photo Editing on iPhone & iPad and comes with a variety of tools such as crop, rotate, blur, heal, splash, and much more. Out of all tools, I first tried the Heal tool to see whether it was able to remove an object or not, and its result was way worse than other photo editing apps.

As for the photo filters, it has a wide variety of effects available along with overlays. Not only that, but you also get tons of frames and stickers to choose from.

And if you are lazy and don’t want to spend much time on photo editing, then you can also use the app’s built-in templates. Pixlr also comes with a collage maker with various customizing options like grid style, grid ratio, border size, and border color.

Download Pixlr from App Store

9. Bazaart

Bazaart - iPhone/iPad

Size106 MB
Ratings (US)4.8
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginIsrael

Bazaart is another best photo editor app for iPad & iPhone you should consider. The UI of the app is clean and quite easy to use. It has many cool features like text, stickers, overlays, etc. And in the app, you will find a huge collection of overlays, which also includes video overlays.

Bazaart - iPhone (gif)

Other than that, it comes with many built-in background images to further customize the photo. And if you want, you can also use a pre-built template to save your time on editing pics.

Download Bazaart from App Store

10. Fotor

Fotor - iPhone

Size190 MB
Ratings (CA)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginChina

The last app on our list is the Fotor app which features all the essential editing tools you may need like adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, crop, rotate, and so on. If that’s not enough for you, then there are plenty of filters to please you. Furthermore, you can download more effects from the Fotor Store either for free or in-app purchases.

Also, you will find huge collections of stickers and frames and if you need more, then you can download them from the Fotor Store too. But what I liked about the Fotor app is the collage maker. It is not only limited to an old classic style collage template but also comes with a magazine design template which further enhances your photo.

What’s more, you can also download more collage templates from the store. There is no doubt it is one of the best iPhone photo editing apps and I would highly recommend you try this app once since there are plenty to free filters and tools to play around with, especially the collage maker.

Download Fotor from App Store

Conclusion

Well, these were the list of 10 best free photo editing apps for iPad & iPhone in 2021. If you looking for an advanced photo editor app, then I would recommend you PicsArt and YouCam Perfect. But if you want a simple and easy-to-use picture editing app, then I would suggest you Snapseed, Polish, Pixlr, and Fotor. Personally, I use PicsArt and Snapseed for editing photos. Now comment down below which app you are going to install from this list.

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