Instagram is a great social media platform that can be used for personal and business pages alike. Whether you have a business account or a personal account planning and creating content just through the Instagram app itself can be pretty basic. There are many third party apps that help improve the overall Instagram experience. These apps can range from new editing and filter options for pictures to an entire app dedicated to planning what pictures you post and when. A few apps that I personally like to use are listed below with short descriptions about some negatives and positives.
- This is one of my favorite picture editing apps and I have used it for over 3 years. This app has over 400 million installs and is a free application. This app not only has filters but has editing tools, effects, collage maker, camera, drawing tools, and millions of user-create stickers. My favorite aspect of the app is the types of filters and filters options its has. This app has all the basic aspects of photoshop and is very easy to use. The only issue I have really come across that I wish was improved is the red-eye removal tool. This tool has never worked when I have tried to use it, however, it could just be the particular photo I am trying to edit.
- I recently starting using this app about 6 months ago and it has been very helpful. This app is a visual planner and scheduler for Instagram. Planoly shows your current Instagram post and allows you to upload pictures to their app so you can preview what your Instagram account will look like. This is great if you are using a theme and want to see how new pictures will look with your previous posts before you officially upload your picture. The biggest downfall I have for this app is that it is only free to a certain extent. In the free plan, you are only allowed to upload 30 pictures per month, which can really be a nuisance if you are uploading more than 30 posts a month and you want to preview every picture before uploading. For my account, I post about 3 pictures per week so the free plan works for me. However, if you have an account where you need to upload more pictures the paid options may be better, however, they are paid. A good aspect of this app is that it shows the exact number of followers you have. This may seem like a weird feature, but once you have over 10,000 followers, you Instagram profile will only show 10K. So if you want to know the exact number of followers you have Planoly will show you. This app also helps you plan your caption for you and sends you a notification to your phone if you scheduled a post through Planoly. This is great if you are forgetful of when to post.
- This app I do not use as much as the other ones but I think this is a great tool to just know about for your Instagram. This app tracks your Instagram account and gives an analysis of the current activity. The free option has very basic features, which is why I do not use this app as much. The main feature I use on this app is the lost follower’s tool, this shows you who has unfollowed you since you last opened the Follwer+ app. This is a neat feature to know about since you are able to see who exactly unfollows you. I use this to unfollow accounts who do not follow me back that I have no interest in following. This also helps when accounts are deleted you are able to unfollow them since it does not do it automatically for you on Instagram. This helps keep your total following count low since nothing is worse than your account following 20,000 and only 10,000 are real accounts. The whole point to follow an account is to see their content, and if a page is deleted there’s no need to continue to follow them.
These are the three third party apps that I personally use the most and I think will benefit anyone trying to create a large following and sleek looking profile.
If you have any third party apps that you like to use please tell me in the comments, I would love to check them out!