How to Edit Videos on iPhone

It’s pretty easy to record and upload a great-looking video at practically any time. But what if you’d like to make some quick edits to make the video perfect before sharing it? In iOS 13 or later, you can edit videos directly on your iPhone, with no need to install third-party apps.

The built-in Photos app lets you trim the video runtime, rotate it, apply filters, adjust video exposure, and enhance it with a few taps. These features are pretty basic but they’re good for editing a clip to share with your friends and family or on social media. 

Here’s How to Edit Videos on your iPhone.

How to Trim Videos on iPhone

If you just want to share a part of a video with your friends and family, or your video is too long to send through Mail or Messages, you can change the start and stop time to make it shorter.

Step 1. Launch the Photos app.

Step 2. Find the video that you want to trim and tap it.

Step 3. Tap on Edit at the upper right corner of your screen.

How to Edit Videos on iPhone - Tap on Edit at the upper right corner of your screen.

Step 4. To trim the video, tap and drag the left-facing arrow to the right to trim the start of the video; tap and drag the right-facing arrow left to trim the end.

To trim the video, tap and drag the left-facing arrow to the right to trim the start of the video.

Step 5. You can press the Play icon at any time to preview your trimmed video. The yellow box indicates where the trimmed video will start and end.

How to Edit Videos on iPhone - You can press the Play icon at any time to preview your trimmed video.

Step 6. When you’re finished, tap Done and then tap Save Video as New Clip or Save Video.

Save as New Clip keeps the original version and creates a new trimmed version in your library, while Save Video simply overrides the original one.

How to Crop, Flip, or Rotate Your Videos on iPhone

Step 1. Open the Photos app.

Step 2. Select the video you want to crop.

Step 3. Tap Edit on the top right corner of your screen.

Step 4. Select the Crop or Rotate icon at the bottom of the screen.

How to Edit Videos on iPhone - Select the Crop or Rotate icon at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5.1. To crop the video, simply drag either one of the four edges at the corners of the frame.

To crop the video, simply drag either one of the four edges at the corners of the frame.

Step 5.2. To flip the video, tap the two triangle icon on the top left corner.

How to Edit Videos on iPhone - To flip the video, tap the two triangle icon on the top left corner.

Step 5.3. To rotate the video, tap the square icon next to the triangle icon.

How to Edit Videos on iPhone - To rotate the video, tap the square icon next to the triangle icon.

Step 6. Tap Done in the bottom-right corner to finalize your edit. Then choose either Save Video or Save Video as New Clip.

How to Add and Remove Video Filters

Step 1. Open the Photos app.

Step 2. Select the video you want to apply filters.

Step 3. Tap Edit on the top right corner of your screen.

Step 4. Then select the Filters icon (three circles) at the bottom of the video editor screen.

Then select the Filters icon at the bottom of the video editor screen.

Step 5. Swipe across the filter thumbnails, and then select one of the desired filters.

Swipe across the filter thumbnails, and then select one of the desired filters.

Step 6. You can use the slider beneath the filter thumbnail to adjust the filter’s intensity.

You can use the slider below the filter thumbnail to adjust the filter's intensity.

Step 7. If you don’t want to add a filter to your video, swipe the filters to the right and choose Original to remove all filters.

Swipe the filters to the right and choose Original to remove all filters.

Step 8. Tap Done at the bottom right and wait for your filter to apply to your video.

How to Adjust Video Exposure, Brightness, and More

Step 1. Open the Photos app.

Step 2. Select the video you want to edit the color balance.

Step 3. Tap Edit on the top right corner of your screen.

Step 4. Tap the Adjustments icon (volume wheel) at the bottom of the screen.

Tap the Adjustments icon at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5. Scroll through the various video attributes beneath the video to see the tools and tap one to select it.

Scroll through the various video attributes beneath the video to see the tools and tap one to select it.

All the available video parameters:

  • Exposure: brightens or darkens the video
  • Highlights: adjusts the brightness of the bright areas
  • Shadows: adjusts the brightness of the dark areas
  • Contrast: adjusts the contrast between the bright and dark tones
  • Brightness: brightens or darkens the video
  • Black Point: affects the brightness of only the darkest tones
  • Saturation: makes the colors more or less vibrant
  • Vibrance: boosts muted colors to make them richer
  • Warmth: makes the colors warmer or cooler
  • Tint: adds more green or magenta
  • Sharpness: sharpens detail
  • Definition: adjusts the contrast to increase the clarity of the video footage
  • Noise Reduction: reduces or eliminates noise
  • Vignette: brightens or darkens the edges of the video

Step 6. Move the slider beneath the tool to adjust the intensity of the effect.

Move the slider below the tool to adjust the intensity of the effect.

Step 7. When you’re happy with your edits, tap Done in the bottom-right corner. The effect is applied to the entire video.

How to Mute the Sound in Your Video

Step 1. Head to the Photos app.

Step 2. Select the video you want to mute.

Step 3. Tap Edit on the top right corner of your screen.

Step 4. Tap the yellow speaker icon at the top left corner of the screen. The icon should appear grey when the video sound is muted.

How to Edit Videos on iPhone - Tap the yellow speaker icon at the top left corner of the screen. How to Edit Videos on iPhone - The icon should appear grey when the video sound is muted.

Step 5. To switch the sound back on, tap the grey Sound icon.

Step 6. Tap Done at the bottom right to save your edit.

How to Revert a Video to Its Original State

Step 1. Launch the Photos app.

Step 2. Select the edited video you want to revert.

Step 3. Tap Edit in the top-right corner.

Step 4. Then tap Revert to revert your edited video to its original state. It reverts any trimming, rotation, cropping, filters, or image adjustments you applied.

Then tap Revert to revert your edited video to its original state.

Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to edit your videos directly on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, here’s How to record your screen without the need to install third-party apps. As a bonus, here’s How to Back up your iPhone to ensures that you’re always prepared to easily recover your important data if unexpected issues arise.

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