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. 

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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How to Copy an Image or Video From Files to Photos

If you have downloaded images or videos to your Files app on your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering if you can copy them to your Photos library. The answer is yes.

If you have downloaded images or videos to your Files app on your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering if you can copy them to your Photos library. The answer is yes. Let’s explore how this is done.

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First, open the Files app. Refer to below image:

Accessing the Files app

Now, navigate to the folder that contains the media files that you would like to copy to your Photos. In our example, we are using the Downloads folder on the iPhone, but the files could just as easily be copied from other folders in Files, such as Dropbox or your iCloud Drive. See below image:

Accessing the Downloads folder on my iPhone

If it’s a single photo or video, (like our example), tap on it to open up its detailed view.

If you want to select multiple files on an iPhone, tap the ellipsis button (three dots in a circle) in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Select. (On an iPad, just tap Select). Then, place check marks on the items you want to copy to Photos. See following image:

Accessing a single image

Either way, once you have a single item opened or multiple items selected, tap the Share button. On the iPad, it’s in the upper-right corner of the screen. On the iPhone, it’s located in the lower left-hand corner. Refer to below image for the iPhone:

Accessing the Share button

On the Share pop-up list, tap Save Image or Save Video. If you selected multiple items, tap Save X Items, where X is the number of items you have selected. See below image:

Saving the single image to Photos

The next time you open your Photos app, you will see the images or videos you saved from Files.

This process works both ways. If you want to copy photos or images from Photos to Files, select them in the Photos app, tap Share, then select Save to Files.

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How to Flip Photos or Images on iPhone and IPad

The photo editor on the iPhone and iPad comes with a built-in tool for flipping photos horizontally (sideways). But if you want to flip photos vertically (upside down), you will need to use a free third-party app like Photoshop Express.

Sometimes you end up taking photos that are mirrored horizontally. This is quite common when you take selfies. Want to change the direction of a photo (or a face)?

The photo editor on the iPhone and iPad comes with a built-in tool for flipping photos horizontally (sideways). But if you want to flip photos vertically (upside down), you will need to use a free third-party app like Photoshop Express. Let’s explore how to flip photos using Photoshop Express since it has more features.

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This app is a feature-rich photo editing tool on your iPhone or iPad. In some ways, you can think of it as the mobile version of the Photoshop app. While many of its pro features are hidden behind a subscription, you can use the free version to make simple edits.

One of the features available on the free version is the ability to flip images both vertically and horizontally.

First, download the free app from the Apple Store iCloud service. Now, open the app and give it permission to access your photos. Next, from the Home tab, tap the Edit section button. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Edit section

Here, choose the photo that you want to edit. See below image:

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Selecting a Photo

From the photo editing view, go to the Crop button and tap it. See following image:

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Accessing the Crop button

From here, choose the Rotate option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Rotate option

Now, swipe left on the bottom toolbar to see the different flip options. See below image:

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Accessing the flip options

Next, you can flip the photo as you please. See following image for the flipped photo:

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The photo flipped

Once you are done, tap the Share button from the top toolbar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Share button

Here, tap the Camera Roll button. The final flipped photo will be exported and saved to your Photos app. See below image where I saved the original:

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Selecting to export and save the photo to the Camera Roll

Your original photo is left intact.

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How to See Which Apps Can View Your iPhone Photos

Over time it can be easy to forget all the different apps you have allowed to have read/write access to the Photos app on iPhone.

Over time it can be easy to forget all the different apps you have allowed to have read/write access to the Photos app on iPhone.

Your photos include not only visual information but also metadata that might reveal your location or when the photo was taken, among other information..

Whether you are doing some regular maintenance or want to check on a specific app, let’s explore how to see which apps have access to your photos and even revoke access.

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First, open Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap the Privacy option. See below image:

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Accessing the Privacy option

Now, tap the Photos option. See following image:

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Accessing the Photos option

Here, you will see a list of installed apps that have requested access to your photos. Beside each one is a status that shows one of three options. Here is their meaning:

  • Selected Photos: The app can access only a set of photos that you manually select.
  • All Photos: The app can access all photos on your device.
  • None: The app cannot access any of your photos.

To change these settings, tap an app name in the list. Refer to below image:

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Accessing an app

On the details screen for the app, you can change whether or not the particular app you selected can access your photos. See below image:

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Enabling the None option for the selected app

Alternately, you can choose Selected Photos and a pop-up that browses your photo library will appear. See following image:

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Your photos. Select which one(s) you want Photos access

Tap any photos you would like the app to access, then tap Done. Any photos you do not select will be unavailable to the app.

Now, tap Photos in the corner to go back one screen, then exit Settings. The change will take effect immediately. If you ever need to change the setting again, just revisit the above steps.

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