Straighten feature on iPhone in Photos app
Khamosh Pathak / How-To Geek

When you take a picture of a tall building head-on, you often end up with a slightly off perspective, with the top of the building tilting away from you. Here’s how you can fix crooked images automatically on your iPhone.

Use the Editor in Apple Photos on the iPhone

The iOS 13 update is like a box of chocolates with delightful little treats. While big banner features like the dark mode were talked about everywhere, what doesn’t get mentioned enough is the revamped editor in the Photos app.

The built-in app has a new suite of editing features that can replace the basic features in photo editing apps like Snapseed. One of these features is the automatic straighten tool.

Open the Photos app on your iPhone, select a crooked photo that you’d like to fix, and then tap on the “Edit” button.

Tap on the Edit button

Next, tap on the “Crop” button from the bottom corner of the screen.

Tap on the Crop tool

You’ll now enter the updated cropping section. From here, you can change the aspect ratio of the image, crop the image, and more.

But the first thing you’ll notice after tapping on the Crop button is that the Photos app automatically cropped the photo and changed the perspective for you.

iOS 13 Photos editor comparison before and after adjustment

Most of the time, this automatic change is enough. You can just tap on “Done” and walk away.

But sometimes, the Photos app might zoom into an image way too much, or you might want to fine-tune the vertical or the horizontal perspective. Tap on a tool from the bottom bar and then swipe on the slider to change the setting.

Use the straighten tool

To move the photo around, swipe inside the borders. Once you’re happy with the photo, tap on the “Done” button.

Change the perspective and then tap on Done

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Alternative Cropping Option: Snapseed

If you haven’t updated to iOS 13 yet, or if you don’t like using the new editor in the Photos app, you can use a third-party app to fix your crooked images.

Snapseed is one such app. After opening the app, tap on the “Open” button to choose a photo.

Tap on the Open button

Use the app’s photo browser to pick a photo from your library.

Choose the photo from Snapseed

Once you open a photo, tap on the “Tools” button.

Tap on the Tools button

From here, tap on the “Perspective” button.

On this screen, select the “Rotate” button.

Select the Rotate button.

Here, swipe left or right to rotate the image on the axis.

Rotate button in Snapseed

Next, tap on the “Tilt” button. You can now swipe horizontally or vertically to fix the perspective issues.

Tilt options in Snapseed

Snapseed’s perspective engine is quite smart. As you move the perspective, Snapseed will automatically fill in the edges. Of course, if you don’t like this, you can crop the image later on.

Snapseed editor perspective comparison

Tap on the “Done” button.

The Done button in Snapseed is a checkmark

Now, tap on the “Export” button.

Tap on the Export button

In this menu, you can tap on the “Save” button to save the changes to the image. Use the “Save a Copy” button to preserve the original image.

Tap on Save a Copy or Save button

Now that you’ve learned an easy way to fix crooked photos, try shooting photos in RAW format to capture more detail. You can edit them easily in Snapseed itself.

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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on Lifehacker, iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has nearly a decade of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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