Making a duplicate copy of a photo on your iPhone or iPad is easy, but if you’re unfamiliar with the process you may not stumble into it on iOS or iPadOS. You can duplicate either photos or videos on your device through the Photos app.
The need to duplicate photos is somewhat obvious; many users may find themselves wanting to make a copy of a photo on their iPhone or iPad before they crop it, edit the photo, or modify it in any other way. Or perhaps you want to make a copy of a video before you edit it or trim it down, for example.
Since the process to duplicate photos on iPhone and iPad has changed in the newer versions of iOS and iPadOS system software, we’ll walk through the steps for devices running iOS 16 or later. Without further ado, let’s show you how you duplicate a photo, or duplicate a video, on the iPhone or iPad.
How to Duplicate Photo on iPhone or iPad
Open the Photos app if you haven’t done so already, and find the photo or video you want to duplicate and make a copy of
Tap on the photo so that it’s currently open on the screen
Tap on the (…) button in the corner to access more options
Tap on “Duplicate” to make a copy of the photo or video
Your duplicated photo or video will appear in your photo library, where you can edit it, modify it, or do whatever you want with it.
You can repeat this process with other photos you’d like to duplicate as well, otherwise you can select multiple photos and duplicate a group of pictures or videos too.
This is the approach for making copies of photos and videos in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 or newer versions of system software, whereas earlier iOS versions had a different approach to doing this through the sharing menu. Sometimes features get moved around, which can cause some confusion and lead some users to believe a feature has been removed, when in fact it has simply been relocated, like the Duplicate photos feature.
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