Want to grow your IG following? Check out these 15 apps to improve your Instagram! They can help you edit photos, plan your posts, and more!
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This is stating the obvious, but I wanted to point out a couple important things you should do in Instagram to help you grow your audience.
First, make sure you have a properly filled out profile. You want to have your name and bio so that people can get a sense of who you are! If you don’t want to use your real name, put in your blog’s or IG handle.
I also suggest having your location or a descriptor in your name. This helps your name pop up in search results. For example, if you search “ATX”, you’ll see several accounts pop up that don’t actually have “ATX” in their handle:
Apps to Improve your Instagram: Planning
Planoly is one of the best tools for planning out your Instagram feed! It helps you layout your photos and schedule them all in one place! When someone clicks to your profile, they’re going to take one quick look at your photos and decide whether or not to follow you.
Which would you be more inclined to follow, the left or the right? Chances are you’d choose the right — partly because the photos are better quality, but also it flows together really well. The left was from two years ago when I was just starting out!
Planoly has an app and desktop version that sync really well. It also has a tool that helps monetize your posts with linking products (similar to liketoknow.it). I haven’t personally used it, but I’ve heard good things!
It also has tools to help you discover new hastags and see analytics on your account. Try out Planoly here.
Mosaico is another Instagram layout app that lets you plan your feed too. It’s free for one account, but doesn’t have as many features as Planoly does.
One of my favorite parts of this app is that it let’s you go into “ghost mode” meaning you can hide certain photos and shuffle around pictures without actually deleting them.
Apps to Improve your Instagram: Photo Editing
It comes with several free filters, and many others that are available for purchase.
This is my second favorite must have photo app. It’s great for whitening you teeth, making your eyes pop, smoothing skin, making hair fuller, brightening, etc.
Note: I use the old version of FaceTune, not the crazy 2.0 one that you’ve likely seen advertised on Instagram… You know, the one that completely changes your entire face. I do not encourage doing that. I use FaceTune just to do small touch-ups, nothing that extreme.
And if for some crazy reason I wanted to edit Lola (my pup enjoying a swim) out of the photo too, I can do that with a swipe of a finger!
QuickShot also helps with portraits and adds that nice blurred background (kinda like the portrait mode on an iPhone).
This is another photo editing app that I haven’t gotten into but a lot of people swear by it!
I noticed in the app it has a lot of features for enhancing landscapes like HDR, as well as portraits with skin smoothing, eye clarity, and glow.
I don’t personally use ColorStory a lot, but I know a lot of bloggers that enjoy the filters on the app which is why I thought it was worth mentioning
Apps to Improve your Instagram: Stories
The Hype Type app lets you up your Instagram story game! It adds cool animation to type in your stories!
This app has tons of different layouts that can be customized to almost any size (Pinterest, Instagram stories, Facebook, etc).
Add your own photos and customize the fonts and colors!
From the makers of ColorStory, this is another great app for upping your IG stories! You can do cool brush effects:
Use way more fonts than the IG app has
And add a bunch of cool different stickers!
Sometimes it can be difficult to capture everything in the 15 second video limit on Instagram. CutStory app helps you string those videos together for your stories or posts!
It will also format your videos to different sizes depending on where you’re going to be posting it!
So there ya have it, 15 apps to improve your Instagram! Did I miss any of your favorites? I always want to hear about new apps, so let me know in the comments!
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