While most smartphones today can automatically detect the correct orientation when recording, you may need to know how to rotate a video on Android. This is helpful if you start shooting and then rotate the camera or if you just want to flip it to have fun and get a different perspective. Either way, this guide shows how to rotate videos on Android using built-in apps to get the orientation you want. Let’s get started:
NOTE: This tutorial applies to Android 11, and it was created using Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy A51. Check the Android version on your smartphone or tablet for more details. The procedures are similar on most Android-powered devices, although you might encounter minor differences, depending on your device’s manufacturer. If you’re using a Samsung smartphone, you can also use the Gallery app, as shown in the dedicated chapter at the end of this guide.
The Google Photos app should be installed by default on your Android smartphone or tablet. If it isn’t, you can easily install it from the Google Play Store. After recording a video, open Google Photos by tapping on its icon.
In the app, locate the video you want to rotate and tap on it to play it full screen.
Tap on the screen while your video is playing to reveal additional options.
Then, press on Edit at the bottom.
Next, tap on Crop from the options at the bottom.
This reveals the Rotate button. Tap on it to rotate the video counter-clockwise.
Repeat the previous step until you are happy with the video’s rotation. When you are done, tap on Save copy.
Depending on the size of your video, it could take a while for Google Photos to save your new video. You can then find the video as a separate file in the app.
That was it! You can now enjoy the video with the orientation you chose.
TIP: If you take many screenshots on your smartphone, you may want to configure their format from JPG to PNG and back. To learn more read our guide about changing the screenshot format on Android.
If you’re wondering how to rotate a video in Android on Samsung Galaxy devices, you can also use their built-in Gallery app. To begin, tap on Gallery to open it.
Find the video you want to rotate and tap on it.
The video starts playing full screen. Tap on the pencil icon at the bottom of the screen to edit it.
Next, tap the Transform button to reveal more options.
The Rotate button is the first one in the row of icons displayed under the video. Tapping on it rotates the video counter-clockwise.
Continue pressing Rotate until you get the video orientation you want. Then, tap on Save at the top of the screen.
It might take a bit, depending on the size of your video, but the new version is then saved next to the old one in the Gallery app.
TIP: If you want to locate your Samsung Galaxy devices with ease in case you lose them or they get stolen, here’s how to locate missing Samsung Galaxy devices with SmartThings Find.
The option to rotate videos is not as easy to find as it used to be on Android. We suspect that the setting was hidden away because most smartphones today are smart enough to detect the correct orientation. 🙂 Before you close this guide, tell us your story. Why did you rotate the video? Do you often need to rotate videos on your Android smartphone or tablet? Comment below, and let’s discuss.