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Old February 26th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I uploaded a photo to Facebook, and it uploaded sideways, no matter how I rotated the image in the Gallery. The app doesn't allow rotation. Any solution?

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Take the picture sideways?

Seriously, I have never tried it - let me see if it does the same to me....
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I did take it sideways--hence the problem!
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Your phone is probably including EXIF info so it includes the orientation of the camera. Try uploading it and then rotating it by navigating to the Facebook site in a browser....
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I don't understand the answer. Once it is ON Facebook, you can't rotate it. When I upload from my computer, the FB Java uploader allows rotation. I just tried to mail it to FB and that isn't working at all, sideways or not.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Heh - you're right. It has to be the EXIF info then. There are PC apps out there to edit EXIF info, but that would require copying the image to your PC....
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So how can this be sent in as a bug report to the Android developers?
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are you visiting the full site on fb? you should be able to rotate (and tag) from the full site regardless of EXIF data.
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No, I was using Gallery's Share feature, which includes Share to Facebook. If that doesn't allow you to rotate the image, it's a bug in Gallery or Android.
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Actually, if the app doesn't allow you to rotate, then I'd say it was the Apps fault, not the underlying OS or the Gallery's problem.
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What's the app that's running if I am in Gallery and choose Share, and then choose share to Facebook (or share to gmail or share via email)? I would assume the app that's working there is Gallery.
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No, I think it goes through your Facebook app to share it - you can always uninstall the FB app and see if you can still share using the Gallery, but I *thought* that it required the app....

It's like several news apps I have had - I could only share to twitter via twidroid if twidroid was installed - otherwise it would go through a web interface directly.

However, I may be wrong, in that it may be dong it directly (since you can set your FB accounts to sync contacts, it means the phone may be accessing it directly, and not through the app) - and if so, then I stand corrected, and you're right.
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What's the app that's running if I am in Gallery and choose Share, and then choose share to Facebook (or share to gmail or share via email)? I would assume the app that's working there is Gallery.
The app is uses to share to fb is the fb app. It just hands the image off. Try logging out of the fb app and see if doesn't ask you to log back in when you try to share a photo from fb.

I have the same problem when I use the share to fb from the gallery. Have to go to full fb site to rotate and tag.

Its nice to blame stuff on the OS but in this case the OS is not to blame.
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Actually, i believe it is the OS. whenever i try to share photos from my droid to anything, FB, MMS, etc, it always puts it into landscape. If i take photos in a vertical portrait position they show up turned 90 degrees to the left through messaging or facebook. So i dont think its the FB apps fault if it's happening to me in a stock app that came on the phone. My wife has a droid and when she receives the photo it shows up sideways but in her gallery it looks normal. somehow gallery knows the intended orientation but the other apps dont.
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I've noticed that if you crop the photo first, it uploads right side up...that's my workaround for now, lol.
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They have another way to upload pictures. If you go to the full FB website on a computer go

photos ->my uploads -> upload photos -> mobile photos.

Once you click on mobile photos a window pops up giving you a personal email address to send to saying
  • This is *your* personal email - don't share it with anyone.
  • The email subject will be used as the caption of your photo or video if your email contains photo or video.
It works pretty good. I tried it because I couldn't figure out a way to title the picture uploading it the other way.
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Thanks OneCraftySAHM. Cropping first seems to eliminate the orientation problem with vertical pictures. I really appreciate it. I tested with MMS as well as facebook uploading and emails from my phone.
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I uploaded a photo to Facebook, and it uploaded sideways, no matter how I rotated the image in the Gallery. The app doesn't allow rotation. Any solution?
This has been an issue for a while, one that some of us thought would or could possibly be addressed in the 2.1 update. Personally I've never directly uploaded images using the Facebook Picture Feature, however if memory serves me correctly you should be able to take the picture in Landscape mode and have it appear correctly upon uploading.

I'm not sure if that actually works as I've not tried it. Any pictures I take with my Droid or my Digital Cam I typically will edit with Photoshop before I post them.
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My problem is that the Moto Droid is recording my photos sideways and then uploading my photos via K9 email client sideways. So, I rotated the photo before the upload, and it still is sideways. Anyone have a thought? And, I do use the unique address to FB to upload as a K9 email client to my FB unique address; but, it always sends the photo rotated. So, who knows how to fix this, really, please?
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I hate this little issue but my temporary fix to load to FB straight from the gallery is to just take my pics with the camera held in a landscape position. You can still pull the menu option to share while holding the phone this way. For me the issue is remembering that the ATT symbol needs to be on the left so the pic isn't upside down.
I've had a few snotty comments on FB about my pics about my "fancy" phone not being able to take photos correctly. Not the issue AT ALL
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Hi all. I'm new to Android and was looking for a solution to this issue when I came across this thread. Just wanted to post something I found. Just like everyone else, if I take a photo vertically it will share horizontally no matter if I rotate it in-phone or not. However, if I take a photo vertically and upload it to Dropbox via the Android Dropbox app (or click "share" and select "Dropbox") it shows up on my computer with correct orientation. This surprised me. I assumed the camera was tagging everything with a horizontal orientation, but if that was the case it would come through Dropbox sideways, right?

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Dont take the pictures in portrait mode. The camera is meant to be used in landscape and then they will appear normally.
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Dont take the pictures in portrait mode. The camera is meant to be used in landscape and then they will appear normally.

Exactly. Just like a regular point and shoot camera, if you take Portrait pictures, you have to connect the camera to a pc to rotate the pictures first before you can do anything with them.
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Dont take the pictures in portrait mode. The camera is meant to be used in landscape and then they will appear normally.
Huh? That's ridiculous, of course the camera is meant to be used both ways, depending on the situation.
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that is ridiculous because if you rotate the picture in your gallery on the phone and then upload it, it should upload in the orientation you just rotated it to but instead it does not. thank you for the crop idea, i'll give it a try.
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that is ridiculous because if you rotate the picture in your gallery on the phone and then upload it, it should upload in the orientation you just rotated it to but instead it does not.
rotating the picture in the gallery just changes the photo's orientation in the gallery, not the file itself.
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They have another way to upload pictures. If you go to the full FB website on a computer go

photos ->my uploads -> upload photos -> mobile photos.

Once you click on mobile photos a window pops up giving you a personal email address to send to saying
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  • The email subject will be used as the caption of your photo or video if your email contains photo or video.
It works pretty good. I tried it because I couldn't figure out a way to title the picture uploading it the other way.

Yup this works for me....I pulled thousands of hairs from my head trying to figure this out...and this was the best solution....
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rotating the picture in the gallery just changes the photo's orientation in the gallery, not the file itself.
that's too bad. when i rotate a pic in windows gallery on my pc, it rotates it. seems like its a bug not to do so in android. thank you for the confirmation though, that explains the sidewise problem!
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I know this is an old thread, but perhaps I can still offer some help to someone.

I've had the same problem with photos being uploaded sideways if I want to take a picture using a portrait orientation. You'd think it'd upload that way but clearly we've established that it doesn't.

When I want to upload a picture like that, I use PicSay, which is a photo editor app. I have a paid version, but I think the free one would work fine simply for rotating images. PicSay shows up in my "share" list after taking a picture, just like Facebook does. I simply "share" it to PicSay first, rotate the image, and from there I can choose "Export" to then post it to Facebook or any of the other places my phone is set to share images to. Works like a charm.

One small warning, though. When you edit a photo in PicSay and export it, that only sends the edited picture and doesn't automatically save it to your card. If you want to save the edited picture, you'll have to remember to do that, too.

Oh yeah, and I know PicSay isn't the only photo editor out there... it's just the one I use.
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from brentbarrie: Dont take the pictures in portrait mode. The camera is meant to be used in landscape and then they will appear normally.

I second this. I believe I read a blog post somewhere, Gizmodo maybe, about how people continue to use the camera/video in in portrait orientation, up and down, when phone cameras are made to be used with landscape orientation. Landccape will take a much better picture. That is why when you first open the stock camera app the little camera icon and the words showing up in landscape. Videos especially look bad (have a big empty black spaces on the sides) when taken in portrait orientation.
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from brentbarrie: Dont take the pictures in portrait mode. The camera is meant to be used in landscape and then they will appear normally.

I second this. I believe I read a blog post somewhere, Gizmodo maybe, about how people continue to use the camera/video in in portrait orientation, up and down, when phone cameras are made to be used with landscape orientation. Landccape will take a much better picture. That is why when you first open the stock camera app the little camera icon and the words showing up in landscape. Videos especially look bad (have a big empty black spaces on the sides) when taken in portrait orientation.
Are you kidding me? That's one of the most ridiculous statements I've heard here.

It's a camera, some photos are better portrait and some are better for landscape. To say that you should only hold the camera one orientation is crazy.
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I have another somewhat infuriating solution to this problem. Vignette, one of the leading camera apps successfully preserves the portrait orientation automatically. I honestly can't figure out for the life of me why no other apps have been able to replicate this. I have tried about 5 of the to camera apps including camera 360 and camera zoom fx. I find Vignette slow and unappealing in comparison with many of them, but as you all know, orientation is one off the most crucial concerns if you're uploading directly to facebook or sending ms.

Like I said, this solution does work, but it's infuriating that no other camera app developers have been able to duplicate this feature and add it into their app. Here's the other thong.... I don't think Vignette even advertises this as a feature of their app..... What the heck? !
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I can't remember where i saw the article, if I find it I will post a link, but the point of it was that ppl tend to pick up their phones...which are phones, not cameras after all...and automatically click away in portrait mode when landscape would be better... esp. when it comes to videos. Sure your phone camera can be used in portrait mode and would even be best for things like....say portraits. That was never the debate, whether they could be used in portrait. It is whether landscape orientation would be better in a lot of situations, when people automatically click away in portrait. And the manufacturer of my phone at least seems to be pointing that out. When I open my stock camera app, the icons and instructions are in landscape. They don't rotate when you move to portrait. Maybe as a reminder to consider tilting your camera to landscape, i don't know.

The again maybe with the more high end smart phones coming out things have changed. Yours may be different since you thought my post was the most "ridiculous" statement you've ever heard. ha. Which in itself is a pretty ridiculous statement esp. coming from a "guide."
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The solution is much simpler than most espoused here.

Go to the full facebook site (not the mobile site) on either your phones browser or any computer connected to the internet. Then simple browse to that picture and click the "rotate" button just below it.

Problem solved.
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The solution is much simpler than most espoused here.

Go to the full facebook site (not the mobile site) on either your phones browser or any computer connected to the internet. Then simple browse to that picture and click the "rotate" button just below it.

Problem solved.
I'll double check that, but I recall that rotate doesn't come up when browsing the full facebook site using dolphinHD browser.

Are you sure you are getting a rotate option? What browser?
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I'll double check that, but I recall that rotate doesn't come up when browsing the full facebook site using dolphinHD browser.

Are you sure you are getting a rotate option? What browser?
The default browser has it. Just used it a few days ago.
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The default browser has it. Just used it a few days ago.
It works in dolphin too now. Must work since the new picture interface was released.

Agree that this isn't too bad a workaround.

Still, this should just be fixed. It really shouldn't be that though to fix.
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thanx for the tip - rotating via "full site" works - in both the stock browser and dolphinhd. - but this still needs to be fixed in the app. I found a program to upload multiple pics plus rotate and tag, called speedy uploader - but it costs $.99 and I don't want to pay for it if I can do it another way. The facebook app for iphone can rotate and tag - why can't the android app.... especially since mark himself has embraced android?
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I'm absolutely astounded that a solution still hasn't been released for this. At the very least I would've expected other app developers to handle this.... Anyone know if this is a problem on the other Android phones or if it's just the Moto Droids?
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I did take it sideways--hence the problem!

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Before uploading you have to rotate the image using your mobile photo editing option. After you can easily uploaded on Facebook.
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Old August 26th, 2011, 05:24 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Facebook fixed this a few updates ago. It's not fixed for all of you?
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Old October 11th, 2011, 11:12 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I don't want to wake the dead in terms of old threads, but I can't seem to have found a solution yet.

I also have the upload issue, Samsung Galaxy S2 with the newest Gingerbread, I believe 2.3.5. It seems that the EXIF data is not correctly saved in the image so that all the applications believe its actually landscape... it's quite annoying and all these workarounds are just that, workarounds... basically when I take a quick photo, I'll grab the phone with one hand and quickly shoot one in portrait mode.

Is there any fix for this yet?
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I also have a Samsung Galaxy (love it). I took a photo and ran it through Corel Photopaint to resize and turn it so that it was not sideways. I then uploaded it from my computer (not the camera) and it is now on Faceboob --- sideways!

The strange thing is that I uploaded a bunch of photos about 3 months ago and some of them were Portrait and they are oriented correctly. I uploaded those from my camera too.

I don't understand why it would take a photo that has been through photopaint and been corrected and put it back sideways! >:-(
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 05:45 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I've had this happen, but it's turned out to be a very consistent case of cause and effect.

* I've got a Beautiful Widgets toggle that turns off auto-rotation, locking the phone to Portrait mode.
* When I pull up the camera app, if I look closely, the picture of the camera on the "shutter" softbutton is locked to whatever rotation was last selected.
* I take the picture and hit the "Share to Facebook" button.
* The picture's internal data reflects that locked-in rotation -- right or wrong.

So you end up with these failure modes:

* Last picture portrait
* Lock phone in portrait mode
* Take picture horizontally
* FB thinks it's portrait and it looks rotated

or

* Last picture landscape
* Lock phone in portrait mode
* Take picture vertically
* FB thinks it's landscape and it looks rotated

A slight disclaimer: I haven't specifically tested these failure modes. But I have tested what works. I make sure my autorotate is turned on before taking pictures!
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Thanks RobertB-DC, Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm.

I also found that if you download the "sideways" photo to your windows computer, and let windows picture viewer change the orientation, that change is saved with the photo. Then take it into whatever photo editor you have and then upload to Facebook.

However, this still doesn't address uploading directly from your phone.
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I have a Samsung Nexus 4G (Sprint) and I'm having this "sideways" problem. It's really pissing me off. I've not had any issues with sharing to Facebook, yet, but just when sending my pictures via text. The aforementioned "cropping" trick works, but cropping with this phone is painfully cumbersome and you are forced to cut some of the picture out whether you want to or not.

Somebody please tell me there's a solution to this problem. This is ridiculous.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 04:44 AM   #48 (permalink)
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I'm having this problem when uploading photos to Twitter (I uploaded a photo of an election poster taken in portrait orientation to FB and it published OK, so go figure...), meaning that people have to stand on their heads to view the photos correctly!

My handset (Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V running Android 2.3.4.) obviously recognises the use of the camera in portrait orientation because all the settings icons automatically rotate to be correctly legible. I'll have to try the Vignette bodge (I currently have the free version to see if I like it before coughing up for the paid app) to see if it works, although if I'm taking a spur-of-the-moment photo I don't want to have to faff around with Vignette, but instead just punt out the photo as-is...

By the way how do you recognise somebody in the street who's viewing a sideways pic? They're the one with their head tilted at 90º and about to collide with that lamp-post!
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I can't upload videos from galaxy s2 to facebook. Even when videos are 5sec long. Please help.
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Default Installing the free program QuickPic solved my problems

The most lightweight App I could find to do this is called QuickPic. It is only 325KB and it is free.

Simply open QuickPic, and then do the following quick 3 steps:
  • Select the photo you want to share
  • Hit the Shrink/Crop button (there is no need to rotate it first, QuickPic does this automatically when you choose Shrink/Crop)
  • Share the photo

Those quick three steps, and your photo will be shared properly. At last, a solution.

NOTE: this process does not destroy or alter the original photo, but rather makes a temporary cropped/rotated copy of the photo and sends/shares this temporary copy.

NOTE 2: If you wish to save this temporary copy to your Android phone (rather than just sending the temporary copy), simply hit the Save button on the top right-hand corner of the Shrink/Crop screen. Doing so will not alter the original; it simply saves this copy, leaving the original untouched. This "save" feature can be useful if you want to crop several photos, and then send them all in a single email by using the "Multi-Select" menu button from the main screen.


Thank you everyone for your posts about cropping; I never would have figured it one out on my own.
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