How to resize photos on your iPhone, no computer needed!

How to resize photos on your iPhone, no computer needed!

If you use your iPhone as your go-to camera, you've undoubtedly come across photos that you want to print out and frame. The number one question I get from family and friends is how to make sure it'll fit into a given frame, whether it be 4x6, square, and so on. As it happens, you can size photos accordingly right inside the Photos app so they're frame ready, no computer needed. Here's how:

How to resize your iPhone photos to frame ready sizes in just seconds

  1. Launch the Photos app and find the photo you'd like to size. Tap on it.
  2. Tap on Edit in the upper right hand corner.
  3. A menu will appear along the bottom. Tap on the Crop icon which is all the way to the right.
  4. Now tap on the Aspect button.
  5. Here you can choose what constraints you need for a given frame. Just tap on the one you want.
  6. Now drag the box around in order to center the photo the way you'd like. Just take care not to pull one of the corners out since that'll change the aspect ratio. If you do it on accident, that's okay. Just hit Aspect at the bottom again and re-select the size you want.
  7. Once you've got the image centered the way you'd like inside the box, tap on Crop in the upper right hand corner.
  8. You are then shown a preview of the crop. If you like it, tap Save in the upper right hand corner.

That's all there is to it. Just keep in mind that the crop will save over the original version of the photo. If you want the original image back again, just change the crop ratio back again to original.

Once you're done you can wirelessly print it or send it off however you need to. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you! Do you have framed photos in your home that came straight from your iPhone? How do they compare to the rest? Let us know that too!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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There are 17 comments. Add yours.

taz323 says:

Thank you, this can be helpfull

hawk2100n says:

Shouldn't step one in the info graphic show photos, not settings?

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Bah yes. My bad. Will fix as soon as I can.

clicknz says:

Hi - just an added note that once you have edited a photo in either the native Photos app, or the iPhoto app, it is possible to 'restore' the image to it's previous state even after you have saved it. If you select the edited image, tap edit again and then if you've cropped it, select crop again, tap aspect then select 'original'. If you used a filter effect, tap that button, select 'none' and it will remove any filter commands. This is similar behaviour to iPhoto on the Mac.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Didn't even know that! Thanks!

2RC says:

Thanks a lot for the tip.

iDisturbia says:

And, here I've spent so many .99 here and there trying the BEST pic editor / resizer!! LOL

nat750 says:

That's a good tip thanks. When I think about it I recall seeing that aspect option a few times when cropping photos but never thought about pressing it.

Galley says:

This is a tutorial on cropping, or changing the aspect ratio, not resizing. There is no way to reduce a photo's dimensions using the Photos app. Not even iPhoto can do it! For times when I don't want to post a 5 MP photo, I use Instaflash.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

You're talking about a lower resolution.

crazygonzo says:

Exactly, how can we easily change resolution of an image in iOS, I checked a lot of apps and there's always crop crop crop. iPhoto gives you dimensions of a photo but I didn't find a way to change it, it's driving be crazy !

Clifford Fabian says:

i noticed that after croping, if you send this edited pic to an app for further editing it goes back to the orginal size. so i just crop using a different app.

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asuperstarr says:

Another great tip! Thanks for all the great tips. I'm leading so much about what my phone can do. Can explain how to use Airdrop?

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pr1nce says:

Great info. Thanks Ally!

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Becjr says:

This is an awesome editing feature. I actually use it quite often.
All of the comments here are so wonderful in how they add to you How-To, Ally.
Thank you.

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