How to Mirror or Flip an Image on the iPhone

Tap the Flip icon to mirror your images

Mirroring (or flipping) a photo on your iPhone can be a great way to get a picture to look the way you want it to look. The Photos app on your iPhone and iPad can flip images with a few taps, or you can use a third-party app like Photoshop Express or Photo Flipper to mirror your images and add effects. 

How to Mirror an Image on iPhone With the Photos App

The quickest way to flip an image on your iPhone or iPad is to use the Photos app.

  1. Open the Photos app and tap the image you want to flip.

  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, choose Edit.

  3. Tap the Crop icon in the lower-right portion of the screen. The Crop icon looks like a box with overlapping lines and has two arced arrows pointing in different directions.

    Edit and Crop buttons in iOS Photos
  4. In the upper-left corner, tap the Flip icon. It looks like two triangles and has a line with two arrows pointing in opposite directions.

  5. Select Done to save the flipped image. If you don't want to save it, choose Cancel > Discard Changes.

    Flip and Done buttons in iOS Photos app

    If you decide that you don't like the flipped image after saving the image, go back to the image, select Edit, and choose Revert in the lower-right corner. Your image will now go back to the original before any edits were made.

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.

  1. Open or download the Photoshop Express app. By default, the app opens in the All Photos view, which displays the images in your iPhone Photos app. If you want a different view, select the arrow next to All Photos and choose from other photo sources.

  2. Select Edit at the top of the screen and then tap the photo you want to edit.

  3. Select the Crop icon at the bottom of the screen.

    Selecting a photo in Photoshop Express.
  4. Select Rotate under the image, then choose Flip Horizontal to mirror the image horizontally.

  5. Use any of the other tools to add filters or adjust color levels, then select the Share icon at the top of the screen. The icon resembles a box with an upward-pointing arrow.

  6. Choose Camera Roll to save the flipped image to the Photos app, or scroll down and select one of the other options.

    Rotate, Flip Horizontal, Camera Roll buttons in Photoshop Express

The mirrored image is saved to the Photos app or shared at another location of your choice.

The mirrored version of your photo does not overwrite or delete the original image in the Photos app.

How to Mirror a Photo on iPhone With Photo Flipper

Unlike Photoshop Express, which has various image filters and effects, Photo Flipper is an app designed primarily for mirroring images and little else. Here's how to use it.

  1. Download the Photo Flipper app and open it. Select the Photos icon in the lower-left corner.

    Photo Flipper photo icon, album view, single photo view

    You can take a photo from within the app by tapping the Camera icon in the lower-left portion of the screen.

  2. Select the folder with images stored in the Photos app, then choose the image you want to flip.

  3. After the photo loads in Photo Flipper, drag your finger across it horizontally or vertically to mirror it.

  4. Select the Share icon in the lower-right corner.

  5. Choose Save Image to save the mirrored picture to your Photos app. 

    Photo Flipper app on iOS

How to Flip a Picture on iPhone Using MirrorArt App

The MirrorArt App is a free iOS app that you can use to create mirror or reflection effects in photos. The basic horizontal or vertical flip is hidden among the more complex image mirroring options in the app.

  1. Download the MirrorArt - PIP Effects Editor app on your iPhone and open it. Select the plus (+) sign to open the Photos app images.

    If you prefer to take a new photo, select the Camera icon in the upper-right corner of the app.

  2. Select the photo you want to mirror.

    Plus icon, Photo choice in Photo Mirror Effects Camera
  3. Choose the Effect icon at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Select the Flip icon (back-to-back triangles) at the bottom of the screen to flip the image horizontally.

  5. Choose the Share icon at the top of the screen.

    Effect, mirror image icon, share button
  6. Select the down arrow to save the newly mirrored image to your iPhone.

    This app is supported by ads that pop up during the image editing process.

Why Mirror an Image?

Mirroring an image is the process of flipping a photo either horizontally or vertically. For example, people often use the mirroring effect to flip text to make it more readable in a picture.

You can also use mirroring to improve an image's aesthetic or help a photo match the goals of a design project. As another example, what if a model is supposed to look to their left, but they're glancing to the right in all images? Mirroring the image fixes the problem without the need for reshoots.

The mirror effect also creates surreal imagery, such as a picture of someone looking at another version of themselves or the illusion of two objects being completely identical to one another within the same image.

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