How To Invert Photos on iPhone

Iphone Invert Photos

Over the years, Apple has updated its software with new and enhanced features. iPhone has some of the best display configuring options that go easy with almost all the photos you take on it. It has several features regarding its camera, from QR Code Detection to HDR mode and Portrait Mode. So, whether you want to flip an image to get its mirror image or flip it back to its original orientation, you can do so right from your device. The question now is, how do you do it? 

Quick Answer

There are two ways you can invert photos on an iPhone. You can either use the Photos app to edit the image or download a third-party app like Photoshop Express and use it to flip the photo. 

If you want to use the Photos app on your iPhone to invert a photo, your iPhone must be running iOS 13 or later. Your best bet is downloading a third-party app if your iPhone does not support iOS 13.

This article expounds more on the steps to follow to invert photos on your iPhone. 

Steps To Invert Photos on iPhone

Mirroring or inverting a photo on your iPhone is a great way to get the image to look how you want it. The easiest way to invert a photo on your iPhone is to use the Photos app. But if you can’t use the Photos app for any reason, you can download and use a free third-party photo editing app from the App Store to invert the photo. 

Below are details on the two methods to invert photos.  

Method #1: Using the Photos App 

Besides using the Photos app on your iPhone to view images, you can also use it to edit the image. While the editing options you get on the Photos app on your iPhone are not much compared to what you might get with several third-party apps, you can easily use it to invert photos.  

Here’s how to use the Photos app to invert a photo.

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Find the picture you want to invert and tap it to enlarge it.
  3. Tap the “Edit” option at the top-right corner of your screen.
  4. When the photo zooms out, click the icon that looks like a square with arrows circling at the bottom of your screen.
  5. At the top-left corner of your screen, tap the icon that looks like a pyramid split in half.
  6. When you tap on the pyramid-like icon, the image will flip. Tap “Done” at the bottom-right corner of your screen to save the image.

Method #2: Using a Third-Party App 

Those who don’t have iOS 13 on their iPhone or don’t want to use the Photos app can download a third-party app to invert a photo. A free third-party app like Photoshop Express, available on the App Store, is an excellent option. 

Here’s how to use a third-party app to invert a photo. 

  1. If you don’t have the Photoshop Express app on your iPhone, download it from the App Store.
  2. Create an account to use the app.
  3. Scroll through your photos, and tap the one you want to invert.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, you will see an icon that looks like two right-angles overlapping each other; that is the crop icon, tap on it.
  5. From the crop menu, tap “Rotate” to display more options.
  6. Tap “Flip Horizontally” to invert the photo.
  7. When you are done, tap the “Share” button at the top of your screen to save the image. 
Keep in Mind

Using a third-party app may have to deal with ads popping up during the image editing process.


The iPhone is a powerful handheld tool, and you can explore it to its full potential with some third-party apps. Any selfie you take with your iPhone will most likely be inverted. The possibilities are near-endless with the right software, and inverting a photo on iPhone is pretty straightforward. 

Frequently Asked Question 

Does the mirrored version overwrite my original image? 

When you invert a photo, the mirrored version will not overwrite the original copy. Instead, the edited inverted image will be saved as a new file, and the original image will remain unchanged. So, whether you use the Photos app on your iPhone or a third-party app, it will not delete the original picture. 

Can you stop the iPhone selfie camera from flipping photos? 

If you notice the selfie camera of your iPhone is always flipping your photos, you can turn it off. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap “Camera”. Scroll down to the “Mirror Front Camera” or “Mirror Front Photos” and toggle the switch off. When you do so, any photo you take with your iPhone selfie camera will not be mirror-inverted.

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