The 9 best picture collage apps for Android

When something awesome happens, one of the first instincts any smartphone-toting individual has is, of course, to immortalize the moment by taking a picture. In most cases, one photo does not do it justice.

These photos then populate various social media platforms, usually in albums for all your friends and acquaintances to see. Because posting 10 variations on a particularly well-lit selfie (or anything similar in theme and composition) might annoy your social followers (and cause your Facebook friends to shake their heads and click the Hide button), photo collages are a great compromise. 

For platforms like Instagram, one of the best ways to summarize a good day in full is with a photo collage. To post one, you’ll need apps that’ll help you turn a photo square into a tiny scrapbook.

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To help you compose a stunning summary of your memorable moments, we’ve rounded up the best Android picture collage apps that will minimize your social media clutter and allow your followers to get the most out of your posts.

1) Google Photos

Every Android device should have Google apps pre-installed, and Photos is definitely one that is something you should explore using. Not only is it a great space to backup all the photos and videos you’ve taken using your phone, but its features–namely its collage maker–are pretty convenient.

To create a collage manually, you can select up to nine photos or videos. Then after a few seconds, Google generates one for you.

Jam Kotenko/Google Photos

You can further edit your collage by hitting the pencil icon and do adjustments on lighting, color, vignette, and pop.

Jam Kotenko/Google Photos

There are a few limitations, however. As all-powerful Google products usually are, the collage option doesn’t really give the user a lot of options in terms of layout: It decides what your collage will look like for you. You can’t re-arrange the order of the photos. However, the niftiness of Google Photos’ Assistant feature kind of makes up for it in the way it automatically generates collages from a series of photos you’ve taken. You can review them and decide which ones to save to your library.

Jam Kotenko/Google Photos

2) Layout from Instagram: Collage

If you’re creating a photo collage specifically to post on Instagram, then you can’t go wrong with the layout app the company released specifically for that purpose. Using it is as easy as using the photo-sharing app. You can immediately see new layout recommendations every time you add a new photo.

Jam Kotenko/Layout from Instagram: Collage

Editing your collage is even easier. You can drag photos around to swap their positions on the collage. You can resize every photo by fiddling with the handles on the grid. You can make your collage a lot more fun using the mirror and flip features. Once you save, you can instantly share on Instagram, Facebook, and other social sites.

Jam Kotenko/Layout from Instagram: Collage

3) PhotoGrid

With a very straightforward interface, you can quickly get started on creating your first collage on PhotoGrid. Like most photo-editing apps, it lets you edit your photo’s size and quality as well as slap on effects like filters, stickers, text, and doodles to maximize personalization.

PhotoGrid/Jam Kotenko

You can fit as many as 15 photographs into one collage. The app then recommends layouts for you to use, depending on how many photos you decide to include. With over 300 available layouts, it won’t be hard to make your collage pop.

PhotoGrid/Jam Kotenko

PhotoGrid has an added bonus in the form of its high-resolution export function that allows you to save good quality images onto your device or post on various social media platforms.

PhotoGrid/Jam Kotenko

4) PicGrid

PicGrid is a lot like PhotoGrid in the way that it provides a straightforward user experience. All the editing and effects tools are in one place (that’s easily accessible at all times), and tapping on any of the options automatically applies it onto the collage for easier previewing and redesigning.

PicGrid/Jam Kotenko

And like most photo-editing apps, it lets you save your finished product on your Android device or import it into other services.

PicGrid/Jam Kotenko

5) PicsArt Photo Studio

Like the previously named apps, PicsArt Photo Studio has a variety of filters, backgrounds, and other effects you can use to make your collages pretty. The app’s best feature is a seamless photo-editing function that allows you to tweak photos individually with ease using various photo manipulation tools.

6) Pics Collage -Photo Grid Maker

When you launch the app and go into its collage feature, you are immediately given all the available layout choices to choose from, either all in one list, or categorized by the number of photos, with nine as the max. You can then add photos to the available slots one at a time, either from your phone gallery or camera. Once you have photos in the slots, you can apply certain tweaks to them individually, like orientation or filter effects.

Jam Kotenko/Pics Collage -Photo Grid Maker

If you prefer to edit the entire collage, you can tap on the filter icon (which applies it to all the pictures). Other things you can use are backgrounds, stickers, borders, and text. You can also round up the border corners or make the gaps bigger.

Jam Kotenko/Pics Collage -Photo Grid Maker

7) Pixlr

What makes Pixlr a great option for collage making is how easy it is to apply effects and preview them in real time. Every menu available has a bunch of options available so you get to experiment with a lot of designs.

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If you’re feeling a tiny bit lazy to tweak every single aspect of your pics, the app also has a great “auto fix” function that instantly optimizes colors and improves lighting in your photos. You can tap “compare” to immediately see the changes. Additionally, it has very useful tools that remove red eye and whiten teeth when needed.

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You can also tweak your collage’s proportions, spacing, and the roundness of your photos’ edges and see the collection change as you drag the levels, saving you time that’s usually wasted in other apps when you hit the next button just to preview your edits.

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You can personalize your editing suite by marking your favorite effects so they show up ahead of the other available ones.

8) PicCollage

What actually makes PicCollage different from other photo-editing apps is you can import your favorite videos from YouTube and have their cover photos be part of your collage. You can also conduct a web search within the app for photos you’d like to include as well.

PicCollage

You can double-tap a photo to apply effects, add a border, duplicate, or set it as the collage’s background. You can also use the scissors tool to clip the photo and outline your desired area using your finger. 

PicCollage

Doing this to a bunch of photos will maximize the scrapbook feel of your collage. You can hit the back button to preview your collage and tap it again to resume composing and editing it.

PicCollage/Jam Kotenko

9) Photo Collage Maker

Photo Collage Maker lets you use photos saved on your device, posted on your social media accounts, and images searched for on the web and combine them to make a collage. It also has over a hundred layouts that you can use, including the option to create your own.

Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

Tapping on each photo in the collage will pull up a quick edit toolbar that only affects the image individually. You can apply filters, crop using various shapes, apply a border, and mirror-flip the image.

Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

You can also access more editing options at the bottom of the screen that will change the entire collage simultaneously.

Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

You can edit a collage after you save it at any time.

Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

If you’re new to the art of editing photos on Android, our list of the best collage apps should get you well on your way to photo collage greatness. Just promise us you’ll go easy on the selfies.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Illustration by Max Fleishman

Jam Kotenko

Jam Kotenko

Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.