The Apple iPhone is excellent for recording Full HD and 4K videos. However, the reality is tough when you want to share those videos because they are so big. Popular messaging apps and email services like Gmail and Outlook limit video to just a few megabytes. The video must be compressed before sending it to your loved one. Here are the best ways to reduce video size on iPhone.
There are several ways to compress a video file on iPhone. First, we’ll show you how to check the video file size in the default Photos app and go through the best ways to compress it for smooth sharing.
Check video size on iPhone
With iOS 15, you can now check photo and video sizes from the Photos app. Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select any video. Press the info button (i) at the bottom to check the size of the video.
Step 3: You can see a 75MB video file in the screenshot below.
Let’s compress it on the iPhone using the tricks below.
1. Compress videos using third-party apps
If you don’t want to use Google Photos to compress a single video file, use a third party video compressor app from the App Store. Although there are many video compression apps in the App Store, we found an app called Video Compressor that was quite smart and worked as advertised.
Step 1: Get the “Video Compressor” app from the App Store.
Step 2: Open the Video Compressor app and allow access to all the photos on the iPhone.
Step 3: Check all your photos and videos with file size. Select the video you want to compress. We chose a 71MB video file.
The fourth step: Click “Compress” below. You have three options to choose from.
Low quality video: The option reduces video size by more than 80%. For example, selecting a video file of 100MB will reduce the video size to about 20MB.
Medium quality video: Compresses video size from 30% to 80%.
High quality video: Reduce video size by 10% to 30% only.
You can specify custom settings and type in a specific percentage to reduce the video size as well.
Fifth step: Select the appropriate option. We chose the “High Quality Video” option.
The application compresses a 71MB video to 30MB in a few seconds. Open the video, you can add music, audio, text, stickers and play with other effects. Tap on the source and save the compressed video file to your iPhone.
2. Reduce video file size with Google Photos
If you use Google Photos to upload photos and videos, you can easily modify the upload quality setting and save a compressed video online. Follow the following steps.
Step 1: Download Google Photos from the App Store.
Step 2: Open Google Photos and sign in with your Google account.
Step 3: Tap on your profile picture in the upper right corner and select the “Backup is off” option.
The fourth step: It will open the Backup and sync settings menu. Click on “Stop Storage” and press “Confirm”.
Google Photos will start the media upload process over Wi-Fi (or mobile data, if you enable the permission).
Fifth step: After the upload process is complete, you can access the compressed video file from all your devices (via Google Photos).
In our testing, we compressed a 75MB video file to 3.8MB using Google Photos. The thumbnail video file is ready to be shared on social media.
3. Reduce video size in WhatsApp
When you share a large video on WhatsApp, the service compresses it before sharing it with the recipient. Could you Create a WhatsApp group with yourself And share videos in the same group to reduce video size.
Step 1: Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select your personal group.
Step 3: Tap the + icon in the lower left corner.
The fourth step: Select Photo and Video Library.
Fifth step: Click on the video you want to compress. Click the send button.
Sixth step: Open the video in a WhatsApp conversation. Click on the Share button.
Seventh step: Click Save to download the compressed video to your iPhone.
Open the Photos app and check the video size (see steps above). In our testing, WhatsApp reduced the size of a 70MB video to 1.5MB. It also shows the heavy pressure that WhatsApp applies while transferring videos. It is very efficient and does the job without downloading a third party app from the App Store.
Compress large videos on iPhone
Compressing a large video will lower the overall quality. If you do not want to reduce the size of a video, read our post dedicated to getting to know a file Best Ways to Send Large Videos on Your iPhone. What trick did you use from the above list?
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