Edit your photos and videos with third-party extensions in Photos

Learn how to use third-party photo and video editing extensions on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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

Install apps that include extensions

Use the App Store on your device to find and install apps that include extensions for Photos.

Apps that include Photos extensions usually say so in their App Store descriptions. You can also search for terms like "Photos extension" to explore more apps.

Turn on extensions on your Mac

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Extensions.
  2. Click Photos in the left sidebar. Your apps that include Photos extensions appear.
  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.

Turn on extensions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap a photo.
  2. Tap Edit, and then tap Extensions.
  3. In the menu that appears, swipe to the left until you see the More button, and then tap it.
  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.

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 Extensions at the bottom-right.
  3. Choose an app from the menu that appears.
    You can also enable or disable extensions by clicking More in this menu. 
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools that appear to the right.
  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 with extensions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap a photo.
  2. Tap Edit, then tap Extensions.
  3. Select an app from the menu that appears.
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools.
  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.

Learn more

  • Whether 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 Photo Library, 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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