How to Copy and Paste Photo Edits on iPhone with iOS 16

Batch photo editing comes to iPhone

Have you ever wanted to apply a bunch of the same edits to your photos and wished there was a quicker way to do it? If you have ever tried the editing hack for iPhone making rounds on TikTok and Instagram, you know how painful that can be to repeat it with your photos.

But with the newest feature in iOS 16, it doesn’t have to be. The Photos app in iOS 16 now lets you copy edits from one photo and paste them onto another photo. You can even paste the edits onto multiple photos, allowing you to edit a batch of photos in one fell swoop. It might sound like a very simple feature but in the era where we mostly end up editing our photos before sharing them, it can be a lifesaver. Let’s see how you can do it.

Copying the Edits

You can easily copy the edits from any photo in the Photos app. But there are limitations on which edits you can copy. You can only copy and paste the edits you make using the adjustment (auto, exposure, brilliance, contrast, etc.) or filter tools. So, crop, markup, and other edits cannot be copied.

Open the Photos app. If you already have a photo with the desired edits, open it. Tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Then, select ‘Copy Edits’ from the menu.

If you still have to make edits to a photo, you can also copy the edits from the editor itself. Open the photo and tap ‘Edit’ to make the desired adjustments.

Then, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner.

Select ‘Copy Edits’ from the menu.

Pasting the Edits

You can paste the edits you copied either onto a single photo or multiple photos. You can even paste the edits in the editor itself and go on to edit the photo more.

Pasting Edits to a Single Photo

To paste the edits onto a single photo, open the photo and tap the three-dot menu from the upper-right corner of the screen.

Then, tap ‘Paste Edits’ from the menu.

If you also want to make other adjustments to the photo, open the editor by tapping the ‘Edit’ button.

Then, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Finally, tap ‘Paste Edits’ from the overlay menu.

Then, make other adjustments and tap ‘Done’ to save the changes.

Pasting Edits to Multiple Photos

To paste the edits to multiple photos, open the Photos app and go to the ‘Recents’ or another album that has the photos.

Then, tap ‘Select’ from the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tap to select all the photos you want to paste the edits to.

Now, tap the three-dot menu in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Finally, tap ‘Paste Edits’ from the menu to edit all the selected photos in one go.

It might take a few seconds for the edits to apply, depending on the number of photos. You can cancel it while the edits are still pasting by tapping the ‘x’ on the ‘Pasting Edits’ message.

You can also revert the edits made to the multiple photos in one step. Select the photos you want to revert to original and tap the three-dot menu in the bottom-right corner.

Then, tap ‘Revert to Original’ from the menu.

A confirmation prompt will appear. Tap ‘Revert to Original’ to discard the edits you pasted in the previous step.


Before iOS 16, if you wanted to edit multiple photos, you had to resort to using third-party apps. And let’s get real, most of us would rather go through the pains of editing the photos individually or not edit them at all than scour the App Store for a good third-party app. But now, you don’t have to go hunting for third-party apps.