How to Rotate Videos on Android

Twist and turn that video to fit your viewing style

What to Know

  • Upload to Google Photos: In Gallery, choose your video, select Share, and choose Upload to Photos. Choose an account to upload to.
  • In Google Photos, tap the search bar and select Videos. Select a video and tap the slider bar. Tap Rotate until oriented correctly. Choose Save.

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 installed as part of the Google Suite of apps and linked to the Google account you use on your phone.

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, then select the Share icon.

  3. Choose Upload to Photos.

  4. 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 and tap the search bar.

  2. Choose Videos, then select the video you want to rotate.

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

  4. Select Rotate until the video is oriented the way you want it.

  5. Choose Save.

    Settings, Rotate button, Save on Android

Limitations

You can rotate any video you filmed and downloaded to your phone. You cannot rotate videos you downloaded from the internet. The video needs to be saved to your phone and then uploaded to Google Photos to adjust it properly.

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

You can change the orientation of a video from your phone. Instead, you'll need movie editing software such as iMovie for Mac or Windows Movie Maker. These programs rotate a video and change the orientation so that it looks the way you want.

Other Options

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

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