Get ready to discover 6 essential companion apps that will grow your Instagram profile and improve the reach and quality of the content you put out on the daily!
Whether you’re an influencer, blogger, or business owner, this list of essentials apps for Instagram has you covered.
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I use Lightroom to edit all of my Instagram photos for optimum white, bright, and clean Instagoodness on either my phone or computer.
It’s incredibly versatile and easy to use and you can even create your own presets for free for use on future photos!
This photo editing app completely changed my IG game.
Since upgrading my editing software to Lightroom (from Snapseed and VSCO), I also now make a steady income from Instagram related activities.
- Sponsored posts
- Photo editing for businesses and other influencers
- Photography and event attendance
I’m not saying any of this to brag – I simply want you to understand what’s possible when you learn how to do photo editing with this powerful app!
Adobe Creative Cloud was by far the best investment I’ve made in terms of my Instagram account and blog!
Want to create gorgeous stylized Instagram Stories?
Start with Canva!
I love the pre-made templates here and when I’m feeling extra creative, I even like to dabble in making my own.
My Canva account is synced between my computer and phone – so, while I make Instagram stories directly on my phone for upload onto the IG app, I create all of my Pinterest pins on my desktop and don’t miss a beat!
The best part of all?
All of those pins I created on desktop are automatically available on my phone and can also be easily shared on my Instagram stories (my blog’s third best source of site traffic after Pinterest and Google).
Canva is also incredible for branding your Instagram profile!
I sometimes plan my Instagram feed up to one month ahead with Preview!
Simply login to your Instagram account through this app and upload your upcoming post ideas to see how they look against your current feed.
Mind-blowing stuff, people!
Switch the order of your photos to see what looks good up against one another and coordinate your posts from here.
There’s even a hashtag finder that includes the following categories:
- Blogger Girl
- Board Game
- Bullet Journal
- Business Coach
- Business Women
- Classic Cars
- Content Creator
- Creative Business
- Croatia (Represent!!)
- Digital Art
- Essential Oils
- Fashion Blogger
- Fitness Girl
- Flower Art
- Food Blogger
- Food Vegan
- Gold Coast
- Graphic Design
- Handmade Jewelry
- Illustration India
- Kid Fashion
- Lifestyle Blogger
- Los Angeles
- Mom Blogger
- Natural Skincare
- New Caledonia
- New York
- New Zealand
- Photographer Wedding
- Photography Mom
- Pretty Life
- Real Estate
- Slow Living
- South Australia
- Spiritual Business Women
- Still Photography
- Street Fashion
- Street Photography
- Super Cars
- Surf Girl
- Travel Adventure
- Travel Blogger
- Travel Girl
- Vancouver (Hey yo!)
- Web Design
Tailwind is my go to scheduler for Instagram and Pinterest!
Treat yourself to a Free Month of Tailwind Plus and see if this scheduler is right for you too!
Be sure to join my tribe to start growing your blog or brand on Pinterest with Tailwind as well!
Now, are you ready to see how easy it is to schedule Instagram posts with Tailwind?
Simply upload an image from your desktop to the Tailwind for Instagram scheduler, write a caption (with clean line breaks for paragraphs that are aesthetically pleasing) as you normally would on the Instagram App on your phone, and then get ready to have your mind blown!
The next step is choosing from a list of Tailwind’s Suggested Hashtags.
Based on the context of your caption, choose as many hashtags as you want to include from a wide variety of popular and current hashtags!
You can even put hashtags in the first comment now, amazing!!!
And then, even make a hashtags list on your Tailwind account for next time.
Once you’re done creating your draft, click the # and then the + to incorporate your new hashtag list.
Add your post to your schedule and enjoy the rest of your day 😉 It’ll be published at the right time!
Boom, you’re done! And it was so easy, right?!
Didn’t take that shot quite wide enough to fit perfectly into your little square? Yikes, we’ve all be there at least once!
No need to fear, Recrop is here to save the day.
This innovative app has saved my rear a couple of times already!
Recrop will build the right sized image based on your needs.
This is an absolutely amazing tool for white backgrounds, beaches, and more. that can be easily duplicated!
Be sure to have the ideal square every time you post by having Recrop on standby in case of an error.
Check out my post on how to create engaging content for Instagram to learn more about how I’ve used Recrop in the past.
An excellent alternative if you prefer not to use an Instagram scheduler!
WhenToPost was part of my arsenal for reaching 1,000 real followers on Instagram in just 28 days with my new account.
This app was also developed by Tailwind, so you can rest assured it’s a quality product!
If you prefer to live engagement with your posts, simply click on this app to checkout ideal times for posting to IG in addition to seeing a notification as to whether or not it’s a good time to post right now!
Note: While there is quite a bit of negative feedback in the App Store, I found this app to work very well for growing my account with appropriate time suggestions!
What are your go to apps for posting on Instagram? Within the app, I also love using Boomerang and Superzoom for stories! How about you?