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Free vs Paid Picture Collage Apps of 2021

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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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Free vs Paid Picture Collage Apps of 2021

Introduction

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 Father's Day, Graduation, Birthdays, and more!

    4.7 Ratings 3M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    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 210K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    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 299K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    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

  • Best photo collage maker & photo editor with 100+ grid, filter, sticker, text.

    4.9 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    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 story editor that offers 300+ award-winning Instagram story templates. Create beautiful collage layouts for Instagram Stories with our easy-to-use designs, fonts and tools to take your content to the next level.


    — Choose templates from collections like Film and Scrapbook

    — Use advanced text tools with new fonts and style options

    — Add photo filters, stickers, textures and backgrounds

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


    "With Unfold, your stories will look like they took hours to craft—even if you pieced yours together in less than a minute. Unfold’s stylized story templates (Selena Gomez and the White House social-media team are fans) make it easy to transform your videos, photos, and text into a storyboard you can share with the world." – Apple

    Featured by Forbes, Vogue, Fast Company, CNBC, WSJ, Refinery29, Us Weekly, Vulture, Mic, and more.


    — Templates & Collages

    Explore our library of layouts and browse collections including Clasico, Film Frames, Ripped Paper, Digital Wave, Journal, Artist, Moodboard and Plastic. Simply add your photos or videos into the frames and instantly design gorgeous social content for your stories or feed. Start creating your IG Story like an influencer and own your brand with our Insta Story maker.


    — Fonts & Text Editor

    Apply new fonts to elevate your stories with text. All of our fonts are hand-picked and we’ve built powerful text editing tools because perfection is in the details. You can add text to photos and add text to videos with our story creator. Get your design mojo back!


    — Filters & Effects

    Create and edit your photos with our photo filters, including Tulum, Reykir, Canarias, Bedford, Detroit, Brighton, Menorca, Paris, Sydney, Sofia, Cairo and Brooklyn. We also have animated video effects like Glitter, VHS and Glitch. Our photo tools include Brightness, Contrast, Shadows, Highlights, Saturation, Warmth and Tint — so you can get the perfect look every time.


    — Backgrounds & Stickers

    Add backgrounds and textures to your layouts with our background tools. Select from color presets and texture patterns, or edit with the color picker or eyedrop tool to get the perfect hue or tone. We also support hex codes so you can keep your brand cohesive. Unfold is your art lab for luxe design.



    Unfold+ Membership

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

    · Access to all story templates and fonts
    · Early access to new collections
    · Exclusive releases and designs
    · Cancel anytime


    Unfold for Brands

    Unfold for Brands is a subscription to bring your brand’s ethos to social. Create engaging brand-level content from anywhere.

    · Upload custom fonts to use in your stories
    · Add your brand colors to your palette
    · Sync your logos and stickers into the app
    · Share your stories to the web with a stori.es 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

    Terms of Service —
    https://squarespace.com/terms-of-service

    Unfold from Squarespace —
    https://squarespace.com/marketing/unfold


    Thanks for creating with Unfold! We love hearing your ideas and feedback. Email us at hello@unfold.com or message us on Instagram at @unfold.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $0.99 - $19.99 per item
    Just select several pictures, Photo Collage Maker & Editor instantly remix them into cool photo collage. You can pick layout you like best, edit collage with filter, sticker, text and much more. Unleash your creativity in our photo lab! It’s completely free!

    Features:
    ● Combine up to 18 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 - $7.99 per item
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