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Here are the photo and video apps teens are using nowadays

It’s not just instant messsaging apps they’re using, quite a lot of time goes into watching and creating videos and images too.

SO A COUPLE of weeks ago, we covered the main messaging apps teens would be using on their smartphones. This time, we’re going to look at the main photo and video apps that are in use.

For: iOS, Android

The obvious one on this list and the one we’re getting out of the way immediately, there’s very little to say about Snapchat that hasn’t been said already. Send photos or videos that disappear after a few seconds and that’s it.

Source: Snapchat/YouTube


A twist on the traditional image sending apps, Fling allows you to send picture messages to random people. Users can send the same message to 5 or 50 different people, depending on how they’re feeling.

fling-563x500 Source: Fling/App Store

iOS, Android

From the makers of Yo (an app where you only say Yo amazingly enough), Mirage follows the same format as Snapchat except with a more simplistic interface.

Source: Mobli/YouTube

iOS, Android, Windows Phone

The six seconds video app has seen its fair share of rising stars emerging from it. The format is perfectly suited to quick punchlines and jokes and much like YouTube, has many teens posting their own clips.

Source: Vine/Vimeo

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Yes, it’s been around for a while, but that doesn’t make Instagram any less relevant than the others on this list. The app that popularised photo filters is still going strong and has a significant number of teens using it. And now you can add hyperlapsing into the mix.

Source: Instagram/Vimeo

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Pheed is a social app that combines of a number of different apps and services. Think of it as a combination of Twitter, YouTube and Instagram and you’re on the right track.

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Pheed Source: Pheed/App Store

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We’re stretching this a little since Tumblr is really for microblogging, but since it’s so image and GIF heavy, it’s worth including for that alone. GIFs and images involving memes, TV and movies and many other pop culture topics can be found here.

Tumblr Source: Tumblr/App Store

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One that is growing in popularity, Keek is sometimes described as the ‘Instagram for video’. The gist of it is you can upload video clips that can be 36 seconds in length, effectively a longer version of Vine which gives more leeway for creating videos.

keek Source: Keek/Windows Phone

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