How to Straighten Photos on iPhone & iPad

May 28, 2015 - 7 Comments

How to straighten a photo in iOS Photos app

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 on iPhone & iPad with the Photos Degree Dial

  1. Open the Photos app and tap on the image you want to straighten
  2. Tap again on the image so that the various sharing options are visible, then tap on the “Edit” button in the corner
  3. How to straighten a photo on iPhone with the Edit feature

  4. Tap on the square crop / rotate button near the bottom of the photo editor
  5. Choose the crop, straighten, and rotate button in Photos Edit of iOS

  6. 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
  7. Straighten a photo in iOS and save the changes

  8. When satisfied, tap on the “Done” button to save the changes

The straighten tool is also where you can crop images, or if the image is completely sideways, you can rotate the image as well in 90 degree increments too.

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.


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


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  1. Ed says:

    I thought this was some joke that you just rotate the watch on your wrist. I’m slightly disappointed!! ;-)

  2. Dianne says:

    I tried to move all of my iPhoto pics to the new Photos app…

    Do I really need to transfer them?

    Do you have “how to” steps in order to do this if I need to us Photos app.


    • Koko says:

      Yes you can rotate photos like this in Photos for Mac. But, this is an article about straightening pictures you take with your iPhone camera, using the iPhone Photos app.

      If you type your question into the search function on this website

      You will find this article, which has to do with migrating iPhoto to Photos

      That has absolutely nothing to do with straightening photos taken on the iPhone with Photos app. I like broccoli, for example. Good, goes with all sorts of food, but also totally unrelated!

  3. Chad says:

    That “sample” is clearly Photoshopped though. To straighten an image, it has to zoom in a bit to mask the empty edges. It’s showing MORE grass on the top right and bottom left that was never in the original image to begin with, so it doesn’t just automatically show up when you rotate it. Yes, it works, but it doesn’t work like the image shows it will.

    • Paul says:

      These are screenshots taken from the iPhone Photos app in Edit mode using a picture taken with iPhone camera, it is not photoshopped. The arrows are added with the Skitch app, though.

  4. Viv says:

    Hi. How do I arrange pictures in my order in new Photo app

    You were able to do this in iPhoto but cannot figure out how to do it in Photo


  5. Frau Katze says:

    This really works. I was cropping a picture and it automatically aligned the horizon. I didn’t try to do it. Perhaps it can sense photos with a well-defined horizon?

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