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10 Smartphone Apps to Convert Photos to Black and White

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If you’ve ever wanted to convert color images to black and white, this article is for you. Here are 10 black and white smartphone apps to help with that.
Black and white images are powerful. They focus on texture, shape, form, and contrast in ways that color images don’t.
Check these apps out if you’re looking for powerful black and white images.
A person taking a photo of a stunning cityscape with a smartphone in low light - best black and white smartphone apps

10. Hipstamatic/Oggl

This is not just one app. It’s two independent black and white filter apps from the same developer. They are both classics, and if you know them, you already know they offer a wide range of film style options.
Hipstamatic allows you to choose a film and lens combo. You do this before you take an image.
This app comes in at $1.99.
The Oggl app functions in the same manner, but it’s free to download. It also lets you change the film and lens settings after the image has been taken. Great for experimenting with previous images.
What we really like is the ability to pull images from other apps, applying Oggl’s film and lens black and white filters to them.
A screenshot of the Hipstamatic/Oggl smartphone app - two independent black and white filter apps

iOS

9. Provoke

Provoke camera is a favorite of ours. It was developed with the style of 1980s black and white photographers in mind. Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira and Yutaka Takanashi are those photographers.
In this app you get to choose from six different black and white film styles. All of which can be found at the bottom of the screen.
Live view allows you to see the effects on the image before you commit and snap the photo. What we like is that you can still edit previously taken images.
A screenshot of Provoke smartphone app interface - best apps to make photo black and white

iOS

8. Blackcam

If you are looking for a number of black and white filters to shape your images, look no further. Blackcam offers you an array of adjustable filters for all kinds of photography genres.
The filters are named Vintage, Shadow, Classic, and there are many more of them. If you are looking for more, there are also downloadable presets with an in-app purchase.
The UI isn’t overly fancy, but all that matters is the way you edit your black and white photographs.
A screenshot of Blackcam smartphone apps for a number of black and white filters

Android | iOS

7. BW Darkroom

BW Darkroom, previously known as Photo Editor – Black and White, is a great app for adding black and white filters to your images.
Here, you can snap a new photograph or choose a previous image to work on. This free to download app offers a range of editing tools, namely brightness, contrast, exposure and sharpen et al.
You need to go through five primary tabs to edit your images: Manual Adjustments, Professional Lenses, Monochromatic Filters, Texture, and Frames.
It will give you some of the best black and white filter images.
A screenshot of the BW Darkroom homepage (previously known as Photo Editor – Black and White) a great app for adding black and white filters to your images.

Android

6. Dramatic Black & White

The Dramatic Black and White b&w filter app offer a highly customizable UI. You can find many editing options and a huge variety of presets.
You can adjust the tint, film grain and use different color filters to emphasize the hues of your greyscale image. All this comes for a small, affordable price of $2.99.
What we like is the ‘Ellipse’ spotlight tool, which lets you set up a light source on any subject in your scene. You can also create presets for future use.
A screenshot of the Dramatic Black and White b&w filter app - best smartphone apps to make photos black and white

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5. Hypocam

Hypocam is a dedicated Android and iOS app for black and white filter photography. You can take original photos or existing ones from your camera roll and edit them.
One of the best features of this app is the ability to control the exposure and color tone in real time. This allows you to set the exact black and white tone you’re after.
There are three black and white filters to choose from, with more you can buy. You’ll find this free app user-friendly with its sleek UI. Everything you need is front and center.
A screenshot of the Hypocam homepage - a dedicated Android and iOS app for black and white filter photography

Android | iOS

4. Hueless

Hueless is another great black and white filter app that offers a wide range of settings. It is more complete and features more tools than other apps. The price tag is only $1.99.
The one thing that separates this filter app from others is the use of various colored filters. The red, yellow, orange (etc) mimic actual colored glass filters you would use on a camera.
These let you change the tonal range of your black and white image. If you are used to using filters in your photography, this app is a great addition for you.
A screenshot of Hueless homepage - a great black and white filter smartphone app

iOS

3. Monokrom

Monokrom is a very different black and white filter app when compared to others in this list. It comes with a set of slidable circles that allow you to adjust the exposure and contrast of your image.
This is in contrast to the standard editing tools that the other smartphone apps use. The difference allows you to change your image in a fun manner. It comes at a price of $0.99.
It might not be as precise as other smartphone apps, but it does add an interesting element of surprise and randomness. The best black and white filter app is the one you use the most.
Monokrom app homepage - black and white filter app

Android | iOS

2. Snapseed

Snapseed is one of my favorite black and white filter apps to use for portraits and street photography. It is free to download and has been around for quite a while.
It is simple to use, yet very effective in converting your images to black and white. What I like is the app’s use of lens filters that let you adjust the tonal range of your photos.
For easy to use black and white filters, this is your best bet. It is available for both Android and iOS systems.
Snapseed black and white filter apps to use for portraits and street photography

Android | iOS

1. Lenka

Lenka is a free to download professional black and white camera app. It comes with a simple interface, so the learning curve is small, allowing you to focus on your photography.
Kevin Abosh, a world-renowned photographer, is the man behind this app. It was developed in France for amateurs and professionals alike.
If you’re looking for powerful features to create black and white photographs, look no further.
Lenka - a free to download professional black and white camera app

Android | iOS

And there you have it. A list of 10 great smartphone apps to help you convert your images to black and white.

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