How to Flip a Photo (Mirror Image) in the Photos App in iOS 13

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Sometimes the right side is the left side—you've taken a picture that needs to be flipped, or mirrored, in order to get the best effect. This effect is super easy in iOS 13; simply open the image in Photos, tap Edit, and use the mirror/flip icon. Images in mirrors are flipped around right to left, so this lets you take a selfie that looks like you do in the mirror, and can also be useful when you need to imbed an image in a collage or other media, since sometimes the direction the subject is facing makes all the difference. Read on for how to horizontally flip pictures or images in the Photos app on the iPhone.

Related: How to Revert an Edited Photo Back to the Original

How to Flip a Photo (Mirror Image) in the Photos App:

  1.  Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on the image you want to mirror.

    iPhone screen with the Photos app highlightedThe Photos app with an image highlighted
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap Rotate-Crop.

    An image in the Photos app with the Edit option highlightedThe edit photo screen in the Photos app with the crop-rotate icon highlighted
  5. Tap Mirror.
  6. When you're finished, tap Done.

    the crop-rotate screen in the Photos app with the Mirror icon highlightedthe crop-rotate screen in the Photos app with the Done option highlighted
  7. And that's it!

Now you know how to make your images face the right way, or the left way. 

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Cullen Thomas is a Writer and Producer at iPhone Life, creating tips and guides to help users unlock the full potential of their iOS and iPhone. In addition to writing countless tip-of-the-day articles and many detailed guides, Cullen has spent nine years as an instructor in media and communications at Maharishi University, lecturing on technical and artistic subjects ranging from camera and audio hardware to story-plotting to how to manage a film crew. Cullen answers questions daily about iPhones and iOS as part of the Ask an Editor insider service, and designs curriculum for iPhone Life’s online classes. As a frequent contributor to iPhone Life magazine and occasional guest on the iPhone Life podcast, Cullen likes to talk about security and privacy news, tech, gadgets, and apps, even if nobody asked.

Cullen holds a master’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts. Cullen also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Maharishi University, one in literature with an emphasis in writing and the other in Communications and Media. Cullen’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies from Amphibian Press and TANSTAAFL, and Cullen co-owns a game design company, Thoughtspike games, which builds thought-provoking puzzle games. Cullen is a sci-fi author, a coffee connoisseur, and an iPhone expert.