How to Make a Picture Clearer on iPhone in 6 Ways

Modern-day smartphones have always been a great way to capture your memories, but sometimes these devices can encounter issues that can hinder your experience. One such issue can be autofocus.

While it helps you automatically focus and take a picture swiftly, it can sometimes incorrectly focus on the wrong subject making the picture blurrier in the wrong parts.

This can be especially prominent in low-light scenarios or if you have an older device. If you have a few out-of-focus photos or just photos in general that you would like to clear up, then here’s how you can get started on your iPhone.

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Make a picture clearer on iPhone in 6 ways

You can use the Photos app natively to try and clear up your photos. However, if you need more finesse, we recommend using one of the third-party apps mentioned below.

Method 1: Using Apple Photos

Open the Photos app and then open the concerned photo that you wish to clear up.

Tap Edit.

Scroll the tools at the bottom to find Sharpness.

Adjust the same using the slider at the bottom. 

Once you’re happy with the outcome, switch to Definition and adjust the same based on your preferences. 

Lastly, use Noise Reduction to reduce noise from your photo which should have been a side effect of excessive sharpness. 

Tap Done once you’re happy with the outcome.

And that’s how you can make your photos clearer using the Photos app.


If Photos did not make the cut for you, then we recommend you try using a third-party app to make your pictures clearer. Use either of the options below depending on your preferences to help you along with the process. 

Method 2: Using Snapseed 

Download and install Snapseed on your device using the link above. Once installed, open the app and tap +.

Now tap and select the concerned photo you wish to make clearer.

Tap Tools at the bottom.

Tap and select Details.

Now use the slider at the top to adjust your Structure.

Tap the Options icon at the bottom.

Select Sharpness.

Adjust the Sharpness using the slider at the top of your screen.

Tap the Checkmark once you’re happy with your adjustments.

Tap Export. Now select and save your image using one of the options on your screen.

And that’s how you can edit and clear up your image using Snapseed.

Method 3: Adobe Photoshop

Download and install Photoshop on your device using the link above. Once done, launch the same and grant Photoshop access to your Photos when prompted depending on your preferences.

Tap and select the photo you wish to clear up from the previews on your screen.

Tap Adjustments at the bottom.

Tap and select Details.

Now select Sharpness.

Use the slider at the top to adjust the sharpness based on your preferences. 

Now select and adjust Reduce Lumia.

Once you’re happy with the results, tap the Download icon at the top to save the Photo on your device. 

And that’s how you can clear up a photo using Photoshop.

Method 4: Using Adobe Lightroom

Download and install Lightroom on your device using the link above. Once installed, launch the same and tap the Add Photo icon.

Note: You will need to sign into Adobe Lightroom if this is your first time using the app.

Tap and select the desired source. 

Now grant access to Lightroom when prompted. 

Tap and select the Photo once Lightroom has access to it.

Tap Add.

Tap All Photos at the top. Now tap and select the photo you wish to clear up.

Tap and select Detail at the bottom.

Now use the following sliders available to you to adjust your image and clear up details based on your preferences. 

  • Sharpness
  • Radius
  • Detail
  • Masking

Once you’re done, tap the Share icon.

Select Export as.

Use the following options to adjust how you wish to export your image. 

  •  File Type
  • Dimensions
  • Image Quality
  • Watermark

You can also access the following export options by tapping More Options.

You can now adjust the following variables using the options on your screen. 

  • Camera & Camera RAW Info
  • Location Info
  • File Naming 
  • Output Sharpening
  • Color Space

Go back and tap the checkmark to save your changes. 

The file will now be exported. You can now use the Share Sheet to save or share your image as needed. 

Method 5: Using PhotoLeap

Download and install PhotoLeap on your PC using the link above. Launch the same once downloaded, and tap the icon at the bottom.

Grant access to your photos once prompted. 

Tap and select the concerned photo from the list on your screen. 

Tap Adjust at the bottom. 

Tap and select Sharpen.

Adjust the same using the slider on your screen. 

Tap the checkmark once you’re happy with the results. 

Similarly, adjust Fine and Structure if you have a premium subscription.

Once done, tap Export.

Adjust the export options available on your screen based on your preferences.

  • Export Quality
  • Export Size

Once you’re done, tap Export.

And that’s it! You will now have cleared up your image using PhotoLeap on your device.

Method 6: Using Peachy

Download and install Peachy on your device using the link above. Once done, launch the app and tap Gallery.

Grant access to your photos when prompted based on your preferences. Now tap and select the concerned image from the list on your screen.

While Peachy focuses mostly on bodily aesthetics, you can still use it to make your images clearer. Tap Retouch at the bottom.

Tap and select Details.

Use the slider at the top to adjust the sharpness of your image based on your preferences. 

Once done, tap Noise.

Now use the slider to reduce noise from your photo which will have been introduced as a side effect of increasing Sharpness. 

Once you’re happy with the preview, tap the checkmark in the bottom right corner. 

Now tap the Download icon in the top right corner.

The image will now be exported and you can now either save it or share it using the options available on your screen.

More third-party apps (alternatives)

There are more third-party apps that might fit your needs better when it comes to offering more tools to make your pictures clearer. Use either of the alternatives to help make your pictures clearer. 

We hope this post helped make your pictures clearer on iOS. If you face any issues or have any more questions, feel free to reach out using the comments below.

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