The Complete List of iOS Glitch Apps

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Over the past 5 years, I’ve downloaded and experimented with thousands of iPhone photo apps while working on my Daily Appsperiment and Impossible Glitch series. Since I most often get asked about glitch apps, I decided to compile this list of glitch apps for your iPhonehole. I’ll be updating this list as often as I can, so let me know if I missed anything:

Glitch Lab Pro (or free) – A very powerful glitch editor with lots of control. One of GL’s most handy features is the ability to rotate an image, which is handy since most glitch effects tend to destroy data in a top-to-bottom manner. For a glitch “vignette“, I like to glitch the image near the bottom, rotate and glitch again, then keep repeating. Tip: To set your quality to “high”, tap the three arrows on the right, then swipe the advanced options to the left two times to find the “options” setting.

Decim8 – The go to app for photo destruction. Though you can create lots of cool combinations of effects, there’s no fine tune controlling for effect your images. See if you can guess which two effects I helped out with. Tip: In settings, I like to turn off Post-FX color warp. That makes it easier to come along later and mix/edit with the original image in Filterstorm.

Databender – The only app for data moshing video! Though it’s full of other features for still photos, I honestly have to say I only use this for it’s awesome video glitches. Tip: These compression errors often look totally different when mashed together with other footage in iMovie. What appears as a solid green area in the preview may actually end up as a weird transparency when saved with other clips.

Glitché – Sort of like Decim8, Glitché feels like more of a glitch filter than an editor, but it’s effects are still worth checking out. What really makes this app shine is it’s ability to save glitch’d images as GIF’s, though I’m not sure if that’s included with the free version, full version, or “pro” version.

Omohide Breaker – A pretty straightforward app with a few nice touches. Swiping in different directions gives you the ability to apply different glitch style effects, while the slider at the bottom gives you some control on the amount of each effect. I love being able to swipe left for a PNG style break or right for a GIF style effect (just the effect, not actually animated). Tip: I always recommend setting your default image size to “raw”.

Satromizer – The 1st iPhone glitch app! 2009, yo! Tap on your photo and watch everything glitch. Prone to crashes and hasn’t been updated in a looong time. These guys had some cool ideas though, so I always hope they’ll come back to tweak it more.

GLTCH – Works on still images or on GIFs, which is kind of cool. You can pull GIFs from your roll, or random ones from Tumblr. Tip: Sometimes it seems like the effects on GIFs aren’t working, it’s just taking time. Wait it out and the GIF will update with the effect. (a loading wheel would be nice)

Glitch.Simply – A simple glitch app. Tap the button and it glitches the image. Ad driven, free, not much else to say.

iGlitch – Looks like it would be awesome, but it never seems to work. Doesn’t allow importing images and when I do take a photo it never changes in any way. Tip: Oh wait… you have to shake the camera to apply the effect?! OK, that wasn’t obvious.

Swutits – The only iPad only glitch app. Doesn’t seem to need the extra space or processing power, but it’s nice to see folks thinking about using the extra space. Sort of straightforward, set your variables and watch it glitch.

PixiVisor – Debated whether or not to include this, but decided it was too awesome of an idea to miss. Rather than being a straightforward tap-here-and-glitch app, PV converts your image into audio data, which you then capture and convert on another iOS app. The results are marvelously glitchy and it works great for visualists. Tip: If you are making a music video or something, try playing just the kick drum tracks loudly as you are transferring your audio-images… this extra noise will give your image a sort of visual punch to go along with the music.

iColorama S- Though this is mostly an app for adding various filters to photos, they do have a glitch section in there too. It looks mostly like it’s using glitch textures and applying them ontop of an image, but still worth listing. Tip: Load a photo, click effects, then click “glitch”, then change the “set” and “preset” buttons on the lower right to create your effect. Took me forever to figure that flow out.

  • royb0t

    Great list! I recommend checking out the app iColorama S, if you haven’t already – under the Effects section, there’s a series of Glitch effects that are wonderful (not to mention the multitude of other filters/effects available), I use it almost all the time on my iOS art: instagram.com/royb0t

  • http://docpop.org/ DocPop

    Thanks for the tip. I hadn’t used iColorama in a long time and I was surprised that when I hit the “glitch” button, nothing happened. It took a bit of messing around to see that I had to hit the “set” button and turn the intensity up to see anything happen. A little more digging and I found the different styles in the “presets” button on the lower right. Neat stuff, but it’s a bit confusing for new users. Neat results though, I’ll add it to the list.

  • http://torley.com/ ??? TORLEY ???

    Friendly greetings DocPop!

    I’m really appreciative of your list because I’ve been looking for glitch art app compilations, and YOURS is the only one that’s presented so helpfully — great for a first-timer to get started with, AND for a more experienced glitch artist to discover some new tools.

    Some noteworthy stuff I’d like to mention:

    • Glitché also does the best VHS 80s retro emulation I’ve seen yet, although the CRT “grid” effect is unusually crisp instead of curved.

    • ConsoleCam, while not strictly glitch, is the best way I’ve found to make your photos look like they’re shown on an old computer or video game console. it doesn’t just downsample colors, it adds dithering and other limitations as deemed authentic. Works great in tandem with the others. The interface is EXTREMELY well-designed, whoever did it deserves multiple awards.

    • Mextures is not a glitch app but is a fantastic complement when you find your glitch art looks too hard-edged or “digital” (for lack of a more meaningful word). The light leaks, dust, and other vintage textures it can add are among the best out there (and there are many shoddy ones in a saturated sea), and it has many helpful presets to get started.

    You can see the compounded results in my own glitch art: http://instagram.com/torley

  • http://docpop.org/ DocPop

    Thanks for the tips. Console Cam is a dope looking app! For old tech emulation I’m fond of InstaCRT (which actually is a crt screen, not an emulator, but whatever), ZxCam (which can actually talk to an old Spectrum ZX), and Pixelmate (which is a bit like Console Cam). Thanks again for sharing your work and ideas here!

  • http://torley.com/ ??? TORLEY ???

    Ah yes! I’ve used InstaCRT which is a really neat hack — my complaint with it is that images tend to be rendered very dark without any in-app control. Haven’t used ZxCam and Pixelmate so I’m gonna check ‘em out!

    Thanks and keep it up, this is useful community knowledge. :)

  • Brian Alvarez

    ??? TORLEY ??? i love your music