How to straighten and realign photos on your iPhone and iPad

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My iPhone is my utility weapon, acting as my phone, messenger, alarm clock, portable gaming system, and my camera. Smartphones and tablets have all but relegated real cameras to niche items for professional photographers and people who like to spend a lot of money on things. 

Taking pictures with the iPhone or iPad is extremely easy, but owning one doesn’t mean that you’ll take good pictures. Luckily, pictures that are misaligned and off-center can be straightened using the Camera apps built-in editing tools.

How to straighten and realign photos on iPhone and iPad

Step 1. 

Open the Photos application and select a photo that you wish to straighten.

Step 2. 

With the image open, tap Edit in the top-right corner.

Photos - Edit

Step 3.

This will bring up the editing options below the selected image. Tap on the Crop icon to bring up the cropping options.

Photos - Edit - Crop

Step 4. 

You should notice a dial beneath your image. Using the dial we can adjust the orientation of the image to straighten and align it more to our liking. The numbers signify the amount degrees you are shifting the image. You will also notice that your image will zoom in slight to enable the new alignment.

Photos App -Rotation

Given that fact, this workaround is best for images with some space around the sides. With the extra spacing, the cropping won’t have such a drastic effect on the image. When you are happy with your correction tap Done to save the changes.

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Step 5.

If you are simply trying to Rotate an image, tap on the rotate icon to the bottom left of the dial. This will flip the entire image.

Rotate - Photos App
Having the ability to straighten images is great without leaving the native camera app is super convenient. For those of us that aren’t selfie and photo experts shifting an image a few degrees can really make a difference.

Feel free to share some of your best edits in the comment section.