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When Apple added extension support in iOS, it expanded what you could do on the best iPhone or iPad. You could send a snippet of text directly to your calendar or to-do app, or you could even use the features of your favorite photo editing app to edit the image directly in the Photos app itself. To do this, you have to have your apps with extension support already downloaded from the App Store, and you can use them at will in the Photos app. And the best part? These edits are non-destructive, so you can change, remove, and revert them whenever you need to.

How to turn on photo and video extensions in the Photos app

To use a photo or video extension, you'll have to download an app that makes use of the extensions feature. Some of our favorites include Camera+ 2, Darkroom, Pixelmator, and more.

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With iOS 13 and later, apps with a Photos app extension are turned on automatically, so you don't have to manually turn it on like before. However, you can choose Favorites, which bump those extensions to the top of the list. Here's how to do that:

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the photo or video that you want to edit.
  3. Tap Edit in the upper right corner.

    Access photo and video extensions in Photos app on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap the photo or video you want to edit, then tap EditSource: iMore

  4. Tap the "..." button in the upper right corner.
  5. Tap on More in the menu.

    Access photo and video extensions in Photos app on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap the ... button, scroll to the right and then tap the More buttonSource: iMore

  6. Tap Edit.
  7. Tap the green + button on the extensions you want to Favorite, and you can rearrange the order that they appear by dragging the handle on the right.

    Access photo and video extensions in Photos app on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Edit, then tap the green plus button on the extensions you want to Favorite, red minus to remove, or drag the handles on the right to rearrangeSource: iMore

How to access and use photo and video extensions in the Photos app

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the photo or video that you want to edit.
  3. Tap Edit.

    Access photo and video extensions in Photos app on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap the photo or video you want to edit, then tap EditSource: iMore

  4. Tap the "..." button.
  5. Tap on the extension that you want to use.
  6. Make your edits.
  7. Tap Done to save your changes.

    Access photo and video extensions in Photos app on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap the ... button, tap the extension you want to use, make your edits, then tap DoneSource: iMore

Questions about extensions in the Photos app?

Using Photos app extensions is a simple process, and it lets you stay in one app to make all the edits you need (unless an app doesn't support it). It's a great feature of convenience for iPhone photographers. Do you have any questions about using extensions? Drop us a line in the comments.

Updated April 2021: These are still the current steps for using photo and video extensions in the Photos app in iOS 14.