How to Mirror an Image on the iPhone

Flipping or mirroring a picture on the iPhone is easier than you think

A mirrored image of a woman jumping.

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Mirroring a photo or saved image on your iPhone can be a great way to get a picture to look the way you want. While there isn't any native support for creating mirror effects within the iOS Photos app itself, there are a variety of free third-party options available.

Here's everything you need to know about mirroring a picture on your iPhone.

What Does Mirroring Mean?

Mirroring an image is the process of flipping an image either horizontally or vertically. This basic editing trick is often used by people to make text seen through a mirror in a photo readable but it can also be used to improve an image's aesthetic or to help a photo match the goals of a design project.

For example, if a graphic requires a model to be looking to the right but all the available photos have them glancing to the left, mirroring the image will immediately fix this problem without the need for any reshoots.

Mirror effects can also be used to create more surreal imagery such as a picture of a woman looking at another version of herself or the illusion of two objects being completely identical to one another within the same image.

How to Mirror an Image on iPhone With Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is a free iOS app that features a range of photo editing tools. Here's how to use the app to flip or mirror an image on your iPhone.

Adobe Photoshop Express iPhone app for mirroring images.
  1. After opening Photoshop Express, tap the camera icon in the lower-left corner.

  2. Tap the Edit tab at the top of the screen.

  3. Tap the photo you want to edit.

  4. Tap the crop icon from the bottom menu.

  5. Tap Rotate.

  6. Tap Flip Horizontal to mirror the image horizontally.

    If you want to flip an image vertically, tap on Flip Vertical instead.

  7. Feel free to use any of the other tools to add filters or adjust color levels and, when you're ready, tap the icon that looks like a box with an up arrow poking out of it.

  8. Tap on Save & Share.

    The mirrored version of your photo will not overwrite or delete the original.

  9. Your mirrored image will now be available for you to use in the Photos app alongside your other photos.

How to Mirror a Photo on iPhone With Photo Flipper

Unlike Photoshop Express which has a variety of different image filters and effects, Photo Flipper is a free app that's designed purely for mirroring images and nothing else. Here's how to use it.

Photo Flipper iPhone app for mirroring images.
  1. Open the Photo Flipper app and tap the photos icon in the lower-left corner.

    You can take a photo from within the app by tapping the camera icon instead.

  2. Browse the file explorer to locate the image you want to flip and select it.

  3. Once your photo has loaded, drag your finger across it horizontally or vertically to mirror it.

  4. Tap the share icon that looks like a box and arrow.

  5. Tap Save Image to save the mirrored picture to your device. 

How to Flip a Picture on iPhone Using Photo Mirror Effects Camera

Photo Mirror Effects Camera is a free iOS app that lets users create mirror or reflection effects in their photos. This app can't do a basic horizontal or vertical flip but it is a good solution for those looking for more complex image mirroring on their iPhone.

Photo Mirror Effects Camera iPhone app for flipping images.
  1. Open the Photo Mirror Effects Camera app on your iPhone and tap the camera icon.

  2. Find the photo you want to mirror and tap it.

    This app is supported by video ads which may play during the image editing process.

  3. For a basic mirror effect, drag your finger horizontally across the photo to choose the desired point of mirroring. To add a vertical mirror effect or a fancier filter, tap on the icons along the bottom of the screen.

  4. Tap the photo once to close any menus you have open.

  5. Tap the share icon in the top-right corner.

  6. Tap the down arrow to save your newly mirrored image to your iPhone.