How to Crop an iPhone Picture to an Aspect Ratio

Last updated on May 10th, 2023 at 02:25 pm

The iPhone has periodically been increasing the amount of picture editing tools available on the device, to the point where you can make some rather substantial changes to photos that you have on your iPhone. We have discussed some of these editing capabilities before, such as if you want to rotate a picture, but one other option is the ability to specify an aspect ratio when editing your pictures.

This is a helpful option when you want to have a picture printed as a 5×7 image, a square, or any of the other available ratios. So continue reading below to find out how you can edit your iPhone pictures in this manner.


Change an iPhone Picture to a Different Aspect Ratio

The steps in this article were performed in iOS 8, on an iPhone 5. The editing interface for pictures changes often, so they exact steps to perform this adjustment may vary slightly in earlier versions of iOS.


Step 1: Open the Photos app.

open the photos app



Step 2: Locate the picture that you want to edit.


Step 3: Tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.

touch the edit button



Step 4: Touch the Crop icon at the bottom of the screen.

touch the crop icon



Step 5: Touch the icon at the bottom-right of the screen that looks like three stacked rectangles.

touch the aspect ratio button



Step 6: Select the aspect ratio to which you want to crop the picture.

select your preferred aspect ratio



Step 7: Drag the picture so that it fits in the frame how you want. Note that you can also pinch the screen to zoom in and out, just be careful not to drag the white border surrounding the image, as that can change the aspect ratio again. Once you are done, tap the Done button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

touch the done button



If you are looking for more information about your iPhone, you can read more of our articles here.

You can visit Apple’s site to learn more about the improvements to the photos app in iOS 8.

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