Iphone 13 Pro Photos Library HeroSource: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

Several years ago, Apple added support for extensions throughout iOS, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities with the best apps on your favorite iPhone or iPad. For example, extensions let you send a snippet of text directly to your preferred calendar or to-do app, and you can even use the features of your photo editing app of choice right in the Photos app. That's right — you don't even need to launch the app itself to make non-destructive edits to your best photos.

But you may be wondering how you access these extensions in the Photos app. Don't worry, we'll show you how to make use of these extensions in the Photos app on your best iPhone and iPad right here!

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.

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

Edit your pics like a pro right in Photos!

Most photo editing apps should feature an extension, though it is up to the developers, so some may not be supported. But if your app is, then you'll be able to use that app's particular feature set to make edits directly in the Photos app, without having to jump between multiple apps. It's a convenient feature, and the best part is that all of your edits are non-destructive. This means you can revert any changes if you decide you don't like it.

So if you have a great iPhone, such as the iPhone 13 Pro, then make use of these photo editing app extensions as much as possible. Your pictures will look even more amazing.

Updated March 2022: These are still the current steps for using photo and video extensions in the Photos app in iOS 15.