The Best Apps to Boost Blogging & Instagram Productivity

Sometimes being an Instagram-obsessed blogger can be challenging.

Luckily for me, there are geniuses in this world who know how to make our lives easier.


Being able to pick up a device that fits in your palm, touch a glass screen and connect with people all over the world is just incredible.

It’s amazing how we forget how blessed we really are with technology. There are so many things you can do with technology nowadays. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest – just a few of the great ways to connect with the rest of the world.

So, if you’re obsessed with the online world as much as I am, we’re going to get along just fine…

Keep on scrolling for a list of my current fav apps to help grow your Instagram, increase the quality of your photos and engage with the blogging community.




I swear I am on Pinterest 24/7.

Pinning swatches, blog posts, flat lay inspiration – I love it.

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned Pinterest 100 times already in my blog posts so I won’t ramble on about it. It’s just the perfect platform for inspiration for well.. anything!



I’ve been using this app for a while now and absolutely love it.

It’s perfect for creating graphics & adding text to your images. It’s totally free & customisable.

I love using this app for creating graphics for Instagram.

There is also a huge library full of amazing quotes & pre-made graphics. Bonus!



This would have to be my favourite editing app on my phone actually.

The whitening tool is perfect for highlighting & brightening white backgrounds.

You can also sharpen images, remove the dreaded red eye, defocus areas, apply filters and much more.

For a small fee, Facetune is definitely worth the buy.



One of the most commonly known editing apps on the market – VSCO.

With a wide range of preset filters, it doesn’t matter if you’re an editing newbie because VSCO makes life easy.

A lot of the greatest Instagram accounts with “themes” use this app to give them that dreamy vibe. Pinterest has so many great theme ideas – drop over and check them out!



If you’re not really into Photoshop or can’t justify the cost, then this app is perfect for you.

Pick your font, type your text and add the watermark to your photos.

I prefer the Photoshop method as this is where I do majority of my editing but the app is great for on the go! You can check out my tutorial on how to create a watermark in Photoshop here too.



An app that lets you plan out your Instagram feed that doesn’t cost a cent? Yes please.

I am seriously obsessed with this app, it’s probably my most used, to be honest.

Anytime I complete a set of new images I upload them straight to UNUM. Simply hold your finger on each photo and move them around the grid.

The app is laid out just like your normal Instagram feed & you can even view your current feed with it. Just trust me, download it.



To help grow your Instagram account, I highly recommend trying out Iconosquare. (Oh & they actually have a free trial period where you can see if you like it or not which is handy).

On their site or in the app, you can view your engagement rate, likes and comments received and track a heap more statistics.

It’ll even show you which posts have done better than others and your best hashtags. Iconosquare has really helped me target the right audience on Instagram and increase engagement.


Google Drive

After editing my photos on my computer, I copy all my final copies into my Google Drive folder. The app on my phone is so handy and perfect for on the go. Plus it doesn’t kill the quality of my photos like Facebook does! So the photo you see on Instagram is just as clear as SOOC (straight out of camera). Hooray!

The app on my phone is so handy and perfect for on the go. Plus it doesn’t kill the quality of my photos like Facebook does! So the photo you see on Instagram is just as clear as SOOC (straight out of camera). Hooray!

So the photo you see on Instagram is just as clear as SOOC (straight out of camera). Hooray!


Do you have an app I need to try? Leave a comment below so I can check it out and join the obsession!

The Best Apps to Boost Blogging & Instagram Productivity


  1. Nov 2016 /

    Loved your post il definitely be downloading all of the apps xx

    • Nov 2016 /

      Thanks beautiful! I hope you do, they’ve definitely helped me!

  2. Nov 2016 /

    Great post! Thanks! Pinned it.

    • Nov 2016 /

      Thanks so much Jackie! I’m glad you loved it!

      Love Pinterest!!

  3. Nov 2016 /

    Great tips! I’m off to download some apps 🙂

  4. Nov 2016 /

    Just downloaded a whole bunch of these! Lovely post Elley xx

    • Nov 2016 /

      Awesome Laura! Let me know if you have any questions on them as always.

      Thanks for reading!

  5. Nov 2016 /

    Great post, will be checking many of these out.
    Canva is good too for creating and manipulating images.

    • Nov 2016 /

      Awesome Phillippa! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Checking out your blog now!

  6. Nov 2016 /

    This was an awesome post! There’s a couple of apps I didn’t know about you naturally I’m going now to download them

    Bec |

    • Nov 2016 /

      That’s great to her Bec! I came across UNUM very unexpectedly and fell in love! It’s a definite keeper in my opinion.

      Hope you like the apps as much as I do!

      Thanks for reading xx

  7. Nov 2016 /

    I love this Elley! Will be checking out some of these apps for sure!

  8. Nov 2016 /

    This really helped! Plus you photos are so dreamy and beautiful! 🙂 xx

  9. Nov 2016 /

    This is such a great post Elley!! Loved it!

    • Nov 2016 /

      No worries Annalee! I hope they help ❤️

  10. Nov 2016 /

    YOU LEGEND!!! Thank you for showing me UNUM 🙂 x

    • Nov 2016 /

      yeah thanks Elle!
      Hannie showed me this the other day 🙂

      • Nov 2016 /

        Awesome! It’s seriously the bomb, I love it so much.

        I used to hate trying to work out in my head how to lay out my feed!

  11. Nov 2016 /

    This was so handy to know!! Downloading Over right now.

    • Nov 2016 /

      Oh that’s so good Samantha!
      UNUM is so great for planning and organising your feed, I can’t get enough of it!

  12. Luisa
    Feb 2017 /

    Great post, I really appreciate your genuine interest in helping everyone do better, Thoroughly enjoyed the read. I also use snapspeed , Preview and planoly .. But I’m going to download a couple you’ve suggested, especially the stats driven app.
    Have a great weekend
    Luisa Xx

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