Why Does My iPhone Camera Flip The Picture? How To Unflip iPhone Camera Photos With This Mirror Image Fix

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The front camera on your iPhone flips photos when you capture them. Much to your surprise, it actually unflips them. If you are wondering why it does so then you should continue reading this article. Here in this guide, we share why does your iPhone camera flips the picture.

You will also learn how you can take selfies without flipping and also flip photos on your iPhone that are already taken and stored on your Camera Roll.

Why The Picture Gets Flipped?

When you open your iPhone’s front camera to take a selfie you see a mirror image.

It is because of the fact that we are used to looking at ourselves in the mirror hence the camera is designed to show us exactly that.

However, once you tap on the capture button the photo gets unflipped and then saved to Camera Roll. This means that the photo you see in the Camera Roll is an exact match to how you looked while capturing the photo and not what the Camera app showed.

Even though it might seem strange at first but once you understand this then you will know that your selfie is actually unflipped.

For better understanding look at the screenshots below and observe the text on the book before and after taking the selfie.

Mirror Shot 1

If the iPhone camera didn’t unflip your picture then all your selfies will be mirror images and the ones clicked with the rear camera will be real/correct ones. Which of course would be bizarre really.

That said, we as users would like to have mirror or flip photos and iOS has no setting whatsoever to disable flipping of photos. But you don’t have to feel disappointed as there are apps which can do that for you.

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Flip Photos On iPhone

There are two parts to this:

  • Taking photos or selfies that aren’t flipped.
  • Unflip or flip (as you would usually call it) the photos that are already taken.

Here’s the solution for both of them.

Mirror Selfies In The Front Camera

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The Built-in Editor In The Photos App

While there is no way to prevent the front-facing iPhone camera from flipping your photos, you can unflip using the built-in editor in the Photos app.

  1. Inside the Photos app, go to the selfie you want to unflip.
  2. There, tap on Edit.
  3. Now, tap on the rotate button on the lower section of the screen.
Edit
  1. Tap on the flip button to mirror the image.
  2. Lastly, tap on Done to save it.
Flip Button
Mirrored Image
  1. That’s how you unflip an image using the built-in editor.

Unflip Selfies Using An App

  1. To capture mirrored photos you need to install the Photo Flipper app which is available for free on the App Store.
  2. After opening the app tap on the Camera icon and allow it to access your phone’s Camera app.
  3. Tap on the capture button to take the selfie.
    So far the behavior is the same as the usual iPhone Camera but here’s the catch.
Photo Flipper Selfie
  1. By default, the mirrored photo (similar to the one you saw before taking the picture) will be saved to your Camera Roll when capturing pictures with this app.
    This app is also capable of resolving the second issue that I listed above. You can flip/unflip photos that are already existing on your iPhone using this app. To do so use the simple steps below.
  2. On the home screen of the app, tap on the Gallery icon and allow the app to access your Photos.
  3. Next, select the desired album and photo to flip.
  4. Swipe left or right to flip/unflip the photo.
Flip Existing Photos Using Photo Fiipper
  1. After flipping it you can save the picture by tapping on the share icon at the bottom right and select Save Image.

There’s another similar app Mirror (link) that you can try but it doesn’t have the feature to flip existing photos.

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Mirror Existing iPhone Photos

If you mostly want to flip the selfies after you have captured them then you may install the Adobe Photoshop Express app from this link.

  1. On opening the app give the necessary permissions.
  2. Next, select the desired photo and tap on the Crop icon.
Flip Photos Using Photoshop Express
  1. Now, tap on the Rotate tab and select Flip Horizontal.
  2. After that, tap on the Share icon at the top right and select Camera Roll.
Save to Camera Roll

The mirrored image will be saved in the Photos app.

Here we have handpicked other tutorials in which you might be interested:

Now You Know How to Unflip iPhone Camera Photos

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Hemant Mendiratta
Hemant Mendiratta is a passionate blogger and keeps a keen eye on useful apps and gadgets. Absolutely loves running and is currently training for his first Marathon. You can connect with him on:

1 COMMENT

  1. Thanks, informative article Hemant!

    But here’s the quandary: Most of my friends’ iPhones(and a few ‘Droids) are NOT performing the internal flip, automatically. That is – their photos are coming out as their previews: BACKWARDS.

    Selfies they have taken show themselves, and the names of places behind them, backwards and illegible. Same with the time on a clock behind them. The Apple Support communities are useless probably because folks are having difficulty properly explaining what’s going on.

    My iPhones(4 and 5s) and my wife’s(8s), flip selfies properly and the text on our shirts, time on clocks, etc, appear correctly oriented.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions you migh have!

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