6 Free Online Photo Sharing Apps for Android

If you're an Android user who loves photography, you need these apps

An image of a person taking a photo of busy traffic with a smartphone.

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Social networking and photography go together like peanut butter and jelly, wouldn't you agree?

These days, there are so many Android smartphones that come equipped with cameras that are powerful enough to capture some seriously professional-looking shots. You'd be crazy to not want to share them with your friends online.

Here are just a handful of best Android-friendly social photo sharing apps that allow you to do just that. You might already be using some of them!

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Instagram: Easily Share Photos Collections and Short Videos With Friends

Two screenshots of the Instagram app on Android.
The Instagram app on Android.
What We Like
  • Massive user base.

  • Useful filters and editing functions.

  • Share multiple images at once.

  • Post to other social media sites.

What We Don't Like
  • Editing and filtering are not available for private messages.

  • Location tags can risk privacy.

  • Minimal desktop support.

You had to know that Instagram was going to be on the list, didn't you? The popular photo sharing app that was originally built just for the iPhone has come a long way since its early days.

Your friends are already most likely on it and it's arguably one of the easiest, fastest and most enjoyable apps to be using. You can use it to edit your photos, choose from a variety of filters to apply to them, tag a location to them, tag friends in them and even post in portrait or landscape orientation. 

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Flickr: Create Stunning Albums to Organize All Your Photos

Two screenshots of the Flickr app on Android.
The Instagram app on Android.
What We Like
  • Lots of free online storage.

  • Share single images or whole albums by URL.

  • Upload privately or publicly.

  • Automatically upload all your pictures.

What We Don't Like
  • Dull user interface.

  • Lack of protection from photo theft.

  • Minimal updates result in an unpolished appearance.

Flickr was the original social network for photography lovers that reigned long before Instagram blew up. These days, it's still a wildly popular platform people use to create, store and share albums of their own photos. Every account comes with 1 TB of free space.

The Flickr Android app is absolutely stunning, giving you full control over your photo editing and organization. Don't be shy to start exploring the community side of the app too, where you can browse through other users' albums to discover new photos and interact with them like a real social network.

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Google Photos: Automatically Back Up All Your Photos (And Share Them)

Two screenshots of the Google Photos app on Android.
The Google Photos app on Android.
What We Like
  • Upload photos automatically.

  • Groups photos by face.

  • Automatically share some or all images.

  • Chromecast compatible.

What We Don't Like
  • Automatic upload doesn't always work.

  • Files might be compressed.

  • Uploads sometimes fail.

Google Photos is more of a powerful backup, storage, and organization platform than a social network, but it still offers some great sharing options. You can take advantage of shared albums with other users so everyone can access and share the photos they took (similar to how the Moments app works) and you can instantly share up to 1,500 photos with anyone, no matter what device they're using.

Besides photo sharing, Google also offers users some powerful editing options not just for photos, but for videos, too! Google Photos is one of the most popular choices for making automatic backups of photos and videos taken via mobile device, eliminating worries about running out of space.

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EyeEm: Show Off Your Photography Skills And Make Some Cash Too

Two screenshots of the EyeEm app for Android.
The EyeEm app for Android.
What We Like
  • Potential to earn extra cash.

  • Follow other users.

  • Common and unique editing options.

  • Quick signup options.

What We Don't Like
  • Too easy for images to be rejected from the market.

  • Unstable login sometimes freezes.

  • Limited filters and frames.

EyeEm is sort of like Instagram for people who are really serious about capturing beautiful photographs. The EyeEm community includes millions of photographers who use the app to share their best works and gain exposure.

If you're a photographer looking to get noticed, EyeEm is the place to be. New and emerging photographers are featured and promoted on a daily basis, and you can even make some money by licensing your photos on the EyeEm Market or other marketplaces like Getty Images.

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Imgur: Indulge in Your Love for Great Memes and GIFs

Two screenshots of the Imgur app for Android.
The Imgur app for Android.
What We Like
  • Per-image privacy settings: public or private.

  • Users can leave comments.

  • Share in private message, by URL, or in other apps.

  • Follow entire categories of image types.

What We Don't Like
  • May be confusing to use.

  • Uploaded images don't always show up right away.

  • Does not support all image file types.

Imgur is one of the best and most popular free image sharing platforms on the internet. This app is dominated by silly memes, screenshots, animated GIFs and more fun stuff from the community that will keep you entertained for hours.

With a slick and easy to use layout, the Imgur app looks like a bit like a cross between Pinterest and Instagram. You can go ahead and upload your own photos to be showcased on your profile and use the home feed to browse staff picks, what's popular, awesome stuff, storytime pics and so much more.

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Foap: Sell Your Photos to Brands for a Nice Little Side Gig

Two screenshots of the Foap app for Android.
The Foap app for Android.
What We Like
  • Make money selling photos.

  • Keep tabs on what users upload.

  • Complete special missions for rewards.

  • PayPal cashout.

What We Don't Like
  • Shows ads.

  • Geared toward professional photographers.

Lastly, if you're someone who's really proud of your photos, you may want to consider selling them on Foap — a huge photography marketplace for buyers and sellers. You can create your own portfolio and start attracting buyers who are actively looking to pay photographers to use their photos.

Foap also has a nifty feature called missions, which are photography contests for big brands that pay the winners hundreds of dollars for their submissions. The app is also perfect just to browse and look for a bit of inspiration by exploring other users' profiles and following them to see more of what they post.