Best Free Image Editor for Android

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Introduction

As smartphones get bigger and better so do their inbuilt cameras and with the plethora of image editors available for Android there is now no need to transfer all those images or photos from your Android device to your PC if you wish to edit them.

Using one of these great freely available image editing apps, you should be able to quickly achieve pretty much any effect you desire as you do on desktop system, such as improving a photo by lightening, removing red eyes or something a little more fun like creating a pop-art collage out of selfies.

 

Rated Products

PicsArt Photo Studio  

A great fun image editor app with lots of features, plus social and sharing options


Our Rating: 
5
License: Free (Limited features)
Lots of features, effects, tools etc, the most I've seen available in a free image editor app, plus most sharing options.
Can be fiddly to new users as effects and filters need to apply separately from basic editing options.
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Pixlr  

A quality image editor that's great fun to use and full of features and effects


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Limited features)
Easy to use user-interface, lots of effects and image editing tools.
Lacking the social aspect that PicsArt has.
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Adobe Photoshop Express  

Makes full use of multi-touch gestures to edit your digital images on the go


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Ease of use, allows for cropping, rotating, straightening and flipping photos, fine-grained controls for exposure, saturation, tint and contrast.
Limited choices for built-in effects and borders.
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Camera360  

Apply filters and effects with a preview before you snap a photo


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
Edit photos before they are snapped with the camera; special effects, filters and tools.
Doesn't seem to have a simple 'undo changes' feature in the app.
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Cymera  

It's great fun using this image editor with necessary tools and a built-in camera function


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Easy to use GUI, many editing tools, built-in camera function and fun to use.
Fewer built-in effects and borders than some other apps but more can be downloaded free.
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PicSay - Photo Editor  

Jam-packed with effects and enables you to add text and speech bubbles to pictures


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Large number of effects, ability to "fix" photos and easy to send photos.
High and Maximum Quality pictures only available in full version and not enough fonts for text.
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Photo Lab  

Edit photos with over 500 stylish and funny photo effects


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Amazing effects, photo montages and features not normally found in free products.
Long processing time, watermark on photo.
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Pixlr-o-matic  

Access to filters and effects not found in most other image editing programs


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Excellent GUI, great filters and special effects and can save photos in High Definition.
Hard to read text on small phones, not many ways to share/save photos and large download file size.
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Comments

hi guys. I'm done testing picsart... I do agree.. its beautiful , its diverse ... but there are three issues that surface on low end devices...
the Internal memory, processing speed, data usage (if you are a minimalist)...
it was designed for social networking... and hence is heavy on data...the app is relatively smooth. however applying effects is slow and CPU intensive. that's not the only problems I experienced..
the loading of the images was tricky (probably because of RAM limitations) the best way is to parse it as a file path.(via a file manager) ..
image quality is a lil better than Adobe PS Express ...

Adobe express is a solid image editor but after testing PicsArt and now Pixlr I just thought they were better with more options and tools, in using both I have found that Pixlr seems to have a smaller memory footprint probably because it doesn't have the social aspect to it like PicsArt does. My device is just a cheap tablet running ice cream sandwich Android 4.0. I did find that in both apps loading the image took no more than 10 seconds and the effects were applied within a few seconds.

Hi, I'm using a low end android device with a custom ROM. I am a fan of Adobe PS express( because of its smooth UI and responsiveness.) However I am not sure if I am the only one who noticed the dramatic loss of image quality after editing,
it bothers me.
I'm also checking out picsart;

Hi there Tim001, I'm just in the process of reviewing / trying out Pixlr app , it has the ability to save images in different quality / file size.