How to Rotate a Video for Free Online

When you record videos on your phone, you may film both vertically and horizontally, or even switch between the two. I'll show you how to fix this online.

How to Rotate a Video for Free Online

When people record videos on their phones, they film vertically, horizontally, or switch between the two. This creates awkward angles and sideways clips that are virtually unwatchable.

To salvage your clips and make the viewing experience better for everyone, I’ll walk you through how to rotate your videos with an online video editor called Kapwing. Kapwing is free to use, packed with intuitive tools for modern creators, and accessible on any device with a browser. Follow the steps below to begin turning your video to the desired angle.

  1. Upload Your Video to Kapwing
  2. Rotate the Video
  3. Export & Download

Step 1: Upload Your Video to Kapwing

Start by heading to Kapwing in your browser and clicking Start Editing to enter the Studio. In this example, I'm using a computer, but you can rotate a video on your iPhone, Android, or tablet using the same steps. To upload a video from your device, select the button that says “Click to upload” and find the file you want to edit in your file browser. If you're on a computer, you can also drag and drop the file into the Studio.

A screenshot of the Kapwing uploader.

If you want to rotate a video you found online, you can paste a link from YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and most social media sites into the URL bar. The video will immediately upload to the Studio. Alternatively, you can click "Google Drive," sign in, and import a video from your account.

Step 2: Rotate the Video

Now that you’re in the Studio, rotating your video is easy. Simply click on your video and find the blue rotation button along the bottom edge of the canvas. Click & drag this button to rotate your video to any angle you’d like. If you want to rotate 90, 180, or 270 degrees, your video will automatically snap into place at these angles.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, pointing out the layer rotation tools.

Using the Rotate options in the lower left, you can also perform quick 90° rotations or flip your photo over the X-axis or Y-axis. To turn your video with precision, click the plus and minus sign in the rotate panel until you're happy with the results.

Step 3: Export & Download

Now that your video has been rotated and edited to perfection, just click Export Video in the upper right-hand corner. You'll see this at the top of the screen on a mobile device. Kapwing will immediately start processing your video. Once your video is done processing, you’ll go to a page where you can download or continue to edit. Just click Download and Kapwing will save the video to your device.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

I hope this article helps you find the right angle for any video. If you're looking for more tips and tutorials on digital content in 2021, take a look at our YouTube channel Kapwing App. In the meantime, read through some related articles on flipping, rotating, and moving videos online: