How to edit with third-party apps and extensions in Photos

Learn how to edit photos and videos with third-party extensions in Photos for iOS and macOS. And find out how Photos and third-party apps work together on your Mac.

Third-party apps and extensions expand your editing options in Photos for iOS and macOS. You can apply edits from multiple apps and extensions to one photo, or use any combination of apps and extensions plus the editing tools built into Photos.

Use third-party extensions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to find apps with Photos extensions for your iOS device, turn on the extensions, and then use them to edit photos.

Install iOS apps that offer extensions

Use the App Store on your device to find and install apps that allow full editing from Photos or include extensions for Photos. Apps that include Photos extensions often say so in their descriptions; search for terms like "Photos extension" to explore more apps.

You can also choose from the apps listed in Edit Images Faster With Photo Extensions on the App Store.

Turn on extensions on your iOS device

After you install apps that include Photos extensions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, turn the extensions on:

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap a photo.
  2. Tap Edit, and then tap the More button with three dots.
  3. In the menu that appears, swipe to the left until you see the More button, and then tap it.
    iPhone showing the More button to access third-party extensions
  4. You see your apps that include Photos extensions. You can turn them on or off, or drag them up or down to change their order. When you’re finished, tap Done.
    iPhone showing third-party extensions that can be turned on or off

Edit photos with extensions on your iOS device

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap a photo.
  2. Tap Edit, then tap the More button with three dots.
  3. Select an app from the menu that appears.
    iPhone showing available third-party extensions
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools.
    iPhone showing photo being edited by third-party extension
  5. When you're satisfied with your edits, click Done. You can choose another extension to apply more edits to the photo, or use any of the editing tools that are built into Photos.
  6. If you're finished with all edits, click Done to exit the edit mode.

Use third-party extensions on your Mac

Learn how to find apps with Photos extensions for your Mac, turn on the extensions, and then use them to edit photos.

Install Mac apps that allow editing or offer extensions

Photos for macOS makes finding third-party apps easy:

  1. Double-click a photo in your library to open it in single view, then click Edit.
  2. Click the More button with three dots, then choose App Store.

The Mac App Store opens to a selection of third-party photo editing apps that are compatible with Photos.

You can also choose from the apps listed in Extensions for Fast Photo Edits on the App Store.

Turn on extensions on your Mac

After you install apps that include Photos extensions on your Mac, turn the extensions on:

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Extensions.
  2. Click Photos Editing in the left sidebar. Your apps that include Photos extensions appear.
    Mac display showing available third-party extensions
  3. Turn on the extensions that you want to use in Photos. You can also drag them up or down to adjust the order that they appear in Photos.

Edit photos with extensions on your Mac

  1. Double-click a photo in your library to open it in single view, then click Edit.
  2. Click the More button with three dots.
  3. Choose an app from the menu that appears.
    Mac display showing third-party extension being chosen
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools that appear.
    Mac display showing image being edited with third-party extension
  5. When you're satisfied with your edits, click Save Changes. You can choose another extension to apply more edits to the photo, or use any of the editing tools that are built into Photos.
  6. If you're finished with all edits, click Done to exit the edit mode.

Edit photos within third-party apps on your Mac

With Photos for macOS High Sierra and later, you can send a photo to most third-party photo apps for editing, then save the changes right back into your library.

  1. Control-click a photo and choose Edit With from the contextual menu. Then choose from the list of third-party editing apps on your Mac. You can also click a photo and then choose Image > Edit With in the menu bar.
  2. The photo opens in the third-party app that you chose. Make your edits, and then save. 
    If the app saves photos in a non-standard format, look for an option to save as JPEG or another format that Photos supports.

Your edited photo appears automatically in Photos.

Learn more

  • When you edit a photo with third-party extensions or the built-in tools that Photos offers, you can always start over with the original photo. Open the photo in edit mode, then click Revert to Original on your Mac or tap Revert if you're using an iOS device.
  • If you use iCloud Photos, remember that it keeps your photos organized and up to date everywhere that you use the same Apple ID. So any edits that you make on one device appear on your other devices too.

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