How to Resize or Reduce Photo Size on iPhone and iPad

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The editor in the Photos app is quite feature-rich, but you can’t resize photos. Luckily, you can use a shortcut or a third-party app to resize or reduce photo size on iPhone and iPad. Here’s how.

How to Resize a Photo Using Shortcuts

If you need to reduce a photo’s resolution or file size, look no further than the Shortcuts app. Shortcuts is Apple’s built-in automation tool that helps you create your own tools and simplify multi-step processes that you perform frequently.

Using Shortcuts, you can create simple automations that follow predefined steps. In this guide, we’ll create a shortcut that can take single or multiple photos, resize them based on your input, and save the resulting output back to the Photos app.

To get started, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. In the “My Shortcuts” tab, tap the Plus (“+”) button in the top-right corner to create a new shortcut.

Tap the Plus button in the "My Shortcuts" tab to create a new shortcut.

Tap the “Add Action” button.

Tap "Add Action" in the new shortcut.

Search for and then add the “Resize Image” action.

Add the "Resize Image" action to the shortcut.

Now it’s time to customize this action. Tap the “Image” button.

Tap the "Image" button to configure the source.

In the pop-up, choose the “Shortcut Input” option. This means that the shortcut will resize any image that you send to it (It’s useful for sending multiple images using the Share menu in the Photos app.).

Choose "Shortcut Input" as the source of the shortcut.

Next, it’s time to decide the resulting width and height. By default, the shortcut will resize the image to 640 pixels wide with auto height.

Tap the "640" button to change the default width size.

You can tap the “640” button to change the default, or you can switch to the “Ask Each Time” option. This would be our recommendation, as it gives you the freedom to change the resolution without duplicating the shortcut.

Switch to "Ask Each Time" to change the width option.

It’s best to leave the “Auto Height” option as the default. Next, tap the Plus(+) button to add the next action.

Tap the plus button to add another action.

Search for and then add the “Save to Photo Album” action.

Add "Save to Photo Album" action to the shortcut.

By default, this action will save the resized image to the “Recents” album. If you want, you can tap the “Recents” button to change the album.

Change the default photo save location by tapping the "Recents" button.

The shortcut is now created. Tap the “Menu” button to customize it.

Tap the three-dotted Menu button at the top of the shortcut.

Here, give the shortcut a name at the top, and then be sure to enable the “Show in Share Sheet” option.

Customize the shortcut name and enable the "Show in Share Sheet" feature.

Tap the “Done” button at the top to save the customization.

Tap "Done" from the Details page.

On the shortcut screen, tap the “Done” button again to save the shortcut.

Tap "Done" to save the shortcut.

You’re all done in the Shortcuts app. Next, launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.

In Photos, select a photo (or the photos) that you want to resize and tap the “Share” button (which looks like a rounded square with an arrow pointing upward from it).

Tap the Share button in the Photos app.

Scroll down and select the shortcut that we just created (in our example, it’s called “Resize Images,” but you might have named it something different in the Shortcuts app above).

Choose the "Resize Images" shortcut in the Share sheet.

Enter the desired image width in pixels and tap the “Done” button.

Enter the width to resize the image, and tap "Done."

After a moment, the shortcut will resize the image (or images), and you’ll find it (or them) saved in the “Recents” album in the Photos app.

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