Thu. Sep 21st, 2023
There's a New Quick Crop Tool for Photos and Videos on Your iPhone — And It's Much Faster Than Cropping the Old Way

Cropping images and videos on iPhone has always been a little tricky in the Photos app, but Apple has improved the process with the iOS 17 update. Also works on iPad on iPadOS 17.

Previously, you could open an image or video in Photos, click (Edit) from the toolbar, select the (Crop) tool, and resize it using the bounding box or by zooming in. This all works the same as in iOS 17. iPadOS 17 introduces an easier way to crop photos and videos. If you want to crop photos and videos more than anything else, this will definitely become your go-to cropping method going forward.

Although the stable release of iOS 17/iPadOS 17 isn’t scheduled until the fall, you can try out the new Photos app with iOS 17 Beta or iPadOS 17 Beta.

Crop without opening the editor first

With an image or video open in Photos, use the two-finger gesture to zoom in. Use the edges of your device’s screen as an invisible cropping border, moving your fingers closer and further apart until everything you want is in the frame the way you want it.

A new Crop button will appear at the top of the screen. Tapping this will open the photo editor and take you directly to the crop tool, bordering the edges of the screen. If you don’t need any further editing, press the “Done” button in the editor to save the cropped image or video.

According to Apple, you should be able to “crop, rotate, and flip images faster by pinching to zoom and tapping (Crop),” but the rotation and flip options aren’t public yet. not.

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Adjust default crop percentage

If you don’t want to crop your photos or videos to match the aspect ratio of your iPhone or iPad display, instead of tapping the Crop button after zooming in, press and hold the button to change the default crop ratio. Options may vary depending on your iPhone or iPad model, but include:

  • full screen
  • original
  • wide screen
  • square

No matter which ratio you choose, the Photos app uses your device’s entire display to frame images and videos correctly. So if you use a square size, you won’t see a square box when you zoom, but the height or width will be used for half the crop. Here are some examples.

widescreen crop

Widescreen crops use a 9:16 or 16:9 ratio, depending on whether you’re in portrait or landscape orientation. Portrait mode uses the top and bottom of the screen as the crop border, and landscape mode uses the left and right as the crop border.

square cropping

A square crop uses a 1:1 ratio. Portrait mode also uses the top and bottom of the screen as crop borders, while landscape mode uses the left and right as well.

original crop

Original cropping uses the proportions at which the photo or video was taken. So, if you snap a Live Photo with the Show Outside Frame option turned on in your camera settings, any content that was outside the frame at the time it was taken will not be visible on screen. The second image below shows the original crop, and the third image zooms out completely to show everything captured outside the frame.

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Full screen cropping

A full screen crop uses the proportions of your device’s display. That means what you see is what you get, whether it’s in portrait or landscape orientation.

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