Ways to Better Photo Resolution on Your iPhone or Android

We all want our images to look their best. Whether it’s for sharing on social media, creating professional content, or simply preserving precious memories. 

However, there are times when the photos we capture on our smartphones may not have the desired level of clarity or detail. 

Fortunately, both iPhone and Android devices offer a variety of methods and apps to help us better our photo resolution without getting overwhelmed.

In this guide, we will be covering how you can better the photo resolution on your iPhone and Android phone via the phone’s settings, some very reliable Apps, and online tools.

Before we go fully into the article, do you know about photo sizing? If you do not, it will be best if we explain briefly what a photo resolution means.

What is Photo Resolution?

Photo resolution simply refers to the level of detail present in an image, applicable to digital, film, and other image formats. A higher resolution indicates greater image detail. More precisely, it denotes the quantity of pixels contained within the image. A greater resolution, with a higher pixel count, results in enhanced detail and definition.

Now that you understand what photo resolution is, read further to know how you can better photo resolution using your iPhone or Android device.

Improving Photo Resolution on iPhone

To capture high-resolution photos on your iPhone, you can adjust the camera settings. With the introduction of the HEIC file format since iOS 11, Apple employs an advanced compression method. Follow these steps to learn the best way to change the resolution of iPhone photos:

Step 1:

Open the Settings app on your iPhone. For iPhones with iOS 10.3 or higher, navigate to your name, then iCloud, and select Photos.

Step 2:

Enable the iCloud Photo Library option and select Download and Keep Originals. Ensure that all photos are saved to the iPhone camera app and locally accessible to prevent any reduction in photo resolution.

Step 3:

Return to the Settings app and scroll down to locate and tap on Camera. From there, select Formats and opt for High Efficiency to save photos in the HEIC file format. This method allows you to change the iPhone photo resolution directly through the Settings app.

Note: iPhone provides two options: “Most Compatible” and “High Efficiency.” Although at the cost of reduced resolution for the saved photos, choosing ‘Most Compatible’ saves photos in JPEG format.

Improving Photo Resolution on iPhone and Android Using Apps

1. PicsArt

PicsArt is a popular total package photo editing app with lots of features. The app has features like resizing photos, changing hue, adding bokeh, setting preset, contrast, saturation etcetera.

To use Picsart,

  • Download the app Picsart AI Photo Editor from the App Store on iPhone and Google Play Store on Android.
  • Open the app, then press the + button at the bottom of the app.
  • Tap Edit and choose the photo you would love to edit. The photo will then load.
  • Now press the Tools icon just at the bottom left side of your screen.
  • Tap Resize.
  • Type in the Width and Height you want and press Resize.
  • At the top right corner of your screen, you will see an arrow icon. Tap it to save the picture to Gallery.

You will find the saved photo in your gallery.

2. Photo & Picture Resizer

This is another app you can use to swiftly enhance the photo resolution on your Android device. However, the free version of the app displays ads every now and then.

To use the Photo & Picture Resizer app,

  • Download and install the app of course.
  • Open the app and tap Select Photos.
  • Select the photo whose size you want to better.
  • You will see an icon that reads Resize at the bottom. Tap it.
  • A pop-up with “Dimension” and “Width x Height” options will show on your screen.
  • Pick the size you want under the Width x Height options. You can use the Custom option under Width x Height if you do not see the resolution you want in the given list.

Before long, your resized image will be saved in the gallery.

3. Snapseed

Developed by Nik Software and now owned by Google, Snapseed is a powerful photo editing app that offers a variety of tools and filters to enhance your images. The Snapseed app is free and remarkably good. The downside to this app is that it is not an easy one to navigate through for beginners, and it only supports JPEG and RAW.

To use Snapseed on your iPhone or Android device,

  • Download and install Snapseed.
  • Open the app and click the 3 dots at the top right side of your screen.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Click Image Sizing just under the Exports & sharing options.
  • Lastly, select the photo size you want.

4. Picwand

With AI assistance, Picwand can upscale a photo by 2×, 4×, 6×, and 8×, adding additional pixels and enhancing details. This app is unarguably one of the best tools to use for improving your photo resolution. It is free and can be downloaded on Google Play Store.

To increase your photo resolution using the Picwand app,

  • If you haven’t already, download and install the Picwand app from Google Play Store.
  • After installing, open the app, tap the + button in the center, and select the image.
  • Select a preferred scale from 2× to 8× (8x preferably) and tap Upscale.
  • It begins the analysis and adjusts the photo’s resolution accordingly. Once completed, you have the option to upscale it again or select Save Now.

The enhanced photo will then be saved to your Android device.

5. Photo Resizer

This app is a fast and easy way to resize your photo. It has a very easy-to-understand interface and can adjust photo resolution manually, but limited output formats.

To increase photo resolution using the Photo Resizer app,

  • First, download and install the app.
  • You will be shown three options after opening the app – “Select a Photo, Take a Photo, and File mode”. Simply choose to select a photo.
  • Now, select a photo you wish to improve its resolution.
  • After selecting, a list of fixed image sizes will pop up on your screen.
  • Choose any one of the image sizes that match your requirements. However, if you want a different image size from the list given, tap the Custom size option.
  • In the custom size menu, enter the Height and Width you want and then press OK.

And just like that, your image resizing will be done.

Improving Photo Resolution on iPhone and Android Via Online Tools

Image Upscaler

This photo resolution tool enhances image quality by addressing issues such as low resolution, unwanted objects, unclear details, and texture imperfections. An advantage to this photo resolution tool is that it saves your phone space; this is because you do not have to download an app before you enjoy its many features.

To use Image Upscaler,

  • Go to the Image Upscaler website – imageupscaler.com.
  • Select the Upscale tool you want to work with.
  • Tap Add File, choose your photo, and then upload.
  • The tool begins to automatically upscale your selected photo.
  • Once it is done upscaling, click the Download Image option to save it to your device.

Adobe Photoshop Express

  • Visit the Adobe Express homepage.
  • Tap the Quick Actions option. A menu will drop; choose Resize Image.
  • You will be redirected to a page where you will press the Upload your photo button.
  • Now, browse for a file on your device.
  • From the ‘Resize for‘ dropdown menu, select an option. You can also play around with the Drag the Image scale slider.
  • To save the photo, tap Download. To continue editing your photo, tap Open in Adobe Express.


There you have it!

We believe with the information we have given in this article, you not now only know what photo resolution means, but have also learned how your favorite photos can be resized on iPhone and Android through several methods.

Hopefully, you do not bother about your photo quality as you put the various apps and methods that have been discussed to use.

Marvel Rick
Marvel Rick

Meet Marvel Rick! A talented copywriter who has a passion for singing. When she is not creating captivating content or singing her heart out, she often finds herself exploring new places or dancing. She is an engaging blogger who effortlessly incorporates her personal interests into her writing.

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