How to Crop Photos on iPhone and iPad

The stock Photos app for iOS and iPadOS comes with a built-in editing tool that can let you automatically resize a pic. Besides, you can also get rid of the unwanted parts manually to ensure there is no blemish. You do not need any photo editing apps to rotate, crop, or straighten your photos. 

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 22, 2021

There could be all sorts of reasons why you would like to crop photos on your iPhone and iPad. Maybe you are not pleased with the actual size of the image or want to make it perfectly fit a frame.

The stock Photos app for iOS and iPadOS comes with a built-in editing tool that can let you automatically resize a photo. Besides, you can also get rid of the unwanted parts manually to ensure there is no blemish. You do not need any photo editing apps to rotate, crop, or straighten your photos.

However, the best part is that you can go back to the original size just in case the end result does not turn out as expected. Let’s see how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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Crop Your Photo

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and navigate to the photo that you want to crop. In the top right-hand corner, tap the Edit button. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to Edit a photo

Now, in the photo editing view, you will see the bottom toolbar. Tap the Crop button which looks like a box with arrows around it. See below image:

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Selecting the Crop button

Next, you will see the image surrounded by a white frame. Swipe in from any edge to crop the image. You can do this from all corners. Just, lift your finger to see the cropped image. See following image:

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Cropping a photo

Now, you can also crop the image using a specific aspect ratio if you need the photo to be a perfect square. Tap the Aspect Ratio button in the top toolbar which looks like overlapping boxes. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Aspect Ratio button to crop a photo

Next, you can choose the Aspect Ratio (such as “4:3” or “16:9”) or switch between the Portrait and Landscape formats.

Even after selecting the Aspect Ratio, you can continue to crop the image. The difference is that now, the Aspect Ratio will be locked. If you do not want to use the Aspect Ratio feature, choose the Original option. See below image:

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Selecting an Aspect Ratio

Now, if you are satisfied with the crop dimensions, tap the Done button in the bottom toolbar on iPhone. See following image:

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Selecting the Done button

Your photo will be cropped, and the result displayed on the screen. Refer to below image:

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Original on left, cropped on right

Do not forget that you can share the photo with your friends using the Share button in the bottom toolbar which looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. See below image:

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Selecting the Share icon

Undo Your Crop

All edits in the Photos app are non-destructive. This means that you can revert any photo to its original state.

First, open the photo in the Photos app. Tap the Edit button in the top right-hand corner. See following image:

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Selecting the Edit button

Now, in the bottom right-hand corner on iPhone, tap the Revert button. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Revert button

Next, in the pop-up, choose the Revert to Original option. See below image:

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Revert your photo back to the original

Now, your photo will be back to its original form!

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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