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How to reduce a photo file size on iPhone and iPad

With the ever-evolving cameras on our iPhones comes the issue of dealing with storage shortage. Usually, the photos captured on an iPhone can be anywhere between 2 to 8 MB depending upon the amount of pixels in the image.

The iPhone 11 Series introduced some awesome camera features like a telephoto lens and slofies, and the latest iPhone 12 series introduces more features yet. Follow along with the steps to learn how to reduce a photo file size on iPhone and iPad.

Using this method, you can resize images just the way you like them. So if you’re looking forward to getting that fantastic family portrait printed, consider adjusting it to the best size for the highest quality using these steps and avoid a blurry or pixelated image.

How to reduce an image file size on your iPhone and iPad

Using Image Size iOS app

For the purpose of this guide, I’m using the Image Size App to reduce photo sizes, but you can use any trusted app.

  1. Launch the Image Size App on your iPhone.Launch Image Size App on iPhone
  2. Tap on the top left image icon and Allow Access to your photo library.
  3. Select the photo you wish to reduce the size of and tap on Choose.
  4. Now the app automatically reduces the photo file size. You can see the difference (1.37 MB → 302.64 KB).Reduce the photo file size using iOS Image Size app
  5. Finally, tap Download to save the compressed photo in your Photo library.Tap on download to save reduce photo on you iPhone

Using Apple’s Shortcuts app

Before we start with this process make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running iOS and that the Allow untrusted shortcuts setting is toggled on. If not you can do so by navigating to SettingsShortcutsToggle ON Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.

  1. Download Change Image Quality and Share Shortcut on your device. Hit the link given below and tap on Get Shortcut → Tap Add Untrusted Shortcut on the pop-up dialogue (This will add the shortcut directly to your Shortcuts App).
    Download Change Image Quality & Share Shortcut in iPhone
  2. Launch Shortcuts on your device and tap on the shortcut that you just added. This will ask you to access your photos library and tap ‘Allow Access’ on the pop-up.Open Downloaded Shortcuts on iPhone
  3. Once you have allowed access, you can choose the image you wish to reduce the size of. Once you’ve made your selection, tap Done.Choose Image to Reduce Size and Tap on Done on iPhone
  4. Choose the size that suits you the best and a share tab will appear. Tap ‘Save’ and the image will create a newly resized image.Reduce Image Size Using Shortcuts App

You’re done and you can now delete the earlier pictures.

Video: How to Resize and Reduce Photo File Size on iPhone or iPad

I hope I was able to help you out with this tutorial—let me know if you’ve found any other way of compressing photos on your iPhone or iPad. Save space on your device or increase the file size and get your memories printed—it’s up to you now.

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