Ever taken a photo that accidentally captured a car’s license plate? Maybe you want to share the pic online but don’t want to expose the owner’s information. Blurring the license plate is a simple solution. 

Here’s how to do it on your iPhone.

Why Should We Blur License Plates?

There are several reasons to blur license plates before sharing photos online:

Prevent Personal Information from Leakage

License plates are linked to vehicle registration information, which can include the owner’s name and address and blurring protects their privacy.

Protect Your Vehicle from Theft

Having your license plate publicly available online could make your car more vulnerable to theft.

Avoid Controversy with Insurance Company

Some insurance companies might have restrictions on sharing photos with vehicle details. Blurring the plate avoids potential issues.

4 Different Methods to Blur License Plates on iPhone

There are several ways to blur license plates on iPhone photos:

Built-in feature in iPhone

The Photos app offers basic editing tools, including a markup feature for blurring.

Mobile Apps

Many free and paid apps specialize in blurring parts of photos, perfect for license plates.

Online Tools

Websites offer online photo editing tools that can blur license plates.


For advanced users, Photoshop provides powerful editing capabilities for blurring license plates.

Step-by-Step Guide to Blur License Plate on iPhone

Here are two methods for blurring license plates on iPhone: using the built-in Photos app and a popular mobile app, Blur Photo Editor.

Blurring with the Photos App

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1.  In the Photos app, open the photo containing the license plate and tap “Edit” in the top right corner.
  2. Select the Markup button (square with a pen icon).
  3. Choose your preferred blurring tool:
    • Marker: Good for quick and rough blurring.
    • Pen: Offers more precise control for detailed blurring.
  4. Adjust the thickness of the blurring tool using the slider at the bottom and carefully drag the tool over the license plate to blur it completely.
  5. Tap “Done” in the top right corner to save the edited photo.

Blurring with the Blur Photo Editor App

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Download and install the Blur Photo Editor app from the App Store. Open the Blur Photo Editor app and select “Photos” to choose the image.
  2. Once the photo loads, zoom in on the license plate using pinch gestures. You need to tap the “Blur” tool which would be at the bottom menu.
  3. Using the slider to match the size of the license plate, adjust the brush size. Carefully tap and drag the brush over the license plate to blur it.
  4. Use the “Intensity” slider to control the strength of the blur effect. You have to tap the checkmark icon in the top right corner to save the edited photo.


Blurring license plates on iPhone photos is a quick and easy process. By using the built-in Photos app or downloading a mobile app, you can protect personal information and avoid unnecessary complications. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when sharing photos online.