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Free vs Paid Picture Collage Apps of 2021

Collage apps can make your favorite photos stand out. These apps let you quickly create and share creative photo collages right from your phone. We tested ten to find the best value.

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If you've browsed around Instagram or Facebook, you've probably noticed people posting professional-looking collages of their pictures. Turns out, these collages are easy to create using apps. We tested 10 popular free and paid apps to find the best quality and the best value.

Our favorite was PicCollage, for its clean design and ease of use. We also liked the editing features and a la carte purchasing options of MOLDIV, and Unfold's influencer-quality templates. Android users should opt for Collage Maker, a high quality app with a low subscription price. 

Our Pick

Best overall collage app

  • Thousands of designs for back to school, birthdays, weddings, and more!
    4.7 Ratings 3M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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PicCollage's design is simple, but there are tons of ways to let your creativity run wild. Share your pictures, create posts for friends and family, and more. 

Why we chose PicCollage:

  • PicCollage offers a pretty robust free version, or you can upgrade for $35.99/year to get extra fonts, templates, stickers, backgrounds, and more.
  • An extremely intuitive interface allows you to make great-looking collages quickly and easily.
  • Lots of templates and grid configurations to choose from, even in the free version.
  • Easy to share via social media platforms, email, text, and more. Or share in PicCollage’s own social community.
  • The design is simple and easy to navigate — great looking and not overwhelming. 

Casual users should find all they need in the free version, but if you make a lot of collages, you may want to upgrade for the full suite of tools.

Read PicCollage's Full Review
Runner Up

Best value for quality collages

  • Photo Editor, Collage Maker & Beauty Camera
    4.6 Ratings 213K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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If you're looking for a collage app with no subscription fee that also has extensive photo and video editing tools, MOLDIV is the app for you. 

Why we chose MOLDIV:

  • MOLDIV is free but has lots of in-app purchase options of upgraded filters and templates. This is a good choice if you want a la carte paid options as well as a robust free version.
  • Purchase the complete upgrade pack for a one-time fee of $14.99, or choose cheaper packs of filters, frames, stickers, and more.
  • In-app photo and video editing tools help you enhance and create stunning images for your collages.
  • Lots of layouts, including a set of pre-made magazine covers that are waiting for your images.
  • MOLDIV offers many video collage options and has an associated VideoLab app. 

You can do plenty with the free option in MOLDIV, but with lifetime access, the upgrade packs are a great deal.

Read MOLDIV's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best for the ‘Gram

  • Create beautiful stories with 400+ design templates for Insta Stories.
    4.7 Ratings 307K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Aspiring influencers will want to check out Unfold. The app is packed with beautiful templates to help you tell your Instagram Story. 

Why we chose Unfold:

  • The app has many free templates, as well as an upgrade. At $20 per year or $2.99 per month, the plus version will let you make posts that look more expensive than that.
  • Gorgeous templates allow you to make professional-looking posts in minutes.
  • Oriented around social media, with templates specifically designed for Instagram Stories. You can also plan your Instagram feed and create a bio site to use for all your social accounts.
  • The app is well-designed and easy to browse.
  • Easy to add text, stickers, and more. 

The annual rate here is a great deal and is probably well worth it for frequent Instagrammers.

Read Unfold's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best Android Collage App

  • Photo collage maker & photo editor with 300+ grid, filter, sticker, text.
    4.9 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases

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Though it's only for Android users, this collage app was one of the most user-friendly apps we tested. 

Why we chose Collage Maker:

  • Collage Maker's free version makes you watch ads to access certain features. For only $7.99 per year, the premium upgrade removes ads.
  • The user experience is intuitive. Open the app and get creating immediately, without needing to figure out a lot of new tools.
  • Great collage app with over 100 layouts, and lots of backgrounds and stickers as well.
  • Choose between grids and free-style collages to make exactly what is in your mind.
  • Lots of templates for special occasions

With an annual subscription cost of less than $10, going premium for this one seems well worth it.

Read Collage Maker's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Create & Celebrate! PicCollage helps you make anything to celebrate everything. PicCollage is all about keeping things easy so you can have the most fun creating. Explore FREE card templates, story layouts and photo frames to help you celebrate virtually.


    Our Favorite Perks About PicCollage

    • Our FREE starter pack in the app is full of new stickers to get you started collaging!

    • Stories: Templates and to help you get sharing quickly.

    • Freestyle mode - The blank canvas option to give total freedom to create at your own pace.

    • Grids: Instant layouts and photo grids to quickly arrange photos from your photo gallery.

    • Stickers: Decorate your images and collages by adding trendy and occasion-specific stickers.

    • Backgrounds: Thousands of exclusive stickers and backgrounds from collaborations with our favorite artists and illustrators around the world.

    • Cards: Pre-designed templates and frames to quickly create unique messages and greeting cards for any holiday.

    • Doodle: Draw on your collage to write messages in your own handwriting and style, illustrate something new, or just to circle or add emphasis to a project you’re working on.



    • Unleash Your Creativity
      Bring your ideas to life! PicCollage brings templates and customization together to give you everything you need to get inspired. Create quick and easy collages to share during a party, or take your time and make a truly custom design to flex your skills! PicCollage gives you everything you need to tell your story!

    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $59.99 per item
    $0.99 - $35.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    MOLDIV™ is the all-in-one photo editor that offers everything you could wish for in photography.
    It’s the professional photo editor that satisfies everyone from newbies to professionals. Whether it’s Frame/Collage/Magazine features that allow the liveliest story-telling, or Beauty Camera that takes naturally beautiful selfies, find the features you need in MOLDIV, the best photography app!

    • 190+ Filters in 13 Themes — Photographer Favorite!
    • Professional Photo Editing Tools
    • Design Tools: Text, Stickers, Background Patterns
    • Collage: Combine up to 9 photos in a single frame
    • Magazine: Collage your photos like a magazine, a poster, or a themed album
    • Pro Camera: Live Filters, Photo Booth, Powerful Camera Options
    • Perfect Your Selfie: Beauty Filters and Smooth Skin

    PROFESSIONAL PHOTO EDITOR
    194 Filters in 13 themes beloved by professional photographers
    FILM - analog photo effects
    Textures that subtly brings all kinds of mood and Light Leaks
    Professional editing tools
    Text function with 100+ fonts
    560 Stickers and 90 Background Patterns
    Square for Instagram

    COLLAGE
    Combine up to 9 photos in a single frame
    194 stylish frames
    Place and decorate photos as you want in Free Style & Stitch mode
    Freely adjust collage aspect ratio
    Full variety of design tools

    MAGAZINE
    Collage your photos like a magazine, a poster, or a themed album
    100 popular magazine-style layouts
    Magazine presets for the most stylish photo editing

    PRO CAMERA
    194 hand-picked quality filters applied in real time
    Real-time Blur effect
    Photo Booth
    Powerful Camera Options:
    Silent Shutter, Manual Control of White Balance, Flash control with torch mode, Digital Zoom, Grid, Geo-Tag, Self-Timer, Mirror Mode, Auto Save

    BEAUTY CAMERA
    Beauty Filters specially designed for perfect selfies
    Soften your skin naturally
    Adjust the intensity of beauty effects in real time

    MORE AWESOME FEATURES
    Edit history: Undo, Redo
    Compare with an original photo anytime
    EXIF Data
    Save to maximum resolution of your device.
    Photo Sharing to Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc

    * Don’t forget to Tag #MOLDIV when posting on Instagram. You may find your photos featured on the official @MOLDIVapp!

    Have a question or suggestion? We are waiting for your feedback!
    Facebook: facebook.com/MoldivPro
    Instagram: @MOLDIVapp

    [ Permissions ]

    - CAMERA
    : Grants MOLDIV access to your device's camera to to take photos.

    - READ / WRITE EXTERNAL STORAGE
    : Permission grants access to your device's external storage, enabling MOLDIV to take, store, and load images.

    - ACCESS FINE LOCATION
    : Grants MOLDIV access to your device's gps data to to add geo-tag information to the photos you take.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $11.99 per item
    $0.99 - $14.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Unfold is a photo editor and video maker for stories that offers a collection of 400+ award-winning Instagram story templates. Create beautiful collages for IG Stories, schedule posts with our easy-to-use feed planner and use designs, filters, fonts and tools to take your content to the next level.


    — Choose a template from collections like Film and Scrapbook

    — Add filters, text, stickers, GIFs, textures and backgrounds

    — Create stylized Bio Sites with links to all of your social profiles

    — Share to Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook and TikTok


    — Templates & Collages

    Explore spectacular template collections and use the Unfold Studio to upgrade your feed. Add any photo or video into the frames with our photo editor and video maker tools and use our feed planner to instantly design gorgeous social feed content and IG Stories like an influencer.

    — Fonts & Text Editor

    Apply new fonts to elevate your stories with text with our powerful text editing tools and hand-picked fonts. Use our text editor and maker tools to add text to any photo or video and take them to the next level.

    — Filters & Effects

    Use our photo editor to create and edit photos with filters, such as Tulum, Reykir, Canarias and Bedford. Our video maker has animated templates and effects like Glitter, VHS and Glitch. Photo editor tools include Brightness, Contrast, Shadows, Highlights, Saturation, Warmth, Crop and Tint — so you can get the perfect look every time.

    — Backgrounds & Stickers

    Add backgrounds and textures to your layouts. Select from color presets and texture patterns. Edit with the color picker or eyedrop tool to get the perfect hue or tone, or use hex codes to keep your brand cohesive. Unfold is your art lab and feed planner for luxe design.

    — Feed Planner

    Unfold is perfect for planning and scheduling Instagram feed posts. Sync Unfold with your Instagram account and use it to build an eye-catching feed, in advance and with ease.

    — Bio Sites

    Design and create your personalized, online business card with Unfold’s Bio Sites. Present your bio, social media and professional website links, add support me buttons to receive payments via PayPal or Venmo - all in one personalized design with your profile picture and custom URL. Make the most of your Instagram feed by linking it to your Bio Site.

    Unfold+ Membership

    Unfold+ is a subscription created to help you reach your creative potential. Become a member to unlock the full experience.

    · Access any story template or font
    · Early access to new collections
    · Exclusive releases and designs
    · Cancel anytime


    Unfold Pro

    Unfold Pro is a subscription to bring your creative flair to life on social. Create engaging content for your personal brand from anywhere with the feed planner.

    · Upload custom fonts to use in your stories or use a template
    · Add your brand colors
    · Sync your logos and stickers
    · Share your stories to the web with a stories link
    · Includes Unfold+ membership


    Annual subscription billing will start after the trial period. After the 7 day free trial, this subscription will automatically auto-renew each year. Or if you choose a monthly subscription, your billing will start immediately and auto-renew each month. Subscriptions will automatically renew unless cancelled at least one day before the renewal date within 24 hours before the end of the current period. Payment will be charged to your Google account at the confirmation of purchase. If you subscribe before a free trial ends, the remainder of the trial period will be forfeited. You can manage and cancel your subscription by going to your account settings in the Google Play Store.


    Privacy Policy —
    https://squarespace.com/privacy
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $0.99 - $19.99 per item

    Collage Maker | Photo Editor

    4.9 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    Collage Maker is the best photo collage maker and pic stitch app in pics art trip. Just select several photos in your photo lab, Collage Maker instantly remix them into cool photo collage. Pick the layout you like best, edit picture and decorate it with filters, stickers, texts and much more.

    Features:
    ● Combine up to 20 photos to create pic collage.
    ● 100+ Layouts of frames or grids to choose from!
    ● Large number of Background, Sticker, Font, and doodle to choose from!
    ● Change ratio of collage and edit border of collage.
    ● Make photo collage with Free style or Grid style.
    Crop pictures and edit photo with Filter, Text.
    ● Insta square photo with blur background for Instagram.
    ● Save photo in high resolution and share pictures to social apps.


    📷 Grid
    Create photo collage with hundreds of layouts in seconds. Custom photo grid size, border and background, you can design layout on your own! So easy to make a beautiful photo collage.

    📷 Edit
    All-in-one photo editor provides a bunch of editing tools: crop picture, apply filter to picture, add sticker and text to image, draw on image with doodle tool, flip, rotate...

    📷 Freestyle
    Select beautiful background with full screen ratio to create a scrapbook. You can decorate with pictures, stickers, texts, doodles, and share your scrapbook to Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories.

    📷 Story Template
    100+ Stylized templates including Film, Magazine, Ripped Paper… Have fun with this Insta story maker, share your most memorable moments with friends.

    📷 Multi-fit
    Insta square photo in a blur background or white to fit for Instagram. You can choose multiple ratios, 1:1, 4:5, 3:2 ratios, etc. Easily post entire photo with no crop. You can even square up to 10 photos at one time.

    About our permissions:
    Collage Maker asks for permissions "READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE, WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" to read your photos/videos so that we can edit and save photos. We do not use this permission for any other purpose.

    Collage Maker is the best photo collage maker, pic stitch and photo editor for Instagram and printing. If you have any problems or suggestions, feel free to let us know. Email: photostudio.feedback@gmail.com
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $12.99 per item
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