iPhone XR recording video of duckSource: iMore

In life, you'll have a lot of important moments that you'll want to capture on video, ready to be cherished forever. But what if you need to make some quick edits to make the video perfect before showing it off? Apple finally baked in video editing tools in iOS 13, so we can edit videos just like we do photos, no third-party app required. Here's how to use the native video editing tools on your iPhone and iPad.

Using video-editing tools on iPhone and iPad

The following directions are for iOS 13 (and later) and iPadOS 13 (and later) supported devices, and it only works with the proper format. Supported devices include the iPhone SE (1st-generation) and later, iPod touch (7th generation), and iPad Air 2 and later.

How to trim your video

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap and hold on the left or right side of the timeline to engage the trimming tool.
  7. Drag the anchor left or right to trim.
  8. Tap and hold an anchor to expand the timeline for more precise editing.
  9. Tap Done on the bottom right of the screen.

    How to trim video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Drag the anchors on the left or right to trim, or tap and hold to expand the timeline, then tap DoneSource: iMore

Note: You can go into the Photos app at any time and undo the trimming of any video.

How to resize a video

You can now resize a video without needing a third-party app!

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap the crop icon.
  7. With your finger, choose Straighten, Horizontal, or Vertical.
  8. Move your finger left/right to resize. Any changes you make are shown automatically.

    How to resize a video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap the Crop button, then select whether you want Straighten, Horizontal, or Vertical orientationSource: iMore

How to flip and rotate a video

To flip and rotate a video on iOS 13 and later:

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap the crop icon.
  7. Choose the flip icon at the top left to flip your video.
  8. Select the rotate icon at the top left to rotate your video. Repeat as necessary.
  9. Tap Done.

    How to flip and rotate video on iPhone and iPad: Tap the Crop button, then choose the Flip or Rotate button to apply that to the video, repeating as necessary, then tap DoneSource: iMore

How to adjust the brightness of your video

During post-processing, you can change the brightness of your clip just as you would with photos.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap the Adjustment icon.
  7. Choose the Brightness circle.
  8. Scroll left and right to select a brightness level.
  9. Tap Done.

    Adjust video brightness on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Adjustment button, go to the Brightness setting, slide left or right to adjust brightness, then tap DoneSource: iMore

How to adjust the saturation of your video

You can change the chromatic intensity, or saturation, of your video similarly as the brightness.

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap the Adjustment icon.
  7. Choose the Saturation circle.
  8. Scroll left and right to select the saturation point.
  9. Tap Done.

    Adjust video saturation on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Adjustment button, select Saturation setting, slide to your preferred adjustment, tap DoneSource: iMore

How to adjust your video even further

The brightness and saturation aren't the only ways you can adjust videos on iOS and iPadOS. Following the same steps, you can edit a video's exposure, highlights, shadows, contrast, black point, vibrancy, warmth, tint, sharpness, definition, noise reduction, and vignette.

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap the icon representing the solution you want.
  7. Scroll left and right to select a setting you wish to change.
  8. Tap Done.
  9. Repeat Steps 6 through 8, as needed.

    Make further video adjustments on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: tap on the setting you want to adjust, then make the changes by sliding, then tap Done, repeating as necessarySource: iMore

How to add a filter to your video

During post-processing, you can add a filter to your video as follows:

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Tap the Filter icon.
  7. Directly below, scroll left and right to change the filter setting.
  8. Tap Done.

    Add a filter to a video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap on the Filter button, choose the filter to apply on the entire video, slide to adjust intensity, and tap DoneSource: iMore

How to mute the sound on a video

  1. Launch the Photos from your device's Home screen.
  2. Select Albums at the bottom of the app.

    How to edit video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Photos, tap AlbumsSource: iMore

  3. Choose Videos.
  4. Tap the video you wish to edit.
  5. Choose Edit at the top right of the screen.

    How to edit video on iPhone andi Pad by showing steps: Tap the Video album, tap on the video you want, and then tap EditSource: iMore

  6. Choose the sound icon at the top left to turn it on/off.
  7. Tap Done.

    Mute the sound in a video on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap on the volume icon in the top left corner to toggle sound on or off, then tap DoneSource: iMore

Anyone can edit video like a pro!

Have any questions about how to edit video on iPhone and iPad? Let us know in the comments.

Updated August 2020: Updated for iOS 13.6 and iOS 14 beta.