How to Rotate Wallpaper on an iPhone

By Andy Walton

Images taken using the iPhone's camera appear in the Photos app.
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The iPhone's built-in Photos app makes it possible for you to set any image in the device's photo library as wallpaper. In the same app, you can rotate pictures to quickly fix orientation issues before setting a particular image as your home or lock screen background. This feature is particularly useful when photographing objects directly above or beneath you, as the iPhone's accelerometer is not always able to accurately calculate whether a picture should be taken as portrait or landscape in these situations.

Tap the “Photos” icon to open the iPhone photo library and then select the picture to be used as wallpaper.

Tap the “Edit” button to bring up the Edit Photo panel and then tap the “Rotate” icon to rotate the image. Each tap of the Rotate icon turns the image 90 degrees counterclockwise. Click “Save” to save your changes and exit.

Tap the “Action” icon and then select “Use As Wallpaper” to open the “Move and Scale” menu. The Action icon resembles a box with a right-facing arrow.

Drag the image to the desired on-screen position and use the pinch gesture to zoom in on it if necessary. When you are happy with the image, tap the “Set” button.

Select “Set Both” to set the image as your wallpaper for both the home and lock screens. Alternatively, select “Set Lock Screen” or “Set Home Screen” to set the image as wallpaper for just one of these screens.


You can also remove red-eye, apply an instant color saturation fix and crop the size of your wallpaper images in the Edit Photo panel.

You cannot resize or rotate any of the Apple-supplied wallpapers located in the Brightness & Wallpaper section of the Settings app.


Information in this article applies to iPhones running the iOS 6 operating system. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.