Image Management in Your Android Phone’s Gallery App - dummies

Image Management in Your Android Phone’s Gallery App

By Dan Gookin

The Gallery app on your Android is more than just a photo album. It also sports features that let you perform some minor image surgery. Here are a few of the more interesting options.

Cropping an image

One of the few, true image-editing commands available in the Gallery app is Crop. You can use Crop tool to slice out portions of an image, such as when removing ex-spouses and convicts from a family portrait. To crop an image, obey these directions while using the Gallery app:

  1. Summon the image you want to crop.

    You must view the image on the screen by itself.

  2. Touch the Action Overflow icon.

    On some phones, touch the Menu icon to view the list of commands.

  3. Choose Crop.

    Sometimes you must choose an Edit command before you can find the Crop command.

    If the Crop command is unavailable, you have to choose another image. (Not every album lets you modify images.)

  4. Work the crop-thing.

    You can drag the rectangle around to choose which part of the image to crop. Drag an edge of the rectangle to resize the left and right or top and bottom sides. Or drag a corner of the rectangle to change the rectangle’s size proportionally. Use the following figure as your guide.


  5. Touch the Done or Save button when you’ve finished cropping.

    Only the portion of the image within the rectangle is saved; the rest is discarded.

Most versions of the Gallery app do not let you undo a crop action. Some actually create a duplicate, cropped image and leave the original untouched. Experiment on a throwaway picture to see which way your phone’s Gallery app behaves.

Rotating pictures

Showing someone else an image on your phone can be frustrating, especially when the image is a vertical picture that refuses to fill the screen when the phone is in a vertical orientation. You can fix that issue by rotating the picture.

To rotate, view the image in the Gallery app. Touch the Action Overflow icon and choose either the Rotate Left or the Rotate Right command. Repeat a command if you need to reorient the image more than 90 degrees.

  • On some phones you may have to choose an Edit command first, and then locate the Rotate commands.

  • Instead of commands, you might find Rotate icons.

  • To undo an image rotation, simply rotate the image again but in the opposite direction.

Deleting photos and videos

It’s entirely possible, and often desirable, to remove unwanted, embarrassing, or questionably legal images and videos from the Gallery. The limitation is that you can remove only those images copied to or created by the phone’s camera. That category includes all the images in the Camera album, the Download album, and any albums you’ve synchronized from your desktop computer.

To delete an image, view it in the Gallery app. Touch the Delete icon and then touch the OK button to confirm. Poof! It’s gone.


  • If the Delete icon doesn’t show up, touch the screen. If the icon still doesn’t show up, look for it on the Action Overflow menu.

  • You can perform mass execution of images when viewing an album: Touch the Action Overflow icon and choose the Select Item command. Touch images to select them, and then touch the Delete icon to rid yourself of the lot. Touch the OK button to confirm.

  • You can’t undelete an image you’ve deleted. There’s no way to recover such an image using available tools on the phone.

  • You cannot edit some images, such as images brought in from social networking sites or from online photo-sharing services.