The best background photo editor apps for iPhone

There comes a time in your life as an iPhone photographer when you realize that you need more than a pretty filter to create a memorable image. Whether you’ve been photo-bombed by your neighbor’s dog, need to get rid of an unsightly mess, or just want to change a photo’s background, you’ll be thrilled to know that there’s an app for that! 

Photo background apps come in all shapes and sizes. Some focus solely on erasing and changing photo backgrounds, while others are part of a more extensive photo editing app. Here are the best background photo editors for iPhone.


The top photo background apps for iPhone

Want to make a little change to your photo’s background to make it worthy of hanging or sharing on social? You can do that with the apps below. Want to create a whole new background to make your photo stand out? You can do that, too! 

Download some of these awesome photo background apps and start experimenting:

  • Magic Eraser Background Editor
  • Superimpose
  • Cut Paste Photo & Blend
  • Facetune
  • Background Eraser
  • Background Editor +
  • LightX Photo Editor

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Download on the App Store

Magic Eraser Background Editor: Simple tool to remove a background

Magic Eraser, an image background changer app

Magic Eraser Background Editor lets you remove the background of a photo in just seconds before saving it as a jpeg or png to your camera roll. The Magic Wand feature lets you quickly block out similar background colors for removal. You can also cut out and save transparent images so you can use them later in other photos, videos, documents, slide shows, and more. 

Video tutorials are available on Magic Eraser to help you get started. The basic version is free, and the premium version is $9.99 after a three-day free trial. 

Magic Eraser on the App Store


Superimpose: Perfect for combining two photos into one

Want to combine the subject of one photo with the background of another? Superimpose makes it easy to do. Simply load a background image and a foreground image into the app, mask out the portions you don’t want in your photo, smooth the edges, and adjust the colors as necessary. You can even create a shadow onto your new background for a more realistic look. Superimpose may be the best $1.99 you’ll ever spend on a photo editing app!

Superimpose on the App Store


Cut Paste Photo & Blend: Great app for blending photo backgrounds

Cut Paste, a picture background app for iPhone

The free version of Cut Paste Photo & Blend offers some great stock backgrounds, a masking tool, stickers, quotes, text overlays, and cropping tools. More than 25 tools allow you to blend foregrounds and backgrounds for a realistic look. Once you have created your new photo, it’s easy to save and share to all of your social media accounts. For an additional charge, you can unlock extra backgrounds and stickers. 

Cut Paste Photo & Blend on the App Store


Facetune: Blur the background of your photo on iPhone

Facetune isn’t exactly a photo background app. It is used mostly to perfect portraits by giving people smoother skin, fresher makeup, and a more penetrating smile, but it’s also fabulous for blurring backgrounds to help call attention to the subject of a photo. 

This app is great for portraits and even selfies, and even if you don’t use the more drastic face-altering tools, you can easily add depth of field to almost any shot. Facetune isn’t free but is well worth the $3.99 price tag.

Facetune on the App Store


Background Eraser: Change backgrounds in a flash

Background Eraser, an app to remove the background from images

With more than 100,000 positive reviews, Background Eraser is one of the easiest apps for changing photo backgrounds. Similar to the Magic Eraser app mentioned above, you simply mask off the foreground, use the eraser tool to erase the background, and superimpose what’s left onto the background of your choosing. 

Background eraser also comes with a decent photo editor so that you can adjust saturation, highlights, shadows, and more without using a separate photo editing app. Background Eraser is free to use but costs $9.99 to use without ads.

Background Eraser on the App Store


Background Editor +: Simple photo retouch and background blur for iPhone

Not only does Background Editor + provide powerful editing tools, but it also allows you to change and remove backgrounds, use selective coloring, and blur parts of your photo for different artistic effects. You also have access to 70-plus filters and intuitive editing sliders. 

With Background Editor +, you color the area you want to keep and then change your background entirely. Or you can simply blur out the parts that you don’t want to highlight. Background Editor + is free with in-app purchases.

Background Editor + on the App Store


LightX Photo Editor: Background changer with photo effects

LightX, a photo background editor for iPhone

This is a fun and all-encompassing photo editor that includes an easy background changer for iPhone. Edit photos with advanced tools like color mixing, vignette effects, and a variety of photo filters. 

To change your background, all you have to do is use the cutout tool to superimpose your subject on a background photo from your Camera Roll. To make things even easier, you can choose from ready-to-go backgrounds and add them to your photo with a few swipes. LightX is free to download but includes in-app purchases. 

LightX on the App Store


Ready to try some more advanced editing on your iPhone photos? It’s easier than you think with these handy photo background apps, which are perfect for all types of photography.

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