Rotate Sideways Photos Sent From Other Users Directly On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Rotate Sideways Photos Sent From Other Users Directly On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

I have this friend who loves to send me photos. Pictures of his kid, his town, stuff he finds amusing in stores, and the like (bottles of wine). Problem is, they all come in sideways. This means that the photos are smaller than my iPhone screen as well as tilted. If I tilt my iPhone to the landscape view, the photos fill the screen, but are still on their side. It’s been frustrating. Imagine my joy when I found today’s tip on rotating images right on my iPhone.

The photos I needed to rotate were sent to me as MMS messages, so I saved them from there first. To do that, tap on the photo in the Messages app, then hit the little share button in the lower left. You’ll have the option to Save Image from there.

Then, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. Find the photo you need to rotate and tap on the Edit button in the upper right corner of your screen. A little editing bar will show up at the bottom of the photo, with a rotate, enhance, red-eye and crop button at your disposal.

Tap the rotate button, which is the one farthest to the left. It will rotate your photo 90˚ counterclockwise for some reason, so you may need to tap it up to three times to orient the photo the way you want. Once it’s in the correct orientation, tap the yellow Save button at the top right. Your iOS device will process this, and the photo will now and forever be rotated in the Camera Roll. Hooray!

Now we can see all those silly photos we get sent in the way they were meant to be seen.

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