by dailykongfidence
Used Canva App with Instagram Pumpkin Preset

I often get asked which Instagram filters and apps I use when posting on Stories or even on my feed.  I thought it would be useful to put together a quick list for you all.  The best part is that all of these apps are FREE!  Yes, FREE.  Some apps require you to pay for added features, but of all the ones below, I only pay a little extra for one app – the Tezza app. Everything else I only use the free versions and they are plenty for me.


These are the filters you can find only on Instagram Story filters.  These are NOT apps – those are below.

Before I start, for those that have no idea what I am talking about, these are not the filters that come with Instagram Stories, but ones that others have created that are FREE and available for use as long as you save them.  Here’s how you find them. 

1. Start by opening your Instagram Story.

2. Scroll all the way to the right through all the available Instagram filters.

3. At the very right you will see “Browse Effects.”

4. You can do a search for the ones I listed below that I use most frequently or do your own search.

5. Do a search, type in the preset name, click on the preset, hit “Try It.”

6. If you like it, press the preset name on the screen and hit “Save.”

7. Once you save it, when you create your Stories, you will see all the presets you saved to the left of your record button.

8. Alternatively, if you ever see someone using a filter you like, you can click on the filter name (located at the top left of the story you are watching) and you will see options to try, save, send, etc.  If you save it, it will be to the left of your record button when you open your Instagram Stories.

Alright, now here are the filters that I use the most:

  • Pumpkin Preset by yulia_hakman
  • retroCAM by yulya.kors
  • Milk*One by ya.molli
  • Freckles by bdimitrov
  • Beauty by tanyaparfileva
  • Moody Up by carmushka
  • Glitter on White by janmahavan
  • Autumn by yulya.kors
  • Vintage Paris by dash.kochukova
  • +2 Vintage*Blush I by thaifurtado
  • Mood by dianan_luchitskaya
Pumpkin Preset by yulia_hakman
retroCAM by yulya.kors


I use the Tezza app for mostly videos for that vintage effect, but I also use them sometimes for photos.  I love that her video feature can crop the video and straighten it out which is a major plus because I can’t do that on the InShot app (more on that below).  The video features like the vintage effects, stop motion, and adding text to video are all really fun and cool.

As for the different options when it comes to filters, I mostly stick to Mood and Almond, but also do the occasional Vintage as well.  You can still play with the lighting options and colors once you select a filter, as well as add grain and dust marks. Tezza is always adding new filters as well as video options so this is one I actually pay extra for the added features both on filter and videos. It’s worth it, trust me.

Here is the link for the Tezza app in Google Play.


I actually use the InShot video editing app to edit most of my Instagram videos as well as Story Videos.  I don’t pay anything extra so the free version is great for what I need.  I love that it’s so easy to use, you can add text, but the best part is that they have royalty free music you can add to video.  The selection isn’t huge, but it works for short Instagram videos or Stories.

Here is the link for the InShot app in Google Play.


Unfold is probably one of my most used apps for creating more beautifully, edited Stories. I know the trend is more off the cuff, real life, unedited Stories, but when a Story calls for some added frills and beauty, Unfold is a great free one to use.  I love that you can create a whole series of Stories and save them in a folder by event.  Unfold has many free templates you can choose from or pay a little extra to unlock others.  Honestly, the free ones are just as good so you don’t need to spend the extra money.  It’s so handy that you can save the Stories individually, as a whole Story set, save them to your camera roll, or export them straight to Instagram.  They also allow you to add text to these templates and they have some decent fonts.  

The one annoying thing about this app though is that if your Story is shorter than 15 seconds (the time allotted in Instagram Stories), it will loop automatically when you post it.  For example, if your Story is 8 seconds, it will loop a second time in Instagram not just play the 8 seconds of it.  If it really bugs you, you can save the story on  your camera roll, then import into InShot and cut the loop so it doesn’t repeat when posting.

Here is the link for the Unfold app in Google Play.


Storyluxe is like Unfold but I use this more for one off Stories.  They have a lot more of the film/ polaroid templates, but also a few more options including some fun collage templates.  The only thing I don’t like about Storyluxe is that they don’t have an option for you to add text.  Just like Unfold, you can save the Story to your camera roll or export direct to your Instagram Stories.

Storyluxe app is not available on Google Play.


Canva is a great app for creating pretty Stories as well as many other things like Instagram posts, invites, posters, logos, etc.  I only use this to create more professional looking Stories.  I only use the free version since they have lots of different options under their free templates. I like that you can use video or static photos with their templates and they have a variety of fonts.

Here is the link for the Canva app in Google Play.


Hype-Type is another cool app to add more text movement to your Stories.  They have preset color schemes and different type of fonts and letters to use.  You can edit video or photos on this app.  The free version gives you access to certain graphics, but you need to pay more for the more popular ones.  I use the free ones just fine though.

Here is the link for the Hype-Type app for Androids.


Mojo is another great app that adds movement to your Stories.  I love the vibe of all their templates from Minimal, Photography, Fashion, Food, and Gold.  I haven’t paid to use the PRO templates, but the free ones are still great.  You can also add their limited music to your stories and set the total duration.

Here is the link for the Mojo app in Google Play.


If you want to take vintage stories or record in Vintage film stock, this 8mm app is for you.  I love the different options you have the 20’s, 60’s, 70’s, Sakura, XPro, Noir, Indigo, etc.  I typically shoot in 70’s.  This app is great if you wanted to shoot some video for your Instagram feed and have that overall vintage vibe. Note that if looks like you are shooting in landscape, but when you save it, it will save in portrait.

Here is the link for the 8mm app in Google Play.

I hope that was helpful and please let me know any of your favorite apps or filters in the comments below!

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Vanessa March 16, 2020 - 12:53 pm

Thanks for sharing! These are some great apps!

Be well & healthy!
xoxo, Vanessa

dailykongfidence March 16, 2020 - 9:32 pm

Yay thank you Vanessa. Share some of the ones you use too if you love them!

Allie Mackin March 16, 2020 - 4:02 pm

I know about some of these but not all, thanks for the heads up!!

Allie of

dailykongfidence March 16, 2020 - 9:32 pm

Of course Allie! These are my go-to ones and will update if I find any others that I love.

Anya Dryagina March 16, 2020 - 9:46 pm

It’s very interesting! Thank you for sharing

dailykongfidence March 16, 2020 - 10:55 pm

You’re welcome Anya. Let me know if there are any you love too!

Aleksandra Błaszczyk March 16, 2020 - 11:45 pm

Thanks for some useful tips.

sonia // daring coco March 17, 2020 - 12:21 am

Thanks for the heads up on the video apps. I’m so out of it when it comes to Insta these days and been wanting to find some good video apps in case I change my mind about it hahaha


Ashley March 17, 2020 - 12:38 am

This is super helpful, Christine! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m still trying to up my Insta game, and this will be a wonderful resource. 🙂

Make Life Marvelous

MONICA SORS March 17, 2020 - 2:29 am

I use some of those hahaha!
Thanks for sharing my dear 🙂
Mónica Sors

stylefrontier March 17, 2020 - 3:42 am

thank you for the information! I always love MOJO app!
style frontier

Weronika Ska March 17, 2020 - 10:32 am

Nice post. I like VSCO, they have many filter. And i lovvee it! But I use canva too for my blog posts.

Comfy Cozy Up March 17, 2020 - 1:37 pm

Thanks for sharing! A few of these I’ve never heard of.

Mai March 17, 2020 - 4:47 pm

Wow, this is an amazing list of apps! I’ve only been using Snapseed to edit my Instagram photos, so it’s time for me to try out some new apps!


Jennifer March 17, 2020 - 10:08 pm

Oo! Very cool! I definitely want to try some of these filters and apps. My fav is the Tezza App! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Ashley March 19, 2020 - 9:21 am

I love hearing about + learning new apps! Especially if they help me make my pictures pop!

Le Stylo Rouge

SundayDahlias March 19, 2020 - 11:02 am

Thank you for sharing the video editing apps, super helpful! I hope you and your family stay safe!

Angelica March 19, 2020 - 11:55 am

So many I havent heard of. Thanks for the tips!!

XX Angelica

Radi March 20, 2020 - 12:50 am

These are all new to me. Thanks so much for sharing. Will check them out.
Love your ig photos!

Jessica March 20, 2020 - 7:09 am

These are really amazing dear! Thanks for sharing your faves.

Jessica |

Adrián Oslé March 20, 2020 - 8:59 am

Good post and perfect selection!!


Nancy March 20, 2020 - 9:30 pm

I love checking out all of the cool IG filters that are available now! Even more when people can just upload them. Oooh! I need to check out these filters. These are super cute! I am a big fan of the vintage looking ones! I like that there are frames to help add some flavor to your IG stories. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy ♥

Lovely March 21, 2020 - 5:43 am

Thanks for sharing, I have used a few myself.


Laura Bambrick March 22, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource! I can’t wait to check some of these out!

Jill March 24, 2020 - 7:24 pm

I need all the help I can get with Instagram! This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing!

Jill – Doused in Pink


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