The 10 Best Apps for Fixing Blurry Pictures

Enhance your favorite photos of poignant moments and fun memories

Camera, laptop, and smartphone on a desk.

Jessica Lewis / Pexels

PRODUCT DISCLOSURE $

There’s nothing more frustrating than when you’re capturing a special moment on your camera only to discover the picture you took is blurry. Luckily, there are apps out there that can help fix many out of focus photos out there.

It’s no surprise how dirty and smudged a smartphone camera can get. Phones are often shoved into a pocket, bag, or purse with no telling what lurking in their depths. You can quickly remove smudges, smears, and more with a soft microfiber cloth or even an eyeglass cloth. 

01
of 10

SmartDeblur: Simplest App to Fix Blurry Pictures

Smart Deblur app showing blurry photo.

What We Like

  • Pro version has command line options.

  • Handy online tutorial.

  • Show Original option helpful in deblurring comparisons.

What We Don't Like

  • Have to purchase Home or Pro version to remove watermarks.

  • Pro version is a bit pricey.

  • No smartphone app.

This app sports a simplistic set of adjustments, but it gets the job done. It has a single click button for quick resetting of tweaks and showing the original photo. However, due to its simplicity, this may frustrate the power photo editor.

02
of 10

Focus Magic: Best for Basic Photo Fixes

Focus Magic showing photo fixed.

What We Like

  • Easy to use.

  • Lifetime free upgrades.

  • Comes with a Photoshop plugin.

What We Don't Like

  • The app isn’t free. ($65)

  • No smartphone support.

Focus Magic comes with a simple written tutorial to help you get up to speed quickly. It also has a clean interface but contains enough filters and tweaks to accomplish most tasks. However, if you’re looking for something to edit the finer details, you may want something more powerful.

03
of 10

PhotoLemur: Quickest Way to Fix Photo Blur

PhotoLemur showing a split screen.

What We Like

  • Packed with features.

  • App also comes with plugins for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Apple Photos.

  • Bulk picture enhancing.

What We Don't Like

  • No 32-bit version.

  • You have to provide your email address to download for free.

This modestly priced app comes chock full of features such as color recovery, exposure compensation, natural light correction, and face retouching. The app comes with a simple and clean interface and is also very intuitive.

Shedding some light onto your subject could be all you need for a sharp image. Without adequate lighting, the camera will have trouble properly focusing on your photo subject. Try using the app’s auto-flash feature until you get a more instinctive feel for lighting, or practice taking photos with and without the flash, then compare the quality of the image.

04
of 10

PaintShop Pro: Powerful Alternative to Photoshop

PaintShop Pro with Unsharp Mask options showing.

What We Like

  • Supports most RAW camera images.

  • Perpetual license, no monthly subscription.

What We Don't Like

  • With so many features, will take some time to learn.

This option packed app contains just as many features and tweaks as Photoshop but at a fraction of the cost. Unlike Photoshop, you get a perpetual license for a one-time purchase making this a dream for photographers and hobbyists alike. 

05
of 10

Adobe Photoshop: Most Widely Used App to Fix Blurry Pictures

Photoshop at the select photo screen.

What We Like

  • Packed with features.

  • Industry standard for image manipulation.

What We Don't Like

  • Monthly subscription means you never own the software.

  • Expensive.

  • Complicated interface and high learning curve.

No longer available to purchase a standalone copy, Photoshop is now delivered via the Creative Cloud. While this is handy for keeping your app always up to date, the monthly subscription can be quite costly. You can either buy a single app for $20.99 per month, or the more economical Photography package (which includes Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC) at $9.99 per month.

06
of 10

Adobe Lightroom: Best Photo Editing App for Photographers

Adobe Lightroom showing sharpen features.

What We Like

  • Simpler interface compared to Photoshop.

  • Excellent organization and photo database tool. Version available on most platforms.

  • Cheaper than Photoshop.

What We Don't Like

  • Monthly subscription fee means you never own the software.

Lightroom is much easier to use product versus its big brother, Photoshop, yet still packs a punch for photo editing along with organization. It’s also much cheaper for a monthly subscription at $9.99 per month.

07
of 10

Adobe Photoshop Express: Best Social Features

Photoshop Express showing details features.

What We Like

  • Much easier to use than Photoshop CC.

  • Has features to create memes, add graphics, borders, etc.

What We Don't Like

  • Not available in as many platforms.

For the smartphone, tablet, and Windows user, Adobe has a feature-rich app that has many of the full-blown Photoshop options. Geared toward the amateur, PS Express makes editing your pictures quick and easy. It even is available for Windows users who have the Microsoft store installed.

While a tripod might take some of the spontaneity away from taking snapshots, it can help give you a steady foundation for a stable image. By setting up a tripod, you can plan your subjects with little time and find the perfect area to frame for that captivating image. There are plenty of small tripods for smartphones and smaller cameras, and they’re relatively inexpensive.

08
of 10

Adobe Photoshop Fix: Best App to Sharpen an Image on Mobile

3 screenshots of Adobe Photoshop Fix.

What We Like

  • Can save to your Lightroom collections.

  • Photos can be saved in the Photoshop (PSD) format.

What We Don't Like

  • Android version not available for tablets or Chromebooks.

Photoshop Fix’s primary function is to do exactly as the name implies, fix your pictures for your mobile devices. You can quickly tweak any blurry pics without the need to be a professional photographer. Great for the smartphone or tablet user.

09
of 10

VSCO: Best Selection of Presets

3 screenshots of VSCO app.

What We Like

  • App has some social features.

  • Numerous setting presets.

  • Tips and tricks section.

What We Don't Like

  • Yearly subscription. 

Geared more to the photographer, VSCO (Visual Supply Company) has numerous presets allowing emulation of different cameras and films. Users can also share their creations in the social media feature. The sharpen feature is easy to use with a simple slider to tweak your blurry photos.

10
of 10

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): Most Powerful Free Alternative

GIMP displaying the sharpen dialog screen.

What We Like

  • Open source allows for customization of the interface.

  • Free to use.

What We Don't Like

  • Interface is complex and will require time to learn.

  • Support will be iffy due to open source.

The only entry to include Linux, GIMP has tons of features including the Unsharp Mask to fix those unfocused images. While it may take some time to learn this fairly complicated interface, GIMP has enough features to give Photoshop a run for its money. Finding the Sharpen feature may take some digging, but fortunately, the help file included will guide you directly to this feature. GIMP is also open source, meaning its free.