How to Blur a Photo on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you looking to add a touch of creativity to your iPhone photos? Blurring certain parts of your image can create a visually appealing effect, drawing attention to the main subject or creating a dreamy atmosphere. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to blur a photo on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Photos App

To get started, unlock your iPhone and locate the Photos app on your home screen. Tap on it to open.

Step 2: Select the Photo

Browse through your albums or collections and select the photo you want to blur. Tap on it to open it in full screen.

Step 3: Edit Your Photo

In the bottom right corner of the screen, tap on the Edit button. This will open up a range of editing options for your photo.

Step 4: Access the Blur Tool

In the editing menu, tap on the icon that looks like three overlapping circles, located at the top right corner of your screen. This icon represents Additional Options.

Step 4.1: Choose Depth Control (For Dual-Lens iPhones)

If you have an iPhone model with dual lenses (such as iPhone X or later), you will see an option called Depth Control. Tap on it to access more advanced blurring options.2: Choose Portrait (For Single-Lens iPhones)

If you have an iPhone model with a single lens (such as iPhone XR or earlier), tap on Portrait. This mode is designed to mimic depth-of-field effects and allows you to adjust the level of blur.

Step 5: Adjust the Blur

Once you have accessed either the Depth Control or Portrait mode, you will see a slider that allows you to control the amount of blur. Slide left or right to increase or decrease the intensity of the effect.

Step 6: Refine Your Selection (For Depth Control)

If you are using Depth Control, you can further refine your selection by tapping on areas of your photo that you want to keep in focus. This will create a more precise depth effect.

Step 7: Save Your Blurred Photo

Once you are satisfied with the amount of blur and the overall effect, tap on the Done button in the bottom right corner of the screen. This will save your edited photo with the applied blur effect.

Step 8: Compare Original and Edited Versions

If you want to compare your edited version with the original photo, simply tap and hold on your image. This will show a before-and-after comparison for easy evaluation.

Congratulations! You have successfully blurred a photo on your iPhone. Now it’s time to experiment with different images and unleash your creativity!


  • The availability of blurring features may vary depending on your iPhone model and iOS version.
  • To achieve optimal results, try selecting photos with clear subjects and distinct backgrounds.
  • Feel free to explore other editing tools in the Photos app to enhance your photos further.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of blurring photos on your iPhone. Enjoy capturing moments and adding a touch of artistry to your images!

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