How to Crop Videos on iPhone

Make movies like a pro on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

What to Know

  • iOS 13+: Open the video in the Photos app. Select Edit, tap the Crop icon, and drag the handles to crop or reshape the canvas.
  • Video Crop app: Tap the Crop icon, choose a video, tap the checkmark. Tap and drag one corner to crop.
  • You must use a third-party app to crop on devices with versions of iOS earlier than iOS 13.

This article explains how to crop videos on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices with iOS 11 or later. Instructions include how to use the built-in crop feature on iOS devices and how to use a third-party cropping app, which is needed to crop videos on any device with iOS 12 or earlier.

How to Crop a Video in iOS 13 and iPadOS

In iOS 13 for the iPhone and iPadOS, Apple introduced built-in video cropping to its mobile devices. The process is similar to cropping photos in earlier versions of the operating system. If you're used to doing that, the new feature will be easy to pick up.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Navigate to and select the video you would like to crop.

    In some versions of iOS, you can view all your videos in one location. Go to the Albums tab, scroll down, and select the Videos album to view all videos.

  3. Select Edit.

    Edit button on a video in iOS
  4. Select the Crop button, indicated by a square with circling arrows in the menu at the bottom of the screen.

  5. Use the handles on the edges of the video to reshape the canvas so that the unwanted areas are shaded out.

  6. Select Done to save your changes.

    How to crop a video in iOS 13

How to Crop a Video on iPhone With Video Crop

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a version of iOS earlier than iOS 13, you need to use a third-party cropping app. Here's how to use the Video Crop app:

  1. Download Video Crop from the App Store.

  2. Open Video Crop on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

  3. Select the crop icon in the middle of the screen. You're presented with a list of the video files you recorded on your iPhone.

  4. Choose the video you want to crop to play it, then select the checkmark in the upper-right corner.

    Selecting a video in Video Crop on an iPhone
  5. Tap and drag one of the corners of the box to begin cropping your video, and tap the center of the box to move it.

    Preset aspect ratios are available along the bottom of the screen if you need a specific size for your video.

  6. Select the button in the upper-right corner to render your cropped video.

  7. Watch your cropped video within the app. If you're happy with it, choose Save to store it on your iPhone, or choose More to share it.

    Cropping and saving a video in Video Crop for iOS

    Saving a cropped video will not overwrite the original.

  8. When you're finished, select the Home icon in the upper-right corner to return to the app's welcome screen.

What Does Cropping Mean?

Cropping refers to the process of selecting an area within an image or video and deleting everything outside of it. This process almost always results in changing the size of the source media, and it can sometimes affect the aspect ratio. Practical uses for cropping include removing other people from selfies or turning a widescreen video into a square-shaped one.

Is Cropping the Same as Trimming?

The terms cropping and trimming are frequently used interchangeably, but these tasks are technically different. While cropping changes what you see when looking at a video file, trimming edits the video's length or runtime.

For example, trim a video from one minute to 30 seconds, but crop a video to make it fill the entire screen when used as an Instagram Story. Trimming makes a video shorter; cropping changes how much of the video you see at any one time.

Why Should I Crop a Video?

There are several reasons you may want to crop a video on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad:

  • To remove an object or person: If you filmed an amazing video, but there's someone in the background who's ruining the shot, crop them out as you would with a photo.
  • To optimize the video for social media feeds: Many people crop widescreen videos into a square aspect ratio before sharing on social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. Square videos appear larger in social media feeds and are more visible on small screens.
  • To optimize for Instagram Stories: Widescreen videos either appear small in Instagram Stories or focus on the middle of the screen when zoomed in. Cropping a video before uploading it to Instagram ensures the video focuses on what you want.

Why Should I Crop a Video on iPhone?

When you record and save a video on your iPhone, cropping the video on an iPhone is more convenient and time-efficient than transferring the video to a computer for editing. Video editing apps on iOS devices are also easier to use and feature streamlined export options that require little technical know-how.

While it's easier to edit an iPhone video on an iPhone, you can send it to another device and edit it there. Most video editing apps support iPhone videos.

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