You just recorded a 4K video of a beautiful or important moment using an iPhone, but now you realize it’s in portrait mode rather than landscape. Don’t pull your hair out just yet: This digital faux pas is easily corrected right on the device.
Starting with iOS 13, there are native ways to fix rotation issues using the Photos and iMovie apps. This guide shows you how to rotate a video on an iPhone using these tools, and suggests a few extra third-party apps at the end.
Use the Photos app
This is the quickest way to rotate videos and photos, hands down.
Step 1: Open the Photos app and tap on the video you need to rotate.
Step 2: Tap Edit in the top right corner.
Step 3: Tap the Crop and Straighten tool icon on the toolbar at the bottom.
Step 4: Tap the Rotate tool located in the top left corner — it resembles a box with a curving left arrow. Tap this tool until the video rotates to the proper orientation.
Step 5: Tap Done to save the change(s).
Note: You’ll find other tools here as well to rotate the video using a slider, add a horizontal and vertical tilt, and flip the video horizontally.
This is the longer route to fixing video orientation. It’s the next-best method if you absolutely despise the Photos app.
Step 1: Open the iMovie app and tap Create Project.
Step 2: Tap Movie.
Step 3: Tap Create Movie located at the bottom.
Step 4: As instructed, tap the top window reading “Tap + to add video, photos, or audio.”
Step 5: On the following screen, tap Video.
Step 6: Tap All located at the top of the following screen.
Step 7: Tap on the Video you need to rotate.
Step 8: Tap the Plus symbol in the pop-up bubble, as shown above.
The video appears in the top window while its timeline appears below.
Step 9: Tap and hold One finger on the top window and then drag a Second finger up (rotate right) or down (rotate left) on the top window. You’ll see a circular arrow symbol appear in the top window to indicate which direction you’re rotating the video.
Step 10: When you’re happy with the orientation, tap Done in the top left corner.
Step 11: Tap the Share icon at the bottom of the screen to share it, or to store it locally on the device. The icon resembles a bow with an up arrow.
Use iMovie in the Photos app
You can also edit and rotate videos using iMovie as an extension in the Photos app. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open the Photos app and tap on the Video you want to rotate.
Step 2: Tap Edit in the top right corner.
Step 3: Tap the Options icon in the top right corner. It resembles three dots in a circle.
Step 4: Tap iMovie on the roll-up menu. If it’s not there, tap More and select iMovie from the second Suggestions menu.
Step 5: Tap and hold One finger on the video and then drag a Second finger up (rotate right) or down (rotate left) on the screen. You’ll see a circular arrow symbol appear on the video to indicate which direction you’re rotating the clip.
Step 6: Tap Done to finish.
Alternative third-party apps
In addition to the native tools, there are a few third-party apps that you might want to try. Take a look:
Video rotate + flip video easy (free): This app is relatively straightforward, but like most free apps, it includes slightly invasive advertisements.
Video Rotate and Flip ($1): The nice thing about this paid app is that it also works as an extension in the Photos app. It can handle backward text, too, and it exports directly to the Photos app.
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By Martyn Casserly, Contributor | 11 Sep 19
It can be a heart-sinking moment. You’ve captured that precious moment forever on your iPhone, but when you go to play back the recorded video you find, for some unknown reason, it’s sideways. This could be due to holding the phone at a certain angle as you hit the record button, or the curse from the old gypsy woman you wronged, either way it needs fixing.
Thankfully, this is a reasonably straightforward process, especially if you have installed iOS 13 on your iPhone.
To rotate a video in iOS 13 follow these steps:
- Open the video in the Photos app on your iPhone.
- Tap on Edit.
- Tap on the Crop icon.
- You can now simply straighten the video, if it was filmed at a bit of a jaunty angle. Just swipe along the ruler below the video until you are happy.
- If you want to rotate it 90-degrees (or more if necessary!) tap on the rotate icon in the top left above the image.
- Then tap Done.
iPhone users have been crying out for years for a simple way to rotate a video, so if it’s something you find yourself often needing to do we recommend updating to iOS 13.
However, if your iPhone (or iPad) can’t run iOS 13 you can still rotate a video, you’ll need to use a different app to do so though.
Luckily the iMovie app, is a free app from Apple, if it’s not already on your iPhone then you can download it from the App Store. For more ways to enhance your recordings, check out our Best video-editing apps for iPhone guide.
Using iMovie to rotate a video
One foolproof way to edit your clip is to use Apple’s own iMovie app.
- To rotate the clip, you’ll first need to open it in iMovie.
- Go to the app then tap the Projects option at the top of the screen.
- Tap the Create Project button, then select the Movie option.
That’s it. Your video should now look the way you intended it in the first place, and no one will be any the wiser.
If you just want to create short videos to share with friends, then you should also check out Apple’s Clips app. Read our How to use Clips guide to get you started.
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Author: Martyn Casserly, Contributor
Martyn has been involved with tech ever since the arrival of his ZX Spectrum back in the early 80s. He covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews.
Have you ever recorded a video with your iPhone, only to have it come out vertical when you wanted it to be horizontal? Or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, it can be difficult to watch a video that has the wrong orientation. Here’s how to rotate a video on your iPhone, so you can watch it the right way.
How to Rotate a Video on iPhone
Just like photos, videos can either be in portrait or landscape orientation. If your video is in the wrong orientation on your iPhone, it can be difficult to watch. Here’s how to rotate a video on your iPhone using the Photos app and iMovie. You can also rotate the video on your Mac with the QuickTime app.
How to Rotate a Video on an iPhone with iOS 13
Rotating a video on an iPhone that runs on iOS 13 is straightforward because you can just use the Photos app. Here’s how:
- Open the Photos app on your iPhone. This is an app that comes pre-installed on your iPhone.
- Then select the video you want to rotate. You can find your video in Photos > All Photos.
- Then tap Edit. You will find this in the upper-right corner when you tap on the video.
- Tap the Crop icon. This is the square icon at the bottom of your screen with two arrows surrounding it pointing counterclockwise.
- Then tap the rotate button in the top-left corner of your screen. This is the button that has a square with an arrow around it pointing clockwise. If you need to rotate the other way, simply tap the button two more times.
- Finally, tap Done.
How to Rotate a Video on an iPhone with iMovie
- Open iMovie on your iPhone. If you don’t have the app yet, you can download it from the Apple App Store for free here.
- Then tap Projects. You will see this at the top of your screen.
- Next, tap Create Project.
- Then select Movie.
- Choose the video you want to edit from your camera roll. A blue tick will appear in the video’s bottom-right corner.
- Then tap Create Movie. You will see this at the bottom of the screen. A new project page will open, and this will include your clip in a viewer at the top. You will also see a timeline below the viewer.
- Tap on the timeline clip. The outside of the timeline clip should turn yellow.
- Use two fingers to twist the video in the direction you want to rotate it. You can use your thumb and index finger, then turn them left or right on the screen as if you are turning an imaginary knob. Do this until you have rotated the frame to your desired orientation.
- Then tap Done. You will see this in the upper-left corner of the screen. You will see the video clip in the center of the screen without the timeline and with My Movie under it.
- Tap the share icon at the bottom of the screen. This is the icon with a square and an upward pointing arrow. Doing this will export the video file back to your camera roll, allowing you to share it on social media or on other apps.
- Finally, click Save Video or send it to one of the available options.
How to Rotate a Video on a Mac with QuickTime
If you have taken a video with your iPhone and want to edit its orientation on your Mac, you can do it using the QuickTime Player app. You don’t need to download this app because it comes pre-installed on all Macs.
- Send the video to your Mac. If you want to know how to transfer your photos and videos to a Mac, check out our guide here.
- Open the QuickTime Player app. You can find this in your Applications folder.
- Open the video in QuickTime. If your video doesn’t open in QuickTime by default, right-click the video, select Open with, and then choose QuickTime.
- Then click View. You will see this in the Apple Menu Bar at the top of your screen. You will only see this option if you first select the QuickTime app.
- Next, select Show Clips.
- Select the video. Once selected, the video will be outlined in yellow.
- Go to the Edit menu. This will be in your Apple Menu.
- Then choose Rotate Left or Rotate Right.
- Finally, click Done and save your new video to your Mac.
If you’re looking for more ways to edit your photos and videos, check out our list of the best photo editing apps for iPhone and Android here.
How to Rotate Videos on iPhone
You might have shot a video with your iPhone only to discover it is not in the orientation you want. Whether it was accidental or you don’t know how to properly handle your iPhone camera, you can rotate any video inside your iPhone. With the Photos app or iMovie app, it is easy to do this. This article was written to guide you on that.
How to Rotate a Video on iPhone Using Photos App
You can rotate video on iPhone by just using the Photos app. This is how to do it:
1. Launch the Photos app. The Photos app always come pre-installed on an iPhone.
2. Look for the video you want to rotate, and select it. You can see you videos in Photos > All Photos.
3. Next, tap Edit. This can be found in the upper-right corner of the screen.
4. After that, tap the Crop icon. You can identify this by checking for the square icon surrounded by two arrows at the button of the interface.
5. Then tap the rotate button which you’ll see in the top-left corner of your screen. The button looks like a square having an arrow pointing clockwise. If you want the video rotated the other way, just tap the button two more times.
6. If you’re pleased with the result, tap Done.
How to Rotate Videos on iPhone using the Photos App; Source: hellotech.com
How to Rotate a Video on iPhone Using iMovie
You can use Apple’s own iMovie to also rotaate a video
1. Launch iMovie on your iPhone
2. On the app, tap Projets which is at the top of the screen.
3. Tap Create Project button, and next, select the Movie optiion.
4. From here, your camera roll would be opened. Locate the video you want to rotate and select it to bring up a blue tick that appears in its bottom-right corner.
5. Tap Create Movie which you’ll see at the bottom of the screen.
6. The new project page will be opened. This page would also contain your recording in a play window at the top, and a timeline.
7. Tap the timeline clip which would make the outside of it turn yellow. Next, use two fingers on the larger version of the recording above to rotate the video by turning them either left or right.
How to Rotate Videos on iPhone using the iMovie App; Source: macworld.co.uk
8. When you are done, tap Done in the upper-left corner of the screen and the video will be placed in the centre of the screen with My Movie below it.
You can also do rotation of movies by using iMovie as an extension in the Photos app.
1. Open the Photos app, and find the movie you want rotated
2. Tap Edit which you’ll see at the top right.
3. At the bottom, tap the three ellipses and select iMovie.
4. If you don’t find iMovie in the options, tap More and toggle it on.
5. Use two fingers to rotate your video to the orientation you want.
6. Tap Done when you’re through, and it will be saved in the Photos app.
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Updated Jul 12, 2017, 1:26 pm EST | 2 min read
We all know that feeling: you record a video on your iPhone in portrait mode, and then try to watch it in landscape and everything is sideways. Luckily, you can correct a video’s rotation in just a few simple steps.
Option One: Use iMovie
Apple’s iMovie has this ability built in, and it’s free for all iPhones purchased after September 1, 2013. If you’re running a pre-5c iPhone and don’t want to pay $4.99 for iMovie, then check out the app we recommend in the second section below.
Once iMovie is installed, open it and tap “Video” and then choose the video you want to fix.
At the bottom of the screen, tap the share button.
On the resulting screen, choose “Create Video”.
Now, take your thumb and forefinger and turn the video so it is rotated correctly.
Now your portrait video will be in landscape mode.
Once again, tap the Share icon and then “Save Video”.
Save the video in the resolution that matches your original video’s quality, which will be the highest quality available, in this case “HD – 1080p”. Note: you can save in 4K, but only if you originally recorded in 4K. If you want to record your videos in higher quality, you’ll need to change a setting first.
Once iMovie is done saving your video, it will be available in your Photo Library.
Now you can rotate and fix any videos that you may have unwittingly filmed in portrait.
Option Two: Use Rotate & Flip
If you don’t want to pay for iMovie, you can use a free app called Rotate & Flip—designed to do exactly what it sounds like. It does have ads, however—you can remove them by paying $2.99, but if you’re willing to pay, you probably went with option one above.
Download Rotate & Flip from the App Store and start it up.
To rotate a video, tap on it so that it is outlined in yellow, then tap “Select” in the upper-right corner.
Now, simply use the buttons at the bottom to fix your video. These buttons will let you rotate left, right, reverse, and flip it vertically. When you’re satisfied, tap “Export” in the upper-right corner.
A dialog box will appear next asking you what kind of compatibility you want. The ideal option is to make your video compatible with all video players, which means the app will rotate each frame of the video. The other option is for the app to modify the orientation flag, which means that it will appear rotated in iOS and Quicktime, but may not appear so in other video players.
The first option is better for compatibility, but the second option will fix it without any loss in quality. (Though to be fair, it’s unlikely you’ll notice the loss in quality you get from the first option.) The first option will also take a little longer, since it has to re-encode the video entirely.
Once your video has been processed, the Share dialog will appear. Tap “Save Video” to store it on your iPhone, or you can save it to the cloud if those options are available. Alternatively, you can share it directly through a message, Facebook, email, or elsewhere.
If you save the video to your iPhone, it will be now available in your Photos Library.
Rotating videos on the iPhone doesn’t have to be a difficult task. It’s actually quite easy and shouldn’t take a terribly long time. iMovie is obviously an option, but many folks prefer the simplicity of Rotate & Flip.
If you’re wondering how to rotate a video on iPhone, you’ve come to the right place! Using an iPhone can get a little tricky sometimes. You wish to watch a video a friend sent you. You lie down and play the video and realize that the video is stuck in portrait mode, while you want it in landscape mode. What do you do now?
4 Methods to Rotate Videos on iPhone
iPhone is a luxury that one can have. Earlier, very few people made use of Apple products due to its high price range. However, iPhones are a trend today. What makes iPhones appealing is that they have a sleek and elegant design along with a few of the most remarkable features like their Camera. Haven’t we all heard about how exceptional the camera quality of the iPhone is? It is without a doubt that one can take a few of the most artistic and sun-kissed pictures with the iPhone. Now as we have seen above if you get a video in a way that can’t be rotated or you took a video in your iPhone through some app and you want to rotate that, then please follow the below steps.
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1. Rotate Video on iPhone with iOS 13 using Photos App
If you have iOS 13, you can simply open your Photos app, click edit option and now tap on the Crop option where you’ll find rotate option. just do a rotation whether it’s portrait or landscape of your choice and save the video.
Now, if you don’t have iOS 13 on your phone, try to update to the latest version or follow the below steps.
2. How to rotate a video on iPhone using iMovie
You would have noticed this app on your iPhone. It looks like a video camera placed on top of a giant purple star. This is the iMovie application. It is an in-built, free, video-editing app. Released in the 90s, it comes free with the purchase of any iOS device.
iMovie is god-sent when it comes to video editing. Got any shaky videos? iMovie will stabilize them. Need to crop/trim/edit effects? iMovie is the answer. How to rotate a video on iPhone? Just use iMovie!
- Click on the iMovie icon and open it
- Tap on “Video”
- You’ll see a collection of the videos you possess. Click on the one you wish to rotate.
- You’ll see a couple of options in the bottom row. Click on “Share.”
- A screen will pop-up. Click on “Create Video” or “Create Movie.”
- Another screen will open. You can now rotate the video easily by using your thumb and forefinger.
- Make sure to keep your fingers at least an inch apart when you do the above step. To indicate that this video may be rotated, an image appears on this display.
- Voila! Your video is now in landscape mode.
- There’ll be a “Done” button on the top-left corner of the display. Click on this button.
- Select the “Share” button again.
- A screen will pop-up like before. Click on “Save Video.”
- You can choose to increase or decrease the resolution of this video.
- The video will get saved to your Photos Library.
- Now when you access this video, it shall be in Landscape mode.
This is how to rotate a video on iPhone using iMovie. However, you may find other websites or apps easier than this. iMovie will be a paid app for old iPhone users. In this case, you may use free apps like Rotate and Flip, FilmoraGo, Video Rotator, Free Video Flip, and Rotate, Freemake Video Converter, Rotate Video, etc.
3. Rotate a video on iPhone using Rotate and Flip App
- Install Rotate and Flip from the store and launch it on your iPhone.
- Open the app and click on a video.
- A yellow outline shall appear around the video. You’ll find a button named – “Select” at the top-right corner. Click that button.
- There’ll be four options at the bottom of the screen.
- Click on the options: Left flip, flip, reverse, vertical flip.
- When you’re satisfied by the rotation, click on the “Export” button at the top-right corner.
- A pop-up will appear, asking you to choose a compatibility option. You should pick “Compatible with all video players” if you want your video to appear rotated on all platforms.
- If you pick “Compatible with iOS and Quicktime,” the video will appear rotated only on iOS platforms.
- Once the video is processed, click on “Save Video” to save it in your Library.
Rotate and flip is a reasonably straight-forward app. If you’re confused by all the apps on the play store, choose Rotate and Flip instead. It’s easy to learn how to rotate a video on iPhone using Rotate and Flip. There are specific and limited options. The interface is easy to navigate.
“Video Rotate Free” is another such app that’s free and extremely easy to operate. It is similar to Rotate and Flip, in its working and interface. you can also try these Video Editing Apps for iPhone.
4. Use PC to rotate Video and send back to iPhone
- You can download the free trial for Filmora, for editing purposes.
- Open the application on your PC.
- Click on “Full Feature Mode.”
- Make sure your iPhone is connected to your Personal Computer.
- There’ll be an “Import” option at the top of your PC display. Click on it to see a drop-down menu.
- Click on “Import from Camera or Phone.”
- Select the video you wish to rotate.
- Drag this video to the timeline in the bottom half of the screen.
- Double click on the video in the timeline to unlock the editing features.
- Click on the “Rotate” option that’s visible now in the upper half of the screen.
- Now you can rotate or flip the video as per your requirements.
- Click “OK” to save the changes.
- Click on the “Export” option right above the timeline. You can export this video in various formats.
This has been a step-by-step on how to rotate a video using your PC. Lots of people find it clumsier to edit their videos on their iPhones. They’d instead edit them on their PCs; Filmora is the best application for the same. It has multiple editing options apart from rotate and flip.
Rotating a video on your iPhone may sound like a daunting task, but it’s quite easy to do. Sometimes when you start recording a video in portrait mode and switch to landscape mode in the middle of recording, the video still comes out as portrait. Things like this make people google “How to rotate a video on the iPhone.”
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Aug 21, 2019, 10:24 am EST | 3 min read
The iPhone and the iPad screen rotates almost seamlessly based on how you’re holding it. But if your display is stuck in portrait or landscape orientation, here are a couple of ways to fix it.
Turn Off Orientation Lock on iPhone
If your iPhone display is stuck in portrait and won’t rotate to landscape even when you hold your handset sideways, the Portrait Orientation Lock might be the culprit. Fortunately, we can quickly disable this lock from the iOS Control Center.
If you’re using an iPhone X-style device with a notch, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to reveal the Control Center.
If you’re using an iPhone 8 or earlier device with a physical Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center.
In the Control Center, spot the icon that looks like a lock with a circle around it. If the Portrait Orientation Lock is enabled, this icon will be shown with a white background. Tap on the “Portrait Orientation Lock” button to disable it.
You’ll see a “Portrait Orientation Lock: Off” message at the top of the Control Center.
Now, when you turn your iPhone sideways, your iOS device should switch to the landscape format.
Turn Off Rotation Lock on iPad
Unlike an iPhone, the iPad can be locked in both the landscape and portrait orientation. This is why the feature is called Rotation Lock on the iPad.
To turn off the Rotation Lock on the iPad, we will use the same method described above. Keep in mind that the process for accessing Control Center on the iPad differs based on the iOS (or iPadOS) version.
If you’re using iOS 12, iPadOS 13, or above, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.
If you’re using iOS 11, double-click the Home button to reveal the App Switcher and the Control Center area on the right. If you’re using iOS 10 and earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Now, tap on the “Rotation Lock” button (the button has a lock icon with a circle around it) to toggle the rotation lock. Again, the button will be shown with a white background when enabled and a “Rotation Lock: Off” message will be displayed when disabled.
Restart the App
If you’ve disabled Orientation or Rotation Lock, and you’re still facing the same issue, the next thing to check is the app you’re using.
If the app in question is stuck or has crashed, you should quit and restart the app. To do this, you’ll first need to access the App Switcher on your iPhone or iPad.
If you’re using one of the newer iPhones or iPads without the Home button, swipe up from the Home bar and hold a second to reveal the App Switcher. If your iPhone or iPad has a Home button, double-click it.
Now, locate the app you want to quit and then swipe up on the preview.
Locate the app from the Home screen and open it again. If the issue was with the app, you should now be able to rotate the iPhone or iPad screen.
Restart the iPhone or iPad
If the issue persists across multiple apps, it might be a bug with the iPhone or the iPad. Usually, a simple reboot takes care of such problems.
On your iPhone or iPad with the software Home bar, press and hold the “Volume Up” or “Volume Down” along with the “Side button” to bring up the “Slide to Power Off” menu.
iPhones and iPads with a physical Home button allow you to view the power menu by pressing and holding the “Sleep/Wake button.” Swipe your finger on the “Slide to Power Off” slider to turn off the device.
Then, press the “Sleep/Wake button” or the “Side button” to turn on the iOS or iPadOS device. While you’re at it, you might want to try force restarting your iPhone to see if it fixes the issue.
Once the iPhone or iPad reboots, the issue should (hopefully) be fixed.
Reset All Settings
If the issue persists, you can try resetting iOS or iPadOS settings as a second-to-last resort. The last resort is resetting the iPhone or the iPad itself.
By resetting all settings, you’ll be resetting things like Wi-Fi connections and network settings. This is also an excellent way to take care of some quirks and unidentifiable iOS or iPadOS bugs—one of which is the rotation lock issue.
Open the Settings app and go to General > Reset.
Here, tap on “Reset All Settings.”
From the next screen, enter your device passcode to confirm resetting all settings. Once your iPhone or iPad reboots, your screen rotation issue should be fixed.
If not, you can use the last resort we mentioned above. From the “Reset” menu, tap on “Erase All Content and Settings” to get started. When we say last resort, we really mean it. Using this option will erase all your personal data and apps. Don’t take this step without making a backup first.
Need to rotate a video or movie on iPhone or iPad? You can easily do that with the latest iOS and iPadOS releases.
Videos can be recorded and watched in either landscape or portrait mode on the iPhone and iPad. However, it’s pretty easy to accidentally record clips in the wrong orientation using your device’s camera (though there are tricks to check the camera orientation they are a bit subtle). Most of us would be frustrated to find that a priceless moment that we shot using our iPhone or iPad is not in the orientation that we wanted it to. Thanks to the built-in video editing tools on iOS and ipadOS, the frustration is short lived as you can easily rotate videos directly on the device with no additional software.
In addition to being able to trim video, add filters, adjust exposure, contrast and other settings, the video editor that’s baked into the iOS Photos app is also capable of rotating video clips. This allows users to quickly fix their clips within a matter of seconds with just a few taps.
Did you accidentally shoot a video upside down or sideways? Don’t fret, you’ve come to right place, because in this article, we’ll be discussing exactly how you can rotate videos on iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 or later.
How to Rotate Video on iPhone & iPad with iOS 13
With the recent iOS 13 update, Apple has made almost all photo editing tools applicable to videos as well. So, make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 13 or later before going ahead with the procedure.
Head over to the stock “Photos” app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad and open the video that you want to rotate.
Here, tap on “Edit” located at the top-right corner of the screen.
At the bottom, you’ll notice four different video editing tools. Tap the “Cropping” tool which is located to the right of filters icon, as shown in the screenshot below.
Now, tap on the “Rotate” icon at the top-left corner of the screen. It’s located right next to the mirror tool. Note that if you tap once, it’ll rotate by 90 degrees. So, depending on your requirement, you might have to tap twice or maybe even thrice. Once you’re satisfied with the orientation, tap “Done” to confirm the edit.
If you want to revert this change for any reason, just open the video again, go to the edit menu and tap on “Revert” as shown below. Keep in mind that if you had any other edits or filters applied to the video, those will be reset as well.
That’s pretty much all the steps you need to follow in order to easily rotate videos on your iPhone and iPad.
If you find yourself doing this rotation often, you can always try to circumvent the issue by locking the orientation on iPhone or iPad so that it’s in the horizontal or vertical orientation that you’d like to capture videos with, thereby not requiring any rotation after the fact.
From trimming video clips to adjusting alignments and adding filters, the new built-in video editor has a lot to offer, especially if you film a lot using your iPhone or iPad. Apple has sort of eliminated the need to download and install any third party video editing apps for tweaking your clips.
The editing tools aren’t just restricted to the clips you shot on your device. That’s right, you could also use them on videos you’ve saved from the internet or clips that you’ve received from friends via AirDrop. Sure, you can’t use it for professional color grading like you can with iMovie, but for the vast majority of the casual users who just want to quickly tweak their videos and make them look good with minimal effort, the stock editor is hard to beat.
This trick obviously applies to the latest iOS and iPadOS releases, but if you’re running a prior version of system software on your device you can still go about rotating videos with iMovie on iPhone and iPad. iMovie has a lot of great tricks available for video editing, modification, cropping, and much more, making it a powerful tool for all iPhone and iPad devices regardless of how old or new they are. Don’t miss more iMovie tips here if that interests you.
Did you manage to fix the orientation of the videos using the Rotate tool on your iPhone or iPad? What do you think about the new built-in video editor within the Photos app? Do you think it could replace full-fledged video editors available on the App Store? Make sure you let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.
Last updated on March 5, 2020
Learning how to rotate a video on iPhone is one of the easiest and most basic things that one can do. You just need to know where to find the information. And by some crazy twist of fate, commonly known as SEO, you managed to come into the right place. So, why don’t we just get into it?
How to Rotate a Video on iPhone
So, there at least a couple of easy ways to rotate videos on iPhones, but we’d say that the easiest one is by using the pre-installed Photos app. To do that:
- Open your “Photos” app
- Tap on the video of your choice
- Tap on the “Edit” button at the top right part of the screen
- Select the “Crop” icon at the bottom right part
- Use the slider above the icons to rotate the video
- And once you’re done, tap on “Done”
Alternatively, you can also press on the “rotate” icon at the top left part of the screen.
It’s really that simple. And if that’s not good enough for you, there’s always the option of using 3rd party apps as well. While there are a ton of them in the App Store, one of the most popular ones is iMovie because, well, we’re talking about Apple here.
So, if you prefer that route instead, you need to:
- Go to the App Store
- Search for iMovie and install it
- Open the app
- Select “Create movie” at the bottom of the screen
- Add the video that you want to rotate by using the “+” button
- Use two fingers to rotate the video in the direction you want
- And click on “Done” after you’re, well, done
There are plenty of other apps that can do the same thing and more as well. Just keep in mind that each one of them will likely have a slightly different process which you’ll have to learn either on your own or by searching line.
That’s all there is to rotating videos on iPhones. And the process doesn’t differ all that much with Android smartphones and other devices either. Generally, all you have to do is open the pre-installed photos/videos app and find the button which rotates the video.
If you’ve got any more questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section down below!