How to Download Snapseed for PC(Windows 10, 8 & 7)

Not sure how to download Snapseed for PC? Follow this article that will be your ultimate guide.

Taking photos has become a part of our day to day life. Social media has been a catalyst since the last decade. Thanks to the efficient technology, we no more have to develop photos through roles. Any Tom, Dick, and Harry can take photos/videos and proclaim of being an artist to the world (or her/his social circle). There is a middle segment between clicking pictures and uploading them – editing them.

A few years ago, we used to crown a person as know it all if they knew Adobe Photoshop or photo editing for that matter. Today, there are thousands of applications that do the job for you.

Looking at the shift of users taking advantage of their mobile devices, many known firms have launched a mobile version of the PC software. But certain Android or iOS apps have carved a niche for themselves. Snapseed comes at the top of my mind. It’s a flexible photo editing tool from Google that is feature-packed. One of the few apps that can easily edit RAW photos. Isn’t that amazing!

The app has one rather glaring flaw. There isn’t an official version for computers. A desktop version was until Google pulled the plug in March 2013. Seeing how much of a fantastic photo-editing app it is, being unavailable for a major platform is a let-down. But fret not! We live in the 20th century; anything is possible.

This article will guide on how to download Snapseed for PC. Users had to pay almost $20 to download Snapseed on their Windows or Mac PC but this method won’t require a single penny. You might be thinking how on earth to do that? Emulators are the short answer. So, sit back, read, and follow the steps mentioned below.

What is Snapseed?

Before you download Snapseed for PC, let’s have a look at what exactly is Snapseed?

Download Snapseed for PC

It’s a widely known photo-editing application that was a handy work of Nik Software. It was first launched for iPad back in 2011 followed by an iPhone launch the same year. Snapseed was named iPad App of the Year 2011 by the iPhone maker. In 2012, Snapseed was made available for Windows. It was then taken-over by Google. The same year in December, Snapseed was launched for Android devices. After 3 years of retaining the same design, Google released Snapseed 2.0 for Android and iOS apps. A new user interface, tools, and features were a part of this new update.

The changed user interface was welcomed by professional photographers as well as common users. The best part about Snapseed is that it’s completely free; there isn’t a premium tier where users ger more features as compared to a free version. All the tools are available for free. The editing process is smooth as well. The fact that this free app lets you edit RAW photos without charging anything is unheard of in this day and age where most developers charge for such premium features. If you edit photos on Snapseed to upload on social media, you are in luck since you can directly share them.

How to download Snapseed for PC

To download Snapseed for PC, you will need: On your phone – An active Google account. On Windows – A good browser, Microsoft. NET framework and an emulator.


Step 1: Choose a good emulator. BlueStacks would be my choice of an emulator for this article. I have used it in the past and I’m quite comfortable with it. It’s a robust emulator as compared to others.

Step 2: Now, download Bluestacks on your Windows PC.

Step 3: To do so, visit on your PC browser. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox would do. Download the latest version. BlueStacks is updated quite often.

Step 4: Download the installer. It would be around 400 MB.

Step 5: Run the setup and follow all the instructions.

Step 6: As soon as it’s installed on your PC, you’ll see in the recently installed section.

Step 7: Now launch the emulator.

Step 8: You will need to sign in to your Google Account. As I’ve mentioned earlier, you’ll need an active Google account.

Step 9: Type Snapseed in the search box and install it.

Step 10: Drag and drop Snapseed to BlueStacks’ dashboard. The app is now installed on your Windows PC.


NoxPlayer is another well-known and efficient Android emulator.

Step 1: Download NoxPlayer by visiting

Step 2: Download the NoxPlayer installer on your PC.

Step 3: Run its setup to it on your PC.

Step 4: Once it’s downloaded on your PC, launch it.

Step 5: Log in to your Google account.

Step 6: In the search box, type Snapseed.

Step 7: Click on the app which is developed by Google. Now tap on install.

Step 8: Launch Snapseed on your Mac/Windows PC.

Bear in mind:

Keep these instructions in mind to download Snapseed for PC –

  • You should reboot/restart your PC if BlueStacks starts acting funny. It is known to do that. Keep in mind that it’s also a bit buggy, no matter how much power your PC has.
  • To use BlueStacks on Windows PC, Microsoft. NET framework is a must. Ensure that it is already downloaded or else you’ll face issues during the setup.
  • You’ll also need an active Google account.
  • Nox emulator comes close to BlueStacks. It has an in-built Google Play Store so that’s neat.
  • iPadian emulator is great for iOS users to use Snapseed on their PC.
  • If for some reason you don’t have a Google account, you can simply sideload Snapseed’s APK file from

Snapseed tools and features:

As I’ve mentioned, the user interface is superb. It’s simple and gets the work done without any hassle. I’d say, anyone would figure out how to use Snapseed in a day. I said in a day as there are myriad of features to go through. So, what’s so good about this photo editing app besides its user interface? Well, Snapseed’s Look Tab lets its users go through their Gallery app and edit pictures with tools.

The tools segment is out of this world; you’ll get everything, even if you don’t need it. Some textures and filters bring out the best elements of your photos.  You can add background blur – which is a rage nowadays – that looks authentic. You’ll be able to do that with just a few taps.

Even though almost all smartphone manufacturers have long included a second lens for adding blur, Snapseed still lets you do so manually. So, if your phone doesn’t have all the fancy lenses, Snapseed will get the job done.

The Auto filters segment is a neat feature that many other photo-editing apps have copied. If you’ve struggled with accurately adjusting the brightness, you’ll appreciate the Curve Filter. Users can even adjust the size of their photos. I’ve mentioned in the introduction that Snapseed lets you edit RAW images (pictures taken by DSLR). Although it takes it time to load that section on my Note10 Plus, one must appreciate its presence in a free photo editor. Google still uses Nik’s software that enables its great editing capabilities along with the HDR filters.

Of course, to see the changes properly, you’ll need to export it and that too feels like breeze on Snapseed. 

If you want to enhance your photos to make them more appealing, Snapseed should be your first choice. It won’t disappoint you! Professional photographers and novice users would equally appreciate the app since it’s quite easy to navigate the app without getting lost or adding an inch of frustration.


Is there a PC version of Snapseed?

Google had launched Snapseed for Windows and Mac computers back in 2012 but it was discontinued in 2013. The search giant still offers the application on Android and iOS for free.

How to download Snapseed for PC?

To download Snapseed for Windows PC, you’ll have to download an emulator on your PC and launch the Google Play Store. Search Snapseed and click on the Install button. You can now use the app on your PC.


You now know how to download Snapseed for PC. It’s relatively simple. Even Luddites will get it done in no time.

Emulators are a huge help when it comes to experiencing mobile applications on a PC – be it Mac or Windows. Not just Snapchat, you can use most apps that don’t have an official PC version. You’ll just need a good emulator that will get the job done. There are many of them. So, make your choice and smash the boundaries to a cross-platform experience.

Have you ever used an emulator? How was your experience? Are you comfortable using mobile apps on PC with the help of emulators? For how long have you been using Snapseed? Are there other mobile apps that you want to experience on your personal computer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.