How to Edit your Photos on Windows Phone 8

It doesn't matter why you bought your smartphone, sooner or later you will use it to take pictures. And, you might want to do some quick edits to some of those pictures. Things like: cropping, rotating or improving the white balance. Windows Phone 8 has some built-in features for doing basic editing. Here's is how they work.

Open the picture you want to edit in Windows Phone 8

Start by opening the Photos app, either by using the live tile on your phone's Start screen, or by tapping its entry in the Apps list.

Browse to the folder where the picture you want to edit is found. If you want to edit a picture from an online album, you will have to first save it on your Windows Phone.

When you have located the picture, tap its thumbnail to open it.

On the picture's screen, open the bottom menu by tapping more (the three dots on the bottom right).

Then, tap edit.

This will open the picture editing screen. Next, let's take a look at the available editing options.

How to rotate a picture in Windows Phone 8

The rotate button does exactly what its name implies. Tap it to rotate the picture.

The rotation is done in steps of steps 90 degrees, in clockwise direction.

How to crop a picture in Windows Phone 8

The third button available is crop. If you tap it, a new screen opens, where you can trim the picture as you wish.

Move the blue margins in any direction until you have selected the portion of the image you want to keep.

If you'd like to use a standard aspect ratio, tap the aspect ratio button. You can find it on the bottom menu of the screen.

From the list of options displayed, select the aspect ratio you wish to use.

You will be brought back to the crop screen, where the aspect ratio is now applied. When done cropping the picture, tap done.

How to fix a picture in Windows Phone 8

If you're not satisfied with your picture's colors or brightness, you can try to auto-fix it. Tap the fix button on the edit screen.

This will apply automatically calculated exposure levels and white balance to your picture.

However, if the fixes applied aren't to your liking, you can always tap the undo fix button to undo them.

How to save the picture you edited

After you have made all the changes you wanted, it is time to save the picture in order to keep these changes. The first button in the bottom menu, shown on the edit screen is named save. Tap it.

If you don't want to save any of the changes you made, tap your phone's back button and the picture will remain as it was.


As you can see from this tutorial. Windows Phone 8 comes with a few basic features for editing pictures that are handy when you need to make a quick change. Try them out and let us know what you think. Are there any other picture editing tools you would like Microsoft to include in Windows Phone?