Mirror, mirror, flip them all. How to mirror an image on iPhone? Since they first hit the market, smartphones have presented consumers and consumer-based businesses with an amazing ability.

It used to be that several physical consumer objects like calculators and sound recording devices had to be purchased separately. However, there is a surprisingly long list of items which smart phones have replaced.

All for one, and none for all.

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Digital cameras are just one of the items smartphones have conveniently replaced allowing you full photo taking ability from the comfort of your pocket. The competition between Apple and Android smartphones is a debate which constantly shifts allegiances with every new phone release.

However, no matter your allegiance, tips on using your phone effectively is something any phone owner can find handy.

The addition of the front facing camera to both iPhones and Androids phones gave an added function of being able to take photos of yourself. As useful a feature as this is, it has the frequent fault of creating backward images. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for this.

Mirroring or flipping a photo taken with your smart phone is simple. A little knowledge how to do so can help you get the most out of your camera while ensuring you never miss a moment due to a bad photo.

Why Would I Need to Flip a Photo?

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We’ve all been there. We’ve smiled for the camera believing we had captured the perfect moment – only to see that the resulting image is far from flattering.

In times past, this could mean costly retakes or delays in getting to view the image, but the mirroring/flipping editing function makes it easy to write your photogenic wrongs.

A mirrored or flipped image is the reversal of an image across its horizontal axis. This action gives the effect of rearranging the photos elements just as if they were in a mirror. Image flipping’s most important use comes with making adjustments to pictures taken with the front facing camera.

Commonly known as selfies, these images are often rendered backwards and only some cameras allow for the image to be automatically adjusted.

How to Mirror an Image on iPhone

Every camera capable iPhone comes with stock in photo gallery editing options. A lot of times, these aren’t very extensive and they deal with simple things like color, contrast adjustments, and cropping.

Unfortunately, image flipping is not one of the standard photo editing options available within the iPhone’s photo gallery. Sorry, iPhone Family.

Despite the limitations of the iPhone’s photo editing options, there are several free downloadable apps which make photo mirroring and a host of other editing functions available.

A prime example of this is Adobe Photo Express which allows you to easily flip your photos:

  1. 1
    While in the app, select the photo you want to flip by using the “Open from Camera Roll” option.
  2. 2
    Once the photo is opened, simply tap the horizontal flip arrows (or vertical) to automatically mirror your image.
  3. 3
    Save the image to add the new flipped version to your photo gallery.

Flipping photos with an iPhone is easy to do. Apps by design pioneering firms like Adobe are an obvious solution to photo editing, but the beauty of smartphone capability is found in their app store’s ever increasing options.

If Adobe is too robust for you, download QuickFlip. It’s an app which makes figuring out how to mirror an image on your iPhone as easy as swiping your finger.


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Android operating systems like their Apple rivals are constantly being updated with new versions. However, flipping images is often a left-out editing feature for standard gallery photo editors.

Some Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy allow for flipping using their native photo editors, but it’s probably best to download a free app from the Google store.

Image Flip is an Android-based app whose primary purpose is to horizontally flip images. It has a two-step process:

  1. With the photo open in the app, press the “+” symbol a t the bottom right corner to horizontally flip the image.
  2. Tap the arrow in the top right corner to save the flipped image.

What’s “Appening

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Whether you’re loyal to Apple or Android, it’s clear that both platforms have a photo flipping issue.

However, with the ability of app developers to add new solutions to Apple Store and Google Play, there is no lack of options for making sure your photos come out exactly the way you want them.

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