PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

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Educational Value

Teens can learn a huge range of skills related to digital drawing, photography, and presentation. Though tutorials and reference material are absent, teens will forge ahead capturing the world in their sights, imagining new compositions, and combining color, form, and framing while increasing self-awareness and developing confidence in themselves through contests and membership in an arts community. PicsArt – Photo Studio offers teens and adults extensive, flexible, real-world functionality in a tight mobile package.

Ease of Play

Lots of functionality crammed into tight space is usually intuitive but not always.


Searches for violence-related terms like "guns," "kill," and "blood" will turn up images. User comments and names may refer to violence.


Images sometimes feature bikini-clad women, lots of cleavage, and shirtless men. User comments and names may be sexual in nature ("You're so hot and sexy.").


User comments and names may include iffy language; one username, for example, contains the word "f--k."


Banner ads appear on most pages. An in-app purchase can remove ads. Images may contain brand names.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some images include alcoholic beverages, smoking, or marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PicsArt – Photo Studio is a super powerful photography, image editing, and drawing app that's like Photoshop, Flickr, and a professional camera all rolled into one. Teens using the app may occasionally encounter mature content, and the app features deep integration with Facebook. Teens can enter thematic contests, be listed in the community as an artist, and post to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, or the PicsArt website. The developer states in the privacy policy that children under 13 may not use the app. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMicky R. June 8, 2018

Picsart is infested with nudity and porn

Please do not let your children create a Picsart account. You can let them use the actual photo editor, but do not let them participate in the social part of th... Continue reading
Adult Written byJordanWolmun April 16, 2020
I don’t let my kid get any app without me looking at it and the reviews here and everywhere else. My daughter (13) is very mature when it comes to swearing and... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymyooshka33 July 15, 2020

Do you trust your kid?

I gave this app 10 and up, just because of what the parents said. I saw a review that said the app was "infested with nudity and porn." To find that o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymendesxgrandexherron January 30, 2019


I think 16+ is wayy too much, PicsArt is not only “social media”, but a photo and video editor/creator. I myself have PicArt and I think it’s a great app.
Just... Continue reading

What's it about?

PICSART - PHOTO STUDIO has too much functionality to cover adequately, but here goes: time lapse, burst, front and back cameras, effects, stickers, backgrounds, collage, drawing (on photo, blank, or background), thematic contests, photo search, Facebook integration (find friends, post), artists listing, networking with other artists (account profile, followers, notifications, followings, likes, suggestions for followings), gallery of interesting recent photos, and tagged photos.

Is it any good?

PicsArt – Photo Studio is a sharp and sophisticated app with more functionality than you would ever expect of a mobile app. Teens and adults will find a place to create beautiful photography and digital art as well as share and appreciate it with a community of like-minded artists. Drawing mode is nearly as amazing with enough features and controls to make it quite accurate with a stylus. Less artsy features like collage still offer enough options to keep hobbyists happy. The extreme integration with Facebook might scare off those who don't want to offer up their friends to every service in cyberspace, but those deep into artistic pursuits will rightly appreciate it.

Besides the access to some iffy content, the tiniest nitpicky problems are that views are occasionally a bit too cramped, navigation is sometimes confusing or redundant, and the main page layout follows recent panel-style trends to its detriment. Not to worry, any app with this much punch can't help but fall down in tiny ways here and there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage your teen by granting a budget for printing and framing.

  • Research contests in your local community and encourage your teen to submit.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, presenting to others, storytelling
    Arts: drawing, photography
    Hobbies: collecting
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
    Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination, innovation, producing new content
    Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, initiative, motivation, personal growth, self-reflection
    Emotional Development: self-awareness
    Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (optional in-app purchases or subscription $2.99-$55.99)
  • Release date: April 15, 2013
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 144.30 MB
  • Publisher: PicsArt
  • Version: 10.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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