Are Your iPhone Photos Refusing To Rotate In Windows Explorer? Here Is The Solution

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I love my iPhone but there are a couple of pet peeves that I have had with it from day one.  One of them was something which I managed to miraculously solve this morning, which was the strange enigma of iPhone photos refusing to turn around the right way, when transferred to the PC and viewed with the default Photo Viewer in Windows Explorer.

If you have an iPhone and a Windows PC, I’m sure you’ve encountered the same problem.  You’ve connected your iPhone to the computer, transferred your photos over to a folder on the PC, and then you’ve started to rotate the ones which are the wrong way around like so :

But when you try to rotate them round the right way and save them, you receive an error message like this :

This pissed me off for a long time, and as I started to use my iPhone camera more and more, this problem became even more of an irritant.  I didn’t want to crane my neck or stand on my head to view my photos. So I decided to see if there was a solution to the problem.  After scouring webpages and forums on the issue, I came across a very simple and straightforward program called JPEG Lossless Rotator, which works instantly and perfectly to turn those photos around any way you want them. It integrates into your Windows Explorer right-click menu to make things as easy and fast as possible.

You will find the program just under the green download button.  It is NOT the green download button, but the links below that.  There is even a portable version of the software for all you USB stick fans out there.

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After downloading it, make you sure you tick the “Integrate JPEG Lossless Rotator With Shell” option, otherwise it won’t appear in your Explorer right click menu.

Then as soon as you have finished installing it, the app is ready to be used, immediately.  There’s no need for system reboots or any of that nonsense.

Just go to the photo (or photos) that you want to rotate, highlight them with your mouse, right-click, and you will now see two new options in your right-click menu :

Simply choose the direction in which you want your photos to be turned and automagically, they will be turned!  Hallelujah!

And that is basically that.  JPEG Lossless Rotator is one of those life-saving programs that you can just install in less than a minute, it starts working right away, and it does exactly what it says it will do. No bugs, no error messages, no steep learning curve.  In other words, my kind of perfect program!

Do let us know in the comments if you have been having the same kind of troubles with your iPhone images.  If you are, and you own a Windows PC, I strongly recommend JPEG Lossless Rotator as the solution to the problem.  Or maybe you prefer another solution?  Please do tell me about it as I like to consider all possibilities. Mac owners, I don’t know if you even have this issue when you transfer your photos to your computer.  Do you?  If so, what is the Mac solution?

And now, I think I may have found the solution to my other pet peeve.  But I will keep that for another article!

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Comments (27)
  • Curt

    Folks when you export iPhone photos remember to uncheck the box that indicates by default you want the pictures rotated when exported into your Windows PC. Why in the world would this option be set that way in the first place? Its just one of those fun things Apple provides for free so others can confuse you with an pay app App to fix it?

  • Curt

    Skip all this folks! Tag all pictures in Windows Explorer, then right click highlighted photos, select ‘rotate left’ and bam! All photos corrected. DONT BY ANY PROGRAMS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS!

  • Chris Davis

    It would be nice if Apple would release an update that would fix this! After about a year with the 4S and a couple updates — running 6.0.1 910A523) and it still suffers this problem.
    The workaround works, but I expect more from Apple!

  • Jess

    Works an absolute charm. Thank you so much have been looking for a solution for ages!

  • Melissa

    When I have right clicked and had the images rotated- it does so….but the thumbnail is still rotated wrong. When I click on the image to see it, it is correct. Why doesn’t the thumbnail update? I did the refresh trick and it didn’t work, any thoughts?

    • Mark O’Neill

      I’ve noticed this too. I’ve found that simply clicking on another folder and then going back into the photos folder is enough for the thumbnails to update.

      Slightly inconvenient but there you go….

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