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Instagram is more than just an app for photo filters, it’s a community to share stories Instagram Isn't a Photography App, It's a Community [Opinion] Instagram Isn't a Photography App, It's a Community [Opinion] Over the past month, there's been a renewed deluge of articles arguing over Instagram's merit as a photography tool. Every so often, tech bloggers, photographers and journalists come together in a discussion over the merits... Read More . And sometimes, the app’s built-in features aren’t good enough to tell the story you want to. But there are some innovative third-party apps that let you get creative with Instagram.

Third-party apps for Instagram are nothing new. In fact, some Instagram clients are better than the official app 2 Instagram Clients That Beat It At Its Own Game 2 Instagram Clients That Beat It At Its Own Game It turns out there are other Instagram apps out there, and they're good. Read More . Of course, you will still have to use the official app to upload your images, but these third-party apps let you do some cool edits to them before uploading. From adding captions to a Flipbook-like collection of photos, this is how you can tell a better story on the world’s most popular social photo community.

Quick

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Yes, Instagram has captions. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But haven’t you sometimes felt like just adding text right on your image? It’s one of the best ways to tell a story without taking the eye away from the photo itself. Quick is the easiest way to do that.

Available for free on Android and iOS, all you need to do is select an image from your gallery or take a new photo with your camera. Quick will show you a text field that you can tap to edit. There’s a wide variety of typography to choose from, and you can customize the color too. Once you’re done, save it and share it.

It’s not the most powerful photo editor 3 Free Alternatives To Adobe Photoshop Touch [Android] 3 Free Alternatives To Adobe Photoshop Touch [Android] There's no denying the fact that Photoshop is the de-facto standard for image editing. It is the preferred program for all editing professionals, and plenty of amateurs seek to use it as well. And I... Read More around, but the focus here is simplicity. And it couldn’t be simpler.

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Download: Quick for Android (Free) / Quick for iPhone / iPad (Free)

Hyperlapse / Microsoft Hyperlapse / Timelapse

Instagram lets you upload video clips of up to 15 seconds, but sometimes, that isn’t enough to convey the full story. Which is why Instagram Hyperlapse fits more into 15 seconds Fit More Into 15 Seconds With Instagram's New Hyperlapse Videos Fit More Into 15 Seconds With Instagram's New Hyperlapse Videos We live in an age of short-form content; say what you can in 140 characters, show what you see in 6 to 15 seconds. But there are always cheats and tricks, like Instagram's new app... Read More by speeding up your footage.

Basically, the Hyperlapse app takes a video, which is artificially stabilized and sped up, from 1x to 12x. At any point, you can see the actual footage time as well as how much it would be in sped-up time.

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Currently, the Hyperlapse app is available only for iPhones. But don’t worry Android users, there is something for you as well. Microsoft Hyperlapse shoots similar videos How to Shoot Instagram-style Hyperlapse Videos on Android How to Shoot Instagram-style Hyperlapse Videos on Android Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile brings hyperlapse video to Android, a technique introduced to the iOS version of the Instagram app in 2014. The app is in beta, but is already capable of producing incredible results. Read More , but it’s not available on all Android devices. And then there is Hyper Timelapse, which imitates Instagram’s app in all but the video stabilization.

Download: Hyperlapse for iPhone / Hyper Timelapse for Android

Learn: How to install Microsoft Hyperlapse for Android How to Shoot Instagram-style Hyperlapse Videos on Android How to Shoot Instagram-style Hyperlapse Videos on Android Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile brings hyperlapse video to Android, a technique introduced to the iOS version of the Instagram app in 2014. The app is in beta, but is already capable of producing incredible results. Read More

Hykoo

With just 15 seconds of footage, using transitions is crucial to create unforgettable videos on Instagram 8 Ways To Create Unforgettable Instagram Videos 8 Ways To Create Unforgettable Instagram Videos Creating an Instagram video is easy. Making it unforgettable, however, is a lot tougher. Fortunately there are various tips and tricks that you can use to help you create a video to make an impression. Read More . It can be difficult to get the timing right, which is where Hykoo comes in. And then it adds the best feature of Quick on top of it!

Hykoo is an easy app to record three sets of a single video narrative. It will automatically time each set, so you don’t have to count it. And then you can add a caption to each part, customizing it to your liking.

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It seems a little daunting reading about this in text, but try out Hykoo and you’ll see how easy it is to make a single video with the app comprised of three different shots, and share it on Instagram. It’s only available for iOS right now, but you can sign up at the Hykoo site to be informed when the Android version is available.

Download: Hykoo for iPhone

Layout / PicFrame

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One Instagram post can only have one image, right? Well, you can cheat your way out of that by creating a collage of your photos. Instagram’s Layout app makes collages easy Create Beautiful Collages For Instagram With Photo Grid for Android Create Beautiful Collages For Instagram With Photo Grid for Android Ah, the coveted Instagram Like. Many of us say we don't care, but it's hard to remain truly blasé in the face of 15 (or 150) Likes on that photo you've uploaded yesterday. Read More , especially since it does not have borders. You can get really creative with it, like creating kaleidoscopes or mirror images.

For all of Layout’s goodness, it has a few limitations, like not accepting more than three photos at a time. Also, there are times when you want a beautiful frame to highlight such collages. For occasions like those, try out Photo Grid Create Beautiful Collages For Instagram With Photo Grid for Android Create Beautiful Collages For Instagram With Photo Grid for Android Ah, the coveted Instagram Like. Many of us say we don't care, but it's hard to remain truly blasé in the face of 15 (or 150) Likes on that photo you've uploaded yesterday. Read More , a similar easy-to-use app.

Download: Layout for iPhone (Free) / Layout for Android (Free)

Download: Photo Grid for iPhone (Free) / Photo Grid for Android (Free)

Flipagram

A collage, while effective, will shrink your photos. Flipagram smartly uses Instagram’s video feature to make a slideshow of selected images Bring Your Photos to Life On Instagram & Beyond With Flipagram Bring Your Photos to Life On Instagram & Beyond With Flipagram Combining an easy to use interface with features like the ability to add music and your own watermark, Flipagram creates beautiful short videos or slideshows of your best work. Read More .

You can add photos from your phone, your Instagram account, your Facebook, and several other online photo services, social networks and cloud storage. Select the photos you want and you can adjust settings like the speed at which the slideshow runs, the cropping, the background music, and more.

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There are a lot of creative things you can do with Flipagram, so go nuts!

Download: Flipagram for iPhone (Free) / Flipagram for Android (Free)

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With these fantastic free apps, you will be able to unleash your creative side on Instagram. And we want to see! Share those inspiring stories in the comments below!

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