How to compress videos on your iPhone

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IPhones are considered to have some of the best cameras for taking videos. Even the latest iPhone 13 lineup comes with features like revised cameras and a cinematic video recording mode. While the video quality can be very impressive from an iPhone, the recorded videos also take up a lot of storage space. These large video files cannot be attached to emails because they have an attachment size limit. Apple has yet to introduce a default method for compressing videos on iPhones.

The best practice is to record videos that need to be compressed in low quality compared to other available modes like 4K or 1080p. But if you’ve recorded videos before and need to trim them down, it’s pretty easy with the right tools. Here’s all you need to know.

How to compress videos on your iPhone

There is no default way to compress videos on iPhone. Users will have to rely on third-party apps to compress large videos. We mentioned one of these reliable apps that we tested and showed the process below, but there are several video compression apps that can be found on the App Store.

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Alternatively, you can just record at a lower quality to save space – to do this, just change the recording quality, head to Settings> Camera> Record video. But to change the size of an existing video, follow the simple steps below to compress video on iPhone using Video Compress app.

  1. Once installed, tap the giant ‘+’ sign on the home page.

  2. The app will ask for the relevant permissions, like accessing the photos app. Press OK. Video Compress will then show you a list of all the videos available in your Camera Roll.

  3. Click on the video you want to compress by tapping on it. Users can select multiple videos to compress at once.

  4. The app will now display user options on the desired compression level for the video. The presets available in the Video Compress app include Full HD quality which compresses at 28.6MB per minute and the lowest is 360p which compresses at 3.6MB per minute. Select the option you prefer.

  5. Video Compress will then ask the user to select a destination album. If the options provided do not work, users can select “Add new album” at the bottom.

  6. Once the destination is selected, the video compression process begins. This process takes about 30 seconds.

  7. At the end, the app asks users to choose whether they want to keep the original video or delete it. The new compressed video will also appear in the destination album and in the Camera Roll.


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