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How To Find The Best Apps For Adding Text To Photos?

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Every day, hundreds of new apps find themselves being added to the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, or even being released as software that can be installed onto your PC. As a result of this, finding the best apps for adding text to photos can be a tedious nightmare – or an outright impossible task – if you don’t know what features you should be looking for.

Obviously, any app that you use to add text to photo or video should be user-friendly, i.e. it should be easy and straightforward to use; however, there are other features that are just as important as well.

The main features that you should keep an eye out for, in apps for adding text to photos, can be divided into two distinct categories: operating features and design features. As their names suggest; operating features deal with the underlying performance and operations of the apps, while design features are centered around the actual process of adding the text to the photos. Here are some of the most important examples of features that fall under each of these categories:

Operating Features

  • Fast processing
  • Offline usability
  • Minimal (or no) data collection
  • Respectable privacy policy

Design Features

  • Create custom text in varying styles
  • Ways to prevent the removal of the text
  • Add text to multiple images/batches of images

Operating Features

Fast Processing – Your Time Is Invaluable

Time is money and your time should always be an invaluable commodity. If you find an app that can perform tasks twice as fast as the one that you are already using, would you switch over to it in a heartbeat?

If you want to figure out if an app truly is fast before you purchase it, do a bit of research. Generally speaking, if an app tells you that it utilizes hardware encoding instead of your device’s built-in processor, then it is likely to be faster and more efficient than the alternatives.

In addition to this, if you happen to be using an image editing service that is web-based, then you might not only see slowdowns based on your device’s processing power but also based on fluctuating internet speeds as well.

This also leads into the next point . . .

Offline Usability – Internet Speeds Can Be Fickle

At first glance, using a web-based service to add text to photo might seem like it should be more convenient; however, this is simply not true in the long term. Apps that you install on your device but still always need a constant internet connection, also fall into this boat as well.

Two primary issues arise from using web-based services or cloud-based solutions for your image editing needs. You are either left at the mercy of fluctuating internet speeds and unreliable internet providers, or you are left depending on the stability of another company’s servers.

Apps for adding text to photos don’t need an internet connection and anyone that tells you otherwise is lying to you.

Data Collection – Don’t Give It Away For Free

In this day and age, your digital user data is one of the most invaluable resources that you cultivate naturally. Companies know this all too well, and they will try to get ahold of this data to either boost their productivity or boost their bottom line.

Always be aware of what data your apps are collecting from you – apps for adding text to photos shouldn’t be collecting any of your data in the first place.

Privacy Policy – Don’t Leave Your Digital Doors Open

Similar to how apps for adding text to photos shouldn’t be collecting any of your data, they also shouldn’t be invading your privacy as well.

Before you install any app on your devices, comb through their privacy policy to make sure that you aren’t giving away your rights. Some underhanded companies may try to get you to secretly agree to install third-party trackers on your device (alongside the actual app) so that they can monitor your user data.

Design Features

Your App Should Let You Create Custom Text In Varying Styles

Options are important, right? Any good app for adding text to photos should have a wide array of options when it comes to things like fonts, text colors, clipart, and effects.

Sure, you may already have your text designed and just want an app that can add it to your photos. However, flexibility is important, and in the future, you might have the need for an app that can both design the text and add it to your photos as well.

There Should Be Ways To Prevent The Removal Of The Text Once It Is Added

Preventing text removal is a difficult task but there are techniques that can be used to make it more difficult.

For example, if you are applying the same text to multiple images, some thieves can create programs that can analyze the position of the text and remove it easily from subsequent images.

Good image editing apps will slightly randomize the positions of text in batch projects so that these nefarious programs have a harder time carrying out their jobs.

The Ability To Add Text To Multiple Images At A Time Is Convenient

This is obvious – what is more convenient than having an app that can add text to an image? Having an app that can add text to multiple images at a time.

This is especially true if you work in an industry where you are expected to handle visual assets on a daily basis; the ability to add text to a batch of images can be a lifesaver.


Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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