How to crop a photo on your iPhone in two simple ways, and revert a cropped photo back to its original version

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  • You can crop a photo on the iPhone in two easy ways – editing with the Photos app, or directly after taking a screenshot. 
  • If you want to restore a cropped photo to its original version, use the Revert tool in the Photos app. 
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It's quite easy to crop photos on the iPhone, and you have multiple options depending on how you want to crop and edit your image. 

If you already have photos you'd like to crop on your iPhone, the best place to edit is the Photos app. Here, you can crop, rotate, add filters, or adjust the lighting on any of your pictures. You'll also be able to revert any cropped photos back to their original image. 

But you can also crop a photo just by taking a screenshot on your iPhone, and save that cropped photo directly to the Photos app. This editing option is best for quick crops of photos you've just discovered on your phone. 

Here's how to crop a photo on the iPhone using both of these easy methods. 

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Select the photo you want to crop

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1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone

2. Choose the photo you want to crop. 

3. Click the blue "Edit" button in the top right corner of your screen. 



Select the crop function

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Once you choose to edit the photo, you will be brought to a screen where you have a number of options: adjust lighting, brightness, or reduce red-eye. 

Select the cropping tool (next to the blue "Cancel" button on the bottom left) to proceed. 



Crop your photo

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When you select the crop tool, a white box with defined corners will appear. Drag the corners of the box towards the area you would like to feature, and away from the parts of the image you would like to get rid of. 

You can also rotate the image by using the orientation tool. 



Use the rule of thirds

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When you drag the white box to crop your photo, a 3x3 grid will appear inside the box. This can help you position the image for a better crop – you can decide to center the image, or use the rule of thirds to draw the viewer's eye to a specific point. 



Finalize your crop

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Once you release the white box, the photo will adjust to your selected crop. If you don't like the crop or want to adjust it, press the blue reset button on the bottom of your screen, and the image will revert to its original size. 

When you are finished cropping, select the yellow "Done" button in the bottom right corner to finalize your cropped photo. 



Edit and revert your cropped photo

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After you save your cropped photo, you will not lose the original version completely. When you choose to edit the cropped photo, you will see a new option on the bottom right in red – "Revert." 

Click "Revert" if you wish to delete your crop and restore the original photo. 



Revert to original to delete your crop entirely

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If you decide to click "Revert to Original," your cropped photo will be deleted and the original image will be restored. 



Crop a photo by taking a screenshot

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Want to crop a photo without saving the original version? If you find any image online, you can crop it immediately just by taking a screenshot, and save the cropped photo directly to your phone. 



Take your screenshot

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You can take a screenshot on your iPhone at any time by simultaneously pressing two buttons. 

On iPhone X models, press the Power and Volume Up buttons. 

On older iPhones, press the Power and Home buttons. 

For more information on how to take a screenshot, read "How to take a screenshot on any iPhone model." 



Crop or edit the screenshot

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Once you take a screenshot, a blue border will appear around the image. Drag the blue border to position your crop towards the area of the photo you want to feature, and away from the area you would like to cut out.

You can also use the tools on the bottom to draw or mark up your photo. 

When you are finished cropping and editing, click the blue "Done" button in the top left corner of your screen. 



Save your screenshot to the Photos app

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After your press done, you will have the opportunity to save your screenshot to the Photos app on your iPhone, or delete it if you wish. 

To save your cropped screenshot, click "Save to Photos."