How To Fix A Pixelated Image On iPhone?

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Just when we though grainy or blurry is the worst an iPhone photo can go then came pixelated images. While blurry images are easier to handle in terms of making any good out of them, pixelated images are a different story. Reason being that image pixelation is an absolute data loss on digital images and will unsurprisingly take a lot of work to fix. So there’s hope for your iPhone pixelated image, good new right?

In this article, you’ll learn how to fix a pixelated image on iPhone as well as other information surrounding a pixelated image.

How To Fix A Pixelated Image On iPhone?

Lets get this straight, pixelated is not blurry and there is a seemingly thick line between both types of photo defect. The closest to think of image pixelation is fuzziness, making the image display like a square grid. 

Pixels are the actual components that make up any image you have ever shot with your iPhone, you simply don’t notice them because they’re so many that they blend to form your dazzling photo. This is why many phone manufacturers even Apple, in recent years have put in a lot of work in making high pixel cameras of up to 12 million, just so you can shoot crystal clear and very quality images using your iPhone.

With each small pixel containing a fraction of the entire image, loosing a few to many of them will leave your image distorted. This is why fixing such defects are the most difficult so long as image manipulation is concerned.

There are a few way available to do this, I have them listed below for you. However note that the fixes you see below can only remedy your image to an extent but can never make the image return to its best format. Follow the below methods to fix a pixelated image on iPhone;


1. Reduce image size

Shrinking an image is one great way to improve a pixelated image. You may never come across any photo recovery method that asks that the image be shrunk first, but that,s the case for pixelated images.

The problem with pixelated images is that only a few pixels are trying to do the work of over a thousand more pixels. Think of it like having 200 apples, removing just two from the pile will be so negligible, that you won’t ever notice. Now think again what the look would be like if only 4 apples remained of 200 apples. 

That’s the exact same time that happens with pixelated images, little pixels in form of pixels are lost. However instead of having only a few pixels stretch themselves to fill the image, you can make them smaller to make the image resolution better.

There are a couple free apps and paid as well that you can use to achieve this on your iPhone, they include;

  • Image Size
  • Desqueeze
  • CropSize Photo Resizer

The first two apps listed above are free apps that you can download while the third is a paid app. Their ease of use and interface is the most interesting thing about that. Aside that, you can choose costume size to downscale your image to with several units to choose from, including; Pixels, Centimeter, Millimeter and inches.

There’s really no rule of thumb stating a universal aspect ration pixelated images should be reduced to. However, what you can do is trying a couple of sizes one at a time and inspecting how each downsizing affects the overall image quality. Make take some time, but sure will worth it if you’re able to find the right dimensions that suits your image best.


2. Go Black and white on the image

Black and white? Yes, that’s another close thing that can remedy your photo. The color distortion alone on a pixelated image can be a source of annoyance. 

This is where the black and white filter comes in. Upon application of the filter, you’ll find that the worse pixelated parts of your image will blend a little to the black and white filter.

To even get the best color blend between the pixelated areas and the filter, you can adjust the intensity of the filter on the image until the pixelation gets to fair levels.

You do not need to look far for a tool to do this, the Apple iPhoto app is more than enough, just open the affected image in the app and roll. However, nothing’s stopping you from using other photo editing apps you may have, free or paid.


3. Buy a pixelated photo fix Gig

 This is not a bad idea if you have some spare $5 to spend. When it comes to image manipulation and editing, it’s safe to call some professionals at the game gods. While an app or software may be able to enhance your image using AI, you may not get the best of results. 

Some professionals only think and breath how to fix pixelated images, why not hand the image over to them for some % bucks and spare yourself the headache.

There are great platforms where you can do this for as low as you have, while still getting the desired image resolution and quality for the image. Fiverr and Upwork are great place to start from.

To be sure you’re choosing the right person to fix your pixelated image, you may want to do the due diligence of checking their past projects as well as reviews and ratings by past clients. You’d be surprised at what you’ll get at the end.

Note that this article is not sponsored by any of the aforementioned companies, I’m only giving my opinion of what works and I’m quite optimistic it’ll work for you too.


Why Do My iPhone Photos Look Pixelated?

There are a couple reasons why your iPhone photo has the fuzzy look of pixelation. I have listed out below the causes that you should always look at for;

Photos Shot in Dark Area

Your iPhone camera feeds on light alone, there’s no image captured if their is no light. When you capture an image in a  room or environment with poor lighting, you’re automatically making the camera only limited to using a few pixel, and you know what that already means – Pixelation.

Professional photographers know this photography 101 class too well, but how about people like you and me who just to capture every moment, regardless of whether it’s day or night.

However now that you know, you’ll be more conscious to make sure that your object is properly illuminated just before capturing.


Zoomed in Photos

Zoom an image beyond the level it can bear and have it get pixelated in an instant. Although the iPhone stores photos in the most effective formats – HEIC, it’s not impossible that an image can be stretched to unbearable levels.

This happens especially when you crop out a really small section of an image and afterwards enlarge to become a full image on its own, you’ll find that pixels will start forming on the image without permission. This is analogous to the way a string will break when it gets too stretched, however, images instead of breaking just get pixelated.

You’ll also find that the more you try to zoom in on the image, the bigger will the pixels get. Continue that way and soon you may not be a able to make out any details from the image, all the other small details (Pixels) would have been lost.

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Poor Camera sensors

Apple is superior at assigning really large Megapixels to smart phones like the iPhone, but that doesn’t mean that they’re indestructible. Just like every other thing that ages, your iPhone that could take really dazzling images may begin to have its sensors age.

With a Poor Camera sensor, the least an image could do is get pixelated because you should expect even worse from a problematic camera censor. An easy fix to  remedy this, is to have your iPhone camera sensors or modules replaced by a professional.


Is There An App To Fix Pixelated Pictures On iPhone?

Yes, as far as I know, only one app out of the hundreds of apps claiming to fix pixelated images actually does so. I have it listed below, however note that images edited with the app are only their remedied versions.

Remini – AI Photo Enhancer

Just as the Apps tagline says ‘Enhance quality and restore’, I must tell you that it takes the job rather too serious. Clear HD images can now be produced from blurry and other forms of image distortion.

The App uses AI in its fix of pixelated images by trying to add more pixels to an affected image, by picking clear pixels on the image and multiplying same through out or some parts pf the image. To get even more smooth image, upload a clearer image to the editor 

While Remini claims to transform distorted images into dazzling images, that may be true for blurry or grainy images but not for pixelated images. Although the tool available is quite powerful and intelligent, it’ll only remedy the image to the best it can.

Can You Fix A Pixelated Photo On iPhone?

Yes, it’s possible to fix a pixelated image on iPhone up to the levels that are manageable, however its usually a difficult stunt to pull. 

Other than the Remini app that has proved its pixelated image editing prowess, most other apps on the app store making claims of the same are just flops.

One of the sure methods I have seen to work well is handing the project to a professional photo editor, who in turn uses industry standard for photo manipulation and editing to recover an iPhone pixelated image. If $5 is not too much to recover an affected photo, just let a professional have it and transform your image.



Pixelated images on iPhone are not entirely good for nothing, especially now you know how to fix a pixelated image on iPhone yourself, as well as the several options that are available to you. Do not give up on your pixelated images just yet, use any of the guide above to recover them.


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