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The 5 Best Photo Collage Apps for Android and iOS | MakeUseOf

If you want to create a photo collage on your phone, these apps should do the trick.

Thanks to smartphones and their excellent cameras, most people are taking more photos now than ever before. And if you want to consolidate your best photos, whether serious shots of the great outdoors or silly shots of your downtime, these photo collage apps will help.

1. Canva

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In January 2012, Melanie Perkins made quite a splash in the graphic design scene. She founded Canva, a graphic design platform committed to providing your average person with the tools to easily create professional designs. And the numbers speak for themselves.

In the first year alone, the app garnered over 750,000 users thanks to the range of things you can create with Canva.

While the online graphics editor is by far the most popular amongst its users, Canva's mobile counterpart is not something to be ignored. Advertised as a platform you can use to "design anything," putting collages together is just one item on its resume that it does extremely well.

Upon pressing the Photo Collage option on the main screen, you will be given the choice to start with a blank canvas, or get a head start on your design by choosing one of the 60,000 ready-made templates. It takes only a moment to create and edit beautiful photos, videos, logos, posters, mood boards, and more.

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You'll need to sign up for a Canva account to use the app, and some of the more advanced features are locked behind a subscription of $12.95/month.

Download: Canva for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Layout

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Perhaps you're the type of person who doesn't need all the bells and whistles. If so, then Layout is exactly what you're looking for.

It's quick, simple, and straight to the point. Pick photos straight out of your camera roll or take new photos on the fly right there in the app, then select your favorite layout from the ones available. You can make use of the very handy Faces feature, which allows you to quickly select the photos that have people in them.

As Layout was brought to mobile by the same team behind Instagram, you can use Instagram's filters and tools directly on your collages.

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After that, the process of sharing them to your social media accounts or saving them to your gallery is seamless. In case you're in a hurry to get your hands on the basic stuff, you can stop your search now, as you don't need to sign up to use this app.

Download: Layout for Android| iOS (Free)

3. Unfold

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Unfold was created to fill a void that international architect Alfonso Cobo found when he was searching for a sleek photography portfolio app to use for an upcoming career fair. He enlisted the help of multi-disciplinary entrepreneur Andy McCune to create one when he couldn't find one that he liked.

The pair launched their creation in January 2018, and all eyes were on them almost immediately. Google named Unfold as one of the best apps of that year, and Apple proclaimed the very same for 2019. Despite little to no marketing at the time, Unfold managed to capture the attention of some big names in the entertainment industry, such as Camila Cabello, Ashley Tisdale, and Alicia Keys.

Unfold has a sizable library of over 200 filters, backgrounds, fonts, stickers, and templates that range from simple to eccentric. While free to download, you will have to pay for a membership to Unfold+ ($2.99/year) or Unfold for Brands ($99.99/year) for access to the full collection of tools that the app has to offer.

Download: Unfold for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. PicCollage

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The straight shooter of this list, PicCollage does precisely what its name suggest, and with absolute ease. The app provides you with just about everything you would need for traditional scrapbooking, such as patterned backgrounds, fonts, stickers, and doodle pens.

You can also add images from the web and (if you're looking for a more modern twist) smooth transitional animations.

PicCollage has comfortably moved up and down within the Top 20 Photo & Video apps on the App Store for quite some time now, and it's easy to see why. It has what's probably the largest selection of design options available for free in comparison to rival apps.

You have the option to subscribe to PicCollage Premium for $4.99/month or $35.99/year. Either way, you will have access to enhanced features, and both advertisements on the app and watermarks at the bottom of your collages will be removed.

Download: PicCollage for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. MOLDIV

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JellyBus Inc. is a mobile media company that has been dedicated to creating powerful, easy-to-use photo and video apps for its users since 2009. It only makes sense that its all-in-one editor should get some time in the spotlight.

MOLDIV has a lot to brag about. There are over 400 collage and magazine frames ready for you to choose from right at your fingertips. Its photo editing feature alone has 180 filters and textures, 300 fonts, 560 stickers, 92 background patterns, and an impressive array of professional tools.

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And as if that wasn't enough, videos can also be filmed in-app with filters applied live, and you can add ready-made graphics as soon as you're done recording.

A shop inside the app offers a series of packs with varied prices that you can purchase to expand your photo editing options, and remove ads and watermarks.

Download: MOLDIV for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

Mix Your Photos Together With Style

Putting a photo collage together is one of the best ways to reminisce about your most special moments. The feeling of taking a memory and elevating it to something better, or even turning it into a whole new creation entirely, is so incredibly satisfying.

Whether you prefer a minimalist vibe or feel the urge to crowd your photos with playful decals, it's all about making something that you like the look of.

Be sure to explore all the editing options available to you so that you can look back upon past life events with a smile even wider than it would have been otherwise.