If photos you edited in iOS 7 show up as the original photo after you import to your computer

Learn what to do if you see the original, unedited version of a photo after you edit it using the Photos app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7 and then import that photo to your computer, or if you view the photo using another iOS app.

This article is for iOS 7. If you're using iOS 8, learn what to expect when you import edited photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac or PC.

Apple uses Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP), a standard created by Adobe, for nondestructive photo editing. XMP allows you to undo edits and to revert back to an original photo without the loss of quality. Displaying an edited photo requires OS X v10.9 or later and software that can read XMP. The applications below support XMP:

  • iPhoto 9.5 or later
  • iPhoto for iOS
  • Aperture 3 or later
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements

Other photo-management applications and some iOS apps might also support XMP.

If your photo-management application can't read XMP, it will display the original photo. To see the edited photo on your computer:

  1. Email the edited photo to yourself from your device.
  2. Download the photo to your computer.
  3. Open the photo in your photo application.

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