These are the best photo printing apps for just about any purpose

Those precious memories in your phone’s camera roll may not last forever. All it takes is one bad drop that damages your phone, a bad battery, or a lack of storage space to force you to part with hundreds or even thousands of photos. However, thanks to modern photo printing services, you can get physical backups of almost anything.

There are many, many photo printing apps out there, so we’ve rounded up some of the great ones to help you figure out which one best suits your needs. Whether you want low prices, fast turnaround, or the best overall experience, we’ve got you covered.

Cheap and easy: Snapfish or Shutterfly

Snapfish is all about deals.
Credit: screenshot: snapfish

And Shutterfly too
Credit: screenshot: shutterfly

Shutterfly and Snapfish are two photo printing apps with tons of options. Both can print everything from a small basic photo to blankets and even mugs. Plus, they’re also full of easy-to-find, in-app discount codes, so you’ll likely get multiple items printed before you have to pay the listed price. Honestly, it might be better to keep both installed on your smartphone. Think of it as keeping Uber and Lyft on the same phone, and bargain-hunting accordingly.

For people with very basic photo printing needs, Shutterfly and Snapfish are perfect as they both offer free printing options. Shutterfly will do unlimited 4×4 and 4×6 prints with no further caveats that you have to pay for shipping. Snapfish offers a similar, albeit more limited, offer: 100 free 4×6 prints per month. Either way, that’s a lot of small prints for almost no money.

By the way, both of these apps have somewhat limited retail pickup options. Snapfish will allow you to order same-day pickup magnets from CVS and Walgreens, with the option to get photo panels from Walgreens as well. Shutterfly also offers a same-day pickup program for 4×6 prints only. If you need more options for getting your prints at an outlet, keep reading for some great news.

Convenient and fast: Walgreens

Yes, you read that right: Walgreens, the national drugstore chain, offers a mobile app with surprisingly strong photo printing features. The big advantage here is that Walgreens offers a wider variety of same-day in-store pickup options than Shutterfly or Snapfish.

You can get regular prints, photo cards, collages, photo books, and even wall or desk calendars using your own photos, and pick them up at a nearby Walgreens store before the day is out. There’s even the ability to import photos from social media sites like Facebook. The only catch here is that you might end up paying a bit more, with 4×6 prints being 35 cents each instead of free.

But given that you probably live near a Walgreens, this could very well be the best choice for those who need prints quickly without relying on delivery services. You can also use the Walgreens app to manage your prescriptions. So, hey, might as well kill two birds with one stone.

High quality: Mpix

I need a woodcut of this photo of Justin Theroux, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell and Billy Crudup looking crazy in tracksuits.

I need a woodcut of this photo of Justin Theroux, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell and Billy Crudup looking crazy in tracksuits.
Credit: screenshot: mpix

For the best overall photo printing experience, Mpix might be the way to go. Our friends at PCMag praised the app, giving it a coveted perfect score in their review. And based on some scrolling time in the app, it’s easy to see why.

Mpix has an incredibly simple interface, which clearly lists all the different things you can do with your photos. Regular paper prints are complemented by the ability to order custom statuettes, woodblock prints, coasters, keychains and even baseball cards. The interface doesn’t overwhelm you with offerings like Shutterfly and Snapfish. It’s business. That said, the lack of free impressions like in these other apps is notable.

Between all that, retouching options like red-eye removal and teeth whitening, and what PCMag said is excellent print quality, Mpix has something for just about every printing need.

Elaine F. Brim