What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us]

Dave Parrack 25-04-2012

You know what’s better than $1 million? $1 billion. Which is not only a line from some film or other (The Social Network, truth be told) but is also what must have gone through the minds of Kevin Systrom and co. when Facebook came a-knockin’ Instagram - From Zero To A Billion [INFOGRAPHIC] The big news on the net this week that has got everyone talking is Instagram's acquisition by Facebook for the absurd amount of $1 billion. Why absurd? Because Instagram has zero revenue, so how can... Read More at Instagram HQ.


So Instagram is now in the hands of Mark Zuckerberg, and who knows what future plans he has for this almighty (at least in terms of userbase) photo-sharing app. What’s more, it’s also now available on Android, turning some iOS advocates off in a big way. Seeking other methods for adding filters to photos before sharing them with the world is therefore becoming a priority.

What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram?

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We asked you, What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us] You know what's better than $1 million? $1 billion. Which is not only a line from some film or other (The Social Network, truth be told) but is also what must have gone through the... Read More The response was good, with 10 different apps recommended by the MakeUseOf readership. These being Pixlr-o-matic, picplz, Fancy, Oil Paint, Old Photo, EffectCamera, After Focus, Cinemagram, Hipster, and Tadaa. Some are available on iOS, some for Android, most for both.

If this tells us anything, it’s that Instagram hardly has the marketplace sewn up at this point. Sure, it is currently the most popular photo-sharing app, but then MySpace was once the most popular social networking site What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us] Last week we turned MakeUseOf over to you in order to gauge opinion on a relevant topic. We asked you a question, and you answered in a multitude of interesting ways. We have read and... Read More . Facebook’s acquisition on top of the already enviable brand awareness should mean Instagram flourishes, but there are plenty of alternatives waiting in the wings for those open to a little experimentation.

Comment Of The Week

Comment of the week goes to ‘saskia’, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for:


picplz! I like picplz better then instagram. Also: LittlePhoto.

[The reasons being…] The filters, automatic backup to dropbox as well as the automatic posting on several other sites (twitter, facebook, posterous (plus my wordpress website via posterous), tumbler, Flickr, Foursquare, etc.). Being able to view my photos as well (as the photos of people I follow) on their website ( The website has a nice clean interface on and the ability to view large versions of the photos.

What I like about LittlePhoto: unbelievable large amount of filters.

Which was enough to at least get me interested in trying both apps out. ‘Rob’ also deserves a mention for recommending Cinemagram, an amazing iOS app which allows you to animate a small portion of a photo to create a GIF to share online as you see fit.


At the same time I was conjuring this column out of the ether, Yaara was working on the Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try Save for a Rainy Day: The Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try [Android & iOS] Instagram has been in the news non-stop these past two weeks. It started with the launch of its much anticipated Android app, and continued with the subsequent acquisition by Facebook. Both moves created heated reactions... Read More . Obviously great minds do think alike from time to time. Many of the suggestions made here were included in her rundown, so be sure to give it a read for a more in-depth investigation into alternatives to Instagram.

We’ll be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. ‘We Ask [You] Tell Us’ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Julia Thorne
    October 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

    The main problem I have with all these apps is that the size of my photos get reduced by around 90% - photos that were taken with the phone's default camera (8mp) are somewhere between 2 and 3MB in size. By the time they've gone through any of the apps I've tried, they end up around 200-300KB. And often you can see it - photos looked ruined because they've ended up low res and have lost clarity.

    I've near-enough given up on all apps and have decided the best thing I can do is to learn how to get these effects using Photoshop, where I won't suffer any loss of resolution.

  2. Alan Masarsky
    May 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Instagrille is the only Instagram-for-Windows app that brings Instagram directly to your desktop. I love the app's interface and speed. Check it out:

  3. Bigpisces
    May 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hey great apps but you missed one... PicYou! You can capture photos, apply a cool filter and share it with friends. It's free and exclusively on the iPhone. Cheers :)

  4. Ramsha
    April 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I've been using for a while on Android, and it is surprisingly robust.