There’s many other reasons you would want to rotate a video you’ve taken on your iPhone. You may want to make yourself look like Spiderman walking on the ceiling (but the video you took is of you walking on the floor.) You may have saved a landscape video from Snapchat or Instagram but it saved thinking it was a portrait (silly video!) You may just WANT to, no explanation necessary.
But when you open up a video in the Photos application of your iPhone, the only available option under “edit” is a video trimmer. From the iPhone Photos app, you cannot rotate your video. iPhone video creators must use a different tool - a website or iOS app - to rotate a video.
Instead, I recommend using Kapwing's Rotate Video tool to rotate a video you film on your iPhone. It's free, and you don't have to download anything to use it. In this step-by-step tutorial, I will show you how to rotate or mirror your video quickly and easily using an online tool.
How to rotate your video
Step 1: Upload video
Upload your video to the free Kapwing rotate tool. You can either upload the video from your camera roll, or you can import a video from YouTube or other websites. Kapwing also works for rotating GIFs and images.
Step 2: Use rotate tool
Use Kapwing’s rotate tool to rotate, mirror, and even trim your video as desired.
Press the left arrow to rotate your video counter-clockwise and the right arrow to rotate your video clockwise. Use the mirror tool to flip your video over the center vertical axis. If you want to cut off parts of your video you can click “Trim video” which allows you to control the beginning and ending of the clip.
As you rotate and flip, your preview will update to show you what the output media will look like.
If you want to get more control over the angle of rotation, you can instead upload your video to Kapwing's Studio. In the Studio, you have full control over the angle of rotation, so you can free-form tilt the video on a digital canvas.
Step 3: Download your video
Once the video preview has been rotated, click CREATE to process the rotated MP4 file. After the Kapwing Kittens process the rotated video, you can share the link by copy the short URL or download the rotated video to your camera roll.
To download, copy and paste the link from the download page to the Kapwing iOS app (available here) and then click “Save to device."
Unfortunately Apple makes it really difficult for web developers to enable video downloads from mobile Safari. The Kapwing iOS app allows us to circumvent this.
Thanks for reading! I hope this article helps Apple users everywhere rotate videos on iOS. Check out the Kapwing Studio for more helpful, free web tools for mobile video creators.