How to Rotate Videos On Android

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Whether you're using a tablet, or your phone you can use Google Photos to rotate those videos that were recorded in the wrong orientation.

Use Google Photos to Rotate Your Videos

You don't want to upload a video that you need to crane your head to the side to watch, but thankfully you can fix this in just a few moments using Google Photos.

All you need to do this is a Google Photos 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

The phone screen shows a video of an airport, along with icons to share the video.
  1. Open the Gallery on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Tap the video you want to upload.
  3. Tap the share icon on the screen.
  4. Tap Upload to Google Photos.
  5. If you have multiple Google Accounts choose the account you want to upload your video to.

How To Rotate Your Videos In Google Photos

A dog runs in a video filled with snow, options to rotate or stabilize the video are at the bottom of the screen.
  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.

What You Can't Do

While you can rotate any video you've personally filmed, or downloaded to your phone you can't rotate any video you come across during your internet travels. The video needs to be saved onto your phone, and then uploaded to Google Photos in order to adjust it properly. Additionally, when you rotate a video you are rotating the orientation.

This means if a video was shot in portrait, but your phone was tilted to landscape then you will be able to properly rotate it. However, if you shot something in portrait mode and it filmed that way then rotating the video won't help things any. Instead of switching the orientation, it will just rotate your video so it is sideways.

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

Other Options

While the easiest option for rotating your photos is Google Photos, there are technically other options. There are a variety of apps out there that can also rotate your videos. However most of these apps include ads, require you to pay for their services or have usability issues. This is why we're suggesting you use Google Photos.

However if you really want to check out the competition, the top rated video rotate apps are Rotate Video FX and Smart Video Rotate and Flip.