What Is the Foodie App?

This app signals when it's horizontal—but otherwise, it's just a camera app

Food plated nicely on table
Brad Puet

The Foodie app, originally developed by Line, is now owned and managed by Snow, Inc. Once upon a time, Foodie brought a bit of value to people eager to snap their meals. Now? Not so much.

Foodie is available for iOS.

What We Like

  • Free app.

  • Simple to use.

What We Don't Like

  • Editing features are less robust than what iOS offers.

  • Requires unnecessary permission grants to use.

Foodie is fundamentally a camera app. It offers a handful of onboard filters, but they're not as full-featured as you get even with standard iOS tools. The ly material benefit is that the photo frame flashes yellow when it's optimally placed to take a picture of your meal. But it doesn't achieve this goal through complex image-recognition. Instead, it's tied to the onboard gyroscope. When the phone's perfectly level, it flashes. Thus, you could take a picture of the tiles on your kitchen floor with it.

Foodie app picture of vegetables
Foodie app picture of vegetables

Foodie doesn't link to any social networks or offer value-add features that might warrant using it over the iOS Camera app, or your Snap or Instagram cameras for that matter.

In addition, the app requests location, camera, and photo-library access; the terms-of-service note that location data transmits back to the company's servers.

Our verdict? If you'd find utility in a camera app that signals when it's horizontal, you might get some value out of it. Otherwise, skip it.