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How to Rotate a Video on an iPhone or iPad for Free | Digital Trends



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.

Use iMovie

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

Along with the many fundamental tools offered, there is a selection of third-party apps that we suggest you test out. Here are a couple of them: 

Video rotate + flip video easy (free): This application is decently easy to use and understand, but as with most free apps, some annoyingly intrusive ads will pop up every so often.

Video Rotate and Flip ($1): The best attribute of this paid app is that it also functions as an extension within the Photos app. It can work with backward text as well, and it exports straight into the Photos app for added convenience.

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