How to Straighten Photos on iPhone & iPad
Just about everyone has taken a picture that isn’t lined up quite straight, but iOS offers a nice simple way to quickly straighten any photo by tilting the image by a small degree. Whether an image is completely askew or just slightly tilted, you can can quickly correct the image and straighten it right within the Photos app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Do note that if you’re needing to dramatically straighten an extreme tilt, the image will be slightly cropped in the process. You’ll get a preview of this as you rotate the image though, giving you live feedback as to what the image will end up looking like at any level of tilt correction.
How to Straighten a Picture in iOS with the Photos Degree Dial
- Open the Photos app and tap on the image you want to straighten
- Tap again on the image so that the various sharing options are visible, then tap on the “Edit” button in the corner
- Tap on the square crop / rotate button near the bottom of the photo editor
- Tap and drag on the little orientation dial near the bottom of the image editor, those numbers are the degrees of correction the image will receive, while holding down on that little arrow button swipe left or right to correct and straighten the image as desired
- When satisfied, tap on the “Done” button to save the changes
Many third party photo editing apps for iOS also offer a similar feature, but with it being built into the native iOS Photos app it’s usually more than sufficient to utilize what’s already on the iPhone or iPad this way.
The straighten image dial is only available in modern versions of iOS, if you don’t see the option and tilt dial in your Photos app Edit screen, you likely need to update software.