How to Edit Videos on Android

Learn how to cut video and trim video on Android

Landscape screenshot from Google Photos edit, showing both ends of video trimmed (image is of a coffee cup and coaster)
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Got great videos on your Android you want to edit and make even better? You can, if you know how to edit videos on Android. This article walks you through a variety of techniques, including using Google Photos to crop or trim videos, YouCut to cut or slice video, and Kinemaster or Adobe Premiere Rush for a multi-layer video masterpiece.

The instructions in this article apply to both stock Android phones and Samsung phones.

Use Google Photos to Crop Video on Android

The Google Photos app on Android includes the ability to cut or trim video you’ve recorded with your camera app. You likely already have the Google Photos app on your device, since many Android phones include the app by default, but if the Google Photos app isn’t on your phone, you can quickly install it using the Google Play Store.

The following steps walk you through how to cut and/or trim video with the Google Photos app on Android.

Make sure the video you want to edit is already stored on your Android device.

  1. Open the Google Photos app.

  2. Search for the video you want to edit.

  3. Tap the video you want to edit to open it. The video will start to play on your device.

  4. Tap the screen outside of the video to display editing options.

  5. Tap the Edit icon, which is the three-horizontal lines with a vertical mark through each (in the bottom middle of the screen) to access Edit options.

  6. Your video will display with two white Edit handles, one on the left and one on the right. Tap and hold on either Edit handle, then drag the handle to adjust the length of your video. Repeat this step with the other Edit handle, if desired.

  7. Tap Save copy in the upper right corner to save your video.

    Edit button, trim handle, Save copy button in Android video editing app
  8. That’s it. Now both your original video and your trimmed video are saved in Google Photos.

Use Native Video Editing Capabilities on Samsung

If you want to trim or crop a video on Samsung, there are built in controls in the Gallery providing access to the basics. Much like the controls for Google Photos, you can crop and trim videos, but you also have options to adjust the resolution of the video, change the aspect ratio, and add filters and other artistic touches.

  1. On your Samsung device, navigate to and open the video you want to edit.

  2. Tap the pencil icon in the lower-left corner.

  3. Tap and drag from either end of the video frame line near the bottom of the screen to crop your video.

  4. If you don't want to make additional changes, tap Save in upper-right corner to save a copy of the cropped video. The original video will also remain on your device, with no changes.

    Pencil icon, trim handle, Save button in Android video edit
  5. If desired, you can also tap any of the icons on the Editing toolbar to:

  • Add a filter.
  • Apply Beauty Mode.
  • Add Closed Captioning.
  • Add stickers/emoji.
  • Make creative changes to coloring and temperature.
  • Adjust the play speed of the video.
  • Add music to the video.

You can also tap Resolution at the top of the screen to change the video resolution and reduce the file size for the video.

Alternative Ways to Cut or Trim Video 

Even if your Android device lacks the Google Photos app, your built-in video camera app almost certainly offers a similar set of basic video editing capabilities. Nearly all basic editors work as described above: Select a video, tap an Edit option, slide from the end to trim, then save the video.

The following three apps provide additional video editing capabilities, although each require a one-time fee or subscription if you want to edit without ads or limited capabilities.

YouCut Video Editor

YouCut - Video Editor & Video Maker, No Watermark includes trim, cut, and split features, among many other options.

  • Trim: Lets you adjust the start and finish frames within your video, much as you can within Google Photos.
  • Cut: Allows you to select sections at the beginning and end of your video, and omit a section (i.e., “cut”) in the middle of your video.
  • Split: Divides your video into two parts at any point in the video you choose.

YouCut is free, although you'll need to view an ad each time you save an edited video. A one-time purchase of $9.99 or subscription of $3.99 per year removes ads and give you full access to features.

Trim, Cut, Split buttons in Android editing video app

Kinemaster Video Editor & Adobe Premiere Rush

If you prefer more full-featured editing capabilities on an Android device, consider either Kinemaste—Video Editor (for Android or iOS) or Adobe Premiere Rush—Video Editor (for Android, iOS, Windows, or macOS).

Kinemaster not only allows basic edits, but also adds features such as multiple video layers, sound editing features, and access to various assets (e.g., music, graphics, fonts, and more). The subscription ($5.49 per month or $32.99 per year) removes the watermark and unlocks access to tools and assets.

Adobe Premiere Rush supports drag-and-drop multi-layer editing, with access to templates, fonts, motion graphics, and more. Your work syncs across systems, so you can switch devices and continue your work. Adobe offers a variety of plans, including a free starter plan (limited to 3 exports), a single app subscription ($9.99 per month), or an All Apps Creative Cloud subscription ($52.99 per month).

In most cases, Google Photos works well when you want to trim video, while YouCut is worth the money when you want a simple way to make more complex edits. Turn to Kinemaster or Adobe Premier Rush when you need pro-level features.