How to Rotate Video on iPhone and iPad: Fix Sideways Video Clips

While shooting a thriller, something goes wrong and you end up with sideways or upside down video clips on your iOS device. Don't worry, mate! Take the help of Apple's highly popular moviemaking app "iMovie" to rotate videos effortlessly on your iOS devices.

Though I’m almost always able to shoot videos spotlessly, there are times when things don’t go as planned. And when error creeps in, I’m left with sideways or upside down video clips. Fortunately, fixing a sideways video clip on iOS is not a big ask.

There are several video apps that let you easily rotate videos on your iPhone. But the one that has long been one of my favorite assets is Apple’s “iMovie.” It works seamlessly in getting the task done. Let me show you how it’s done the quick way!

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How to Rotate Sideways Video Clip from Photos App on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Ensure that you have iMovie app on your iOS device. It’s available for free and requires iOS 11.2 or later.

Launch Photos app on your device.

Step #2. Now, head over to the sideways video you want to edit.

Step #3. Next, tap on Edit button.

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Tap on Edit in Video on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Next up, Tap on the Extensions button (looks like 3 dots) at the bottom.

Tap on Three Dots While Editing Video on iPhone or iPad

Step #5. Choose iMovie.

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Tap on iMovie While Editing Video on iPhone or iPad

Note: If you don’t see iMovie, tap on More button and then turn on the switch next to it. Then, tap on Done.

Step #6. Now, you need to use two fingers to move/twist the video clockwise or counter clockwise.

Fix Sideways Video Clip on iPhone or iPad

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Step #7. Finally, make sure to tap on Done to confirm the change.

Fix Sideways Video Clip on iPhone

That’s pretty much it! Check out, your movie has been saved in the perfect orientation.

How to Rotate Video using iMovie App

Note that by using iMovie; you can rotate any movie on iPhone/iPad at 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees. If you are happy with the default view, you can rotate the video 360 degrees. If you have locked rotation in iPhone landscape mode, you should unlock that feature first.

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Step #1. Launch iMovie app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Tap on the Video button to select a movie or video from the list.

Step #3. Now tap on the Share button from the bottom menu.

Tap on Sharesheet in iMovies App on iPhone

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Step #4. Tap on Create Movie option.

Tap on Create Movie in iMovies App on iPhone

Step #5. Rotate the video with your two fingers in any direction you want (you can keep the distance of an inch between your two fingers).

Rotate Video in iMovies App on iPhone

Step #6. When you achieve the right orientation, tap on Done button from the upper left corner of your iOS device screen.

Tap on Done After Video Editing in iMovies App on iPhone

Step #7. Tap on Sharing button again from the bottom menu.

Step #8. You don’t need to share the video, rather save it by tapping on Save Video button.

Tap on Save Video in iMovies App on iPhone

Step #9. Now select the export size from four options: Medium, Large, HD (720p), and HD (1080p).

Choose Size of The Video You Want to Export to iPhone Camera Roll

Upon completion, iMovie informs you that the video is exported to your Photos Library. So, to watch this newly saved video, don’t open Videos app on your iPhone or iPad; instead, go to your Photos app and there you will find this newly created video.

Wish to Edit Videos Immaculately On your iOS Device?

If you enjoy shooting videos and like editing them using your iPhone, I would recommend you to take a peek at our roundup of the best video editing apps for iOS. They are primed to let you beautify your clips like a pro. Give a look at the top photo editing apps for iPhone as well, if you are fond of designing your shots.

Wrapping up

So, that’s how you can easily take control of flawed clips! Have any question? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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