Facebook photo upload--sideways!!


Last Updated: 2013-04-14 02:33:43
  1. rotating the picture in the gallery just changes the photo's orientation in the gallery, not the file itself.

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  2. joeblue7

    joeblue7 New Member


    Yup this works for me....I pulled thousands of hairs from my head trying to figure this out...and this was the best solution....
  3. iwillfearnoevil

    iwillfearnoevil Well-Known Member

    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!
  4. vertigoelectric

    vertigoelectric Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. mc48

    mc48 Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. kwest12

    kwest12 Well-Known Member

    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? !
  8. mc48

    mc48 Well-Known Member

    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."
  9. Raryn

    Raryn Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    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?
  11. Raryn

    Raryn Well-Known Member

    The default browser has it. Just used it a few days ago.
  12. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. jvinsepa

    jvinsepa New Member

    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?
  14. kwest12

    kwest12 Well-Known Member

    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?
  15. wygant97

    wygant97 Member

    I did take it sideways--hence the problem!
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  16. stevenreed034

    stevenreed034 Member

    Before uploading you have to rotate the image using your mobile photo editing option. After you can easily uploaded on Facebook.
  17. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Facebook fixed this a few updates ago. It's not fixed for all of you?
  18. Fux96

    Fux96 New Member

    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?
  19. 4red3s

    4red3s New Member

    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! >:-(
  20. RobertB-DC

    RobertB-DC Well-Known Member

    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!
  21. 4red3s

    4red3s New Member

    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.
  22. Fabiodriven

    Fabiodriven New Member

    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.
  23. Caff Racer

    Caff Racer Active Member

    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 90
  24. JustAgirl25

    JustAgirl25 New Member

    I can't upload videos from galaxy s2 to facebook. Even when videos are 5sec long. Please help.
  25. CA Marc

    CA Marc New Member

    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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