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Instagram’s Story feature is one of the most popular on the site. It’s mostly for daily updates and stuff you wouldn’t generally post on your profile. However, many use the platform as a performance art platform and Stories get really fun on occasion. Some people do comedy bits, others make super artsy posts, and it evolved into much more than intended. That means there are actually a bunch of tools for Stories for folks who want to do more with it. Here are the best Instagram Story apps for Android.
Price: Free / Varies
Adobe has some of the most popular apps for creative folks and this is no different. Those on mobile have Adobe Premiere Rush, Adobe Lightroom, a social media-centric version of Photoshop, and a few other tools to make some neat stuff for Instagram Stories. Those with desktops can use the more powerful tools (Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects) to do some neat stuff as well. The mobile apps are generally cheaper and many of them are free to use in many cases. The desktop variants can go for as much as $53.99 per month if you get the full subscription. In any case, whether it’s photo or video, Adobe probably has an app for it and Adobe apps are among the most powerful in this space. It’s kind of an obvious recommendation.
Price: Free / Varies
InShot is a developer on Google Play and has a few popular Instagram Story apps. The three main apps that you might try is the Story Saver app along with the photo editor and the video editor (separate apps). The first one is rather self explanatory. It lets you download other people’s Stories as well as IGTV content. The other two are also fairly self explanatory. The photo and video editors let you edit your photos and videos to ready them for Instagram. All three apps have the occasional bug, but they are otherwise quite functional.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $22.99 per year
KineMaster is a mobile video editor and one of the best. The app has a lot of desirable features, including multi-layer video editing, images, stickers, special effects, support for text, support for music, and more. The app even exports in 4K at 30FPS if your device can handle the export process. In general, Instagram Stories don’t really require too much video editing so something like this to throw together a little sketch or shave off some useless video at the beginning or end is perfectly functional.
LightX Photo Editor
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $14.99 per year / $34.99 once
LightX Photo Editor is an excellent alternative to Adobe Lightroom for mobile photo editing. It has a lot of the basic tools such as contrast, exposure, brightness, hue, saturation etc. It also comes with teeth whitening, background blurring, and a range of filters for a neat look. Finally, the app can do some really fun stuff like remove the background from your image or merge two photos together. This is a great app for people who enjoy using photos on their Instagram Stories.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $39.99 per year
Mojo is one of several somewhat decent Instagram Story apps. It has a variety of animation templates. You simply plug in your own stuff and the app makes a short video montage of the things you put in it. The app contains over 50 templates along with more than 50 text styles. You can edit templates as well for more customization. The price is rather extravagant so we don’t really recommend it unless you really like the app. Also, we hope it finishes porting all of the iOS features sooner rather than later.
Snapseed is a photo editor by Google and it’s one of the best. It doesn’t have a ton of super unique features, but it does the basics with rock solid efficiency. The app includes 29 tools and filters, including a fake HDR mode, support for RAW photos, and an auto-adjuster tool to make images pop a bit more. You can do some really good stuff with this and the feature list is impressive considering its very free price tag.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Story Editor by cerdillac is a decent and serviceable Instagram Story editor. The app contains over 200 story templates along with some filters, a collage maker, text support, and even some minor photo editing functions like background blur. The app is otherwise fairly self explanatory. You add various things into it, use the templates and filters to generate a desired effect, and then publish it to Instagram. There are a bunch of free templates in the app, but you can buy more stuff via in-app purchases (generally at $1.99 for each package).
Story Maker by Gonga Dev is a decent free Instagram Story editor. The app has over 300 templates spread out across several categories for easier browsing. In addition, there are over 100 text fonts, support for both photo and video, and support for other apps such as Snapchat, Whatsapp, and others. It works the same as most of the other options in this space so it’s pretty simple for most folks. This one is entirely free with ads and people don’t seem to mind the ads much.
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $9.99 per year / $19.99 once / Varies
StoryArt is another big story editor with some decent functionality. This one boasts over 2,000 templates, although many of them are pretty simple. The app also features some basic photo and video editing along with the usual array of photos, stickers, and text support. You can even design some little logos to make your Instagram Stories look good on your profile. The subscription is cheaper than most competitors or you can pay for it a single time. There are also in-app purchase packages in case you only want certain things.
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $8.99 per year / $9.99 once
StoryLab is an Instagram Story editor with some fun tricks. It supports over 700 Instagram Story templates and you can lightly customize most of them. It also supports 9:16 along with 1:1 so you can make Stories in a couple of different ways. The app also supports both photo and video along with some effect brushes that let you do some neat stuff like Kirakira and other popular effects. This one is also on the cheaper side in terms of subscriptions and even its single price is less than many competitors.