How to apply filters in Photos for iPhone and iPad

Perhaps the simplest way to edit a photo on iOS and iPadOS is to use a built-in Photos filter.

The Photos app for iPhone and iPad offers 10 filters — including vivid, dramatic, mono, silvertone, and many more.

How to use filters in Photos for iPhone and iPad

Filters are handy when you want to salvage an image or a photo that didn't turn out the way you'd hoped, or you want to change the mood and go for a unique effect.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the photo you want to filter.

    select photo

  3. Tap the Edit button at the top right of the screen.
  4. Tap the Filters button in the bottom menu in the middle.
  5. Scroll, then tap on the filter you want to apply.
  6. Tap Done.

    add photo filter

When you're ready to push your iPhone photo-editing to fun, new level, consider a third-party app, which offers more choices than the native Photos app. Among the more interesting ones available in the App Store are Prisma, Popsicolor, and Olli by Tinrocket.

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iPhone accessories worth considering

Are you heading for a road trip this year? Check out some of our favorite iPhone car accessories:

Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar ($44 at Amazon)

Belkin's Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter gives you two Lightning ports to use with your iPhone, letting you, for instance, charge your phone through one port while using an audio cable with Apple's Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to route audio for maps or music through your car's stereo.

Anker PowerDrive 2 ($10 at Amazon)

Charge two devices at once through the dual USB-A ports on this car charger from Anker. With more than just power delivery in mind, Anker focuses on safety, with features like surge protection, temperature control, and more.


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Updated August 2019: This article has been updated with screens and steps from iOS 13.



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