There’s a war going on out there. You won’t see it on the news, you won’t read about it in the paper—but it’s happening. It’s a hard-fought war that many of us never think about: the war against improperly oriented video. Got a video that’s showing up sideways? Here’s how to rotate that video 90 degrees on Android.
This usually happens your phone simply didn’t rotate its orientation when you started shooting a video. When this happens, you end up with a sideways video—you were holding your phone in landscape mode, but for some reason it shot in portrait. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit.
On other occasions, you may actually rotate your phone while recording a video. When this happens, the orientation of the video won’t change, but you’ll instead of a video that looks normal, then suddenly turns sideways (or vice versa). The bad news here is that in order to rotate the video, you’ll also have to trim it—you can’t rotate a video halfway through, unfortunately. It’s all or nothing here.
On the bright side, rotating videos on Android couldn’t be easier. We’ll be using Google’s Photos app for this tutorial, so if you don’t already have it installed, you can get it from here. It’s free, so let’s do this thing.
If this is your first run with Google Photos, you’ll set your Back up & Sync settings initially. You can read more about these here, but the default settings are generally perfect: free, unlimited uploads at “high quality” (read: slight compression), and upload on Wi-Fi only. Just tap “Done” to get out of this little window and start getting your rotate on.
With the set up out of the way, go ahead and find the video you’d like to rotate. Tap to open it.
The video will likely autoplay when you open it, so feel free to pause it. When you tap the screen, the video controls will load—tap the little pencil icon at the bottom of the screen.
This will open Photos’ edit menu. If you need to trim the video, you can do that here—just use the slider on the thumbnails just below the video image. For a more in-depth look at cutting and trimming, check out our tutorial.
With the trimming out of the way (or if you don’t need to trim at all), take a closer look at the bottom of the screen: there’s a button that reads “Rotate.” Tap it.
Poof! Like magic, the video rotates. Just keep tapping this button until the orientation is correct. Once it looks good, tap the “Save” button in the top right corner.
It will take a second to save the video—which it saves as a copy, not overwriting the original—and you’re finished. Your new correctly-oriented video is all packaged up and ready to go.
Keep fighting the good fight!