How to rotate a video on your iPhone using the Photos app or iMovie

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It only takes a couple taps to rotate a video on your iPhone. Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images
  • You can rotate a video on an iPhone with iOS 13 or later by using the crop tool in the Photos app.
  • If you don’t have iOS 13, you can also rotate a video on your iPhone using iMovie.
  • iMovie is free to download, though most newer iPhones already have it pre-installed.
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iPhones and other smartphones have, in the span of just a few years, rendered consumer video cameras nearly obsolete.

But because you can record a video with your iPhone positioned horizontally, vertically, or even upside down, you need to know how to rotate that video.

If your iPhone is running iOS 13 or later, you can rotate your videos in the Photos app. If you don’t have iOS 13, you’ll have to use iMovie. Here’s how to do both.

How to rotate a video on iPhone using Photos

1. Open the Photos app and choose the video that you want to rotate.

2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Screenshot of video in Photos app on iPhone
Select ‘Edit’ above the video. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. On the right side of the toolbar beneath the video, tap the Crop icon, which looks like a square with two arrows around it.

Screenshot of video edit in Photos on iPhone
Tap the ‘Crop’ icon. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Then, in the top-left corner of the screen, tap the icon of a square with a curved arrow above it. Keep tapping the button until your video rotates to your desired orientation.

Screenshot of Rotate button in Photos on iPhone
Tap the ‘Rotate’ icon. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

5. Hit Done in the bottom-right corner to save your video in its new orientation.

If you don’t like the results, you can always go back to Edit and rotate the video into any other position.

How to rotate a video on iPhone using iMovie

1. Open the Photos app and choose the video that you want to rotate.

2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Screenshot of video in Photos app on iPhone
Select ‘Edit’ above the video. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. In the top-right corner, tap the icon of a circle with three dots inside. Select iMovie in the pop-up. The video will automatically open up in iMovie.

Screenshot of iMovie pop-up menu in Photos app on iPhone
After tapping the three-dot icon, select iMovie. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Using two fingers, make a twisting gesture in the middle of the video, as if you were trying to rotate the video. Twist your fingers in the direction that you want the video to rotate. Keep twisting until the video rotates to your desired orientation.

Screenshot of video in iMovie on iPhone
When you twist your fingers on the video, a big white arrow will appear and the video will rotate. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

5. Tap Done in the upper-right corner.

The video will be re-saved to your Photo Library (replacing the original video), rotated to the desired orientation.

If you don’t like the results, you can re-edit the video and rotate it in the other direction to revert to the original orientation.

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