How to Watermark Photos on iPhone

Learn how to add a watermark to photos on your iPhone to protect your work from unapproved use.

If you're worried about the photos you post online being taken and used without your permission, you'll want to know how to watermark photos. A watermark is a stamp of sorts that marks your work as yours so others can't pass off your art or photography as theirs or download it and use it for commercial purposes. Let's learn how to make an iPhone watermark.

How to Make a Watermark on iPhone

Watermarks are great for when you want to advertise graphics without giving people the option to just download and use them. Watermarking a photo helps protect your intellectual property and keep people from using your art or photos without your approval. There are two ways to add a watermark to a photo on your iPhone. First, you can do it using the markup feature. Second, you can download an app and do it that way. Let's go over both options. For more ways to keep your data secure, check out our Tip of the Day.

How to Watermark Photos on iPhone Using Markup

You can add a watermark to a photo just using Markup in your Photos app, though the options here are more limited. Let's go over how to do this, and then you can decide if an app (which we will go over next) would better suit your purpose. Saved signatures are a great way to add a watermark to a photo, so for this example, we will do that, but you can also draw or add text as desired. Here's how to watermark photos with Markup:

  1. Open the photo you want to watermark in your Photos app.


     
  2. Tap Edit.


     
  3. Tap the Markup icon at the top of the screen.


     
  4. If it's a Live Photo, tap OK to turn the Live Photo function off and proceed with the markup.


     
  5. From here, you can draw on the photo, or tap the plus icon for options to add text, a description, or a signature.


     
  6. If you want your signature to be the watermark, tap Signature.


     
  7. Draw a new signature and tap Done.


     
  8. Adjust the size, placement, and color of your signature as desired.


     
  9. Tap Done.


     
  10. Tap Done again to save your edits.

Related: How to Draw & Sketch in the Notes App on your iPhone or iPad

How to Make a Watermark on iPhone Using an App

While you can create a watermark on your iPhone using the Markup option above, there are apps (many of them free) that can do it for you. To find an app you like, just go to the App Store and search for something like "watermark" and see what options come up. I personally like eZy Watermark, which is free and allows you to create templates that you can then add to either single or multiple photos. Once the watermark is added, you can export it to your photos, and do what you wish with it. There are many good options for watermark apps, though, so here are some free ones that you can check out to see if they meet your needs:

Each app has its own process, so you might want to play around and see which one feels the most intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, adding a watermark is pretty simple!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.