The private photo sharing space is crowded.

Here are 40 apps that essentially do the same thing.

Brenden Mulligan
Jun 15, 2015 · 11 min read

We’ve been working on Cluster for a while now, and in that time we’ve seen a lot of apps that do almost the exact same thing: make it easy to share photos and videos privately with a small group of people. I thought it’d be interesting to collect a list somewhere.

This was originally written in September 2014, so isn’t complete. But since today, Facebook launched one as well, I thought it’d be fun to share.

For each app, I’ve included the first paragraph of the App Store description, the launch and update dates, and some screenshots.

Update: “Last Updated” dates refreshed on June 17, 2015.


Cluster

(This is our app)

Cluster makes it possible to create private groups where you share moments through photos and videos with the people you care about. Create a group with family, a group of friends, coworkers, people from your home town, or anyone else!

  • Launch Date: 4/30/2013
  • Last Updated: 4/21/2015

Moments

Finally, an easy way to get all the photos of yourself trapped on your friends’ phones. After events, celebrations, trips or just hanging out, it’s no longer a hassle to collect all the photos you’ll want to look back on. With Moments, you can quickly give your photos to friends and get their photos, too.


Touch

Touch redefines how we stay in touch with close friends and family.

  • Launch Date: 10/19/2010
  • Last Updated: 9/29/2013

Glassboard

Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with your groups from any mobile device and the web. Whether it’s your company, your team, your friends, or your family, Glassboard is the private, secure app for keeping everybody up to date.

  • Launch Date: 8/10/2011
  • Last Updated: 2/16/2014
  • No longer available

Afolio

Afolio allows event organizers to easily aggregate all their event social media into one view and provides them with a seamless mobile platform that they can also offer to their event sponsors. With our patent-pending technology to collect media from various different devices into one single event, Afolio dramatically improves your ability to engage your event goers and extend the reach and impact of your event even after it’s over.

  • Launch Date: 12/7/2011
  • Last Updated: 5/3/2013

Clik

Clik is an easy way to view and manage your Photo Albums. Create Albums and invite friends to view and upload photos to the same album. Or make it Public and everyone can see and Follow your album.

  • Launch Date: 1/17/2012
  • Last Updated: 3/19/2015

Eversnap

Eversnap iPhone & Android apps can help an event, wedding, mitzvah, or any company event to collect all their guests’ photos and videos in one online album. Eversnap is the best wedding app for photos as well as the number #1 rated event photo app for other categories such as Bar Mitzvah app, Bat Mitzvah app, Sweet 16 app, & company party app.

  • Launch Date: 1/20/2012
  • Last Updated: 5/28/2014

CapsuleCam

CapsuleCam is the number one photo sharing app that lets groups of friends and family automatically add photos to one shared album.

  • Launch Date: 1/31/2012
  • Last Updated: 9/24/2014

PhotoCircle

You’re with your friends and it’s a day to remember. Put your phones together and make a PhotoCircle.

  • Launch Date: 4/18/2012
  • Last Updated: 6/2/2015

23snaps

Build a beautiful, private collection of photos, videos and thoughts you and your family will always cherish.

  • Launch Date: 6/1/2012
  • Last Updated: 3/19/2015

WedPics

WedPics wedding app is the FREE, fun, and easy way for your wedding party, family, and friends to share their photos & videos in a personalized wedding album! Enter the unique Wedding ID, take photos & videos, add custom filters and voilà, every photo & video captured during your wedding experience is instantly uploaded to your album! From wedding showers to the rehearsal dinner to your honeymoon, and every other social event surrounding your big day — it’s all collected here! Getting married? Set up your WedPics app TODAY! Over 1 MILLION people would agree, spend more time enjoying your memories, and less time chasing them down.

  • Launch Date: 8/7/2012
  • Last Updated: 6/16/2015

TapShare

Use Tapshare at your next party! Tapshare is a new way to connect with people you’re hanging out with. See who’s there. Share photos with everyone. Tapshare it. Or use Tapshare to create private albums only people you invite can see.

  • Launch Date: 8/27/2012
  • Last Updated: 9/23/2013
  • No longer available

Snapable

Snapable is the easiest way for you to collect all the photos your guests take at your event. Simply set up an event at Snapable.com, have your guests download the app and during the event and every photo they take will be collected in your album!

  • Launch Date: 9/15/2012
  • Last Updated: 3/27/2014

PixMix

PixMix is a great app to create collaborative albums and share them PRIVATELY with secure backup.

  • Launch Date: 9/27/2012
  • Last Updated: 8/20/2013

Bonfyre

Bonfyre connects you directly with your friends and family to chat, share photos and videos, and create memories, without ads or interruption.

  • Launch Date: 10/1/2012
  • Last Updated: 6/10/2015

Pixmos

Pixmos is a social network service that enables user to create thematic albums and share each of them with friends. Sharing in Pixmos means not only just viewing but also uploading to the joining album together with all joiners. Sharing in Pixmos means not only just viewing but also uploading to the joining album together with all joiners.Create the private album for family, best friends or lovers, and also create your own exhibition album by setting up no-upload ON.

  • Launch Date: 10/5/2012
  • Last Updated: 9/25/2013
  • No longer available

Pixity

Pixity is a free and easy-to-use app that allows you and your friends to create private group photo albums. In each album, you and your friends can add photos, post comments, and give a thumbs-up to each other’s posts. No Facebook, Twitter, or any other external accounts required. Use the app directly with the contacts in your phone. With just a few simple taps, Pixity will help you create lasting memories in a fun and simple way.

  • Launch Date: 10/7/2012
  • Last Updated: 11/12/2012

Photoful

Photoful is beautiful, gesture-based photo organization for your iPhone and iPad. This full-featured photo gallery picks up where the built-in gallery leaves off, giving you more choice for sharing, advanced editing, and powerful gesture-based organization. If you’re comfortable with the built-in app but wish you had more control, Photoful is it.

  • Launch Date: 11/1/2012
  • Last Updated: 2/6/2014
  • No longer available

Shoto

shoto provides curated photo albums and enables users to share them on smartphones by using location, phone book and Facebook friends.

  • Launch Date: 11/3/2012
  • Last Updated: 4/8/2015

Group Album

Quit saying, “you need to send me that picture!” We built Group Album to be the dead simple way for multiple people to stream pics into a single album. No longer worry about collecting pics over sms, email, FB, or instagram, etc. With Group Album you start an album and stream pics with just the people you want. Also, when they share pics back, you feel as close as if they were in the same room!

  • Launch Date: 11/9/2012
  • Last Updated: 10/10/2014

Lasso

Introducing Lasso, a fun and easy way to privately share photos. Pick a contact or Facebook friend and start sharing photos immediately! Lasso will keep track of what you have shared and to whom, so you always know where you left off.

  • Launch Date: 1/23/2013
  • Last Updated: 6/2/2015

CircleUp

Event-based collaborative photo sharing.

  • Launch Date: 1/24/2013
  • Last Updated: 5/17/2013

Albumatic

Albumatic is a fun way to create and share photo albums for any theme or occasion

  • Launch Date: 2/15/2013
  • Last Updated: 10/29/2013
  • No longer available

WideAngle

WideAngle gathers all your photos into one central place — from Facebook, Instagram and all your Apple devices.

  • Launch Date: 2/27/2013
  • Last Updated: 8/27/2013
  • No longer available

Band

BAND is a private space for groups. Keep everyone updated effortlessly through intimate, frequent communications.
-Group Board: Share photos, videos, map, and Dropbox files. Create polls
-Group Album: Collaborate and archive group photos by event
-Group Calendar: Share calendar, mark events and collect RSVPs
-Group Chat: Chat real-time with your entire group, a select few, or one-on-one.

  • Launch Date: 3/1/2013
  • Last Updated: 7/16/2015

AlbumShare

Create shared photo albums to get all of your photos and your friends’ photos in one place. Perfect for vacations, weddings, or pictures of your newborn. AlbumShare is like a private instagram with close friends and family.

  • Launch Date: 4/25/2013
  • Last Updated: 10/13/2013
  • No longer available

Seahorse

A private place to share photos and videos with your loved ones.

  • Launch Date: 6/8/2013
  • Last Updated: 2/10/2015

GroupPix

Never miss another great photo! GroupPix gathers the photos you and your friends take and puts them all into one shared event.

  • Launch Date: 7/3/2013
  • Last Updated: 2/5/2014
  • No longer available

Albumm

Albumm is the simplest way to create beautifully organised and collaborative photo albums shared in real-time.

  • Launch Date: 7/5/2013
  • Last Updated: 12/11/2013
  • No longer available

Camboo

Camboo is for sharing photos with close friends. Create a group, invite your friends, and post photos. Group members can comment, like & add their own photos. Everything is private.

  • Launch Date: 7/6/2013
  • Last Updated: 10/8/2013
  • No longer available

Block Party

Block Party combines everyone’s photos at a party (complete with rad vintage filters) into a single live-updated album everyone can share. You can play a live slideshow at the party while it’s happening, and you can even check out parties you’ve been invited to and see what’s happening before you get there.

  • Launch Date: 8/3/2013
  • Last Updated: 11/18/2013

Scene

- Share effortlessly
- Share your albums privately, with just the people you choose
- Share with friends even if they don’t have Scene
- Easy sharing via email, LINE, SMS, and more
- Shared albums can be viewed on PCs and feature phones
- Store up to 1,000 photos in each shared album
- Invite your friends to add their own photos to your albums

  • Launch Date: 8/22/2013
  • Last Updated: 6/5/2015

Birdbox

GROUP PHOTO ALBUMS. From holidays and parties to vacations and topics of interest, Birdbox is the easiest way to share and collect photos with groups of people. Choose which photos to share and invite friends to contribute theirs, all in one place.

  • Launch Date: 10/9/2013
  • Last Updated: 10/3/2014

EverAlbum

Everalbum lets you bring all your photos anywhere and share them easily. Access all of your life’s memories, organized, searchable and sharable from all your computers, iPhone, iPad, and the web. With Everalbum you’ll always have your life’s memories in your pocket wherever you are, without taking up any space.

  • Launch Date: 10/22/2013
  • Last Updated: 6/12/2015

Klique

Share photos, chat, and send picture messages with your group, as a group, and group-to-group.

  • Launch Date: 11/13/2013
  • Last Updated: 5/14/2014 (No longer in App Store)

Togethera

Togethera is a photo sharing application that allows users to share photos with the people closest to you in a private and simple way. The application is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

  • Launch Date: 12/12/2013
  • Last Updated: 5/7/2014

Strudel

Strudel helps you create beautiful photo stories together with your friends.

  • Launch Date: 1/27/2014
  • Last Updated: 7/30/2014

Fomo

Capture every moment of your wedding, holiday, or other event with the Fomo app! Fomo is the FREE, fun, streamlined way to take photos and share moments with the people you care about… create an album, invite friends and family, and photos any of you take land instantly in one album on all your phones — so you can forget about transferring photos to one another afterwards and just enjoy the event!!

  • Launch Date: 3/11/2014
  • Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Tapsule

Quickly and easily create stories with Tapsule, the social storytelling platform that lets you capture moments with friends and share them anywhere. Collectively capture photos, videos, and messages… on your own or alongside friends you invite to contribute. Follow friends and interesting people to see what they’re contributing, and dive into their tapsules to get the full story.

  • Launch Date: 5/7/2014
  • Last Updated: 11/20/2014

PicWorthy

Capture. Share. Link.

  • Launch Date: 6/23/2014
  • Last Updated: 6/23/2014

Bundle

Group and organize your photos and create a shared photo library with the ones you care about. We’re on a mission to make managing, sharing and storing your photos faster, cheaper and more fun.

  • Launch Date: 3/16/2015
  • Last Updated: 6/4/2015

Which ones am I missing?

I know there are more. Just make a comment here and I’ll add their names (and links if you provide them) to the list below.

  • WeVue
  • Troovi
  • Mobli
  • PhotoRocket
  • Yogile

Brenden Mulligan

Written by

Entrepreneur & Designer. Currently helping with product @Google via @LaunchKit acquisition. Co-founder of @Cluster. Tweets at @mulligan, views are my own.

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