While Instagram has a lot of filtering, and editing capabilities available right on the app, sometimes
you just need a little extra help to make your Instagram post the best that it can be.
Of course, you can always buy likes from us and improve your Instagram posts engagement, but
let’s take it a step further. Maybe you’re looking to get a little savvier with the content you post, or
need general help managing your account. Whether you’re a photographer, a business looking to
grow, or just really into getting a specific aesthetic, here are our top 10 tools to help.
If you’ve always wanted to see what a photo will look like on your feed before posting, that’s what
UNUM is for.
With your permission, the app will connect to your existing Instagram account, upload your
previous posts, and then you can add whatever photo you were considering posting to see how it
looks next to the rest of your feed. You can edit in the app, and UNUM even has a scheduling
feature with which you can set up notifications to remind you when to post your photo.
Hootsuite is especially helpful if you are trying to post the same content on more than one social
media platform. The app makes it super easy to share your Instagram post to Twitter, Google+,
Facebook, and even LinkedIn as well. Additionally, it allows you to schedule your posts so that you
don’t have to worry about being ready, and available to post something at a specific time.
If you’re working with multiple people, Hootsuite can come in handy. The app allows more than
one person to manage the account, and share the content across multiple Instagram accounts. It
even has an inbox feature, allowing you to manage incoming messages across all your social media
platforms, giving you the ability to respond in an efficient manner.
Whether you’re an amateur photographer, a professional one on the go, or just looking for a really
great editing app, look no further. Snapseed is an easy to use app developed by Google, that will
make your photos pop with their preset looks, or advanced editing tools.
You can fine tune your images, experiment with white balance and tonal contrast, hone in on your
subject using portrait mode, or adjust the perspective for edits that seemed unachievable with a
Notice these Snapseed before & afters….
Many users enjoy VSCO because it’s a relaxed photo sharing platform. But, one thing VSCO has to
offer that Instagram does not is its plethora of preset filters.
A free VSCO account will get you 10+ amazing filters, and for just $19.99 a year, you can get 200+
filters, HSL capabilities, borders, and video editing abilities.
Boomerang is an app made by Instagram. So, once you download the app, it will show up in your
Instagram account as an option to create a boomerang, be it in an Instagram story, or post.
Boomerang creates 4 second videos that loop the video back and forth 5 times. The videos are
automatically saved, so you can quickly, and conveniently keep trying without fear of losing your
best one. Adding a boomerang to your story or feed is a great way to shake up your page, and
showcase your creative side.
Notice how Boomerang looks when opening your Instagram story…
Layout is another Instagram owned app, and similarly to Boomerang, will show up in your
Instagram account once downloaded. Layout allows you to create grids of up to 9 photos, in a
variety of ways. You can even use the “Faces” tab to quickly search for photos of specific people,
or you can take a photo in that very moment with the “Photo-booth” option. This app is
completely free, and easy to use. Whatever your montage needs may be, Layout can provide.
Canva is a user-friendly graphic design app. It’s available on both your mobile phone, and your
desktop, and has 50,000 free templates ready to use for your social media needs. Canva is ready to
help you design anything from a resume, a snapchat geofilter, or a recipe card, to a Pinterest pin,
an infographic, and most importantly — an Instagram post or story.
When designing your Instagram post, Canva provides an optional blank template, or free ready-
made designs for you to edit to your liking. The app even saves your previous designs, and
preferences. One feature that Canva offers is called the “Brand Kit,” which you can use to upload
your businesses brand logos, colors, and fonts, making it accessible while designing new materials
at the drop of a hat.
It also has a content planning feature, and with a pro membership (for $19.99 / month), you can
add 5 team members to your account for the most advanced social media marketing capabilities.
StoryArt provides so many cool ways to spice up your Instagram stories. With 200+ free templates,
StoryArt is easy to use, and can post directly to your Instagram story. The preset templates are
categorized by theme, and some options are even animated, adding an extra element to your
StoryArt also has montage options, allowing you to upload up to 9 images to one template, for
maximum sharing potential.
Some Instagram posts are easy to share to your personal Instagram stories. But what if you want
them to show up on your personal feed? Repost for Instagram does exactly that. When logging
into your Instagram account through the Repost app, you can then “copy link” of the post you
want to share, and it will show up in your Repost account. Sharing is simple. You can even keep
the same caption or edit it to your liking, knowing regardless that the original poster will always
For the most professional content tracking app, Iconosquare is worth the purchase. At $29 /
month, Iconosquare helps you track your data analytics, so that you can be you can make sure
your content is reaching the widest audience, with the most engagement. The app is especially
user friendly, and makes content production super easy. Iconosquare even gives you a 14-day free
trial, with the app’s fullest capabilities.