Mobile Phones Android The 7 Best Apps to Write on Pictures by Molly McLaughlin Writer, Editor Molly K. McLaughlin has been a technology writer since 2004. Her work has appeared on PCMag, Dealnews, Wirecutter, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Molly McLaughlin Updated on February 11, 2020 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email Whether it's words of wisdom, an inspirational quote, or a simple note, sometimes a photo needs something extra. While you can add simple text to your photos with built-in tools, there are third-party apps that offer huge font selections, built-in quotes, and blank canvasses you can design from scratch. Here are seven of our favorite apps that help you add flair to your photos and social posts. 01 of 07 Best Premium App for iOS & Android: Word Swag by Oringe Wordswag has tons of backgrounds and stylized fonts. What We Like Comes with hundreds of built-in quotes, thoughts, and jokes You can access stock photos from Pixabay What We Don't Like There's no free trial Word Swag by Oringe is one of the easiest apps to use on this list. For $3.99 on Android or $4.99 on iOS you can choose from an array of backgrounds, stock images, or your photo roll, and access several editing tools. 02 of 07 For Font Fanatics: Font Candy by Easy Tiger (iOS) What We Like Can choose from over 45 fonts Access to Pixabay stock photos Inspiration tab shows final projects from other users What We Don't Like Can only access screenshots from your camera roll Font Candy offers a selection of hand-picked fonts, plus you can upload your own. You can also connect your account to Facebook to access photos you've posted there, and edit screenshots you've captured from your device. The app is free with in-app purchases, but for $1.99 per week, you get a subscription which includes exclusive fonts, artworks, text blends, photo fill, and more. You can try the premium version for free for one week. 03 of 07 For Graphic Design Fans: PicMonkey by PicMonkey (iOS and Android) You can write on photos and create collages with PicMonkey. What We Like Has an array of canvas designs you can edit What We Don't Like It's unclear what the benefit of PicMonkey's cloud storage is PicMonkey is a graphic design app with which you can write on your photos or choose from a variety of backgrounds. You can add text in a variety of colors, fonts, and styles, and save them to your default photo app or PicMonkey's cloud storage Hub if you have a subscription. You can also share images from the app to social media, using canvasses sized to social media platform specs. You can get PicMonkey for free with in-app purchases. Its Basic subscription plan provides 1 GB of storage for $7.99 per month or $71.99 per year, while the Pro plan includes unlimited storage for $12.99 per month or $119.99 per year. 04 of 07 For Art Designers: Typorama by Apperto (iOS) Typorama has lots of fonts and styles to choose from. What We Like Offers a bunch of free backgrounds you can write on Can unlock text styles by liking Typorama on Facebook or Instagram What We Don't Like No free trial of the paid version Typorama is an elegant app with advanced tools including shadow and gradient color progression, and a history option that lets you go back to previous versions. You can write original text on pictures or request a random quote, and resize the image for an Instagram post or story, a Facebook post, or for Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms. While Typorama is free with in-app purchases, the $9.99 Pro version adds select text styles, all backgrounds, overlays, removes the "made with Typorama" stamp, and adds the ability to add your brand logo. 05 of 07 Best Subscription Service for iOS: Over by Over Inc. Over has a bunch of graphics you can add to your images, including several good-looking dogs. What We Like Built-in graphics and quotes you can add to your photos Generous photo editing tools Offers tutorials on creating blurred background shots and other techniques What We Don't Like No free trial for the monthly plan Over is free to download, and the first time you launch it, you must answer a couple of questions. First, whether you're creating content for a brand, and second, what your interests are, out of a list including music, food and drink, and home décor. Then, you have to subscribe, either to a 7-day free trial for an annual $99.99 plan or jump right into a $14.99 monthly plan. Over has a large selection of backgrounds you can edit in addition to your photos, as well as stock images from Pixabay, Unsplash, and built-in Google Image search. It also has integrated graphics, shapes, and fonts you can use. The app also includes advanced editing tools, such as shadow, opacity, and masking. 06 of 07 Basic App for Android & iOS: Phonto by Youthhr You can write on your photos or start with a blank slate in Phonto. What We Like The free version includes editing tools and a handful of backgrounds You can install fonts from other sources What We Don't Like Can't tell which backgrounds are premium until you try to use one Phonto has a super simple interface. You can start with a blank background or use a photo from your device, and add text in a variety of colors and fonts. The free version, which has in-app purchases, comes with enough for basic needs, but you can add image packs for $1.99, filter packs for $0.99, and remove ads for $0.99. 07 of 07 Basic Tool for Writing on Photos: PicLab by We Heart It (iOS & Android) You can edit and write on photos including those from other apps. What We Like Built-in photo editor Can make collages from your photos What We Don't Like Can only edit screenshots or photos taken within the app PicLab is a simple app with photo editing tools, filters, stickers, and a collage feature. While you can access your full photo roll from the app, you can write only on screenshots. Plus, you can't add regular photos to a collage unless you capture one from the app. PicLab is free with in-app purchases; you can pay to remove the PicLab watermark from your photos for $0.99, unlock overlays and fonts for $0.99 each, or unlock everything for $3.99.