How to Turn Off Portrait Mode After Taking a Photo on the iPhone

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Portrait Mode is a feature on the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, and XS Max that gives photos a professional look by blurring the background (known as the bokeh effect). While Portrait Mode on the iPhone is a software version of what DSLR camera lenses can do, it works pretty well most of the time. But perhaps you took a photo in Portrait Mode that didn’t turn out so well. You can turn off Portrait Mode after taking the photo since it is just a software feature. Here’s how to turn off Portrait Mode after taking a photo on the iPhone.

Related: How to Use Selfie Portrait Lighting & Portrait Mode on iPhone X

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How to Turn Off Portrait Mode After Taking a Photo

  • Open the Photos app and open the Portrait Mode photo that you want to turn into a regular photo. 
  • Tap Edit in the upper right corner.

  • At the top, Portrait will be highlighted yellow. You might have to wait a few seconds for it to show. 
  • Tap it. Now Portrait Mode is turned off.
  • To save, tap Done

Now you know how to turn off Portrait Mode!

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