How to Rotate A Video in Android?

Yesterday, a friend of mine passed me some concert videos filmed from his smartphone. Unfortunately, he filmed while holding his phone horizontally and when I tried to play the video on my Android smartphone, a Huawei P9 lite, the video was not in the right direction… Not very practical, especially since on a regular computer the video was also badly displayed (portrait format instead of landscape format).

There are lots of ways to rotate a video: with online converters available on the web or with video editing software like Windows Movie Maker or even with the video software VLC ( that we have already used to recover the sound from a video.

But the procedures are often a bit long and not necessarily obvious for a neophyte whereas it is very simple to rotate a video directly from your Android phone thanks to Google Photos. Google Photos is an application present by default on all Android devices, Google taking advantage of this to install its own applications from its operating system.

Note that we are talking about video here but the principle to rotate is exactly the same for a photo / image!

Rotate a video with Google Photos in Android

Pre-installed on Android devices (or downloadable here), Google Photos allows you to modify a video in a few seconds and in particular to rotate it 90° or 180°, as you wish.

How to rotate a video with Google Photos?

  1. Click on your photo, a menu should appear then click on the Edit icon (represented by a pencil)
    Attention, the icon to edit the video has recently changed! You still have to click on the second icon from the left but it’s not a pencil anymore…
  2. Then press on Rotate at the bottom right of the application. Press as many times as needed to display the video as you want, each click rotating the video 90°.
  3. All that’s left is to click on Save at the top right of the Google Photos application.

Your edited video will be saved in the same folder as the original video, which will also be kept. The new video is named the same way, just with ~2 added to its name.

Note that the length of time it takes to save the video will depend on the initial size of the video: the longer and larger the video, the longer it will take.