How to Rotate Video on iPhone and iPad

Shooting funny videos as social media fodder is one of the best leisure activities one would like to indulge in. However, in the hustle and bustle, you may forget to adjust the right angle of your iPhone camera app. And the result is sideways or upside-down video clips on your device. But now there is a way to fix a sideways video clip on iOS.

Until iOS 13, users were using iMovie – a default Apple app to edit videos. Some would also like to create videos with third-party video editing apps. Thankfully, iOS 13 comes with some excellent features, including rotating a video on iPhone.

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How to Rotate Video in Photos App on iPhone or iPad Running iOS 13

iOS 13 allows you to rotate video directly from the Photos app; you don’t need to import your videos to iMovie app.

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your iPhone running iOS 13.

Open Photos App on iPhone in iOS 13Step #2. Now scroll down and tap on Videos folder under Media Types.

Tap on Videos folder in iOS Photos AppStep #3. Next, choose the video you want to rotate.

Choose the video you want to rotate in iOS Photos AppStep #4. The video will begin to run, and while it is running, tap on Edit from the top right corner.

Tap on Edit in Video in iOS Photos AppYou can now see four video editing tools and filters at the bottom of the phone screen. It is quite exciting to use those filters on videos in iOS 13.

Step #5. Tap on Rotate icon and then rotate the video by using Square icon from the top left corner; this will rotate your video.

Finally, tap on Done from the bottom right corner.

Rotate Video in Photos App in iOS 13 on iPhone or iPad

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

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

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

Step #3. Next, tap on Edit button.

Tap on Edit in Video on iPhone or iPadStep #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 iPadStep #5. Choose iMovie.

Tap on iMovie While Editing Video on iPhone or iPadNote: 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 iPadStep #7. Finally, make sure to tap on Done to confirm the change.

Fix Sideways Video Clip on iPhoneThat’s pretty much it! Check out, your movie has been saved in the perfect orientation.

How to Rotate Video using the 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.

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 iPhoneStep #4. Tap on Create Movie option.

Tap on Create Movie in iMovies App on iPhoneStep #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 iPhoneStep #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
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


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