How to Take Square Photos on an iPhone

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Updated iPhone camera app in iOS 14 mixed up some settings and commands. If you like taking square photos, don’t worry; the option is still there. Here’s how to do it.

Open the “Camera” application. Slide your finger anywhere on the screen or tap the chevron (arrow) icon at the top of the screen. This brings up all of the additional options at the bottom of the viewfinder.

Press “4: 3” (this is the default iPhone camera crop).

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Press “Square” to switch from 4: 3 mode to Square mode.

That’s it: you’re back to taking square photos.

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If you want to shoot wider 16: 9 cinematic images, you can select the “16: 9” option from the same menu.

Crop photos later

Taking square photos only pre-crops your images. Your iPhone always saves the complete file, so you can revert to the original 4: 3 image at any time. Or you can crop any existing image into a square. Here’s how.

Open the image you want to crop in the Photos app. Tap “Edit,” then tap the crop icon.

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Next, tap the aspect ratio icon and select the option you want.

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You can pinch to crop in or out, and drag the edges of the crop tool to change the framing of your image. When you are satisfied, press “Done” to save the results.

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The Photos app is packed with features to edit photos after taking them. Check-out our complete guide to editing photos with the iPhone Photos app for more details.

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