How to Rotate Videos on Android

Twist and turn that video to fit your viewing style

Two hands hold up a phone recording video.

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Whether you're using a tablet or your phone, you can use Google Photos to rotate videos that were recorded in the wrong orientation. All you need is a Google account and the Google Photos app installed on your phone. For most Android phones the app is already installed as part of the Google Suite of apps and is linked to the Google account you use on your phone.

How to Upload Your Videos to Google Photos

Before you can rotate a video, upload it to Google Photos.

  1. Open the Gallery on your Android phone or tablet.

  2. Tap the video you want to upload.

  3. Tap the Share icon.

  4. Tap Upload to Photos.

  5. If you have multiple Google Accounts, choose the account you want to upload the video to.

    Share, Upload to Photos, Google account on Android

How to Rotate Your Videos in Google Photos

After the video has been uploaded to your Google account, change the rotation.

  1. Open Google Photos on your Android phone.

  2. Tap the Search bar.

  3. Tap Videos.

  4. Tap the video you want to rotate.

  5. Tap the slider bar icon (it's at the bottom of the screen in the middle).

  6. Tap Rotate until the video looks the way you want it to.

  7. Tap Save.

    Settings, Rotate button, Save on Android

What You Can't Do

You can rotate any video you personally filmed and downloaded to your phone. You can't rotate videos you downloaded from the internet. The video needs to be saved onto your phone, and then uploaded to Google Photos in order to adjust it properly.

When you rotate a video you are rotating the orientation. If a video was shot in portrait and the phone was tilted to landscape, then you will be able to properly rotate it. However, if you shot the video in portrait mode and it filmed that way, then instead of switching the orientation, it rotates the video so it is sideways.

If you want to change the orientation of a video, then you won't be able to do this from your phone. Instead, you'll need movie editing software such as iMovie on Mac or Windows Movie Maker. These programs rotate a video and change the orientation so it looks the way you want.

Other Options

While the easiest option to rotate photos is Google Photos, there are a variety of apps that rotate videos. However most of these apps include ads, require you to pay for their services, or have usability issues. Two of the top-rated video rotation apps are Rotate Video FX and Smart Video Rotate and Flip.

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