How to use extensions in Photos for iPhone and iPad

With extensibility, the Photos app works as a central hub for filters and effects from all the other compatible editing apps you've downloaded. All you have to do is grab them from the App Store, install them, enable the extensions, and then you can apply them at will, right from the Photos app.

Best of all, they're non-destructive. That means you can change, remove, and revert them at any time!

How to turn on photo and video extensions in Photos

To use a photo or video extension, you need to download an app from the App Store that contains photo or video extensions. Here are some of our favorites:

Once you've installed the app or apps:

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the photo or video you'd like to edit.

  3. Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner.
  4. Tap on the More button at the bottom of your screen. It's a circle with three dots inside.

  5. Tap on More.
  6. Tap the switch next to the extension that you'd like to turn on.

Tap Done in the upper-right corner and your app extensions are ready to use!

How to access and use photo and video extensions in Photos

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the photo or video you'd like to edit.

  3. Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner.
  4. Tap on the More button at the bottom of your screen. It's a circle with three dots inside.

  5. Tap on the app name that you'd like to pull filters or edits from.
  6. Make your edits and tap Done at the top when you're satisfied.

Repeat steps 4-6 again with other photo editing apps if you'd like. Tap Done in the upper-right corner when you're finished editing.

How to access and use photo and video extensions in Photos in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

In iOS 13, extensions don't need to be turned on, all the apps you have downloaded that can be used as extensions should already be in the Photos app ready to go.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the photo or video you'd like to edit.
  3. Tap Edit in the top right corner.

    Launch the Photos app from your Home screen. tap on a photo you want to edit, and then tap Edit in the top right corner.

  4. Tap More the three dots in the top right corner.
  5. Tap the extension you want to use.
  6. Tap Done when finished editing.

    Tap More in the top right corner, tap the extensions you want to use, and then tap done when you are finished editing

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Updated August 2019: This article has been updated for iOS 13.

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