How to fix the problem of your Mac desktop background photo appearing upside down on your screen.

Your Mac desktop background wallpaper image may show up upside down if the photo was taken while holding and iPhone or and iPad upside down.

When the photo is taken, some meta data about the orientation of the camera is saved to the image file causing the image to appear upside down before being exported from iPhoto. Even the photo thumbnail image may appear right-side-up but when the photo is set as a background wallpaper it flips upside down.

The video above shows you how to import the photo into iPhoto and then re-export it to a .jpg file to resolve this issue.

I also attempted rotating the image in preview first but that did not solve the problem.

It is unfortunate that Apple doesn’t include an option to rotate the image in the “System Preferences”.

As always, if you find this video helpful, I would really appreciate a thumbs up and you may also want to think about subscribing to my YouTube channel.

Anson Alexander

Anson Alexander is a blogger, author, SEO expert, teacher, and tech geek. As the founder of, Anson works full time writing, editing, and producing content for his site and providing technical and business services to clients. He has a BS in international business and information systems from the University of Tampa. In his free time, Anson plays video games, enjoys nature, spends time at the beach, and loves to travel.

View all posts