How to Rotate Photos on the iPhone & iPad

May 1, 2012 - 10 Comments

Rotate photos on iPhone and iPad

Did you take a great picture but your iPhone camera orientation was upside-down or sideways? If so, it’s easy to correct it and rotate photos directly on the iPhone or iPad without any additional app downloads. You’ll need iOS 5 or later to use the simple rotation adjustments feature.

  1. From the Photos app, tap on the photo you want to rotate
  2. Tap “Edit” from the upper right corner
  3. Tap the arrow icon in the lower left corner to rotate the picture 90° counterclockwise
  4. When finished, tap the yellow “Save” button in the upper right corner

Each tap of the arrow icon will rotate the image another 90 degrees, so if you want to flip something around completely tap it two times. If you’re not satisfied with the rotation results tap on “Cancel” or “Revert to Original” to go back to the default version.

Notice the iPhone and iPod touch will only show a little arrow icon, but the iPad will display actual “Rotate” text alongside that icon. The “Edit” option will not be visible from the lock screen camera roll, you must be in the Photos app directly.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Dukakis says:

    I always thought it was weird that Preview in Mac had the rotate gesture but Photos in IOS doesn’t…. What is up with that?

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  3. Sue says:

    But you can only save to Camera Roll not original album :(

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  5. Tony says:

    Many Thanks

  6. Camila says:

    I wish i could rotate my photos a few degrees, does anyone know an app that does that?

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  8. Terry says:

    My pictures will not rotate when I turn my phone sideways

  9. Kb says:

    Just got iPhone 5 – can’t see a rotation arrow in photo edit screen… I’ve got to b able to rotate my pug pics! Help…

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