How to Crop a Picture on iPhone & iPad (iOS 15 Update)

Crop images to cut out unwanted content and highlight what you love about a photo.

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The Photos app makes it easy to rotate or crop images. If you want to crop a square or rectangular photo on your iPhone or iPad, the Photos app has all the functionality you'll need. If you want to crop an image into a round photo, we've found a free third-party app for this. Let's cover how to crop a picture on your iPad and iPhone.

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How to Crop Photos on iPhone Using the Photos App

Cropping a photo allows you to move the frame of the picture to include only what you want. It’s not the same as resizing a photo, which leaves the full photo intact and changes the size. To learn more about using the Photos app, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

Here's how to crop an image on your iPad or iPhone using the Apple Photos app:

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Select the picture you want to crop.

  3. Tap Edit

  4. Tap the Rotate-Crop icon.

  5. Drag the white border from the edges of your image to crop out a portion of the photo. 

  6. You can also tap the preset crop icon to select ratios that offer various options for cropping.

  7. If you decide you don’t like the cropping you just did, tap Reset to undo the changes.

  8. Tap Done

How to Crop a Picture into a Circle Using the Round Photo App

As we covered above, the Photos app cannot crop images into shapes other than rectangles or squares. But if you want to avoid upgrading to an expensive photo editing app, there is a free third-party app called Round Photo made specifically for this function. The free version is ad-supported, meaning you'll need to watch a five-second ad from time to time. It is also important to note that Round Photo only crops photos into circles, and does not allow you to adjust the shape into an oval. Now, here's how to crop a picture into a circle on your iPhone or iPad: 

  1. Open the Round Photo app

  2. Tap the Image icon to select photos from your library. 

  3. Select at least one photo to crop into a circle. 

  4. Tap Done

  5. Press and drag the photo to reorient the image in the frame. 

  6. Drag the slider to adjust the thickness of the image border or remove it entirely. 

  7. Tap the Save icon.

That's all there is to it! Your round image will now be saved in your Photos app. 

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).