How to compress videos on iPhone and iPad

Compress videos on iPhone

Capturing videos with your iPhone or iPad is convenient and easy. However, those video files can be quite large in size. Not only does this take up more space on your device but can make sending or sharing the videos difficult.

Reducing the size of your video files by compressing them is simple with the right tool. And once those files are smaller, you’ll save space on your iPhone or iPad and have an easier time sending them in Mail or Messages or sharing them on social media.

Here’s how to compress videos on iPhone and iPad with an app we created ourselves called Compress Videos. The app is available for free  on the App Store.

Shrink videos with Compress Videos

Pop open Compress Videos, allow it to access your photo library, and then tap the button on the main screen to get started.

1) Select the video location from the top such as All Videos, Favorites, Recently Added, or any of your albums.

Select videos

2) The app shows videos that are on your device or in your iCloud Photo Library, and the file size of each video, which is helpful to identify the larger ones. Choose one or more videos and then tap the Next button on the top right. 

Choose videos to shrink

3) This takes us to the Compression Settings screen where we can adjust a couple things to reduce the file size of our videos. First, we can adjust the frame rate down to 24 frames per second. We can of course go lower than that to compress the video further, but we risk lowering the video quality to a point where it’s not really watchable. 24 seems to be the right spot.

Second, we can adjust the video dimensions from 100% (the full size of your video) to something smaller such as the recommended 80%. Unless you watch your videos on a big screen such as a TV, reducing the dimensions to 80% will not have a noticeable impact on the picture quality.

Of course, you can feel free to adjust the compressions settings to your liking. You can play around with the settings and see what works best for you.

Compress videos

4) Tap the Compress button at the bottom. You’ll then see the video compressing.

5) The app will compress the videos and save them to both your library, and a newly created album called Compressed videos. On that screen, you can see how much storage space was saved during the process.

Video compression results

At that point, you can choose delete original videos, or keep them on your device.

You can then repeat the process to compress another video or just close the app.

Wrapping it up

Compressing videos on iPhone and iPad can be easy and take just a few minutes when using the right tool. Maybe we are a bit partial, but Compress Videos app is definitely an app you should try should you want to shrink your iPhone or iPad videos.

Do you use a different free video compression app that you’d like to recommend? If so, leave us a comment below.

And if you’re wondering how to rotate videos on iPhone and iPad, we’ve got you covered there too.