Whether you're adding comments to a screenshot or creating photo memes to post, there are many ways to add text to a photo on iPhone. Here are five proven ways to do just that.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the editing interface on iPhone showing a menu with options: Add Label, Description, Add Text (highlighted in red), Add Signature, and Add Shape. Icons for various tools appear below the image.

Add text using Markup writing and drawing tools

The simplest way to add text to a photo is to use the iPhone's built-in Markup tool, available through the Editing feature in the Photos app. This method is easy to implement, but it is limited in terms of options. You can choose the font, text size, and color, but there aren't many options for adding decorative effects. To use:

◉ Open the “Photos” application and choose the photo you want to edit.

◉ Click on “Edit” in the upper corner.

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◉ Next, press the “Markup” button or the tip of the pen in the upper corner of the screen.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a black screen with the word “Cancel” at the top left and the word “Done” at the top right in yellow. In the middle, the word "ADJUST" is displayed, and an "A" icon circled in red appears on the right. Rotate icons, more options, and text adjustment also appear.

◉ You will be warned that Live Photo mode will be turned off if you continue. Click “OK” to continue and the editing tools interface will appear.

◉Along the bottom of the screen, you'll see a variety of pens, an eraser, a ruler, a color wheel, and a plus sign “+”. Press the plus sign “+” and choose “Add Text” to add a text box to your photo.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the iPhone photo editing app showing the menu. Add Text is highlighted in red, and other options include Add a label and description, Add a signature, and Add a shape.

◉ You can now drag the text box to wherever you want. Then double-click inside the text box to edit the text and type your message.

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◉ At the bottom of the screen, you can adjust the font, text size, alignment, formatting, and text color. While choosing the color, you can also adjust the opacity of your text.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a dark interface toolbar on an iPhone that displays icons for: font style (Aa), font size 60, text alignment, and text formatting (bold, italic, underline).

◉ Once finished, tap “Done” in the upper corner of the screen. You can edit the text later by returning to the “Markup” menu using the pen icon located in the upper corner of the screen. Share your photo as you normally would from the Photos app and the text will be included.

Add text using Freeform

Freeform is an Apple app announced as part of the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 update. It is a collaboration application between a group of people working together on a board or whiteboard in real time. You can use Freeform to take notes, share ideas, exchange files, draw, annotate, handwrite and more, all in real-time with your colleagues. So it's perfect for combining text and images in one place.

But there is one big drawback, which is that you can only export Freeform documents to PDF files, so you will need to add one more step and convert the document to an image before sharing.

To get started, download the Freeform app from the App Store for free.


Next, start a new panel using the “New” button located at the top corner of the screen.

From iPhoneIslam.com, image of the Freeform app on iPhone showing the “All Boards” section with a search bar and edit icon circled in red in the upper right corner.

Press the “Media” button at the bottom of the screen and choose “Photos or Videos” to select an image from your photo library, or “Insert from” to select an image from your files. You can also copy from somewhere, click anywhere on the canvas, and then “Paste.”

From iPhoneIslam.com, a menu with options: Insert From, Link, Scan, Stickers, Camera, Photos, or Videos on pixelated background. Different icons appear next to each option on the right side. The iPhone interface makes navigation seamless while selecting an image to add.

Once your image is locked in place, tap the “Text Box” button at the bottom of the screen. Drag the text box where you want, and then double-click inside it to edit the text. Use the text formatting tools at the top of the keyboard to customize text size, color, and alignment.

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Add more images and text if you like, then when you're ready to export, click the three dots and choose "Export as PDF" and choose where you want to save it.

From iPhoneIslam.com The menu on a mobile device, such as an iPhone, displays options including Rename, Duplicate, Favorites, Search, Export as PDF (featured), and Print. There is a document titled "Untitled 6" at the top.

Finally, launch the Shortcuts app and create a new shortcut. Add a “Make Image from PDF Page” action. Then change the variable “PNG Image” to whatever you want, and the variable “PDF” to “Shortcut Input”. Add a “Save to Photo Album” action, then press the “i” button and make sure “Show in Share Sheet” is selected. Name your shortcut, such as “PDF Page to Image” and save it.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of a workflow in an iPhone mobile app showing the steps to convert a PDF page to an image, save it as a JPEG, and store it in a “Recent” file.

Now open the PDF file you created on FreeForm, tap Share, then tap the “PDF Page to Image” shortcut you just created. Your photo will be present in Photos, where you can edit it as you want.

Add text using the Pages app

Pages is a free Apple application that competes with Microsoft Word. It may be useful and contain some solutions.

This method may not be ideal and may result in a lower-than-desired image quality. You can use the Document Options menu to change the orientation to landscape mode, which may help restore some accuracy if the image is landscape.

First, you'll need to download the Pages app from the App Store.


Next, open the app and create a new blank document, ignoring Apple's templates, using the Start Writing option.

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With a new document open, press the plus sign “+” and select the Media tab. You can choose “Photo or Video” from your photo library, or use “Insert from…” to add from files. You can also copy an image, tap and hold, then choose “Paste.”

From iPhoneIslam.com, a user interface that displays media options: “Photo or Video” highlighted in red, “Camera,” and “Audio Recording,” with a toolbar at the top, perfect for iPhone users.

Tap your image to select it, then tap the Formatting brush icon to reveal more options. Under Arrange, choose More Options and set Text Wrap to None. This instructs Pages not to move text if it overlaps the image.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the text editing toolbar showing alignment options, with the Move with Text toggle turned on, and Wrap Text set to None. This image also highlights the efficiency of the toolbar on devices like the iPhone.

Now, press the plus sign again, and on the Charts tab, select Text to add a text box. Double-click inside the text box and edit it. Finish and click the text box to select it, then use the Format paintbrush icon to edit the font, size, color, and more in the Text tab.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the text editing app on the iPhone showing a text box containing the words "This is my text." Style, text, and order options are visible, with the paragraph style set to "Body*."

Add more images, charts, and anything else you see fit. Then press the three dots button “…” and choose “Export” followed by “Images” to export it as an image. Use the “Save Image” button to add the image to your photo library.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of photo export options on a mobile device. There is a 'page range' selection and format options including 'JPEG (high quality)', 'JPEG (smaller file size)' and 'PNG'. Perfect when you need to send a photo from your iPhone.

Finally, find the image and press “Edit” and then crop the white space. Then share it.

Add text using third-party applications

There are many apps that allow adding text to images, but most of them require a paid subscription, which imposes limitations such as watermarks, resolution, and limited features. But without a doubt, these apps make it easy to add great text to images. Two good free apps are Phonto.

Phonto - Text on Photos

And the Add Text application

‎Add Text: Write On Photos

You can also use Instagram's story creation tool, although it is limited. The results will be vertical and need to be cut, and the accuracy is not perfect. The tools are limited but they look good, and you can add stickers and emojis.

Open Instagram and click “Compose” at the bottom of the screen, then choose “Story” in the bottom corner. Next, choose the image you want to edit using the media selection tool in the bottom corner.

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Click anywhere to add text, then use the formatting tools at the top of the screen to adjust alignment, color, background, and spacing.

From iPhoneIslam.com, Bridge partially visible against a blue sky with some clouds. Interface icons at the top indicate an editing app in use on the iPhone, and the text "This is my text" is overlaid on the image.

Press “Done” and then add anything else you want to your photo using the built-in tools. When you're ready, tap the three-dot “…” button at the top corner of the screen and then select “Save” and the photo will be saved to your camera roll.

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Now open Photos, find the image, then press “Edit” and crop the image as you wish. Now you can share it like you would with anyone else.

Add text using a web application

Web apps are also a good option for adding text to images. It is considered a site Pixlr One of the good sites for this matter. With Pixlr Express, you get three free saves per day before needing to pay.

To get started, head to the website Pixlr Express Click “Open Image” to open an image, then choose “Photo Library” or “Choose Files” and find the image you want to add text to. Pixlr may ask you to change the image size, click “Apply” to get started.

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Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to select “Text” and then select “Add New Text” or choose from one of the text tools formatted with different styles.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the graphic design app interface on an iPhone. The top section displays the “Add new text” option. Below are two design samples labeled "Wild SALE" and "Absolutely Perfect".

Scroll down and change the “Text” box to display what you want to read. Now you can adjust other aspects such as size, color, etc. You can add curves, wrapping, background, outline, and shadows to the text if you want.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the photo editor on an iPhone showing a city view near the waterfront. The text “This is my text” is overlaid on the image, and the same text is written on the image in the text box below.

Drag the text to the appropriate place. Add more text or other effects to your photo, then click the “Save” button at the top of the screen to export the photo when you're ready.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the options to save the image on the iPhone. File name is "IMG_2082.jpg", quality set at 90%, dimensions are 3840 by 2880 pixels. File type is JPG.

Choose the image format, size and quality level, then use the “Download” button to save the image.

Use a computer

Adding text to an image on the iPhone can be difficult and the options are not great, because the small screen is not suitable for graphic design work, so if you want to get creative it is better to use a computer instead.

There are plenty of free and even budget-friendly editing software you can use for this purpose such as Affinity Photo وPhotoshop alternatives Other suitable, or completely free photo editing programs such as GIMP.

Do you know another way to add text to an image or application? Tell us in the comments.



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