Mirror Image Photos? How to Flip a Picture on an iPhone

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This article will tell you how to flip an image on an iPhone so it is mirrored. We've all experienced taking a selfie and realizing that the finished product was not the mirror image we expected; even though the Camera app's flipped selfies are accurate photos, it looks strange. Beginning with iOS 13 and iPad OS, we can flip mirror images around inside the Photos app. It's as simple as going to the Photos app, selecting the cropping tool inside the Edit screen of an image, and tapping the flip tool icon to get the picture you wanted. Let's get started with how to use the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad to flip your images so they look how you'd hoped they would. 

Related: iPhone Photography Tips: How to Use Lighting to Take More Creative Pictures     

How to Mirror a Photo on an iPhone:

Before iOS 13 and the iPad OS, flipping photos required a third-party app. Now the flip tool is included in the Photos app so that you can create a mirror image without all the extra steps.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Open the image you want to flip.

  3. Tap Edit in the top right corner.
  4. In the Edit screen, select the crop icon.

  5. Tap the flip tool icon on the top left to flip your image horizontally.​
  6. Now your picture is flipped and ready for you to share with the world!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.