Photo Editor by Aviary

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
Photo Editor by Aviary App Poster Image

Product no longer available

Just enough options for shutterbug teens.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn digital photography and graphic arts as well as communication skills if they decide to use captions or post to share sites. The app also offers kids the ability to explore the world of software development through API tools and the ability to embed the app into others. Photo Editor by Aviary is a good tool for teens interested in photography and digital creation. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls, not too busy or crammed in.


You can buy sticker and effects packs via in-app purchase. Also, you have the option to print to Walgreens in some versions.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Photo Editor by Aviary is a good photo-editing app for teens who have grown out of simpler apps but aren't quite ready for professional-level functionality. The app is free, but users can buy a variety of sticker or effects packs via in-app purchases for $0.99 to $1.99 (there are also free packs). Posting to Facebook, email, and other share sites is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydreww2 February 1, 2018

Photo Editing

I think that this photo editor is very easy to use. It walks you through all the steps and is laid out in a very easy design. I would recommend this to any fami... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 6, 2015


Now, before I learned photoshop, I used this.
...Even with my knowledge of photoshop, I still use this to be a weirdo.

What's it about?

From the main menu, select the camera button and then the built-in camera or other available app-based cameras to take photos. Select Save (which saves to the camera folder) to return to the app. Kids can choose a photo using the Gallery button. Swipe to browse, tap a photo to edit, and then select from around 20 tools. Changes appear on the screen, and kids select Apply to save and Done to return to the main menu.

Is it any good?

PHOTO EDITOR BY AVIARY may not be the most exciting or powerful photo app available, but it has just the right amount of functionality for teens who aren't quite ready for professional-level functionality. Tools include text, orientation, contrast, crop, frames, saturation, red-eye, and draw (six round brushes with an erase function). The Memes tool adds poster-style captions to the tops and/or bottoms of images, and Splash changes the image mode to black-and-white and then allows the user to draw back the color selectively. The app links to a Web-based support site that provides a knowledge base and API tools if your kids want to embed Aviary into their own Web-based or mobile app for free.

On the downside, on the Android version of the app the camera, pack purchases, and developer website take the user out of the app a bit too much. The app relies heavily on the device-level back button for navigation, and it has no undo or revert buttons (except for the back button before Apply is selected). The text tool is kind of frustrating since the only way to delete text boxes is to drag them off the workspace, though stickers are more flexible with a delete icon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage your teen to take many photos before beginning to edit.

  • Check out basic photography books from the library.

  • Pick one concept, like framing, for gentle hint material that'll improve photo quality.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing, photography
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
    Creativity: imagination, innovation, producing new content
    Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (iOS effects and sticker packs free - $1.99)
  • Release date: April 3, 2013
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 39.20 MB
  • Publisher: Aviary
  • Version: iOS 4.6.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love to create

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate