How to rotate a video on iPhone: 2 simple ways

In this quick guide, you’ll learn how to rotate videos on iPhone.

Sometimes when we take a video with our iPhone, we tend to slightly turn the device sideways in order to capture the whole panorama. And other times we may accidentally shot in portrait mode instead of landscape. This results in a sideway video, which isn’t too pleasant to the eyes.

In earlier iOS versions, the Photos app didn’t give you the option to rotate videos, you’d have to download third-party apps for that matter. Thankfully in iOS 13 and later, you can rotate videos on iPhone right within the Photos app.

Here’s how to rotate a video on your iPhone using the Photos app and iMovie.

How to rotate a video with Photos

Rotate iPhone video with Photos app

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find the video you want to rotate.

2. Tap Edit at the top right corner of the screen.

3. Tap on the crop tool icon (it’s a square icon with two arrows around it pointing counterclockwise) at the bottom of the screen.

4. In the next screen, you’ll have different options to choose from such as “crop manually”, “crop to a standard preset ratio, rotate, and flip”. For the sake of this guide, we’ll use the rotate icon on the top left corner of the screen (second icon).

5. Tap the rotate icon to rotate the video 90 degrees.

6. Choose Done at the bottom to save your changes.

How to rotate a video with iMovie

You can also use the iMovie app to rotate your videos on your iPhone. In fact, before iOS 13 this was the primary option that iPhone users had to edit videos. It used to be a paid app from Apple, but now it’s free. Go ahead and download it from the App Store.

Rotate iPhone video with iMovie
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

1. Once you’ve installed the iMovie app, open it and tap Create Project, Movie and then Create Movie at the bottom of the screen.

2. Tap the + button to add video, tap Video from the list, then select the video you want to rotate. An options panel will appear on the screen, tap on the + button to finally add your video. You can tap on the play video icon to play the video in a popup to make sure you’ve picked up the right video.

3. Your video will appear at the top of the timeline. Use your two fingers to rotate the video to the direction you want to rotate it.

4. Tap Done at the top left to save your changes.

Rotate iPhone video with iMovie
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

5. Tap the Share icon (upward arrow icon in the middle) at the bottom and then Save Video. You’ll have the chance to choose the resolution of the video before saving it.

That’s pretty much it. You’ve learned how to rotate a video on iPhone.

If you have any questions, please use the comments box below.

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially with smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work.

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