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Dec 19, 2012

Top 5 Free Instagram Alternatives

by Stephen Ashby

If you’re looking for an alternative to Instagram, check our our top five services and apps that can replace the social network.

With Instagram’s recent changes concerning the app’s Terms of Service, many users have decided to move their photo editing and sharing elsewhere. Despite Instagram’s co-founder Kevin Systrom posting on the Instagram blog to clarify the issue to users, many have continued to look for alternatives for the service. So, as we know a lot of our users love taking, editing and sharing photos, we’ve put together a list of the best replacement apps and services to let you continue.

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Top 5 Free Instagram Alternatives1. Flickr

It’s been around for a while, making it one of the most experienced and well-known photo sharing services around. However, it ensures you still own all the rights to your photos, has an excellent iOS app, and has an active social network that lets you share comments on your friends photos instantly.

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Top 5 Free Instagram Alternatives2. Starmatic

If you yearn for an Instagram-like feel and a huge professional photographer community, Starmatic is not only a substitute for Instagram, it could replace it even if you hadn’t deleted your Instagram account. With a great user interface, a range of interesting filters and a large community that makes it easy to discover great shots, it’s well worth a download.

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Top 5 Free Instagram Alternatives3. Path

Launched late in 2010, Path gained a loyal base of users last year when its beautiful interface, social networking features, and a range of photo filters. It’s still a great option, with options to share to other networks if you wish. Get enough of your friends on board, though, and it’s a fantastic way to share your life, as well as your photos.

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Top 5 Free Instagram Alternatives4. Pixlr Express

Primarily an image editor, Pixlr Express is a great way to give your photo a different look. With hundreds of filters, effects and overlays, along with basic image editing tools and borders, this offers everything you need to make your shots look incredible. When you’re done you can share to Twitter and Facebook, or save it back to your camera roll. There’s a paid version, too, which features even more options.

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Top 5 Free Instagram Alternatives5. Snapseed

Much like Pixlr Express, Snapseed has a wide range of filters, effects and borders that you can add to your image. There’s very subtle control over the intensity of the effects you add, giving it a more professional feel, and it’s very recently been made free. It’s worth checking out if you want to go one step further than basic Instagram filters.

If we’ve missed any great options, let us know in the comments below. And bear in mind that while Instagram have changed their terms, you still own your photos and they’re not going to be sold to advertisers according to their blog post. Before you quit, have a close look at the stories around Instagram’s changed terms, and see what you think.

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