Best apps for Instagram bloggers
If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time on Instagram. Instagram can be a great tool for bloggers. But, you’ve got to have the best Instagram apps and tools to get more followers, find good hashtags, design prettier graphics, edit better photos, and get organized. So these are the best Instagram apps for bloggers (in my humble opinion).
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Instagram is insanely popular (duh) and there are zillions of Instagram apps and Instagram tools. I can’t say I’ve tried every single one, but I have tried A LOT.
So in one blogger’s opinion, these are the best Instagram apps for bloggers.
What types of Instagram apps and tools are best for bloggers?
There are tons of Instagram apps and Instagram tools out there for bloggers.
These are the ones we’re talking about today:
- Instagram auto-posters/schedulers
- Instagram stories template app
- Instagram photo editing apps
- Instagram hashtag app
- Instagram graphics design apps
- Instagram Boomerang app
So let’s do it.
Best Instagram auto-poster/scheduler tool: Tailwind
Tailwind is the best Instagram auto-poster/scheduler tool.
Tailwind does a lot of things.
(By the way, Tailwind is also a robust Pinterest scheduler, but we’re just talking about the Instagram features here).
First, it’ll tell you when the best time to post on Instagram is. Just tell it how many times per day you want to post, and it’ll generate a “smart schedule for you.
Second, it allows you to create your whole post (image, caption, hashtags) on their platform and then schedule it to be posted at a later time.
Third, it allows you to keep lists of hashtags so that you don’t have to copy them from your iPhone notes app every time (just me?).
Fourth, it creates a landing page (they call it “Smart Bio”) where you can add buttons that link to whatever, and it also allows you to add Tailwind links to posts, that will then show up on the landing page. This can be used as the one link in your Instagram profile (like linktr.ee).
Fifth, it gives you a fair amount of Instagram analytics.
Lastly, Tailwind’s “Create” feature is currently in beta mode. It allows you to upload photos, add text, and pick colors, and it will spit out a bunch of readymade Instagram posts for you.
A good idea in theory, but at least as it stands now, I didn’t find any that were good enough to actually be posted. But it is in beta, so maybe it will improve.
All in all, two thumbs up for Tailwind as the best Instagram auto-poster app and one of the best Instagram apps for bloggers.
Runnerup for best Instagram auto-poster/scheduler tool: Planoly
Planoly is another great option for Instagram auto-posting and scheduling.
You can easily upload images into your grid, and it has a preview grid so you can see what it will actually look like.
You can upload an unlimited number of photos and move them around to your heart’s content to really get your Instagram grid looking perfect.
Planoly also gives you hashtags lists, which can be inserted into the caption or the first comment. No more copy/pasting from my iPhone Notes app (just me?).
And of course, Planoly can also post on Instagram automatically for you, at whatever time you want.
Plus, Planoly recently announced that it now integrates with Canva!
“Canva fans rejoice! We’re excited to announce you can now access your Canva designs directly from PLANOLY. This new feature puts an end to the laborious processes of downloading, saving, and re-uploading your Canva files. We’ve created a seamless connection with Canva that allows you to access any existing content for the IG Planner or Pin Planner in as little as five clicks – all from your PLANOLY web dashboard.”Planoly Blog
Planoly is a solid Instagram tool and definitely one of the best Instagram tools for bloggers.
Best Instagram stories template app: Unfold
Unfold is an extremely cool app that makes gorgeous templates for Instagram stories.
There are toooons to choose from. But here’s just one:
Best photo editing app: A Color Story
A Color Story is the best photo editing app for Instagram photos.
It has tons of different editing options like saturation and vibrance.
But where the magic really lies is the filters. They have SO MANY filters and they are amazing. I can easily spend a half hour just playing with all of them.
Runnerup for best photo editing app: VSCO
VSCO is another photo editing and filtering Instagram app.
It’s very popular, and has some really good filters.
I use it more for editing and leave the filters to A Color Story, personally, but lots of people use it for everything.
Best Instagram hashtag app: MetaHashtags
One of the best Instagram apps for bloggers is MetaHashtags.com, the best app to find good Instagram hashtags and create hashtag lists.
You can search for a hashtag and it will come up with a long list of related hashtags, including how many people have used them.
You can also select the hashtags you like and add them to hashtag list, making it easy to make lists of 30 Instagram hashtags to use at a time.
I use it all the time, and it’s great.
Best graphic design tool for Instagram: Canva
Canva is just my all-time fav thing for everything.
I use it SO much in my business. Almost all of my graphics are created with Canva, and Instagram posts and stories are no exception.
Canva is incredibly easy to use (even with no graphic design experience) and creates gorgeous graphics.
(I wrote about what you can use Canva for here too).
Best quotes app: Word Swag
Another one of the best Instagram apps for bloggers is Word Swag, a cool little app that lets you put text onto photos.
It has a lot of cool text styles that can make for really great Instagram quote posts.
Best collage app: Layout
Layout is the best Instagram collage app for bloggers.
It’s super easy to select the photos you want and then select a layout. You can be done in about two minutes.
(A little look into my trip to Croatia).
So those are my list of the 10 best Instagram apps for bloggers! I use them all the time.
Follow me on IG to see them in action! @beccakleinco
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