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3 apps to help up your Instagram game

April 27, 2018

When it comes to Instagram, there’s a whole host of apps out there aiming to make Insta life a bit easier or your feed a little bit more fabulous.

Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to begin.

The reason i’m writing this post is honestly because I’m pretty happy with the way my Instagram is going at the moment.

Call me big headed (pls don’t) but I really like the way my feed is looking and my photos are edited.

Wow, it really is hard to give yourself a compliment without feeling like you’re boasting!


I’m steadily gaining followers and i’ve had some fab interactions with fellow bloggers, so I thought it might be useful for others if I share my Instagram editing and planning routine.

If you’re interested in learning how I actually doubled my followers in a month (yes, it really did happen!), i’ve written a post with my top tips here.

The first app I swear by when it comes to Instagram editing is VSCO.

I love VSCO. I’m pretty particular when it comes to editing my photos, I have a specific image in my mind on how I want my feed to look. And until I discovered VCSO, I just couldn’t figure out how to put my vision into reality. Now I use VSCO to edit all of my photos before uploading them to Instagram. I use the same filter each time, then I mess around with the exposure, sharpness, contract etc until i’m happy with how it looks. It’s pretty self explanatory and has plenty of options to choose from.

Here’s a before and after of on of the photos I took for this post:

I love the way I can make the colour pop, and I can get a real crisp edge on the photo.

The next app which I just cannot live without is Preview.

I use the Preview app solely for the purpose of planning out how my feed is going to look. Before I downloaded Preview, I would often be in the situation where i’d post a photo, and once I saw it next to the rest of my feed i’d realise I didn’t really like the way it blended, or it was just in the wrong position – a bloggers worst nightmare right?!

Now I use preview, I can see exactly how my photos are going to look on my feed next to each other. It makes a huge difference.

You can also view insights and schedule posts through the app, but at the moment I’m mainly just loving the ‘preview’ function.

Here’s a little insight into how it helps me plan my feed:


This is how my feed looks in Preview app.

See above the yellow line? They’re all photos that aren’t currently posted. I play around with the order which is another great feature of preview, you can just keep switching them around.

A real life saver.

Cut Story is a recent find for me. I’m a huge Instagram story user and often like to upload videos. I recently filmed a little time lapse of my makeup routine and wanted to upload it to my story. The problem was that the video was too long.

Cut Story chops the video up for you into different lengths. Let’s say you want to upload a video to Instagram or Facebook but it’s currently too long, Cut Story will edit the video for you.

With my makeup time-lapse it simply chopped my video into three shorter clips which I then uploaded to my Instagram stories.

If you find it difficult filming yourself in 15 second spaces, why not record yourself filming for a longer period of time and use the app to split the video up?

Cut Story is a really simple but seriously useful app.

So there you have it, the current Instagram routine I absolutely swear by.

If you want to have a stalk of my feed and see how my editing is going, you can find me here.

What are your favourite apps for Instagram? I’m always up for trying some more!

Esther xo



11 responses to “3 apps to help up your Instagram game”

  1. Laura says:

    These are such good tips! I had the same problem when I posted a photo and then realised it didn’t match my feed – I use a really similar app called ‘UNUM’ which is a life saver 🙌🏼

  2. Siyana says:

    Your insta feed is surely one of my favourite! I’m obsessed with the Preview app, and moving and curating the perfect feed (of which I’ll never be happy haha)

  3. Melina Elisa says:

    I love love love VSCO cam, it really helps make any photo look 10x better! I never heard of cut story, and I think this is such a great find! I’lll be looking into it! Thanks so much 🙂 xx

    Melina |

  4. Lupe says:

    I love polar, its a really cool editing app that allows for polaroid camera affects. Instead of preview I use Unum and its really helpful x

  5. Great tips we will be trying these out.

    GR |

  6. Oooh these are great tips, I’ve just downloaded Preview because I use Planoly at the minute but often find myself exceeding the limit for free usage and I’m too tight to pay for it! Thanks for the recommendations- x

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