How to Revert an Edited Photo to Original

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Need to revert a photo to its original state? If you find you've accidentally over-edited an otherwise great image in the Photos app and then saved it—no worries! This tip will allow you to restore the original photo like the changes never even happened. Here’s how to revert an image back to its original form.

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How To Revert Edited Photo to Original

Regardless of what photo edits you've made and saved, such as cropping or adding filters, you can always revert the photo to its original version. To learn more about editing images in the Photos app and what to do with them after (like how to add multiple pictures to your Instagram story), check out our Tip of the Day newsletter. The steps below show you how to restore edited photos to the original version after you've initially (or accidentally) saved your photo edits. 

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Locate the photo you want to return to its original state.

  3. Tap Edit at the top right corner of the image you want to revert.

  4. Tap Revert.

  5. Tap Revert to Original and your image will be restored to the unedited version.

While you cannot undo changes once you revert back to the original photo, you can always re-edit the photo if you change your mind. 

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. In her 10+ years at the company, she has produced hundreds of educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs. Rheanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature & Writing and has 11+ years of experience in photography and video work, which she enjoys utilizing in her how-to videos.

When she isn’t overseeing video content, Rheanne loves drinking tea, taking lots of photos, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat)