How to record slow motion videos on your iPhone

How to record and share a Slo-Mo video on the iPhone 5s, including Instagram!

The Camera app on the iPhone 5s and above can not only record video, but can record 120 frames-per-second (fps) slow motion video as well. If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get a mind blowing 240 fps mode as well. Slow motion video means just what you'd expect — everything recorded moves more slowly, but still smoothly. It's like the effects you see in movies and on TV. Better still, Apple lets you quickly and easily set in and out points for the slow down effect at any time, so you can make sure your video only goes slow, and stays slow, for the precise moments you want.

How to shoot a slow motion video on your iPhone

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone — slow motion if available on the iPhone 5s and newer.
  2. Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by swiping your finger to the right twice from the default photo mode — or just tap the word Slo-Mo at the bottom left.
  3. Record the video you want to have a slow motion portion in just like you'd record a regular video.
  4. Once the video is done recording, tap on the thumbnail in the bottom left hand corner to pull it up.
  5. Here you can play the video and drag the sliders around in order to adjust what part of the video is actually slow motion.

How to switch between 120 fps and 240 fps

If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get two choices when it comes to slow motion video, 120 fps and 240 fps. While 240 fps is higher quality, it also requires a heck of a lot more light. If you notice that the video quality appears very dark, try switching to 120 fps instead which will allow more light in and produce a brighter overall video.

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
  2. Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by either swiping to the right or by tapping the word Slo-Mo.
  3. Tap where it says 240 fps in the bottom right hand corner to toggle to 120 fps — if you're in landscape mode, the option is in either the top left or right corner, depending on how you're holding your iPhone.
  4. You can quickly tap the control again to return to 240 fps. This way you can see the light difference between both.
  5. Tap the shutter button to start recording.

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How to record slow motion videos on your iPhone


That's why I didn't suggest uploading from the Facebook app. In the last portion I even put that you should use the native sharing option in the Photos app and choose HD (there are screenshots of what I'm talking about too).

When I tried to send a slow motion video via iMessage, the slow motion portion of the video wasn't there. It played the entire clip in standard frame rate. The only way that I've been able to share one so far is by uploading it in HD via YouTube.

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Sending to yourself via email lessens the quality of the video. Also, when you send it to someone via iMessage it appears fine to the other person but will not show the slowmo portion on your own device within the message. Really hope there are plans for a fix.

Yes, this is correct. The recipient WILL see the video in slowmo, even if it does not display correctly in your own iMessage.

"Even if the bag does not inflate, oxygen is still flowing"

Thanks for the suggestion! I noticed the limitation this evening when trying to import slow-mo video into iMovie. Have you heard whether or not this is a limitation based on lack of developer support? Or based on the lack of necessary APIs for developers to use? Can't seem to find that answer...

I have a different problem. I love editing videos with Imovie on the Iphone, but when I select in Imovie one of my slow-mo videos, they are not in slow motion anymore. And this is nlt gold cause I was really looking foward to editting slow-mo videos with Imovie for IOS7

The video should be in 120fps. Simply use a time remapping feature to extend certain parts that you want in slow mo. It will look the same.

Couldn't upload the slow mo video on Instagram. Tried sending to myself as you suggested but the quality becomes very low. Anyway to work around it?


A Friend of mine, posted a video in slow motion HD to facebook, after it was uploaded we could see it on his phone on facebook. But when i go to where it was posted, the post isn't even there not even on my computer(windows) and android phone?

how do i move my slow-mo video in my computer like i try as regular way but don't get the slow-mo Video get the video as regular video is there is any way to get slow-mo video in my computer

My only issue would be that emailing a slow motion video compresses it to such a small size it's almost not an option I would want to use. I just sent it to my friend's Galaxy S4 and it was tiny.