Fixing the orientation of your iPhone photos: A step-by-step guide

The Camera app on an iPhone or iPad allows users to take pictures in both portrait and landscape orientations. However, there may be instances where the rotation is incorrect. To check the rotation, users can look for subtle signals in the app interface. For example, certain icons and text will rotate to indicate the orientation in which the photo will be captured.

In portrait orientation, the symbols at the top and the text for magnification will appear in that orientation. The camera lens/zoom buttons will also be oriented accordingly. On the other hand, in landscape orientation, the labels for different capture modes may not rotate, but the camera icons and text at the top will. The magnification factor can be used as a reference point to track the rotation.

If the camera icons do not rotate, users can try reversing their orientation (from portrait to landscape or vice versa) and then back to the desired orientation. This may help register the rotation correctly.

If the above steps fail, users can check for the orientation lock. Swiping to reveal the Control Center will show the lock icon. If it is orange, the Portrait Orientation Lock or Rotation Lock is engaged. Tapping it will turn it off, allowing the interface elements and reading view to rotate according to the device’s orientation.

Users also have the option to rotate images after they have been captured using the Photos app. In Photos for iOS/iPadOS, users can select an image or video, tap Edit, then tap Crop and the Rotate Left icon. For Photos on macOS, users can select one or more pieces of media and tap the Rotate Left icon in the toolbar. Holding down the Option key will change the icon to Rotate Right.

These tips can help users ensure that their iPhone photos appear in the correct orientation.